If you’re looking to ditch contracts and troublesome payment plans for phones, then you might want to consider something off-contract. Traditionally, off-contract devices have gotten pretty cheap, and they still relatively are in comparison to big-name contract phones. In fact, many high end off-contract devices can be gotten for a few hundred dollars less than, say, a Samsung Galaxy S8.
Oppo R11s vs OnePlus 5T
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The story is no different with the Oppo R11S and the OnePlus 5T. Both are high-end affordable phones that’ll keep you far away from a contract. And, a huge positive to these devices is that you’ll be able to take them to almost any carrier, since they’ll be Unlocked, too.
Follow along below, and we’ll show you the scoop on the Oppo R11S and OnePlus 5T.
The Oppo R11S is a relatively large device. The screen comes in at a whopping 6.01-inches, but has a high resolution of 2,160 x 1,080 with a pixel density of 401ppi. You’re getting an AMOLED screen here, too, so colors are going to be deep and vibrant looking. Hardware wise, it has a Qualcomm 660 processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage and a dual 16-megapixel camera. A large 3,200mAh battery ensures long battery life as well.
Overall, the Oppo R11S is an excellent phone. It’s fast, modern, lasts a long time, takes great photos and looks fantastic thanks to the bezel-less display. Many are already calling this phone Android’s cheaper iPhone X.
Connectivity, of course, is it’s biggest problem. It appears that it’ll work on a handful of carriers, such as AT&T and T-Mobile in the United States, but coverage might be spotty, as the R11S only supports 2 out of 4 of T-Mobile and AT&T’s LTE bands, so you might not get true LTE or even LTE at all; however, you’ll get 3G just fine. 3G is pretty slow though, so it’s hard to recommend the Oppo R11S to those in the United States.
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On the other hand, you have the OnePlus 5T. This phone will work on GSM carriers in the United States — you should get LTE on AT&T, T-Mobile and alternatives (Cricket Wireless, Ting, etc) just fine. It really is a step ahead of the Oppo R11S as far as connectivity goes. The downside is that this phone has trouble working on CDMA carriers, so Sprint and Verizon customers are out of luck here. But, it’s not too bad of an issue since you’ll be able to take the OnePlus 5T to any GSM carrier, and at a cheap cost as well, since you’re not leasing a phone.
The OnePlus 5T does have some great specs. In fact, OnePlus is calling it the fastest phone around. It’s got a 6.01-inch Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,160 x 1,080. It has the same pixel density as the Oppo R11S — 401ppi. You get a beefier Snapdragon 835 processor, options for 128GB of internal storage and 8GB of RAM or 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM. You get a impressive dual 16-megapixel camera setup on the rear, and a super impressive 16-megapixel front-facing camera, which is something you rarely see in phones. It also has a large 3,300mAh battery, which may or may not last you a long time, as this phone is pulling some serious power.
It is, however, running off of USB-C connectivity with some fast-charging features built in, so you should be able to charge up your phone considerably in just a couple of minutes.
The OnePlus 5T will set you back around $500 for the 64GB/6GB RAM model. That’s straight from OnePlus (if you can snag one from their site), or you can get the 128GB/8GB for around $560. You’ll be looking at a little bit more on Amazon.
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So, which one should you pick up? It’s hard to recommend the Oppo R11S to anyone, purely based on it’s compatibility with different networks. You’ll be hard pressed getting true LTE, if any LTE or 4G connectivity at all. We can easily hand this one to OnePlus based on that alone, but OnePlus does have a few advantages, too.
With the OnePlus 5T, you’ll get a beefier processor as well as a much better storage and RAM setup, which can exponentially speed up your phone. If you’re trying to make a choice between the two, it’s difficult to pass up the high end hardware, connectivity and great customer support of the OnePlus 5T.