Smartphone technology has no doubt come a long way since it was first invented. Today, the debate is not whether a single camera can be good, but it’s about how good dual-cameras can perform. Phones like the iPhone 7 Plus and the recently launched OnePlus 5 are an excellent example of this. Smartphones like these push the boundaries of normal and force us to think long and hard about which one to get. That’s mainly because phones are just that good right now. A company which came to the surface not more than three years ago has one of the most talked about smartphones in the industry today.
OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus
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At the same time, we also have to talk about an industry juggernaut like the Apple iPhone 7 Plus which was launched last September. The handset is no doubt a spectacular handset, but the OnePlus 5 has the advantage of being the newest kid on the block. This, in turn, means that people are more likely to look more closely towards the handset. So does it have what it takes to take down a beast like the iPhone 7 Plus? A detailed comparison will help us ascertain exactly this. So let’s not waste any time and dive right into it.
OnePlus 5 vs iPhone 7 Plus specs comparison
Display and Design
It’s quite odd, but the rear of the OnePlus 5 looks like a slightly plainer version of the iPhone 7 Plus. Given that the company is using a horizontal setup of cameras, there were bound to be similarities. But this is where all the likeness ends. The smartphone comes with a gorgeous rounded design, and the company has thankfully done away with the square/boxy design that we saw with the OnePlus 3T. In terms of the display, the handset is packing a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED panel, which should perform fairly well even in bright sunlight. With a screen-to-body ratio of 73%, the OnePlus 5 has a distinct advantage over the iPhone 7 Plus (67.7%). The OnePlus 5 weighs 155 grams, making it one of the lighter phones in this segment.
The iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t bring any radical design changes compared to its predecessor, although it’s apparent that the company went back to the drawing board for this one. The edges are slightly rounded this time, making it easier to hold. Although it’s still pretty big for one-handed usage, the iPhone 7 Plus doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the design. Within the slightly bloated up front bezel space, the handset houses a 5.5-inch Full HD LCD panel. In terms of display quality alone, the OnePlus 5 has a clear advantage here. It must be noted that the iPhone 7 Plus also comes with 3D Touch by default, allowing users to gauge the sensitivity of their touch. A long press can perform certain functions, depending on the app you’re using. This is mostly a novelty feature at this point, and most users don’t find themselves using this all that frequently. The handset weighs a hefty 188 grams, helping the OnePlus 5 score some points in this area.
This is where all the action happens for the two smartphones. The iPhone 7 Plus comes with a fantastic dual-camera on the back including a dedicated “Portrait Mode” which allows customers to take amazing pictures with depth-of-field or bokeh. This has been one of the most groundbreaking features of the new iPhone and manufacturers have tried to replicate it ever since. Talking more about the hardware, the iPhone 7 Plus uses two 12-megapixel sensors on the back, with one being a standard camera and the other being a telephoto lens, meant specifically for the Portrait Mode feature. Without going too much into the specifics, let’s just say that the iPhone 7 Plus is leagues ahead of the competition, although there are phones that can beat the device in terms of regular photos and video capture. The presence of Portrait Mode, however, gives it a distinct advantage over the competition. The front comes with a 7-megapixel camera which is capable of taking some amazing selfies and videos alike.
The OnePlus 5 tries to replicate the iPhone 7 Plus with its dual-camera setup, although reviews have suggested that the blurring effect or bokeh is not strong as it is on the iPhone 7 Plus. But it’s commendable that the company has been able to offer a decent and significantly cheaper alternative to an iPhone with all the goodness of Android built in. The rear panel consists of a 16-megapixel standard sensor and a 20-megapixel telephoto sensor. It’s odd that the company used a slightly larger telephoto sensor, but we’re sure OnePlus has its reasoning behind this. The phone comes with a gargantuan 16-megapixel front camera with auto-HDR on board, allowing you to click some amazing HDR photos whilst taking selfies.
The OnePlus 5 is one of the most powerful smartphones available in the market today, thanks to the Snapdragon 835 chipset onboard. It is powering several Android smartphones in the market today, although OnePlus feels that its implementation will offer better results thanks to the blend of software and hardware. The Snapdragon 835 chipset used here comes with four Kryo cores clocked at 2.45 GHz and four cores clocked at 1.9 GHz. This is combined with the Adreno 540 GPU, promising to run whatever you throw at the handset. Talking about the other aspects, the OnePlus 5 comes with 6 or 8GB of RAM on board. This is what most modern day notebooks offer, so we won’t be surprised if some users feel this is overkill.
