After being the flagship killer in the early years, OnePlus officially joined the flagship ranks with its Pro Series a few years ago. And its latest Pro device, the OnePlus 9 Pro, consolidates its premium segment presence with a starting price of Rs 64,999. Although the Android premium segment was not as crowded a few years ago, when you have options here from things like HTC, LG, Huawei, Sony Ericsson and Google, it’s not going for a plain ceiling. The Galaxy S21 + comes with a higher price but the Galaxy S comes with a legacy. Some might even say S21, but for those looking at the relatively compact flagship we think that particular device is more. If you are currently looking for a premium Android phone, and do not have the bucks required for the S21 Ultra, you may be stuck between the Galaxy S21 + and the OnePlus 9 Pro. Which one of them do you have? Let me try and figure it out.
Appearance and design
Both phones come with a glass front and a back. However, the metal-enclosed camera unit and the smooth and slightly curved back of the Samsung device (pictured above) are expected to give a much clearer edge on the smartphone, but the slightly more routine-looking OnePlus 9 Pro (below) – some may prefer the curved glass front of the OnePlus S21 + The flat in is more than one.
The S21 + is also thinner than the OnePlus 9 Pro (7.8mm versus 8.7mm) and shorter in length (161.5mm compared to 163.2mm). Yes, it’s a little heavier than the new OnePlus, but we think the Galaxy S21 + will definitely dominate the Never Settler in the looks segment, especially if you go for the Phantom Black variant, one of the best looking Android phones anywhere. Both phones are built-in and have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, but only one really turns heads.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 +
A few years ago, you could not hold back any brand that challenged the Samsung flagship in the exhibition segment. However, the OnePlus 9 Pro (above) does just that and gives a much better performance (pun intended). Both phones have 6.7-inch displays, the OnePlus 9 features a liquid AMOLED one and the Galaxy S21 + (below) a dynamic AMOLED one.
OnePlus, however, has a much higher resolution – quad HD (3,216 x 1,440) compared to full HD (2,400 x 1,080) on the S21 +. Both phones have a 120 Hz refresh rate display with variable refresh rates, while the OnePlus has a drop of 1 Hz, while the S21 + varies between 48 Hz and 120 Hz. In terms of spec, the OnePlus 9 Pro has everything for it, but when it comes to the actual look, I think the S21 + looks very vibrant and vibrant. The performance of the OnePlus 9 Pro is really good, but a little extra on the S21 +. Samsung effect? I do not know, but despite its low resolution, I give it to the S21 +. And really surprised.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy S21 +