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OnePlus 5T vs Huawei Mate 10 Pro : Battle between two splendid flagships

01 December 2017 5

OnePlus recently announced another flagship killer smartphone OnePlus 5T. As expected the device is bringing the best hardware on board with sleek metal design at an affordable price tag. The best thing with the latest OnePlus 5T is not its hardware but instead, the futuristic design which puts it in the same league as Mate 10 Pro, Galaxy S8, LG V30, iPhone X and Pixel 2 XL.

If you want to describe this year in one word, for sure that word will be bezel-less. At the time of OnePlus 5 launch, everyone was expecting a bezel-less entrant from OnePlus but the company adapted thick bezel with unibody metal design. That's why this year T variant from OnePlus didn't bring major change in hardware but instead, the company introduced bezel-less display with same unibody metal-clad design.

Like always, whenever a new flagship smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know how well it will compete against its competitors, same is the case with the OnePlus 5T. We already put it in the head-to-head comparison with a number of top-tier smartphones in the market including LG V30, Mi Mix 2, Galaxy S8, Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X. In most of the comparisons, the OnePlus 5T emerges as the winner.

Today we will compare the OnePlus 5T with the Huawei's latest flagship Mate 10 Pro on the basis of specs sheet to know everything that both the devices are bringing on board. The Mate 10 Pro is the Huawei's latest best offering to compete against the top-tier phablets in the market. It is bringing a number of features which surely makes it one of the best phablet smartphone in the market. The OnePlus 5T futuristic design with top-tier hardware for sure will challenge the Mate 10 Pro. Those who are planning to grab Mate 10 Pro will consider OnePlus 5T as well. Without any further delay, let's find out in what aspects OnePlus 5T takes lead and where Mate 10 Pro emerges as the winner.

75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
74.5 x 154.2 x 7.9 mm
6 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The design of both OnePlus 5T and Mate 10 Pro is different from each other. OnePlus yet to adopt glass and metal sandwich design, the company continued with the metal clad for the OnePlus 5T as well. The OnePlus 5T is featuring a unibody metal design with round edges to comfortably grab the device with the single hand. It seems like OnePlus designers took inspiration from Apple's last year iPhone 7 Plus that's why on first look OnePlus 5T looks like an Apple device. The rear side is adorned with slightly protruding dual rear cameras with dual LED flashlight.

Up front, the device has the full front-facing display with ultra-thin bezels on the edges. The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 5T is placed on the rear side of the center below the dual camera modules. The volume and power rockers are placed on the right edge. It features traditional 3.5mm headphone jack. Unfortunately, it lacks water and dust resistance capabilities. The OnePlus 5T dimensions are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm and it weighs 162 grams.

On the other hand, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is featuring a metal and glass sandwich design. The chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear and front side. The front-facing side has minimal bezels that's why Huawei also ditched the physical home button. The rear side features dual cameras placed vertically in the center. The dual sensors are highlighted with a strip which includes dual sensors and LED flashlight.

The glass rear looks pretty striking in daylight but it is also more prone to smudges as opposed to OnePlus 5T. The glossy rear needs extra care, it isn't as sturdy as metal body of OnePlus 5T. The good thing is Mate 10 Pro is IP67 certified device which means it can resist 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Unfortunately, it lacks 3.5mm headphone jack. Both the devices have USB Type-C port for connectivity and charging. The Mate 10 Pro measurements are 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm and it weighs 178 grams. The Mate 10 Pro is significantly thicker than OnePlus 5T and also heavier because of glass rear.

Display

As mentioned above one of the key features of both the devices is their bezel-less design. Both the devices have display with 2:1 aspect ratio. The OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches display with full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display pixel density is 401 pixel-per-inch. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Once again OnePlus used Samsung's AMOLED display panel which has awesome color saturation, the contrast ratio is pretty good and deep black.

The Mate 10 Pro display is of 6.0-inches with Full HD+ screen resolution. The display aspect ratio is 402 pixels. It is also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass. The Mate 10 Pro is the first Huawei flagship smartphone with the OLED display. Overall display colors and visual experience on both the devices is pretty awesome. You won't regret the performance of any one of the aforementioned device. The Mate 10 Pro and OnePlus 5T are even in the display department.

Hardware

The hardware section of both OnePlus 5T and Mate 10 Pro are quite powerful as they are bringing the best possible hardware to lure customers. The OnePlus 5T is powered up by the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC. The chipset is powering almost all Android flagships announced this year. The Octa-core SoC on OnePlus 5T is accompanied with 6GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage whereas the top tier variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB memory. Its storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. The Adreno 540 is on board as Graphics Processing unit.

Huawei introduced Kirin 970 SoC with Neural Processing unit ahead of Mate 10 lineup announcement. As expected the Mate 10 Pro is amongst the first to have the latest Kirin 970 chipset with 6GB RAM and native storage is 128GB. The built-in storage of Mate 10 Pro is also not expandable. The Mali-G72 is on board as GPU.

