OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: What Buyers Need to Know

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The new OnePlus 6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ are two of the best Android smartphones available in 2018. If you’re looking for a new phone, these should be at the top of your list, and here’s why. We’ll go over what you need to know about both and help you decide which phone is right for you.

OnePlus is slowly becoming a household name due to having high-end phones for half the price of the competition. The new OnePlus 6 kicks that up a notch, literally, with a 6.3-inch screen and a $529 price tag.

This year the company looks to match Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ or the iPhone X in style while delivering a high-end experience across the board. And while Samsung’s Galaxy phones are hard to beat, this comes close. Here’s how the two compare.

A big part of your buying decision will be what you need and how much you can afford. That’s also what makes the OnePlus 6 special. It’s a no-compromises smartphone with all the bells and whistles for a lot less than you’ll pay for an iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8. You’ll have to decide if some of the extra Galaxy S9+ features are worth the $300 price increase.

The Galaxy S9+ went on sale back in March, so most buyers have a good idea of what to expect already. Not to mention it’s nearly identical to the Galaxy S8+ from last year. And while the OP6 is similar to the OnePlus 5T, a lot changed.

Both of these phones have huge screens, tons of power, plenty of storage, and dual cameras on the back. For the first time, the new OnePlus 6 matches Samsung across the board. Well, aside from a few small features like wireless charging. There are pros and cons with each, and you’ll have to decide which ones are more important to you.

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Display

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Display

First things first, the biggest difference between these phones is usually the screen, but that’s no longer the case.

This year, the OnePlus 6 delivers a beautiful 6.28-inch 1080p HD AMOLED display. It’s a hair bigger than the S9+, and slightly smaller than the Note 8. And yes, it’s only 2280 x 1080p, but Samsung’s phones run at 1080p out of the box too, not Quad-HD.

So, you’re getting a big 1080p HD AMOLED screen with both phones. Samsung’s S9+ is 6.2 while the OP6 is 6.28-inches. Both phones are using a 2:1 long and skinny aspect ratio, and a nearly bezel-free design.

Basically, it comes down to this. If you hate the notch, get the Galaxy S9+. That’s because OnePlus copied the iPhone and has a notch on the top front. You can hide it with software, but then you’ll have a bezel just like older phones, or like the S9.

With the Galaxy S9+, you get what’s likely a better screen that’s nearly the same size, but it has curved edges. This gives it a premium look and feel, but could make it more fragile. Both designs give you a huge screen without taking up a lot of space, it just comes down to your wants, needs, or preferences.

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Design

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Design
Honestly, the OnePlus 6 looks a bit like a Samsung Galaxy on the back. They completely got rid of the “iPhone-look” from previous generations.

Just like Samsung, the OnePlus 6 has a premium metal and glass design, with glass covering the front and the back. So, it’s no longer the more durable phone between the two. They’re both covered in glass, and they both can easily break if you drop one.

Both phones have a huge screen with tiny bezels, two cameras on the back, and a fingerprint scanner under those cameras. Sadly though, even with a glass-back on the OnePlus 6, it doesn’t have wireless charging. That’s a feature you’ll have to buy a Samsung to get, or maybe the LG G7.

Without arguing about the design forever, here’s what you need to know. The Galaxy S9+ has wireless charging, it’s water-resistant, and you’ll enjoy dual stereo speakers. Those key things are all missing from the OnePlus 6.  Do you need wireless charging though?

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Specs

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Specs
Speaking of the specs, and what each phone does and doesn’t have, here’s how the two compare on paper. They’re both super powerful and high-end. One just costs a lot less.

OnePlus 6 Specs

  • 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080p Full HD Optic AMOLED Display
  • Snapdragon 845 Processor with 6-8GB of RAM (Same processor as S9)
  • 64, 128, or 256GB of storage, no microSD slot
  • 16MP + 20MP Rear Camera (f/1.7, OIS, EIS, 4K) Finally, optical image stabilization
  • 16 Megapixel f/2.0 front-facing selfie camera
  • Android 8.1 Oreo (or Android P beta)
  • Rear fingerprint scanner, Fast Face Unlock, more
  • 3,300 mAh battery with fast Dash Charging
  • Daily Water-Resistance (whatever that means)
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack, BT 5.0, NFC, 4G LTE, alert slider
  • Mirror Black, Midnight Black, or Silk White color options

Looks good, right? Compare that to the Galaxy S9+.

Galaxy S9+ Specs

  • 6.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Curved Infinity AMOLED Display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of AM (only on S9+)
  • 64GB of internal storage with microSD expansion
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with Samsung TouchWiz
  • 12 Dualpixel Rear Cameras (Both 12MP) – OIS, phase detection auto-focus, f/1.5-2.4 variable aperture lens, 4K, more
  • 8 megapixel front camera with auto focus
  • Fingerprint and Iris Scanners
  • IP68 dust & water resistance
  • 3,500 mAh battery with wireless charging
  • Always-On Display
  • Samsung Pay
  • USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bixby AI, more

As you can see, this is a closer battle than ever before. OnePlus is aiming right for Samsung with this phone. You can get more RAM and more storage from OnePlus, but it doesn’t have a microSD slot. Samsung does.

Samsung probably has the better camera, Samsung has water-resistance, and Samsung has wireless charging. Not to mention Samsung Pay and Bixby. Then again, the OnePlus 6 is only $529. You’re getting 95% of the phone for 60% of the cost.

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Cameras

OnePlus 6 vs Galaxy S9+: Cameras
While we’re comparing the specs, one important area we need to talk about is the camera. That’s because everyone loves taking photos with their phone.

The camera is always one of the weakest links for OnePlus, but that’s no longer the case this year. They’re using a bigger 1.22um sensor with a fast f/1.7 aperture, and it finally has optical and electronic image stabilization. At least the main camera. The secondary lens is 20MP and helps take portrait-mode photography and a few other things. It’s not a zoom lens like earlier in 2017.

Samsung’s Galaxy S9+ has a similar dual camera setup with 12MP cameras. Both are 12MP, both have optical image stabilization, and one has a variable aperture camera to get the best lighting in any situation. Samsung’s also using a larger sensor size that captures more light, quicker, and has a better autofocus system.

Unless something crazy is going on, the Galaxy S9+ will undoubtedly have the better camera. That said, the OnePlus 6 should have the best camera we’ve ever seen from OnePlus. It’s not Samsung good, but it’s close. You’ll just need to decide how much extra you want to spend for those improvements.

OnePlus 6 Release Date & Price

OnePlus 6 Release Date & Price
Here’s where things really get interesting. The Galaxy S9+ is readily available from all major carriers (including Verizon) and it costs around $839-$940 depending on what carrier you buy it from. Even the unlocked model from Samsung costs over $800.

It’s an amazing phone, one of the best, and you’ll love it.

However, the OnePlus 6 gets you a pretty similar experience for only $529. Yes, the base model is 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, for $529. You can get 128GB and 8GB of RAM for $579, or even buy a 256GB model. You’ll be able to get a OnePlus 6 starting on May 22nd.

At the end of the day, the OnePlus 6 is around $300 cheaper than the Galaxy S9+. All while delivering a very similar experience aside from a few features like wireless charging and water-resistance. That said, those extra features and the better camera really deliver a premium experience that’s hard to match.

Take your pick.




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