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The OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

OnePlus 5 (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro 
OnePlus 5 Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro
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Excellence Score
68.1
46.8
Value for Money Score
63.5
53.4
Price ₹ 35,999 onwards ₹ 32,641 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2017 Jan, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 5.5 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x1920 pixels (~ 401 pixels per inch) 1080x1920 pixels (~ 367 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass
Display Features Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display Super AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 1.95 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 653Ranked #23 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 510
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 20MP 16.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features Camera 1: Sony IMX398 Sensor; F/1.7 Aperture; 1.12um Pixel Size; Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Camera 2: F/2.6 Aperture; Sony IMX350 Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF); 2X Optical Zoom, Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image F/1.9 Aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty F/1.9 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.25 mm 6.9 mm
Weight 153 gm 189 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
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
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; DLNA; NFC; USB Audio Support; Noise Filtration Fast Battery Charging; NFC; ANT+ Support; FM Recording; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-notch build quality, with the ergonomics, handling, and aesthetics of a true high-end premium device
  • Good AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • Performance is blazing fast all round - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium - and not just in benchmarks, but in real-life use
  • The 8GB of included RAM is simply astounding, and unmatched by any other phone till date - making the phone as future-proof as is possible - although any differences in real-life performance relative to the 6GB version may be hard to notice at present
  • Very good dual camera setup - giving arguably the best camera phone in this price bracket - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - overall the camera is fast and reliable
  • Videos shot are also pretty decent (although it misses out on video stabilisation, which was present in the OnePlus 3/3T)
  • Good loudspeaker - improving significantly over the OnePlus 3/3T
  • Very solid battery life - offering a significant improvement over the already very good OnePlus 3T in real life use
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds
  • On the whole, leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business, the OP5 matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
  • Elegant, premium metal design
  • At 6.9 mm, it is really slim - doesn’t feel like a “big phone” when you first hold it - its slim profile and the slight curves near the edges make for a decent and comfortable grip
  • That's not the only ergonomic advantage this phone has - it is also considerably lighter than its peers at 189 grams
  • Very good display with punchy and pleasantly oversaturated colours - viewing angles, and brightness levels are excellent too
  • The huge size of the display makes it especially well suited for media consumption
  • Auto-brightness adjustments are smooth as well
  • Touchwiz UI over Android is light, and adds a nice bunch of features like the "Always On" display
  • Very good performance - has oodles of RAM and the Snapdragon 653 inside is slick and fast - in regular use, the phone is fluid and doesn't skip a beat in any way - things are largely flagship-like, and it's only in the most demanding games that you might notice a performance drop from the Snapdragon 820/821
  • Decent rear camera - daylight shot are good most of the times, macro shots are good, thanks to the f/1.9 aperture, HDR shots are good as well, low-light shots could have been better
  • Decent front camera, with good level of details
  • Decent battery life - for a regular user - there is a full work day’s worth of battery life and then some more
  • Supports fast charging, with 10-100% charge possible in just under an hour
  • Samsung has also made it much narrower than the Mi Max and Asus Zenfone 3 Ultra, making this the most ergonomic of all phablets in the market right now
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The design is aesthetic but nothing original, or distinctive
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is again excellent for the price, and an improvement over the OnePlus 3/3T, but doesn't match up to the level of the premium flagships like the Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, the HTC U11, and iPhone 7 & 7 Plus
  • Fingerprint sensor is on the slower side - and it's accuracy also could have been better
  • Has a tendency to heat up, when pushed in terms of performance
  • No support for 4K video capture, or slow motion video recording, that is generally expected at this price point
Expert Reviews
  1. Still mighty good value for your money
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The OnePlus 5 is outstanding, especially for the price; no other phone gives you the same bang for the buck
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 5 comes with class-leading specs, for half the price of an iPhone 7
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