Samsung Galaxy S21 vs One Plus 9: Which one to buy in 2021?

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs One Plus 9: Which one to buy in 2021?

Buying a cellphone is surely a tiring task. People who change their mobiles frequently are kind of aware of the specifications they need to look for while buying a new cell phone. However, as there are multiple phone brands present in the market nowadays, it surely becomes a hectic and mindboggling task to choose the right one for yourself. Various mobile brands such as Samsung, Apple, Oppo, Huawei, and HTC are available for users. What makes a mobile stand out amongst the crowd is its specifications and features. Let us compare the features and details of the two recently introduced phones; One Plus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S21.


One Plus 9 will be available in two impressive colors, silver and green, for users who want to carry an elegant phone. If we talk about Samsung S21, it is available in various colors including Phantom White, Phantom Gray, Phantom Pink, and Phantom Violet. As it is available in a wide range of shades, it easily targets a wide customer base who can choose their desired color according to their choice.

The variations in the colors prove the fact that Samsung’s main aim is to target a broader customer segment as compared to One Plus. Samsung Galaxy S21 has a gorilla glass with a plastic back cover whereas One Plus has a gorilla glass as its glass front along with a glass back. Moving towards the SIM section, Samsung has a single sim or dual hybrid same whereas One Plus 9 includes a dual-sim section. Samsung Galaxy S21 consists of a Samsung Pay option which allows the users to use Visa and MasterCard. Moreover, it comes with a dust-resistant feature along with the water-resistant one. Now, the dust-resistant feature is surely something new.

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Specifications Comparison

Both the phones have 16 million colors on their display. One Plus 9 has a slightly bigger display than the Galaxy S21 i.e. 6.55 inch as compared to the 6.3-inch screen of Samsung. The screens of both phones are protected by gorilla glass. Both phones have an android operating system. Samsung Galaxy S21 has an Android 11 One UI 3.0 whereas One Plus 9 has an Android 11 OxygenOS user interface 11.

Samsung Galaxy S21’s chipset has Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 whereas One Plus 9 has Qualcomm Snapdragon865. Both the phones have an Octa-Core CPU speed. One Plus has an additional performance feature as it consists of Adriano 650 graphic Processor. This makes One Plus’s performance even more efficient and strong. Galaxy S21 has a microSDXC slot whereas One Plus doesn’t have any external memory storage space. Therefore, this feature increases Samsung’s storage ability as compared to One Plus. Both the phones have similar RAM space which is 8/12 GB RAM. Both of them also have 128/256 GB storage space.

Camera Comparison

Moving on towards the cameras. Samsung Galaxy S21 has a triple camera. The triple camera is based on 12 Megapixels whereas the back camera has 64 megapixels with a 1.1 zoom feature. One Plus 9 has a 48 Megapixels quad camera. Galaxy S21 has a flash LED along with an automatic HDR whereas One Plus 9 has a dual-LED flash with panorama and HDR feature.

Capturing high-quality videos with a phone is essential as video cameras can’t be carried everywhere, both these phones come with high-quality video capturing features. Samsung S21 has an 8K video recording feature along with 24/32 frames per second whereas One Plus 9 has a 4K video recording option with 30/60 frames per second. Samsung Galaxy S21 has a 10-megapixel camera specifically designed for clicking selfies whereas the One Plus 9 has a 32-megapixel selfie camera. So, if you are a selfie-person, One Plus 9 is a better option for you. Samsung Galaxy S21 supports a 4G network whereas One Plus 9 supports a 5G network.

Price Range

The prices of both these phones are somewhat similar. Samsung Galaxy S21 can be bought for 760 USD whereas One Plus 9’s price is 599 USD. This shows that the prices have no major difference, so the customers can make their decision by analyzing the features.

Release Date

The release date of Samsung Galaxy S21 is February 2021 as announced by the brand whereas One Plus 9’s release date has not been announced yet. The customers are eagerly waiting for the release of their potential phones. As now, we are familiar with the key specifications, features, and prices of both the upcoming phones, we can make the right decision regarding our new phones. Both Oneplus 9 and Samsung Galaxy S21 have impressive features, however, the customers can choose according to their own preferences as different features are required by different people. Although Samsung has a stronger customer base, One Plus 9’s outstanding features make it a strong competitor for Samsung. So, thoroughly go through the features and details and make the correct decision accordingly.

Masab Farooque
Masab Farooque is a Tech Geek, Writer, and Founder at The Panther Tech. He is also a lead game developer at 10StaticStudios. When he is not writing, he is mostly playing video games