We’re eagerly awaiting the debut of the OnePlus 9 series which is just 5 days away at this point. Alongside the flagship OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, the company is expected to bring a more affordable entry dubbed OnePlus 9R.
We’ve actually heard names like OnePlus 9E and 9 Lite too but now OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed in an interview with Indian news outlet News 18 that the phone will be called OnePlus 9R 5G. More importantly, the model will be exclusive to India.
Along with the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, we are excited to launch the OnePlus 9R in India. We are focused on expanding our smartphone offering to cater to different user requirements with the OnePlus 9R by providing a robust flagship experience at a more accessible price point. – Pete Lau
Lau commented that OnePlus is aiming to cater to the Indian market by bringing an affordable alternative to its flagship offerings and one that can keep up with the demanding OnePlus community. The 9R is described as a “premium-tier device” with a focus on mobile gaming, “smooth scrolling” and a “superior viewing experience”.
With the OnePlus 9R, we are looking to go even further to bring out a balanced handset with the latest technology and class-leading industrial design that can deliver a superior user experience overall and can also offer fast and smooth experiences for daily usage and heavy gameplay. – Pete Lau
In addition, the interview describes OnePlus’ increased effort to grow its smart-home ecosystem in India. No specific details were revealed for now but expect to hear more come March 23.