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

03 December 2018 5

As we are approaching the end of the year almost all OEMs introduced their second flagships of the year whereas Apple and Google announced their yearly premium phones. This year Apple announced three variants of iPhones like last year whereas we have two new Google phones including Pixel 3 and Pixel Pixel 3 XL. As the name suggests the Pixel 3 is a standard flagship whereas the Pixel 3 XL caters those buyers who are looking for giant display phones.

Apart from Google, the Chinese flagships killer manufacturer OnePlus also announced their second flagship OnePlus 6T. Being the T variant the latest OnePlus phone doesn't bring refreshing design instead it brings a lot of other goodies to attract buyers. So if you are looking to grab a new phone before the holiday season the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T are certainly pretty good option considering both the phones are bringing pretty great Android experience at the much lower price tag as opposed to new premium phones which are around $1000.

The best thing is despite being cheaper both are packed with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset, the latest flavor of Android OS, stylish design and solid camera. The One Plus 6T brings a couple of new innovative features which aren't available to others in this price range. This year Google further stepped up their camera game with AI prowess.

It will be an interesting battle as both phones have different selling aspects but both are rated as the entry-level offering in the flagships market. Without any further delay, let's kick off with the design differences.

74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm
5.5 inches - 2160x1080 px
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Design

The OnePlus 6T is the company's first phone with a waterdrop notch at the top of the display that's why its screen-to-body ratio is higher than the predecessor. The chassis is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear and front side. The bottom chin is amongst the slimmest bezel on the bottom. On the other hand the Pixel 3 also has glass and metal clad design, however, it has chunkier bezels on the top and bottom.

Google utilizes the top bezel for dual selfie snappers whereas the bottom bezel has front-facing speakers to provide stereo audio output. On the rear side, the OnePlus 6T has dual cameras aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight. The Pixel 3 is the Google's first phone with all glass rear, however, the company is yet not ready to ditch the two-tone finish. The upper portion comprising rear snapper and LED flashlight comes with glossy finish whereas the bottom portion has a matte finish to give it look like its predecessor. It has a fingerprint scanner in the center below the camera's setup in matte portion.

The OnePlus 6T has an in-glass fingerprint scanner, it becomes the first phone in the US market with the latest scanner. The new fingerprint scanner is certainly not as fast as the traditional but the good thing is OnePlus utilizes the best-in-class scanner. In terms of color options, the OnePlus 6T is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Thunder Purple whereas the Pixel 3 is also available in three colors including Not Pink, Clearly White and Just Black.

The Pixel 3 is an IP68 certified phone which means it can resist against water up to 1.5 meters deep for 30 minutes without any damage. The OnePlus 6T provides resistance against water to some extent but it lacks IP-ratings. In terms of design, the 6T looks more futuristic with its waterdrop notch design and under glass fingerprint scanner whereas the Pixel 3 retains thick bezels and somewhat similar design like its predecessor despite having glass rear.

Display

The best thing is both the phones have OLED display panels so you don't have to worry about deep black, colors accuracy, contrast ratio, and brightness level. The 6T is packed with a gigantic display of 6.41-inches with a Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The Corning Gorilla Glass 6 is protecting the display panel and the display pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.

On the other hand, the Pixel 3 sports a 5.5-inches display panel with a 2:1 aspect ratio. The display screen resolution is 1080 x 1080 pixels and pixels density is 443 pixels-per-inch. It is protected with the Corning Gorilla Glass 5. In terms of brightness both the phones score above 406 nits. The most prominent difference between the two is indeed the display size and pixels density. Thanks to smaller display the Pixel 3 has better pixels density whereas the OnePlus 6T is offering fairly large display panels.


Hardware

Being the latest flagships both the phones are on par to each other in the hardware department. The Qualcomm's latest best Snapdragon 845 chipset is currently powering almost all flagships of this year. Both the phones have the Snapdragon 845 chipset. The 6T base variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB native storage. The top of the line variant has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

The Pixel 3 has 4GB RAM with 64GB storage. Although the Pixel 3 doesn't have RAM like most of the top-tier phones that don't mean it lags behind in the performance department. You will find it as fast as other Snapdragon 845 driven flagship. However, having more extra RAM for multi-tasking is something which everyone would like to have. The Pixel 3 is specially optimized with the stock Android OS but the OnePlus 6T doesn't lag here as well. Both the phones lack support for memory expansion via MicroSD.

As per Geekbench listing the OnePlus 6T top of the line model achieves 8,972 points on multi-core test whereas the Pixel 3 lags behind significantly with 7,684 points. In the single-core test, the 6T takes lead with more than 1300 points. The Pixel 3 is one of the fastest phones but the OnePlus 6T is a beast in the performance department.

Another important aspect is the Snapdragon 845 chipset successor is due in the next few months. So if you are looking for a future proof the OnePlus 6T is a better option.

