It has been more than a few months since the flagship offerings the OnePlus 6 and the Samsung Galaxy S9+ was launched. And despite the big difference in price tags, both phones have been pitted against each other across internet forums as well as social media. The backdrop for the battle is equally captivating.

On one side is the Electronic giant from Japan which is traditionally known for its mastery over electronics products. On the other hand, we have Oppo from China, the land of the dragons, which has of late emerged as the world’s manufacturing center. And the duel in some way is reminiscent of the changing landscape of mobile phone domination.

OnePlus 6 VS Samsung Galaxy S9+

The Samsung S9+ IS SUPER EXPENSIVE in comparison with OnePlus 6 but this cannot be the sole persuading or the only dissuading factor. The traditional yardstick for differentiating between the two flagship phones is no longer applicable. The similar metal-and-glass sandwiches along with comparable features leave little room for us to decide on the best pick among the two.

S9+ enjoys a pole position advantage with its ‘nice wow features’ like smarter camera, unmatched display quality but the OnePlus 6 is not a weak contender either. It holds its own advantage with its segment standard features and efficient software performance (both out of the box and over time).

The Similar Design

There is little that separates the two in terms of design. Although the OnePlus 6 slightly edges out the S9+ with its 9:9 aspect ratio 6.3-inch display but the difference is hardly discernible. Both the phones have identical construction and finish. They bear similar metal-and-glass sandwiches design coupled with glossy and shiny bodies. The camera and the fingerprint sensor adorn similar vertical arrangement at the rear.

However, the OnePlus 6, unlike the S9+, promises better handling as the camera and the sensors at the back are not bundled together. Both also carry identically arranged side buttons and bottom ports. As far as size is concerned the OnePlus 6 with its 19:9 aspect ratio 6.3-inch display just manages to outsize the 18.5:9 ratio 6.2-inch Galaxy S9+.

The Metal Glass Sandwich Encasing is now an industry standard and remains so in both the phones however the inside specs are very much the same.

OnePlus 6 & Samsung Galaxy S9+ Speed Test

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The Notch VS The Uninterrupted

This is where the difference creeps in between the two phones. While the GS9+ promises an amazing experience with its uninterrupted display, OnePlus 6’s does have a notch on its 6.3-inch display. Furthermore with its superior resolution with unmatched brightness renders a crystal clear display to the GS9+. The OLED panel on the OnePlus 6 despite being very good is still a no match. If you are not a proponent of the curved screen, the flat screened OnePlus 6 is the best option.

OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S9+ display

Else the GS9+ screen and display are miles ahead. The uninterrupted display with small bezels and uncomparable display panel on the S9+ is path-breaking. The OLED panel on the OnePlus 6 is at par with segment standards but the brightness and clarity on S9 + display renders life on the 6.2-inch screen. However, a little distortion on the curved edges is the only negligible blot on the best in the industry display.

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ offers a lots of features which are desired and must have in a premium flagships along with a display having No Notch at all.

The performance and the User Interface i.e. the OS

  • Samsung Galaxy S9+: Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage
  • OnePlus 6: Snapdragon 845, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage

Under the hood, both devices run Android devices with a different set of modifications over the top. While the Samsung OS experience will be slightly on the heavier side aided mainly by a plethora of out-of-the-box functionality.

The Samsung Experience UX assures a new overall feel but Samsung will be slow in rolling out updates and fixes. On the hindsight, the OS design mantra for OnePlus offerings has been subtle changes with useful features. And true to it, OnePlus 6 is a clear winner as far as user experience is concerned.

The OnePlus flagship has enjoyed a fan base of a sort for its simple clear and efficient software experience. And will continue to do so with the OnePlus 6. Samsung S9+ comes packed with features which may be a USP for some but on a larger scale, most of the apps and features are underused. Overall the OnePlus 6 promises to give a lasting power packed software performance with regular updates and fixes.

Under the hood, both stake claim to great power and performance. But it is the onePlus 6 with its light OS which wins the race over the over the top loaded and heavy OS of the Samsung S9+. The Samsung S9+ no doubt offers more features but the tradeoff over the battery and long-term performance is not something that many would prefer.

OnePlus seems to have won the software tug-in war with its clean and easy to use interface.

The Capturing Eyes i.e. the Camera

Samsung with its S9+ has scaled new boundaries and defined new industry standards for the camera. The company likes to even compare its a radical new adjustable-aperture camera with the Human Eye. S9+ offering dual OIS and the rear camera captures super slow motion video from their rear cameras.

Although the 16MP primary sensor with an with a f/1.7 lens and OIS on the OnePlus 6 is a huge improvement from the previous models and it is even capable of recording super slow motion 720p videos as well as is equipped with Advanced HDR for low light conditions; it still falls behind by a huge distance in comparison to the S9+ that assures stunning pictures in bright daylight and super low light with ease and an extra advantage of 2x optical zoom by virtue of 12-megapixel telephoto lens . A technical leap of some sort we would say!!!.

The Battery

Both phones boast great battery efficiency. The OnePlus 6 thanks to its simple software promises long battery hours. However, the S9+ despite being loaded with features performs equally well if not better.


OnePlus 6 has 3300mAh battery equipped with dash charging. The S9+, on the other hand, is powered by 3500mAh battery with wireless charging.

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The Security

A question that still looms large is …What has the S9+ has to offer over the OnePlus 6 with a price tag almost Rs 30,000 greater than the later. While standard premium features like size, performance, specs, and features are similar on both the flagship phones are identical.

The S9+ grabs the brownie points when it comes to security. The OnePlus 6 has face unlock but recent reports, as well as acceptance from the mobile manufacturer over susceptibility to hackers, will raise eyebrows. Hardware security features like onboard iris scanning give the Samsung Galaxy S9+ a clear upper hand as far as digital security is concerned. And in today’s scenario, it is a segment-defining feature.

A very Important Question – The price

A fact remains though is that the OnePlus 6 with a price tag of 34,999 is no match to the super expensive S9+ with a price tag of 64,900. Hence does a comparison even make sense. Why we say this is that the OnePlus 6 offers standard industry features on a budget price whereas Samsung S9+ in some way can be summed as OnePlus 6 + Luxury. To draw a comparison between the two flagship offerings and hope that by the end of it you would be able to decide between budget Vs luxury is a very dilemma kind of situation.

It is not known that how Samsung Galaxy S9+ would justify its exactly double cost over Onplus 6 but still loyal customers would even pay for it.


The OnePlus 6 offers remarkable features in a budget package. The improvements that come with the expensive Galaxy S9+ are not discernible on a day to day basis. It is a see-saw battle between Efficient Simplicity and Extra Features. The budget package on offer by the OnePlus 6 is surely going to be a hit in emerging and developing markets.

There is not an iota of doubt that Samsung scores high on display, camera, security and absolute quality. But sans the extra features on the S9+, the OnePlus 6 with its glass design, improved camera and simple UX matches up to the standard daily use performance parameters of the S9+. And if reports are to be believed the second Euro-Bound shipment of the OnePlus 6 is already sold out. This further cements our tilt towards simplicity and performance over features and brand.