OnePlus 8 Pro Vs Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: we’re going to be doing a detailed comparison between the OnePlus 8 Pro and
the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
We’ve got the best from OnePlus, as well as the best from Samsung.
So, let’s initially look at the built and design.
Now, both devices are very premium.
We’ve got a metal frame with curved glass bowls on the front and the back, and both devices are also IP 68 water and dust-resistant.
The S20 Ultra does however only come in two options, and they are both glossy.
We’ve got a cosmic black and a cosmic gray, which we see here.
So, it’s pretty plain and we also have this pretty large rectangular camera module.
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in this frosted finish of this glacial green, which we have here.
There’s also a glossy onyx black, as well as an ultramarine blue, which is currently not available in the UK.
The camera module is central lined.
Now, looking at these both side by side, I would have to say that the OnePlus 8 Pro does have a better design in my opinion.
I do like the central line camera module, which makes things symmetrical.
I also really like this frosted matte glass finish, which attracts fewer fingerprints and it also has this really cool effect, depending on the way the light hits it.
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Now, I’m looking at the differences in terms of size.
Both are large devices, but the S20 Ultra is slightly larger in height, width, as well as thickness.
It’s also around 20, 21 grams heavier.
But both devices are large and that’s because they have large displays.
Now, both displays are really, really good.
These are some of the best displays out there right now.
We’ve got minimal bezels with a punch-out.
Now, I would say that the S20 Ultra does have a slightly smaller bezel on the top, but they’re very, very similar.
Both displays also curve from the sides.
However, the OnePlus 8 Pro is a bit more curved on the sides in comparison to the S20 Ultra.
Now, the OnePlus 8 Pro has a 6.78-inch display.
The S20 Ultra has a slightly larger 6.9-inch display.
Both of these are using AMOLED technology.
Both have up to a Quad HD+ resolution and both also support a 120 Hertz refresh rate with 240 Hertz of touch input.
But, there is a little bit of a catch.
On the S20 Ultra, you can only have the 120 Hertz refresh rate.
If you’re at Full HD you cannot have this at Quad HD.
Now, this seems to be to save on battery life, but on the OnePlus 8 Pro, you do have that option.
So, if you do want to go all out and absolutely kill your battery, you can do that.
And I like that this option is here, because maybe you do want that very high resolution, as well as that high refresh rate, and this is an advantage that the OnePlus 8 Pro has.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has MEMC technology, so that’s motion estimation and motion compensation.
This is essentially going to take content that’s at a standard prime rate, say 25, 30 frames a second and make it seem as though
it’s at a higher frame rate by applying motion smoothness and things like that.
This is something that you may, or may not like.
It is supported across lots of popular apps, such as Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, as well as YouTube.
Now, generally speaking, I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these displays, they are some of the best displays out there.
With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you are getting that advantage of Quad HD+ with a 120 Hertz.
On the S20 Ultra, you’re getting a center punch-out, which I do personally prefer a little bit to the side punch-out here on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
And the display is also a little bit flatter, compared to the very curved display of the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Now, another thing is that the S20 Ultra does have an Always-On Display, which is something that I personally find really useful.
You can just see things at a glance.
The OnePlus 8 Pro unfortunately still does not have this.
I’m sure it can come with a software update, but currently and its state right now it is not there, unfortunately.
Now, both devices do have an in-display fingerprint scanner, which is very, very, fast.
However, the technology is quite different.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has an optical in-display fingerprint scanner.
The S20 Ultra has an ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner.
So, the technology is superior to the S20 Ultra.
It is actually measuring the ridges in your fingers.
However, the OnePlus 8 Pro can be a little bit faster I have found.
Now, one thing that I don’t like about the OnePlus 8 Pro is that you do have to wake the device before you can use the fingerprint scanner.
So, there is an extra step involved.
You have to either tap to wake it, then press it, or lift the device to wake it.
Whereas on the S20 Ultra it is always on and you can just tap in this area whenever and it’s going to unlock your device.
So, I know a lot of people do praise OnePlus devices for the fingerprint scanner and how fast it is, but for me, that extra step actually makes it slower.
So I do personally prefer the ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner on the S20 Ultra.
Now, let’s talk about the cameras.
We’ll start with the front-facing cameras.
You can see here that we do have the punch-outs.
