Samsung Galaxy S7 is a top-of-the-table smartphone, something that die-hard iPhone 6S user and Alphabet boss Eric Schmidt can attest to.
However, considering the price of the phone, there are quite a number of people who might be scared by the price tag. If you are one of them, we have a very interesting alternative for you on the table and this is the entry-level OnePlus X. Many would expect to see a comparison that features the flagship OnePlus 2, but there is really something cool about this mid-tier OnePlus X phone – it packs top-end specs, but at a very affordable price.
Whether it’s the looks, the specs or the build quality, you will be impressed with these two phones. Of course, Samsung Galaxy S7 is the newer of the two and as such, it packs the latest specs with the latest standards. But does this justify the huge price difference of $420? Here’s a closer look at these two phones – Samsung Galaxy S7 vs. OnePlus X – with respect to the spec sheet on offer as well as their prices.
Samsung Galaxy S7
Featuring the same metal and glass design as last year’s S6, the new Samsung Galaxy S7 has not changed a thing regarding the screen size, quality, and resolution when compared to its predecessor. However, you will come across heavy changes under the hood, changes that make this device a must-have for Android enthusiasts.
It comes with a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display panel with a QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. The always on display accounts for a pixel density of 577ppi, which promises sharper images than its counterpart, the OnePlus X. However, it might not be possible to notice the difference with the naked eye.
For those living in the U.S., you can lay your hands on a Samsung Galaxy S7 that packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC while those in other regions are offered the Exynos 8890 variant. Regardless of the differences in processors, the phone comes with the same 4GB RAM, but there is more storage room as the flagship has 32GB, which can be expanded via a microSD card of up to 200GB.
On camera matters, Samsung Galaxy S7 camera has already been voted as one of the best in 2016 thanks to a 12MP DualPixel sensor on the rear. This sensor has a f/1.7 aperture with OIS and even faster PDAF. You get the same aperture on the 5MP selfie sensor on the front, which is also a wide-angle lens that promises the best group selfies.
The Galaxy S7 has a battery capacity of 3000mAh and is currently priced at $670.
Announced late last year, OnePlus X was a follow-up to the flagship OnePlus 2. OnePlus had surprised many with its style of selling its devices through invites. This took a slight change when OnePlus X was introduced, with the phone being available to the public for purchase on a single day of each week, but the other days remained as usual – purchasing through invites.
Targeting the sub-$250 category, this phone is a real monster when compared to other devices in the same price niche. The handset has a decent 5.0-inch AMOLED display panel with Full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, ending up with a decent pixel density of 441ppi. Even though the phone is an entry-level device, OnePlus went for a flagship chipset, although a little old but worth the trust.
The quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset that powers 2014’s Samsung Galaxy S5 is what you find on the OnePlus X. Clocked at a maximum speed of 2.3GHz, the SoC is supported by a decent RAM of 3GB. However, you only get 16GB of onboard storage, but there is room for expanding the storage with a microSD card of up to 128GB.
For a price tag of just $249, you will get a 16GB OnePlus X smartphone with a 13MP main camera and 8MP selfie camera. However, the battery capacity is rather disappointing at 2525mAh. The phone is powered by Android 5.1.1 Lollipop out of the box, but there is a schedule for a Marshmallow update.
As far as the two are concerned, going for the cheaper OnePlus X means that you will be missing on things like a fingerprint scanner, Android Pay transactions, always on QHD display panel and quick wireless charging.
Still, the excellent build quality and baked ceramic shell of the OnePlus X cannot be easily ignored, especially when price matters come into play.