Introduction


There are many things to like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and very few reasons not to get one. It is big, it is shiny, and it is powerful. It comes with an S Pen stylus, and its dual camera is capable of actual 2X zoom and bokeh effects. But there is one noteworthy detail that could make you think twice before taking out that credit card – owning one will set you back around $1000. Yikes!

The OnePlus 5 cannot match the Note 8’s visual appeal, and it doesn't have a fancy stylus either. Looking at its camera and hardware specs, however, it could give the Note 8 a run for its money. And speaking of money, the OnePlus 5 costs only half as much. Сhould you consider it as an alternative to the Note 8, аnd is Samsung's phablet really twice as good?

Design



I was tempted to start this paragraph with a joke about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 being so huge, but then I decided not to. I mean sure, it is large enough to have its own gravity field, but that’s exactly its point as a product. It is a niche device made to provide plenty of workspace for those who demand it, and it gets the job done wonderfully through efficient use of real estate, filling nearly all of its front side with screen space. To top it all off, its display is shaped around an aspect ratio of 18.5 by 9, giving you spacious screen area within a body that is still possible to grasp.

The OnePlus 5 looks dated next to the futuristic and forward-looking Galaxy Note 8, but its more traditional design has its strengths. For starters, it is easier to operate with one hand and the lack of a curved screen minimizes the chance of accidental edge taps occurring. Also, the fingerprint scanner is in a position making much more sense – below the display. That the OnePlus 5’s metal back would be more resilient than the Note 8’s glass one should also be taken into account.

Speaking of damage, the Galaxy Note 8 is water resistant – just like every high-end phone should be nowadays. So is its S Pen stylus. The OnePlus 5 skips on water resistance, unfortunately, but it has a perk of its own – the slider switch at the side letting you quickly toggle between loud and silent profiles. Pretty neat!

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.88 oz (195 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 Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dimensions

6.4 x 2.94 x 0.34 inches

162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm

Weight

6.88 oz (195 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)

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



Display



Both phones come with AMOLED displays – vibrant and overly saturated by default, but you have the option to switch to a different color profile if you value color accuracy over eye candy. At this point, the similarities between the two panels end, pretty much.

There’s no need to go into details here. All you need to know is that the OnePlus 5’s display gets the job done, but the one on the Galaxy Note 8 is superior in many ways – is easier to see outdoors, it can display HDR video, and it supports Samsung’s Always-on Display feature, making you aware of the time and pending notifications even when the phone is in standby. Oh, and there’s none of that jelly effect you might notice with the OnePlus 5 while scrolling.



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39 Comments

1. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

Like you compare Lamborghini and Kia !

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Was about to point out the same thing. Either way, I think this comparison will appeal to those who are undecided between the OnePlus 5 and the Note8.

16. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Finally got my note 8 the screen is noticeably better than my s8+

19. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

That's great, bruh. Which version of the Note8 did you get? What storage capacity?

26. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

It's only one version, I'm in the US

28. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yeah, though I supposed you could have imported the Exynos version if you wanted... I got both the Snapdragon and Exynos versions Any standout feature you find in the Note8?

21. Medoogalaxy

Posts: 232; Member since: May 25, 2017

There is no comparison between a real phone like Note and others the difference is enormous only if "those" ignorant !

33. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Haha note 8 may be better but it's not untouchable

9. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Kia and Hyundai.

20. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He is talking about comparing a Note 8 to an iPhone, not comparing an iPhone 8 with an iPhone 7 :D

29. darkkjedii

Posts: 31323; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Lol...

32. tedkord

Posts: 17415; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Add the iPhone as Yugo.

25. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

why comparing a pile a pile of poo vs the note 8? compare it to the v30, lambo vs mclaren.

42. II2012

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Given Oneplus5 is the much faster phone maybe you got them the other way around? Not to talk about the longer lasting battery and the fastest charging of any phone.

45. bialh

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 30, 2014

Yes oneplus 5 is a Kia but its faster than the Lamborghini

2. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

One plus 5 got kicked. Lol

14. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

just like how your mom's Camry got kicked by a Merc S-Class. Lol i know

3. PhoneInQuestion

Posts: 496; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

I like how bezels are now a signifier of looking "dated". Really spoiled in just a year.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Spoiled in longer than just a year. The bezel-less stuff began few years back with the Sharp Arquos Crystal.

5. nikhil23

Posts: 471; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

Can someone tell PA that they need to work on their display measurements. Like Note 8 has peak brightness of 1200 nits and Gamma intensity of 2.48 http://www.displaymate.com/Galaxy_Note8_ShootOut_100.htm

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Can't always expect accurate info from PA... Not even half the time.

10. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

I don't think they don't know that. But if they mention 1200 nits for Note 8 , then the iPhones will look miserable. So, better stick to the manual brightness(that no one use)

12. QWIKSTRIKE

Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

I agree they are the only website that's saying this. They need to have a good reason for it to have 8.9.

34. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Phonearena ratings are the worst, they gave my Nexus 6p 8.8 while both Nexus 6 and pixel got 9

44. Victor.H

Posts: 1079; Member since: May 27, 2011

That 1200 nit score is likely achieved using 1% white level. We don't know because DisplayMate does not say this anywhere. So is testing a display with just 1% white and 99% black on it a valid brightness test? If you think so, then you can look at their number. We test at 100% white and have done so for every smartphone in the last 4 years.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Is the Note 8 the better device? Absolutely. Is it twice as good as the OnePlus 5? Not in my opinion.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The Note8 certainly isn't twice as good as the OnePlus 5... But how about after sales support and updates? Not to mention the freebies that come along with the purchase of the Note8.

15. jellmoo

Posts: 2628; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

It's all absolutely worth considering. These are also very different devices that target very different users and use cases. When it comes to "bells and whistles", the Note 8 is the big dog. The only thing is that a pay a premium for them. It's up to the individual consumer to decide whether it's worth it.

13. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

OP5 is like an Evo, and Note 8 is the BMW M3. one excels on where it should without any extra gimmick, while another is a bit of luxury.

17. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1176; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

That poor OnePlus 5 did not even stand a chance. This was summed up very well: "Anyone who is even considering the Galaxy Note 8 as their next Android phone is likely someone who does not make compromises. " Agreed, the OnePlus 5 was not even on my list, in fact most phones were out of the running once I saw the Note8. :)

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