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OnePlus 6T vs Google Pixel 3 XL: How they differ?

06 November 2018 5

The Chinese flagships killer manufacturer OnePlus announced their latest phone OnePlus 6T on October 29th. The device was in leaks and rumors from past few weeks that's why most of the details were out ahead of the official unveiling. As expected to be the "T" variant it brings a number of iterative features while retaining the basics of the first flagship of this year OnePlus 6.

Despite the fact its an iterative model, it brings new stylish design with an ultra-thin waterdrop notch, latest Android Pie straight out of the box, under-glass fingerprint scanner, dual AI-powered cameras, a larger battery cell, and pocket-friendly price tag. Being the latest flagships killer the OnePlus 6T will have to face stiff competition from the latest current-gen premium phones. We already compared OnePlus 6T against a number of other premium phones including iPhone XR and Galaxy S9. Today we will put it in the head-to-head comparison against the Google Pixel 3 XL.

The Pixel 3 XL is the latest best offering from Google with latest best hardware and design, improved AI cameras, few exclusive goodies with Pixel launcher and above all stock Android experience. Let's find out how the latest OnePlus 6T stacks up against the Google Pixel 3 XL. Without any further delay, let's start with the design.

76.7 x 158 x 7.9 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
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Design

Despite the fact, OnePlus 6T is successor six-month-old phone still it brings few prominent additions in the design language to be on par with the latest phones. The new OnePlus 6T screen-to-body ratio is higher than the predecessor thanks to water drop notch instead of a full notch. Although the Pixel 3 XL has 2:1 display still it has prominent bezel at the bottom of the display. The good thing is Google utilized the drop down notch and bezel for the dual stereo front-facing speakers. The notch also has dual selfie sensors.

The chassis of the OnePlus 6T is made up of aluminum with glass covering the front and rear side. The rear side has dual sensors aligned vertically in the center. It doesn't have a fingerprint scanner on the rear instead it has an under-glass scanner. It will be the first phone for the US customers with in-glass fingerprint scanner because Huawei and Vivo won't be releasing Mate 20 Pro and Nex S officially in the US. The company also claims it has the best-in-class technology for the under-glass scanner. It isn't as fast as conventional but still amongst the fastest in the market. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL has a fingerprint scanner on the rear.

The Pixel 3 XL has an aluminum frame with glass on the rear side with a different finish than conventional phones with glass rear. The Pixel 3 XL rear comes in the two-tone finish. The upper portion featuring rear camera sensor has a glossy finish whereas the rest of the portion has a matte finish. On first look, it looks like Google once again opted glass and metal clad for the rear designing. It seems like Google isn't yet ready to ditch the two-tone finish which opted since the first gen of Pixel phones.

In terms of colors options, the OnePlus 6T is announced only in Glossy and Matte Black colors and later on Thunder Purple variant is announced. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL is available in three colors including Just Black, Not Pink and Clearly White.

Another important aspect is OnePlus 6T and Pixel 3 XL lacks the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack instead both rely on the USB-C port. The Pixel 3 XL is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist against water up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes without any damage. On the other hand, the 6T is only splash resistant and it lacks any IP-ratings. In terms of design, the 6T looks more futuristic than the Pixel 3 XL.

Display

Both the phones have OLED display panels that's why you don't have to worry about colors accuracy, brightness level, and deep blacks. The OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inches display panel with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. Its an AMOLED panel from Samsung with pixels density of 402 pixels-per-inch. To provide resistance against accidental drops the 6T comes with the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3-inches display with Quad HD+ screen resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels. The display pixels density is 523 pixels-per-inch. It is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of brightness, the 6T maximum brightness level is 406 nits whereas the Pixel 3 XL max at 401 nits. The Pixel 3 XL sharpness is better due to higher resolution. Overall both the devices have fantastic display panels.

Hardware

Both the devices are the latest flagship offerings that's why both are packed with the latest Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset straight out of the box, however, the 6T takes lead with more RAM and storage options. The Pixel 3 XL has 4GB RAM, the base model has 64GB storage whereas the top-tier model has 128GB storage. Its native storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD.

On the other hand, the 6T base model has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, the standard variant has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage and the top of the line model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. It also lacks support for memory expansion. Although the Pixel 3 XL isn't slow phone it lacks the extra grunt like the OnePlus 6T. Considering its an ultra-premium phone the Pixel 3 XL could have more RAM on board. Having more horsepower is certainly a positive aspect no matter whether you use it all the time or not.

As per Geekbench listing the 6T achieves 8,972 points on multi-core test whereas on same benchmark the Pixel 3 XL achieves 7,684 points. The OnePlus 6T is amongst the fastest phones in the market but as a daily driver, you may not find any prominent difference in the performance.

