OnePlus has already confirmed that as part of the company’s reorganization, there will be no OnePlus 9T or OnePlus 9T Pro this year. Meanwhile, there’s a T upgrade – the OnePlus 9RT – but only for price-sensitive markets like China and India. Compared to the OnePlus 9R, the OnePlus 9RT runs on a more efficient Snapdragon 888 chipset, features better cameras — including a 50MP primary sensor — and a slightly larger screen.
To fill the void caused by the lack of a OnePlus flagship in the second half of 2021, here are some of the best OnePlus 9RT alternatives that you can consider.
Xiaomi 11T Pro aka Redmi K40s
If you can ignore the fact that the Xiaomi 11T Pro is the renamed Redmi K40s, it will surely attract you with its great looks and abundance of features. The 11T Pro offers several noteworthy advantages over the OnePlus 9RT, including a 108MP camera with a larger sensor, a large 5,000mAh battery, and an impressive 120W fast charging. It also comes with a 6.67-inch 120Hz AMOLED display certified for content with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. In terms of design, the 11T Pro features a sandwich-glass design with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and an aluminum center frame. Finally, the phone features dual speakers tuned by Harman Kardon.
Despite these advantages, the 11T Pro lacks specific areas: the phone runs Android 11, and Xiaomi’s custom Android skin – MIUI – is not among the first to receive the latest Android updates, although Xiaomi is testing Android 12 on the device. Other than that, the glass design and the big battery make the phone weigh 204 grams, which may annoy some users.
11T Pro too forecast For its launch in India, where it may compete with the OnePlus 9RT.
Buying in Europe: €650 Buying from the UK: £663
If OxygenOS is your main reason to buy a OnePlus smartphone, there is no better alternative to the OnePlus 9RT than the OnePlus 9. The two phones are more or less identical on the inside, and share the same Snapdragon 888 chipset, identical RAM and storage options, and a 4,500mAh battery. With 65W fast charging support.
Meanwhile, OnePlus 9 is better in certain areas; For example, it has better rear cameras with color science tuned by Hasselblad. Additionally, the OnePlus 9 also gets support for fast wireless charging – unless you’re in India or China.
On the other hand, the OnePlus 9RT features a slightly larger screen and may receive Android 12 update earlier, considering it is the newer model. Before making that decision, keep in mind that OxygenOS is destined to integrate with OPPO’s ColorOS, meaning we may see ads, bloatware, unwanted first-party features – or all of them.
Buy in Europe: €643 to buy from the UK, £598 to buy in the US: $650
Apple iPhone 12 mini
Apple iPhone 12 Mini is a device that can easily fit in your pocket without making a hole in your wallet. It weighs only 135g but is not light on features. Although the Mini is a year old, it has top-notch performance thanks to the Apple A14 Bionic chip, which can still do a tough battle with the Snapdragon 888 SoC on the OnePlus 9RT. Besides the great performance, you also get high quality cameras with superior video quality. Despite its much smaller size, the iPhone 12 Mini’s OLED display is brighter and more vibrant, and it supports industry-leading formats like Dolby Vision. In addition, the iPhone 12 Mini comes with an IP68 rating, which will protect it from fresh water splashes and immersion in it.
In contrast, the most notable downside of the iPhone 12 Mini is its small 2,227mAh battery. While the iPhone 12 Mini gets wireless charging support with MagSafe compatibility, you’re stuck with just 20W fast wired charging.
Buy in the US: $700 Buy in Europe: €620 Buy in the UK: £520
Google Pixel 6
If you value a massive camera that can match an iPhone but also want to customize Android, there is no better option in this budget than the recently launched Pixel 6. It comes with Google’s custom Tensor chipset, which offers excellent AI features On the go, especially for exceptional photography and videography. The Pixel 6 also delivers on the promise of at least three platform updates and two years of security updates. Besides the energy-efficient chipset, the Pixel 6 also offers a larger 4,614mAh battery with 21W fast wireless charging.
Unlike the OnePlus 9RT, the Pixel 6’s charging speed is limited to 30W. The screen refresh rate, unlike the Pro model, is set at 90Hz, which may not be enough, considering that much cheaper smartphones – such as Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 10 Pro – offer 120Hz AMOLED screens.
Buy in the US: $599
OPPO Reno6 Pro 5G (Snapdragon variant)
OPPO and OnePlus phones are often similar but are marketed to different regions. Other than its design, OPPO Reno6 Pro – known as Reno6 Pro+ in China – also shares some similarities with both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9R. Based on its features, Reno6 Pro can be unlocked between OnePlue 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro. It features a 6.55-inch curved AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. In terms of cameras, they share the same 50MP primary sensor, 16MP ultrawide angle camera, and 2MP macro camera with the OnePlus 9RT. Other than these three, the Reno6 Pro also comes with a 13MP telephoto with 2X optical zoom. The 32MP front camera captures twice as many pixels as the OnePlus 9RT.
Both phones offer 65W fast charging support, but the Reno6 Pro comes with a slightly smaller 4300mAh battery. Meanwhile, there is one area in which the OnePlus 9RT is much better: processing capabilities. While the OPPO Reno6 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC, the OnePlus 9RT features the more efficient Snapdragon 888 processor. Both phones offer options with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Note that since OPPO Reno6 Pro is not officially released for the US, you should make sure to check carrier compatibility before purchasing the phone.
Buy in Europe: €800, Buy in the US: $878
Upcoming alternatives to OnePlus 9RT
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Distinguished Caliph Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, also known as “Fan Edition” The Galaxy S21 FE has been rumored for several months now. Previous leaks suggested a Galaxy S21-like phone that is expected to be powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM. The Galaxy S21 FE may also have a 6.4-inch screen, a triple camera array with 12MP + 12MP + 8MP sensors, a punch-hole selfie camera, and a 4,500mAh battery.
While the Galaxy S21 FE was expected at Samsung’s Unpacked Part 2 event on October 20, the phone’s launch may have been pushed back to early 2022 due to a global chip shortage. At this point, many who are looking forward to the Galaxy S21 FE, which will likely cost less than the Galaxy S21, may have a feeling that the phone may never be released.