Comparative test OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: design and finish

the OnePlus 3 T is an improved version of the OnePlus 3 , but with regard to the design there is no improvement to report: the design is the same. We find a device of 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm for a weight of 158g, all with a unibody aluminum body. 

Samsung offers a model whose dimensions are quite similar: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm. The weight is slightly lower despite the combination of metal and glass. In other words, this Galaxy S7 edge is smaller, lighter, but also thicker.

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the finesse is the appointment, finding the C Type USB port and the mini-jack. © AndroidPIT

the two devices are very elegant. I find the color of Gunmetal (dark grey) of the 3T OnePlus very chic, but despite the appearance of the smartphone Premium remains a bit “classic”. Beware, by “classic” I do not mean a negative idea, but simply that the Galaxy S7 edge offers more arguments to distinguish itself from its competitors: the borders of curved screen that allow a more comfortable grip, and especially the IP68 certification that allows to protect water (30 minutes at 1 meter deep) and dust. This edge S7 also plans to launch a new black color, strongly inspired by the black of Apple.

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less finesse, no Type – C but ever-present Jack-jack USB port. © ANDROIDPIT

A discharge of the OnePlus 3 T, it has an interesting feature: the use of a C Type USB port. In practice makes no big difference since the edge S7 has the quick charge despite its microUSB port, but more on that later.

To conclude, it is often a matter of taste and interest. The Galaxy S7 edge offers more, you can see if the tightness and curved borders can be a determining factor for you.

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: quality screen

here again, OnePlus really broke. We find the same screen as on the predecessor: slab (Optic) AMOLED, diagonal 5.5 inches, Full-HD (1080 x 1920 pixels) definition… The pixel density is 401 pixels per inch, the maximum brightness of 482 cd/m².

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the OnePlus 3 T screen is really good. © ANDROIDPIT

the Galaxy S7 has edge him a slab (Super) AMOLED, a diagonal 5.5 pocues and a QHD (1440 x 2560 pixels) definition. The density of pixels here is 534 pixels per inch and the maximum brightness is 653 cd/m². The great feature of the screen, as mentioned above, the curved screen borders. At the level of the screen, they are indispensable to some, useless for others, to each my preferences and habits.

For a same screen size, the S7 edge offers a better definition, so the density of pixels is obviously higher. The AMOLED being present in both devices, they can both reap the benefits of this technology (the black not needing to be illuminated) but the edge S7 goes a little bit more further by offering its Always On mode, allowing to permanently in white on black display date, notifications, and other items permanently on the screen off.

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with its definition QHD, S7 edge screen is better suited to the VR. © ANDROIDPIT

regarding the screen quality, both devices offer a good record. That said, with the 3T OnePlus I tend to look for mode sRGB which display more real colors and makes more pleasant things. Whatever it is, the angles of vision are good on both phones and the ambient light doesn’t bother to the screen reader.

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: software interface

two schools. Left, OxygenOS 3.5.1 which is based on Android 6.0.1 and is relatively “pure” in the sense of Google. On the right, the overcoat TouchWiz from Samsung, which is also based on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.

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Shelf / Never Settle can be handy. © ANDROIDPIT

if things seem similar at first glance, it is quite different in practice. Graphically, most of the icons are rounded on the S7 edge while the OnePlus 3 T has no problem showing them in different forms. In addition, OxygenOS is close to Stock Android so menus are relatively similar, we can already find the influence of Nougat. TouchWiz, on the other hand, has certainly changed these last 2 years but has some flaws, including the choice of the garish colors (according to me), that said the interface is intuitive. The good news is that both devices should receive Nougat Android very soon.

Chcaun of devices offers special software functions. The Galaxy S7 edge exploits the potential of its borders curved with its EtiquEdge function that allows to place buttons launch and information (time, information etc). OnePlus 3 T, he offers a sort of Shelf/Never Settle launcher that allows access to a memo, applications and recent contacts as well as the weather and various widgets. Perks of the 3T OnePlus: night mode which allows to change the color of the screen to less tired eyes, and the potential for customization (dark/dark mode and color), and no bloatware. 

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Samsung offers my Game Launcher on the S7 and S7 edge. © AndroidPIT

that said, if you are a gamer you will probably enjoy the “Game Launcher”, function of Samsung adapted to the game. You can use it to pause the unit in order to focus all the power to the graphics in the game, save your games, activate a mode “do not disturb”, take a screenshot or video…

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: performance

the OnePlus 3 was a reference in terms of power, surpassing even the S7 edge. This 3T OnePlus made that drive the nail had planted OnePlus with its first model, this smartphone uses the Snapdragon 821 (2 cores at 3.5 GHz and 2 to 1.6 GHz), the graphics chip Adreno 530 and not less than 6 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S7, on the other hand, has a less modern hardware: processor Exynos 8890 (or Snapdragon 820 in the USA), 4 cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, 4 to 1.6 GHz) and 4 GB of RAM.

