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The OnePlus 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB) is a much better phone than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB, and is also much better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the OnePlus 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)!

OnePlus 8 Pro (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus 64GB 
OnePlus 8 Pro Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
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Excellence Score
90.3
42.1
Value for Money Score
68.6
42.8
Price ₹ 54,999 onwards ₹ 48,400 onwards
Launch Date (India) Jun, 2020 Mar, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 10, Upgradeable to Android 11Expected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.78 inches 6.2 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x3168 pixels (~ 513 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 531 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 120 HzSuper High 60 HzStandard
Display Features HDR10+ Support, 120Hz Refresh Rate, Reading Mode, Night Mode Super AMOLED, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.84 GHz 2.8 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 865Ranked #4 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 9810Ranked #14 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 650 Mali-G72 MP18
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 12MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: f/1.8 aperture; 25mm Focal Length, 1/1.43" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; Omnidirectional PDAF; Laser AF; OIS, 48MP: f/2.2 aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/2.0" Sensor; 0.8um Pixel Size, PDAF, 8MP: f/2.4 aperture; Telephoto; 1/1.0um Pixel Size; PDAF; OIS; 3x Optical Zoom, 5MP: f/2.4 aperture; Color Filter, HDR, Panorama, Video: [email protected]/60fps; [email protected]/60/240fps, Auto HDR, EIS, UltraShot HDR, Nightscape, Micro, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, AI Scene Detection, RAW Image 12MP: F/1.5-2.4 Aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF, 12MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 52mm Focal Length; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1µm Pixel Size; Autofocus; 2x Optical Zoom, 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/2.5 aperture, 1/3" Sensor Size, 1.0um Pixel Size, Auto-HDR, EIS, HDR, Screen Flash, Face Retouching F/1.6 Aperture, Autofocus, Full HD+ Video Recording, Dual Video call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, 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 8.5 mmMedium 8.5 mmMedium
Weight 199 gmHeavy 189 gmMedium
Width 74.4 mmOk for one-handed use 73.8 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP68 Rated Yes, IP68 Rated (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 4510 mAh 3500 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, 30W Warp Charge 30T Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 30.0W Fast Charger Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features 5G Compatible (Limited Band Support); UFS 3.0 Storage; Alert Slider; 30W Fast wireless charging (50% in 30 min); In-display Fingerprint Sensor; 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]
  • Gorgeous, premium design - the OnePlus 8 Pro uses a familiar soft-touch glass back, and an aluminium frame - the OnePlus 8 Pro shares the same core design ethos as the OnePlus 7 Pro
  • On the front is a beautiful edge-to-edge display and a hole-punch selfie camera
  • OnePlus's handy alert slider is still here, which enables you to quickly switch between silent, vibrate and sound-on modes
  • With a rating of IP68, the OnePlus 8 Pro is protected against total dust ingress and submersion in up to one meter of water for 30 minutes
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is quite accurate and works quickly
  • A gorgeous 6.78-inch, QHD+ screen, with excellent viewing angles and what looks like spot-on colour reproduction - the display offers an industry-leading 1300 nits peak brightness
  • OnePlus has bumped up the refresh rate to 120 Hz which results in smooth scrolling in apps, and better graphical fluidity in games, overall providing a more premium experience - you can even use the 120 Hz at QHD+ resolution, unlike it's Samsung counterpart
  • When it comes to video playback, content can be enhanced further with two additional settings - 'Vibrant colour effect pro' optimises the colours and contrast in videos to provide a more vibrant picture - 'Motion graphics smoothing' increases the frame rate of the video for clearer and more smooth playback
  • Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro display is one of the best on a smartphone, at present
  • OxygenOS continues to be one of the most thoughtfully-designed, clean (stock-like) UIs for Android with a host of additional customisation
  • Blistering performance from the Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 865 chipset - with its 120Hz display, highly-optimised OxygenOS software, and plenty of under-the-hood tweaks, the OnePlus 8 Pro feels like the fastest phone around
  • Excellent quad-camera setup - consisting of a 48MP primary camera, a 48MP ultra-wide lens, an 8MP telephoto lens and a 5MP colour filter sensor
  • Shots taken with the primary camera are sharp and well-exposed with plenty of details, dynamic range is quite good with true-to-life colours, and white balance is consistent with the scene
  • The ultra-wide camera takes great shots as well, it pulls double duty and can shoot close-up macro photos as well - images shot with the ultra-wide lens have good details
  • Image quality from the telephoto camera is pretty good, colours and white balance are mostly consistent with the other cameras - it lets you zoom up to 3x optically and 30x with a mix of digital zoom
  • "Color filter camera" produces interesting images with its photo-chrome filter over the sensor (though, it feels more like a gimmick that normal people will hardly use)
  • Lowlight performance is quite good and the ultra-wide camera can also be used to shoot Nightscape photos
  • Portraits look pretty good, and the subject separation is on point - the portrait effect is quite convincing with smooth and silky bokeh around the subject
  • The 16MP selfie camera is the same one used in the OnePlus 7 Pro - it takes great-looking selfies with excellent dynamic range and just the right amount of sharpness
  • Portrait photos are quite good on the selfie camera as well - the subject separation is quite well
  • Video recording looks great with detail and dynamic range - stabilisation is also excellent with the Super Steady mode
  • Excellent stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos, providing richer, deeper sound
