The last few years have seen competition in the smartphone world get to another level, especially with the emergence of the likes of OnePlus, Huawei, Oppo, ASUS and many other OEMs.
Samsung has been here for years, taking all the credits as the best smartphone seller across the globe. All this time, the Korean tech giant has basically been forcing buyers to pay more than $650 in order to get their hands on a flagship phone. However, things have started taking a twist as it is now possible to find a high-end, premium smartphone that costs hundreds of dollars less than what Samsung, HTC, LG and even Sony ask for their top-tier handsets.
Unless you are after brand recognition, there is really no need of splashing out huge sums of money to get a Galaxy S or Note series device or even an iPhone when there are a lot of devices out there offering equally compelling specs and features, but at very cheap prices. One such device, apparently, is the OnePlus 3, which has a price tag of $399 as compared to the $790 slammed on the S7 Edge.
It is true that this flagship might not be on the same level as Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge in certain aspects, but you will be having something inches close to this premium Samsung handset for about half the price. To give you a clear view here is a head-to-head comparison of the Galaxy S7 Edge and OnePlus 3 flagships.
Design and display size
In terms of size, these two are very close to each other. The OnePlus 3 is slightly taller at 153mm as compared to the 151mm of the Galaxy S7 Edge. The same also happens with width, where the former has 75mm as opposed to the latter’s 73mm. These measurements mean that the OnePlus 3 is slimmer at 7.4mm as compared to the 7.7mm of the S7 Edge. Where the former weighs 158g, the latter is 1g lighter.
The material used to build the two phones is almost identical, although Samsung throws in glass to add to the already premium aluminum build. You will get the S7 Edge in more color variants of silver, black and gold as opposed to the graphite variant that has only been announced for the OnePlus 3. Still, there are reports that the company is working on a gold and red variants, but this has not been confirmed.
Coming down to the display, you get the same 5.5-inch size on both handsets. The two also use AMOLED screens, but the Galaxy S7 Edge has QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels as compared to the Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels on the OnePlus 3. As a result, where the latter has a pixel density of 401ppi, the former has a massive 534ppi. However, this might not be noticeable to the naked human eye. Another perk that Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes in with is the curved dual-edge display, something OnePlus hasn’t thought of yet. Even though this is a great addition to the phone, it is purely cosmetic.
Both handsets come with support for Always On display, which allows the phone to display basic information such as time, clock and notifications even when the screen goes to sleep. You will also come across fingerprint sensors hidden in the home buttons.
Hardware and software specs
Since the two are 2016 flagships, they come with almost the same specs under the hood. While you’ll find the same Snapdragon 820 SoC in the two phones, the OnePlus 3 has a RAM of 6GB, 2GB more than the Galaxy S7 Edge. It gets even better for the former phone as it comes with onboard storage of 64GB, but the sad reality is that there is no room for microSD card storage. This is where the Galaxy S7 Edge actually wins the game, despite coming in with onboard storage of 32GB. Still, there are reports of a 64GB variant, which has yet to hit the market.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with IP68 water and dust resistance certification. There is no mention of such a thing as far as OnePlus 3 is concerned. As a result, be very careful not to be rained on with your OnePlus flagship, something the S7 Edge can easily withstand.
In terms of software, both handsets are installed with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and they’ll soon be receiving Android Nougat. As usual, you get a TouchWiz UI on top of the stock Android OS on the S7 Edge phone while the OnePlus 3 comes with OxyegenOS on top.
Battery life and camera specs
With the Galaxy S7 Edge featuring a QHD resolution, Samsung went for a huge 3600mAh battery unit to ensure that the phone manages an entire day on a single charge. As for the OnePlus 3, you get a 3000mAh battery unit, which is still OK for the more energy-efficient Full HD panel. Even though both handsets have fast charging, Samsung has Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 whereas OnePlus has Dash Charge.
Many smartphone OEMs are equipping their 2016 smartphones with USB Type-C ports, with OnePlus included, but Samsung stuck to microUSB ports. The S7 Edge also comes with fast wireless charging, something you won’t find on the OnePlus 3 handset.
Camera-wise, the OnePlus 3 has more megapixels count on both the main and secondary cameras as compared to the Galaxy S7 Edge. Where the former combines 16MP and 8MP, the latter combines 12MP and 5MP. However, OnePlus went for a smaller aperture of f/2.0 as compared to the f/1.7 used on the S7 Edge. There is an LED flash and OIS on both handsets.
As you may have noticed, these two phones have great designs, top-notch specs, great cameras and even more appealing features. So, which one will it be?