Specs OnePlus 6T Pixel 3 XL
Display 6.41-inches 6.3-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 4GB
Storage 128, 256GB Non-Expandable 64,128GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameras 16+20MP 12.2MP
Front camera 16MP Dual 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
Battery 3,700mAh 3,430mAh
3.5mm headphone jack No No
IP68 No Yes
OS Android Pie with Oxygen OS Android Pie

Camera

The camera is certainly an aspect which isn't upgraded by OnePlus on paper because the 6T has the same sensors like the 6, however, the company brought few software changes under the hood. The changes are focused to improve low-light capturing capabilities and few AI goodies to improve your camera experience.

A new Night mode is introduced to be on par with premium phones from Google and Huawei. Once the new night mode is activated the device exposure time increases to ensure it captures bright shots even in low-light conditions. The primary camera remains 16MP with OIS and f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 20MP with the same aperture but it doesn't have OIS.

The Pixel 3 XL retains the 12.2MP rear sensor like its predecessor. It has optical and digital image stabilization with f/1.8 aperture. From past couple of years, the Pixel phones emerge as king in the camera department thanks to its software prowess. This year once again Google rely on the software prowess instead of opting dual cameras setup.

The OnePlus 6T is offering solid cameras but they are not as great as the single rear sensor on the Pixel 3 XL. The 6T performs well in stable lighting conditions, however, it struggles in low-light scenarios. The good thing is OnePlus brought new algorithm to improve its performance and also brings scene detection to better optimize camera settings. The Pixel 3 XL single sensor portrait shots are better than the dual sensors on the OnePlus 6T.

The OnePlus 6T has 16MP selfie snapper with f/2.0 aperture whereas the Pixel 3 XL has dual 8MP sensors on the front. The secondary camera is a wide-angle sensor which drastically improves group selfie shots. Overall the Pixel 3 XL cameras take lead with a good margin.

Battery

A 3,700mAH battery is on board to keep the OnePlus 6T lights on. Its a significant improvement over the predecessor. The Pixel 3 XL comes with a 3,430mAH battery. Both the devices support fast charging. On normal usage, both the devices have enough grunt to last one day on a single charge. The Pixel 3 XL has an added advantage of support for 10W wireless charging.

You can also purchase Pixel Stand at $79 which wirelessly charge Pixel 3XL and also turns it into Google home Assistant. Only the Google Pixel stand charges the devices at 10 watts whereas the third party charging pads restricted to 5 watts only.

Software

As OS both the devices is pre-installed with the latest version of Android OS. The Pixel 3 XL is running on the stock version of Android Pie with Pixel launcher. The 6T has Oxygen OS skin which brings a number of extra features with gesture support. It also has a dedicated gaming phone which turns off all the notification to ensure a seamless gaming experience. The best thing is OxygenOS is amongst the cleanest and fastest UI. You will find it as speedy as the stock version of Android.

Google confirms the Pixel 3 XL will be receiving major software updates for the next three years without any delay. The OnePlus 6T will receive major updates for next couple of years but certainly not as fast as Google rolls out updates. In the software department, the Pixel 3 XL certainly takes lead.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 6T isn't an easy phone to beat as far as pricing is a concern. The base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage can be purchased at $549 and if you spend $30 more you can enhance native storage to 256GB. The 8GB RAM variant with 256GB can be purchased at $629. On the other hand, the Pixel 3 XL starts at $799. The 128GB model is even more expensive at $899.

In the US the Pixel 3 XL is available from Verizon exclusively. It supports all major carriers in the US. The OnePlus 6T is the company's first flagship which is available from T-Mobile exclusively. It only lacks support for the Sprint network in the US.

No doubt the Pixel 3 XL takes lead in a few aspects but are these changes enough to spend $250 more. Well, it depends on you whether you prefer the OnePlus 6T or the latest Google Pixel 3 XL.

Conclusion:

With each passing year, OnePlus is improving their phones and undoubtedly the 6T is so far the best offering from OnePlus so far. In terms of design, the 6T supports waterdrop notch, glass and metal sandwich design, top of the line hardware with great performance, under-glass fingerprint scanner and great value for money. In terms of cons, it lacks IP-ratings, 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless charging, and average cameras.

The Pixel XL has a notch design but it isn't appreciated from day one due to being significantly lower than any other in the market. In terms of pros, the Pixel 3 XL has a superb display, solid hardware, top-notch cameras, latest Android OS straight out of the box. No doubt the Pixel 3 XL is a solid flagship phone but the latest flagships killer is not an easy phone to beat. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 6T vs Pixel 3 XL in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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