OnePlus has only been around since the end of 2013, but in less than five years, the company has brought out a niche of flagship caliber cell phones at bargain prices.
Recent efforts, the OnePlus 6 features Snapdragon 845 Power, dual cameras, and an AMOLED display, all for about $ 300 less than the similarly equipped Samsung Galaxy S9 + , But given this large price gap, some customers might wonder where the catch is with OnePlus phone. What exactly do you miss with the cheaper device? What, if anything, do you win?
To find out, we compared the Galaxy S9 + with the OnePlus 6 in this direct comparison.
OnePlus 6 and Samsung Galaxy S9 + specifications
|Phone||OnePlus 6||Galaxy S9 +|
|Price||$ 529 / $ 579 / $ 629||$ 839 / $ 889 / $ 959|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS||Android 8.0 Nougat with Samsung Experience 9.0|
|Screen Size (Resolution)||6.28 inch AMOLED (2280 x 1080)||6 , 2-inch AMOLED (2960×1440)|
|Processor||Snapdragon 845||Snapdragon 845|
|RAM||6GB / 8GB  6GB|
|Memory||64GB / 128GB / 256GB||64GB / 128GB / 256GB|
|Rear View Camera||Dual: 16 MP (f / 1.7) with OIS; 20 MP (f / 1.7)||Dual: 12 MP (f / 2.4 or f / 1.5) with OIS; 12 MP (f / 2.4) with OIS|
|front camera||16 MP (f / 2.0)||8 MP (f / 1.7)|
|Battery size||3.300 mAh||3.500 mAh  Battery life||10:33||10:59|
|Size||6,13 x 2,97 x 0,30 inch||6,22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches|
The OnePlus 6 resembles a mish-mash of flagship cell phone cues in 2018. You have your iPhone X style notch on top, thin bezels all around, a back made by Gorilla Glass 5 that does not really look like glass, and an extra large 19: 9 AMOLED display in front and center.  There is no OnePlus tapping workmanship or use of materials here. Our mirror Black OnePlus 6 has the shine of ceramic and feels sturdy, despite the transition from the aluminum used in the last year OnePlus 5T . But the new phone is also big and unwieldy, and ergonomically it may not match the compactness and one-hand usability of the Galaxy S9's infinity display.
Dimensionally, the Galaxy S9 + is technically the bigger phone. But because of those curved sides, it does not feel that way. Samsung's latest flagship has not changed much from its predecessor, but the company has found a formula for success with the Galaxy S8, and this is one of those cases where you do not fix what is not broken.
Next Any phone, you'll find a headphone jack on the bottom edge opposite a speaker below. In the case of the Galaxy S9, this is one of two speakers, the second is in the earphone. The OnePlus 6 has no stereo setup, IP certified waterproof or wireless charging.
Ultimately, there's a lot of fun in the fit and finish of the OnePlus 6, but it simply lacks the ease-of-use and features that make the Galaxy S9 so universally attractive.
Winner: Galaxy S9 +
As it turns out, Samsung produces the AMOLED panels that are used in both the Galaxy S9 + and OnePlus 6 – it is unsurprising that they are in terms of Color gamut and accuracy are quite favorable, though the S9 + has a notable advantage.  The 6.2-inch screen of the Galaxy S9 + is not only smaller than the 6, 28-inch panel of the OnePlus 6, but also sharper – and that means a higher pixel density. The display in the Galaxy S9 + has a resolution of 2960 x 1440 and about 529 pixels per inch. The OnePlus 6, which has a resolution of 2280 x 1080, has only 409 pixels per inch. That's not a big gap, but compared to the crystal-clear Galaxy S9 +, it's easier to spot blurring of text and graphics on the OnePlus handset.
In terms of peak brightness, the Samsung device peaked at 603 nits, while the OnePlus 6 with 574 nits was not too far behind. The two phones also had a similarly broad color spectrum in the color space test: The Galaxy S9 + represented 230 percent of sRGB space and the OnePlus 6 managed 240 percent.
These displays are the best you can find modern smartphone and with a choice of options to customize their presentation to your liking. But with more pixels, Samsung's device can tickle out its competitor, even if the two phones use screens from the same source.
