OnePlus' new flagship, the OnePlus 7 Pro, is set to take on the big shots of the smartphone industry. The ₹48,999 price tag puts it into the actual flagship territory. So it's no longer the stepping stone, affordable flagship smartphone.
This means the OnePlus 7 Pro (review) goes neck and neck against the Samsung Galaxy S10e. But how does fare? Let's find out:
Design and display
Both smartphones come with a glass sandwich design. However the similarities end exactly there.
The OnePlus 7 Pro is curved on both, the front and back. The back of the smartphone is covered by a matte, frosty finish while the front is lit by a no-bezel, 6.67-inch Fluid AMOLED display. The display has a refresh rate of 90Hz, that makes animations and navigation seem much snappier. There's still lack of actually 90Hz content, so the smartphone can't really take much advantage of it right now. But hey, it's future proof. Oh, and it also gets a front-facing pop-up camera borrowed straight off from the Oppo and Vivo smartphones.
The Galaxy S10e doesn't get that curved display treatment from Samsung like its bigger brothers—it is just a flat slab of glass. It is also way smaller and lighter than the OnePlus 7 Pro. The 5.8-inch AMOLED display has a resolution of 2280x1080 and is interrupted by a circular cutout that houses the front-facing camera.
Both displays are HDR10+ compliant.
In the hand, the Samsung S10e feels more snugly fit and you feel more confident carrying it around since its so pocketable. The OnePlus 7 Pro feels more premium and unique.
Hardware and software
In terms of raw firepower, the OnePlus 7 Pro is rocking Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 chipset based on a 7nm process. It is paired with a whopping 12GB of RAM and 256GB of super-fast, UFS 3.0 storage. The RAM is so much, that it can actually load apps to reduce loading times. It is backed by a 4,000mAh battery, which just might be enough to get you through a single day since the QHD+, 90Hz display can hog a lot of power. The Warp Charge does its trick of charging 50% in 20 minutes, so there's that. OnePlus didn't mention anything about 5G connectivity, so we aren't really sure if it is compatible.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e pairs the home-bred Exynos 9820 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 512GB via a microSD card. It is backed by a 3,100mAh battery, that is easily adequate for a smartphone without a massive screen with bells and whistles. It also comes with fast charging, but without any bold claims. Oh, and it can do that trick of wirelessly charging other devices from its back.
The two smartphones run Android Pie 9. The OnePlus 7 Pro runs the OxygenOS UI while the Galaxy S10e runs Samsung One UI. I prefer the OxygenOS because I just find it more pleasing to the eye and snappier, but it depends on the user, really. Samsung has upped its update game, so it receives OTA updates much more frequently. But it'll take us a bit longer to give a final judgement of whether it is at par with OnePlus, Google and Android One devices.
The OnePlus 7 Pro has upped the ante from the OnePlus 6 and 6T in the photography department. It now comes with a triple camera setup complete with one 48MP high resolution sensor, one ultra-wide angle 16MP sensor and another telephoto clicker with a resolution of 8MP. It can shoot 4k videos in 2160p at 60fps. At the front, the pop-up mechanism houses a 16MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.0.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e uses a 12MP+16MP setup at the back comprising of wide and ultra-wide lenses respectively. It can shoot in 4k as well in 2160p at maximum of 30fps.
The circular notch at the front houses a 10MP camera with an aperture of f/1.9.
The OnePlus 7 Pro starts at ₹48,999 and goes all the way up to ₹57,999 for its top 12GB/256GB configuration.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e is available at ₹55,900 in its 6GB/128GB variant. You can avail it for ₹46,900, thanks to an instant cashback of ₹5,000 as well as a cashback of ₹4,000 if the purchase is made using HDFC debit or credit card.