OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra – Review, specifications and prices

The new OnePlus 9 Pro handset has a 4 camera setup with a main lens of 48 MP, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor chipset and a battery of 4500 mAh. On other side, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also has interesting features. The comparison for both models with new specs are detailed next.

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Specifications

Feature OnePlus 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
Phones specifications
Screen Display 6.77 in (inches) 6.8 in (inches)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Operating System OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) OxygenOS 11 (Android 11)
Resolution 1440 x 3216 pixels 1440 x 3200 pixels
RAM 8 GB (gigabytes) or 12 GB (gigabytes) 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes)
Storage 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes) 128 GB (gigabytes),256 GB (gigabytes),512 GB (gigabytes)
Camera 48/50/8/2 MP 108/12/10/10 MP
Front Camera 16 MP 40 MP
Battery 4500 mAh 5000 mAh

Processor and Operating System

The OnePlus 9 Pro runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and the processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Cortex-A78, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Cortex-A78 and 3 cores of 1.8GHz Cortex-A55. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2840 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture and OnePlus Cool Play. Running on OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) operating system.

Both phones are using the same processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 888..

Meanwhile, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, the second processor has a total of 8 cores composed by 1 core of 2.84 GHz Kryo 680, 3 cores of 2.42 GHz Kryo 680 and 4 cores of 1.8 GHz Kryo. It has a maximum CPU frequency of 2800 MHz (megahertz). Some other special features include 64 bit architecture. And it’s running on OxygenOS 11 (Android 11) OS system.

Graphics Processor (GPU)

The OnePlus 9 Pro is carrying a Qualcomm Adreno 660,840 MHz (megahertz) gpu in the interior and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has the Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Battery

The OnePlus 9 Pro battery capacity is 4500 mAh which is a 11.1% (percent) less powerful than the 5000 mAh offered by the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Some features include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Dual-cell battery, Warp Charge 65T and Warp Charge Wireless 50.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra battery include Wireless charging, Fast charging, Non-removable, Qi/PMA wireless charging – 15 W, Wireless reverse charging – 9 W, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0 and USB Power Delivery 3.0.

Screen

The handset is using a E4 AMOLED display with 1440 x 3216 pixels and a screen size of 6.77 in (inches).

Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is featuring a Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with 1440 x 3200 pixels and a screen size of 6.8 in (inches).

As we can see here, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a 0.4% smaller than Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra screen.
The main display features of both phones are detailed next:

OnePlus 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
10-bit color 120Hz refresh rate
120Hz adaptive refresh rate 1600 cd/m² peak brightness
1300 cd/m² peak brightness Always-On Display
3D curved glass screen Capacitive
Capacitive Gorilla Glass Victus
Corning Gorilla Glass HDR10+
Display manufacturer – Samsung Infinity-O Display
Fluid Display 2.0 Multi-touch
HDR10+ Scratch resistant
Hyper Touch
JNCD ≈0.30
LTPO technology
Motion Graphics Smoothing
Multi-touch
Night Mode
Reading Mode
Scratch resistant
Ultra-high Video Resolution
Vibrant Color Effect Pro

RAM Memory and storage

On the memory hardware side, the OnePlus 9 Pro is carrying a ram memory of 8 GB (gigabytes) or 12 GB (gigabytes) with some features like 5550 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Quad channel.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is coming with a 12 GB (gigabytes) or 16 GB (gigabytes) and it has some features like 2750 MHz (megahertz), LPDDR5 and Double channel.
In the basic edition, the OnePlus 9 Pro gives a 50% more ram memory capacity than Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The maximum ram capacity offered by the OnePlus 9 Pro is 12 gigabytes ,which is a 33.33% smaller than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with 16 gigabytes

How much built-in storage space you can get for apps and saving photos, files and video? The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes). In the basic edition, both phones have the same storage capacity of 128 gigabytes.

The maximum storage capacity offered by the OnePlus 9 Pro is 256 gigabytes ,which is a 100% less than the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with 512 gigabytes

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra gets you or 128 GB (gigabytes) or 256 GB (gigabytes) or 512 GB (gigabytes) of internal storage.

Rear Camera

The OnePlus 9 Pro rear camera setup is composed by 4 lenses of 48/50/8/2 MP , the flash type is LED , a focal length:23 mm , carrying a sensor like Sony IMX789 Exmor RS , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.2 f/2.4 f/2.4 respectively.

