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OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 Which is the best phone for you?
A OnePlus 10 Pro (left) and a Samsung Galaxy S21 (right) (Image credit: OnePlus / Samsung)

The OnePlus 10 Pro is now available in China; This means it’s one of the first major flagship phones released in 2022.

As we await confirmation of the global rollout, we should look at how this model is compared to one of the top smartphones of 2021, the Samsung Galaxy S21. Samsung Galaxy S21.

Which is the most recent improvement OnePlus has made with the flagship model? Did you notice any significant improvement, or would you be better at saving money and buying one of 2021’s most desirable models?

Let’s look at how these two phones perform concerning the paper.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 price and availability

The OnePlus 10 Pro was announced on January 11th, 2022. The phone then came in on January 13th. However, the launch took place only in China. It is still to find out when the device will become available in other countries.

Pricing starts at 4 699 Chinese Yuan for 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, that’s roughly $740/PS550/AU$1,056. You can also pay 4,999 Chinese Yuan ($786/PS586/AU$1,123) for 8GB/256GB, or 5,299 Chinese Yuan ($833/PS621/AU$1,191) for 12GB RAM and 256GB.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 price and availability
A OnePlus 10 Pro (Image credit: OnePlus)

Samsung Galaxy S21 arrived in stores a little over one year before it was launched, and it was released as the OnePlus 10 Pro on January 29th the year 2021. Prices start at $799, or $PS769/AU$1,249 for the 128GB model. the 256GB model came in as $849.99 (or PS819/AU$1,349).

It’s real that it’s not too expensive, but you could get it at a lower cost at the moment when you shop online.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: design

OnePlus clearly draws inspiration from Samsung’s Galaxy S21. Samsung Galaxy S21 with the OnePlus 10 Pro’s design.

Samsung surprised us with its camera module with an integrated design that moves out of the frame using a seamless contour cut option. OnePlus uses the same concept, but it has an industrial and square camera component.

The OnePlus 10 Pro (163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm) is taller and wider than the Samsung Galaxy S21. Samsung Galaxy S21 (151.7 71.2 x 71.2 and 7.9mm ). It’s also heavier at 200.5g in comparison to Samsung’s weight of 169g.

This is partly because of the genuine glass used for the back cover, available on OnePlus. Samsung uses a plastic-based substance known as ‘Glasstic’, which we’re not big fans of. It was somewhat cheap.

A Samsung Galaxy S21
A Samsung Galaxy S21 (Image credit: TechRadar)

Both phones come with frames made of aluminum and extremely durable Gorilla Glass Victus that covers the display. Both phones come with IP68 ratings for water resistance.

When you’re looking for color options, Galaxy S21 comes in various colors when it comes to colors. Galaxy S21 gives you a range of Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Pink, and Phantom Violet. Contrastingly, the OnePlus 10 Pro goes in just three colors: black and green, and white.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: display

We’ve previously discussed the differences in size between the two phones; that is the most important difference differentiating their screens.

The OnePlus 10 Pro has the largest screen in both dimensions at 6.7 inches. Samsung’s screen is small compared to an Android phone, at 6.2 inches.

The OnePlus screen is the most robust of the two and features a 3216x 1440 resolution instead of Samsung’s Galaxy S21’s 2400×1080.

A OnePlus 10 Pro (Image credit: OnePlus
A OnePlus 10 Pro (Image credit: OnePlus

In addition, a OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus 10 Pro has a second-generation LTPO2 AMOLED which runs throughout the entirety of the 120Hz refresh rate right up to 1Hz, depending on the software. Galaxy S21 Galaxy S21 is limited to from 60 to 120Hz it is not as efficient.

Both options for display are equally bright, up to the maximum brightness of 1300 nits.

Overall this is a win with the OnePlus 10 Pro on paper. We’ll have to try it on the phone to verify this, but it’s certainly worth the effort, as Samsung is the undisputed leader for OLED.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: cameras

There’s a fascinating analogy between the OnePlus 10 Pro camera and its Samsung Galaxy S21 counterpart. Both bear an incredible similarity to their predecessors since starting, or at minimum, in terms of the hardware.

This is where the similarities end, aside from the triple camera systems with ultra-wide, wide, and telephoto sensors.

It’s OnePlus 10 Pro gives you the possibility of a 48-megapixel f/1.8 big sensor, while Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 12MP wide sensor. Samsung Galaxy S21 goes with a wide-screen 12MP sensor.