Winner: Galaxy S9 +
For the OnePlus 6, OnePlus has optical image stabilization and increased the size of the image sensor behind the primary 16-megapixel lens of the phone. This shooter is accompanied by a 20 megapixel camera with the same aperture of 1: 1.7 and a wide-angle field of view as the main camera.
The Galaxy S9 + is the first model of the Galaxy S series, which takes a pair of cameras back, inheriting the technology that Samsung applied last year on the Galaxy Note 8 . However, some improvements have been made to make the photography of the S9 even better than its predecessors.
Firstly, the 12 megapixel main lens now automatically varies between aperture 1: 1.5 and aperture 1: 2.4, depending on the requirements of the scene. Combined with this large opening, the S9's redesigned memory-stacked image sensor has been designed to deliver nearly 30 percent more light than last year's S8.
If you imagine that this would be a blessing for low-light photography, you would be right. In our studio, with all lights off, the S9 + delivered a surprisingly bright, clean still life image of a timer and a plant on a desk. The OnePlus 6 is in a setting that compares to most other phones, but is considerably darker than Samsung. The wall, the plants and most of the times are completely dark in comparison.
The advantage of the Galaxy S9 outdoors was less pronounced, although Samsung's device still led to a win with this skilfully balanced image on the grounds of New York's Bryant Park. The OnePlus 6's HDR mode definitely helped illuminate some darker areas, but it did produce the unwanted side effect of washed-out blur that permeates the entire frame. The Galaxy S9 + disturbed this problem, though it's hard to ignore the lens flare in the middle.
The Galaxy S9's secondary telephoto lens came in handy when I twice used the optical zoom of the phone to shoot closer to a statue. The OnePlus 6 lacks such a lens, so one has to rely on the digital zoom to compensate, and the results are expected to be blurry compared to the true optical zoom.
Finally, I took a couple of portraits of my colleague Jorge to find out which phone is better able to handle a flat bokeh. The OnePlus 6 could not curb the highlights from the window and the lights as well as the S9 +, but at least he did not give Jorges skin the texture of an alien. Something is incredibly blurry and out of focus about the portrait of the Galaxy S9, almost like a face smoothing filter, though it was not used.
The cameras of the OnePlus 6 are fine compared to cell phones with similar price, but simply can not compete with the best flagship imaging technology out there. And the Galaxy S9 belongs to this premium class, especially because of its improved low-light performance.
Winner: Galaxy S9 +
There is no difference between the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that powers the OnePlus 6 and the Galaxy S9 +. However, benchmarks indicate a small performance gap.
This is probably due to the 8GB of RAM in our $ 579 OnePlus 6 test unit, which costs 2GB more than the Galaxy S9 + owners. It's only fair to admit that there's also a $ 529 version of the OnePlus 6 with 6GB of RAM that would probably have done better than the S9 +. Galaxy S9 + Galaxy S9 + No device was able to compete in all of our smartphone tests.
Also in the 3DMark test Sling Shot Extreme OpenGL ES 3.1 has the OnePlus device Samsung in other words, the OnePlus 6 is simply the most powerful Android phone you can buy now, and that's quite a feat considering the Version costs more than $ 250 less than the cheapest Galaxy S9 +.  Winner: OnePlus 6
Do you want longer battery life? E or a phone that charges faster? That's a decision you made the decision between the Galaxy S9 + and O NePlus 6 must meet.  OnePlus 6 The Galaxy S9 + has 10 hours and 59 minutes in our battery test The OnePlus 6 manages 10 hours and 33 minutes, which is not significantly worse, but it does reflect that the 3,300 mAh battery of the OnePlus 6 is smaller than the 3,500 Galaxy S9 + mAh battery.
When it comes to fast charging, the OnePlus 6 outperforms anything else on the market. With the charging standard, the device reached 60 percent in 30 minutes and 93 percent in one hour – that's faster than the Galaxy S9 +, which reaches 35 percent and 74 percent in the same time.
Over the course of a day We expect the Galaxy S9 + to last a little longer than the OnePlus 6, but we expect it to take longer to recharge it, so this round ends in one Wash cycle.
