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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 vs. OnePlus 2 – The Ultimate Phablet Challenge?

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The OnePlus 2 is the upcoming phone that will act as a replacement for the OnePlus One – an immensely successful smartphone in the last 12 months.

The success achieved by this device is impeccable considering that it was going against competition like the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and the iPhone 6 Plus. Both these phones had incredible marketing budget, but the OnePlus One managed to overcome it all. Its successor OnePlus 2 will have a similar philosophy, but it will be up against the Galaxy Note 5, which is a new and improved version of the Note 4.

Design

The primary aspect that differentiates the Galaxy Note 5 from its predecessor is the design element, which is made much more modern and contemporary. It is in line with the design cues of the Galaxy S6, which has received a lot of positive acclaim. Further, the Galaxy Note 5 also uses extremely thin bezels to help reduce the width of the phone down to just 76 mm. Of course, it is not comparable with phones with 5 inch screens, but it is a great improvement compared to the Galaxy Note 4. Astonishingly, it is just over 1 mm wider than the OnePlus 2, which has a slightly smaller 5.5 inch display.

Screen

The screen size remains similar on both phones with the Galaxy Note 5 continuing with the same 5.7 inch screen that has already featured in a couple of generations. The last generation, however, featured a massive jump to the QHD resolution category and this continues on the Galaxy Note 5 as well. This is probably one area where the OnePlus 2 immensely disappoints since the phone does not offer QHD resolution. Instead, it sticks with the same full HD display that did its job in the predecessor.

Battery

The Galaxy Note 5 is the first in the Note series not to have a removable battery. In the day and age of comprehensive power banks, it appears that Samsung has decided to do away with this feature. The OnePlus 2 is just like its predecessor and has a non-removable battery. Another feature that is missing on the Galaxy Note 5 compared to the predecessors is the microSD card slot. Instead, Samsung provides different alternatives with regard to internal memory. The lack of flexibility, though, maybe a worrying aspect for some. The maximum storage in a Galaxy Note 5 cannot be more than 64 GB, which is disappointing in today’s standards.

Storage

In the price range where it operates, the 64 GB maximum storage offered by the OnePlus 2 seems sufficient. It will be offered in two versions with the 16 GB version providing only 3 GB of RAM. The top version will come with 4 GB of RAM just like in the Galaxy Note 5. The Samsung opts for the Exynos processor whereas the OnePlus 2 will come with a snapdragon 810 chip. Performance is likely to be down tuned on the OnePlus 2 in order to reduce the heating issues.