Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a slightly better phone, but the OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy Note 8 
OnePlus 5T Samsung Galaxy Note 8
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Excellence Score
74.0
77.6
Value for Money Score
66.0
58.6
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 51,900 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2017 Sep, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.1 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 8.0 OreoExpected update to 9.0 Pie
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1440x2960 pixels (~ 522 pixels per inch)
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display Super AMOLED, HDR10 Compliant, 3D Touch (Home Button Only), Always-on Display, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.45 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #7 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Exynos 8895Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Mali-G71 MP20
RAM 8 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
USB Yes Yes
Camera 16.0 MP 12.0 MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features Dual Camera (16MP + 20MP), 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image Dual Camera (12MP + 12MP), Wide-angle: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.55" Sensor Size; 1.4 µm Pixel Size; 26mm Focal Length, Telephoto: F/2.4 Aperture; 1/3.6" Sensor Size; 1.0 um Pixel Size; 52mm Focal Length, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) in both Cameras, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), 2x Optical Zoom, Dual-LED (Dual Tone) Flash, Geo-tagging, Simultaneous 4K Video and 9MP Image Recording, Touch Focus, Continuous Autofocus, Face/Smile Detection, Auto HDR, Video HDR, Dual-video Recording; Live Focus, Pro mode, Panorama, Slow Motion, Hyperlapse, Food mode
Secondary Camera 16.0 MP 8.0 MP
Secondary Camera Features Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty F/1.7 Aperture, Autofocus, 1/3.6" Sensor Size, 1.22 µm Pixel Size, Full HD Video Recording, Dual Video Call, Auto HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.3 mm 8.6 mm
Weight 162 gm 195 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A 22.00 hrs
Fast Charging Yes, Dash Charge Yes, Quick Charge 2.0
Other Battery Parameters N/A Audio Playback Time (Speaker): Upto 47 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Earphones): Upto 74 hrs, Video Playback: Upto 16 hrs, Internet (WiFi): Upto 14 hrs, Internet (3G): Upto 12 hrs, Internet (4G): Upto 13 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; Face Unlock; DLNA; NFC; WiFi Direct; WiFi Dual-band; USB Type-C; USB Audio Support; Noise Filtration Scratch Resistant (Corning Gorilla Glass 5) Back Panel; S-Pen; Samsung Desktop Experience (DeX); Fast Battery Charging (Quick Charge 2.0); Wireless Charging; Bixby Assistant; Bundled AKG Headphones; Edge Gestures; Live Messages; NFC; TV Out; WiFi Dual-band; WiFi Direct; USB Type-C; ANT+ Support; Miracast; Google Cast; Noise Filtration; Samsung Pay
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Top-notch build quality, minimalistic/elegant design, and even more premium looks now, with a modern 18:9 minimal-bezel display
  • Continues to have the very handy mute switch, in the tradition of earlier OnePlus phones
  • One of the new additions this time is Face Unlock - a la iPhone X - it works super fast (though not quite as reliably as the iPhone X), and is another area where OP went the extra mile to make one of Google's stock feature better - it's a useful, time-saving method to unlock your phone
  • Very good, and this time larger AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • The larger display (6 inches instead of 5.5) is clearly the most envy-inciting difference between the OnePlus 5 and 5T, offering a better experience for watching videos and also simply a larger canvas to do the regular phone stuff too - and because the bezels are thinner, the 5T's physical size remains relatively the same - managing to fit in a 6-inch display within the dimensions of a one-handed phone
  • And with improvements in some key areas (especially the screen and the looks), the OnePlus 5T also replaces its sibling as the new best phone to buy in this price range
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • Performance is blazing fast all round, and same as OnePlus 5 - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and even the newer Pixel 2 XL
  • The one major change from the OnePlus 5 is that OnePlus swapped out the 20-megapixel telephoto lens on its dual camera, replacing it with a lens for low light - resulting in better low light pictures at the expense of optical zoom - which is a good trade-off because most users will prefer having better low-light capabilities at the end of the day, over optical zoom
  • Front facing camera is pretty good too, and so is 4K video recording (with good stabilisation)
  • Good loudspeaker - a bit richer and full-bodied compared to OnePlus 5
  • Very solid battery life - similar to the OnePlus 5 - will last the day easily