The iPhone 7 Plus comes with the company’s custom A10 Fusion chipset, which offers best in class performance, both in terms of standard processing and graphics. It uses a quad-core 2.34 GHz processor with two Hurricane cores and two Zephyr cores on board. Apple uses its own chips in its flagships, and with good reason. This gives the company deeper control over the performance and handling of its smartphones. Since all of the features on board are intertwined with each other, this makes for a pretty amazing user experience. Apple doesn’t have massive RAM capacity to brag about here as the iPhone 7 Plus only comes with 3GB of RAM on board.
The OnePlus 5 comes with a pretty familiar 3,300 mAh battery under the hood. Interestingly, the battery used here is smaller than what we saw on the predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. Maybe OnePlus has done some software tweaking to ensure the battery doesn’t drain as much, or maybe the company simply wanted to keep the weight down to a minimum. It’s still too early to ascertain how the smartphone will perform, but one can tell that the OnePlus 5 will be on par with most flagships that are available in the market right now.
The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, comes with a 2,900 mAh unit on board, which is highly capable on its own, although we find it to be somewhat better compared to the OnePlus 5. And this is despite the battery being significantly smaller than what we see on the OnePlus offering. Thanks to the extensive battery performance tests conducted by Apple, the standby times are much better compared to any other rival offering in the market right now. In terms of the display run time, however, we feel the OnePlus 5 will come out on top here.
The OnePlus 5 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, along with the company’s Oxygen OS UI layering. Initial reviews have suggested that the smartphone doesn’t have any bloatware on top, so customers should experience a pure Android experience here, devoid of any unnecessary features. The iPhone 7 Plus, meanwhile, comes with iOS 10.0 by default, although current models come with iOS 10.3.2, with a handful of other updates expected before iOS 11 shows up.
The OnePlus 5 is packing USB Type-C port on board, which is quickly becoming the standard among Android manufacturers. The iPhone 7 Plus, meanwhile, comes with the reversible Lightning port (based on the USB 2.0 standard).
Customers will be able to purchase the OnePlus 5 in 64 or 128GB storage variants, and the handset doesn’t support microSD card slots, so what you see is what you get. The iPhone 7 Plus comes in 32, 128 and 256GB storage variants. As you would expect, Apple doesn’t offer storage expansion either.
The two phones come with fingerprint scanners located on the front in the form of a home key. However, Apple’s implementation appears to be superior thanks to the use of the all-new sensor, which means it’s no longer a button and responds to force. It merely clicks and doesn’t replicate the feel of a conventional button. This made a lot of noise when the phone was initially launched, but it seems like the users have simply gotten used to it.
Apple is also offering its popular Apple Pay wireless payments service by default. Since OnePlus doesn’t have a competing wallet service of its own, customers will have to rely on third party offerings.
The OnePlus 5 is certainly a step in the right direction. The company has come a long way since the days of the OnePlus One and the infamous invites system. The phone should be available globally in a number of countries. The entry level 64GB model with 6GB of RAM will set you back by $479, while the 128GB variant with 8GB of RAM has been priced at $539. This makes it a pretty competitive offering in the mobile industry, especially considering the pricing of Android devices like the Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6, and the HTC U11. This gives credence to the company’s “Never Settle” tagline, as it gives users the flagship experience without having to settle in any aspect. The OnePlus 5 will be officially available for purchase starting June 27 in the U.S.
The iPhone 7 Plus will set you back by $769, $869, and $969 for the 32, 128, and 256GB variants respectively. Clearly, the Apple iPhone 7 Plus is nearly twice as expensive as the OnePlus 5, which speaks volumes about the disparity in pricing between the two phones. The handset is also available from a myriad of carriers out there, so getting it unlocked is not your only option.
When we consider all the factors here, it’s pretty evident that the OnePlus 5 is a better smartphone overall, with the pricing being the deciding factor. If you’re an existing Android user and are looking for an upgrade, we can’t recommend the OnePlus 5 highly enough. It’s a beast in terms of performance. Existing iPhone owners might also consider giving the OnePlus 5 a try, as it can make you a believer in the Android ecosystem.