OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21 5G
- OnePlus 9 review
- OnePlus 9 Pro review
- OnePlus 9 price, release date, features and news
- Samsung Galaxy S21 review
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: design and colors
On the other hand, OnePlus is not changing the design of the OnePlus 9 from the OnePlus 8T too much. The phone resembles the OnePlus 8T quite a lot, at least in the front, with its left-hand-side punch-hole camera and its flat screen. On the back, it has a slight curve for a comfortable hold. As for the colors, the OnePlus 9 comes in three gorgeous colors: Astral Black, Arctic Sky (not available in the States as of now), and Winter Mist.
The OnePlus 9 feels well-balanced and comfortable to hold, and so does the Galaxy S21. One difference to mention here is the S21 has a plastic back, while the OnePlus 9 has a glass back.
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: display
- 120Hz display refresh rate on both
- 6.55-inch vs 6.2-inch display
The Galaxy S21’s 6.2-inch display rocks an FHD+ resolution, meaning 1080 x 2400, and the same resolution graces the OnePlus 9, which has a slightly bigger display at 6.55 inches. The difference in both displays means that, at least on paper, the Galaxy should offer a crisper image with a higher pixel density than the OnePlus 9. However, we are talking here about a few pixels, so that difference is hardly visible with the naked eye.
The OnePlus 9’s display does differ as much from the OnePlus 8T’s, which was graded an A+ by DisplayMate.
Another key feature, present on flagship Android phones, is the 120Hz display refresh rate. The Galaxy S21 has an adaptive 120Hz refresh rate that can go down to 48Hz, depending on the content you are visualizing. The OnePlus 9 also sports a buttery-smooth 120Hz display refresh rate. You can choose between 60Hz and 120Hz for the display, and it does not have the LTPO tech we have with the OnePlus 9 Pro. However, the phone smartly lowers the refresh rate to 60Hz when you’re watching YouTube videos to conserve battery life, given the fact that YouTube videos cannot go as high as 120Hz for refresh rate.
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: hardware and performance
An aspect that’s important to note here is that OnePlus phones are known to remain fast even after years of usage, while other Android phones can get relatively slower, so that’s something worth mentioning when talking about the OnePlus 9 as well.
In terms of operating systems, the OnePlus 9 comes with Oxygen OS 11 on top of Android 11, which is very smooth and now it finally has an auto dark mode. The smooth OS makes using the OnePlus 9 a pleasure and its gesture navigation doesn’t lag as it sometimes does on Galaxy phones. Additionally, it brings customization options and a new Turbo Boost 3.0 memory optimization, helping with apps opened in the background. Gamers can enjoy Pro Gaming Mode that optimizes the CPU and GPU of the phone for gaming and blocks distractions such as notifications.
For the Galaxy S21, we get all the perks of One UI 3.1 and Android 11, which brings revamped notifications and loads of customization options hidden in the wonderful world of Advanced Settings. You get enhanced lock-screen widgets and digital wellbeing applications to help you monitor your smartphone use. Overall, both One UI and OxygenOS are smooth and fast, as is expected from flagship phones.
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: cameras
- Triple cameras on both
- 48MP main vs 12MP main
- 50MP ultrawide vs 64MP zoom
Starting with specs, the Galaxy S21 comes equipped with a triple camera system, featuring a 12MP main sensor, a 64MP zoom camera, and a 12MP ultra-wide camera. The photo quality the phone produces is top-notch: the images have a fantastic dynamic range, true-to-life colors, and sharp details. Overall, photos from the Galaxy S21 turn out great, as you can see on the samples down below.
As for OnePlus, the partnership with Hasselblad is the focus of this year’s flagship models. The OnePlus 9 has Natural Color Calibration with Hasselblad, aimed to deliver more realistic and colorful photographs. The phone is equipped with a 48MP main sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide camera with a large Sony IMX766 sensor (which is the same sensor as in the Pro), and a third sensor that is a monochrome camera.
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: battery life
- 4,500mAh vs 4,000mAh
- wireless charging support on both
- 65W wired vs 25W wired charging
Here we see the OnePlus 9 earn a point, especially with charging. The OnePlus 9 rocks a 4,500mAh battery cell, while the Galaxy S21 comes with a 4,000mAh battery, definitely not small either. In our tests, the Galaxy offers a dependable battery life, but it did score less in our extensive battery tests than the OnePlus 9, although the difference in real life is hardly noticeable between the two.
A strong point the OnePlus 9 earns here is charging: the Warp Charge OnePlus brags with is indeed a great addition to a smartphone in our busy everyday life. The company claims the phone can be charged from 1% to 100% in just 29 minutes, while for 15 minutes, it should get some juice to last you a day.
OnePlus 9 vs Samsung Galaxy S21: price and availability
- OnePlus 9 starts at $729 for base storage
- Galaxy S21 starts at $799 base storage
The OnePlus 9 has now been announced and pre-orders start on March 26, with the official release date of April 2. This is slightly more expensive than what the OnePlus 8 retailed at; however, the price difference isn’t that big for what the phone has to offer. The Galaxy S21 is slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 9 and is already available in the US and globally.