OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Hello, Guys! Today, I’m going to do a full comparison between the OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. The first thing in perspective the S8 was released in April 2017 while the OnePlus 5 in June 2017. So, there is a not a big time gap between the two. And Of course, people are prompted to ask some very natural questions such as the OnePlus 5 topple the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus or which one should I buy the OnePlus 5 or the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus or what features does the S8 have that are superior to the OnePlus 5. So, this review we’ll do a deep dive and compare every aspect of these two smartphones and towards the end draw a crystal clear conclusion and pick a winner based on facts. So, let’s start-
The Galaxy S8 has a front screen built with Gorilla Glass 5 and rear glass panel also built with Gorilla Glass which is all surrounded by a metal rim. The front display of the OnePlus 5 is Gorilla Glass 5 as well and the remaining of the phone is unibody construction. So, as far as build although different in nature, we have high-quality materials on both they have a solid and premium in hand sensation.
I usually consider this to be a subjective element however, it is always different between something that is exceptionally gorgeous vs something that is just pretty. And that’s exactly going on here, the S8 Plus is simply the better-looking smartphone because of it’s dual curved edge design as well as the large and tall display that dominates the front. We observe that both phones have a headphone jack, the USB Type-C port as well as a single mono speaker.
As for water resistance, the Galaxy S8 Plus has an IP 68-grade water/dust resistance which protects your phone from dust, dirt, sand, and water. The OnePlus 5 does not have any water resistance capabilities. S8 Plus also comes with AKG tune earphone which is priced at hundred dollars if you try to buy this separately. The OnePlus 5 does not include earphone in the package.
So, in this department, the Galaxy S8 Plus is the winner, especially due to its marvellous design language and IP 68-grade water resistance.
The S8 Plus has a gorgeous 6.2-inch display with a Quad HD Plus resolution which is 1440 by 2960 with a total PPI of 529. While the OnePlus 5 has a smaller 5.5-inch display with a 1080p resolution giving it a PPI of 401. There is an absolutely no question that the S8 Plus has a better screen, the sharper screen, and the more vibrant screen. OnePlus by no means has a low-quality display but like many other smartphones on the market, it cannot compete with the quality of the S8 display.
On top of that, the total screen to body ratio on the S8 Plus is 84% which means you have a minimum amount of bezels on the S8 Plus that adds to its design superiority as well. The OnePlus 5 has a 73% screen to body ratio which means less screen and more bezels. Another thing is that the S8 Plus has is Auto HDR capabilities which the OnePlus 5 lacks. So, the winner of this category is the S8 Plus.
The camera quality on the Galaxy S8 Plus 12-megapixel F/1.7 camera is slightly better than the OnePlus 5. However, OnePlus 5 has a more attract the overall package because it actually has two cameras on board instead of one. It has a primary standard angle 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera and a secondary telephoto camera that is 20-megapixels with F/2.6. The reason the secondary camera exists is that it allows you to optically zoom up to 2 times. And also allows you to take gorgeous portray shots with nice and creamy bokeh effect which is a background blur.
The bottom line is no matter which smartphone you pick as long as you are an average consumer which most people are, you will be satisfied. If you get all scientific about the photo quality, colour accuracy and sharpness you will conclude that the S8 Plus does a better job in all those categories but only marginally.
As for the video, the Galaxy S8 Plus offers better videos stabilisation at 4K resolution than the OnePlus 5. But for the 1080p recording, they both do a great job. So, that you can shoot some really well-stabilized video in 1080p. On the front, we have a 20-megapixels F/2.0 camera on the OnePlus 5 and an 8-megapixel F/1.7 camera on the Galaxy S8 Plus. There seems to be a big gap in the megapixel count but in this case, both cameras do a great job taking selfie and video conferencing. So, in this category, I’m going to have to give a very slight lead to the Galaxy S8 Plus but I also want to reiterate that the either camera would satisfy any average consumer.
Processor & Memory: –
In this category, both smartphones are using the same processor which is an Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at up 2.45 GHz. However, while the S8 Plus has 4 gigs of RAM and 64 gigabytes base storage the OnePlus 5 actually has either 6GB of RAM with the 64 gigs storage model or 8 gigs of RAM with the 128 GB storage model. So, certainly, the OnePlus 5 pulls ahead of the S8 with more RAM.
However, the S8 Plus has its own little advantage in that, it offers microSD expansion slot for storage extension up to an additional 256GB if required. If we will talk about the benchmark scores, that the performance is in the same on each smartphone although due to that extra RAM on the OnePlus 5, it has a slight lead. So, in this category, it will be a draw.
OnePlus 5 and S8 Plus both run on the latest version of Android although with their own layer of software modification. In the case of Samsung it is called TouchWiz and in the case of OnePlus, it is called Oxygen OS. By virtue of the fact that this is Android, both smartphones offer a rich and customizable interface. They are both full of rich and deep features but there isn’t time to go into the details. One highlight is that the Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 5 runs smoother with virtually no lag.
