The OnePlus 5T is OnePlus’ latest offering, which to be honest is really a OnePlus 5 sans the bezels and a few tweaks here and there. We’ll never know why OnePlus decided to ditch manufacturing the 6-month-old OnePlus 5 altogether in favour of the 5T, but that discussion is for another day. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is Samsung’s flagship of 2017, and arguably the best smartphone money can buy at this point in time. The S8 Plus has seen several price cuts since its release in early 2017 and now is the right time to get it if you’re planning on purchasing a high-end device. The iPhone 6S Plus isa powerhouse of the yesteryears that still has somehow managed to remain relevant after its release two years ago. Let’s determine which one of the three is the best value for your money.
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OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus: Design and Build Quality
Samsung, over the years, has perfected the art of smartphone aesthetics. The S8 Plus is an absolute masterpiece when it comes to the design. The sturdy, all-aluminium body is IP68 water and dustproof and comes with a layer of protective Gorilla Glass 5 layer. The OnePlus 5T and the iPhone 6s Plus also feature aluminium bodies, but can’t quite hold up to the Galaxy S8 Plus.
OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus: Display
Samsung’s super AMOLED panels are easily one of the best in the world right now, with even Apple featuring them in their latest iPhones. The QHD panel (1440×2960 resolution, 529ppi pixel density, 18.5:9 aspect ratio) on the S8 Plus is HDR10 and 3D touch compatible. The OnePlus 5T features a similar, 6.01-inch optic AMOLED panel (1080×2160 resolution, 401ppi pixel density, 18:9 aspect ratio). The iPhone 6S Plus features a more traditional 5-5.inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 1920×1080 (401ppi pixel density). Without doubt, the Galaxy S8 Plus is the better device here.
OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus: Performance
The OnePlus 5T uses Qualcomm’s top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 chip (2.45Ghz base clock) plus an Adreno 540 GPU. While some versions of the Galaxy S8 use the same chip (US and China), others use Samsung’s in-house Exynos 8895 (2.3Ghz base clock) plus an ARM Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. Both the chips are nearly identical in performance, but the Exynos 8895 is marginally better. The iPhone 6S Plus, albeit powerful during release, cannot hold up to the Galaxy S8 Plus and the OnePlus 5T.
OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus: Camera
Ever since someone got the bright idea of adding a second sensor to the camera setup, everybody and their mother (and a few in-laws) have begun featuring dual cameras in their devices. At this point, it’s been reduced to little more than a marketing gimmick to trick people into thinking that two cameras equal twice the performance. Make no mistake, the dual 16+20-megapixel primary camera setup on the OnePlus 5T isn’t bad by any means and can easily beat the cameras on competing devices such as the Nokia 8. However, the single 12-megapixel primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is in a league of its own and blows the OnePlus 5T out of the water when it comes to the quality of images captured. The iPhone 6s Plus’ 12-megapixel camera, once again, is no match for either of the two devices. Moving on to the secondary camera, the story is no different, with the S8 Plus’ 8-megapixel shooter significantly outperforming the OnePlus 5T’s 16-megapixel sensor. The Galaxy S8 Plus’ camera is without question, one of the best in the market at this point.
OnePlus 5T vs Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus vs iPhone 6s Plus: Price in India and Verdict
The OnePlus 5T currently retails at Rs. 37,999 for the 128GB storage/8GB RAM variant. The Galaxy S8 Plus is the most expensive of the lot, retailing at Rs. 58,900 for the base 64GB variant. The iPhone 6S Plus is still a whopping Rs. 39,900 for the base 16GB storage variant.
The Galaxy S8 Plus is pricey, there’s no denying that. But you can be assured that you’ll get only the best of the best when it comes to an overall smartphone experience, which is expected considering the fact that you’re paying a small fortune for it. The OnePlus 5T is recommended for someone with a little less money to spare, but looking for a flagship-like experience. I really wouldn’t recommend the iPhone 6S Plus to anyone, you’re better off buying an iPhone 7 or 7 Plus if you absolutely must have an iPhone.