For this comparison, we’ve chosen the giant Oppo R7 Plus, which was released in May, and Samsung’s latest flagship phablet, the Note 5. The only feature they have in common is the fingerprint scanner, but the Note 5 has it integrated into the home button, while the R7 Plus has it on its back, below the camera. Let’s see the rest of specs.
Designs and Displays
The Note 5 is a major upgrade from the Note 4, which featured faux leather back. Samsung made some improvements to its new flagships, after the big failure with the Galaxy S5, whose back had ugly perforated dots. The team of designers was sent to the drawing board and they came up with amore luxurious look, combining metal with glass. This design was firstly seen on the Galaxy S6, then the following flagships were just copy cats, but with different dimensions. It’s the same case with the Note 5, but which comes with the usual stylus. The dimensions of the Note 5 are 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, resulting in an average weight of 171 grams. The screen has a size of 5.7-inch, it’s a Super AMOLED built by Samsung and it supports a QHD resolution with 518 ppi.
The Oppo R7 Plus has a slim metal unibody design with a camera hump on its back, along with two subtle bands at the top and bottom, imitating the iPhone 5S. This phone is quite big, measuring 158x82x7.8mm, it’s 21 grams heavier than the Note 5 and its screen is sized at 6-inch, being an AMOLED with a Full HD resolution, which offers a relatively low resolution of 367ppi.
Without a doubt, the Note 5 has a more powerful processor, because it was built using a 14nm process. So, Samsung equipped its phablet with an Exynos 7420 octa core processor which is backed by 4GB of RAM and there are two storage options of 32GB and 64GB, which can’t be expanded.
The R7 Plus features a much weaker Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 octa core processor which was paired with 3GB of RAM, but the internal memory can be increased from 32GB to 128GB.
Cameras and Batteries
The front camera of the Oppo R7 Plus is slightly better, supporting a higher resolution of 8MP, as the Note 5 has a 5MP secondary camera, while the rear camera supports 13MP, it uses Schneider-Kreuznach optics and supports laser autofocus and dual-LED flash, but the video capture is limited to 1080p@60fps. However, the R7 Plus is powered by an enormous battery with a capacity of 4100mAh, which is non-removable.
The Note 5 has a 16MP sensor, which supports OIS, autofocus, LED flash, HDR and record videos at 2160p@30fps. The battery is smaller than that of the Note 4, being reduced from 3220mAh to 3000mAh.