  • Very good battery life with the 4510 mAh battery - which is the biggest OnePlus has ever put in a handset, and larger than the power pack you'll find in the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Huawei P40 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro - it will comfortably last a full day on a single charge
  • Excellent fast charging - OnePlus has upgraded its Warp Charge 30T charging, to get you from 0% to 50% in 23 minutes via a wired connection
  • OnePlus has included fast wireless charging called Warp Charge 30 Wireless, and it takes you from 1% to 50% in 30 minutes (though, the faster charging can only be achieved with OnePlus wireless charger which costs extra)
  • With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you get an unabashed flagship, with all the bells and whistles - powerful specs, an amazing display, fast wireless charging, and water resistance make the OnePlus 8 Pro a great alternative to the Galaxy S20 Plus, and it saves you thousands of rupees
  • 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 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, 6.2-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 Galaxy S9 Plus also one-ups the excellent Galaxy S9 with a second rear camera for taking portrait photos - they come out well with a good bokeh effect
  • 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+/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]
  • The OnePlus 8 Pro is a large handset, and many users will find that two hands are required to hold it securely
  • There doesn't seem to be any 'palm rejection', which could be an issue while dealing with the extreme curved display and you might see frequent accidental touches
  • Overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a great set of cameras, but they're still not on the same level as the best of the best like the iPhone's and the Pixel's
  • However, if you want the very best smartphone photography experience, the iPhone 11 series and the S20 series are still the way to go
  • 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
  • Battery life is good, but not exceptional - some of the competition is ahead here
  • Among the two S9 variants themselves (standard, and plus), a lot of people might prefer the Galaxy S9, as it's a little easier to handle - the incremental improvements in the S9+ on the other hand (even bigger screen, more RAM, and a secondary rear camera) are arguably not that significant
  • 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
  • The S9+ will also face direct competition from Samsung's Galaxy Note 8, which is pretty similar in many of the meaningful ways, but might come at a lower price
Expert Reviews
  1. The OnePlus 8 Pro is a solid smartphone packed with a well-improved camera and all the top features that you'd expect from a flagship
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the biggest, meanest, and best smartphone OnePlus has put out thus far
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. OnePlus 8 Pro is an excellent phone
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 8 Pro is an excellent phone, period
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. These are OnePlus' best phones yet, and they're both still a good value
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The fastest Android phone experience money can buy
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The most accomplished OnePlus ever
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A proper flagship smartphone
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. The OnePlus 8 Pro is in contention for best Android right now
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. The Samsung killer
    theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. Great deal for your money
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  12. It packs a serious punch with a premium build, very capable camera sensors, a beautiful display, and all-day battery life
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. Powerful specs, an amazing display, fast wireless charging, and water resistance make the OnePlus 8 Pro a great alternative to the Galaxy S20 Plus
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. Everything you want
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. The OnePlus 8 Pro is here with one of the best screens you’ll find on an Android phon
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. Loaded with extras you will love
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. Simply superb
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  18. The OnePlus 8 Pro delivers a smooth 120Hz display, strong performance and the fastest wireless charging ever in a stunning design
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. The OnePlus 8 Pro is an impressive and well-designed Android smartphone with an impressive primary camera, waterproofing, and wireless charging
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. One of the most logical big-screen buys
    stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  21. A top-quality 2020 flagship phone
    zdnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  22. The complete package
    t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. Undoubtedly the company's most complete smartphone to date
    pocket-lint.com in-depth Read Review »
  24. OnePlus’s first attempt at a fully featured flagship presses all the right buttons, and there really isn’t anything missing here
    techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  25. The best Android flagship in India
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  26. The best flagship of 2020
    arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. It's an awesome phone, the Samsung Galaxy S9+
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. 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 »
  3. The Samsung phone you really want this year
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. 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 »
  5. Samsung’s best phone with a big screen and superb camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The best Samsung flagship ever
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Both Galaxy S9 and S9+ are solid, dependable workhorses with excellent displays, premium craftsmanship, and improved cameras
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The best Android smartphone available right now
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Impressive, to say the least
    bgr.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Samsung gets it exactly right
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. 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 »
  12. techcrunch.com in-depth Read Review »
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