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OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X: Clash of the 'top-notch' devices

17 May 2018 6

OnePlus finally wraps off the cover from their latest flagship smartphone OnePlus 6. The device was in leaks and rumors from past few weeks and since then we had reports regarding almost everything about the device. Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 6 is a premium smartphone at a fraction of price tag as opposed to other latest premium flagship smartphones. This year OnePlus not only paid special attention to hardware but also improves significantly in design and camera setup.

We can claim that for the first time OnePlus brings a beast smartphone with a beautiful design. Being a pocket-friendly smartphone it will certainly attract buyers who are looking for a premium smartphone but don't want to spend $800 or above. We always put latest smartphones in head-to-head competition with the already best options in the market. We already compared the latest OnePlus 6 against its predecessor

Now we will put it on the most premium smartphone available on the market the iPhone X. Although the iPhone X is more than six months old still it is highly regarded as the best smartphone in the market. If you don't have a budget issue the device costs around $999. However, the OnePlus 6 emerged as one of a new contender to challenge the iPhone X throne. Another important aspect is OnePlus 6 shared few aspects with the iPhone X. We will compare both the devices on a number of aspects including design, display, hardware, software, and cameras. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better decide which smartphone amongst the two is better in what aspects. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
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Design

The chassis on both the iPhone X and OnePlus 6 is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The iPhone X has steel chassis whereas the OnePlus 6 has an aluminum base. That's where both the device's similarities end. The OnePlus 6 is slightly taller and wider than iPhone X that's why it features a large display panel. The OnePlus 6 weighs 177g whereas the iPhone X is slightly lighter at 174g. Both the devices look ultra-premium in hands and undoubtedly the most attractive smartphones ever produced by the respective manufacturers.

Apple last year introduced the notch trend with the iPhone X and many companies followed this trend since then including OnePlus. The best thing is OnePlus 6 notch can be blackout with the bar but that's not the case with the iPhone X. As far as colors options are a concern the OnePlus 6 will be available in White, Midnight Black and mirror black whereas the iPhone X can be grabbed in white and black color options.

The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 6 is placed on the rear side below the dual cameras in center whereas Apple relied on the facial recognition Aka Face ID instead of a fingerprint scanner. The OnePlus 6 comes with facial recognition as well but having both is always a plus point.

The iPhone X is an IP67 certified smartphone which provides water resistance up to 1 meters deep whereas the OnePlus 6 lacks IP ratings but the company claims the device can survive rain and shower water. Another important aspect is iPhone X dual rear cameras are on the top left corner whereas the OnePlus 6 dual sensors are aligned vertically in the center. One plus 6 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack whereas iPhone X rely on the USB-C port.

Display

From the first look, both iPhone X and OnePlus 6 looks similar thanks to full front-facing display with a notch at the top. There are few aspects which differentiate both the devices from each other. The OnePlus 6 features a fairly large 6.28-inches Super AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels. On the other hand, the iPhone X features a slightly smaller display of 5.8-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels.

The Pixels density on the iPhone X is 458 pixels-per-inch whereas the OnePlus 6 has slightly lower pixels density at 402 pixels-per-inch. The OnePlus 6 display will certainly fascinate those who want a larger display panel in a compact body, however, if you want better pixels density the iPhone X is a better option. Being OLEDs both the devices colors, contrast ratio and deep blacks are pretty great so no matter which smartphone you opt you won't disappoint with its display performance.

Software

Being the latest smartphone the OnePlus 6 is pre-installed with the latest Android Oreo 8.1 with Oxygen OS UI layer over it. As the OnePlus 6 is the latest smartphone from the company so we can expect it will receive latest updates from the company for at least next couple of years. Its navigation bar can be replaced with gestures, the company's trademark alert slider is now on the right edge due to the notch. A new Gaming Mode is also introduced to enhance the device performance during gaming.

The iPhone is pre-installed with the latest iOS 11 and the company is upgrading to the latest iOS firmware version since then. You can expect it will get software support for least next three years.