Small advantage of the OnePlus 3 T: the model with the Gunmetal color allows up to 128 GB internal memory. Don’t conclude not too fast that the OnePlus 3 T is more interesting than the S7 edge since the latter allows to use a microSD card, impossible thing on the other phone. 

the model with the Gunmetal color allows up to 128 GB internal memory

every day, two smartphones are fluid and show no signs of slowing down, it is impossible to really distinguish them from this perspective. That said, on the benchmarks, the Chinese smartphone has big advantages because it is superior to its Korean competitor, Google alone, Octane exception to the rule. 

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OnePlus 3 T 2358 2983 30610 6848 6566
Samsung Galaxy S7 edge 1976 2362 30310 5077 10292

the DAS of the OnePlus 3 T is 0.394 W/kg (head) and 0,713 W/kg (body), the S7 edge is 0,264 W/kg (head) and 0,507 (body). Clearly, the smartphone from Samsung is doing slightly better in this field.

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: camera

the Galaxy S7 edge is one of the best smartphones for the pictures. On paper, it is a 12 megapixel with Aperture f/1.7, all sensor associated with the dual pixel technology which allows you to take good pictures of moving objects. Optical stabilization is, in short, everything looks very good… And in practice, it’s proven.

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a layer of sapphire glass protects the goal. © AndroidPIT

the OnePlus 3 T has a sensor front of 16 megapixels with an f/2.0 aperture. No dual-pixel technology or dual purpose, or other technology modern or revolutionary, just a camera that does a good job. At the level of stabilization, on the other hand, it has an optical system as electronic.

If the camera of the 3T OnePlus is good and provides very good results, that of the Galaxy S7 is no less superior orderu’ it shows better results, the best opening contributes partially to this victory. Noteworthy however that OnePlus has improved my camera before passing while Samsung uses a 5 megapixel camera at the front of its S7 edge toward a goal of 16 megapixels (for opening f/2.0). Always at the level of the front unit, the size of the pixels is also larger (1.34 µm) on the S7 edge on the OP3T (1 µm).

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: autonomy

for my phablette, Samsung has decided to place a battery with a capacity of 3600 mAh, which is hardly surprising for a screen of this size. OnePlus does not place the bar too high with my OnePlus 3 T since it’s “just” a 3400 mAh battery. That said, it is 400 mAh superior to that of its predecessor, without making the slightest change of design, it is still strong.

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3400 mAh to ensure the autonomy of the device. © ANDROIDPIT

of course, the battery capacity is not everything and software optimization is to be taken into account. The result is convincing on both devices, you will take a day (or two if you are not a great user) without going through the charging box. 

Reloading is fast in both cases. The 3T OnePlus uses the Dash (5 volt 4 amp) load system that allows to load very quickly, I could spend 30 minutes from 5% to 57%. The S7 edge also has a fast reload system (Quick Charge 2.0) goes from 5% to 43% in 30 minutes also.

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: specifications

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge OnePlus 3 T
model: G935F not available
manufacturer: Samsung OnePlus
size: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm 152,7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm
weight : 157 g 158 g
battery capacity: 3600 mAh 3400 mAh
screen size: 5.5 inches 5.5 inches
screen technology: AMOLED AMOLED
screen: 2560 x 1440 pixels (534 ppp) 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppp)
front camera : 5 megapixel 16 Megapixel
rear cameras: 12 megapixel 16 Megapixel
Flash: LED LED
Version Android: 6.0 – Marshmallow not available
User Interface: TouchWiz Oxygen OS
RAM : 4 GB 6 GB
internal memory: 32 GB 64 GB
128 GB
removable memory: microSD not available
Chipset: Samsung Exynos 8890 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
number of cores : 8 4
maximum clock frequency: 2.3 GHz 2.35 GHz
connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.2 LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.2

OnePlus 3 T vs Samsung Galaxy S7 edge: verdict

hard to say which of these smartphones is truly the best. The OnePlus 3 T is much more recent, so it obviously has better hardware, but what is certain is that the Galaxy S7 edge ages well and comes well to stay in the race. Certainly is slowing a little bit to the level of performance but its design stands out from its competitor, and it offers various functions that its competitor has not.

Another element to take into account (and not a little!) is the price of smartphones. The current price of the OnePlus 3 T is up to 470 euros (for its 128 GB version). The average price of the S7 edge on Amazon is around 600 euros in its 32 GB version (but with SD card). If your budget is reduced, the element may solve your problem.

Would you rather the OnePlus 3 T or the Galaxy S7 edge?

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