The OnePlus 6 is all about the speed, among other things. But speed is what it’s majorly gunning for, if OnePlus’ marketing campaign for the phone is to be gone by. Launched in India at a starting price of Rs 34,999 the OnePlus 6 has all the bells and whistles of a premium high-end phone at half the cost. But, it’s still missing out on a couple of things (and more), including expandable storage and wireless charging. That’s where Samsung wants to step in and remind buyers that even its last year’s Galaxy S8 is seemingly better than the next-generation OnePlus 6.
And now that it is offering the Galaxy S8 at around a very similar price, well, Samsung may have a point after all. Now before I go into the specifics, let me tell you this, the Galaxy S8 still retails for Rs 45,990 — on Samsung’s own website — but you can get it for Rs 37,990 if you buy it from Paytm Mall, under a new cashback offer. The tagline for the offer is, “more than just speed” which, in case you haven’t noticed, is a direct jibe at OnePlus’ “the speed you need” campaign.
Now let’s take a close look at Samsung’s Galaxy S8. The Galaxy S8 boasts of a glass — Corning Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal body, with a near bezel-less Infinity screen. The Galaxy S8, more precisely, is a 5.8-inch phone with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. The Galaxy S8 also come with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality.
The dual-SIM phone run Android Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and supports 4G LTE connectivity. It also comes with Samsung’s own take on virtual assistance, via Bixby and house a dedicated Bixby button on-board. It comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. It comes with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with support for both fast and wireless charging. It is IP68-certified too.
On the camera front, it comes with a 12-megapixel ‘dual-pixel’ rear (with f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation) and an 8-megapixel front shooter combo. On the front, it comes with an 8-megapixel camera.
In terms of core hardware, the Galaxy S8 comes with a 2.3GHz octa-core Exynos 8895 processor clubbed with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU and 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of internal memory.
If you were to talk about core hardware, the OnePlus 6 hits the Galaxy S8 straight out of the ball park. It has Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 processor with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage.
But, if you were to talk about offering the complete package, the Galaxy S8 at Rs 37,990 does make a lot of sense especially for those looking for such a phone. If only, Samsung brought down the price across channels, it would be an interesting battle for the top spot. We will be comparing the two phones at length in the days to come, but, for now, well played Samsung!