Chinese phone manufacturer, OnePlus, yesterday unveiled its newest Android smartphone, the OnePlus 5. The device aims to go compete with LG's G6 and Samsung's Galaxy S8, which are the two dominant devices in the Android market.

Coming at a significantly lower price, the OnePlus 5 offers a heavy spec-sheet and a handful of extra features that could eventually question LG's and Samsung's leadership in the race.

Power and storage

The OnePlus 5, is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 CPU (MSM8998), which houses eight Kyro cores, four clocked at 2.45 GHz and the rest at 1.9 GHz Kryo, and Adreno 540 GPU.

Two storage options are available, one at 64GB with 6GB of RAM, and the other at 128GB with 8GB of RAM. Internal storage is not expandable.

Moving onto Samsung's counterpart, underneath the hood, the Galaxy S8 packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC with Adreno 540 GPU, in the US and China. In Europe, it comes with Exynos 8895 Octa, which features eight cores, four clocked at 2.3 GHz the rest at 1.7 GHz. A Mali-G71 MP20 GPU is present as well. One storage option is available, at 64GB, expandable via microSD up to 256GB, featuring 4GB of RAM.

LG's G6 sports Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 CPU (MSM8996), which houses four Kyro cores, two clocked at 2.35 GHz and the other two at 1.6 GHz, with Adreno 530 GPU. Three storage options are available; 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, all upgradeable up to 256GB via microSD and with 4GB of RAM on board.

Display and camera

The OnePlus 5 boasts a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display on the front, with 401 ppi, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Camera-wise, much like the iPhone 7, the Chinese smartphone rocks a dual-camera setup, that features a 16 MP primary shooter and a 20MP telephoto lens in support. That enables users to take portrait-style photos, while also enhancing digital stabilization and faster shutter speed in regular use.

Camera features include 2K video recording, HDR, dual-LED flash, phase detection and 2x optical zoom. A 16MP front camera with 1080p video and auto HDR is embedded on the front.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 sports a 5.8-inch 1440 x 2960 Super AMOLED display, with a 570 ppi, also covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, offering functionalities such as 3D Touch and the always-on feature.

On the back, the company has placed a 12MP shooter with a 1/2.5" sensor size, accompanied by phase detection, OIS, LED flash, 4K video recording, and Auto HDR. The front camera shoots at 8MP and comes with 1440p video (30FPS), autofocus and auto HDR as well.

LG's G6 comes with a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2880 IPS LCD display, with a 564 ppi, covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is always-on enabled as well. A dual-camera setup can be found on the back, which includes two 13MP (primary f/1.8 with phase detection AF, secondary f/2.4 no AF) lenses with touch focus, face detection, HDR and 2K video. The front shooter is a 5MP camera, able to capture full HD video.

Extra features and battery

The OnePlus 5 comes with a front-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass and quick charging (Dash Charge).

It is powered by a non-removable Li-Ion 3,300mAh battery.

Samsung's Galaxy S8 features Iris scanner, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, QuickCgarge 2.0, Samsung DeX, Qi/PMA wireless charging, and S-Voice. A non-removable Li-Ion 3,000mAh has been included.

Lastly, the LG G6 sports a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, compass, barometer, WPC&PMA wireless charging (US-exclusive) and quick charging. LG has opted for a non-removable Li-Po 3,300mAh battery to accommodate the humongous high res display.

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