THE ONEPLUS 3 represented a credible threat to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 when it arrived on the scene earlier this year, and just a few months later, we’re already being treated to a follow-up in the shape of the OnePlus 3T.
To that end, how does it fare when pitched against the Samsung flagship?
OnePlus 3T: 155x75x7.4mm, 158g, USB-C
Galaxy S7: 142x70x7.9mm, 152g, IP68 certification, microUSB port
We’ve yet to get our hands on the new OnePlus, but judging by previous form, we reckon that aluminium unibody will compare favourably with the Galaxy’s metal and glass finish.
The Galaxy is a whisper thicker, but the OnePlus 3T makes its dimensions felt elsewhere, thanks to the 5.5in display that stretches the chassis in all directions.
If you’re looking for a future-proof device, the OnePlus 3T offers USB-C connectivity over Samsung’s penchant for microUSB.
The OnePlus loses out in the toughness stakes, as the Galaxy S7 has IP68 certification which protects it from dust and water.
Fingerprint sensors reside in the Home buttons of each which enable digital payments and help to alleviate security concerns.
Colour-wise the S7 presents a greater variety with Black, Gold, White, Silver and Pink Gold to pick from. The OnePlus 3T has two options: a new Gunmetal variant and Soft Gold.
OnePlus 3T: 5.5in 1920×1080 pixels, 401ppi
Galaxy S7: 5.1in 2560×1440 pixels, 577ppi
Aside from the OnePlus’ slightly larger display, the Galaxy S7 has a higher resolution and more advanced panel technology. Samsung’s Super AMOLED screens provide better readability in sunlight, and that QHD resolution means crisper results on the smaller screen.
Both are afforded some protection with Gorilla Glass 4.
OnePlus 3T: Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, Oxygen OS
Galaxy S7: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, TouchWiz
The two phones are evenly matched here and, despite the OnePlus 3T arriving in time for Android 7.0 Nougat, it sticks with Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
The firm’s customary Oxygen OS skin sits on top and offers a number of feature improvements. Samsung’s Galaxy S7 also has an additional layer with its TouchWiz UI. We can expect Nougat upgrades for both devices in the not too distant future.
OnePlus 3T: Snapdragon 821, quad-core 2x 2.35GHz and 2x 1.6GHz, 6GB of RAM
Galaxy S7: Samsung Exynos 8890, 4x 2.3GHz cores, 4x 1.6GHz cores, 4GB of RAM
Qualcomm claims that the Snapdragon 821 chipset is its fastest mobile processor yet – up to 10 per faster, in fact, and more power efficient than the 820.
Samsung uses its own Exynos architecture for Galaxy models outside the US. The Exynos 8890 takes advantage of big.LITTLE heterogeneous multi-processing which unlocks all the physical cores for use at the same time. Slower cores are used for less demanding tasks and the faster cores kick in when maximum performance is required.
As our tests have proved thus far, the 821 doesn’t necessarily lead the pack when it comes to speed. However, the uptick in RAM (6GB vs 4GB) means the OnePlus 3T may yet come out ahead.
OnePlus 3T: 16MP rear-facing, f/2.0, OIS, EIS, 16MP front-facing
Galaxy S7: 12MP rear-facing, f/1.7, OIS, 5MP front-facing
The rear-facing camera on the OnePlus 3T is a Sony IMX298 16MP sensor. It’s protected via sapphire glass, and OnePlus has improved the electronic image stabilisation system.
Samsung’s camera tech in this current generation has proved the one to beat. Call us sceptical but a higher megapixel count isn’t likely to change that. The impressive f/1.7 aperture means the S7 lets in more light and achieves better results as a consequence.
Around the front the OnePlus 3T has a second 16MP lens, whereas the Galaxy uses a 5MP model.
OnePlus 3T: 3,400mAh
Galaxy S7: 3,000mAh
The OnePlus handset has the bigger capacity of our pair. That 3,400mAh cell is claimed to last “all day”, and Dash technology can provide a full day of use with just a 30-minute charge.
The Galaxy uses Quick Charge 2.0 technology for a 60 per cent charge in half an hour. It also has wireless charging.
OnePlus 3T: 64GB/128GB
Galaxy S7: 32GB/64GB, microSD up to 256GB
Even the default OnePlus 3T model has more storage than the Galaxy S7. A 64GB S7 was always touted, but we’ve never come across any evidence of this.
Happily, the Galaxy does offer support for expandable storage (via microSD), something the OnePlus lacks.
OnePlus 3T: From £399
Galaxy S7: £499 (SIM-free)
The OnePlus 3T 64GB model will retail for £399 SIM-free, while the 128GB model comes in a little more at £439. SIM-free the Galaxy S7 is around £500.
Save for Samsung’s impressive optics, IP68 certification and higher resolution, the two phones are very similar.
The difference between chipsets is negligible, and the OnePlus 3T undercuts the Galaxy on price. µ
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