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How Does the OnePlus 5T Compare with the Samsung Galaxy S8?

20 November 2017 | Jonathan So

Unlike Samsung, OnePlus might not be a name that immediately comes to mind when smartphones are mentioned. However, the latter has proven that it should not be underestimated despite being relative newbies in the smartphone industry, especially since the OnePlus 3T was released and now its latest flagship, the OnePlus 5T. With the Samsung Galaxy S8 being one of the best Android flagships around, it is only right that the OnePlus 5T is compared against the former.

Let’s see how the OnePlus 5T matches up against the Samsung Galaxy S8 in terms of the following:

Design

OnePlus 5T

Samsung Galaxy S8

Body

All metal unibody

Glass back and metal frame

Measurements

156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm

148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm

Weight

162g

155g

Based on the table, you can see that the OnePlus 5T is slightly longer, wider, and heavier than the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is also slightly slimmer. Both phones have also featured a minimal bezel design around the screen, enabling the phones to fit larger screens while still able to maintain a svelte design. Like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the OnePlus 5T also comes with a face scanner at the front, but its accuracy is yet to be determined.

Display

One of the key differences that can be seen on both phones is the display. While the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a curved screen, the one fitted on the OnePlus 5T is flat. That is not the only difference in terms of the display, however. The Samsung Galaxy S8 also has a sharper display at 1440 x 2960p resolution and 570ppi, whereas the OnePlus 5T is 1080p x 2160p resolution and 401ppi. Hence, the Samsung Galaxy S8 still has the upper edge in terms of colour accuracy and contrast, but that does not mean that the OnePlus 5T is mediocre in any sense. The OnePlus 5T also uses AMOLED technology which offers vibrant images and colours, perfect for gaming or watching videos.

The OnePlus 5T also uses AMOLED technology which offers vibrant images and colours, perfect for gaming or watching videos.

OS and Internal Hardware

OnePlus 5T

Samsung Galaxy S8

Processor and RAM

Snapdragon 835 chipset with 6GB or 8GB RAM

Exynos 8895 chipset with 4GB RAM

Memory

64GB or 128GB; no microSD slot

64GB with microSD card slot for expandable storage

Operating System

Android Nougat

Android Nougat

Specs-wise, the OnePlus 5T has significantly higher RAM than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which suggests that the former might be slightly faster than the latter in terms of processing speeds. However, the OnePlus 5T does not have an expandable memory which might make it less appealing for users who want to fill their smartphones with videos, apps, and software. Although both smartphones run on Android Nougat, both do not run stock Android, meaning that a significant portion of the storage will be consumed by the OS itself.

Camera

OnePlus 5T

Samsung Galaxy S8

Rear Camera

Dual-lens camera; one 16MP lens and one 20MP lens, both have optical zoom.

Single 12MP lens with optical image stabilization.

Aperture

f/1.7

f/1.7

Front camera

16MP

8MP

On paper, the OnePlus 5T has an advantage when it comes to cameras. The phone has a dual-lens setup for its rear camera compared to the Samsung Galaxy S8 which only has a 12MP shooter at the back. However, the cameras on both smartphones have f/1.7 aperture, resulting in decent quality images in low-light settings. Both smartphones have a flurry of features as well to help improve the photo quality. However, the powerful 16MP should make the OnePlus 5T more popular amongst frequent selfie-lovers.

Battery

As for the battery, the OnePlus 5T sports a 3,300mAh one whereas the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a smaller 3,000mAh battery. Although the batteries are capable of powering both units through the day, the more powerful battery on the OnePlus 5T suggests that the phone will last longer than the Samsung flagship. Both smartphones support fast charging, but the Samsung Galaxy S8 also supports wireless charging, something that the OnePlus 5T doesn’t offer.

Takeaway

The OnePlus 5T has an edge over the Samsung S8 in terms of a second rear camera lens, extra RAM, and bigger battery. However, the Samsung flagship has better screen resolution and the inclusion of a microSD slot means that it can better support more apps and multimedia usage. Ultimately, both smartphones have respective strengths, hence you should choose one depending on which best suits your needs.

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