OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8


Is it time to upgrade you smartphone? If so, I suggest you check out my specs comparison of the top two current mobile devices available for you to choose from…

Description OnePlus 5 Samsung Galaxy S8
Dimensions & Weight 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm. 153g 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm. 155g
SIM Dual Nano-SIM Single Nano-SIM
Screen Size 5.5 inches  5.8 inches
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 pixels per inch) 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 pixels per inch)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Water/Dust Resistant? No Yes
Operating system Oxygen OS on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) Touchwiz UI on Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Exynos 8895 Octa
CPU Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4X1.9 GHz Kryo) Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz & 4×1.7 GHz)
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G71 MP20
Memory 64/128 GB (non expandable) 64 GB (expandable)
RAM 6/8 GB 4 GB
Camera Primary Dual 16MP+20MP 12 MP
Camera Secondary 16MP 8 MP
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Charging technology USB-C Dash Charge (0-100% in 1 hour 10 mins) USB-C Quick Charge 2.0 (0-100% in 1 hour 20 mins)
Colors Midnight Black, Slate Gray Midnight Black, Orchid Gray, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Price £449 (64GB) £499 (128GB) £689
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Final thoughts…

Both phone are well constructed and look great but the Galaxy S8 does look much more futuristic and in line with what one would expect in terms of smartphone design in 2017 (minimal bezel). Both these devices are very powerful with the latest processors, camera sensors and RAM. OnePlus 5 starts at 6GB RAM compared to 4GB offered by the competitor, however the Samsung Galaxy S8 does have a superior Ultra High Definition (UHD) display compared to the OnePlus 5’s rather disappointing HD display.

S8 is priced at £689, while the Galaxy S8+ which is equipped with 6GB RAM will set you back by an even higher £779. The OnePlus 5 on the other hand starts at £449 with 6GB RAM but if you want more RAM, you can pick up the 8GB version for £499. If you are purchasing as part of a 2 year contract, the handset price should not really make much difference to your choice.

The S8 is far more expensive than the OnePlus 5 but it does pack in more higher-end features (waterproof/dust proof, expandable memory via SD Card and superior screen).

 

Nazrul Hoque – 01 July 2017

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