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OnePlus 5T vs Pixel 2 XL: How flagship killer competes against Google's finest?

20 November 2017 5

A few days ago the Chinese flagship killer smartphones manufacturer OnePlus announced their second flagship device of the year. Unlike the first device, the new OnePlus 5T is bringing new futuristic design to compete against the latest premium smartphones announced in second half of the year. Last year the iterative OnePlus 3T brought major changes under the hood with the similar design but this year the company paid special attention to the design with same hardware under the hood like OnePlus 5.

The most prominent change is the ultra-thin bezels on the front with 2:1 display which puts it in the same league as the likes of Google Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, Galaxy S8 and Mate 10 Pro. Google announced a couple of Pixel 2 smartphones this year, the Pixel 2 features the traditional design with thick bezels whereas the Pixels 2 XL is bringing ultra-thin bezels with 2:1 display.

Both the devices one of the key selling feature is their bezel-less design. The OnePlus 5 pre-orders kicked off from November 16th soon after the announcement with a release from November 21st. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced, the first concern of everyone is how well it will compete against its competitors, same is the case with the OnePlus 5T. We already compared the OnePlus 5T against the iPhone X and predecessor OnePlus 5. Today we will put the OnePlus 5T head-to-head against the Pixel 2 XL on the basis of specs sheet. Without any further ado, let's start with the design of both the rivals.

75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
76.2 x 157.5 x 7.6 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Design

The OnePlus 5T is featuring an aluminum unibody design with rounded corners to easily grasp the device with the single hand. The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras placed horizontally on the top left corner. For the first time OnePlus shifted the fingerprint scanner to the rear side of the center below the dual cameras. The fingerprint is exactly in the position where usually forefinger is when you hold the device. On the rear side, the OnePlus logo is placed on the fingerprint scanner.

The front-facing side is all screen without any physical button. The top and bottom bezels are extremely thin. The bottom edge has USB Type-C headphone and 3.5mm headphone jack. The OnePlus 5T dimensions are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm and it weighs 162 grams. Unfortunately, it lacks IP-ratings like most of the flagships, it is the only aspect where OnePlus 5T is different from other premium devices in the market. So you can't take the risk to bring OnePlus 5T while swimming.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is also featuring an aluminum chassis but its rear is not completely made up of metal or glass but instead, the upper portion is glass whereas metal covering the other portion which is slightly larger than glass portion. The fingerprint scanner is placed in the metal section to avoid smudges. The glass portion features the single camera lens with LED flashlight.

Up front, the Pixel 2 XL also has the same full front-facing display with minimal bezels on top and bottom. It also has USB Type-C port for connectivity but it lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack but instead, the device comes with an adapter. The Pixel 2 XL dimensions are 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm and weigh 175g. It is slightly larger, thicker and heavier than the OnePlus 5T. It is IP68 certified device which means it can resist against water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes without any damage.

Display

The OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display pixels density of 401 pixels-per-inch, we have recently seen Mate 10 Pro with same display. As mentioned above the key selling aspect of the device is it's 2:1 display. Most of the flagships announced this year have 2:1 display. The good thing is OnePlus 5T has an AMOLED display manufactured by Samsung, it is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass protection but it lacks HDR support.

The Pixel 2 XL also comes with a full front-facing display of 6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. The display pixels density is 538 pixels-per-inch. The display aspect ratio is 2:1. Its an OLED display panel but it isn't praised due to being lackluster and cold colors. However, Google confirmed an update will bring better colors saturation but at the moment this display lacks the punch like most of OLEDs. It supports HDR which means you can watch HDR content from Amazon video and Netflix with top-notch viewing angles. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is protecting the Pixel 2 XL display.

Camera

As far as cameras are a concern, the OnePlus 5T is adapting the latest trend of dual rear cameras. The primary sensor is the 16MP module with 1.12µm pixels and aperture of f/1.7. The secondary sensor is a 20MP module with an aperture of f/1.7, however, it has slightly less 1µm pixels. The dual rear cameras are supported with dual LED flashlight. The dual rear snappers bring portrait Mode which allows the user to capture bokeh images with blur background focusing solely on the subject. If you are Pro user, you can control Cameras manually. Up front, the device has a 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture.

