OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20

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OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy Note 20
With the OnePlus 9 Pro now released, offering a smooth 120 Hz display, superb performance and fantastic cameras made in partnership with Hasselblad, is it the better powerhouse phone to pick over the Samsung Galaxy Note 20? Or is the Note 20 holding up just fine against the 2021 OnePlus flagship?

Let's compare the two phones and see just how well they measure up against each other.

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OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 price

The OnePlus 9 Pro with 256GB of storage can be purchased from OnePlus' website for $1,069.

OnePlus 9 Pro

- 12GB + 256GB storage
Buy at OnePlus

OnePlus 9

$499 99
$599 99

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is currently selling for less – $999.99.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Unlocked (128GB) - Mystic Gray

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 design

The OnePlus 9 Pro sports a fairly safe modern 2021 design, with minimal bezels around the display and a small hole punch selfie camera in its top left corner. On the back, its rather large Hasselblad-branded camera module catches the eye, but there's not much else but a OnePlus logo for flare.

The OnePlus 9 Pro features rounded corners all around, weighs just about 197 grams, and is glass on both sides, with a metal frame. Its color options are Stellar Black, Pine Green, and Morning Mist, all glossy.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 too sports minimal bezels around the display and a small, centered hole punch selfie camera. Its back is a bit more lowkey and matte, although it too has an eye-catching camera module.

In terms of weight, the Galaxy Note 20 is actually the lighter phone out of the two, at 194 grams. Its plastic on the back and glass on the front, and comes in the following colors: Mystic Gray, Mystic Bronze, Mystic Green, Mystic Red.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 display

The OnePlus 9 Pro has a 6.7-inch 120 Hz AMOLED display made by none other than Samsung, with a resolution of 3216 x 1440 pixels. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass and is satisfyingly sharp, vivid and bright. Its display refresh rate is actually variable, so to save on battery, it can dynamically change from 120 Hz all the way down to 1 Hz.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 comes with a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, but its refresh rate is the more average 60 Hz, and its resolution is lower – 2400 x 1080. The Note 20's screen too is covered with Gorilla Glass, but isn't as sharp as the OnePlus 9 Pro's screen, due to having less pixels per inch.

OnePlus 9 Pro display specs
  • Display resolution: 3216 x 1440 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 120 Hz
  • Technology and size: AMOLED, 6.7-inch
  • Pixels per inch: 525 PPI

Galaxy Note 20 display specs
  • Display resolution: 2400 x 1080 pixels
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz
  • Technology and size: AMOLED, 6.7-inch
  • Pixels per inch: 393 PPI

As can be seen from the measurements above, the OnePlus 9 display is also the brighter out of the two.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 performance

In our recent OnePlus 9 Pro review we were impressed with its high performance, which is to be expected from a high-spec 2021 flagship. The OnePlus 9 Pro has 12 GB of RAM and is powered by the new Snapdragon 888 processor. In our performance tests it easily beat even the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, let alone the Note 20 itself.

The Galaxy Note 20 is no slouch, but it's still a mid-2020 phone, running on the older Snapdragon 865+ processor and packing less RAM – 8 GB. But while its not quite on the same level as the OnePlus 9 Pro, the Note 20 is still a perfect performer when it comes to 3D gaming or most other tasks.

Choosing between the two shouldn't really come down just to their performance, as both flagships will serve their users well for years to come. The OnePlus 9 Pro is simply the more future-proof one.

Higher is better
OnePlus 9 Pro
Samsung Galaxy Note 20

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 camera

The OnePlus 9 Pro's cameras were notably designed in partnership with legendary camera maker Hasselblad. The phone's main camera is 48 MP (megapixels) and has OIS (optical image stabilization). Additionally there's a 50 MP ultra-wide camera, an 8 MP telephoto one and a 2 MP monochrome sensor.

Photos from the OnePlus 9 Pro's camera come out detailed and with great dynamic range. Portrait shots also look good and so do nighttime shots, where the phone still manages to produce bright and clear images.

When it comes to video recording, the OnePlus 9 Pro is notably the first phone to shoot 4K video at 120 FPS (frames per second), or up to 8K at 30 FPS. In addition, this phone has a neat portrait video feature. Below is a OnePlus 9 Pro video sample at 4K resolution, 30 FPS.

