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OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: Is it worthy to upgrade?

17 May 2018 5

Finally, after a long streak of rumors and leaks the Chinese flagship killer manufacturer OnePlus announced their much-awaited flagship OnePlus 6. The device was announced in a dedicated event held in London. Most of the details regarding the OnePlus 6 were already known thanks to continuous rumors and leaks. Undoubtedly the OnePlus 6 was one of the most awaited flagships of the year and the company also teased the device almost on daily basis to make sure the device remains in limelight ahead of official announcement.

From the last couple of years, OnePlus is following a new trend of releasing a smartphone. They usually release their flagship of the year in first half whereas an iterative variant of that flagship is announced later with a slight revision in hardware specs, mostly the design remains the same. Last year OnePlus announced OnePlus 5 as the first flagship in H1 whereas its iterative OnePlus 5T was announced after six months in last half of 2017. Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know what kind of changes it is bringing over the predecessor and also how the latest smartphone is eligible to compete against the competitors.

Today we will find out how latest OnePlus 6 competes against the last year's OnePlus 5T and in what aspects it is better than the predecessor. Our comparison will certainly help out readers to easily decide whether the latest flagship killer is indeed worthy to upgrade or not. So without any further ado, let's start with the design.

75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

Last year OnePlus 5T was featuring a unibody metal design. The finished texture on the OnePlus 6 was quite special which makes it stand out from the ordinary smartphones with a metal body. The OnePlus 5T was the company's first smartphone with full front-facing 2:1 display. The inclusion of full front-facing display moved the fingerprint scanner to the rear below the camera setup. The OnePlus 5T dimensions are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm and it weighs 162g. Unlike the most of the latest smartphones, the OnePlus 5T retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

On the rear side, the dual cameras are placed on the top left corner pretty much similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. The company's logo is in the center below the fingerprint scanner. Undoubtedly one of the key upgrades to the OnePlus 6 is in the design segment. The last year's OnePlus 5 and 5T were criticized due to sharing design aesthetics with a number of smartphones especially the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. However, this year OnePlus brought significant changes in the design department.

The unibody metal body is now a part of the history as the latest OnePlus 6 features a glass and metal sandwich design. We can claim it looks way more premium than its predecessors in terms of design and looks. The company not only changes the build material but also brings changes in other aspects as well. The OnePlus 6 also features a notch at the top instead of the complete bezel. It is certainly the next big thing in the market after the bezel-less design.

The OnePlus 6 bezels are even further trimmed as opposed to the predecessors. The dual rear cameras are now shifted to the center and placed vertically. The fingerprint scanner retains the last year's position but now it's not a circularly shaped scanner instead it is oval. The front and rear glass of OnePlus 6 is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The OnePlus 6 measurements are 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm and it weighs 177g. The good thing is it retains the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack.

The water and dust resistance was heavily rumored because the OnePlus India teased it. This feature ended up as a sealant against room showers and rains. However, the device lacks any IP-ratings like most of the latest smartphones. As far as colors options is a concern the OnePlus 6 will be initially available in Midnight Black or Mirror Black. The company showcases a White variant as well which will be available at a later date. Last year's OnePlus 5T was available in black and white only.

Display

The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.28-inches AMOLED display panel with an aspect ratio of 19:9. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density remains 401 pixels-per-inch. Apart from the notch at the top, there isn't any prominent upgrade in the display department. The device lacks HDR support unlike most of the latest flagships like Galaxy S9, LG G7 ThinQ. In case of accidental drops, the display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

As mentioned above the OnePlus 5T was the first smartphone from OnePlus with 2:1 display. The display panel is of 6.01-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. The display pixels density is 401 pixels-per-inch. The 5T's display aspect ratio is 2:1. It was also an AMOLED display so no issues related to vibrancy or deep blacks.

Hardware

One of the key selling aspects of OnePlus smartphones is their performance, same is the case with the OnePlus 6. The new flagships are marketed with a tagline ‘The Speed You Need’, this showcase the company is quite confident to beat their competitors in terms of performance and speed. Undoubtedly OnePlus smartphones always take lead in the performance section.

The latest OnePlus 6 is powered up by the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. This year OnePlus 6 is available in three different configurations. The base variant has 6GB RAM whereas the top-tier variants are available with 8GB RAM. On the basis of storage, there are three variants with 64GB, 128GB and 256GB memory.