The S20 Ultra does have a high resolution, as well as a wider aperture.
And you can see some samples here.
I think both of them do a pretty good job overall.
I do find that the OnePlus 8 Pro does still overexposes for selfies.
This is something that I’ve noticed on previous OnePlus devices as well.
It does make you look a little bit fairer, compared to how you actually are.
The S20 Ultra, although it’s not my favorite selfie camera and it can still lighten your skin a little bit.
I would still prefer it overall to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
And also for video, because the OnePlus 8 Pro can only film at 180p from the front-facing camera at 30 frames a second.
The S20 Ultra can film at up to 4K, 60 frames a second from the front-facing camera.
So, for those reasons, the edge does go to the S20 Ultra for the front-facing camera, but things are quite interesting when we look at the rear-facing cameras.
So, we do have a Quad camera setup on both of these.
The three main cameras are similar in the sense that we’ve got an ultra-wide camera, we’ve got a primary camera and then we’ve got a telephoto camera, which is going to give optical zoom.
The fourth camera is different.
The S20 Ultra has a Time of Flight sensor, which is going to help with depth information.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has a color filer camera, which I’m still a little bit confused about.
I’m not sure what the exact use of this is, because as far as I can see a lot of the filters that you get on there you can actually apply in a post anyway, but nevertheless, it’s there.
Now, you can see a few samples here, the primary cameras I’d say are very good on both for most situations.
They do have a good dynamic range overall and good colors.
For the ultra-wide cameras, I think both do a good job.
The S20 Ultra is slightly wider, which I do prefer.
And for the telephoto cameras, the S20 Ultra does have much more optical zoom.
So you can get in much closer to your subjects and this is a lot more noticeable when you go to the likes of 10 times up to 30 times.
Now, I know it does seem 100X here on the S20 Ultra, but you guys probably already know how I feel about this.
It’s not really practical, it’s not really usable.
I’m not sure why Samsung has plastered 100X on here when it is at this level.
It’s fine to have and you don’t need to use it, but Samsung doesn’t plaster it on the freaking device.
Now, for low light, it was quite interesting because in certain situations I did prefer the S20 Ultra, in certain situations I
preferred the OnePlus 8 Pro.
Here you can see an outdoor shot.
The S20 Ultra for me is a lot better, there’s a lot of processing happening on the OnePlus 8 Pro’s shot.
But, on this indoor shot, I did prefer the OnePlus 8 Pro which did better maintain the colors and the detail compared to the S20 Ultra.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a macro mode which lets you get in super up-close using the ultra-wide camera.
This is something you don’t have on the S20 Ultra.
Now, for video both did seem to do a good job.
One area where the OnePlus 8 Pro is definitely better is in autofocus.
This is something that the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra has struggle with, even after numerous updates.
It just doesn’t have that dual pixel autofocus, which Samsung has been known for, for a long time and it can struggle a lot of times with focus.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is definitely faster and better here.
And rear-facing cameras.
We can switch to ultra-wide on both.
And we can also zoom.
It’s three times on the OnePlus 8 Pro and there are five times on the S20 Ultra.
The S20 Ultra however does offer an 8K video.
It does crop in quite heavily and you do lose some stabilization and things, but it’s definitely a nice option to have if you do want to play around with it.
This is something that’s not available on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
I just wanted to show you a few images and video samples.
I will hopefully do some more detailed camera tests when the lockdown is over.
Right now I can pretty much just shoot in and around my house, which is quite limiting.
Now, let’s talk about the performance.
So the OnePlus 8 Pro, it is all about speed.
It does come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, along with the X55 modem for 5G.
The S20 Ultra comes in two options.
So, you guys may already know about this, but depending on your region you’re going to get either the same, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, or you might get the Exynos 990.
Now, you may have seen loads of YouTubers talk about this, including myself.
The Exynos chipset unfortunately is just not as good as the 865 when it comes to performance, but more so when it comes
to power efficiency.
The 865 is just better in my experience.
Unfortunately, you don’t have a choice about this.
So, depending on your region the OnePlus 8 Pro might actually be the faster device, or it might be quite equal.
This is something that, you know, hopefully, Samsung will improve over time and have some more consistency.
I just like if they went all out on the 865, but hey, let’s see.
For storage, you do have a base of 128 gigabytes, UFS 3.0.
