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OnePlus 5T vs iPhone 8: An ultimate tussle

05 December 2017 5

OnePlus 5T goes an official couple of weeks ago in a dedicated event held in New York. As expected the device was released immediately on November 21st. The OnePlus 5T revamped design, awesome cameras, sleek design are well appreciated by gadget geeks since its unveiling. With the passage of time, the OnePlus emerge as a smartphone manufacturer which is trustworthy in the market due to the awesome build quality of their smartphones. Last year OnePlus introduced an iterative variant of OnePlus 3T, same is the case this year as the company unveiled OnePlus 5T as an iterative variant of OnePlus 5 which shares same basic design, hardware, battery but also brought incremental changes in a number of features including Camera, front-facing display, and Price.

The OnePlus 5T is bringing everything on board what you can expect from a flagship killer. Being a top-tier smartphone the OnePlus 5T will have to compete against top-tier smartphones in the market as everyone is competing in the race of premium flagships to be number one. We already compared the latest OnePlus 5T against number of flagships, check out the list below

To reach number one spot the OnePlus 5T will have to face stiff competition from Cupertino giant's latest iPhone 8 as well. The Apple iPhone 8 is certainly one of the best smartphone available in the market, the customers who are looking to grab a new smartphone will consider both OnePlus 5T and iPhone 8. The holiday season is just around the corner, so if you are planning to grab a new smartphone it is the best time to decide and purchase your next companion for 2018. Like always, we will put the OnePlus 5T in head to head competition against the iPhone 8 on the basis of design, display, hardware, camera, software and last but not the least price tag.

Both the devices are solid flagships on paper and for sure capable to give each other tough time and emerge as best options for those who are looking to grab a new smartphone. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of OnePlus 5T and iPhone 8.

75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
67.3 x 138.4 x 7.3 mm
4.7 inches - 1334x750 px
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Design

In terms of design both the devices looks pretty cool despite the fact both are featuring the different design. The OnePlus 5T is featuring a unibody metal design. The bezels on the front are extremely thin that's why the company opted a 2:1 display. The OnePlus 5T rear side is adorned with dual cameras placed on the top left corner with dual LED flashlight. It lacks physical home button, the fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side below the dual camera modules.

The OnePlus 5T has 3.5mm headphone jack and for connectivity, it features USB Type-C. Unfortunately, it lacks water and dust resistance like most of the flagships. The futuristic bezel-less design looks pretty cool on OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5T measurements are 6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches and it weighs 5.71 ounces. The OnePlus 5T is announced in Matt Black color variant only.

On the other hand, the iPhone 8 doesn't bring a completely revamped design but instead, the only prominent difference in the iPhone 8 design is its glass rear as opposed to the metal rear of its predecessors. One of the reasons behind bringing glass rear is to bring Qi Wireless charging support. The front-facing design of iPhone 8 isn't much different from the predecessor. It shares overall same footprint like iPhone 7.

Apple ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack last year, the new iPhone 8 is the second gen of iPhones which lacks traditional headphone jack. The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8 is placed on the front-facing side below the physical home button. The iPhone 8 is announced in three striking colors including Space Gray, Gold, and Silver. Its dimensions are 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 inches and weigh 5.22 ounces. Unlike OnePlus 5T, it is IP67 certified smartphone which means it can resist under 1-meter water for 30 minutes without any damage.

Display

One of the key highlights of the OnePlus 5T is its bezel-less display. It features a 6.01-inches 2:1 display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. OnePlus once again opted an AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung. Despite having overall large display its overall dimensions aren't big, it can easily grab with the single hand as the display is double taller than wider.

As mentioned above, Apple didn't try to deviate from the basics as far as iPhone 8 is a concern. The new iPhone 8 is also packed with the same 4.7-inches IPS LCD display panel with HD screen resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. However this year Apple brought a new feature True-Tone which they initially opted for their iPad lineup. The true-tone tech automatically adjusts display color temp and brightness according to the environment.

Hardware

Being the latest flagships both OnePlus 5T and iPhone 8 are packed with the best hardware under the hood. However, the under the hood hardware is totally different from each other. The reason behind different hardware is software optimization on both the devices. The OnePlus 5T is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 8GB RAM with 128GB memory, The built-in storage on OnePlus 5T isn't expandable via MicroSD card.

Apple iPhone 8 is powered up by the A11 Bionic chipset with 2GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 256GB under the hood. Its memory is also not expandable via MicroSD card. In terms of sheer power under the hood, the OnePlus 5T is top tier variant is ahead than iPhone 8. However, as daily drivers, both the devices are bringing enough power to handle everything you throw at them. If you want a future proof device in terms of power, the OnePlus 5T is certainly a better option as its large display with powerhouse hardware allows the user to better handle multitasking and HIFI games.

