OnePlus 7 Pro vs Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: and the OnePlus 7 Pro is finally official.
We’ve got it in hand and I know a lot of you guys want to see how it stacks up against what’s arguably the current flagship
king on the Android side, the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
Well, we’re going to be breaking down all of the key differences SuperSaf style.
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Now initially let’s start off with the build and design.
Honestly speaking, if both these devices were flat on a table, like so, you might not even be able to tell which is which and that is because OnePlus have now adopted the dual curve design that we’ve seen on Samsung devices for quite some time.
So we’ve got a metal frame with curved glass panels on the front and back.
Now I got to say both do look really really nice but of course, this is going to come down to your personal preference.
I know a lot of people do prefer a flat display.
Now the S10+ however does have official IP68 water and dust resistance rating.
The OnePlus 7 Pro does not, although it’s supposed to be somewhat water-resistant.
OnePlus in their usual style did post a teaser of the OnePlus 7 Pro being dipped into a bucket of water claiming that they didn’t want to spend money on an IP rating so they just bought a bucket instead.
It was kind of received with mixed opinions.
So the 7 Pro should be okay for a splash but it doesn’t have an official rating.
the S10+ also comes in more color options, you’ve only got three color options on the OnePlus 7 Pro and the S10+ is also available in a couple of ceramic versions, these are going to be more durable.
Now looking at the difference in size, the 7 Pro is a little bit larger compared to the S10+.
It also weighs a little bit more and that does partly come down to the displays, the OnePlus 7 Pro does have a larger 6.67-inch display compared to the 6.4-inch display on the S10+ and this is where things get really interesting because traditionally Samsung devices are usually the best in the market but I got to say, OnePlus have definitely packed a punch this year.
Firstly when it comes to screen to body ratio we do have a higher screen to body ratio on the OnePlus 7 Pro and that is because we don’t have any front-facing cameras within the display area.
The S10+ does have a dual punch out for the front-facing cameras.
Now I have gotten used to the dual punch outs on the S10+ and it’s something that you do tend to ignore after a bit but when it does come to design itself having no punch out whatsoever is of course better from a visual point of view and the OnePlus 7 Pro does look absolutely stunning.
Now it doesn’t just stop there.
both devices do have OLED technology.
We’ve got dynamic AMOLED on the S10+, we’ve got Fluid AMOLED on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
What is Fluid AMOLED, I hear you ask.
Well, we’ve actually got a 90-hertz refresh rate on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
I believe this is one of the first if not the first non-gaming smartphone that has such a high refresh rate and I got to say, it looks beautiful, things are really smooth and I think OnePlus have done a really, really good job with the display here.
Both devices also support HDR10+ technology and they have a Quad HD+ resolution and I got to say, these are some of the best
displays in the market but the OnePlus 7 Pro does get the advantage because of that high refresh rate which I’m super excited about as well as that amazing screen-to-body ratio.
Now they’ve been able to achieve this because the front-facing camera is not a punch-out like you’ve got on the S10+.
It’s actually a motorized pop-up camera that pops up whenever you need to use it.
In terms of durability, of course, we’re going to have to do lots of testing, we’re going to have to see how this fares over time.
Now internally both of these are packing the latest and greatest.
We’ve got the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor on both devices but depending on your region you may be getting Samsung’s
Exynos 9820 processor.
In my experience, I have found that the 855 is more power-efficient and I do prefer that processor.
And for RAM the 7 Pro comes with a base of six gigabytes but you can get up to 12 gigabytes of RAM.
The S10+ comes with a base of eight gigabytes and you can also get up to 12 gigabytes of RAM so in terms of speed and performance.
I don’t think you’re going to have any problems with either of these, these are some of the fastest devices out there.
But things do get interesting when we come to storage.
The S10+ does have more storage options, you can get up to one terabyte which is insane.
The 7 Pro only goes up to 256 gigabytes, however, it is using UFS 3.0 storage which is quite a bit faster compared to what we’ve got on the S10+.
Now the Samsung Galaxy Fold also has UFS 3.0 but the S10+ does not.
So the OnePlus 7 Pro does get an advantage here, however, you cannot expand the storage on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
On the S10+ you do have a micro SD card slot so you can expand your base storage and you also get the higher one terabyte option.
