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Comparison: OnePlus 9RT Vs Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Let's compare both the smartphones to know which one is better?

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Since the beginning of the year, OnePlus appears to be on a roll. OnePlus debuted its most expensive smartphone, the OnePlus 10 Pro, in China earlier this week, and it is now unveiling a new product in India. The OnePlus 9RT was launched in India today, and it is expected to compete with a number of smartphones in the upper midrange pricing category. 

The gadget will compete with the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which has just been released, too. So we’ll compare the two smartphones to see what the differences are and which would be a better choice for you if you’re looking to update or buy a new Android phone.

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OnePlus 9RT: 6.62-inch full-HD+ Samsung E4 AMOLED display

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: 6.4-inch full-HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2X display


OnePlus 9RT: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Exynos 2100

Rear camera(s)

OnePlus 9RT: A triple rear camera arrangement consists of a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary lens with an aperture of f/1.8 and OIS for stabilisation, as well as a 50MP Sony IMX766 main lens with an aperture of f/1.8. A 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens with an f/2.2 aperture and a 2-megapixel macro lens is also included in the camera module.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: 12-megapixel primary sensor with an f/1.8 wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and an 8-megapixel telephoto sensor make up the triple rear camera setup

Selfie camera

OnePlus 9RT: 16MP Sony IMX471

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: 32-megapixel

RAM and Storage

OnePlus 9RT: 8GB RAM with 128GB storage option and 12GB RAM with 256Gb storage model

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: 8GB RAM with 128GB model/ 8GB RAM with 256GB variant


OnePlus 9RT: 4,500mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: 4,500mAh battery

Operating system

OnePlus 9RT: OxygenOS 11 based on the Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Android 12 with One UI 4 overlaid on top


OnePlus 9RT: Rs 42,999

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: Rs 49,999

Our Take

Starting with the display, both phones have identical AMOLED displays and support for 120Hz refresh rates, however, the OnePlus RT is somewhat smaller. Both phones appear to be solid, but when it comes to durability, the OnePlus smartphone is not water and dustproof, which is a major flaw. 

In terms of camera quality, the OnePlus takes the lead with a better resolution camera system, but if you like selfies, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is a good option. On the software aspect, the Galaxy S21 FE runs Android 12 while the OnePlus runs Android 11.

Samsung will also provide software upgrades for a longer period of time than OnePlus. However, the Fan Edition lacks fast charging, with just 25W available compared to 65W for the OnePlus 9RT.

When it comes to cost, OnePlus delivers everything for a considerably lower price. If you are willing to pay more, we recommend Samsung because it is durable not only in terms of design but also in terms of software.

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Komila Singh
Komila Singh
Komila is one of the most spirited tech writers at Gadget Bridge. Always up for a new challenge, she is an expert at dissecting technology and getting to its core. She loves to tinker with new mobile phones, tablets and headphones.
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