A new smartphone is on the block, and here ValueWalk makes the OnePlus 5T vs Galaxy Note 8 comparison that many are eyeing. The new handset from OnePlus will naturally compete against the Samsung phablet, and it is thus interesting to examine the specs of the two devices.
Firstly, the Galaxy N
ote 8 is the larger of the two devices, measuring 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm (6.40 x 2.94 x 0.34 in), compared to the 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in) of the OnePlus 5T.
Weighing in at 195 grammes, the Galaxy Note 8 is somewhat healthier than the OnePlus 5T, which weighs only 162 grammes.
Display technology is obviously critical in the OnePlus 5T vs Galaxy Note 8 comparison, but it is first worthwhile to note that the Galaxy Note 8 has a larger 6.3-inch screen. This also provides the Samsung phablet with an 83.2 percent screen-to-body ratio, meaning that it outperforms the OnePlus 5T.
Screen resolution is also a major front in the OnePlus 5T vs Galaxy Note 8 battle, and the Galaxy Note 8 definitely comes out on top here too. With its 1,440 x 2,960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~521 ppi density) display, it is clear that the Galaxy Note 8 is superior to the still more than decent Quad HD (1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio, ~401 ppi density) screen that the new OnePlus release is armed with.
With several points for comparison, it is interesting to list all of the specifications of the two rear-facing cameras here.
OnePlus 5T – Dual 20 MP + 16 MP, f/1.7, 27mm, EIS (gyro), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Galaxy Note 8 – Dual 12 MP (26mm, f/1.7, PDAF & 52mm, f/2.4, AF), OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
It certainly seems that the new phablet from OnePlus has the measure of the Galaxy Note here, although the proof will ultimately be in the pudding. Specs are not the be all and end all in photography, but there is no doubt that the OnePlus 5T features the more powerful looking camera.
The OnePlus 5T is driven by an octa-core processor (4 x 2.45 GHz Kryo & 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) that is marginally more powerful than the octa-core unit (4 x 2.35 GHz Kryo & 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) included in the Galaxy Note 8.
Both of these smartphones feature exactly the same memory quantity, with the two devices armed with 6GB of RAM.
The Galaxy Note comes out on top here offering a 256GB storage quantity model that is conspicuous by its absence in the OnePlus 5T release. Both series have a 64GB and 128GB version is available as well.
Again, both of these smartphones are armed with 3,300 mAh batteries, and neither can be removed or replaced. It is perhaps reasonable to expect the newer smartphone to achieve better battery life, though, particularly as the OnePlus 5T has a more powerful processor and slightly less detailed screen.
With OnePlus having frozen the price tag of the 5T from the last release in the series, there is no doubt that the new smartphone is priced extremely competitively. The OnePlus 5T costs $479 (£449, AU$599) for the 64GB version while the 128GB variant was priced at $539 (£499, AU$699).
By contrast, the Galaxy Note 8 was released at a pretty hefty price tag of $949.
The OnePlus 5T is certainly a worthy smartphone contender, and one that is absolutely capable of comparing with the Galaxy Note 8. Certainly the Samsung smartphone outperforms the new device in some departments, but the much cheaper handset is always competitive, and even superior in some areas.
Considering the massive disparity in pricing between the two units, the OnePlus 5T certainly deserves to sell well, even if the Galaxy Note 8 will no doubt remain the more prominent mobile.