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As for the Galaxy Note 20, its main camera is 12 MP and also has OIS, so does its 64 MP telephoto camera. Additionally, this phone also sports a 12 MP ultra-wide camera.

Photos from the Note 20 look fantastic too, with similarly great dynamic range and detail. And like the OnePlus 9, the Note 20 supports portrait photography.

As for video recording capabilities, the Note 20 also supports up to 8K resolution but at 24 FPS. At 4K or lower resolutions, it can film at 60 FPS too, though. Below is a video sample from the Galaxy Note 20 at 4K, 30 FPS.

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OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 battery life and charging

The OnePlus 9 Pro is packing a 4500 mAh battery and is capable of the impressive 65W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. In our OnePlus 9 Pro review we concluded that although this isn't a two-day phone, especially if you're a heavy user, charging it up from zero to 100% takes just about 30 minutes, which is handy. Even when charging it wirelessly with OnePlus' newest 50W wireless charger, topping it up takes just about 43 minutes.

The Galaxy Note 20 has a smaller 4300 mAh battery and supports the slower 25W wired charging speed. It too can charge wirelessly, but only at 10W. In our review of the Note 20, it also didn't prove to be quite a battery champ, but it's an all-day phone nonetheless.

Both phones come with charging bricks out the box.

Browsing test 60HzHigher is betterBrowsing test 120Hz(hours)Higher is betterVideo Streaming(hours)Higher is better3D Gaming 60Hz(hours)Higher is better3D Gaming 120Hz(hours)Higher is betterFull Charge(hours)Lower is better
OnePlus 9 Pro11h 45 min
11h 29 min
9h 16 min
9h 6 min
No data
0h 30 min
Samsung Galaxy Note 2011h 58 min
No data
7h 17 min
6h 38 min
No data
1h 12 min

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy Note 20 extended specifications

6.7 inches
6.7 inches
Super AMOLED Plus
Refresh rate
89.23 %
89.79 %
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
HDR support, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
System chip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SM8250-AB (7 nm)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 (5 nm)
Octa-core, 1x 3.1GHz Kryo 585 + 3x 2.42GHz Kryo 585 + 4x 1.80GHz Kryo 585, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2840 MHz, Kryo 680, 64-bit
Adreno 650
Adreno 660
Internal storage
128GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
Android (13, 12, 11, 10), Samsung One UI
Android (11), OxygenOS UI
4300 mAh
4500 mAh
Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0, Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging
OnePlus Warp Charge
Talk time (4G)
34 hours
Internet use
LTE: 15 hours; Wi-Fi: 16 hours
Music playback
91.00 hours
Video playback
24.00 hours
Triple camera
Quad camera
Main camera
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.76"; Pixel size: 1.8 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 23 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Second camera
64 MP (Telephoto, OIS, PDAF)
8 MP (Telephoto, OIS, Autofocus)
Aperture size: F2.0; Focal Length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.7"; Pixel size: 0.8 μm
Optical zoom: 3.3x; Aperture size: F2.4; Focal Length: 77 mm; Pixel size: 1.0 μm
Third camera
12 MP (Ultra-wide, Autofocus)
50 MP (Ultra-wide)
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 14 mm; Sensor size: 1/1.56"
Fourth camera
2 MP (Black and White)
Video recording
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (24 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (60 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (960 fps)
7680x4320 (8K UHD) (30 fps), 3840x2160 (4K UHD) (120 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (240 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (480 fps)
OIS, HDR, Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, Object tracking, EIS
OIS, HDR, Continuous autofocus, EIS
10 MP
16 MP
Video capture
3840x2160 (4K UHD)
6.36 x 2.96 x 0.33 inches (161.6 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm)
6.43 x 2.90 x 0.34 inches (163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm)
6.84 oz (194.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (159 g)
6.95 oz (197.0 g)
the average is 5.6 oz (159 g)
Back: Plastic
Back: Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass)
Water, Dust; IP68
Water, Dust; IP68
2D Face unlock, Ultrasonic in-screen fingerprint
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint
n2, n5, n12, n25, n41, n66, n71, n260, n261, SA, NSA, Sub-6, mmWave
n1, n2, n3, n5, n7, n8, n20, n25, n28, n38, n40, n41, n48, n66, n71, n77, n78, NSA
Buyers information
$ 1000
$ 969
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