Specs OnePlus 6T Pixel 3
Display 6.41-inches 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 4GB
Storage 128,256GB Non-Expandable 64GB, 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16+20MP 12.2MP
Front camera 16MP Dual 8MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Battery 3,700mAh 2,915mAh
OS Android Pie with Oxygen OS Android Pie
Software

Both the phones are pre-installed with the latest Android Pie straight out of the box. The Pixel 3 is running on the stock version whereas the 6T comes with the Oxygen OS layer over it. The custom Oxygen skin brings a number of extra goodies as well few more gesture support. A dedicated Gaming mode is introduced which allows you to utilize the phone to its fullest while playing HIFI games.

No doubt the OxygenOS is regarded as one of the best custom Skin which doesn't bring extra bloatware yet it brings different UI experience. The best thing is OxygenOS is as speedy as the vanilla version. Last but not the least the Pixel 3 will be receiving new software updates for the next three years including the major and monthly security patches whereas the 6T will be receiving new software updates for a couple of years.

A new Call screen feature is introduced which automatically stops telemarketers from wasting user's time, this feature isn't available for the 6T users. This feature is certainly a relief for those who are not happy with the regular calls of telemarketers. In the software department, the Pixel 3 certainly has an upper hand.

Camera

The OnePlus 6T doesn't bring new cameras setup instead of the company focus on the software tweaks to improve the capturing capabilities. The company introduced a new mode to make sure 6T can capture greatly even in low-light conditions. The Night Mode is aimed to ensure the 6T can compete with ultra-premium flagships in capturing during low-light scenarios.

The primary snapper is 16MP with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is 20MP with f/1.7 aperture. Both the sensors have optical and digital image stabilization. The cameras setup is pretty good considering it is way cheaper than ultra-premium phones. The results are great but certainly not the best-in-class.

The 6T is still not amongst the best in low-light conditions, however, it produces quite fine results in daylight conditions. The detail level and colors balance are pretty good. Despite having dual snappers on the 6T portrait shots also suffers in some scenarios.

The Pixel phones are rated as the best camera phone in the market. This year Huawei steal the best camera crown from Pixel 2 but the latest Pixel 3 is even more impressive with its AI prowess. The snapper remains 12.2MP with f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. The single snapper is accompanied with dual LED flashlight.

The new Super-Res Zoom feature is introduced which ensures the device captures long-range shots with accuracy. It also ensures the image quality isn't compromised even on distance shots. The Night Sight mode is Google attempt to enhance the Pixel 3 capturing during low-light scenarios. Last but not the least the Pixel 3 camera is AI tuned but it still captures striking natural shots.

Up front, the selfie snapper on the OnePlus 6T is a 16MP module with f/2.0 aperture. The Pixel 3 has dual 8MP snappers on the front, the secondary sensor is aimed to provide wide-angle selfie shots flawlessly.

Battery

The OnePlus 6T lights are kept on by a 3,700mAh battery which is slightly bigger than the predecessor. The Pixel 3 has a modest battery cell of 2,915mAh. Even on hefty usage, the 6T has enough juice to last one day on single charge. Both the phones support fast charging, however, the OnePlus 6T tech is ultra fast.

Despite having glass rear the 6T lacks support for wireless charging. The Pixel 3 supports 10 watts wireless charging. The device only supports 10 watts Wireless charging from its Pixel stand. If you opt third-party wireless charger the device will support only 5 watts. The Pixel stand also turns your phone into Google Assistant.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 6T base variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage costs $549. You can grab the 256GB variant by just paying $30 more. The top of the line model has 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, it costs $629. On the other, Google is asking $799 for the 64GB variant of Pixel 3.

The Pixel 3 isn't widely available across the globe whereas the OnePlus 6T is available in a number of regions. The 6T is the company's first phone which is available for the US buyers via carrier. The Pixel 3 is Verizon exclusive once again. The Pixel 3 is better in few aspects but does that makes it worthy for another $250. Certainly, it's not an easy call as far as better value for money is a concern. The 128GB model of Pixel 3 is even more expensive at $899. So if you are looking for a better value for money the 6T is a better choice.

Conclusion:

The OnePlus flagships are known for their better value for money and undoubtedly the 6T is offering the best at this price range. The 6T do lack in few aspects to ensure it remains one of the best options in the budget-friendly segment. For instance, it lacks IP ratings, it also compromises in the camera department, lack of wireless charging despite having glass rear. These aspects could compel buyers to grab Pixel 3 over the 6T.

Another important aspect is are these goodies enough for you to spend $250 more even with 64GB storage. The 6T takes lead in few aspects like its waterdrop notch design is way more futuristic than the Pixel 3. The under-glass fingerprint is only for the 6T owners whereas the Pixel 3 owners will have to rely on the traditional rear scanner. The battery cell on the 6T is significantly larger than the Pixel 3.

Although the Pixel 3 is a solid flagship offering from Google still it lacks few extra goodies to stand out amongst the crowd. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the OnePlus 6T vs Pixel 3 in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

(last update 13 December 2018 @ 08:43)

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