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds, and continues to work even when you are using your phone
  • The fingerprint reader, which used to be below the display, now sits on the back, below the camera - and it works well
  • There is also an option to make "parallel" apps on the phone if you have two different accounts for apps like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Very good dual camera setup, like the OnePlus 5 - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - on the whole the camera is fast and reliable
  • On the whole, once again leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business (Google Pixel 2), the OP5T matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
  • Beautiful, attractive design that builds off the GS8 - it's tall, slim, and goes lean on bezels
  • Excellent, water-resistant build
  • Beautiful, vibrant 6.3-inch 'Infinity Display' is a joy to use
  • Samsung's new UI over Android continues to be one of the most refined, well done UIs out there
  • The top-of-the-line processor (comparable to the Snapdragon 835), along with a meaty 6GB of RAM ensures some of the best performance you can get from a smartphone
  • Samsung's first foray into dual camera setups tops Samsung's already excellent S8 and S8 Plus cameras - can create some pretty amazing depth-effect portraits, especially in good lighting - you can also adjust the blur intensity before you take the photo, and even afterwards in edit mode, which is a great feature - in addition, the Note 8 automatically saves a wide-angle version of the picture as well as the artistic portrait, so you can hop back and forth between the two
  • The photos are excellent, with sharp detail and strong color reproduction - low-light and night shots also come out fairly good
  • OIS on both rear lenses helps keeps videos smoother than they otherwise would be when you're walking, jogging and driving a car
  • Camera-wise, this is right up there with the best of the lot, including the iPhone 7 Plus
  • Pretty good loudspeaker
  • Good battery life - keeps enough charge to get through a day, even with the very heavy use
  • Wireless charging support is there too
  • The S Pen Stylus comes with a boatload of stylus tricks, and it gives some real efficiencies that you don't get on any other phone - the top of that list of course is the ability to quickly jot down notes anywhere
  • Expandable storage is useful, and something missing on many other flagships
  • On the whole, this is the most feature-rich Android phone you can buy, and retakes the throne as the ultimate Android phone for now
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The phone still misses out on water and dust resistance, that is there in other (yes, more expensive) flagships
  • The phone's face unlock doesn't authorize payments like the iPhone X, and is not that consistent in challenging light
  • If you already have a OnePlus 5, then the changes other than the screen are not that big, so you can easily skip the OnePlus 5T
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (again, admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is also excellent for the price, and a little bit better than the OnePlus 5, but it is a notch below the level of the best Android camera phones like the Pixel 2 - the Pixel 2's camera outpaces the OnePlus 5T in clarity and focus, low-light (due to the camera's OIS/EIS setup), and portrait mode despite only having one lens - though of course the Pixel 2 is also much more expensive
  • This is of course a big phone, and the tall size makes reaching certain spots difficult
  • The awkwardly placed, off-center, fingerprint reader repeats what was the Galaxy S8's most important design flaw
  • The Notes app that goes along with the stylus could do with a refresh, and can be more intuitive - it isn't always easy to figure out how to do exactly what you want, including how to get in and out of tools
  • With Samsung stuffing a ton of new tools into the camera app, filters and menus can be sometimes harder to find
  • Battery life is good, but not outstanding, like some other competing flagships
  • On the whole, while its the most feature-rich Android phone out there, for most people the Note 8 will tend to have more features than they need - and outside of the stylus, and the dual camera setup, it will provide little reason to upgrade from the already excellent Galaxy S8 or S8+
Expert Reviews
  1. Value for money is the game, and OnePlus knows how to play it, and it's going strong with the 5T
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A stellar phone gets an even larger screen
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  3. The OnePlus 5T is fully stocked and fashion-forward, making it one of the best Android phones you can buy
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The flagship killer returns in style
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  20. indiatoday.intoday.in in-depth Read Review »
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  22. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
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