OnePlus 4 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: Battle of 2017 Premium Smartphones; Will the Flagship Killer Surpass the True Flagship Phone? Specs, Features

By Christian Ver Marcelo , Updated Oct 25, 2016 07:33 AM EDT
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Despite the Samsung Note 7 fiasco, Samsung's Galaxy lineup is still arguably the best Android smartphone range. However, for years now, OnePlus dares to challenge this claim, so we now look at their 2017 flagships - the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the OnePlus 4.

Display

There is no doubt that Samsung reigns supreme in the display department. Their Super AMOLED quad-HD display in previous Galaxy phones always slay the competition. For the S8, however, the resolution will be upgraded to 4K, as well as the innovative edge display. It will be coming in two variants, a 5.1 and a 5.5-inch version.

OnePlus then intends to catch up, as they are reportedly integrating an Optic AMOLED display with quad-HD resolution. This display would then be able to output 4K content, as well as 3D video output. It is also perfect for VR headsets due to its display technology.

Hardware

Both smartphones are set to sport the upcoming Snapdragon 830. This powerful chipset has a clock speed of up to 3.2GHz. As the OnePlus 3 already has 6GB of RAM, the successor is expected to sport 8GB. The Samsung Galaxy S8, meanwhile, will be sporting a 6GB of RAM setup. Both phones will have a base internal storage of at least 64GB, although expandability still remains unconfirmed.

Camera

Again, this is a department where Samsung already dominates. The Samsung Galaxy S8 will do nothing but improve on the 12MP f/1.9 aperture rear camera of its predecessor, along with the 5MP front camera.

Meanwhile, the OnePlus 4 will be playing catch up, and may be overcompensating through the various camera technologies. This will be including a dual-lens setup, a 28MP rear camera, and a 21MP selfie snapper.

Price

Where OnePlus truly triumphs is the unbelievable value for money they offer with every smartphone. They are offering premium specs for a fraction of the price as compared to what Samsung offers. This year, the OnePlus 3 was slapped with a $400 price tag, while the Samsung Galaxy S7 costs around $670.

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