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Meanwhile the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra rear camera comes with 4 lenses of 108/12/10/10 MP , the flash type is Dual LED , a focal length 35 mm:24 mm , carrying sensor like Samsung S5KHM3 Camera sensor size:8.17 x 10.82 mm , a pixel size of 0.8 µm (micrometers) and aperture lens of f/1.8 f/2.2 f/2.4 f/4.9 respectively.

OnePlus 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
12-bit RAW 1080p @ 240 fps
2×2 OCL 10x hybrid optical zoom (#4)
2×2 OCL (#2) 10x optical zoom (#3)
3.3x optical zoom (#3) 2160p @ 60 fps
3-element lens (#4) 3x optical zoom (#4)
7-element lens (#2) 720p @ 960 fps
Angle of view – 110.3° (#2) Angle of view – 10° (#4)
Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2) Angle of view – 120° (#2)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3) Angle of view – 35° (#3)
Aperture size – f/2.4 (#4) Aperture size – f/2.2 (#2)
Autofocus Aperture size – f/2.4 (#3)
Continuous shooting Aperture size – f/4.9 (#4)
Contrast detection autofocus (CDAF) Autofocus
Digital image stabilization Continuous shooting
Digital Overlap HDR Digital zoom
Digital zoom Dual Phase Detection (#2)
Exposure compensation Dual Phase Detection (#3)
Face detection Dual Phase Detection (#4)
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 14 mm (#2) Exposure compensation
Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 77 mm (#3) Face detection
Fourth rear camera – 2 MP (mono) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 13 mm (#2)
Freeform lens (#2) Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 240 mm (#4)
Geotagging Focal length (35 mm equivalent) – 72 mm (#3)
Hasselblad Pro mode Fourth rear camera – 10 MP (telephoto)
Hasselblad technology Geotagging
HDR HDR
ISO settings HDR10+ video recording
Laser autofocus (LAF) ISO settings
Macro mode Laser autofocus (LAF)
OIS (#3) Nona Super Phase Detection
Optical image stabilization Nonacell pixel size – 2.4 m (9-in-1 pixel binning)
Optical zoom Object tracking AF
Panorama OIS (#3)
Phase detection autofocus (PDAF) OIS (#4)
Scene mode Optical image stabilization
Secondary rear camera – 50 MP (ultra-wide) Optical zoom
Self-timer Panorama
Sensor version – Sony IMX766 (#2) Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Sensor size – 1/1.56″ (#2) Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#3)
Third rear camera – 8 MP (telephoto) Pixel size – 1.22 µm (#4)
Touch focus Pixel size – 1.4 µm (#2)
White balance settings Scene mode
Secondary rear camera – 12 MP (ultra-wide angle)
Self-timer
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#3)
Sensor version – Samsung ISOCELL 3J1 (#4)
Sensor version – Sony IMX563 (#2)
Sensor size – 1/2.55″ (#2)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#3)
Sensor size – 1/3.24″ (#4)
Sensor type – ISOCELL Bright
Third rear camera – 10 MP (periscope telephoto)
Touch focus
White balance settings

Front Camera – Selfie

The OnePlus 9 Pro comes with a 16 MP in the front.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a 40 MP as a main front-camera.

Some other front camera features are detailed next:

OnePlus 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
16 MP 40 MP
Aperture:f/2.4 Aperture:f/2.2
Digital image stabilization Auto HDR
Face unlock Autofocus
HDR HDR
Pixel size:1 µm /0.001000 mm Phase detection autofocus (PDAF)
Sensor model:Sony IMX471 Exmor RS Phase detection with Dual Pixel
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor) Pixel size:0.7 µm /0.000700 mm
Sensor model:Samsung S5KGH1
Sensor size:5.13 x 6.51 mm /0.33 in
Sensor type – ISOCELL Plus
Sensor type:CMOS (complementary metal-oxide semiconductor)
TetraCell RGB Bayer Pattern

Data network and speed connectivity/bandwidth

The mobile networks technologies improve the communication between devices, connectivity speed and files download/upload bandwidth depending of the place.

OnePlus 9 Pro Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
5G NSA 5G NSA
5G SA 5G SA
Built-in 5G modem Built-in 5G modem
EDGE EDGE
EV-DO Rev. A(1.8/3.1 Mbit/s) GPRS
GPRS HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s)
HSPA+(5.76/ 42 Mbit/s) LTE Cat 20
LTE Cat 20 UMTS(384 kbit/s)
TD-
TD-SCDMA
UMTS(384 kbit/s)

Price

The OnePlus 9 Pro price is $970 (8 GB + 128 GB) or $1070 (12 GB + 256 GB) and the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra price tag is 1200 (12 GB + 128 GB) or $1250 (12 GB + 256 GB) or $1380 (16 GB + 512 GB)

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