In the world of telephotos, OnePlus has gone with an 8MP sensor that could create 3.3x zoomed optically; in addition, Samsung is extremely sharp thanks to a 64MP 1.1x zoom lens that produces 3x hybrid photographs. This is an entirely different approach to utilize, however.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: cameras
A Samsung Galaxy S21 (Image credit: TechRadar)

Ultra-wide cameras are available as well. This is the only camera feature we can confirm as completely new to the OnePlus 10 Pro, in the shape of a 150-degree 50MP camera. Samsung offers a 12MP sensor that is less sharp and more compact. Ultra-wide sensor offering 120¬į of viewing angle.

OnePlus will keep its Hasselblad name for another season. The OnePlus 9 Pro is used to offer different color tuning and an individualized camera user interface. It is not yet clear what features of this model are being modified for the next model.

Samsung’s camera options are all about. The reviewer who wrote about it described it as a “fantastic camera that has a broad spectrum of options” with Samsung’s usual bright tones and uniform tones throughout all sensors.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 specs and performance

It’s likely to make an instant success in terms of performance before it goes in the OnePlus 10 Pro.

The newer version comes with the new Snapdragon 8Gen 1 processor. Though early reports suggest that the processor isn’t substantially quicker than the Snapdragon 888 found for Samsung Galaxy S21 Samsung Galaxy S21, its GPU is certainly 1 inch more efficient.

Furthermore, many Samsung Galaxy S21 users don’t get the Samsung Snapdragon 808. The US and China models come with Qualcomm’s silicon. The global model (aka the rest of the models) includes Samsung’s Exynos 2100. It’s a good chip, but it’s not as fast as Snapdragon 888. Snapdragon 888.

That’s a good thing since it’s different from its predecessor: the Snapdragon 8 Generation 1 version of the OnePlus 10 Pro.


OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21 specs and performance
A OnePlus 10 Pro (Image credit: OnePlus)

Both phones have the same 8GB memory. But, there’s a 12-GB version of the OnePlus. In terms of memory, both phones provide users with the option of 128GB, 128GB, or 256GB.

A tiny bit of doubt is the OnePlus 10 Pro’s likely UI. The Chinese version is based on Oppo’s ColorOS, a boring user interface compared to the OxygenOS UI, which has become the norm for previous OnePlus smartphones. Does the collaboration of OnePlus and Oppo impact the software advantage that will be new globally? It’s only now time to discover.

Samsung’s UI is well-known for its UI that offers a variety of customization options and seamless performance across all of its models. Samsung is moving forward with prompt updates, but certain users might be discontented with the amount of software that’s bloated.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: battery

The larger OnePlus 10 Pro’s dimensions and weight is evident in this section. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s battery of 5,000mAh is more powerful than the Samsung Galaxy S21’s small 4,000mAh powerhouse.

The phone is very small compared to current Android phone specs. It certainly did its share of damage in our tests. The reviewer who tested the phone noticed that the Galaxy S21 would only last throughout the day when left at a light. You can turn up the GPS usage, as well as other energy-consuming components, and it’d be out before going to going to bed.

Since we haven’t experienced the endurance of the OnePlus 10 Pro, it’s impossible to determine if this is the phone that’s a winner. With higher power, the newer phone is packed with the options to make it the top contender. Apart from the (significantly) larger battery, it comes with a fast processor that runs at 4nm and a much more efficient LTPO2 screen.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: battery
OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Samsung Galaxy S21: battery

OnePlus has been a leader on different fronts, supporting wired charging up to 80W and offering the right charger for the task. Galaxy S21 isn’t an ideal option. Galaxy S21 only stretches to 25W, which means you’ll have to purchase the brick separately.

Similar cases are offered for wireless charging, with the OnePlus 10 Pro supporting 50W and Samsung Galaxy S21 only supporting 15W. Samsung Galaxy S21 was only going to 15W.


OnePlus has decided to release its OnePlus 10 Pro exclusively in China at the time of this writing, meaning it’s not possible to do much beyond comparing the phones from a distant distance. This phone is more powerful than the popular Samsung Galaxy S21.

It’s faster and user-friendly However built with top-quality components. It also comes with a bigger and more clear display and bigger batteries. OnePlus has added an upgraded, speedier processor.

The camera on the OnePlus 10 Pro is an intriguing issue, as there’s no significant improvement over the earlier version. There’s also the problem of the phone’s unidentified price in the West and concerns about the support of OnePlus for the strong Oxygen OS.

It’ll take us an extended period to wait until the OnePlus 10 Pro hits our shores before we can provide an authoritative review when the actual contest is the Samsung Galaxy S21’s top-of-the-line.