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OnePlus 9 vs Google Pixel 5: Should you go with OnePlus or Google?

By Prakhar Khanna March 23, 2021, 11:45 am
pocketnow oneplus 9 vs pixel 5

OnePlus has taken wraps off its 9 series. Both the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro sport a new design language. The OnePlus 9 comes with a fast charging battery, new set of cameras, and a 120Hz AMOLED display. It is natural to compare the latest offering with other devices. Here is a OnePlus 9 vs Pixel 5 comparison to see which one you should spend the money on.

OnePlus 9 vs Pixel 5: Specs

OnePlus 9Google Pixel 5
DisplaySize: 6.55” AMOLED
2400x1080pixels at 402 ppi
FHD+ (1080 x 2340) Flexible OLED
19.5:9 aspect ratio
432 ppi pixel density
HDR support
90Hz refresh rate
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
Storage128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1128 GB storage
48MP Sony IMX689 7P lens, EIS
50MP ultra-wide Sony IMX766
2MP monochrome

Front: 16MP Sony IMX471

12.2MP primary camera
(f/1.7, OIS, 77° FOV, 1.4μm)
16MP ultra-wide camera
(f/2.2, 107° FOV, 1.0μm)

Front: 8MP

Warp Charge 65T
15W Qi wireless charging
(North America / Europe)
4080 mAh
18W fast charging (USB-PD 2.0)
Qi wireless charging
Reverse wireless charging
Weight192g (North America / Europe)
151 grams
IP RatingIP68IP68 certified
OnePlus 9 vs Pixel 5

Design and Display

On the front of the OnePlus 9 you get a 6.55-inch AMOLED display that has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels at 402 PPI and support for 120Hz refresh rate. It has a 20:9 aspect ratio that also supports sRGB and Display P3. The device weighs 192 grams (US and Europe). It comes in three color options of Winter Mist, Arctic Sky and Astral Black. The back is also protected by the 3D Corning Gorilla Glass.

As for the Google Pixel 5 (review), the device is made out of plastic with a grippy matte texture on the rear panel. It sports a 6-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2340) display that translates to a slightly higher pixel density of 421PPI. However, you get a lower refresh rate of 90Hz. It comes in Just Black and Sorta Sage color options. There is a rear-mounted physical fingerprint sensor on the Google offering. Plus, it is lighter at 151 grams.

Hardware and Battery

The OnePlus 9 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. It ticks alongside 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. There is an in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone packs a dual-cell 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging tech (Warp Charge 65T). It also comes with support for 15W Qi wireless charging in North America and Europe. However, the Indian variant misses out on wireless charging. Plus, you get dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos.

OnePlus 9

By contrast, the Google Pixel 5 is powered by a non-flagship chipset – the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. It comes with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of storage. You get a 4080mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging, which is quite slower than the OnePlus offering. Additionally, there is support for Qi wireless charging and reverse wireless charging. 


The OnePlus 9 comes equipped with a triple rear camera setup. There is a 48MP Sony IMX689 primary sensor that has an aperture of f/1.8 and comes with a 7P lens. You also get a 50MP Sony IMX766 ultra-wide-angle 7P lens that has an f/2.2 aperture. Additionally, there is a 2MP monochrome sensor. On the front, you get a Sony IMX471 sensor with 16MP resolution. As for videos, there is support for 8K videos at 30fps, while 4K can be shot in 30/60fps. It also lets you shoot super slow motion in 720p at 480fps.

The Google Pixel 5 has a lesser number of cameras. It sports a 12.2MP + 16MP dual rear camera setup. The primary sensor comes with f/1.7 aperture and OIS. The 16MP ultra-wide-angle lens has a 107-degree field of view and an f/2.2 aperture. The video capabilities max out at 4K at 30/60fps, while you can shoot slo-mo at 240 fps.

OnePlus 9 cameras

OnePlus 9 vs Pixel 5: Price

The OnePlus 9 costs USD 729 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage model, whereas the 12GB RAM + 256GB storage variant will set you back at USD 829. On the other hand, the Pixel 5 can be purchased for under USD 650.


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