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OnePlus 5 vs. Galaxy S8: Does the OnePlus 5 dethrone the S8?

by Danny Zepeda | June 20, 2017June 20, 2017 10:00 am PDT

The OnePlus 5 is officially here, and probably the first question most have is: How does it contend with the Galaxy S8? The S8 has been around for a few months and is still considered the best Android device around. Let’s take a look at what each bring to the table.

Samsung truly laid down the gauntlet with the Galaxy S8. Not only is it the company’s latest flagship but it’s also the response to the Note 7 disaster. By now, most of you know how strong this response was and continues to be. We praised the S8 in our review, and our thoughts still remain the same. It is a great phone.

The Galaxy S8 packs a stunning 5.8-inch Infinity Display that is its crowning achievement. Inside it packs a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, 3,000mAh battery, 64GB of storage with microSD expandability, and a top of the line 12MP camera.

Responding in kind, the OnePlus 5 matches or tops the S8 in every spec configuration. It comes with a mind boggling 8GB of RAM, 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 835 processor,128GB of storage, 3,300mAh battery with Dash charging and a dual camera (16MP main camera, 20MP telephoto camera). There’s also a 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage version, but might as well go for the fully speced out version, right?

These specs come in a gorgeous all-aluminum body that’s available in two color options: Midnight Black and Slate Grey.The OnePlus 5 also sports its useful mute switch, fingerprint scanner, and 16MP front-facing camera. It’s not playing second fiddle to Samsung’s mightiest phone.

The OnePlus 5 was just announced, so it’s too soon to make a definitive statement about which device is better. Once we get the OnePlus 5 in our hands to review, we’ll be able to arrive to a concrete decision.

Check out the galleries and spec breakdown between the OnePlus 5 and Galaxy S8 down below.

OnePlus 5 Gallery

Galaxy S8 Gallery

OnePlus - OnePlus 5 Samsung - Galaxy S8
Display Size 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel display (401 ppi) 5.8-inch, 2960 x 1440 pixel display (568 ppi)
Resolution X 1920 2960
Resolution Y 1080 1440
Display Type AMOLED Quad HD+
Operating System Android 7.1.1 Oxygen OS (at launch) Android 7.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core (2.3GHz Quad + 1.7GHz Quad), 64 bit, 10 nm process
RAM 6GB/8GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
External Storage No Yes
Main Camera (Back) 16/20MP 12MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 16MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
  • TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
  • UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
  • LTE Cat.16 (May differ by markets and mobile operators)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 3300mAh 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB-C port with USB 2.0 support
  • USB Type-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Hall
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Gyroscope
  • Geomagnetic
  • Hall
  • Heart rate
  • Iris
  • Pressure
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Electronic compass
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Galileo
  • Glonass
  • GPS
Height 154.2 mm (6.07 inches) 148.9 mm (5.86 inches)
Width 74.1 mm (2.92 inches) 68.1 mm (2.68 inches)
Depth 7.25 mm (0.29 inches) 8 mm (0.31 inches)
Weight 5.4 oz (153 g) 155 g (5.47 oz)
Colors Black, Gray Midnight Black, Orchard Grey, Arctic Silver, Coral Blue, Maple Gold
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF
Supported Video Formats MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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