Apple iPhone 8 vs OnePlus 5T - The Much-Awaited Android vs iPhone Battle

12 April 2018 | MJ Mendoza

The long discussion on which is better: Android or iOS, has been dragging out for the past almost ten years or so. Each operating system and/or phone has its own ups and downs like Apple phones have better camera but the technology is not as advanced as those created by Android phone brands every year. Each takes a cake on both pros and cons - but this Android vs Apple battle might just tip the scale.

Just last year, Apple released their brand new flagship phone for 2017 - the Apple iPhone 8. It is a powerful phone with a hexa-core processor, a 12-MP camera, and stunning display, all housed in a glass chassis. First look on this phone and you wouldn’t deny how stunning it looks.

The Oneplus 5T, on the other hand, is the underdog on this battle. Released in 2017, this powerful phone is the epitome of Android efficiency. It has an octa-core processor, 16-MP camera, a 6-inch Full Optic AMOLED Display, all inside an all- aluminum body. It is a no-frills, performance-driven phone.

Side by side, here’s how they fair off with each other.


Apple iPhone 8

Oneplus 5T


HK$ 5,988.00. Check Apple iPhone 8 prices

HK$ 4,216.00. Check Oneplus 5T prices.

Release Date

September 2017

November 2017


138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm (5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29 in)

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in)


148 g (5.22 oz)

162 g (5.71 oz)



Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Screen Type

LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen

Screen Size

4.7 inches, 60.9 cm2

6.01 inches, 93.7 cm2

Screen-to-body ratio

~65.4% screen-to-body ratio

~80.0% screen-to-body ratio


750 x 1334 pixels, 16:9 ratio

1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio

Pixel Density

~326 ppi density

~401 ppi density

Screen Protection

Ion-strengthened glass, oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass 5


iOS 11, upgradable to iOS 11.3

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)


Apple A11 Bionic

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835


Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral)

Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)


Apple GPU (three-core graphics)

Adreno 540

Internal memory

64/256 GB, 2 GB RAM

128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM

External memory



Primary Camera

12 MP (f/1.8, 28mm)

16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1.12 µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1 µm)

Secondary Camera

7 MP( f/2.2)

6 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm)

Camera Features

Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR (photo/panorama)

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama


Non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery (6.96 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery


-No 3.5mm jack

-Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

-Lightning to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter

-With 3.5mm jack

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Dirac HD sound


WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC


2.0, proprietary reversible connector

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector


Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Colors Available

Silver, Space Gray, Gold, Red

Midnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White (128/8GB only)

Other Features

- Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 min

- Qi wireless charging

- Siri natural language commands and dictation

- iCloud cloud service

- MP3/WAV/AAX+/AIFF/Apple Lossless player

- MP4/H.265 player

- Audio/video/photo editor

- Document editor

- Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)

- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player

- Document viewer

- Photo/video editor

Headphone Jack

First thing that you notice on the iPhone 8 is that it doesn’t have a headphone jack. Instead, you can buy a separate adapter that transforms the only port of the phone into a jack or buy the wireless earpods. Besides the fact that the unit itself is expensive, now you have to buy some extras because of one headphone jack. Lacking this essential port just turns the iPhone 8 more expensive and it doesn’t have a positive impact towards users. So, hats off to Oneplus 5T for keeping the headphone jack.


The Oneplus 5T features a non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery which can last the whole day while the iPhone 8 only has non-removable Li-Ion 1821 mAh battery. However, this is what makes iPhones special because their chipset, OS, and other internal parts are so optimized that it requires less to power the whole unit. In this case, Oneplus 5T may have 3,300mAh but it still lasts the same time as the iPhone 8 despite lesser battery capacity. Nonetheless, the Oneplus phone still has an edge when it comes to battery for having battery saving modes that could potentially lengthen the battery life which the iPhone does not.


In terms of performance, this round goes to the Apple iPhone 8. The Oneplus 5T is powered by an Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) which pales in comparison to the iPhone 8 which has a Hexa-core (2x Monsoon + 4x Mistral) processor. When it comes to RAM, the iPhone only has 2GB for both 64GB and 256GB variants while the Oneplus 5T has a minimum of 6GB to 8GB. Don’t get us wrong, the Oneplus 5T is fast but the iPhone 8 is faster.


Looks like the iPhone has finally met its match when it comes to camera. The Oneplus 5T has a dual 16 MP + 20 MP camera packed with tons of features including Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, and panorama. The iPhone 8, on the other hand, has a 12 MP with phase detection autofocus, OIS, and quad-LED dual-tone flash. Like with most phones now, having the most megapixels in a camera is not a determiner if it’s going to take good shots or not but a single lens can’t possibly compete against a dual.


If you’re very particular about the screen, then you would very much prefer the Oneplus 5T compared to the iPhone 8. The Oneplus phone has 6.01 inches worth of screen compared to the measly 4.7 inches of the iPhone 8. It also has a bigger pixel density of ~401 ppi while the iPhone 8 only has ~326 ppi meaning you get more detail out what’s in front of you with the Oneplus 5T. Besides that, the screen-to-phone ratio is also bigger for the Oneplus 5T with ~80.0% compared to ~65.4% of the iPhone 8.

The Winner? Oneplus 5T.

From these comparisons, the Oneplus 5T gives you better specs compared to the iPhone 8 in a lot of aspects including battery, screen, camera, and design. A final nail to the iPhone 8 coffin is the price point. The iPhone 8 is significantly more expensive than the Oneplus 5T though it’s not considered low-budget; something slightly higher than a mid-range phone. If you want a phone with better specs at a lower price point, go for the Oneplus 5T rather than buying an expensive iPhone 8.

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