OnePlus One vs. Samsung Galaxy S5 – Specs and Price Showdown

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By Pavithra Rathinavel | June 22, 2014 10:48 AM EST

The Samsung Galaxy S5 was released in the first quarter of 2014, while the brand new OnePlus One handset was launched recently. The OnePlus One, also known as the "flagship killer" boasts some of the best high-end specifications and features that could give tough competition to the existing pack of high-end phones like the Samsung Galaxy S5, Sony Xperia Z2, LG G3 and HTC One (M8).

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An employee of Samsung Electronics walks past the company main office in Seoul in this April 6, 2010 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.

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Although currently available in European markets, the expected release date of the OnePlus One handset in other parts of the world is Q3 of 2014. Readers who are interested in purchasing the Samsung Galaxy S5 or waiting for the release of the OnePlus One should check out this specifications and price comparison.

Display, Exterior and Size

The Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 5.1 inches Super AMOLED display, with a superior resolution of 1,080 x 1,920 pixels. Whereas the OnePlus One features a whopping 5.5 inches IPS LCD display, with the same screen resolution as the Galaxy S5. The pixel density of the Galaxy S5 is 432 ppi, which is slightly higher than the 401 ppi of OnePlus One.

The unique selling point of the OnePlus One is the magnesium exterior. Also the rear panel is alterable with choices like bamboo, kevlar, and denim. The Galaxy S5, meanwhile, comes with a faux leather rear. It is worth noting that, the Galaxy S5 features water and dust resistant (IP67 certified) exterior, while the OnePlus One doesn't.

The thickness and the weight of Samsung Galaxy S5 are 0.32 inches and 145 g respectively.  The OnePlus One, on the other hand, comes with a thickness of 0.35 inches and a weight of 162 g. Hence the Galaxy S5 is both lighter and thinner when compared to the OnePlus One.

Hardware and Software

Both the handsets are powered by the same quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 801) Krait 400 processor, clocked at 2.5 GHz. While the Galaxy S5 houses a 2 GB of RAM, the OnePlus One comes with a superior 3 GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 runs on Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS with Samsung's TouchWiz UI on top of it. The OnePlus One, meanwhile, runs on the Android v4.4 KitKat OS with CyanogenMod 11S UI.

Camera               

The Galaxy S5 sports a 16 MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, while the OnePlus One features a 13 MP rear-facing camera with Dual LED flash and a surprisingly good 5 MP front-facing camera. In addition, both OnePlus One and Galaxy S5 can shoot 4K (3,840 x 2,160) videos.

Memory

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage, whereas the OnePlus One comes with 16 GB or 64 GB of internal storage. In addition, the Galaxy S5 supports microSD card for expansion up to 128 GB, while the OnePlus One doesn't.

Battery

The Samsung device houses a solid 2800 mAh battery unit; however, the OnePlus One beats the Galaxy S5 with 3100 mAh battery unit. The Galaxy S5 can provide up to 21 hours of talk-time and 390 hours of stand-by time, while the battery capacity details of OnePlus One is still not available.

SIM

Both the phones support micro-sim.

Colour

The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes in four shades gold, white, black, and blue. The OnePlus One, on the other hand, comes in silk white and sandstone black.

Misc

The Galaxy S5 features Fingerprint sensor and Heart Rate monitor, while the OnePlus One doesn't. In addition, both the phones support NFC.

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is priced at AU$699.95 in Australia. The 16 GB variant of OnePlus One is priced at US$299 (roughly translates to AU$317), while the 64 GB variant can be purchased US$349 (roughly translates to AU$371). 

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An employee of Samsung Electronics walks past the company main office in Seoul in this April 6, 2010 file photo. Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is emerging as a major player in its local debt market, buying more South Korean-issued bonds as it juggles a $60 billion cash pile. Samsung's push into private bank debt and government bonds underscores the challenges faced by the electronics giant in managing its massive cash holdings, with local banks reluctant to overload on short-term deposits from Samsung.
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