OnePlus has a knack for making flagship-killer phones at an affordable price point. The company’s latest, however, the OnePlus 7 Pro, comes in at a comparable cost to the Galaxy S10 Plus.
So, what’s the better deal: Samsung’s ultra-premium Galaxy S10 Plus, or the spectacular OnePlus 7 Pro? Below, we break down the details of both devices and crown a winner in this smartphone showdown.
|OnePlus 7 Pro||Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus|
|Size||162.6 × 75.9 × 8.8 mm (6.4 × 2.98 × 0.34 inches)||157.6 × 74.1 × 7.8 mm (6.20 × 2.91 × 0.30 inches)|
|Weight||206 grams (7.26 oz)||175 grams (6.17 ounces)|
|Screen size||6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED||6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||3,120 × 1,440 pixels (516 pixels per inch)||3,040 × 1,440 pixels (526 pixels per inch)|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie (under Oxygen OS)||Android 9.0 Pie (under One UI)|
|MicroSD card slot||No||Yes, up to 512GB|
|Tap-to-pay services||Google Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|RAM||6GB, 8GB, 12GB||8GB, 12GB|
|Camera||Triple lens 48-megapixel, 16MP ultra-wide angle, and 8MP telephoto rear, 16MP front||Triple lens 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle, 12MP variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto rear, 10MP, and 8MP front dual lens|
|Video||2,160p at 60 fps, 1,080p at 240 fps, 720p at 480 fps||2,160p at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Ports||USB-C||3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C|
|Fingerprint sensor||Yes, in-display||Yes, ultrasonic in-display|
Fast charging (Warp)
Fast charging (QuickCharge 2.0)
Qi wireless charging
|App marketplace||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Network support||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint||T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint|
|Colors||Mirror gray, nebula blue, almond||Prism black, prism white, prism blue, flamingo pink, ceramic black, ceramic white|
|Buy from||OnePlus||Samsung, Amazon|
|Review score||4 out of 5 stars||4.5 out of 5 stars|
Performance, battery life, and charging
Both these phones come with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor inside, so you can expect extremely fast performance and neither will have any issues running demanding games or apps. You have a choice of 6GB, 8GB, or 12GB of RAM with the OnePlus 7 Pro, while the
The S10 Plus has an extra 100mAh of battery capacity and it shows, with Samsung’s phone managing almost an extra hour over the OnePlus 7 Pro in our battery test. The OnePlus 7 Pro is faster to charge, going from 15% to 53% in just 20 minutes. However, only the
Design and durability
These are two of the best-looking phones on the market right now with curved glass front and back, a beautiful build quality, and almost all-screen fronts. Samsung chose to go with a hole-punch camera for its dual-lens front-facing shooter, which sits at the top right of the screen. OnePlus has opted to go with a pop-up selfie camera instead, which means the enormous screen is free of notches or holes. These are both big phones, but the S10 Plus is significantly sleeker in every dimension and it weighs less, making it easier to handle.
On the back, there’s a horizontal camera module for the S10 Plus, while the OnePlus 7 Pro has a vertically-stacked camera. There’s no fingerprint sensor on the back of either phone because they’re in the displays.
While the OnePlus 7 Pro lacks an IP rating, the S10 Plus is IP68 rated, which means it can be submerged in water without sustaining damage. Both need a case to guard against drop damage, though.
The OnePlus 7 Pro boasts a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 3,120 x 1,440 pixels, which is 516 pixels per inch (ppi). The
The OnePlus 7 Pro has the first triple-lens camera we’ve seen in a OnePlus phone. There’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide lens with a 117-degree field of view, a 48-megapixel lens with optical and electronic image stabilization (OIS and EIS), and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens for a 3x optical zoom or a 10x digital zoom. The
Around front, the OnePlus 7 Pro has that pop-up 16-megapixel selfie camera, but the dual-lens front-facing camera in the S10 Plus is better for portrait shots as it combines a 10-megapixel lens with an 8-megapixel lens to capture depth. The
Software and updates
While both these phones have Android 9.0 Pie on board, they have different skins on top. We like Samsung’s polished One UI and it offers quite a lot of extra functionality. Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 7 Pro is closer to Google’s flavor of Android, though it does offer lots of customization options. This one comes down to your personal tastes and requirements. However, OnePlus scores a definite advantage in the update stakes, as it tends to be faster to update to the latest version of Android than Samsung is.
Winner: OnePlus 7 Pro
The S10 Plus is feature-packed with handy extras like reverse wireless charging. There’s also Dex mode, Gear VR support, and the ever-improving Bixby which now supports routines. You’ll also find a 3.5mm headphone port in the
Price and availability
The OnePlus 7 Pro starts from $670 for 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM and goes up to $750 for 256GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. You can buy it from the OnePlus website or from T-Mobile stores in the U.S. The unlocked version will run on any of the major carriers.
Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Given the choice we would certainly take the
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