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The OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB, and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB)!

OnePlus 7 (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy S9 64GB 
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Excellence Score
73.7
61.6
Value for Money Score
80.4
67.4
Price ₹ 29,989 onwards ₹ 27,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2019 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to Android 10
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.41 inches 5.8 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 568 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 855Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #10 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 640 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 6 GB 4 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 48MP + 5MP 12.0MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX586 Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size @ 48MP; 1.6um Pixel Size (4 in 1) @ 12MP; OIS; EIS; PDAF, 5MP: 1.12um Pixel Size; F/2.4 Aperture, Video: 4K @ 30/60fps; 1080P @ 30/60fps; Slow Motion: 1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps, Time-Lapse, Video Editor, UltraShot, Nightscape, Studio Lighting, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image F/1.5-2.4 Aperture, 26mm Focal Length, 1/2.5" Sensor Size, 1.4µm Pixel Size, Dual Pixel PDAF, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, Touch focus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Panorama, HDR, Dual-Video rec., Slow-motion Video
Secondary Camera 16MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX471 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, EIS, Time-Lapse, Screen Flash, HDR, Face Retouching, Portrait Mode, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 400 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 8.2 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 182 gm 163 gm
Width 74.8 mm 68.7 mm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3700 mAh 3000 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 Support Yes, 20W Fast Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; UFS 3.0 Storage; Alert Slide; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos Scratch Resistant Back (Corning Gorilla Glass 5); Samsung DeX (desktop experience support); Qi Wireless charging; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Immaculate fit and finish, and a pleasing, premium design - very similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • Pretty good ergonomics (similar to the OnePlus 6T, and better than the heavier/larger OnePlus 7 Pro)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is very good - and even a bit faster than the already good one on the OnePlus 6T
  • Big, beautiful 'dewdrop' notch AMOLED display, again quite similar to the OnePlus 6T
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android
  • 2 new features that make it to the latest version of OxygenOS are screen recording, and Zen Mode (for exercising more control over your screen time)
  • With the super fast flagship Snapdragon 855, some ultra fast storage speed (UFS3), the OnePlus 7 is a speed beast, and matches other top-end flagships
  • Good dual rear camera setup - there a primary 48MP camera and a secondary 5MP depth sensor
  • Overall image quality is good - it takes great outdoor shots, with vibrant colours and good exposure - and is a decent improvement over the OnePlus 6T (though not as good, or as versatile as the camera setup on the OnePlus 7)
  • It also has the new Nightscape mode, which lets you capture reasonably bright and sharp images even in very low light situations
  • Good 16MP front camera too
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAH battery - the OnePlus 7 will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem - and will give you battery life similar to the OnePlus 6T (and more than the OnePlus 7 Pro, which lasts less long because of the more battery intensive 90Hz screen)
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the better fast charging technologies around - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes - though it's a step below the Warp Charge tech on the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • Overall, OnePlus 7 retains the spot of the all-rounder, reliable, no-frills, budget flagship from OnePlus (while the OnePlus 7 Pro takes the more 'premium' flagship approach), giving you a high-end flagship experience for relatively less - and it makes for a decent update to the OnePlus 6T in the performance and camera departments
  • Absolutely luscious design, continuing the design language that was introduced with the Galaxy S8 series (which is not a bad thing at all) - and it has some really sizzling color options in purple and blue, which really helps those supple curves stand out - the body colors look deep, rich and ever-changing thanks to the way the glossy glass catches the light - you will be hard pressed to find anything remotely as elegant, and beautiful in the Android market
  • The S9's tall, narrow proportions fit your hand well - and it's significantly easier to handle than its larger cousin (S9+)
  • The biggest design change is on the back, where the fingerprint reader moves below the camera module - this corrects the worst design mistake of both Galaxy S8 phones and the Note 8
  • Water resistant body
  • The tall, 18:9, minimal bezel, 5.8-inch AMOLED screen is absolutely gorgeous and even brighter than last year's (15 percent brighter, in fact) - and the sexy dual-curved design adds to the charm
  • Samsung software on top of Android adds some useful extras, extending the core functionality of Android - it is one of the better, more refined UIs in the Android world
  • Whiplash-fast performance backed by the super powerful Samsung's Exynos 9810 (similar to the Snapdragon 845 in terms of performance) - performance is top-notch as expected under all use cases
  • Terrific camera - the first to bring a mechanical dual-aperture lens from DSLRs to the much tinier mobile phone, a feature that's designed to let in more light, reduce image noise and generally make your photos a lot better
  • The image quality in well lit situations is top-notch
  • Low light performance often borders on astounding - with the amount of brightness & lack of noise you will find in the shots (thanks to the dual aperture lens) - although its not very consistent (some low light photos are oddly washed out)
  • The super-slow motion video mode is pretty cool too, and when you frame the shot well, can give some incredible result
  • The selfie camera is good too, and has a new Selfie Focus mode, which uses software (and not a second lens) to create a depth effect with the front-facing camera, similar to the Pixel 2, or the iPhone X
  • On the whole the cameras on the Galaxy S9 compare well with the those on the other top camera phones - the Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X - it's a toss up between these 3 - the Galaxy S9 can produce some truly exceptional shots especially in the dark, but perhaps the iPhone X and the Pixel 2 are just a bit more consistent all round, everything considered
