Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

OnePlus 6 (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (6GB RAM, 128GB) 
OnePlus 6 Samsung Galaxy Note 9
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Excellence Score
81.3
91.0
Value for Money Score
72.2
64.9
Price ₹ 39,999 onwards ₹ 61,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.28 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 514 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810 OctaRanked #3 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 20MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 519 Sensor; 1.22 µm Pixel Size; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS); Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 376K Sensor; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Super Slow Motion (1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps), Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Screen Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Rec., Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Smile Capture, Face Beauty F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, 25mm Focal Length, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.75 mm 8.8 mm
Weight 177 gm 201 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes, Dash Charge Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Face Unlock; Gestures and on-screen navigation support; Alert Slider; DLNA; NFC; USB Type-C; MIMO; Dual-band WiFi; WiFi Direct; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The best looking OnePlus phone to date - has a polished refined design, with a glass rear panel, and three distinct (and beautiful) color options (plus the Marvel Avengers edition)
  • Excellent build quality
  • The phone is comfortable to hold, thanks to the curved glass rear
  • Face unlock works great in most conditions, and unlocks the phone in a fraction of a second (except in low light or under very bright sunlight)
  • There is also of course the fingerprint sensor at the back, if you wish to use that instead, and it works great too
  • OnePlus's excellent alert slider is there too (it has now moved to the right side of the phone) - and is now more simplified toggling between 3 simple states - ring, vibrate and silent, with a pop-up that tells you instantly which mode you are switching to every time
  • Excellent display - catches on to the modern 'notch' trend, with a tall screen ratio - the AMOLED screen is vivid, with punchy colours and great viewing angles - videos looks great, and you can also set your own custom colour temperature if you prefer
  • OxygenOS continues to be a huge differentiator for OnePlus - it strikes a great balance between keeping the base UI identical to stock Android but still adding a number of useful additions - like shortcuts, a dark theme, a scrolling screenshot capture tool, and controls for giving the on-screen buttons additional functions, night and reading modes, a choice of system fonts, and configurable colours for the notification LED - all in all, its a great software experience, that ticks the right boxes
  • Another interesting add-on is an optional gesture scheme that lets you get rid of the Android navigation buttons altogether, and gives you a full gesture based navigation scheme like the iPhone X - thus giving you even more screen space to play with - the gestures do take some time to get a hang of, but once you do, they will become second nature
  • There's also a Gaming Mode that not only suppresses non-essential notifications, but can also limit background apps' Internet usage, which can make a difference in online games - you can even route calls directly to the loudspeaker so you don't have to stop playing
  • Top-notch, breathtaking performance, backed by the latest flagship processor from Snapdragon, the Snapdragon 845 - the SoC has eight Kryo 385 cores, integrated Adreno 630 graphics, improved security and image processing subsystems, a faster LTE modem, and even hardware dedicated to AI processing - all of this means the performance is top-bracket, matching (or beating) the Galaxy S9/Plus in benchmark scores
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, significantly improved from the OnePlus 5T - especially in terms of portrait mode photos, low light performance, and video recording (including a new super-slow motion mode)
  • The rear cameras now also come with OIS
  • Decent (though not great) front camera, pretty similar to the OnePlus 5T - a software bokeh mode for the front camera is also there
  • Decent loudspeaker (pretty loud) - although it tends to get blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode
  • Good (but not exceptional) battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support, still one of the best in the business - the Dash Charger takes the phone up from zero to just over 50 percent in half an hour, and gives you a full charge in around an hour and a half
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 6 is good-looking, well crafted, extremely powerful - it is also a solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera - and ultimately the OnePlus 6’s bang for buck is still about the best you can get in the smartphone world
  • Big, stylish phablet, mostly continuing the design from the previous Note series - Samsung continues to do an impressive job cramming a lot of screen into a manageable footprint
  • The fingerprint sensor has now (thankfully) migrated from the side of the camera to underneath it, making it more intuitive to use
  • The new stylus (S-Pen) comes in vibrant color options, and now can be used as a (bluetooth) remote control for the phone - serving as a handy surrogate for those who don’t own a compatible smartwatch - for instance you could control your music player (single click plays/pauses a song, and a double-click extends the track), or you could use it as a shutter button in the camera app which could be a useful way to take a selfie without having to hold the phone at arms’ length
  • Samsung's Android UI is one of the more refined Android UIs, and includes the (somewhat useful) Bixby AI assistant
  • Excellent set of dual rear cameras - up there with the best of the lot, the Pixel 2 and the Galaxy S9 Plus - this time out, most of the camera improvements are on the software side of things - as has been the case for a lot of flagships this year - two features in particular stand out: Scene Optimizer (AI engine to pick the scene you are shooting and tweak settings accordingly) and Flaw Detection (AI engine to pick out and warn about blurry shots, people blinking in the picture etc)
  • Very good selfie camera
  • Very good battery life - with a 4000mAh battery this time, you can now expect the phone to last a full day and night
  • Fast charging, and wireless charging support
  • The new blue and purple paint jobs look excellent
  • On the whole, the Note continues to be Samsung's “innovation brand”, the uber-premium device that allows the company to push the limits of its mobile hardware, and at least for the time being, the Note remains one of the best methods for transporting a whole lot of screen around on your person - the big screen and stylus come together to walk the line between productivity and entertainment - it’s big, it’s bold, and it remains the phablet to beat
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Will also tend to pick up smudges very quickly
  • It's not the easiest to reach all corners of the newly enlarged screen - people who prefer more compact phones might have preferred a smaller-screen option for themselves
  • While OnePlus does claim that the phone has water-resistance, it's not IP rating certified, which likely means that the protection is quite basic
  • A little slippery because of the glass
  • At 177g, the phone is a bit on the the heavier side too
  • The rear and front cameras are good, but not really up to the high benchmarks set by the likes of the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9, or the Pixel 2 - this continues to be the only one significant area, where you will be making a compromise over the best flagship smartphones, when you buy a OnePlus device (of course admittedly for a much lower price)
  • The company’s everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach to the Note line means there are plenty of features that will probably never really make their way into your daily routine - the Note continues to be a phone that's best suited for the most hardcore users
  • Like always, one of the key things about whether you should buy the Note, should be if you see yourself using the stylus for handwritten notes, annotations, making drawings, and the likes - this is always a divided house - some people find it useful as a productivity device, and others not so much
  • The storage options on the line are arguably too extreme (and likely play a part in making the phone so expensive) - with cloud syncing and the rest, it’s hard to imagine many people would come close to those limits in the two or so years until they upgrade the handset
Expert Reviews
  1. Unbeatable value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. OnePlus 6 is a beautiful phone that feels fast and that you will simply enjoy using day in and day out. And the reasonable price? Well, that’s the icing on the cake!
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, shoots amazing portrait mode photos, has a polished refined design and costs much less than other flagship phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6 has hit most of the sweet spots: This is a uniquely gorgeous device with intuitive features, as well as solid battery life and a great camera
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. There’s certainly a lot to like here — attractive design, great display, reliable battery life, fast performance, and great software — and there aren’t any silly, trend-chasing things
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This is a phone you can show off quite proudly
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 6 is built for speed from the ground up
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Here’s a flagship device that gets it right on practically every count
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The OnePlus 6 exceeds expectations in so many ways we can now rightfully call it a flagship killer
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An absolute steal...It’s the best-value phone you can buy right now
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. OnePlus’ finest is still punching above its weight
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
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  19. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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  25. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s too expensive for a lot of us. But it remains the phablet to beat.
    techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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