There are two traits of flagship phones that are widely accepted to be the gospel truth. The first one being that these phones are rather expensive, followed by the fact that these phones invariably cost an arm and a leg. However, there’s OnePlus which offers flagship grade performance for a lot less money, while comprising on some areas.
Apart from that, cash strapped phone buyers also have the option of going for the last year’s flagship phones, which generally sell for almost half the original price. Let’s take a look at three such options: the Samsung Galaxy S8, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and OnePlus 5, and take a look at how they compare with each other.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 5: Display
Being the newer and most expensive phone of the lot, the Samsung Galaxy S8 easily wins this round with its sublime bezel-less Super AMOLED display. The Quad HD FullVision display is HDR capable and looks better than the nearest competitor here by a country mile. As for the second place, it’s still tough to beat Samsung when it comes to display, and that’s even true when you compare the OnePlus 5’s AMOLED display with that of the Super AMOLED screen found in the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
The OnePlus 5 was notorious for facing issues with colour calibration of the device, which the company more or less fixed with an update. However, the jelly effect evident when scrolling through the OnePlus 5’s screen still remained. Not surprisingly the, the S7 Edge definitely beats the OnePlus 5 here.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 5: Camera
On paper, the OnePlus 5 has the best camera, but ironically it is also the worst of the lot. The dual 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel setup lacks optical image stabilisation and that shows through in the photographs, which are nowhere in the league of the other two phones here. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S7 Edge use the exact same primary snappers, but the more recent S8 is better optimised and backed by a better image processing algorithm that delivers improved low light performance. The S8 also has a much better front camera as well.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 5: Performance
The OnePlus 5 is a clear-cut winner here, beating both the Exynos SoC found in the Indian versions of both Samsung phones and the similar Snapdragon 835 found in the US version of the Galaxy S8, by the virtue of better optimisation alone. The OnePlus 5 also packs in 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the variant. Between the Galaxy S8 and S7 Edge, the former obviously wins due to a newer and more powerful SoC.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 5: Price
This is again a no contest as the OnePlus 5 is the cheapest of the lot at ₹36,000, which is a pretty good pricing considering its features and specifications. The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs a bit more at ₹39,000, whereas the S8 is much more expensive at ₹55,000 considering the latter is the latest flagship phone from the company. No surprises there.
Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge vs OnePlus 5: Verdict
Although the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the only viable option you must consider, considering both the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and OnePlus 5 are older versions of phones superseded by newer models. One can choose to opt for the Galaxy S7 Edge owing to its lower price, but there’s absolutely no reason to buy the now discontinued OnePlus 5 over the newer and better OnePlus 5T, even though you technically can buy the older phone off eBay.