Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro
Samsung surprised us this year with a price reduction across the whole S21 line. That, combined with OnePlus’s creep towards higher prices, means that the two phones might be as closely matched as ever, at least as far as their price tags are concerned.
And while we’re still far from the official release of the OnePlus 9 Pro, it doesn’t hurt to go through what we know and what we can safely assume about it and compare how it will stack against the new Galaxy S21+. Of course, as we learn more about the OnePlus 9 Pro, we’ll make sure to update this article to accurately represent the up to date situation.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Design comparison
When it comes to design, unsurprisingly, there aren’t any major changes between the new generation and the previous one, on both sides.
One the Samsung side, there are two notable changes made to the design of the Galaxy S21+. First is the design of the camera bump that now flows over the edge of the phone. The other is that the 6.7-inch display of the Galaxy S21+ will be completely flat unlike last year’s S20+, which still had a slight curvature around the edges. It seems that after being the company that pioneered the curved-edge displays, Samsung is also the first to start phasing them out.
The OnePlus is also getting a corner camera bump much more similar in design to a Samsung one from 2020, unlike that of the previous OnePlus models. The 9 Pro will keep the corner front-facing camera as well, which is the preferred look for many people.
It's worth noting that Samsung is scaling back the resolution to 1080p, leaving 1440 only on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. OnePlus, on the other hand, is expected to stick to QHD for its top phone despite it expected to be cheaper than the S21+.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Specs comparison
No battery leaks around the OnePlus 9 Pro yet, so for now we're betting on capacity close to that of the OnePlus 8 Pro. Тhe Galaxy S21+, meanwhile, got a bump to 4,800mAh. Combined with the more efficient 5nm chip, the 1080p display and the adaptive refresh rate, the result should be a big jump in battery life for the Samsung phone.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Camera comparison
Some unexciting here, at least in camp Samsung. The Galaxy S21 Plus has an almost identical camera system to its predecessor. This means a 12MP main sensor, a 64MP one that serves as a telephoto camera, and another 12MP sensor but this time with a ultra-wide-angle lense. The depth sensor from the Galaxy S20+ is missing from the S21+, a loss no one would care about.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Software comparison
Software is a big differentiator between Samsung and OnePlus. OnePlus phones run OxygenOS, which keeps the overall aesthetics very close to those of the "stock" Android, but enhanced with some extra features OnePlus deems essential. It's fast and light and you get only a few OnePlus apps preinstalled, everything else is Google's own apps.