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Given that Samsung has running promos for the Galaxy S21 Ultra that bring its starting price down to a grand, while OnePlus issued its first $999 phone last year, the OnePlus 8 Pro, it doesn’t seem illogical to compare the upcoming OnePlus 9 Pro with Samsung’s finest for the season any more. Key OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra differences to expect:
- 6.7″ vs 6.8″ 120Hz displays
- 8GB vs 12GB starting RAM
- 256GB vs 512GB maximum storage
- 3x vs 10x zoom
- 4500mAh vs 5000mAh battery
- 65W vs 25W fast charging
OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra price, size, and display differences
Displays: 6.7″ vs 6.8″ 1440p 120Hz LTPO variable refresh displays
Colors: Dark gray, light gray, blue, and green vs vs Silver, Black, Brown, Navy, Titanium
OnePlus 9 Pro concept colors
Why at the back the phones won’t look all that different, camera island at the top right corner and all, Samsung’s Infinity-O design moved the punch hole for the front camera in the middle of the display while OnePlus 9 Pro will keep it at the top left corner. The OnePlus mute switch is, naturally, expected to remain setting the buttons of the 9 Pro apart from the Ultra.
We hope it will be enough to match or beat the 6.8″ LTPO panel of the S21 Ultra that can reach record brightness, and offers granular 10Hz-120Hz refresh rate at the full display resolution. One thing the 9 Pro won’t be able to replicate, though – the active S Pen digitizer that the S21 Ultra has.
OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs, performance and battery life
OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra camera comparison
In any case, with the 8 Pro OnePlus finally demonstrated that it can create pretty decent camera kits and we expect the 9 Pro to perform comparatively well. The monstrous camera set on the S21 Ultra, however – 108MP main sensor plus 10x/3x optical zoom cameras – will be hard to beat for any current phone, not just the 9 Pro.