Now let’s move one of the cameras, we’ve actually got a very similar triple camera setup on both devices, there’s a primary camera,
there’s an ultra-wide, and then there’s a telephoto camera.
However, there are some key differences.
So the primary camera of the S10+ has 12 megapixels and it’s got a variable aperture, it’s kind of switches between f1.5 and f2.4 depending on the light in your scene.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has a 48-megapixel primary camera and this has an f1.6 aperture.
Now that’s a lot of pixels but to get the most out of the camera you will be shooting generally at around 12 megapixels and that’s where you’re going to be getting the best software processing.
For the ultra wides, both our 16 megapixels with an f2.2 aperture but the S10+ is slightly wider with a 123-degree angle of view versus 117 on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
And then the telephoto cameras, the S10+ has 12 megapixels and it’s going to give you two times optical zoom, the OnePlus 7 Pro is 8 megapixels but it’s going to give you three times optical zoom.
Now I know, I know, a lot of you guys will want to see a style camera comparison between these two and that is in the works, it’s going to be coming in the next few days.
Now when it comes to the front-facing cameras the S10+ actually has two front-facing cameras, the primary is 10 megapixels and the secondary camera is eight megapixels but it does look at depth information.
So the S10+ actually does a really good job when it comes to front-facing portrait mode and it does I select your subject very nicely thanks to the depth information that the secondary camera captures.
The OnePlus 7 Pro does have a high resolution, 16 megapixels with an f2.0 aperture but it is just a single camera.
Once again, we will be putting these side-by-side.
One advantage that the S10+ does get is when it comes to video, so you’ve got up to 4K UHD recording from the front-facing camera whereas you’ve got 1080p on the 7 Pro.
So if you’re somebody who likes to vlog this may be an advantage to consider.
For software, we’ve got Android Pie but we do have skins on both of these.
We’ve got OneUI on the S10+ and we’ve got Oxygen OS on the 7 Pro.
Now I got to say, these two are my favorite skins when it comes to Android, both of them are very clean and very, very useful.
One thing that I would say is in my experience you do get updates quickly out on OnePlus devices compared to Samsung devices, that’s traditionally been the case, let’s see if that changes.
But generally speaking, I do like both of these a lot and I don’t think you can go wrong with either of them, they’re very, very good skins.
Now let’s look at the fingerprint scanners, both devices have an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The S10+ has an ultrasonic 3D fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 7 Pro has an optical 2D fingerprint sensor.
Now my experience both of these are very, very fast and work really well but the technology is superior on the S10+ so if your finger’s wet it’s still going to work, this is not going to work on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
Now one thing that I have noticed is that on the OnePlus 7 Pro if the device is on standby and you tap here nothing’s going to happen, you do have to wake the device first either by picking it up and then pressing the fingerprint scanner or by tapping to wake before you activate the fingerprint scanner.
With the S10+ even if the device is on standby you can just press in this area and it’s going to unlock it right away.
So it is always listening whereas on the OnePlus 7 Profit does require that additional step, not a big deal but something that you should know.
Now moving on to audio both devices do have stereo speakers, we’ve got one in the earpiece on one bottom-firing.
It’s quite impressive that they’ve managed to get stereo speakers even with such small bezels but the S10+ does have something that the OnePlus 7 Pro does not have and that is a 3.5 mm jack.
Now if the 3.5 mm jack is important to you that’s something that might be quite appealing on the S10+, this is something that we
didn’t have on the OnePlus 6T and we don’t have on the OnePlus 7 Pro.
For the batteries we have similar-sized batteries, the S10+ is slightly larger.
Of course, usage is going to vary and we’re going to have to do some more detailed testing to see which one of these lasts longer but the OnePlus 7 Pro does come with Warp Charge 30 so this is 30-watt charging which is faster compared to the wired charging that you’ve got on at the S10+.
However, the S10+ does come with wireless charging, this is something that OnePlus has just not included.
I’m not sure why, it would be nice to have wireless charging, it’s something that I use a lot.
The S10+ not only supports fast wireless charging but it also supports wireless PowerShare, this is where you can use the S10+ to charge another device wirelessly and it’s very useful to charge accessories and things such as the Galaxy Buds if you’re traveling and, you know, you put this in charge, you can just place the earbuds on to here to charge it up.