The S20 Ultra is available in a 512-gigabyte version.
The OnePlus 8 Pro is also available in a 256-byte option.
For RAM the S20 Ultra does come with more RAM straight off the back.
So, you’ve got 12 gigabytes of RAM as a base, you’ve got up to 16 gigabytes.
The OnePlus 8 Pro comes in either eight, or 12 gigabytes of RAM.
And now in speed and performance, generally speaking, both of these are going to be really, really good.
The S20 Ultra does get one advantage and that is that it does have a micro SD card slot, so you can expand the storage
here on the S20 Ultra.
You cannot expand the storage on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also comes as default with dual SIM functionality, so that’s great.
The S20 Ultra, again, is going to vary depending on your region.
Some regions do have dual SIM, others do not.
Now, let’s talk about the software.
So both devices do have Android 10 is out of the box, and they come with their own skins.
So, on the OnePlus 8 Pro, we do have OxygenOS.
The S20 Ultra comes with OneUI.
Now, realistically speaking these are some of my favorite skins.
They are my top two, they’re very clean, very functional and they also do add features that you don’t get as defaults on stock Android.
So, I’m very happy with both of these.
A lot of it is going to come down to your personal preference.
One advantage that I have to give to the OnePlus 8 Pro is that OnePlus is really, really good with updates.
They do generally provide updates much faster than the likes of Samsung, as well as many others.
So, if updates are important to you then the OnePlus 8 Pro is going to be a great option.
Now, for speakers, both devices do have stereo speakers.
We’ve got one bottom-firing and then we’ve got one in the earpiece.
Both sound really, really good.
And now let’s talk about the batteries.
So the S20 Ultra does have a larger battery, and in my usage, it’s been really good.
However, this is once again going to come down to your region.
The Exynos version is not as power-efficient, which means I’m getting around 20% less battery life on my Exynos version, compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865.
And I am generally getting over six hours of screen-on time on a regular basis.
So, I’ve been very, very happy with the S20 Ultra.
Now, bear in mind this is Full HD+ at a 120 Hertz, with the Qualcomm version.
I’ve not had the OnePlus 8 Prolong enough as yet to give you a proper conclusion of battery life.
Generally speaking, it has been pretty good for me and does get me through the day.
For charging, both of these do support very fast charging out of the box, however, you do get a slightly faster charger with the OnePlus 8 Pro, compared to the S20 Ultra.
However, you can buy a 45 Watt charger separately, which is going to charge up the S20 Ultra very, very fast.
And the OnePlus 8 Pro for the first time on a OnePlus device does have wireless charging.
This is something that I’ve been asking for, for a very, very long time.
And not only that, but it’s also very, very fast compared to the S20 Ultra.
The S20 Ultra is around 15 Watts and the OnePlus 8 Pro is going towards 30 Watts.
So, you’re getting from one to 50% in just 30 minutes.
This is wireless charging, so it’s something that I’m very, very happy to see here on the OnePlus 8 Pro.
And both devices do support reverse wireless charging.
So, this is where you can use the devices to charge, maybe some accessories or something wirelessly.
Now, the S20 Ultra here does get the advantage, because it does have faster reverse wireless charging, compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
The OnePlus 8 Pro also has a new feature, which the OnePlus has introduced and that is smart charging optimization, which is supposed to give your battery a longer lifespan over time.
And what this essentially does is delays your charging based on your usage pattern.
So, say for instance you wake up at 8:00 a.m. every day, then it’s not going to charge your device to really 100% until you wake up.
and this way it should help your battery health in the long term.
Now, let’s talk about the price.
The OnePlus 8 Pro has gone up in price, compared to the previous generation, something we’ve been seeing from the OnePlus year and year again.
So it is starting at around $900.
The S20 Ultra however does start much higher at around $1400, or around 1200 pounds here in the UK.
So you are going to be paying quite a bit more for the S20 Ultra compared to the OnePlus 8 Pro.
And the OnePlus 8 Pro, let’s be real, is the better overall deal here.
You are getting a lot of features for that price.
The S20 Ultra is a really good device and it is offering some unique features such as that extensive zoom, What do you guys think?
Definitely let me know in the comments below.
Also, let me know which device you would pick overall, the OnePlus 8 Pro or the S20 Ultra Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.