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Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 vs OnePlus 5T: Battle between two bezel-less smartphones

03 January 2018 7

Samsung recently announced their latest upper mid-rangers Galaxy A8 and A8 Plus for this year. The Galaxy A-lineup from Samsung is the company's one of the best series which falls right behind the flagship Galaxy S-series. The Galaxy A8 lineup is certainly the Samsung's answer to pocket-friendly flagship killers as well as the company wants to maintain their significance in the mid-range segment. Its good to see Samsung acted pretty quickly to adopt the latest bezel-less design for their upper mid-rangers as well to compete well against the other smartphones in this segment.

The Samsung latest Galaxy A8-lineup will have to compete well against the number of devices to prove their worth. We already put the Galaxy A8 in a head-to-head comparison against the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. Today we will compare the Galaxy A8 Plus against the OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 5T becomes the heart throb soon after the announcement due to its striking design and top-tier hardware.

Both the Galaxy A8 Plus and OnePlus 5T falls in the same category of the price range. So if someone is planning to grab an upper mid-range smartphone below $600, for sure they will consider both the Galaxy A8 Plus and OnePlus 5T. Both the devices are a strong contender in this price range. Although the Galaxy A8 Plus price is still in dark as per so far info, the device will be sold at $530. As nothing is set in stone regarding the price tag, So will recommend to take it with a grain of salt.

At the moment this price range is surely dominated by the OnePlus 5T and it's not easy to challenge it in this class. The OnePlus 5T is bringing the best value for money but whether Samsung did a commendable job with the Galaxy A8 Plus or not, Today we will find out by putting both the devices in comparison. We are hopeful this comparison will certainly help the readers better decide which device is better amongst the two in terms of design, display, specs, camera, battery, software and pricing. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of both the devices.

75.7 x 159.9 x 8.3 mm
6 inches - 2220x1080 px
75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The Galaxy A8 Plus is featuring a glass and metal sandwich design like the flagships Samsung introduced in 2017. The device comes with a solid metal chassis with glass covering the rear and front side. The Galaxy A8 Plus looks quite premium due to its glass finish. The front-facing side comes with a full front facing display without any physical button on the front. The volume rockers are on the right edge whereas the power button is on the left edge. Another prominent change in the design is flat display as opposed to dual curved displays on the Samsung's premium devices.

The rear side is adorned with single camera module with dual LED flashlight. As far as fingerprint scanner is a concern, it is shifted to the rear side below the camera module. Yes, it is the first Samsung's smartphone which features the fingerprint scanner at a convenient place. It is fingerprint magnet because of glass rear that's why you will have to take extra care of it.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T sports a unibody metal design. The OnePlus 5T can be grabbed easily single handily due to round edges. The front-facing side has a full front-facing display without any physical button on the front. The dual snappers are adorning the rear side, the camera modules are placed on the top left corner with dual LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is in the center below the dual camera sensors. Having a strong metal rear case it is more sturdy as opposed to Galaxy A8 Plus. However, the Galaxy A8 Plus is IP68 certified which means it can resist 1.5 meters deep water for 30 minutes without any damage whereas that's not the case with the OnePlus 5T.

Both the devices are attractive in terms of looks and design but it will be customers preference whether they opt the metal unibody design or the glass design. The Galaxy A8 dimensions are 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm and it weighs 191g. As opposed to it the OnePlus 5T measurements are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 162g. The OnePlus 5T is not only slimmer but also lighter than the Galaxy A8 Plus.

Display

As far as display is a concern both the devices technical aspects of the display are pretty much same. Both the devices display not only matches in sizes but also they are same in resolution and technology. The Galaxy A8 Plus sports a 6.0-inches Super AMOLED display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2220 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 18.5:9 and the pixels density is 411 pixels-per-inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass is protecting the display panel. The OnePlus 5T display panel is slightly longer than most of the bezel-less devices.

The OnePlus 5T is packed with a 6.01-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution. Its a Super AMOLED display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and the pixels density is 401 pixels per inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the display in case of accidental drops. Both the devices display panel are sharp and the contrast ratio is equally good on both the devices. Also, it is important to mention that display panel on both the devices is manufactured by Samsung that's why there isn't much difference between the panels in terms of viewing quality.

Hardware

Certainly, it's not an easy task to compete against OnePlus 5T in the performance department. It is the only Android running smartphone which beats the iPhone X in performance. The Galaxy A8 Plus is powered up by the Samsung's own Exynos 7885 chipset. Its an Octa-core SoC with performance core clocking at 2.2Ghz. The chipset is accompanied with 4GB RAM. The base variant built-in storage is 32GB whereas the top-tier variant has 64GB memory. Both the variants storage are further expandable via MicroSD card up to 256GB.

