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Samsung Galaxy Note 9 vs OnePlus 6: How do they differ?

10 August 2018 5

After a long streak of rumors and leaks, the South Korean giant Samsung finally announced the much-awaited flagship phablet Galaxy Note 9. As expected the Galaxy Note 9 isn't bringing drastic changes over the predecessor in terms of design instead the company brought major upgrades under the hood. Being the latest phablet smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 9 will challenge all the existing big players.

We always put the latest smartphones in a head-to-head comparison with the predecessor as well as other smartphones in the niche. We already compared the latest Galaxy Note 9 against the predecessor Galaxy Note 8. Today we will compare the Galaxy Note 9 against the flagships killer OnePlus 6. For sure who are looking to grab a new powerful smartphone will consider the latest Galaxy Note 9 as well the OnePlus 6.

The OnePlus 6 attract those buyers who want a powerful flagship smartphone but don't want to spend a huge amount on it. So if you are looking to grab a powerful smartphone which smartphone is better in what aspects. Also, should you consider OnePlus 6 while purchasing the Galaxy Note 9 or not? We will answer all these questions, let's start with the design of both the smartphones.

76.4 x 161.9 x 8.8 mm
6.4 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Design


The Galaxy Note 9 shares a lot of aesthetics with its predecessor Galaxy Note 8. The device features a glass and metal sandwich design with the dual curved display. The front-facing design isn't changed from last year. On the rear side, you will get dual cameras placed horizontally in the center. The first prominent change is the placement of a fingerprint scanner below the cameras.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 followed the latest trend of metal chassis with glass covering the rear side. Unlike Galaxy Note 9, the OnePlus 6 comes with a notch at the top of the display. The OnePlus 6 rear is adorned with dual cameras placed vertically in the center. The fingerprint scanner is below the camera modules.

The Galaxy Note 9 dimensions are 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm and weigh 201 grams. The OnePlus 6 measurements are 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm and weigh 177 grams. The Galaxy Note 9 is larger in all aspects. Both the devices have a traditional 3.5mm headphone jack as well as USB-C port. The Galaxy Note 9 is an IP68 certified device which means it can resist up to 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes whereas the OnePlus 6 lacks water and dust resistance capabilities.

Display


In the display department, you won't find significant differences between the two devices. The Galaxy Note 9 is the largest smartphone from Samsung so far with a 6.4-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. Its a Super AMOLED panel with a pixels density of 516 pixels-per-inch. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9.

The OnePlus 6 is also featuring the largest display we have ever seen on a OnePlus smartphone. Its a 6.28-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch and it is also an AMOLED display from Samsung. Both the device's display is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The Galaxy Note 9 has an added advantage of a larger display with better pixels density. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 display panel is also amongst the best in the category. No matter which displays you prefer, both have vivid colors with the superb contrast ratio.

Hardware


Under the hood, both the devices are packed with the latest best hardware. The Galaxy Note 9 is powered up by the Exynos 9810 SoC/ Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 for the US model. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage whereas the top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 512GB storage. The Note 9 native storage is further expandable up to 512GB using MicroSD card. It is Samsung's first smartphone whose storage can be expanded up to 1TB.

The OnePlus 6 is running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variants have 8GB RAM with either 128G or 256GB storage. It lacks support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

In terms of sheer performance both the devices are a powerhouse, So neither of the ones will disappoint in multi-tasking or playing HIFI games.

Specs Galaxy Note 9 OnePlus 6
Display 6.4-inches 6.28-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Exynos 9810/Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 6,8GB
Storage 128, 512GB Expandable up to 512GB using MicroSD 64,128 and 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras Dual 12MP 16+20MP
Front camera 8MP 20MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
Battery 4,000mAh 3,300mAh
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1

Cameras


The OnePlus 6 comes with same dual rear cameras like the predecessor. Both the 16MP+20MP modules are primary sensors with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors have Optical image stabilization and accompanied with dual LED flashlight. According to OnePlus, the latest OnePlus 6 primary 16MP module is 19% larger than the predecessor. Up front, the selfie camera is a 20MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture.

The Galaxy Note 9 has dual rear cameras setup. The primary sensor is a 20MP module with a variable aperture between f/1.5 to f/2.4. During stable lightening conditions, the aperture is f/2.4, however, in low light scenarios, the device aperture is shifted to f/1.5. The secondary camera is a 12MP telephoto sensor with f/2.4 aperture. It provides optical-zoom up to 2X without affecting the image quality. The new intelligent features on the Galaxy Note 9 makes it a better camera than Galaxy S9+ and also the OnePlus 6.

Software

The Galaxy Note 9 is pre-installed with the Android Oreo 8.1 with Grace UI layer over it. Samsung's custom UI layer is not amongst the thin layers instead it has a lot of bloatware. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 is also on the Android Oreo 8.1 but the Oxygen OS layer is quite thin. So if you want additions to the stock OS with a number of new features including Dex, S-Pen support, Bixby AI assistant the Galaxy Note 9 is a better choice whereas the stock OS lovers will prefer the OnePlus 6.

Battery

The Galaxy Note 9 brings a significant improvement over the predecessor in the battery cell. Last year Samsung didn't bring improvement to the battery cell, however this year Samsung brought 4,000mAh battery cell. The device supports fast charging as well as wireless charging. The OnePlus 6 comes with a relatively smaller battery cell of 3,300mAh. It features the company's own Dash Charge fast charging tech which quickly pops-up the juice in no time. However, despite having a glass rear it lacks wireless charging support.

The Galaxy Note 9 base variant with 128GB native storage costs $999 whereas the top of the line model with 512GB storage costs $1249. It goes up for pre-orders soon after the announcement in many regions with a release from August 24. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6 is more widely available in almost all regions. The base variant with 64GB storage costs $529, the 128GB model can be purchased at $579 and the top of the line 256GB variant is expensive amongst all at $629.

The OnePlus 6 base variant is available almost at half of the Galaxy Note 9 price tag. The OnePlus 6 is certainly offering better value for your hard earned money.

Conclusion:

The Galaxy Note 9 and OnePlus 6 both have metal chassis with glass rear. The Galaxy Note 9 design isn't brand new whereas the OnePlus 6 looks more striking due to its relatively new design with a notch on the front. In the display department, the Galaxy Note 9 certainly takes lead with its larger and higher pixels display. Under the hood both the SoCs have the latest Snapdragon 845 SoCs, storage and RAM options are also top-notch. In the battery and software, the Galaxy Note 9 is a better option.

Last but not the least the OnePlus 6 takes lead in the pricing segment as it is offering better value. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below regarding the Galaxy Note 9 vs OnePlus 6. Which smartphone amongst the two would you like to purchase and why?. Stay tuned for more comparisons in coming days.

(last update 14 August 2018 @ 04:38)

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