In terms of power, both the devices are power-houses which can handle everything you throw at it. You won't disappoint with the performance of any aforementioned device, however, the OnePlus 5T 8GB variant is future proof and currently the only Android smartphone which beats iPhone X speed.

Specs OnePlus 5T Mate 10 Pro
Display 6.01-inches 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 Kirin 970
RAM 6/8GB 6GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16MP+20MP 12MP+20MP
Front camera 16MP 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh 4,000mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
IP-ratings None IP67
OS Android Nougat 7.1 with Oxygen OS Android Oreo
Software

As OS both the devices are running on Android under the hood with different UI layers. The OnePlus 5T is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS layer over it. Before claiming about not having the latest version of Android OS, it is important to mention OnePlus already confirmed stable Android Oreo update will be rolled out in early Q1 2018. The Oxygen OS layer is pretty thin as it doesn't have much bloatware. The OnePlus 5T features facial recognition which unlocks the device instantly in a blink of the second, it is way faster than Apple iPhone X Face ID.

The Mate 10 Pro is running on the latest Android Oreo straight out of EMUI 8.0 layer over it. Before Android Oreo, the Huawei's custom EMUI layer version was 5.1, so it's not a big jump only in numbers but also in overall UI. It is pretty light and Huawei tried their best to remove bloatware to make it smooth and fluent. Its good to see Huawei brought latest flagships with latest Android Oreo straight out of the box.


Camera

In-camera section one thing is similar to both the devices and that is both are packed with dual rear camera setup. With the OnePlus 5T, the company ditched the secondary telephoto lens but instead they brought both color lens with the large aperture to have awesome results even in low-light conditions.

The OnePlus 5T primary sensor is the 16MP module with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 20MP lens with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors jointly produces results which are worth appreciating. If you are Pro user, you can manually set the camera settings according to your requirements. The still photography of OnePlus 5T is pretty amazing, you simply can't ignore it. Both the sensors bring bokeh effect which allows the user to focus solely on the subject with blurred background. The selfie-camera on the front-facing side is a 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture.

Like all Huawei flagships the Mate 10 Pro also features dual Leica certified rear cameras but this time Huawei brought the best dual rear cameras with the large aperture. Before further describing the camera, it is important to mention DxoMark awarded 97 scores to Mate 10 Pro which makes it the second-best camera-centric smartphone in the market after Google Pixel 2 lineup.

The Mate 10 Pro primary sensor is the 12MP RGB lens with OIS and f/1.6 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 20MP monochrome lens with the same aperture but it doesn't have optical image stabilization. You can use color and monochrome lens separately as well. If you want to further improve your camera, you can use software aperture to further glorify your images. Huawei's Kirin 970 SoC NPU brings AI support on board, Huawei used AI to further improve the camera capabilities.

The camera identifies what you are looking at and adjusts automatically. For instance, it can identify you are capturing dinner, lunch, breakfast or you are capturing flowers or leave. The camera settings adjust accordingly. It also has Bokeh effect.

Battery

The battery cell on OnePlus 5T is 3,300mAh which keep its lights on for the whole day. It comes with the company's own Dash Charging tech to quickly charge it. According to OnePlus, the device gets juice for the whole day with 30 minutes of charge which is something worth appreciating. It lacks wireless charging support because the company thinks the technology is still not mature.

On the other hand, the Mate 10 Pro is packed with a 4,000mAh battery cell which is significantly bigger than its competitor. It easily lasts two days on normal usage, however on heavy usage, it ends the day with almost 30% juice remaining. For fast charging, it comes with the Huawei's Super Charge tech. Despite having glass rear, it lacks wireless charging support.

Price and Release

The OnePlus 5T is now widely available in most of the regions since its release, as expected the company didn't bring a major change in price but only increased $20 from OnePlus 5. Now you can grab base variant with 64GB storage for $499 whereas the top tier variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased for $559. The Mate 10 Pro can be purchased for Euros 799 in the European region. The company yet to release it to US region.

Conclusion:

The OnePlus 5T and Mate 10 Pro are packed with top-tier hardware, awesome cameras, thin UI layers, and batteries. The OnePlus 5T is bringing ultra-thin metal-clad design whereas the Mate 10 Pro is featuring metal/ glass sandwich design. So it will be dependent on customers preference. The display is equally good on both the devices no matter which device you grab. The hardware under the hood for the base variant is almost similar but the top tier hardware of OnePlus 5T performs better than Mate 10 Pro. In-camera section Mate 10 AI capabilities makes it a better option than OnePlus 5T. The gigantic battery cell of Mate 10 Pro performs significantly better than OnePlus 5T.

Last but not the least price section is lead by OnePlus 5T as it is bringing the best at an affordable price tag, it is $300 cheaper than Mate 10 Pro. At the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 5T vs Mate 10 Pro in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons and previews in coming days.

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