The OnePlus 5T is amongst the few flagships which have whopping 8GB RAM under the hood. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device, the performance core of this chipset clocking at 2.45Ghz. It is also an Octa-core chipset. The base variant comes with 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variant comes with 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. Unfortunately, its built-in storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD card.

While buying the OnePlus 5T, you should choose memory variant wisely as its memory can't be expanded later. In terms of performance no doubt the OnePlus 5T takes lead but the Galaxy A8 is also a solid performer. Both the devices are capable to handle all the daily tasks as well as HIFI multi-tasking tasks. If you want a powerhouse with whopping power under the hood, you should consider OnePlus 5T.

Specs Galaxy A8 Plus 2018 OnePlus 5T
Display 6.0-inches 6.01-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2220 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Exynos 7885 Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB 6/8GB
Storage 32/64GB Expandable via MicroSD card 64/128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16MP with f/1.7 16MP+20MP
Front camera 8+16MP 16MP
Battery 3,500mAh 3,300mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP68 Yes No
OS Android Nougat 7.1 Android Nougat 7.1
Camera

In-camera department both the companies, preference is different. The Galaxy A8 Plus is the Samsung's first flagship smartphone with dual selfie cameras whereas the OnePlus 5T comes with dual rear snappers. Both the devices bring portrait mode but the A8 Plus brings for the selfie cameras whereas the OnePlus 5T can enjoy portrait mode on the rear cameras.

The Galaxy A8 Plus is packed with a 16MP rear snapper with f/1.7 aperture. It lacks Optical image stabilization but it comes with Digital stabilization. The sensors have autofocus. The rear camera supports 4K video recording. Thanks to a larger aperture, the sensor works pretty well in both low-light and daylight conditions. The rear camera lacks slow-motion video at 30 frames per second. Up front the dual selfie cameras are 8MP+16MP. The secondary sensors bring features like HDR, Autofocus, Smile and Face Detection.

As I mentioned above the OnePlus 5T features dual rear snappers. The dual modules are 16MP + 20MP with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors are the color lens. The rear cameras on the OnePlus 5T support 4K recording at 30 fps as well as a slow motion at 120 fps. The front-facing selfie camera on the OnePlus 5T is a 16MP module. The OnePlus 5T takes lead in rear snapper performance whereas the Galaxy A8 Plus is a better performer as far as front-facing sensors are a concern. So if you want a selfie-centric device you should prefer A8 Plus.

Battery

As far as battery cell is a concern, the Galaxy A8 Plus takes lead here due to its slightly larger 3,500mAH battery cell. It supports fast charging. For connectivity, it has USB Type-C 2.0 port. The OnePlus 5T lights are kept on by a 3,300mAh battery. It comes with Dash Charging tech which juices up the battery for the whole day within 30 minutes. It also has USB Type-C 2.0 as connectivity port. Both the devices easily provide battery life of 1 day on normal usage.

Software

The Galaxy A8 Plus is pre-installed with the older Android Nougat 7.1 with TouchWiz UI layer over it. Unfortunately, Samsung yet not ready to release their first smartphone with Android Oreo straight out of the box and from the look of the things it seems like the upcoming Galaxy S9 series will be the first Samsung smartphone with Oreo whereas the older devices owners will have to wait further for the latest flavor of Android OS.

The OnePlus 5T is also pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1 with Oxygen OS layer and the company already confirmed that stable Android Oreo update will be rolled out in the early first quarter of 2018. So in both the cases the customers will have to wait further for the latest Android Oreo update but wait in case of Galaxy A8 Plus might be a bit longer.

Price

Last but not the least price always plays an important role in deciding a new smartphone. The OnePlus 5T base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage available for $499 in the US whereas for the European customers can grab it for 500 Euros. The top of the line variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage costs $559. As far as Galaxy A8 Plus price is a concern it is still in dark but so far reports indicate it will be around $550. We can't claim the final price until the company officially confirms it. However, if you ask for better value for money, the OnePlus 5T will emerge as the winner.

Conclusion:

Both the Galaxy A8 Plus and OnePlus 5T are bringing different design. The OnePlus 5T brings the unibody metal design whereas the Galaxy A8 Plus has glass and metal sandwich design. In display department, both the devices are somewhat similar. The OnePlus 5T takes lead in hardware performance thanks to its powerful Snapdragon chipset with extra RAM on board. The Exynos processor on Galaxy A8 Plus is certainly not as powerful as Snapdragon SoC. Though the Galaxy A8 Plus lacks in native storage it can be further expanded using MicroSD card.

The OnePlus 5T comes with facial recognition as an added security feature whereas the Galaxy A8 Plus is IP68 certified device. The Android OS version on both the devices is same but the Oxygen OS has minimum bloatware whereas the Samsung's custom UI bloatware level is higher. So far the OnePlus 5T also takes lead in price section as well. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the Galaxy A8 Plus vs OnePlus 5T in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews in coming days.

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