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It’s time to ditch your Galaxy S21 Ultra for a OnePlus 9 Pro

There's a new killer flagship in town, and it might be time to leave the Galaxy behind.
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Published onJuly 22, 2021

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OnePlus has long been a brand of flagship killers. It’s been a brand true to its motto of “Never Settle.” Now, it has become a brand of killer flagships — look at the OnePlus 9 Pro. If you’ve been committed to the Samsung Galaxy for a few years now, it just might be time to reconsider your loyalties. Here’s what makes the OnePlus 9 a better option.

See also: OnePlus 9 Pro review

Ultra-wide wonderkid

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The OnePlus 9 Pro’s bevy of upgrades kicks off at the very top, with an incredible ultra-wide camera packed with the power of Hasselblad. It’s rocking all the specs you could ask for: a 50MP resolution and Sony’s crisp IMX766 sensor. You also have the 48MP main camera and an 8MP telephoto option to make your ultra-wide shots even better.

See also: The complete guide to ultra-wide camera phones

Hasselblad’s careful tuning gives the OnePlus 9 Pro some of the highest clarity on the market. It also produces some of the brightest images and videos both day and night, thanks to the extra-large sensor. OnePlus and Hasselblad didn’t just set out to develop a sharp camera system; they brought Natural Color Calibration into the mix to keep your favorite shots true to life.

You can compare some ultra-wide shots from both the OnePlus 9 Pro and the Galaxy S21 Ultra below, but there are many more reasons to switch.

More than an incredible camera

While the OnePlus 9 Pro has an impressive ultra-wide camera, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. It offers blistering Warp Charge 65 capabilities for up to a day’s power with just 15 minutes of charging. If you prefer wireless power, you can charge at up to 50W and get back on the go in no time. On the other hand, the Galaxy S21 Ultra doesn’t even include a charger in the box. Instead, you’ll have to pay extra to pick up a 45W charger.

OnePlus 9 Pro vs Galaxy S21 Ultra charging speeds

We’ve long been fans of OnePlus’ OxygenOS for its clean and simple design. The device arrives without the swamp of bloatware you might expect from other brands. After all, Samsung has been known to make its own apps the only options in quite a few situations. Minimal UI is often the best way to go, and OxygenOS delivers in spades. Further, OnePlus often leads the charge when a new version of Android rolls around.

The OnePlus 9 Pro features a brilliant 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a crisp 120Hz refresh rate. It’s the best way to admire all of your sharp Hasselblad-powered ultra-wide photos. Powering that display is the remarkable Snapdragon 888 processor, and you can keep everything you need in the palm of your hand with 256GB of storage.

OnePlus didn’t craft its latest flagship as a true gaming phone, but you might not realize it when you hop into your favorite title. The OnePlus 9 Pro features a dedicated gaming mode that pushes a little extra power for the competitive edge you need. It also features a brand-new feature called Hyper Touch that boosts the touch response rate to 360Hz, leaving competitors far behind. The OnePlus 9 Pro is also the first device to run Fortnite Mobile up to 90Hz.

Why haven’t you switched yet?

Man holding OnePlus 9 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
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OnePlus created a true killer flagship device in its OnePlus 9 Pro, so why haven’t you switched yet? It’s more affordable than the Galaxy S21 Ultra, and the deal is even sweeter right now.

The OnePlus 9 Pro is available at as well as T-Mobile, Best Buy, Amazon, and B&H with a limited-time $100 discount. All you need to do is head to the button below and pick up your new device, complete with one of the best wide-angle cameras on the market.

While you’re here, check out OnePlus on Instagram at @oneplus_usa. You can get more angles of the OnePlus 9 Pro and stay up to date on what OnePlus is up to next.

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