As for the Galaxy S8 Plus, it runs smooth and silky 95% of the time but there are that occasional stutter and lag. On the flip side, the Galaxy S8 Plus, because it has an edge curved screen, comes with the edge panels that adds a unique flavour of customization, not available on other Android smartphones. You get access to a bunch of side panels which can be added or removed as required such as a calculator, weather tools, calendar, data manager, device manager and much more. The bottom line is that both of these phones run on Android, I wouldn’t worry too much about the software for making a decision between the two.
The Galaxy S8 Plus offers, three ways to unlock it. You can use the fingerprint sensor found in the back, use the facial recognition tool or use the Iris scanner to unlock your device. The OnePlus 5 offers only one way which is a fingerprint sensor. In this category on paper, the S8 Plus certainly is the winner because it packs more options and technology. But in my personal opinion, a fast working frontal fingerprint sensor is probably the best biometrics security option.
I prefer my fingerprint scanner right on the front of the phone so that I may quickly log in to my phone even it is a sitting flat on the table, it seems more natural. On the S8 Plus, the fingerprint scanner that really matters to me is awkwardly placed on the rear next to the Camera. Of course, it is still usable but it is not as practical as a frontal fingerprint sensor and this category is not too critical in deciding which one to buy, I’m not going to pick a winner but call it a draw.
Both phones have long lasting batteries easily get you a full day of medium to heavy use which is fantastic. As for the fast charging capabilities, OnePlus 5 wins. It has a dash charging features which are able to charge it up to 29% from 0% within 15 minutes. While the S8 Plus only charges up to 20% within 15 minutes. On top of that at the 30 minutes mark of charging the OnePlus 5 is already at 58% battery life while the S8 Plus is around 50% battery life.
So, although both smartphones have similar full day battery life the fast charging on the OnePlus 5 is faster yet on the flip side the S8 Plus does have wireless charging capabilities that the OnePlus does not have. So, in this category, it’s going to be a draw.
First and foremost let’s list all the advantages we have of The S8 Plus over the OnePlus 5. It has a better design language with curved edges and a large and tall display that dominates the front of the screen. It has IP68 water/dust resistance a must have for any flagship. It has a better, sharper and a larger display despite having similar dimensions. It has added technology such as wireless charging and Iris scanner and facial recognition tool which is less important but is still there.
So, in those 4 categories, the S8 Plus leads over the OnePlus 5 and in every other category they are almost equal such as the battery life processing power, software capabilities, and camera. OnePlus does have marginal leads here and there such as better fingerprint sensor placement and fast charging.
The Ultimate winner without a question is the Galaxy S8 Plus despite its slightly higher pricing. It is packed with the latest technology, as a matter of fact, it is a technological marvel. And as of the making of this review, the S8 Plus is selling for approximately 750 dollars while the OnePlus 5 128GB gigs version is 540 dollars. The difference is pricing between the two is around 200 dollars.
So, if that is a big savings OnePlus 5 should be considered. But also keep in mind that $540 is not a bargain at all for a little bit more you can acquire the best smartphone on the planet. Basically, all I have to say the S8 Plus is certainly the winner and give more satisfaction to the end user over the OnePlus 5 if you can afford it.
SPECs Comparison: –
|OnePlus 5||Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus|
|SIM||Dual (Nano)||Single/Dual (Nano)|
|Released||2017, June||2017, April|
|BODY||Dimensions||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3mm||159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm|
Over 1.5m and 30 min.
|DISPLAY||Type||Optic AMOLED||Super AMOLED|
|Resolution||1080 x 1920p (401 PPI)||1440 x 2960p (529 PPI)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||(Dual 16-MP, f/1.7, 24mm, EIS(Gyro) + 20-MP, f/2.6, 36mm), PDAF, 1.6x Optical Zoom, Dual LED Flash||12-MP, f/1.7, 26mm, PDAF, OIS, LED Flash|
|Front||16-MP, f/2.0, 20mm, EIS(Gyro), 1.0-micron pixel size, 1080p, Auto HDR||8-MP, f/1.7, autofocus, 1440p@30fps, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@30/120fps||2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, HDR, dual-video rec|
|Features||1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 μm @16-MP and 1/2.8″sensor size, 1.0 μm @20-MP, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, HDR||1/2.5″ sensor size, 1.14 μm pixel size, geo-tagging, simulataneous 4k video and 9-MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, auto HDR|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat||Android 7.0 Nougat|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Exynos 8895 Octa- EMEA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-(USA & China)
|GPU||Adreno 540||Mali-G71 MP2 (EMEA)
Adreno 540 (USA & China)
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 6GB RAM or 128GB, 8GB RAM||64GB, 4GB RAM or 128GB, 6GB RAM|
|External||No||Up to 256GB (microSD)|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity||Iris scanner, Fingerprint, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass, Proximity, Barometer, heart rate, SpO2|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, DLNA, Hotspot||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Dual-band, Hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0, reversible connector||3.1, Type-C 1.0, reversible connector|
|Others||-Bluetooth-v5.0, GPS, NFC available||-Bluetooth-v5.0, GPS, NFC available|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3300 mAh
|Li-Ion 3500 mAh|