Specs OnePlus 5T iPhone 8
Display 6.01-inches 4.7-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 750 x 1334 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 A11 Bionic
RAM 6/8GB 2GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable 64/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16MP+20MP with f/1.7 aperture 12MP with f/1.8 aperture
Front camera 16MP 7MP
Battery 3,300mAh 1,821mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS iOS 11
IP-ratings None IP67
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
Camera

As mentioned above the OnePlus 5T is featuring dual rear cameras. With the OnePlus 5T, the company opted a new setup. Both the rear sensors are the color lens of 16MP+20MP with an aperture of f/1.7. The difference between the two lenses is lens size and megapixel. OnePlus 5T cameras main focus is to bring awesome results even in low-light conditions. OnePlus highlights low-light performance of their OnePlus 5T and no doubt it is certainly one of the best smartphones which perform pretty good even in low-light conditions thanks to the large aperture. It supports 4K videos at 30 frames per second with electronic image stabilization.

The front-facing selfie camera on the OnePlus 5T is the 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. Overall camera setup of OnePlus 5T is quite impressive. Apple iPhones are known for their impressive camera setup but with each passing year, the competition is becoming stiffer and stiffer.

Unlike most of the flagships, the iPhone 8 still retains single camera module of 12MP with f1/.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Its aperture size is less than OnePlus 5T that's why it doesn't match it in low-light conditions. However, despite having the single camera lens, the iPhone 8 is bringing impressive specs sheet. It is amongst the few smartphones which can record 4K videos at 60 frames per second, the slow-motion shooting mode is quite impressive. It can record Full HD videos at 240 frames per second. Up front, the camera sensor is 7MP for selfies and video chats. No matter which device you choose, you will get decent camera setup.

Battery

The battery cell on OnePlus 5T is 3,300mAh which easily last one day on single charge. The best thing is it charges pretty quickly thanks to the company's own Dash Charge. According to OnePlus, the device gets juice for the whole day within 30 minutes of charge which is quite impressive. It lacks wireless charging support thanks to metal rear.

A 1,821mAh battery cell is on board to keep the iPhone 8 lights on. The battery cell on the iPhone 8 is quite smaller than OnePlus 5T but once again it provides pretty good battery life, it easily lasts one day on normal usage. It supports fast charging but unfortunately it doesn't come with fast charger straight out of the box but instead, you will have to spend $75 to get the benefit of fast charging support. The Qi Wireless charging is supported, however it isn't as fast as wire charger.


Software

OnePlus 5T is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS custom layer straight out of the box instead of the latest Android Oreo. Before worrying about not having the latest operating system, OnePlus officially confirmed they will be rolling out latest Android Oreo in early Q1 2018, most probably in January 2018. The Oxygen OS UI layer is pretty slim over the stock Android OS, you don't have to worry much about the bloatware.

As OS the iPhone 8 is running on the latest iOS 11, the new update does bring refinements, the control panel and Apple store are redesigned. You will be getting latest OS updates from Apple for next three years whereas the OnePlus 5T owners will get latest Android OS for next couple of years but they have to wait a bit longer for the update.

Price

Last but not the least another important deciding aspect to grab either OnePlus 5T or iPhone 8 will be pricing. The OnePlus smartphones are known for their good value for money, same is the case with the latest OnePlus 5T. The base variant of OnePlus 5T with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage can be grabbed for $499, for the UK buyers, the price is £449. The top of the line variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB memory costs $559 which is £499 in the UK.

The iPhone 8 base variant comes with 64GB storage, for the US customers it costs $699 whereas in the UK it can be grabbed for £699. The top of the line variant comes at a hefty price tag of $849, In Uk, it can be grabbed for £799. The prices of iPhone 8 variants are significantly higher than OnePlus 5T that's why customers looking for a pocket-friendly flagship they will prefer OnePlus 5T over iPhone 8.

Conclusion:

The difference in the price tag for sure play a vital role in grabbing either flagship. With each new iteration, OnePlus not only brings top-tier hardware but also they impress with their stylish design. The most expensive variant of OnePlus 5T is £200 cheaper. Around $500 OnPlus is bringing a powerhouse which surely won't dull in terms of performance even for next couple of years. In a recent speed test, OnePlus 5T takes lead over iPhone X, though the lead is not significant but still it is the only smartphone in the market which beats latest iPhone in terms of speed.

The iPhone 8 is a nice overall compact pacakage which isn't bringing something to wow customers but instead its an iterative upgrade over the iPhone 7 Plus. It is solid performer with good cameras, average display but it lacks the wow factor of latest flagships because of traditional thick bezels design.

Feel free to share your views in the comments section below regarding the latest OnePlus 5T vs iPhone 8. Which smartphone would you like to purchase amongst the two and for what reasons? Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons and previews in coming days.

(last update 23 September 2018 @ 05:53)

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