Introduction


In keeping with OnePlus tradition, this year's OnePlus 5 is an aggressively spec'd phone that aims to be a more affordable alternative to the iPhones and Galaxies of the world, without too many compromises in build quality, hardware, and user experience.

The OnePlus 5 is more of an evolution, rather than a revolution, building on top of an already established formula. It is not a dramatic rethinking of the OnePlus phone as a concept, but it does introduce a few interesting and noteworthy things of its own, and it also comes at a higher price than last year's OnePlus 3T.

But even with the heftier price tag, the OnePlus 5 is still some $300 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S8+, and we're talking about the 128 GB of storage/8 GB of RAM version here. It is an absolute bang for your buck on paper, but can it actually compete with the best of the best? With that said, let's see how the OnePlus 5 does against Samsung's finest – the Galaxy S8+.

Design



You can't really talk about the design of the Galaxy S8/S8+ without mentioning the new “Infinity” display, since the phone's entire design is engineered around it, for better or for worse. Due to the new 18.5:9 display eating up so much of the phone's front side, there's little to no bezel left on the top and bottom of the device, which is one of the factors contributing to the S8's dazzling looks. The almost non-existent "chin" under the display has also lead to an arguably major design change for Samsung and its Galaxy line of smartphones – namely, the separation of the home button from the fingerprint scanner and the re-location of the latter on the back of the device. Although we didn't have any problems reaching the fingerprint scanner on the back of either the S8 or S8+, some people around the office did not like the new placement of the sensor one bit, and we can certainly see why. If you have smaller hands, it could be an annoyance, but even if you don't, smudging away at the camera while trying to unlock the phone is pretty much unavoidable until you get used the scanner being right next to the lens.

The OnePlus 5, on the other hand, features a more traditional industrial design with larg-ish bezels on the front, the bottom of which houses a fingerprint scanner/home button combo front and center with the standard Android navigation buttons to its sides. Unlike the almost all-glass S8, the OP5 has a full metal body with a matte finish, which contributes to its all-around lower-key looks, and it also doesn't attract fingerprints like crazy. Curiously though, we've found the OnePlus 5 to be one very, very slippery phone, so you might want to keep this in mind.

While the OnePlus 5 has the S8+ beat when it comes to specs, Samsung's flagship is IP68-certified, meaning its water- and dust-resistant, and it also supports wireless charging and features expandable storage, neither of which traits it shares with the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Dimensions

6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm

Weight

6.10 oz (173 g)

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

Dimensions

6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Dimensions

6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches

159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm

Weight

6.10 oz (173 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display



There's no contest here – the “Infinity” display on the Galaxy S8+ looks absolutely stunning and overshadows OP5's 1080p panel both in terms of size and resolution, as well as brightness. Well, to be absolutely fair, since the display of the S8+ is not in a traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, but rather 18.5:9, it is taller than OP5's 16:9 display, but it's also narrower, so it's not like its actual area is all that larger.

When the two phones are held side-by-side, however, it becomes immediately clear just how much brighter S8's display is. While OnePlus 5's Optic AMOLED display is not bad per se, it can't hold a candle to the S8 when it comes to visibility under direct sunlight. Samsung's new display is one of the brightest out there.



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25 Comments

1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

OP5 wins against trash. Nothing to see here lol.

3. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I thought you were a "smartphone enthusiast"? The only thing I see you being enthusiastic in is being an anti-Samsung troll. Anyways, regarding the topic... With price in the equation, I'd take the OP5 over the S8 any day.

4. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

what will win only Ram!! who is convinced of the scrap of Chinese devices leave samsung he is ignorant !

7. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The only trash is your post.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Gs8 wins on design, screen and camera, while op5 wins on battery life, charge times, durability and price. Both are on par feature wise (One has aod, wireless charging, iris scanning while the other has stock android, dual cameras, and dark mode). Although most consumers will choose samsung based on brand and design alone which is enough to outsell the op5. Moral of the story: Design your phone in such a way that people are able to overlook their flaws, which is what samsung has done here (no stereo speakers, no dual cameras, average battery life, glass build, terrible software, lack of updates,).

11. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Bankz that is what Apple has done for years. It began with the OG iPhone. no 3G, no Bluetooth, no cut and paste, no notification drop down, no widgets, No NFC, No 16:9 normal displays etc.. all flaws people over looked- But it had a stellar design. This same strategy was carried forward until others (HTC m7) started employing great designs with great features. This force Apple to step up its game a bit and borrow some of Androids features to incorporate in its designs. Moral of the story- dont be hypocritical if Apples flaws can be overlooked so can Samsung's.

16. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

you forgot no MMS...

13. SupermanayrB

Posts: 1188; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

Stock Android is not a feature, it's the interface.

20. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Don't forget the OP5 has an alert slider, which is a very big plus. Also custom rom support is great on OP phones (bringing AOD as well).

22. DanishPastry

Posts: 16; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I dont understand how the OP5 wins on battery charge times, when it shows they both charge in 99 minutes?

15. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Beggar lumberg. No money to buy top of the line devices. Just cries over them because he cant afford them. Hahahahahahahaha. Lumbeggarberg

2. Ticklemyfancy

Posts: 214; Member since: Oct 09, 2016

Well , everyone knows the S8 wins this if price is not a consideration but when price comes into the equation the OnePlus 5 is a very solid device

5. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

No comparison Everything galaxy s8+

6. d1g1te

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 04, 2016

S8+ is powered by 3000 mAh battery? Really? That's news!

10. Milen_Y

Posts: 116; Member since: Jun 09, 2016

Hey, thanks for letting me know about the mix-up!

9. nikhil23

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

S8+ has 3500 mah battery. Anyway everyone knows that PA battery tests are not accurate. I'll wait for battery tests from other sites. I never owned a op5 phone but my friend got a OP 3T. She dropped it from waist height which resulted in cracked screen( just the screen, nit the display). It's a month old device and OP customer care asked $250 to replace the screen which is absurd. Sorry but I won't trust them and definetely its not a flagship killer with underwhelming design, display and camera

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Why is that absurd? She dropped it herself and 250 is pretty average for a display replacement.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Does anyone here still take the battery life tests seriously? Also why are the obvious Pros not even mentioned at the end? sdcard slot, wireless charging, water resistant? Odd comparison, reminds me why I visit this site less and less. Price performance is also a little dubious, in some countries the OnePlus 5 is decent value, but not all. Galaxy S8 and OnePlus 5 are priced the same here, Galaxy S8+ costs around 20% more which is pretty good considering what you get. Also the comment at the end about UI performance? that's just nonsense.

17. ph00ny

Posts: 2069; Member since: May 26, 2011

Samsung pay is a big differentiator. I still get told that they don't support apple pay

18. HockeyDood

Posts: 80; Member since: May 14, 2010

I've never seen a review where someone says a phone's feature is too fast. And I'm not sure what method you're using, but my OP5 8gb/128gb gets a full charge in less than 60 minutes. Might want to rework your numbers bud.

24. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

no need to lie on the internet

19. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

I have OP5 and it takes brilliant pictures (I don't see much difference with G8 in the samples above, either). And I have never seen this 'jelly scrolling' issue. Given the price, speedier performance and better battery life for me it was a no brainer.

23. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

yeah, but the S8 will actually dial the emergency 911 number instead of rebooting.

25. madara82

Posts: 36; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

No doubt at all Oneplus win. Cheaper and higher specification.

26. Jrichter1983

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 29, 2017

The good news is both OP5 and SGS8+ are both far superior as far as bluetooth 5.0 and ram. To me, i never made a huge deal about visuals because its not a major difference, yes a minor. More channels open on OP5 and Honestly i think both OP5 and Sgs8+ are better performance phones than Apple iphone 7. Was shocked to see the spec sheet on Apple. 3 gig ram duel core. 4.2 bluetooth and less battery longevity. Both phones in this article are the best as a whole. Avoid Apple unless visual quality is your only gripe and dont need performance. Better than last year.

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