Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus vs OnePlus 9 Pro4
The OnePlus 9Pro delivers on all fronts, mostly in the camera department and manages to keep some of its specs-sheet advantages. All things considered, we see it being the better phone overall. But even then, OnePlus is facing Samsung's multi-billion-dollar marketing machine. If OnePlus doesn't manage to steal some mind share from Samsung, the OnePlus 9 Pro will remain a winner only among tech enthusiasts. And while that's no small feat, it's not what OnePlus is aiming for anymore.
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Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Design and display
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 hole-punch selfie camera is still at the top-center position, no under-display cameras for the S-series just yet, but they are certainly coming sooner than later.
It's worth noting that Samsung is scaling back the resolution to 1080p, whereas OnePlus, on the other hand, sticks to QHD+ for its top phone. Provided that this doesn't take a heavy toll on the battery, it's a welcome stay. Both the Galaxy S21+ and the OnePlus 9 Pro offer variable refresh rates: the Galaxy S21+ goes from 48 to 120Hz, whereas OnePlus founder and Pete Lau himself teased that the OnePlus 9 Pro will go from 1 to 120Hz, which would likely introduce further battery savings, especially when static content is being viewed.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Hardware
OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a 4,500mAh. 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. And indeed, it seems that Samsung gets the 'W' in this category. However, in terms of charging, the OnePlus is well ahead. The company has traditionally been pushing the envelope when it comes to charging speeds and the OnePlus 9 Pro lives to glorify those achievements. It takes just half an hour to charge the phone with the Warp Charge 65T charger, and charging wirelessly with OnePlus' new wireless charger, the OnePlus 9 Pro does the job in just 43 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Camera
When it comes to the camera of the Galaxy S21+, hardware has been left largely unchanged from what we got on the Galaxy S20+. Is that bad? Yes... and no. The Galaxy S20+ was an adept camera system for early 2020, but it's 2021 now and the bar has been raised. We get the same 12MP wide and ultra-wide cameras and a 64MP 3X telephoto snapper with a 10MP selfie shooter to boot but with some minor alterations here and there. For example, the ultra-wide angle camera has scored a wider F1.8 aperture as well as phase-detection autofocus, which is a good thing, but apart from that, the telephoto still relies on cropping a large sensor instead of regular optics for zooming, and Samsung has also ditched the ToF sensor at the back, so things even out.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ vs OnePlus 9 Pro: Software
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.