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OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Which is More Worthy?

By Avery Pacheco, 25/07/2017, updated on 14/01/2022

It's believed that OnePlus still has a far way to go until it can compare with Samsung, the King of Android. That's not true. Samsung has unveiled Samsung Galaxy S8 in April in hope of winning the hearts of users after the disastrous Note 7 incidence.

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Later on, OnePlus 5 rolled out for the public. Both devices are winning popularity over the planet. If you're looking to pick up a new Android flagship this year, take a look at this in-depth comparison and see which one is more worthy and desirable.

1. Quick Look At The Full Specifications Of Both

Here I list the differences of both OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8 in all respects. Before we dive in hot discussions, you might be interested in giving that a look.


2. The Look of OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8

Both phones haves an outstanding look. However, Galaxy S8 leaves people a deeper impression with its Infinity Display, which stretches from one end to the other, making a phone seem bigger and more advanced than ever. I'm not saying the display of OnePlus 5 is terrible. Actually, both are made from an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. Speaking of resolution, S8 also outperforms with 1440x2960 pixels.

OnePlus 5 and Samsung Galaxy S8

3. Performance: Which One Runs Faster?

As showed at the chart, OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 are both equipped with the currently-fatest processor - the Qualcomm Snapdragon 935. Both devices run extremely well. Certainly, they have a better performance than many of others.

However, the one with more RAM storage seems to make a difference. OnePlus has 6-8 GB RAM while Galaxy S8 has just 4 RAM. Therefore, OnePlus 5 can have more apps and won't slow down for that.


4. Hardware: Which One Takes An Upper Hand?

The king of Android is crowned for reasons. Samsung Galaxy phone always come out with powerful hardware. In terms of hardware, it may take OnePlus years to catch up with Samsung.

The battery of both devices are non-removable. OnePlus 5 has a Li-Po 3300 mAh battery while Galaxy S8 has a Li-lon 3000 mAh one. It's obvious that which one will have longer endurance.

Thankfully, both support speedy charging via USB Type-C ports. You can fully charge the S8 in around 90 minutes with adaptive fast charging. OnePlus's Dash Charge system allows you to recover 60 percent of the battery in half an hour, but still takes around 90 minutes to fully charge.

The biggest change OnePlus has made this year is to the camera. The OnePlus 5 has a dual camera setup with a 16 MP main sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a 20 MP secondary unit with a f/2.6 aperture. The latter is a telephoto lens that allows for 2x lossless zoom and the ability to emulate a blurry background or bokeh effect with its portrait mode.

On the other hand, Samsung has stuck to a more traditional camera setup, with a single 12 MP shooter with a f/1.7 aperture and it also comes with optical image stabilization, which isn't available with either sensor of the OnePlus 5. The lack of OIS on the OnePlus 5 makes a huge difference, particularly when shooting in low light conditions. The OnePlus 5's photos are noticeably softer in detail, less sharp, noisier, and tend to have orange-y color tones that don't look very natural.


5. Software: Look Inside OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8

Both devices are running Android Nougat. However, OnePlus 5 is running Android 7.1.1 later than Android 7.0 on Samsung Galaxy S8, but it's believed that S8 will catch up soon. In terms of Software, OnePlus 5 and S8 end in a draw.


6. Price: Whether They're Worth The Money?

Samsung Galaxy will cost you $750. It's a bit expensive but every Samsung flagship phone all set at a high price. Thus, the majority prefer to installment and are more willing to pay for $25 per month. S8 works for all carriers in USA.

As opposed to S8, OnePlus has a more friendly price set at around $480 for the device of 64GB storage and 6GB RAM, $540 for that of 126GB storage and 8GB RAM. It will work just fine on AT&T, T-Mobile and other GSM networks in the U.S., but not on Verizon or Sprint.

So far, have you got an idea towards S8 and OnePlus 5? If you're going to upgrade your phone, you might consider which one suits you better. From where I stand, I would choose OnePlus 5 though I'm really fond of the look of S8.