OnePlus 5 Vs. IPhone 7 Plus Vs. Samsung Galaxy S8: Flagships Unfazed: Performance

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The OnePlus 5 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 chipset - the go-to solution for this year's Android flagships. Qualcomm's latest and greatest ticks in some versions of the Galaxy S8 too, while other S8s employ the in-houtilize Exynos 8895 - both state-of-the-art 10nm chips. The iPhone 7 Plus runs on Apple's A10 Fusion chipset manufactured by TSMC on a 16nm process.

The OnePlus 5 has heaps of Random-Access Memory (RAM) at its disposal - we tested the 8GB version, but even the base model with 6GB has more of it than the Galaxy S8 (4GB) and the iPhone 7 Plus (3GB).

The Central Processing Units (CPU) of the Snapdragon 835 is made up of two clusters of Kryo 280 cores, four each, clocked at up to 2.45Giga Hertz (GHz) (2.35Giga Hertz (GHz) on the S8) and 1.9Giga Hertz (GHz) respectively. The Exynos 8895 relies on a similar configuration, its power-efficient cluster consisting of four Cortex-A53 cores, and four custom cores for performance applications. The A10's Central Processing Units (CPU) is a quad-core design, only two of the cores are reserved for the OS, while the other two are available for apps to create utilize of - those are clocked at up to 2.34GHz.


It's worth pointing out that the OnePlus 5 behaves in a somewhat unhonest way when it detects a benchimprint app - it locks the power-efficient cluster of its Central Processing Units (CPU) at max frequency (1.9GHz), allowing the phone to score marginally better in benchmarks. Typically, this cluster may throttle down under load to haged temperature in check. It's not strictly cheating, though it is a small bit cheating.

The iPhone 7 Plus' superiority in single-core applications is undeniable. One Hurricane core outperforms a Kryo or a Mongoose (or whatever Samsung calls them these days) by 70-80%. With all hands on deck (read multi-core Central Processing Units (CPU) testing), the octa-cores pull ahead, with the Exynos' Central Processing Units (CPU) typically beating the Snapdragon's when you compare Galaxies. The OnePlus 5 has the upper hand in GeekBench 4, though v.4.1 puts the E8895 Galaxy in top spot.

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GeekBench 4 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3473

  • OnePlus 5

    2031

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1945

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1915

GeekBench 4 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    6404

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    6175

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6106

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    5664

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1991

  • OnePlus 5

    1932

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    1832

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    6656

  • OnePlus 5

    6604

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    6301

Looking past raw Central Processing Units (CPU) performance, we go to Baseimprint Operating System (OS) II 2.0 which tries to put a numerical value on overall performance. While cross-platform considerations may apply, the iPhone 7 Plus is the champ here with a 5% lead ahead of the OnePlus 5. Technically, this isn't on the list of benchmarks that the OP5 is known to manipulate, yet it's comfortably ahead of either Galaxy - we reckon it's the Random-Access Memory (RAM) having its say.

Baseimprint Operating System (OS) 2.0

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    3796

  • OnePlus 5

    3601

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    3376

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    3319

The OnePlus 5 lead in Antutu is, however, subject to question. Is 180K so much better that 168K to warrant all the poor publicity? We think not. In any case, all three phones (4, if you count both S8 versions) post top figures in Antutu, as expected.

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    180331

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    174987

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    174435

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    168133

GFXBench is one of those benchmarks where the OP5 supposedly does its thing, but its results aren't dramatically better than your average Galaxy S8 (S835) in offclassy screen testing, so we'll give it a pass. What is better is the OP5's fps numbers in onclassy screen versions of the tests - its FullHD resolution gives it an advantage over the QHD Galaxies. The iPhone 7 Plus puts out a comparable performance to the OP5.

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    41

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    39

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    39

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    36

GFX 3.1 Manhattan (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    42

  • OnePlus 5

    40

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    23

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    18

GFX 3.1 Car scene (1080p offscreen)

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    25

  • OnePlus 5

    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    23

GFX 3.1 Car scene (onscreen)

Higher is better

  • OnePlus 5

    24

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    13

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    12

Platform caveats notwithstanding, the iPhone 7 Plus is hard to compete with in Baseimprint ES 3.1/Metal benchmarks. The workload is the same, Basemark, states, and the iPhone 7 Plus is still unmatched, 10 months into its existence. The Exynos Galaxy S8 is substantially faster than the S835 one here, and the OP5 is as a small further behind that.

Baseimprint ES 3.1 / Metal

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 7 Plus

    1517

  • Samsung Galaxy S8

    1189

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)

    817

  • OnePlus 5

    796

Winner: Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The iPhone wins this as usual, thanks to superior graphics and otherworldly single-core Central Processing Units (CPU) performance. The OP5 and Galaxy S8 are by no means underpowered though, and we've come to a point to question what more we can ask for.


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