OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5
Now, you may be wondering which one of these two phones to go for if you want a powerful phone with a great camera. In this article, we explore all the differences they have in all key categories: design, hardware, performance, cameras, and battery life, to help you with your decision.
- OnePlus 9 review
- OnePlus 9 price, release date, features and news
- OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21
- OnePlus 9 vs OnePlus 9 Pro
- Google Pixel 5 review
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 design and colors
Talking about the Pixel, we should note that it sports a minimalistic design with a metal body and only two color options to choose from – Just Black and Sorta Sage. These colors are to be expected from Google’s usual simple approach to smartphone design. The Pixel 5 supports wireless charging and has a water-resistant IP68 rating, both features somehow expected of a flagship phone.
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 display
- 6.55-inch OLED, 120Hz refresh rate vs 6.0-inch OLED, 90hz refresh rate
The same can be said for the refresh rate of both phones’ displays. Although a difference between 60Hz and 90Hz/120Hz is clearly visible, one between 90Hz and 120Hz is hardly noticeable with a naked eye. This means that, at least for the average user, both phones should look smooth and fluid. Of course, the mightier processor hidden beneath the OnePlus 9’s premium body may affect the way those phones look in terms of smoothness, but more on the processors later.
We know that the Pixel 5’s display is indeed a pleasure to look at with crisp and vivid colors and contrast. The feeling you get from the OnePlus 9’s punchy screen is similar, thanks to those rich colors OLED provides.
Of course, one difference worth paying attention to is the display ratio of the two phones. The OnePlus 9 is the narrower device with a ratio of 20:9, which makes it more comfortable for scrolling on social media, while the Pixel 5’s slender 19:9 hits the nice middle-ground for both widescreen video and browsing. Overall, both phones offer the premium feel of viewing a flagship phone’s display.
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 hardware and performance
- Snapdragon 765G vs Snapdragon 888
- 8GB of RAM
- 128GB or 256GB for the OnePlus 9, 128GB for the Pixel 5
Here are some benchmarks that you can use to see how the Snapdragon 888 in the OnePlus 9 fares against the Snapdragon 765G in the Pixel 5:
It’s worth noting that the Pixel 5 is not a slow phone and when we were testing it for our Pixel 5 review, we discovered that it offers great everyday performance, good enough for the majority of people. However, if you really want those blazing-fast speeds and an ultra-powerful chip, the OnePlus 9 has more to offer. If you’re into gaming, you might also choose to go for the more powerful and energy-efficient OnePlus 9, which even has the OnePlus Cool Play cooling system, preventing the phone from overheating during intensive gaming.
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 cameras
As we all probably know, Pixel phones are famous for their camera prowess. And the Pixel 5 doesn’t disappoint in this department either, despite its modest-looking camera spec sheet. Equipped with a dual-cam setup, the Pixel 5 has a 12.2MP main sensor and a 16MP ultra-wide sensor. On the front, the phone sports an 8MP selfie camera.
On the other hand, there’s OnePlus’ new partnership with leading camera company Hasselblad. The phone has a 48MP main camera which has a custom-designed Sony IMX689 sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide custom sensor, the same as on the OnePlus 9 Pro, and a third camera serving as a monochrome sensor. The new ultra-wide sensor does help the OnePlus 9 avoid distortions and aberrations typical for a wide lens.
We know for a fact that the Pixel 5 delivers great photo quality in a variety of challenging situations, producing detailed images with lifelike colors and excellent dynamic range. Selfies from the phone turn out generally well exposed, and skin tones are also realistic.
The photos from the OnePlus 9 have seen an improvement since last year. Photos turn out detailed, with very realistic color accuracy and great HDR performance. The Nightscape mode is also bringing great nighttime photos that are a lot brighter than last year.
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 battery life
- 4,500mAh (rumored) vs 4,080mAh
- 45W fast wired charging vs 18W fast wired charging
The Pixel 5, on the other hand, has a smaller battery (bigger in comparison to older Pixel models), which can go for around a day and a half on a single charge with light to moderate usage. Lighter users should get 48h on a single charge.
The OnePlus wins a strong point here thanks to those ultra-fast charging speeds. It supports 65W fast wired charging, while the Pixel 5 maxes out at 18W.
OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5 price and availability
- $729 vs $699