OnePlus 9 vs iPhone 12: Which one to buy?

by Joseph K. Clark

After a long rumor cycle, the OnePlus 9 is finally here! It has an improved display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate, wireless charging (not in India and China), faster charging, and more. Comparing the device with the Apple offering in the same price range is natural. Hence, here is a comparison of OnePlus 9 vs. iPhone 12 specs to give you a better look at the two devices.

OnePlus 9 vs. iPhone 12: Specs

iPhone 12


OnePlus 9Apple iPhone 12
DisplaySize: 6.55” AMOLED
2400x1080pixels at 402 ppi
sRGB, DisplayP3
6.1‑inch OLED display
2532 x 1170-pixel resolution
60Hz refresh rate
460 PPI
1200 nits peak brightness
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 888″}”>Qualcomm Snapdragon 888Apple A14 Bionic
Storage128GB / 256GB UFS 3.164GB / 128GB / 256GB
48MP Sony IMX689 7P lens, EIS
50MP ultra-wide Sony IMX766
2MP monochromeFront: 16MP Sony IMX471
optical zoom outnDigital zoom up to 3xnnFront:n12MP”}”>Rear:
12MP primary (f/1.6, OIS)
12MP ultra-wide (f/2.4, 120°)
2x optical zoom out
Digital zoom up to 3xFront: 12MP
BatteryWarp Charge 65T n15W Qi wireless charging(North America / Europe)”}”>4,500mAh
Warp Charge 65T
15W Qi wireless charging
(North America / Europe)
WeightNorth America / Europe)n183g(India/China)nn”}”>192g (North America / Europe)
162 grams
IP RatingIP68IP68

Display and Design

The OnePlus 9 features a 6.55-inch AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution at 402 PPI. It has support for a 120Hz refresh rate. The show lies under the protection of Gorilla Glass. The 20:9 aspect ratio display also supports sRGB and Display P3. The device weighs 192 grams (in the US and Europe), while the Indian variant weighs 183 grams (it misses out on wireless charging.) The US and Europe variants currently support wireless charging on the vanilla OnePlus model. It comes in three color options: Winter Mist, Arctic Sky, and Astral Black. The back is also made up of 3D Corning Gorilla Glass.

On the other hand, the iPhone 12 comes equipped with a 6.1-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display. It has a 2532×1170-pixel resolution at 460 PPI and offers a 2000000:1 contrast ratio. The company claims it can go up to 625 nits brightness (typical) and 1,200 nits brightness (HDR). However, it misses out on a high refresh rate as it comes with a 60Hz panel. It supports Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HLG. As for the design, the iPhone 12 sports flat edges with aluminum railings on all four sides. The display has Ceramic Shield that makes 4X better drop performance. The iPhone 12 is lighter than the two at 162 grams. It feels good in the hand, but the palms could start hurting after prolonged usage.

Hardware and Battery

The OnePlus 9 is powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 888 SoC. It is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. You get an in-display fingerprint scanner instead of FaceID on the iPhone 12. The smartphone packs a 4,500mAh battery that supports 65W fast charging tech (Warp Charge 65T). It also supports 15W Qi wireless charging in North America and Europe. Plus, you get dual stereo speakers on the latest phone.

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