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OnePlus 3T vs. Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

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We compare the new OnePlus 3T with one of Samsung's early 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 edge
We compare the new OnePlus 3T with one of Samsung's early 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 edge
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We compare the new OnePlus 3T with one of Samsung's early 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 edge
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We compare the new OnePlus 3T with one of Samsung's early 2016 flagships, the Galaxy S7 edge
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Chinese smartphone-maker OnePlus has behemoths like Samsung in its sights. Let's see how the budget-minded OnePlus 3T stacks up against the premium Galaxy S7 edge.

Size

Dimensions
Dimensions

The OnePlus 3T is only a slightly bigger phone; both are big enough to be considered phablets.

Weight

Weight
Weight

Weight is nearly identical too.

Build

Build
Build

The OnePlus 3T has the same exterior as its predecessor, the OnePlus 3, while Samsung's S7 edge uses an aluminum frame sandwiched between two panes of glass.

Colors

Color options
Color options

The new gunmetal color option for the OnePlus 3T is the only external/cosmetic difference between it and the OnePlus 3.

Display size

Display size
Display size

Both phones have spacious 5.5-inch screens.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

The Galaxy S7 edge has the resolution advantage, with an ultra-sharp QHD screen.

Display type

Display type
Display type

Both use AMOLED (or, in Samsung's case, Super AMOLED) panels.

Curved display

Curved display
Curved display

The S7 edge gets its name from its dual-curved screen that slopes off on either side.

Water resistance

Water resistance
Water resistance

The Galaxy S7 edge can be immersed in water for long periods without shorting out; the OnePlus 3T wouldn't be so lucky.

Processor

Processor
Processor

Another key upgrade from the OnePlus 3 to 3T, the newer model gets Qualcomm's faster late-2016 mobile chip.

RAM

RAM
RAM

OnePlus leads the smartphone industry with 6 GB of RAM in its latest flagships.

Storage

Storage
Storage

In the entry-level tiers, OnePlus offers double the storage.

MicroSD

MicroSD
MicroSD

But only the S7 edge lets you expand that by popping in a microSD card.

Camera megapixels

Camera megapixels
Camera megapixels

The OnePlus 3T has a ridiculously high-res front-facing camera. It might be overkill, but your selfies certainly won't be lacking in clarity.

Camera aperture (rear)

Camera aperture (rear)
Camera aperture (rear)

The S7 edge has the wider aperture and is very good in low-lit settings.

Battery

Battery
Battery

The OnePlus 3T has a smaller battery, but its lower-res screen could potentially give it the longer real-world battery life. Stay tuned for benchmarks in our full review.

Fast charging

Fast charging
Fast charging

Both have fast charging tech, but OnePlus advertises its "Dash Charge" variant as allowing you to sustain charging speeds while doing intensive tasks like playing games.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging
Wireless charging

You can buy a wireless charging pad and juice up the S7 edge by plopping it on top.

Fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

Both have fingerprint sensor home buttons.

VR

VR
VR

The S7 edge is one of six phones compatible with the best mobile VR experience (for now), the Gear VR.

Software

Software
Software

The OnePlus 3T launches with the latest version of Android, Nougat. The S7 edge is still on last year's Marshmallow release, but there is a beta version of Nougat available for the Edge, in advance of a wider public update.

Release

Release
Release

OnePlus says you can order the 3T from its website starting on November 22.

Starting price (full retail)

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

If nothing in the Galaxy's side of the column drew you in, then you can save big bucks by opting for the OnePlus 3T. You will, however, have to a) order online, b) pay the full amount upfront (while you can buy the Galaxy on an installment plan) and c) go into it knowing you can't use it on Verizon or Sprint in the US.

We'll have a full review of the OnePlus 3T before long, but in the meantime you can revisit our review of the 2016 Galaxy S7 phones.

Chinese smartphone-maker OnePlus has behemoths like Samsung in its sights. Let's see how the budget-minded OnePlus 3T stacks up against the premium Galaxy S7 edge.

Size

Dimensions
Dimensions

The OnePlus 3T is only a slightly bigger phone; both are big enough to be considered phablets.

Weight

Weight
Weight

Weight is nearly identical too.

Build

Build
Build

The OnePlus 3T has the same exterior as its predecessor, the OnePlus 3, while Samsung's S7 edge uses an aluminum frame sandwiched between two panes of glass.

Colors

Color options
Color options

The new gunmetal color option for the OnePlus 3T is the only external/cosmetic difference between it and the OnePlus 3.

Display size

Display size
Display size

Both phones have spacious 5.5-inch screens.

Display resolution

Display resolution
Display resolution

The Galaxy S7 edge has the resolution advantage, with an ultra-sharp QHD screen.

Display type

Display type
Display type

Both use AMOLED (or, in Samsung's case, Super AMOLED) panels.

Curved display

Curved display
Curved display

The S7 edge gets its name from its dual-curved screen that slopes off on either side.

Water resistance

Water resistance
Water resistance

The Galaxy S7 edge can be immersed in water for long periods without shorting out; the OnePlus 3T wouldn't be so lucky.

Processor

Processor
Processor

Another key upgrade from the OnePlus 3 to 3T, the newer model gets Qualcomm's faster late-2016 mobile chip.

RAM

RAM
RAM

OnePlus leads the smartphone industry with 6 GB of RAM in its latest flagships.

Storage

Storage
Storage

In the entry-level tiers, OnePlus offers double the storage.

MicroSD

MicroSD
MicroSD

But only the S7 edge lets you expand that by popping in a microSD card.

Camera megapixels

Camera megapixels
Camera megapixels

The OnePlus 3T has a ridiculously high-res front-facing camera. It might be overkill, but your selfies certainly won't be lacking in clarity.

Camera aperture (rear)

Camera aperture (rear)
Camera aperture (rear)

The S7 edge has the wider aperture and is very good in low-lit settings.

Battery

Battery
Battery

The OnePlus 3T has a smaller battery, but its lower-res screen could potentially give it the longer real-world battery life. Stay tuned for benchmarks in our full review.

Fast charging

Fast charging
Fast charging

Both have fast charging tech, but OnePlus advertises its "Dash Charge" variant as allowing you to sustain charging speeds while doing intensive tasks like playing games.

Wireless charging

Wireless charging
Wireless charging

You can buy a wireless charging pad and juice up the S7 edge by plopping it on top.

Fingerprint sensor

Fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

Both have fingerprint sensor home buttons.

VR

VR
VR

The S7 edge is one of six phones compatible with the best mobile VR experience (for now), the Gear VR.

Software

Software
Software

The OnePlus 3T launches with the latest version of Android, Nougat. The S7 edge is still on last year's Marshmallow release, but there is a beta version of Nougat available for the Edge, in advance of a wider public update.

Release

Release
Release

OnePlus says you can order the 3T from its website starting on November 22.

Starting price (full retail)

Starting price (full retail)
Starting price (full retail)

If nothing in the Galaxy's side of the column drew you in, then you can save big bucks by opting for the OnePlus 3T. You will, however, have to a) order online, b) pay the full amount upfront (while you can buy the Galaxy on an installment plan) and c) go into it knowing you can't use it on Verizon or Sprint in the US.

We'll have a full review of the OnePlus 3T before long, but in the meantime you can revisit our review of the 2016 Galaxy S7 phones.

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phissith
Just had a Cyber Monday revelation! So, my G5 just no longer powered on, sent it for repair. Monday comes along S7 Edge for $520! But OnePlus 3T? Hard to choose. But I went with S7 Edge for it super long battery life, plus if I want to add 200 GB SD card that will only cost me $75? How much is 3T with 128 GB?