Samsung has been dominating the smartphone market in the past couple of years especially in the Android segment. The company has endless devices scattered at the different points of the price spectrum. Each year, the company launches three main flagship smartphones in the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note range. The brand’s latest flagship offering is the Galaxy S7, which was unveiled at this year’s MWC in February, and was launched in India recently. However, the company has been losing its market share to the Chinese vendors, which offer flagship features for the price tag of a mid-range smartphone. OnePlus is one of these manufacturers, which has impressed the smartphone users with its OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 and OnePlus X devices. The company is now all set to launch its latest flagship, the OnePlus 3, on June 14th globally and on June 15th in India.
If you are wondering where a flagship from a Chinese manufacturer like OnePlus stands against a flagship device from a popular brand like Samsung, then let’s compare the OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy S7’s features. It’s worth noting that the specs of the OnePlus 3 mentioned below are based on the recent leaks and reports.
OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 – flagships from China and Korea
OnePlus never compromises when it comes to the design of its smartphones, just like the brand’s motto that reads Never Settle. While the OnePlus 2 offered an aluminium-magnesium frame, the OnePlus 3 is expected to boast an all-metal unibody design. The phone will also sport a fingerprint sensor, which will be integrated directly into the home button. Samsung on the other hand has started inserting metal in its flagship smartphones just recently. The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a metallic frame running around all four edges, and gets a 3D glass on both the front and back. The handset features a sleek profile with a waistline of 7.9mm, and tips the scale at 152 grams. It also boasts IP68 certification fir water and dust resistant. Its fingerprint sensor is integrated into the, and the phone also packs a heart rate sensor besides the main camera. Overall, both the OnePlus 3 and Samsung Galaxy S7 offer premium designs.
Display and OS
The OnePlus 3 is expected to offer a phablet-grade 5.5-inch full HD display with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 on top. The phone will deliver an immersive media experience thanks to a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch. The Samsung Galaxy S7 on the other hand is for those looking for a more compact device, as it offers a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display. It features a higher screen resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels, and a whopping pixel density of 577 pixels per inch. The phone delivers one of the best media viewing experiences available on the Samsung Galaxy flagships. As for the software, the Samsung Galaxy S7 runs Android Marshmallow with the brand’s TouchWiz UI on top. The OnePlus 3 on the other hand will run the company’s OxygenOS based on Android Marshmallow. So on the software front, the OnePlus 3 is more open as compared to the Galaxy S7, since its OxygenOS ROM just recently went open-source.
Talking about the configuration, the OnePlus 3 is expected to be available in multiple configuration choices. The phone will offer a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, aided by an Adreno 530 GPU and up to 6GB of RAM. It will be available in six variants – three with 4GB of RAM and 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal memory options, and three with 6GB of RAM and the same storage capacity options. The Samsung Galaxy S7 on the other hand sports an octa-core 64-bit Exynos 8890 processor, aided by 4GB of RAM. It comes in 32GB and 64GB internal memory options, which both also support microSD cards for further storage expansion. So on the configuration front, the OnePlus 3 is more powerful and offers multiple configuration choices as compared to the Galaxy S7.
Moving on to the camera, the OnePlus 3 is expected to offer a 16-meg primary snapper with an LED flash, and an 8-megapixel secondary shooter. The camera experience on the previous OnePlus devices has always been impressive, which is also expected from the brand’s latest offering. The Samsung Galaxy S7 on the other hand offers a Dual Pixel 12MP rear shooter with a dual-tone LED flash, Smart OIS, and f/1.7 aperture. For selfies, it offers a 5-megapixel secondary shooter. Overall, the Galaxy S7 is certainly better than the OnePlus 3.
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Connectivity and battery
In terms of connectivity, there’s hardly any difference between the OnePlus 3 and Galaxy S7. They offer 4G LTE support, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, and NFC. As for the battery, the Galaxy S7 is fuelled by a 3,000mAh battery, which should be sufficient to last for a single day. The OnePlus 3 on the other hand is expected to pack in a much bigger 3,650mAh battery with fast charging.
There’s no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy S7 is one of the best flagship smartphones available on the market. The phone offers a high-res display, powerful configuration, impressive camera specs, a heart rate sensor, and a beefy battery. However, it’s worth mentioning that Samsung’s flagship devices fall on the higher-end of the price spectrum. The OnePlus 3 on the other hand will join the club of the best flagship devices available in the sub-Rs 30,000 price range with some of its features better than the Galaxy S7. As for the pricing, the Galaxy S7’s price starts at Rs 48,900, while the OnePlus 3 is expected to be priced starting at Rs 24,700.