OnePlus 3 vs Samsung Galaxy S7: Where is the extra money going?


Samsung Galaxy S7 and the OnePlus 3 most probably are the best phones you can buy in Nepal at the moment. Sure there are other phones like the Huawei P9 and the Sony Xperia X but we will leave them for another comparison. For now, let’s have a look at these two phones. 

oneplus-3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s7-extra-money-goingOnePlus 3 is a flagship phone from OnePlus which you can get for under Rs.50,000 here in Nepal. Samsung Galaxy S7 costs more but has featrues that OnePlus 3 just doesn’t seem to offer. Let’s find out which one is worth more your money.We will start-up with the display of these two phones.

1) Display

This is where Samsung Galaxy S7 wins hands-down. This is one department where Samsung has been leading for quite some time. In fact, the display of the Galaxy S7 is second to none compared to any other flagship from any manufacturer. However, when we say that the screen is Galaxy S7 is better than that of OnePlus 3, we by no means want to imply that the screen on the OnePlus is bad. In fact, we think the 1080p 5.5″ screen OnePlus 3 is perfect for day-to-day use. The display is tack sharp and the viewing angles is just as good.

If you are not keeping the two phones side-by-side, you are without any doubt going to love the screen on the OnePlus 3. The OLED screen of the OnePlus 3 is vibrant and is visually appealing to the eyes. The Samsung Galaxy S7 however wins this round as the display has a better and rich looking colour reproduction and also because of the fact that the screen can get brighter than the OnePlus and also dimmer when needed.


2) Performance

The phones that we get to use today are so fast that there is minimal difference in terms of speed. It is even more true with the flagships! If you don’t compare the phones by benchmark scores, there is hardly anything to separate the two. Performance is identical on both the OnePlus 3 and the Samsung Galaxxy S7. Do note that the Samsung Galaxy S7 we get in Nepalese market is rocking the Exynos 889 Soc instead of the Snapdragon 820 in the international market.

Also Read: Does Sony Mobile stand a chance in Nepal?

Though the Exynos 8890 found on the Galaxy S7 has more raw power than the Snapdragon 820 found on the OnePlus 3, we found the OnePlus 3 to be a tad bit faster. Opening and closing of apps was faster on the OnePlus 3 too!

Also, what helps the OnePlus 3 stand out is the inclusion of 6GB of RAM which is found in very few phones and the Galaxy S7 isn’t one of them. In the performance department, we think the OnePlus 3 is a winner, though by a close margin.

3) Camera

There’s 2 department where Samsung excels. One is the display and the other being Camera. The Camera on the Samsung Glaxy S7 is superior even though it has a lower pixel count. When the photos are taken in a well-lit area, the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the OnePlus 3 take very similar photos but under low light condition, the Galaxy S7 easily outshines the OnePlus 3.

The story is same while recording videos too. In broad daylight, both the phones are capable of taking excellent 4k videos. We prefer the videos of the Galaxy S7 even in daylight as its focusing system is much superior and the camera doesn’t hunt for focus quite as much as on the OnePlus 3. In low-lit area too , the Galaxy S7 takes better videos by quite a margin.

The OnePlus 3 Camera is much better than that of the OnePlus 2 and many flagships including the HTC One 10 but it just cannot compete with the Galaxy S7.

4) Batteryoneplus-3-vs-samsung-galaxy-s7-extra-money-going

No matter how good your phone is, if it doesn’t have any juice let in it, it is no better than a brick. Both the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the OnePlus 3 are powered by 3000mAh non-removable battery. But the technology that drives the two is quite different. While the Samsung Galaxy S7 incorporates the Quick Charge 2.0 for rapid charging, the OnePlus 3 uses proprietary  Dash Charging tech.

We found that the Oneplus 3 charges faster topping from 0-60% in just 30 minutes. Samsung Galaxy S7 took 43 minutes to reach the 60% mark. Also, the other thing we loved about the OnePlus 3 charging mechanism is the fact the phone doesn’t heat up when charged. What OnePlus has done is, they have built-in the charging controller into the charger r instead of the phone. It has one down-side though. You will need to use the supplied charger to take advantage of this feature.

Samsung Galaxy S7 comes with wireless charging, fast wireless charging to be precise. OnePlus 3 doesn’t have wireless charging built-in. Talking about the battery capacity, both the phones have 3000mAh battery. In our test, we found that the battery on the OnePlus 3 lasts a little less due to not so impressive standby power consumption.

To summarize the battery of the 2 phones, the OnePlus 3 charges faster but the Galaxy S7 lasts longer. What we can confidently say it that you won’t be disappointed with either of them.


Samsung Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3 both are excellent phone. While the OnePlus 3 may not be a flgship killer, it certainly is a worthy contender. Not only that, it is the best phone you can buy for under Rs.50,000 in Nepal at the moment. However, the winner of this comparison clearly is the Galaxy S7.

But the real question is: Is the Samsung Galaxy S7 worth Rs.30,000 more? Depends! If you are a hard-core power user and use every bit of technology that Samsung has put into the Galaxy S7, it is certainly worth it but if you don’t fall into such category, you are better off with the OnePlus 3. What you should also take in consideration is that the after sales of Samsung is much better than that of OnePlus. Doesn’t matter which side you choose, you will end up getting an excellent smartphone.

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