In this article we will to compare the Google Pixel 5 vs. OnePlus 9 Pro. These two phones are the best that Google and OnePlus respectively have to offer. Some of you would say that this isn’t exactly a fair comparison since the price gap between these two phones is huge. Well, that may be the case to some extent, but the Pixel 5 is the best that Google has to offer right now, and it can safely hold its own, for sure.
Based on the technical data, the Google Pixel 5 is a mid-range smartphone. On the other hand, the OnePlus 9 Pro is a premium flagship smartphone in almost every way. The price difference for these two phones is almost $ 300. Can the Google Pixel 5 keep up with the OnePlus 9 Pro anyway? Well, here we are to find out. We’ll do our best to compare these two phones in different categories so that it can be easier for you to decide which one to buy.
|Google Pixel 5||OnePlus 9 Pro|
|Screen size||6-inch FullHD + OLED display (90 Hz)||6.7-inch QHD + AMOLED LTPO display (120 Hz adaptive refresh rate)|
|Screen resolution||2340 x 1080||3216 x 1440|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|R.A.M.||8 GB (LPDDR4X)||8 GB / 12 GB (LPDDR5)|
|warehouse||128 GB, not expandable||128 GB / 256 GB (UFS 3.1); Not expandable|
|Reversing cameras||12.2 MP (f / 1.7 aperture, 27 mm lens, 1.4 µm pixel size, dual pixel PDAF, OIS)
16 MP (ultra wide, f / 2.2 aperture, 1.0 µm pixel size, 107 degree FoV)
|48 MP (Sony IMX789, f / 1.8 aperture, 7P lens, OIS, EIS, pixel size 1.12 µm, 48 MP images, pixel size 2.24 µm 12 MP (4-in-1 binning), focal length 23 mm)
50 MP (ultra-wide f / 2.2 aperture, freeform lens, 7P lens, Sony IMX766)
8 MP (telephoto, 1.0 µm pixel size, f / 2.4 aperture)
|Front cameras||8 MP (f / 2.0 aperture, 24 mm lens, pixel size 1.12 µm)||16 MP (Sony IMX471, pixel size 1.0 µm, EIS, fixed focus, aperture f / 2.4)|
|battery||4,080 mAh, non-removable, 18 W fast battery charging, 18 W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging||4,500 mAh, non-removable, 65 W wired charging, 50 W wireless charging, reverse wireless charging|
|Dimensions||144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm||163.2 x 73.6 x 8.7 mm|
|Weight||151 grams||197 grams|
|Connectivity||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN, USB type C.||5G, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi, USB type C.|
|security||Fingerprint scanner on the back||In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)|
|operating system||Android 11||Android 11
|price||$ 699||$ 969 / $ 1,069|
Google Pixel 5 versus OnePlus 9 Pro: Design
In terms of design, these two phones are vastly different in comparison. The Google Pixel 5 is much smaller than the OnePlus 9 Pro, not to mention that it comes with a flat screen. It’s made of metal, but its back is covered in resin, aka fancy plastic, that feels … good, really good in the hand. The Google Pixel 5 is much less slippery than the OnePlus 9 Pro and has uniform frames.
Both smartphones have a hole in the display camera in the upper left corner. The OnePlus 9 Pro is made of metal and glass and its lower bezel is a little thicker than the others. The OnePlus 9 Pro is quite slippery, has a curved display, and is also a bit heavier than the Pixel 5. The rear camera settings on these two phones are in the same place but are very different. It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 9 Pro includes a built-in fingerprint scanner, while the Pixel 5 is visible on the back.
The Google Pixel 5 is much shorter, narrower and thinner than the OnePlus 9 Pro. It’s also almost 50 grams lighter than the OnePlus flagship. However, it has a significantly smaller display, which is obvious given the size difference. These two phones are designed for completely different types of users. If you like heavier phones with larger displays and don’t mind the curved control panel, the OnePlus 9 Pro is for you. If you prefer smaller devices that are less slippery and still have a large display, the Google Pixel 5 may be a better choice. The Pixel 5 isn’t small in itself, yet it’s much easier to use than the OnePlus 9 Pro, especially with one hand.
Google Pixel 5 versus OnePlus 9 Pro: display
The two phones differ significantly in terms of design, and so do their displays. The Google Pixel 5 has a 6-inch FullHD + (2340 x 1080) OLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. This display is flat and supports HDR10 + content. Google integrated Gorilla Glass 6 protection for this panel. The display of the Pixel 5 is an LTPS variant and does not support an adaptive refresh rate.
The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, has a 6.7-inch QHD + (3216 x 1440) Fluid 2.0 AMOLED display. This panel is curved and has a refresh rate of 120 Hz. Since this is an LTPO display, it supports an adaptive refresh rate. HDR10 content is also supported here, while the display also includes 1 billion colors. This display is protected by the Gorilla Glass 5 in case you are wondering. Both displays contain a hole for the display camera in the upper left corner.