The Google Pixel 2 XL comes with a single camera sensor of 12.2MP with f/1.8 aperture and 1.4µm pixels. The sensor has electrical and optical image stabilization and phase detection autofocus. It features dual pixel tech and the best thing is Google used AI to further improve the camera performance. The Pixel 2 XL is the only smartphone in the market which brings portrait mode with single-camera lens for both rear and front-facing cameras. The selfie-camera on the Pixel 2 XL is an 8MP module with f/2.4 aperture.

Hardware

Being the latest flagships both the devices have the latest hardware on board. The OnePlus 5T is packed with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 8GB RAM with 128GB memory. The built-in storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. The Pixel 2 XL is also powered up by the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 with 4GB RAM. The base variant built-in storage is 64GB whereas the top of the line model has 128GB memory. Its storage is also not expandable via MicroSD card.

Both the devices are bringing sheer power under the hood which is more than enough to handle all HIFI tasks and top-notch games. The OnePlus 5T is more future proof due to more RAM on board. However, both are pretty much capable to be your daily driver as well as the power house.

Specs OnePlus 5T Pixel 2 XL
Display 6.01-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1440 x2880 pixels
Camera 16MP+20MP 12MP
Rear camera 16MP 8MP
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB 4GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable 64/128GB Non-Expandable
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings --- IP68
Battery 3,300mAh 3,520mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1 Android Oreo
Battery

The OnePlus 5T is powered up by a 3,300mAh battery cell which supports company's own fast charging Dash Charge tech which provides juice for the whole day in just 15 minutes of charge. It comes with USB Type-C for charging. On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL has a 3,520mAh battery cell to keep its lights on. It is slightly large in size and also supports Qualcomm's fast charging. The Dash Charge recharges the device at much rapid speed than other fast charging techs.

Despite the fact, the Pixel 2 XL has a large battery cell but at the same time, it has to power up a Quad HD panel whereas the slightly smaller battery cell of OnePlus 5T needs to power up a Full HD+ display. The good thing is display panel on both the devices are OLEDs which doesn't require much energy to operate.

Software

As OS the OnePlus 5T is pre-installed with the Android Nougat 7.1.1 and OxygenOS layer over it. The custom UI layer from the OnePlus is pretty thin so you don't have to worry about bloatware. There are few additions from OnePlus which are useful in a number of aspects. OnePlus does bring a number of gestures to support single-hand operations as well as the physical home button is compensated with new gestures. As far as latest Android Oreo update is a concern the OnePlus 5T will be receiving the stable Android Oreo in early 2018 which means you have to wait a couple of months more to taste the latest flavor of Android OS.

The Pixel 2 XL is running on the stock Android Oreo straight out of the box without any bloatware and the best thing is Pixel 2 XL will remain amongst the first devices to receive the latest Android OS updates for next three years whereas the OnePlus 5T owners will have to wait few months to receive the latest update.

Price and Release

The OnePlus 5T pre-orders started from November 16th with a release from November 21st. The base variant price tag of OnePlus 5T is nearly half of the Pixel 2 XL. The OnePlus 5T 64GB base variant comes at a price tag of £449 for the UK customers whereas it will cost $499 for the international customers. The top of the line 128GB variant comes at a price tag of £499 for the UK buyers whereas it can be grabbed for $559 in the US. The Google Pixel 2 XL base variant cost price is £799 whereas the top of the line variant cost is £899.

Conclusion

The OnePlus 5T key selling aspects are top of the line hardware with ravishing 2:1 display. The dual rear cameras are pretty amazing with great exposure to light. Up front, the selfie camera is also pretty good. The extra Gigs of RAM makes it a true powerhouse which can handle all HIFI tasks easily. It also comes with a 3.5mm headphone.

On the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL plus points are its Quad HD+ display with HDR support. The device is water and dust proof with the larger battery. As far as design the Pixel 2 XL has a unique design which you won't find on any smartphone in the market. Above all the stock Android OS experience is something which makes the Pixel 2 XL a luring option.

Last but not the least the Pixel 2 XL price is quite high as it cost nearly double which for sure won't be liked by most of the customers. Its Quad HD+ display isn't the best in the market but instead, it is the most criticized aspect of Pixel 2 XL. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 5T vs Pixel 2 XL in the comments section below. Feel free to share your views below and stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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