OnePlus has always defined its devices as “flagship killer” (something like high-end flagship destroyer super ship) for its high-end features but at a moderate price. On the other hand, Samsung has always tried to position its high-end devices as super premium, without worrying about maintaining a good quality/price ratio. Will OnePlus get into trouble with one of its most seasoned rivals? We will discover it in this comparison between Samsung Galaxy S8 + Vs OnePlus 5T!
Table of Contents
- 1 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Design or Functionality?
- 2 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Advanced Security or Privacy at Risk?
- 3 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: little joke with the Samsung screen
- 4 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: there is no better hardware
- 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs. OnePlus 5T – Technical specifications
- 6 Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Conclusions
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Design or Functionality?
I must say that the two companies have a diametrically opposite view of how a high-end device should be built. On the one hand, we have the elegant Galaxy S8 + with its smooth curves, its screen with rounded corners and its glass body, and on the other hand we have the OnePlus 5T, more solid, with its aluminium unibody and a more industrial look.
Both solutions are equally valid: the S8 + may be aesthetically more attractive, overall, but the curved screen is not practical in some situations; the OnePlus 5T is more solid and functional.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Advanced Security or Privacy at Risk?
Speaking of functionality, the Samsung smartphone has the worst fingerprint reader in the world. Also, the speed of recognition of the tracks is definitely behind the phones of the competition. On the other hand, we find as alternative methods of unlocking the facial recognition (insecure and easy to “cheat” with a photo) and the iris scanner (much safer but very slow).
However, Samsung has an advanced security suite capable of protecting sensitive data and creating a safe work environment thanks to Knox.
The OnePlus 5T, with respect to unlocking methods, is much more advanced than its Korean rival as it implements a facial recognition that is among the fastest (but whose safety is yet to be verified) and a well-placed fingerprint reader, comfortable and fast. Unfortunately, the Chinese company still has a lot to explain to us about the safety of its users’ data given the recent events.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: little joke with the Samsung screen
The Korean company is one of the largest manufacturers of AMOLED screens in the world, whose technology uses both smartphones. If on the one hand, we find one of the best-curved screens ever seen on a mobile device, on the other we find a panel also manufactured by Samsung, but flat.
The first measures 6.2 “, has a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels (18.5: 9), a maximum brightness of up to 1000 nit and bright colours, the second stay at 6.01” with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels (18: 9 ) but it is calibrated with more natural colours and, despite the difference in resolution, it is not noticeable.
Samsung in this area has produced a true jewel that does not pale next to anything and nobody. On the other side of the scale, OnePlus has used one of the best FullHD + screens on the market. Although OnePlus lacks a feature such as a compatibility with HDR content, neither of you will have any complaints.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: there is no better hardware
Both smartphones offer the latest in modern technology. The OnePlus 5T works with SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM and 64 GB / 128 GB of internal memory, unfortunately not expandable. The CPU is the fastest on the market, the RAM is up to much (although obviously, I’m not complaining) and the storage space should satisfy even the most demanding users.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + has the latest chip produced by the house, the Exynos 8895, in the company of 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable memory. On the one hand, we have less RAM available, but this is more a matter of marketing, it really not necessary. On the other hand, the Samsung smartphone maintains the possibility of increasing the available memory with a MicroSD card, which for some could be a real advantage.
The difference in performance is really minimal on paper. On the other hand, I want to remind you that the S8 + is sold in certain markets with the same OnePlus 5T chip. Ultimately, the balance loyalist leans toward Samsung’s smartphone because the company’s software is not as fast and agile as its competitor’s. Not that the S8 + has performance problems, but sometimes the strong personalization of Samsung is reflected in small reductions in frames, while the OnePlus software, little personalized and highly optimized makes the difference in a day to day use.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs. OnePlus 5T – Technical specifications
|SAMSUNG GALAXY S8 +||ONEPLUS 5T|
|DIMENSIONS:||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm|
|WEIGHT:||173 g||162 g|
|BATTERY SIZE:||3500 mAh||3300 mAh|
|SCREEN SIZE:||6.2 inches||6.01 inches|
|SCREEN:||2960 x 1440 pixels (531 ppi)||2160 x 1080 pixels (402 ppi)|
|FRONTAL CAMERA:||8 megapixels||20 megapixels|
|REAR CAMERA:||12 megapixels||16 megapixels|
|ANDROID VERSION:||7.0 – Nougat||7.1.1 – Nougat|
|USER INTERFACE:||TouchWiz||Oxygen OS|
|INTERNAL MEMORY:||64 GB||64 GB|
|REMOVABLE MEMORY:||micro SD||Not available|
|CHIPSET:||Samsung Exynos 8895||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|NUMBER OF NUCLEI:||8||8|
|MAXIMUM SPEED:||2.3 GHz||2.45 GHz|
|CONNECTIVITY:||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth||HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0|
As for the cameras, we see again two different approaches. The Galaxy S8 + has a unique sensor of 12 megapixels and lenses with aperture f / 1.7. Brings the dual pixel technology to a fast autofocus PDAF. Even in low light conditions, it will be difficult to take bad photos with this smartphone.
OnePlus has a more modern dual camera system of 16 and 20 megapixels, both with aperture f / 1.7, used, however, in an unconventional way. In fact, we did not find an RGB sensor, and another in black and white or different focal lengths as in the case of OnePlus 5. The difference lies in the optimization of the sensors, one is used for the normal shots and the other for the shots with little luminosity: it is the smartphone that chooses the best sensor according to convenience. You may wish to read more why OnePlus 5T Ricks favourite smartphone of 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8 + vs OnePlus 5T: Conclusions
OnePlus has done, as always, a great job. There is scarcely anything to complain about this high-end, and, although the prices of the firm’s smartphones do not stop increasing steadily each year, the one on its label is still lower than that of the competition, that is not little. Keep in mind that, although we give up something in relation to the S8 +, more complete, to 929 euros, the price of OnePlus 5T remains at 499 euros (549 for the version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of memory): if we compare it with the current high range that reaches 1000 euros, it is a considerable saving.
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On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy S8 + has been in the market for a long time and its street price (the price that can be found for sale in a store or online) has been reduced considerably. Since the price difference is very small, it may be worth spending some more money to take home the beautiful and handsome Korean smartphone.
However, if what you are looking for is a correct, fine, fast software, launched by the most efficient SoC of the year and with a complete user experience; and if you are interested in a super-resolution screen and the camera is not what you care about, the OnePlus 5T may be your best option.
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