Hardware

Under the hood, the iPhone X and OnePlus 6 are impressive smartphones as both are packed with the best possible hardware. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC is powering the OnePlus 6. The base variant has 6GB RAM and 64GB storage whereas the top-tier variants have 8GB RAM and 128, 256GB storage. Its native storage isn't further expandable using MicroSD card. The higher you go the higher the price tag will be but you have to choose memory variant wisely as it can't be further expanded later on.

The Apple's own A11 Bionic chipset is powering the iPhone X with 3GB RAM. Even though on paper it doesn't look as powerful as its counterpart but still due to better software and integration it outclasses the latest flagships performance. Both the devices are ultra-fast in handling most of the tasks so no matter which smartphone you opt you will get sheer performance without any lag.

Specs OnePlus 6 iPhone X
Display 5.8-inches 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels 1125 x 2436 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 A11 Bionic
RAM 6,8GB 3GB
Storage 64,128, 256GB Non-Expandable 64GB, 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16+20MP Dual 12MP
Front camera 16MP 7MP
Battery 3,300mAh 2,716mAh
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack Yes No
OS Android Oreo 8.1 iOS 11

Cameras

In-camera section both the devices have dual rear cameras but the setup is different on both the devices. The OnePlus dual rear cameras are 16MP+20MP modules. Both are primary cameras and jointly produces the final result, the aperture size is f/1.7. The device support 4K recording as well as slow-motion HD videos at 120 frames per second. Up front, the selfie camera is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture.

The iPhone X has different dual rear cameras, the primary snapper is 12MP with f/1.8 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 12MP with f/2.4 aperture. The device brings optical zoom up to 2x without affecting the image quality, it is certainly one aspect which isn't available for the OnePlus 6 users. It supports slow-motion Full HD videos at 240 frames per second. Up front, the selfie camera is 7MP with f/2.2 aperture. On paper, the OnePlus 6 cameras are better due to a wider aperture and also its primary sensor has optical image stabilization.

Battery

The battery is certainly one aspect where the company didn't bring any upgrade. The battery cell remains 3,300mAh like the predecessor and it also supports the company's Dash Charge fast charging. On the other hand, the iPhone X lights are kept on by a 2,716mAh cell. It supports fast charging, It goes from 0 to 50% in just thirty minutes but unfortunately, it doesn't ship with fast charger straight out of the box. The iPhone X supports wireless charging but once again you will have to spend extra amount to avail this feature. On the other hand, OnePlus 6 despite having glass rear lacks the wireless charging feature.

Price and Release

OnePlus 6 will be available in Europe, North America and India from May 22nd and as expected it is slightly expensive than its predecessor. The base variant with 64GB storage can be grabbed for $529 whereas the 256GB variant can be purchased at $629. At the moment it is the most expensive OnePlus ever announced by the company. Just for the sake of reminding the last year's OnePlus 5 was available for $499.

The iPhone X is already widely available across the globe and it cost almost double of OnePlus 6. The base variant with 64GB storage can be purchased for $999 whereas its top-tier model with 256GB storage available at a pricing of $1,149. So the OnePlus 6 is available almost at a fraction of iPhone X price tag. This certainly will play an important role when buyers looking to purchase a new smartphone.

Conclusion:

Both the devices are premium flagships in a number of aspects including design, display, and hardware. In display and design both the devices shares aesthetics like full front facing OLED displays with a notch at the top. Both have glass and metal sandwich design. In the performance both the devices are capable to handle all HIFI games and multi-tasking tasks so you don't have to worry about performance on either device. As OS both are pre-loaded with the latest best software from respective companies. Last but not the least the pricing will certainly prompt many buyers to grab OnePlus 6 as it is offering better value for your hard earned money but if budget is not your problem the iPhone X is still a pretty great choice.

In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X in the comments section below. We will be bringing more comparisons and previews in coming days. Stay tuned.

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