On the other hand, the OnePlus 5T was running on the Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC. The base variant has 6GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variant has 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. In terms of performance the OnePlus 5T was a beast and in fact one of the fastest Android flagship of last year. This year's upgrade certainly will further boost the device performance. As far as memory expansion is a concern none of the devices support Micro-SD card, So we will recommend choosing the memory variant wisely as it can't be explained later.

Specs OnePlus 6 OnePlus 5T
Display 6.28-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 1080 x 2280
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB 6/8GB
Storage 64,128, 256GB Non-Expandable 64/128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16MP+20MP with f/1.7 aperture 16+20MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 16MP 16MP
Battery 3,300mAh 3,300mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1 Android Oreo 8.1

Battery

The battery on both the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 5T is a 3,300mAh cell. Considering both have almost same display the battery life on both the devices is almost same but the OnePlus 6 has an added advantage of Snapdragon 845 SoC as it is more power efficient as opposed to Snapdragon 835 chipset. Both the devices support the company's own Dash Charge tech. Unfortunately, despite having glass rear the OnePlus 6 lacks support for wireless charging.

Cameras

Last year OnePlus introduced an upgraded camera setup with the OnePlus 5T. For the first time, the company introduced two main sensors without having any special secondary sensor. The OnePlus 5 secondary sensor was a telephoto lens but that's not the case with the OnePlus 5T. It features a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor was a 20MP module with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors jointly produce the final results and thanks to large aperture results were pretty good even in low-light conditions. Up front, the OnePlus 5T has a single snapper of 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. Apart from regular fingerprint scanner the OnePlus 5 comes with facial recognition feature Aka Face Unlock.

This year once again OnePlus opted for dual rear cameras. The primary snapper is 16MP with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor also remains 20MP with the same aperture. The first prominent upgrade is OnePlus 6 main snapper is 19% larger than the predecessor and also now it comes with Optical Image Stabilization. The front-facing selfie camera is also similar to the OnePlus 5T. However, the company confirmed they will soon roll out portrait mode feature for the front and the rear camera.

Like the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 can also capture 4K videos at 60 frames per second. The OnePlus 6 took it to next level by bringing super slow-motion video option of capturing HD videos at 480 frames per second. There is a built-in video editor on board so that you can edit videos to enhance the quality even after capturing.

Software

As OS both the OnePlus 6 and 5T are running on the latest Android Oreo 8.1 based Oxygen OS. Both brings all the goodies of Oreo update as well as few additions from OnePlus. Although the OnePlus 6 is also on the Oreo it brings few additional features and one of them is Gaming Mode which was dubbed as Gaming DND mode on earlier devices. Another addition is navigation bar is now replaceable with gestures. For instance, if you swipe up from the bottom center the home page will be opened, if you swipe from the bottom sides the display will go back. Apart from this gesture, there are many tricks which aren't available on the predecessor. The Alert slider is also now repositioned to the right edge because of the notch at the top.

Price

The price tag certainly plays an important role in success or failure of the smartphones, same is the case here. OnePlus smartphones are known for being budget-friendly that's why OnePlus plays safe by increasing only $30 as opposed to last year device. OnePlus 6 will be up for sale from May 22nd in Europe, India and North America.

The base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will be available for $529(519 euros). The standard variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage can be grabbed for $579(569 Euros). Last but not the least the top-tier model with 256GB storage can be purchased for $629(619 Euros). The OnePlus 5T base variant was available for $499, so its a small hike in price tag which is understandable considering OnePlus brought a more refined premium smartphone.

Conclusion:

As reported earlier OnePlus 6 brought improvements in almost all departments except the battery cell. The latest device comes with more futuristic notch display and also the display area is not slightly larger. The screen resolution and pixels density remain same. In the design department, the OnePlus 6 brought great changes as it ditched the unibody metal body in favor of glass and metal sandwich design which looks quite superb. Although the OnePlus 6 doesn't have IP-ratings it can resist splashes and rain.

Being the latest device the OnePlus 6 has an advantage of latest hardware straight out of the box. The camera sensors remain same but the latest device has a number of new features to improve the capturing capability. The software on both the devices is the latest version of Android OS. The slight hike in price is justifiable considering the upgrades in a number of departments.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

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