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Updated January 10, 2024·

If you prioritize having a high-quality camera and longer battery life, the Samsung Galaxy A53 could be the better choice for you despite being somewhat more expensive. However, the OnePlus 9 offers stronger performance and a high refresh rate display for those who value a smooth user experience. The OnePlus 9 also has more RAM, which can be beneficial for multitasking and keeping more apps open in the background. Both phones have OLED screens with similar sizes and resolutions, but the OnePlus 9's display is slightly brighter. Neither phone offers expandable storage, but they come with ample internal storage for most users. If you are particularly keen on photography, the OnePlus 9 has a higher-quality main camera setup, but the Galaxy A53 has an overall higher camera quality for both photos and videos. Both run on Android and have under-display fingerprint sensors for security. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the OnePlus 9
  • Good performance
Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A53
  • Very good battery life

Key differences

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Overall Camera Quality

7.0
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Galaxy A53
5.9
The OnePlus 9 has good overall camera quality, while the Samsung Galaxy A53 has poor overall camera quality.

Photo Quality

6.7
9
Galaxy A53
6.2
The OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy A53 both have only fair photos, though the OnePlus 9 takes somewhat better photos.

Video Quality

5.9
9
Galaxy A53
5.2
The OnePlus 9 and Samsung Galaxy A53 both have poor videos, though the OnePlus 9 takes somewhat better videos.

Battery

6.9 Hours
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Galaxy A53
8.0 Hours
The OnePlus 9 has 6.9 hours of battery life. The Samsung Galaxy A53 has 8 hours of battery life.

Cost

$399
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Galaxy A53
$369
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The OnePlus 9 has a price of $399 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 costs $369.
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Key similarities

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Screen Size

The OnePlus 9 has a screen size of 6.55 inches and the Samsung Galaxy A53 is 6.5 inches.

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How the OnePlus 9 and the Samsung Galaxy A53 compare to other phones

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Spec Comparison

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OnePlus 9Samsung Galaxy A53
OnePlus 9Samsung Galaxy A53

GENERAL

Price
$399
$369
Brand
OnePlusSamsung
Operating System
AndroidAndroid
Release Date
March 26, 2021March 24, 2022

SCREEN

Screen Size
6.55"6.5"
Resolution
2400 x 10802400 x 1080
Variable refresh rate
NoNo
Pixels Per Inch
402405
Display Type
OLEDOLED

INTERNAL

Processor
SD888E1280
Internal Storage
128 GB128 GB
RAM
8 GB4 GB

CAMERA

Overall Camera Quality Score
7/106/10
Photos Score
6.8/106.3/10
Videos Score
5.9/105.3/10
Rear Cameras
Main, UltrawideMain, Ultrawide, Macro
Main Camera
48 megapixels64 megapixels + OIS

BATTERY

Battery Life
6.9 Hours8 Hours
Battery Capacity
4500 mAh5000 mAh
Wireless Charging
YesNo
Wireless charging Speed
15 W0 W
Reverse wireless charging
NoNo

PHYSICAL

Size
6.29" x 2.92"6.28" x 2.94"
Weight
6.77 oz6.67 oz
Back Material
GlassPlastic
Stereo Speakers
NoNo

CONNECTIVITY

Dual SIM
NoNo
Bluetooth Version
5.25.1
A2DP
YesYes
WiFi Version
65
NFC
YesYes
US 5G Bands
(SA/NSA/Sub6)1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 25, 28, 38, 40, 41, 48, 66, 71, 77, 78(SA/NSA/Sub6/mmWave)2, 5, 48, 66, 77, 78, 260, 261

OTHER FEATURES

Biometric unlock
Face unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under DisplayFace unlock, Fingerprint sensor: Under Display
Unlockable Bootloader
YesNo
Color
Astral Black, Arctic Sky, Winter MistBlue, White, Black
Stock Android
NoNo
SD Card
NoYes

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OnePlus 9

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TechRadar

David Lumb | April 2021
"If you’re hunting for the best Android camera phone at this price, and one that doesn’t skimp on specs the OnePlus 9 is worth considering. Courtesy of a partnership with Hasselblad, the cameras offer better color correction, and both regular and ultra-wide photos look great. The OnePlus 9’s battery fully charges in under 30 minutes over a cable, and in 45 minutes using wireless charging. If you hate waiting for hours to charge your phone, you'll love the OnePlus 9."

Samsung Galaxy A53

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Android Authority

Ryan Haines | May 2023
"Samsung’s quartet of rear cameras delivers the goods, both day and night, with the only blemish being the lack of 4K/60fps video recording. The large, 6.5-inch, 120Hz AMOLED display is crisp and smooth, making video streaming enjoyable. You should have no issues pushing the 5,000mAh battery to its limits and it’s not too slow to charge relative to its competitors in the US."

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About OnePlus

OnePlus, established in 2013, is a smartphone brand that first became known for providing flagship-like devices, at a fraction of the cost compared to more expensive Android competitors. OnePlus focuses on creating smartphones with powerful hardware at reasonable prices. They also bring hardware features normally not seen in other Android phones sold in the US, such as their ultra-fast “Warp Charge” and the beloved “Alert Slider”.

About Samsung

Samsung is one of the most recognizable names in the smartphone industry, standing as the undisputed best-selling brand of Android smartphones in the United States for many years now. Samsung is known for offering a variety of smartphones in all available price points, as well as for implementing cutting-edge technology and innovative features in their flagship devices, ones that often shape the market going forward. The company offers its own unique spin on Android, called One UI, which focuses on offering a multitude of features and is heavily customizable, according to user preference.

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