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Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T

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The OnePlus 3T captures cleaner, more detailed images that look better.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T

First, we look at specs: we have a 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 lens on the Galaxy S8 and a 16MP f/2.0 rear shooter on the OnePlus. Both rear cameras have optical image stabilization (OIS). Up front, the S8 has an 8MP f/1.7 cam with auto-focus, while the OnePlus features a 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera.

The camera apps on both phones are clean and simplistic, but we find the one on the Galaxy more intuitive and easier to use. The OnePlus has these hidden menus that are a bit of a pain to get to, while the Galaxy has all essential things within easy reach and we particularly like that you can start recording videos with just one tap, while it takes a few seconds to switch to video mode on the OnePlus.

Samsung Galaxy S8's cam interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T
Samsung Galaxy S8's cam interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T
Samsung Galaxy S8's cam interface - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T

Samsung Galaxy S8's cam interface

Camera UI of the OnePlus 3T - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T
Camera UI of the OnePlus 3T - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T
Camera UI of the OnePlus 3T - Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T

Camera UI of the OnePlus 3T


Both have pro / manual modes, where you can control ISO, focus, shutter speed and white balance, both have slow motion and panoramas, both have time lapse, but the S8 also has a moving time lapse called hyperlapse. The S8 also has the Selective focus tool to blur the background and allow you to select the focus on a picture after you capture it, but it’s too slow for most people to use. The S8 also has a virtual shot, a cool feature that gives you a 360-view of an object.

Image Quality


So which phone takes better pictures?

Here is what we have found: the Galaxy S8 has a more aggressive auto HDR option that kicks in in situations where the OnePlus HDR does not, but it often feels over the top, giving images an artificial, overdone HDR-y flavor. The OnePlus held itself great: it had a very slight disadvantage in terms of being able to capture dynamics (it burned the highlights a bit more), but it consistently captured significantly more detail in pictures and had less of that artificial oversharpening that we see on the S8. It is this big difference in captured detail that definitely puts the OnePlus ahead in good light: images from it just look better.

The front camera on both phones will inevitably be used for selfies, and selfies is what we shot to compare the two. The S8 renders my facial skin unnaturally warm, yellow, as if I was sick of some strange disease, while the OnePlus keeps it all very natural and good looking. Both are similarly sharp, but it is the better color rendition on the OnePlus that makes it stand out. There is one other thing: bokeh! Yes, we don’t know how, but the front cam on the OnePlus captures selfies with a slight, but very welcome bokeh effect that allows the subject to stand out more clearly from the background. These two factors combined, and the OnePlus wins this round as well.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 1.2
1.3
281
261
OnePlus 3T 2
2.1
574
558
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Video quality


Both phones support 4K video and with the surprising results from the still image comparison, we were even more curious to compare video recordings.

The same trends are evident in videos as well: much sharper detail and clearer looking footage from the OnePlus gives it a headstart, but there are additional factors that are of huge importance for video, and those are focusing and stabilization. The Galaxy S8 wins it in both: it has the faster, more stable, less hesitant focus, while the OnePlus focuses fast, but sometimes hunts a bit for focus in low light and does not have that rock solid lock on the focus. Both are not the best in stabilization, but the OnePlus is worse than the S8: its videos are more shaky, while the S8 is able to keep videos more stable and smooth.

So do we have a winner? Given all these added aspects, we’d call it a draw.



Sound quality


You have a single bottom firing loudspeaker on both phones and both sound good. Yep, just good, not great. We find the OnePlus slightly cleaner with less distortion and a better pronounced vocals, while the Samsung is a bit louder, but also with more distorted overall sound.

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs OnePlus 3T

Of course, you have much better quality if you plug a pair of headphones in, and both phones come with a 3.5mm headset jack to do that.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 0.75
OnePlus 3T 0.84
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
Samsung Galaxy S8 78
OnePlus 3T 74
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posted on 12 May 2017, 08:41 1

1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 426; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


Oxygen OS is the fully customizable stock android unlike touch wiz crap.

posted on 15 May 2017, 08:27

14. tokuzumi (Posts: 1211; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


The S8 is quite customizeable. Plus, with a custom launcher, you almost never have to interact with TouchWiz.

posted on 12 May 2017, 08:42

2. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


The S8 is objectively the better phone in most ways. That being said, I would take the 3t over it any day of the week.

posted on 12 May 2017, 08:50

3. diggie32 (banned) (Posts: 388; Member since: 03 Apr 2016)


Oxygen OS. Contest over, OP3 wins

posted on 12 May 2017, 09:06

4. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Both the S8 and the Pixel do a great job in terms of call quality with clean and crisp sound..... the Pixel? ;)

posted on 12 May 2017, 09:23 3

5. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


It's almost like they just copy and pasted the entire section from the S8 vs Pixel article. They wouldn't do that though.

posted on 12 May 2017, 09:53

6. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


"Both the S8 and the Pixel do a great job in terms of call quality with clean and crisp sound that is loud enough on both".

Lazy editing from PA. Also OP >>> Samesung.

posted on 12 May 2017, 09:56 1

7. alexvoinica (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 May 2017)


So basically in all tests, I mean all of them the S8 camera beat the OP3T and now in this versus S8 has a good camera and OP3T has a great one. That logic...

posted on 12 May 2017, 10:41

8. cmdacos (Posts: 867; Member since: 01 Nov 2016)


Op3t looks like a dinosaur

posted on 15 May 2017, 10:21

15. michaelny2001 (Posts: 195; Member since: 01 Aug 2012)


perhaps, but it's also double the price. hands down Op3T is th ebetter value. i am ok with 15-20% less performance for half price.

posted on 12 May 2017, 13:19

9. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1321; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)


Most high end phones are now almost equal to each other, so the real winner is battery life in 2017.

posted on 12 May 2017, 13:26

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 25633; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


S8 gets it.

posted on 12 May 2017, 17:49

11. Ironboned (Posts: 77; Member since: 16 Jun 2016)


Seriously who the hell on Earth compares S8 and stupid Chinese junk OP3T ? Really did you stupid phonearena guys compared these 2 phones together ? Jesus Phonearena is f**ked up

posted on 13 May 2017, 11:37

12. IT-Engineer (Posts: 158; Member since: 26 Feb 2015)


Chinese Junk? Are you living under a rock?

posted on 15 May 2017, 04:20

13. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Galaxy S8 is easily the better phone, silly comparison really.

posted on 01 Jul 2017, 02:08

16. madara82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)


Well obviously samsung galaxy s8 is much better than oneplus

posted on 14 Jul 2017, 07:39

17. madara82 (Posts: 36; Member since: 01 Jul 2017)


If the specification is awesome surley the price is awesome too.

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