  • Dual-speaker system is excellent, and makes for loud, rich audio - and results in one of the best speaker experience of any smartphone, ever
  • Call quality is fantastic too, with the AKG tuning really paying off
  • Also has the good old-fashioned headphone jack! (that's missing in a lot of other flagships now)
  • Good (though not exceptional) battery life - will definitely last the work day on a single charge
  • Supports fast charging (although it's not the fastest around)
  • Supports wireless charging
  • DeX Pad support is another cool feature that enhances the Desktop Experience Samsung introduced on last year’s flagship Galaxy phones
  • On the whole, while outside of the display, the S9 isn’t a class leader in any category, but it’s good enough in all of them that the whole package makes for a great flagship phone - it will compete with the Pixel 2/XL and the iPhone X for the title of the best smartphone - which one of these 3 you might choose will depend on what specific things you value
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • Like all glossy finish phones (which is an increasing majority of phones these days), the glass back of the phone is a fingerprint magnet
  • It's not quite a match for the new budget-flagship camera champion, the Pixel 3a, however, which is ahead by a significant margin
  • No standard headphone jack - you will need to use either USB-C or wireless headphones (none of which is included in the retail package)
  • No wireless charging support
  • That said though, the budget flagship segment is much more competitive now (unlike when the 6T launched), so you will have some pretty good alternatives as well, not the least of which is the Pixel 3a/XL, which while not as beautiful looking, or as fast, will provide with a much better camera experience, a more compact design, and a headphone jack
  • Fragile glass front and back means you should buy a case day 1
  • The new face-unlock tool is not particularly secure (it might have been better for Samsung to build out a more refined version before rushing in to compete with the similar feature on the iPhone X)
  • The 3D avatar software is again not that well executed - the AR Emojis track your expressions poorly and need far more customization options
  • There’s also still no compelling use case for Bixby, Samsung's AI agent (though of course you have no compulsion to use it, and can instead keep using the Google Assistant)
  • While the camera is great generally, it can sometime make low-light photos look blurry and lack detail - even though brightness levels is excellent and noise is minimal - so its sometimes a double edged sword
  • The S9 also lacks the second rear lens of the step-up S9 Plus that's dedicated to creating those depth-of-field portrait shots that blur the background to make people and objects pop
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Everything considered, S8 owners can skip the upgrade - the S9 is excellent all-round, and incrementally better - but it's not a monumental change from the S8
  • Apart from the iPhone X and the Pixel 2/XL, the S9 will also face tough competition now from lower priced flagships like the OnePlus 5T, which are almost as good on most of the important counts
Expert Reviews
  1. Great phone...but this time, faces some properly tough competition
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. While the Oneplus 7 lacks the excitement of the 7 Pro, it's the sensible choice if you're shopping on a budget
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 7 is pretty great by itself...but this price point has become much more competitive recently
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A great flagship phone that does the basics right and then some
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. One of very few smartphones using the Snapdragon 855 in India at the moment..If you don't care very much about camera performance, the OnePlus 7 is well worth it for its asking price
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. One of the most balanced devices in the market right now, considering price to performance ratio
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Practical, value for money flagship
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Excellent value for money proposition
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Practical choice for a flagship in 2019
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Perfect device for someone who demands the best performance at a sub-Rs 40,000 budget
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Offers impressive value for money
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  12. A smart purchase...The phone to beat in the affordable flagship space
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Absolutely brilliant
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. A great high-end smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  15. The phone to get in this price segment
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. The phone to buy in 2019
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. androidpolice.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  23. timesnownews.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. You can hardly find anything remotely as elegant, as advanced, and as polished, all in a single product, on the Android market
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Thanks to blazing performance, solid cameras and long battery life, the Galaxy S9/S9+ continue to uphold the S series’ reputation for excellence
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. If you're looking to upgrade your phone, especially if you're already a devoted Samsung customer, this one has everything you'd want.
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The S9 and S9+ are probably the best Android phones for most users, and I’d have no problem recommending them to almost anyone
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. independent.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. telegraph.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  14. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  15. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  17. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. cnbc.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  23. thenextweb.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. pcworld.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  26. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  27. gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  29. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  30. news18.com hands-on Read Review »
  31. stuff.tv hands-on Read Review »
  32. t3.com hands-on Read Review »
  33. wired.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
  34. mirror.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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