The OnePlus 5T is now official and has been available for two weeks now. With its 6-inch screen, the new OnePlus phone can now play in the big leagues and compete with devices such as the Galaxy Note 8 or Huawei Mate 10 Pro. What is it worth against these two other high end smartphones?
Announced two weeks ago, the OnePlus 5T is, in outline, a OnePlus that would have been slightly enlarged to fit a larger screen of 0.5 inches compared to the OnePlus 5. Larger and more spacious, with a difference in size: its price, it has not moved an iota. Before going into comparative, let’s put the phones next to each other:
OnePlus 5T phone full specifications
- Screen size & Definition of the screen: 6 inches in 18: 9 format, AMOLED,Full HD + (1080 × 2160 pixels),with Resolution:402ppp
- SoC :Snapdragon 835 – 8 cores – 4 x Kryo @ 2.45 GHz & 4 x Kryo @ 1.90 GHz – Adreno 540
- Software:Android 7.1.1 Nougat – Oxygen OS 4.7
- RAM :6 or 8 GB with Internal memory 64 or 128 GB
- Power and battery :3300 mAh, Fast charging Dash Charger
- Back camera: Dual Sony sensor: 16 MP + 20 MP – 27 mm lens with f / 1.7 aperture – Optical stabilization on the 16 MP sensor – Dual-LED flash and Phase Detection AF – Full HD 1080p video recording, HDR and Ultra HD 2160p
- Front camera:16 Megapixel Sony IMX371 Backlit Video Camera – Wide Angle VideoLens with F / 2.0 Aperture – Electronic Stabilization (EIS) – 1080p / 30 Front -End Video Recording
- Dimensions:156.1 × 75 × 7.3 mm and 162 grams Weight
- SIM card:2 × nano-SIM
- Fingerprint sensor:Yes (on the back)
- Connectors:WiFi a / b / g / n / ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) – Bluetooth 5.0 LE, DNLA, Miracast (WiFi Direct) – NFC – USB 2.0 Type-C port- Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer – Proximity sensor and brightness – Pedometer
- GPS:A-GPS + GLONASS, Galileo
- Color :Black
Huawei Mate 10 Pro phone full specifications
- Screen size & Definition of the screen: 6 inches in 18: 9 format, AMOLED, Full HD + (1080 × 2160 pixels),with Resolution:402ppp
- SoC:Kirin 970 – 8 cores – 4x Cortex-A73 at 2.4 GHz & 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.8 GHz – GPU Mali G72 MP12 – NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit)
- Software:Android 8.0 Oreo – Emotion UI Overlay 8.0
- RAM :6 GB with Internal memory128 GB
- Power and battery :4000 mAh – Quick charge
- Back camera :Dual Sony sensor: 12 MP RGB + 20 MP black and white – 27mm Leica Summilux-H wide angle lenses with F / 1.6 aperture – Optical stabilization on the color sensor – Leica processing – Hybrid Zoom 2x – AF Hybrid combining AF Laser, Contrast Detection and Phase Detection
– Dual-Tone LED Flash – Scene Recognition via IA – Recording Videos up to 1080p / 60 and 4K (2160p) / 30
- Front camera:8 megapixels – F / 2.0 aperture
- Dimensions:154.2 × 74.5 × 7.9 mm and 178 grams Weight
- SIM card:2 × nano-SIM – Dual LTE
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes (on the back)
- Connectors :WiFi a / b / g / n / ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) – USB Type-C USB 3.1 port – Bluetooth 4.2 – NFC – Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer – Proximity and brightness sensor – Pedometer
- Color:Dark grey
Galaxy Note 8 phone full specifications
- Screen size & Definition of the screen: 6.3 inches at 18.5: 9, Super Amoled, Quad HD + (2960 × 1440 pixels),with Resolution:522 dpi
- SoC:Exynos 8895 – 8 cores – 4x Exynos M2 @ 2.31GHz & 4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.69GHz – Mali GPU G-71 MP20
- Software:Android 7.1.1 Nougat – Samsung Experience overlay
- RAM :6 GB and 64 GB Internal memory
- Power and battery :3300 mAh – Fast charging – Qi and PMA compatible wireless charging
- Back camera :Dual Camera with two 12 Megapixel back-lit sensors – 1 / 2.5 “size with 1.4μm photo sites – Dual Pixel LED flash and auto focus , Classic auto focus on telephoto – 26mm wide angle lens with aperture at F / 1.7 and Optical Stabilization – Telephoto (x2 zoom) lens with F / 2.4 aperture and optical stabilization – Full HD video recording 1080p, HDR and Ultra HD 2160p
- Front camera:Visio camera with 8-megapixel backlit sensor – 22mm wide–angle video lens with F / 1.9 aperture
- Dimensions:162.5 × 74.8 × 8.6 mm
- Weight:195 grams
- SIM card :1 × nano-SIM
- Fingerprint sensor:Yes (on the back)
- Connectors:WiFi a / b / g / n / ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz) – USB Type-C USB 3.1 port – Bluetooth 5.0 – NFC – Barometer, Gyroscope, Accelerometer – Proximity and brightness sensor – Pedometer
- Color:Black Carbon, Topaz Gold and Midnight Blue
Screen and design:
While Huawei and Samsung have opted for glass shells, the big trend of 2017, OnePlus has kept the metal on the back of his phone. What we lose in brilliant, we gain it in solidity. Because, yes, dropping a phone with a glass back doubles the risk of breaking the ice.
