Check out a direct comparison of the Samsung Galaxy S5 and the current usurper to the flagship crown, the OnePlus One. The OnePlus is only $300-$350, compared to the Samsung which commands a premium of around $700. At half the retail price, does the OnePlus One phone really compete with the Samsung Galaxy S5? Mobile Geeks get hands on.
We are almost ready with our full and detailed review of the OnePlus One smartphone, but before we get deep into that, we thought it’d be interesting to compare the new kid on the block with the current top dog, the Samsung Galaxy S5.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 has had its critics since launch earlier this year, but in fairness it still remains the phone to beat in the flagship smartphone race. It has a lethal combination of processing power, a great looking display and arguably the best point and shoot experience of any smartphone camera.
Critics, myself included, have been less impressed by the device’s general design and build however. The faux leather finish of the back has never felt attractive to me, and the plastic chrome band around the edge just feels plain cheap. The Galaxy S5 is water and dust resistant though and it’s also light at only 145 grams; two advantages that have no doubt influenced the choice of materials and overall design approach.
The OnePlus in comparison has a plastic back that feel fantastic. The Sandstone Black finish is great to touch, and feels nothing like plastic. The overall design is not overly original, but the chrome bezel is made of a steel alloy that lends elegance and strength. The OnePlus is solidly built. The back is rounded and feels very comfortable in the hand, and generally speaking despite the larger screen, the OnePlus doesn’t feel that large.
Both devices run identical Snapdragon 801 processors from Qualcomm, but the OnePlus benefits from a larger 3GB of RAM. This is quite remarkable really. It is great to see a start-up like OnePlus offer a $300 USD device that can really compete with a $700 USD device from Samsung, and even out do it in certain areas.
I think that Samsung have a real problem on their hands with a new breed of super affordable handsets arriving on the market. Both OnePlus with the One phone and Xiaomi with the excellent Mi3 device, Samsung will face increasing pressure to differentiate and also drop pricing. Times, they are a changing.