1Android Phone Showdown: How OnePlus 5 Sizes Up With Galaxy S8, HTC U11
The competition for the top Android smartphone just got another entrant. Earlier this month, the long-awaited OnePlus 5 finally made its debut, providing customers with an alternative to other high-end handsets on the market. Among the phones the OnePlus 5 is vying with for Android customers who want a powerful handset and don’t mind paying a premium to get it are the popular Samsung Galaxy S8 (and Galaxy S8+) and HTC U11. Like those three handsets, the OnePlus 5 comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. But there are enough differences to make it difficult for some customers to choose which is best for their needs. This eWEEK slide show digs into those differences and helps users find the best smartphone among the Android market’s top devices.
2All Have Different Design Concepts
The Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and the HTC U11 all take a different tack on design. Samsung’s handset is arguably the most future-focused, offering a curved screen and no physical home button, while the HTC U11 and OnePlus 5 have more traditional designs, with bezels all around and a home button under the display. If it’s a new-age look and feel you want, then the Galaxy S8 is the Android smartphone for you.
3All Run on Snapdragon 835 Processor
Those looking to choose the handset with the most power won’t find a big difference among these three. All three devices run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. However, since they’re all running different software and rely on different components, mileage may vary. It’s a good idea, then, to compare benchmark scores over at GeekBench to see which might deliver the most power.
4Display Choices to Consider
There are several factors to consider when it comes down to the Android devices’ screens. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch curved display, and the Galaxy S8+ has a 6.2-inch screen, while both the HTC U11 and the OnePlus 5 ship with a 5.5-inch flat screen. However, both Samsung’s and HTC’s models have quad-HD resolutions, while the OnePlus 5 has a full-HD screen.
5A Camera Comparison
If the camera is a big selling point, the OnePlus has the advantage. It has a dual-lens rear-facing camera, one of which delivers wide-angle shots and has a 16-megapixel sensor. The other, a telephoto lens, has 20 megapixels. Plus, it can shoot in 4K. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 line, meanwhile, comes with a single-lens camera with a 12-megapixel sensor. It, too, can record in 4K. HTC’s U11 similarly tops out at 12 megapixels and can record in 4K.
6Storage and RAM Matter
7Android Nougat Is Inside All Three
Since these are all high-end handsets, it’s no surprise that they all come with the latest Android operating system, Nougat. However, it’s worth noting that while Samsung’s Galaxy S8 handsets ship with Android 7.0, HTC’s U11 has the slightly newer Android 7.1. OnePlus says that its smartphone has Nougat, but it hasn’t revealed which version.
8Different Software Experiences to Consider
Despite running the same operating system, the Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and HTC U11 all come with much different software experiences. That’s because all three companies have designed skins for the platform that come with their own apps. Which of those platforms will be best depends on the customer, so be sure to analyze them all before choosing one over the other.
9A Battery Comparison
Another important consideration is battery life, and all three phones do well in this area. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 comes with a 3,000mAh battery pack that can last up to 20 hours during continuous talk time. That jumps to 24 hours of talk time for its Galaxy S8+, which has a 3,500mAh pack. The HTC U11 has a 3,000mAh battery that can last 24.5 hours on a single charge during talk time. OnePlus doesn’t share an exact time on its site, but does say that its Dash Charge feature will allow users to charge their batteries far more quickly than on any other device.
10The Extras Could Make the Difference
Each device has unique features that may make a difference when choosing among them. The OnePlus 5, for instance, comes from a boutique vendor in China and is available unlocked, allowing users to run it on dozens of networks around the world. The HTC U11 has an Edge Sense feature that will allow users to interact with its onboard software by just squeezing its sides. And Samsung’s Galaxy S8 runs the new Bixby virtual personal assistant, providing far more functionality than most competitors.
11Will It Come Down to Pricing?
For some folks, pricing might rule the day. If that’s the case, the OnePlus 5 will win handily with a starting price of $479. In comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy S8 goes for $750 and the Galaxy S8+ is on sale for $850. HTC’s U11 will set customers back $649. All of the handsets in this roundup can run on any major U.S. carrier.