OnePlus Open vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: Which foldable should you buy?

OnePlus Open vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
We pit the two most advanced foldable smartphones available right now and see which one is better. (Image via OnePlus/Samsung)

OnePlus Open, the company's first foldable phone, has finally launched, and the Chinese tech giant is taking on popular competitors like Samsung with this unique device. The Galaxy Z Fold 5, regarded by many as the greatest foldable phone currently on the market, has a serious challenger in OnePlus, which has successfully combined top-end hardware with a well-tuned software experience.

This article compares the two flagship foldable smartphones to find out where each of them excels. We will analyze the OnePlus Open and Galaxy Z Fold 5 to help you make an informed decision, particularly if you're new to foldable phones.


OnePlus Open vs Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5: Is Samsung's dominance in the foldable market under threat?

Specifications

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SpecificationOnePlus OpenSamsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2
DisplayMain - 7.82 inches, 2268 x 2440 pixels, 120 Hz LTPO3, Flexi Fluid OLED
Cover - 6.31 inches, 1116 x 2484 pixels Super FLuid OLED LTPO 3 120Hz
Main - 7.6-inches 1812 x 2176 pixels, Foldable Dynamic AMOLED, 120Hz
Cover - 6.2-inches 904 x 2316 pixels, 120Hz, Dynamic AMOLED
RAM16GB12GB
Storage512GB256GB, 512GB, 1TB
Battery4,805mAh, 67W Fast Charging4400 mAh, 25W Fast Charging
Main Camera48 MP, f/1.7, 24mm (wide), 1/1.43", 1.12µm, multi-directional PDAF, OIS
64 MP, f/2.6, 70mm (telephoto), 1/2", 0.7µm, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
48 MP, f/2.2, 14mm, 114˚ (ultrawide), 1/2", 0.8µm, PDAF
50 MP, f/1.8, 23mm (wide), 1.0µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
10 MP, f/2.4, (telephoto), PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚, 12mm (ultrawide), 1.12µm
Selfie CameraMain - 20MP, f/2.2, 20mm (ultrawide), 1/4", 0.7µm
Cover - 32MP, f/2.4, 22mm (ultrawide), 1/3.14", 0.7µm
Main - 4 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 2.0µm, under display
Cover - 10 MP, f/2.2, 24mm (wide), 1/3", 1.22µm
Price$1,699$1,799

Design and Display

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Both smartphones come with a full-sized outside cover display that opens to show an even larger foldable inner display. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 and OnePlus Open also follow similar design patterns.

However, Samsung has finally improved its durability this time around by paying particular attention to the inner folding screen and the hinge, as it comes with a gapless design for better protection against dust and water. On the other hand, OnePlus, in its first foldable, has addressed that portion of the challenging issue, which is quite remarkable.

With a folding display that measures 7.82 inches as opposed to 7.6 inches, the OnePlus's foldable has a bigger screen than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. The Open has a maximum brightness of 2,800 nits, and it can even go as low as 1Hz to conserve battery.

The Fold 5 also has an adjustable refresh rate of up to 120Hz and a maximum brightness of 1,750 nits. Both smartphones have OLED displays on their outer and inner screens.


Performance

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The fastest Android chipset currently available, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, powers the OnePlus Open. It typically operates well and has a long battery life. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 CPU is also present in the Galaxy Fold 5, however, it runs a special Galaxy version tailored to function only with Samsung smartphones.

The Fold 5 has several storage options, up to 1TB, but has a single RAM option of 12GB. OnePlus Open has the edge here as comes with 16GB RAM and three different storage options. Both phones have their own unique UIs on top of Android 13. Samsung has OneUI, whereas OnePlus utilizes Oxygen OS.

But, with OneUI 6, you get plenty of customization options, especially tailor-made for better multitasking.


Camera

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If we reserve our judgment based on camera specifications, the OnePlus Open’s camera hardware is far ahead of the Galaxy Z Fold 5. It has a new 48MP T808 sensor, which captures more light, especially in darker environments, than the 50MP Samsung GN3 sensor in the Galaxy Z Fold 5.

Other than that, the Z Fold 5 has a 12MP ultrawide camera and a 10MP telephoto lens for up to 3x optical zoom.

However, the OnePlus Open has a 48MP primary camera and a 64MP telephoto lens with up to 3x optical zoom. Because of its high resolution, it can zoom up to 6x, which is really impressive. We also have an ultra-wide camera with the Open that has 48MP resolution.


Battery

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With its larger 4,805mAh battery and 67W wired fast charging capability, the Open can reportedly be fully charged from zero in 42 minutes. OnePlus also bundles the charger in the box.

On the other hand, the Galaxy Z Fold 5 has a smaller 4,400mAh battery that supports just 25W charging. Adding more misery while comparing is that Samsung does not ship the charger in the box. Both phones easily last a full day on moderate usage, but the OnePlus Open, with its LTPO3-supported display and bigger capacity, lasts longer.


Conclusion

With its superior hardware, the OnePlus Open poses a significant threat to Samsung's dominance in the foldable phone market. It has LTPO3-supported displays, is lighter and thinner, and appears to have an advantage in camera hardware. First-time foldable phone owners will also find its cover display more appealing due to its shorter design frame.

The Galaxy Z Fold 5 excels in a few other areas, too, including IPX8 water resistance and wireless charging compatibility. It supports the S Pen as well. But if you want a cheaper foldable, the Open makes much more sense. However, Samsung’s ecosystem is much better, and it also integrates seamlessly with its wearables and other peripheral devices.


This concludes our comparison of the OnePlus Open and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. For more such informative articles, follow GamingTech/Sportskeeda.

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Edited by Jito Tenson
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