As rumors about the successor to the current OnePlus 2 start taking shape, we see it as an ideal time to compare what the outgoing flagship has to offer in relation to the current crop of flagships from Samsung, specifically, the Galaxy S7 Edge.
Although the two are worlds apart when it comes to pricing, they also have some similarities, among them premium builds and top-notch specs. Samsung hit the nail on the head with this year’s Galaxy S7 Edge. The phone takes after the excellent design and finish of Samsung Galaxy S7 but gets better thanks to its beautiful dual curved display. Of course, the S7 Edge is the newer of the two devices and as such, we expect that it has the latest and most beefed-up hardware and specs. But does it mean the OnePlus 2 should be overlooked? Let’s find out more…
OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S7 Edge – Similarities
As pointed out earlier, the OnePlus 2 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge are worlds apart in terms of their prices. However, they have some common things they share between them. For starters, the two have an almost identical physical size, although the China-made phone is a little larger, thicker as well as heavier. Despite this, you will find a screen size of 5.5 inches on both handsets, but with different resolutions and technologies.
Since the OnePlus 2 is from last year, it uses a 2015 flagship chipset as opposed to the Galaxy S7 Edge’s 2016 flagship SoC, however, both chips are based on the 64-bit architecture. As far as RAM is concerned, both handsets have 4GB while the camera sensors on the front-facing panels are 5MP. You will find the usual connectivity options that include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, as well as a fingerprint sensor. Samsung did not use the latest USB Type-C connector on this year’s models, but this is what the OnePlus 2 uses for charging and data transfer. One disappointing thing about the OnePlus 2 would the omission of NFC, which means those on Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge can make mobile payments while those on the OnePlus phone cannot.
OnePlus 2 vs. Galaxy S7 Edge – Differences
Now that the similarities are aside, here is a look at the differences between these two phones. While the two have the same screen size, the OnePlus 2 makes use of a Full-HD panel as compared to the QHD panels used on the Galaxy S7 Edge. Furthermore, the former’s screen is based on LTPS LCD technology as opposed to the Super AMOLED used on the S7 Edge. Speaking of the Galaxy S7 Edge, this phone came in with minor changes to its design when compared to 2015’s S6 Edge.
However, one notable change was the shift to a 5.5-inch display screen that manages a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels and pixel density of 534ppi. The most beautiful part of the Galaxy S7 Edge is its dual curved display that features a feature known as Always On. The curved display can work independently to give you quick access to 10 of your favorite contacts and other shortcuts.
The screen resolution on the OnePlus 2 stands at 1920 by 1080 pixels, which manages a pixel density of 401ppi. As noted earlier, the phone has a Qualcomm chipset, but it uses last year’s Snapdragon 810 with a massive 4GB RAM and onboard storage of 64GB. Like Apple’s iPhone, OnePlus doesn’t include expandable storage on its devices.
Samsung went back to its tradition of using two different chipsets for its Galaxy S flagships. The U.S.-bound variant packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC while the variant heading to other markets packs an Exynos 8890. However, both variants have a similar RAM of 4GB. Unlike the OnePlus 2, the Galaxy S7 Edge has onboard storage of just 32GB, although it can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 200GB.
A look at the camera will reveal a 13MP sensor on the rear and a 5MP sensor for selfies. In addition to a decent aperture of f/2.0, the sensor also comes with laser autofocus, OIS as well as dual-tone LED flash. As far as the battery unit is concerned, you will be happy with the 3300mAh unit used on the OnePlus 2, however, there is no room for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge technology.
Samsung’s camera went through some serious changes when compared to last year. There is no longer a 16MP rear sensor and instead, the S7 Edge has a 12MP sensor with DualPixel technology, larger pixels and even better aperture of f/1.7. This is the same aperture found on the 5MP selfie sensor on the front panel. Features such as OIS, auto HDR as well as phase detection autofocus are present in the rear sensor, with the selfie camera featuring Live HDR. To keep the device on is a 3600mAh battery unit supported by Quick Charge as well as wireless charging.
The OnePlus 2, as noted earlier, has no support for NFC connections. In short, there are no mobile payments on this device. Although the device comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box, it is being readied for the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow update.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, being a 2016 release, is powered by the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out of the box. In addition, the phone comes with an NFC chip, which means it can be used for making mobile payments on both Samsung Pay and Android Pay.
In terms of pricing, the 64GB variant of the OnePlus 2 will set you back $349 whereas the 32GB of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is valued at $790.
So, which one will it be – the newer and costlier Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge or the slightly older and price conscious OnePlus 2?