OnePlus 3  Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro  
OnePlus 3Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro
magic score89.967.0
PriceRs. 27,999 onwardsRs. 32,490 onwards
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Launch Date (India)Jun, 2016Sep, 2016
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0, Expected upgrade to 7.0Android 6.0
Screen Size5.5 inches6 inches
Screen Resolution1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch)1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Display FeaturesOptic AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4), Night Mode DisplaySuper AMOLED, Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 4)
Processor2.2 GHz1.8 GHz
Processor TypeQuad CoreOcta Core
Processor NameQualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820Qualcomm MSM8976 Snapdragon 652
GPUAdreno 530Adreno 510
HD Video RecordingYes (4K)Yes (Full HD)
Internal Memory64 GB32 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 256 GB
FM RadioYes
Thickness7.35 mm7.9 mm
Weight158 gm210 gm
Battery Capacity3000 mAh5000 mAh
Battery Talktime (3G)N/A33.00 hrs
Other Battery ParametersN/AInternet Usage Time (3G): 17 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): 20 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): 21 hrs, Video Playback Time: 26 hrs, Audio Playback Time: 109 hrs
Editor's Note [Positives]
  • Excellent build quality
  • Premium, high-end aluminum unibody design that gives the phone a truly elevated aesthetic compared to its predecessors
  • Super sleek at 7.35mm
  • Chamfered details around the display and charging port catch and reflect light to add to the looks
  • OnePlus' useful notification toggle is carried over from the previous OnePlus device, and is handy as ever
  • Bright, sharp AMOLED display
  • Oxygen OS UI keeps things nice, simple, and close to stock Android, is quite stable, and adds useful touches like the "shelf" homescreen, as well as handy customization options for power users - overall it works very well, and doesn't include any bloatware
  • Breathtaking, and flagship-beating performance backed by powerful hardware and an astounding 6GB of RAM
  • Excellent heat management - the phone doesn't get hot even when put under high stress levels
  • Very good camera, that compares well with the top flagship phones
  • Camera interface is fast, minimalistic, and intuitive
  • Support for 4K video, as well as time-lapse and slow-motion movies
  • Front camera is excellent too
  • Good battery life that is helped by good software optimizations - lasts the whole day even with heavy use
  • Super quick charging battery (OnePlus calls it "Dash Charging") that can completely charge the phone from 0 to 100% in a little more than 1 hour, beating other "quick charging" phones by a good margin
  • Incredibly fast and accurate fingerprint sensor
  • Decent loudspeaker, with good volume levels
  • Excellent audio quality via headphones
  • Premium glass-metal design
  • With small bezel size (just 2.7mm) the overall size is kept relatively manageable for such a large screen device
  • The flattened mid section too helps in making it easy to hold
  • Samsung's expertise in making good AMOLED screen shines through in the A9 Pro as well - although the resolution is relatively low at 1080p, the screen looks sharp, offers superb contrast, viewing angles and brightness
  • If you find the colours not to your liking, you can also switch modes from the display settings (adaptive/cinema photo/basic modes)
  • Good overall speed/performance, powered by the Snapdragon 652 processor, paired with 4GB RAM - offers the same class of performance as previous generation flagships - but falls behind the current Snapdragon 820 phones like Le Max 2 and Mi5 which are available in even lower price brackets
  • The 16MP primary camera offers good quality results and has optical image stabilization - although it is easily outclassed by the top camera phones in this price range like the OnePlus 3
  • The battery is massive at 5, 000mAh and combined with the efficient Snapdragon 652, delivers two full days of battery life
  • Fast charging support (30 minutes of charging will give you about a 30 per cent charge)
  • On the whole, if you want a really large screen smartphone from one of the top brands, A9 Pro is a good deal, but if you are ok about going with middle level or smaller brands, you can do better by getting better performance, more RAM, storage and better cameras at a cheaper price
Editor's Note [Negatives]
  • The camera forms a distinct, thick bulge at the back of the phone
  • No major negatives
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