How cheap is it really: OnePlus 3 price vs Samsung Galaxy vs Apple iPhone


The new OnePlus 3 is here and it's a stunning bargain: priced at $400, it costs considerably less than the Samsungs and iPhones of this world. But how much cheaper is it exactly?

In order to make a true apples-to-apples comparison, we need to compare one class of devices (in this case, flagships with the Snapdragon 820 system chip) and one display size (in this case, phablets with 5.5" and larger displays).

So what are those devices?

Of course, there is two most notable large-screen phones with Snapdragon 820 or similarly fast chip that come to mind: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and Apple iPhone 6S Plus. So here are the prices of those models compared to the price of the OnePlus 3:

  • OnePlus 3 64GB model: $400
  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus (64GB model): $850
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (32GB model): $800
So there you have it: the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is twice as expensive as the OnePlus 3 despite offering half the internal storage, while the Apple iPhone 6s Plus is actually 125% more expensive.

You can, of course, argue - and rightfully - that those devices have some premium features like 3D Touch and Live Photos on the iPhone, and the curved screen with Edge UX, as well as higher quality AMOLED display on the S7 Edge, but all in all they are still in the same league. 

And that's quite an astonishing price difference (keep in mind that with taxes, that difference grows even slightly bigger).

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38 Comments

1. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

Good deals between this and the Axon 7. For me, I think for $50 I'd rather get a Axon 7 for the higher resolution, bigger battery, expandable memory, and front facing speakers.

3. sukrith2194 unregistered

You'll have better luck getting updates or at least custom Roms with the OP3

4. Schmao

Posts: 365; Member since: Jul 05, 2009

Are you sure about that? OnePlus hasn't been great with updates with the OP1 or OP2.

15. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Yes, OnePlus has a better track record of updates. OnePlus updates their phones for 2 years. The One started on KitKat and now is on Marshmallow. That is 3 versions of Android. There is a difference between no updates and slow updates. OnePlus has slow updates. while I would say ZTE has no (low) updates. Thus, updates might not be great, but it is good. Plus, OnePlus has a great ROM community for the One and a decent one for the Two.

38. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Well to put that into perspective, the Galaxy Note 4 came out with 4.4.4, got the 5.0.1 update and now 6.0.1. But yes were dealing with a phone which is priced much lower than the note flagship of 2014. So gotta give props to OPO for that

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

We all know most flagships are overpriced as hell but this is...much wow

6. TerryTerius unregistered

Not really, it's moreso that they have completely different methods of making money. Samsung makes money off their hardware, one plus makes money from their services and other products. They're two different business models.

33. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Oneplus... what services and 'other products'? They've only got their phones (hardware), and their OxygenOS (...i.e. a TouchWiz alternative.)

34. TerryTerius unregistered

https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/how-will-oneplus-make-money.12343/ That's their ultimate business plan. And they already sell accessories and what not.

5. TerryTerius unregistered

One plus wants to sell their devices as cheaply as they can, and Samsung wants to actually make a profit of their devices. In a nutshell, that's the biggest difference. One plus makes their money from services and other products they sell as opposed to their phones, as far as I can tell. That said, I am curious as to where exactly they are saving money. I'm assuming it has to be from either intellectual expenditures or labor, and marketing. The savings have to be coming from somewhere unless Oppo is just footing the difference.

7. gs200

Posts: 64; Member since: Jun 09, 2015

It seems to me that they cut out the middle man (carriers and/or retailers) and sell direct to consumers. They can still sell at wholesale type price, and we (consumers) aren't paying for ad long of a supply chain. Or maybe I'm missing something here. Either way, I like it!

8. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

This comparison isn't exactly optimal for one reason. I can only get iOS through an iPhone or iPad, Android OEMs are abundant. The Samsung comparison is fine though, in fact I'd take the 1+3 over it due to the metal frame (shattered every glass phone I've owned, including 3 iPhone 4ses) and the extra RAM. Still, I wish optimization came before spec bumps (6 gigs? Really?) but you can't argue with "more" I suppose.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'd like to give you two giant thumbs down.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

And I'd like to marry a stripper. Your point?

11. TerryTerius unregistered

I've dated two. I'm not entirely sure I would marry one, so you may be a stronger man than me. Not that their occupations made me insecure or that I thought they were bad people, it just created a lot of complications. But God d*** The visuals very nearly made it all worth it. Aside from the actual romantic core of the relationship. Wait, what were we all talking about again?

13. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol +1.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Like to shop the well used market, eh?

19. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Actually, statistics show that strippers are actually less "used" than most nurses. No bull. I get what you're saying though....but there so attractive (in most cases anyway) :D.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

*their*

21. TerryTerius unregistered

You're exactly right, this is a highly common misconception. Most dudes have no chance with exotic dancers precisely because of that assumption. They definitely don't make a habit of sleeping around. Well most of them don't, and I'm not counting those who are involved in escorting as well which is a whole other thing. But the vast majority of exotic dancers are just like any other woman. That may be their job, but it doesn't make them an "easy" or promiscuous target. Their job is to sell sex appeal and titillation. The appearance of being more available than they actually are.

12. TerryTerius unregistered

Oh, yeah. Kind of. iOS and android are far more alike than they are different. That said, Apple has every authority in the world to set their pricing at whatever level they decide especially because there aren't as many external forces acting on them. They have a literal monopoly over iOS. They can charge whatever the heck they want since they don't have to worry about competition on their platform. In that sense, they have far more freedom to do whatever they please compare to Samsung. Especially in terms of pricing. I do understand that the models are different, Apple and Samsung make money off of their hardware primarily whereas one plus makes its revenue from its services. Even still, it doesn't at all exempt Apple from critique.

14. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

True they are very similar. One could argue they mirror each other in many aspects, including stability. Having said that, I have enterprise apps that are simply not available on Android yet. And ya' know, everyone in the fam' uses iMessage (we tried Hangouts, and dear god, why did you do it Google?) and FaceTime. But most people don't have that kind of issue.....but about dem' strippers though! (using slang so those grammar Nazis are going to come soon)

22. TerryTerius unregistered

Fair point, in many cases the quality of apps has still not reached parity between iOS and android. Nor is every iOS app available for android, more often than the reverse is true. And barring a few exceptions like WhatsApp or to a lesser degree Facebook messenger, iMessage is the best chat client around. Son. We can talk about strippers all day. I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a weakness for certain aspects of that stereotype, as well as models. Especially since I work with them so frequently due to the nature of my job(s).

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2297; Member since: May 04, 2015

What "services" do you keep going on about? To the best of my knowledge One Plus is just a phone division of Oppo and that's all they do.

27. TerryTerius unregistered

https://forums.oneplus.net/threads/how-will-oneplus-make-money.12343/ I should have been clear, they are planning on following the Xiaomi model. They aren't currently making money off of services, but it's where they are going. Either way their profits aren't going to come from phones.

16. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

Have you even used Android in the past couple years. If you've experienced lag or any issues it's plain and simple bad optimization on the manufactures side. Google has made Android pretty efficient and runs fine on anything with atleast 2gb. Anything more is essentially cranking the multitasking past 10 for that little added extra performance. Me, I rather them stuck with 4gb of RAM and put in a 4000mah battery.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Yes. I never said anything about lag, in fact, I haven't seen lag on one of my Android devices in years. I actively use all three platforms (yes Windows Mobile as well) and all of them have become really polished. I just gotta have those enterprise apps though, and iMessage (even though I'm not as big on it as I use to be).

23. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

But how much does it cost them to make it? It cost Samsung $290 to make the Edge. The one plus one dowsnt have as many features or capabilities. Even though the S7 only comes 31Gb, it does support sdcard. Consider these facts PA. The S7 is dust and waterproof, has the best rate display in its class and the highest resolution in its class, it has a larger battery, fast charging, wireless fast charging, qhd, larger pixels, heart rate and Samsung Pay. All that isn't going to be free. Plus the S comes with $200 in free software, what does the One come with? Does it comes with a VR accessory? Can you do screen mirroring? Wifi direct? Best camera in its class? What does the One need 6GB of ram for when it has no extra software features? So.i need to list 25 more things the S7 offers that this phone doesn't? How exactly are they in the same class PA. THE FRIKKIN iPhone isn't even as good as the S. They just share the same size. But it costs Apple $220 to make an iPhone. Whether the S7 Edge is worth $800 is certain up for debate, but it's not gonna be $400. That's a dumb comparison.

24. TerryTerius unregistered

That's just the cost of raw materials/assembly. That's not including research and development, labor, intellectual expenditures, marketing or shipping. So often that seems to be forgotten. Doesn't really matter if you need 6 gigs, from every review I've seen so far it is buttery smooth and benefits from the fact that it has all that extra RAM available. But to be frank, even considering all those things value is highly subjective. If we are just talking about sheer performance and fluidity, the one +3 seems to be right up there. If I was in the market for a new phone right now, I would be hard-pressed to find fault with it.

32. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

If a phone with no features in software needs 6GB of ram to make it smooth, then it's garbage. They all use Android. Android runs smooth on any phone with reasonable specs. The only ones with some issues are those that use skins. No matter what you say or what PA claims, this phone is not as good as the S just because they share the same CPU and GPU. For me the edge in fairness is with $700 tops with the based S7bat 599. Though 650 isn't bad considering what is offered vs other phones at the exact same price.

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