These two displays couldn’t be more different. The OnePlus 9 Pro currently has one of the best displays on the market. With a peak brightness of 1,300 nits, it can get considerably brighter than the Pixel 5 panel. The colors on the display are also more vibrant and crisp, though the Pixel 5 control panel is nothing to mockery of. It’s a good display that supports high refresh rates. It’s not as noticeable as the OnePlus 9 Pro panel and could be brighter, but not many people will have complaints. It’s worth noting that the viewing angles are excellent on both displays.
Google Pixel 5 vs OnePlus 9 Pro: performance
Given the different specs and price, is there a massive performance gap? Well no Both phones offer great performance, although the OnePlus 9 Pro is a lot more capable on paper. Don’t get me wrong, the OnePlus 9 Pro is faster in loading apps and so on, but the difference is not big and the Pixel 5 is not lagging or anything like that. Both phones are fairly fluid, and their high refresh rate displays ensure that everything looks nice and fluid too.
The Google Pixel 5 contains the Snapdragon 765G SoC, a medium-range processor. The OnePlus 9 Pro, on the other hand, is equipped with the Snapdragon 888, currently Qualcomm’s best SoC. The OnePlus 9 Pro also offers newer and faster RAM and storage in case you are wondering. Both software offerings are well optimized by the companies, although they differ significantly in terms of offering.
When it comes to regular daily tasks like opening / closing apps, multitasking, surfing, consuming multimedia, writing emails, taking pictures and videos, etc., both phones light up. Both do a good job when gaming too, but the OnePlus 9 Pro offers far more features in this regard and is also more future-proof from a gaming point of view. This handset can also load games faster if you care.
Google Pixel 5 versus OnePlus 9 Pro: battery
The Google Pixel 5 has a 4,080 mAh battery, while the OnePlus 9 Pro has a 4,500 mAh device. The two phones have vastly different screen sizes, resolutions, and refresh rates, so this difference is to be expected. In both cases, these are good battery sizes, that’s for sure. So the only question is how well the two phones do in terms of battery life / lifespan.
At the time of this writing, the Google Pixel 5 has a significant edge. The Pixel 5 was one of the biggest surprises in terms of battery life as the phone comfortably exceeded its 7 hour on-time in our tests. The phone even exceeded 8 hours of screen time when needed. The battery life of the OnePlus 9 Pro is not particularly constant at the moment. It can get up to 6 hours of screen time, sometimes it can go a little further, and sometimes it barely reaches 5 hours of screen time. Time. This hardware can do a lot more, and hopefully OnePlus will tweak things soon.
When it comes to charging, the OnePlus 9 Pro definitely has the upper hand. The phone offers 65W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, not to mention it also supports reverse wireless charging. The Google Pixel 5, on the other hand, supports wired charging at 18 W, as well as wireless charging at 12 W and wireless charging at 5 W. The OnePlus 9 Pro refills much faster, regardless of which charging option you use.
Google Pixel 5 vs OnePlus 9 Pro: cameras
The camera situation is … well, interesting. OnePlus cheered the OnePlus 9 Pro cameras for weeks before the phone started. The company has teamed up with Hasselblad so expectations were high, even though Hasselblad was only into color science this time around. Still, the OnePlus 9 Pro offers good camera performance, but not what we expected. In low light conditions the performance is still not particularly good, while even in low light conditions there are problems with blue tones, not to mention the flickering of street lights etc. This slight shutter lag is also an issue at least at this point in writing this article. OnePlus has been releasing updates on a regular basis since the phone was announced, four of which have launched by then.
The Google Pixel 5, on the other hand, has a camera sensor that is pretty old as the company has been using it since the Pixel 2. Nevertheless, this camera sensor does an excellent job with the help of Google’s camera software. The Pixel 5 is still one of the best camera smartphones out there and is also great in low light. It’s gradually showing its age, but very few people will have complaints here as the phone does an excellent job of balancing images in almost any lighting condition. The ultra-wide camera is good too, although this is one area where the OnePlus 9 Pro shines, ultra-wide camera performance, and macro photography.
Both smartphones are pretty good when it comes to cameras, but until OnePlus fixes a number of issues with the 9 Pro camera, the Pixel 5 will be more consistent across the board. OnePlus included great hardware for the OnePlus 9 Pro camera. All it takes is the right optimization to show its true performance. Let’s hope the company will achieve this in the future.
When it comes to audio, the OnePlus 9 Pro has the upper hand. The phone comes with two stereo speakers which are actually quite good. They are loud and sharp. The bass isn’t the best, but that’s perfectly normal for smartphones these days. The distortion is barely noticeable at the highest volume levels, so you shouldn’t worry about that. With the Pixel 5, however, Google made some strange choices.
The Pixel 5 has a main speaker with floor triggering, while the secondary speaker is below the display. This results in it being muted a bit and the sound not being as sharp or loud as it should be for a stereo speaker setup. Fortunately, the main speaker is pretty good, so the sound isn’t that bad, but the OnePlus 9 Pro offers more in that regard. If you plug in good headphones, both phones will deliver good sound across the spectrum. Note, however, that neither has a 3.5mm headphone jack.