Oneplus 10r Gaming Phone Specifications 9rt 9r Killer Chip
By Akriti Rana and Nimish Dubey
OnePlus has literally lived up to its Never Settle motto. When the company started in 2014, it was all about delivering a flagship experience at a surprisingly affordable price. A few years later, it bumped up the price points to join the very high-end flagships it was looking to kill. Then in 2020, he returned to a more affordable zone with the Nord series. Even as all of this was going on, the brand was also offering TVs, true wireless stereo headphones (TWS), smartwatches, and more.
Over the past year or so, it seems OnePlus has turned its attention to what has always been considered a niche segment. We’re talking about gaming phones.
If it’s a gaming phone, it should look like a gaming phone
Gaming phones have had a bit of a checkered history. They first made headlines in 2003 when Nokia released the N-Gage, which was perhaps the first high-end dedicated gaming phone. Other brands have since made notable efforts – Sony released the Xperia Play phone in 2011 and a few brands have released phones that support motion-sensing gaming through their front-facing cameras. However, overall, the gaming segment has remained a tiny, unprofitable niche. Perhaps the main reason for this is the general perception that gamers have different needs, mostly requiring high-end gear, typically seen in the case of PC and console gaming.
Perhaps that’s why most gaming phones tend to be very different from consumer phones, in terms of design and function. Yes, the innards of Asus’ ROG phone series might be very similar to what you’d get on something like a Samsung Galaxy S22+, but the exterior would be entirely different. Gaming phones, like gaming PCs and laptops, tend to come with more external bells and whistles, including flashing colored lights, external cooling fans, special charging ports and points, etc The idea of a gaming phone has traditionally been to let the world know, “I have a gaming phone,” loud and clear. For this reason, they also usually have slightly higher price tags. The pattern for gaming phones has generally been: cutting-edge hardware, noisy (and slightly bulky) designs, and hefty price tags.
OnePlus R series: showcasing gaming without looking like a typical gaming phone
OnePlus is looking to change the gaming phone model with its R-series phones. The brand introduced the lineup with the OnePlus 9R in 2021, followed it with the OnePlus 9RT in 2022, and recently released the OnePlus 10R. Although each of these phones has been touted as a gaming device, none of them follow the conventional gaming phone model. All three sport designs that are smart, but certainly don’t look “playery” about them. All three have good hardware as well, but it’s not the kind of cutting-edge you get in many gaming phones.
In fact, none of the three R-series handsets even come with the fastest processor (the OnePlus 9R had a Snapdragon 870 SoC, the OnePlus 9RT had a Snapdragon 888, and the OnePlus 10R had a MediaTek). Dimension 8100). They’re all impressive performers, but they’re not exactly record-breaking or benchmark-busting devices, which most gaming phones claim to be. Interestingly, even though its other flagships such as the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 9 Pro can also handle gaming, OnePlus has marketed its R series as good for gaming. The R-series is also the most affordable among OnePlus’ flagship device series, often priced well below gaming phones and close to budget flagships.
The R series’ approach to gaming is also quite different from conventional gaming phones. Apart from good processors, OnePlus has equipped the series with good displays with high refresh rates and extremely high touch response rates to enable super responsive gaming. The just-released OnePlus 10R has a 1000Hz response rate. The phones also come with gamer-friendly features like stereo speakers, a special game engine (what OnePlus calls the game HyperBoost) to guarantee less frame drops, good haptics, good cooling capabilities and extremely fast charging.
The point to note, however, is that devices like the OnePlus 9RT and OnePlus 10R are designed to deliver a very good gaming experience rather than the “best” gaming experience out there. They target consumers who play a lot of games, rather than the small niche that takes gaming very seriously or participates in gaming tournaments. While a OnePlus R-series handset might not have the fastest processor or the highest resolution display, its phones will still come with a chip and other hardware more than capable of comfortably handle high-end games. It is designed to play games very well, rather than to help you win game tournaments.
Focus on mainstream gamers rather than hardcore gamers
The OnePlus R series ticks most gaming phones: high refresh rate display, high touch response, stereo speakers, fast processor, excellent cooling, good vibration motors, fast charging battery, and more. But it does so without hitting the “extreme” levels that most gaming phones try to achieve. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor on the OnePlus 9RT or the MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chip on the onePlus 10R, for example, may not play Call of Duty: Mobile as well as a Snapdragon 8 Generation 1 or Snapdragon 888+ chip found in many phones gaming, but the performance difference would only be noticeable if you were looking for it. Professional gamers should be able to spot it, but most mainstream users might not even notice it.
It’s those mainstream users that the OnePlus R series seems to be targeting. While gaming phones are aimed at hardcore gamers, OnePlus seems to be aiming its R series more towards gamers who only play for entertainment and the occasional adrenaline rush. They don’t need their phones to advertise their commitment to gaming and are very happy with a smart, easy-to-use phone that can play games just fine. Interestingly, the number of these relatively less serious gamers (but not “casual gamers”) is actually much larger than the hardcore gaming segment. Games like Call of Duty: Mobile and Battlegrounds Mobile India may have millions of players, but not all of them use or even need to use the absolute top of the line hardware for what they would call a good experience. game. . Devices like the OnePlus 10R and OnePlus 9RT are tailor-made for them.
The fact that the R-series phones are priced lower than most gaming phones also helps their cause. The OnePlus 10R can deliver a very good gaming experience for less than Rs 40,000, which is well below the starting price of the latest ASUS ROG and is actually on par with a budget flagship device (like the Xiaomi 11T Pro), which might have better specs. but is not projected as “gaming friendly”. Also, unlike many gaming phones that tend to stumble in other departments such as ease of use (thanks to their bulk), battery life, and photography, the OnePlus R series is a phone that does the game very well, without cutting any general phone performance corners.
There’s more to come on the R front (maybe even a game store!)
This is obviously just the start of OnePlus’ game plans. According to sources, OnePlus is also planning to gradually add exclusive game titles to its R series. Initially, these links should allow users to play games that have not been released on other devices for a while. (which should be 60-90 days). But in the long run, the R-series might come with its own special titles or variations of popular titles (much like the “+” series of titles on Apple Arcade). It’s a path OnePlus had tried to follow earlier when it tied up with Epic Games for a very different Fortnite experience on the OnePlus 8 Pro in 2020. That experience wasn’t very successful, but at this At the time, OnePlus’ attention seemed to be more focused on showcasing a faster refresh rate on its screens, rather than the game itself. This time it would be looking to get an exclusive game library for its R-series.
OnePlus might even have a special game store for the R-series. And if what we’re hearing is true, the R-series should have its own online community, with special perks and perks, much like the Red Cable Club for OnePlus users. OnePlus considers the R series to be special, and that can be gauged by the fact that it did its traditional ‘T’ update later in the year to the 9R, not the OnePlus 9, as many had planned.
All of this seems to indicate that OnePlus has mobile gaming in its sights for days to come. The brand is adopting the same strategy that it used for high-end flagships in its early days: to offer users well-designed and capable devices with impressive specifications at much lower prices. OnePlus was a flagship killer then, and now it seems to be looking to become a gaming phone killer. These are the early days, sure, but given OnePlus’ track record of disruption, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the Gaming phones will undergo a drastic change in the coming days. We don’t think consumers would care.