Software and Features
The OnePlus 6 and the Galaxy S9 + take very different approaches to Android, but the two phones also carry different versions of the box. All of the latest OnePlus phones are available on Android Oreo 8.1, while the Galaxy S9 remains at 8.0, with the Samsung Experience interface surpassing everything.
] OnePlus – Oxygen OS is a departure from Android, although it's much closer to vanilla than Samsung's skin. Key changes to the OnePlus software include additional features such as faster 2D face unlocking, a mode that can restrict notifications and prioritize system resources for games, and even new gesture controls.
These controls are very different from the ones you would use to encounter in the Android P-Beta as they do not occupy any screen real estate and work completely by wiping from below. But they are simple and intuitive, just like the one on the iPhone X. The best part is that if you do not want to use gesture control, you do not have to – they are not turned on by default.
In contrast, the Galaxy S9 + feels completely independent of the Android status quo. There's the Edge Panel, a persistent slide-out menu that can store things like notifications and screen-sharing tools, and Samsung's Intelligent Unlock technology, which combines iris scanning with facial recognition. The Galaxy S9 + has its own virtual assistant (Bixby) and its own payment platform (Samsung Pay), which does not replace Google, but complement. Samsung has even taken over Apple's Animoji with AR Emoji – 3D characters that look like you, mimic their movements and admittedly look downright scary.
Samsung Galaxy S9 review: AR Emoji
Some of Samsung's additions, such as Bixby Vision, are quite useful. Bixby Vision works much like Google Lens and works through the camera app. With Bixby Vision, you can translate words that the camera sees, get nutritional value for food, and even try make-up from vendors like Sephora. Business customers will also appreciate Samsung's redesigned DeX Pad, which turns the Galaxy S9 + into a makeshift desktop computer that can be connected to a monitor, mouse and keyboard.
But by and large, the Galaxy S9 + user experience is chaotic, tortuous and edited with an overwhelming amount of gimmicks you'll probably ignore. It's just too busy, not too outdated – and history suggests that Samsung will not update the Galaxy S9 + as fast on Android P as it should. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 is one of the first devices that have received the Android P beta, which is good for a timely full version.
Winner: OnePlus 6
Price and Availability
The OnePlus 6 launches at just $ 529, which is $ 30 more than the outgoing OnePlus 5T, but still cheaper than competing flagships. For this price, you get 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, though OnePlus also offers an 8GB / 128GB model for $ 579 and 8GB / 256GB for $ 629.
The phone comes in glossy Mirror Black or mat-like Midnight Black as well as a limited edition of Silk White, which will be released in June. The OnePlus phone is only compatible with GSM networks, ie Verizon and Sprint subscribers can not use it.
The Galaxy S9 + is available from all four major carriers and compatible with any network, but starts at $ 839. (However, prices vary between different dealers and carriers – a departure you will not see with OnePlus because it is the only place where you can get the OnePlus 6.) The base model S9 + offers 6GB of RAM and 64GB space. Samsung has recently released 128- and 256-GB versions for $ 889 and $ 959, but thanks to the built-in microSD slot, you can expand storage at any time, even if you buy a lower-capacity version.
The Galaxy S9 + comes in Lilac Purple, Coral Blue and Midnight Black (not to be confused with the OnePlus version of Midnight Black, which is not as shiny as Samsung's).
The OnePlus The price of 6 makes it a bargain, though the lack of support on all networks means that this phone will not be a realistic choice for half of US mobile users.
Winner: OnePlus 6
Overall winner: Galaxy S9 19659009] Phone
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This play could not be finished at any point, which speaks for the quality of both devices. These are some of the best smartphones on the market, but ultimately the Galaxy S9 + wins because it's the better overall product.
OnePlus should be praised for taking in most of what people are looking for in a flagship package that costs $ 300 less than Samsung's big-screen dual-camera offering. But if you can afford the Galaxy S9 +, you'll be sure it makes less compromises. It has wireless charging, water resistance and a design that's easier to hold, with dual cameras that are better for portraits and low-light photography.
Those who are really interested in making the most of their money will not be disappointed with the latest version of OnePlus. But for those looking for the best Android phone on the market today, the Galaxy S9 + is the answer.
Credits: Tom's Guide