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Galaxy Note 9 vs. OnePlus 6: Which One is Better?

by Danny Zepeda | August 9, 2018August 9, 2018 1:15 pm PDT

With Samsung taking the wraps off the Galaxy Note 9, we thought it’d be the perfect opportunity to put it against one of the best and most popular Android flagships around—the OnePlus 6.

Looking at the Note 9 and OnePlus 6, the similarities are uncanny. Each features the same industrial design that’s popular with smartphones. That matter is exacerbated by the similar dual-camera system in the back, the only difference is one is vertical while the other is horizontal. The similarities continue under the hood with the both using the Snapdragon 845 processor and 8GB of RAM.

The striking difference between the two is the segment each is aimed at and the price that costs. The Note 9 offers the best of everything—gorgeous OLED display, S-Pen, 512GB of storage and a 4,000mAh battery—at a price that eclipses the $1,000 barrier. On the other side, the OnePlus 6 starts off at half the cost ($529), though that comes with notable compromises: no wireless charging, an AMOLED display and of course, the notch.

It all comes down to how much money you want to spend. Regardless, whichever phone you choose, you’ll be quite happy with your choice.

Samsung - Galaxy Note 9 OnePlus - OnePlus 6
Display Size 6.4-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel display (514 ppi) 6.28-inch, 1080 x 2280 pixel display (402 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1080
Resolution Y 2960 2280
Display Type Quad HD+ Super AMOLED AMOLED
Operating System Android 8.1 (at launch) OxygenOS based on Android Oreo
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB/8GB 6GB/8GB
Storage
  • 128GB
  • 512GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 256GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • microSD up to 512GB
Main Camera (Back) 12MP 16&20MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 8MP 16MP
Networks
  • Enhanced 4x4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat.18
  • CDMA: BC0/BC1
  • FDD LTE: 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
  • TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
  • UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD
Battery 4000mAh 3300mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyro
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
  • RGB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
Height 161.9 mm (6.37 inches) 15.7 mm (0.62 inches)
Width 76.4 mm (3.01 inches) 75.4 mm (2.97 inches)
Depth 8.8 mm (0.35 inches) 7.75 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 201 g (7.09 oz) 6.2 oz (176 g)
Colors N/A Mirror Black/ Midnight Black/ Silk White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE N/A
Supported Video Formats MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM N/A

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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