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OnePlus 8 Pro crushes Samsung Galaxy S21

If we put the Samsung Galaxy S21 next to the OnePlus 8 Pro, we have to conclude that the former has no chance.

We recently compared the brand new Samsung Galaxy S21 with the OnePlus 8 and iPhone 12. It turned out that Samsung had the best specs on paper. But secretly, that comparison was not entirely fair, because the two Android devices differ a lot in price (€ 200). Today we therefore put the OnePlus 8 Pro next to the Galaxy S21. The results are a bit painful.

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs OnePlus 8 Pro

Although the OnePlus 8 Pro came out about a year after the Galaxy S21, the two are quite evenly matched at first glance. First of all, the smartphones cost almost the same; the Galaxy S21 costs € 849 new (without charger) and the OnePlus 8 Pro is sold for € 899 (with charger).

Before we get into the specs, there is one fundamental difference between the two; Samsung equips the Galaxy S21 with a brand new Snapdragon 888 while the OnePlus 8 Pro has to do with an older Snapdragon 865. That said, the difference between those two processors is no more than 10% in performance. Even more so, since in Europe we get the Exynos 2100 instead of the Snapdragon 888, the difference is practically marginal.

If we then compare specs, it quickly becomes clear how sturdy the OP 8 Pro actually is. The device has a larger and sharper display (1080p vs 1440p). OnePlus gives the smartphone in the Netherlands 12GB RAM as standard with the maximum amount of storage space. Furthermore, the device has a larger battery, 2x as fast wireless charging (!) And standard slightly faster charging with wire.

The only thing Samsung has with it is a slightly better main camera, although the selfie camera is less. The in-display fingerprint scanner also goes to Samsung, because it delivers an ultrasonic, which is always many times more accurate than OnePlus’ optical scanner.

In short, purely based on the specs, we can only conclude that the OnePlus 8 Pro pulverizes the Samsung Galaxy S21. Only in the field of the processor Samsung is a bit more up-to-date, which can certainly yield a profit. It is then up to the user to determine whether that is worth all other backlogs!

Check out the full comparison below:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S21 OnePlus 8 Pro
Display 6.2-inch Flat FHD + Dynamic AMOLED 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED
Resolution 2400 x 1080 pixels (20: 9 ratio) 3168 x 1440 pixels
(19.8: 9 ratio)
Pixels per inch 421 ppi 513 ppi
Refresh rate 120Hz 120Hz
Processor Exynos 2100 (Europe) or Snapdragon 888 Snapdragon 865
Random access memory 8GB RAM 8GB / 12GB (only 12GB in the Netherlands)
Storage space (not expandable) 128GB / 256 GB 128GB / 256GB
5G support Yes Yes
Camera resolution (rear) Triple 12MP, 64MP, 2MP (Wide, Telephoto, Ultra Wide) Quad 48MP, 48MP, 12MP, 5MP (Wide, Ultra Wide, Telephoto, Color Filter)
Camera resolution (selfie) Single 10 MP Single 16 MP
SIM Dual SIM Dual SIM
Battery 4000 mAh 4510mAh
Fast charging (Wattage) 25W 30W
Wireless rechargeable Yes, 15W Yes, 30W
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Fingerprint scanner Yes (ultrasonic, under-displaly) Yes (optical, under-displaly)
Height 151.7 mm 165.3 mm
Width 71.2 mm 74.4 mm
Thickness 7.9 mm 8.5 mm
Weight 169 grams 197 grams
Waterproof Yes, IP68 Yes, IP68
List price (from) € 849, – € 899, –

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