OnePlus 8 vs iPhone SE. What do you gain (and lose) for the extra $300?
Before I begin with this comparison, I would like to preface it by stating that I am fully aware that these two phones are playing in completely different leagues.
The iPhone SE, starting at just $399 (S$649), can be classified as a “budget” smartphone. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 8 starts at almost double the price at $699 (Singaporean pricing and availability unconfirmed), can be considered an entry-level flagship in line with the likes of the iPhone 11.
Still, it would be interesting to pit the OnePlus 8 against the iPhone SE, to see what you gain (and lose) from the additional $300.
OnePlus 8 vs iPhone SE
|Spec||OnePlus 8||iPhone SE|
|Size||160.2 x 72.9 x 8 mm||138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm|
|Weight||180 g||148 g|
1080 x 2400, 20:9 (~402 ppi)
750 x 1334, 16:9 (~326 ppi)
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865||Apple A13 Bionic|
|Storage/RAM||128GB/8GB, 256GB/12GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB/3GB|
|Rear cameras||48 MP, f/1.8, 25mm (wide), OIS|
16 MP, f/2.2, 13mm (ultrawide)
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
|12 MP, f/1.8 (wide), OIS|
|Selfie camera||16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″, 1.0µm||7 MP, f/2.2|
|NFC||Yes||Yes (Apple Pay only)|
(5W charger in box)
|Biometrics||Under-display fingerprint sensor, face unlock||TouchID|
While the OnePlus 8 beats the iPhone SE in many fields, particularly in the display, number of cameras, and speed and capacity of the battery, the iPhone SE still holds its own.
Where the iPhone holds up
Most notably, it packs the A13 Bionic chip which stacks up well against the Snapdragon 865 as one of the fastest chips available, and it’s got an official IP67 rating for dust and water resistance which the OnePlus 8 (unlocked) does not have. The iPhone SE also has wireless charging, which the OnePlus 8 does not have.
Furthermore, even though the iPhone has only one camera lens, it is likely that its image quality is comparable to the OnePlus 8, and it’s even able to do portrait mode with that single lens. It unfortunately does not have the night mode of the more expensive iPhones.
It’s also worth noting that with the $399 spent on the iPhone SE you’re likely getting about 4-5 years of software support, though OnePlus is no slouch in terms of Android updates either.
It’s interesting to think that OnePlus, once known for its budget “flagship killers”, is now putting out flagship phones. Meanwhile, Apple, that started the thousand-dollar trend, just put out a budget phone. What a strange time to be alive.
So what do you think? Is the $300 extra (likely almost S$600 when accounting for taxes) for the OnePlus 8 worth it? Let us know in the comments below.