Regarding the dimensions of phones, OnePlus is the phone that retains the finest with 7.3 mm. Its metal hull weighs slightly (162 grams), but it remains behind the Mate 10 Pro and the Galaxy Note 8, which has a screen slightly larger than its two competitors.
Design differences are at the margin for all three phones. Unlike Huawei, OnePlus decided to keep the port jack (but for how much longer?). The Huawei Mate 10 Pro, like the OnePlus 5, has a drawer that can carry two nano-SIM cards. But unlike his two opponents, Huawei’s phone is the only one to capture the 4G on its two SIM cards. The OnePlus 5T and the Mate 10 Pro do not have a micro-SD card slot, Samsung being the only one to offer it on their phone. Finally, these three devices have a fingerprint reader located on their backs, the 18: 9 widescreen taking the whole place in front.
A word also on the screens of these phones. All have a large 18: 9 ratio screen that occupies a very large part of the facade, with screen borders minimized or nonexistent in the case of Galaxy Note 8, with its curved edges. It should also be noted that these three phones all ship AMOLED panels.
Performance: three high-end processors with equivalent performance
It was still unthinkable two years ago, the three phones in our comparison each have a different SoC. There are two “home” processors at Huawei and Samsung, with the Kirin 970 and Exynos 8895 and the traditional Snapdragon 835 for the OnePlus 5T. The three phones all have 6 GB of RAM, or even 8 GB for the 128 GB version of the OnePlus 5T.
Despite an architecture and a different technological approach, these three processors are globally equivalent. Whether for everyday applications or for the most greedy games, none of these three devices should falter for at least two or three years. It’s all right if the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a little ahead thanks to its NPU, a chip dedicated to the management of Artificial Intelligence, but this one is practically not exploited by applications today. and will not be effective for many months.
Photography: three different approaches
If the three cameras in this comparison all have a dual rear photo sensor, they do not use the same approach at all. Samsung has opted for a proposal similar to that of Apple, namely to propose a 12-MP wide-angle main sensor for the main sensor and a secondary sensor with a shorter angle, but with an optical zoom × 2. A duo that works pretty well despite the weaknesses of the second sensor, which fishing when the brightness is too low.
At Huawei, the two sensors work together and are not separated as on the Galaxy Note 8. Here, a 12 MP color sensor is associated with a monochrome sensor of 20 MP in black and white. Main novelty, the photo application is this time assisted by an AI, which automatically applies settings according to the scene it recognizes. A convincing camera and quite good overall, but brings little novelty compared to the Huawei P10.
For the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus has slightly changed its formula compared to the OnePlus 5. If we find a 16 MP wide-angle (f / 1.7) main photo sensor, this time it is supported by a second sensor of 20 MP, always wide-angle, but with smaller pixels. The idea here is to have a sensor that takes pictures in good brightness (that of 16 MP) and another that takes over when the light drops (and passes under 10 lumens). Note that these two sensors will work together when you switch the application in portrait mode, so as to create a bokeh effect.
Autonomy: three cross-country runners with various performances
Autonomy is surely one of the most differentiating points of these three smartphones. There is a bad student in this selection: the Galaxy Note 8. It must be said that the Samsung phone has a battery smaller than the Galaxy S8 + (3300 mAh), but has a larger screen. The good student of this selection is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. Not only does it have a big battery of 4000 mAh, but in addition Huawei has integrated a machine learning program that learns the habits of the user to preserve the best he can battery.
The OnePlus 5T is in between. With its battery of 3300 mAh and the very good software optimization inherited from OnePlus 5, its autonomy is equivalent to that of OnePlus 5. Count a day and a half or two days, which is excellent in all cases.
Value for money:
If we only look at the price of these three smartphones and therefore their value for money, there is undeniable winner: the OnePlus 5T. With a starting price of 520 $, he simply buried the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Galaxy Note 8. These two devices, sold respectively 800 and 1050 $.
This comparison proves it well, the OnePlus 5T is just as good, sometimes better than its two competitors, with a price lower than 300 $. Screen quality, equivalent performance, neat design, autonomy in the average high and improved camera, it has everything a big.