OnePlus has done it again with its latest OnePlus 7 Pro, which has turned out to be a gem of a phone having class-leading features and specs while still being affordable on the price front. Also, with the Samsung Galaxy S10 being among the most popular Android flagships, it’s quite natural to compare the same with the new OnePlus 7 Pro to see which emerges on top.
Here is a comparison of the features, specifications and of course the price of the Galaxy S10 and the just launched OnePlus 7 Pro.
Both the phones look smart and sleek thanks to the all-screen attempt that leaves very little bezel around. However, there is a noticeable difference with the way the front-facing cam has been accommodated on either of the devices. While the S10 has gone for a punch hole design, OnePlus opted for a pop-up camera.
Not too bad with either as both have their pros and cons. The S10 display has a hole but the selfie cam is instantly available. The OP 7 Pro has an uninterrupted display, but the selfie cam is that tad bit slow for the camera to appear, 0.53 secs to be precise.
Both phones impress with its looks and the build quality is top notch. The OP 7 Pro is however slightly bigger and heavier, which makes the S10 more manageable and handy of the two.
The first thing, apart from the basic design, that users connect to with a phone is the display and both the phones did an awesome job here. Interestingly, it’s Samsung all the way as the OP 7 Pro also dons a Samsung-made display of QHD resolution.
Specifically, the OP 7 Pro comes with a 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED panel while Samsung is calling it a Dynamic AMOLED 6.1-inch panel on the S10. However, a huge plus in favour of the OP 7 Pro is its 90Hz refresh rate, which essentially means the screen refreshes 90 times in a sec. That makes for smooth animations on the OP 7 Pro and should be easier on the eyes too.
For the S10, the refresh rate stands at 60Hz which is pretty much the standard for smartphone across all companies. Also, there is no way one can make out the lower refresh rate of the S10 given the stutter-free scrolling that it supports while the overall feel being just as stunning.
That said, the OP 7 Pro has an A+ rating from DisplayMate, something that the S10 lacks.
This happens to be the one common aspect equally applicable to all Android flagships as nearly all of them are usually based on the latest chip that Qualcomm has to offer. This year, that happens to be the Snapdragon 855 and both the S10 and OP 7 Pro is built around the same. That said, Samsung also offers the S10 powered by its own Exynos 9820 chipset in some regions but has almost similar – the SD855 has a slight edge here – performance credential as the SD855.
However, the S10 comes throughout with an 8 GB RAM compared to the OP 7 Pro offering three different versions based on RAM size – 6 GB, 8 GB and the range-topping 12 GB. Again, for the OP 7 Pro, the 6 GB model comes with 128 GB of storage while the 8 GB and 128 GB versions have 256 GB of storage.
For the S10, the storage option ranges from 128 GB and 512 GB.
So far about the hard-core specs though what can’t be ignored is that both the phones thoroughly impress with their performance in real life. Whether be it gaming, audio/video streaming or just about any task, both the S10 and the OP 7 Pro amazes endlessly. That said, the OP 7 Pro has slightly better AnTuTu scores to show off while the top-end model with 12 GB RAM is just insanely fast. That said, the S10 isn’t a laggard either.
Things again are somewhat similar here considering that both the S10 and the OP 7 Pro comes with a triple lens setup, it also being the first for any OnePlus phone thus far. For the S10, the rear gets a 12 mp wide angle primary camera having a variable focal length of f1.5 to f2.4 along with other tech bits like Dual Pixel PDAF and OIS. Then there also is a super wide angle 16 mp camera of the f2.2 aperture along with a 12 mp telephoto lens of f2.4 aperture and 2x optical zoom.
The OP 7 Pro, on the other hand, uses the 48 mp Sony IMX586 sensor as the primary lens which offers f1.6 aperture along with Laser/PDAF and OIS. Then there is the 16 mp ultrawide lens of the f2.2 aperture along with an 8 mp telephoto lens having 3x zoom and f2.4 aperture.
For selfies, the S10 has a 10 mp f1.9 aperture camera to offer while the OP 7 Pro comes with a 16 mp, f2.0 camera integrated into a pop-up mechanism.
Picture quality is just amazing, which includes those at low light conditions for both the phones as well as the much-vaunted bokeh effect for selfies. There are some fundamental differences too, such as the OP 7 Pro having higher zoom – 3X – compared to 2X for the S10 or a higher megapixel rating for the OP 7 Pro than in the S10. All that notwithstanding, the S10 seems to have the edge when it comes to photography via the rear camera while the OP 7 Pro does slightly better with the selfie shots.
It is Android 9 Pie all the way though both companies have adopted their own UI for each phone. For the OP 7 Pro, it happens to be the Oxygen OS which the company claims to be the best among all that have been derived from Android. And that does show with its relatively simpler functionality.
In comparison, the OneUI on the S10 might take some getting used to but is still a robust development over the base Android 9 Pie. It offers solid performance with nary an app crash or anything else going wrong.
The OP 7 Pro has the larger 4000mAh battery compared to the 3400mAh on the S10. That said, the OP 7 Pro also has a larger display and a higher refresh rate, which means both phones end up with largely the same run times that last comfortably for the entire day while still having some more left.
The S10 also supports wireless charging, something missing on the OP 7 Pro. That’s not all as the S10 supports reverse charging as well, which means it can charge other devices placed on its rear. None of that with the OP 7 Pro.
However, the OP 7 Pro comes with a 30W charger compared to 15W for the S10. That means the OP 7 Pro is going to top up almost twice as fast as the S10.
The S10 meanwhile boasts of a few other features that can mean a lot when it comes to user experience with a phone. That includes IP68 rating for water and dust ingress, something sorely missing on the OP 7 Pro. The OnePlus offering also misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack as well as expandable storage options, things that the S10 comes with. Then the S10 boasts of Gear VR compatibility too, with the OP 7 Pro lacking on that front as well.
This again has been a trump card for the Chinese company and it has ensured that remains so with the new OP 7 Pro as well. For even the top-end model of the phone is priced less than the least priced Samsung flagship. In numerical terms, the OP & Pro is priced just $670 while the S10 will set one back a cool $899.99.