Google Nexus 6P vs. OnePlus 3 – A Tough Choice

OnePlus 3 vs Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P was unveiled last year and this means that the phone has just a few more months under its belt before its position is taken away by the Google Nexus 2016 Marlin.

With this in mind, the price of the Nexus 6P has been on a constant drop as more stores, including the Google Store, get ready for the new Google Nexus 2016 handsets. The price drop of the Nexus 6P means that the phone finds itself in an unfamiliar territory – a territory that is dictated by the likes of OnePlus 3 and a handful of other devices such as Xiaomi Mi5 and ASUS ZenFone 3 Deluxe. But for now, our focus is on the self-proclaimed flagship killer – OnePlus – and its newest member, the OnePlus 3 flagship.

The Google Nexus 6P previously sold for $499 for the base model, but still, this was $100 more than what the OnePlus 3 costs, but this has now changed with the back to school promotions. While the latter is a 2016 release, the former came to life almost a year ago. In short, the OnePlus 3 packs the latest hardware configurations as opposed to what you find on the Nexus 6P, but is this everything? Let’s find out.

Design and display

Both Nexus 6P and OnePlus 3 have great builds. You find premium aluminum unibodies that definitions of what a true flagship should look like. In addition, both phones are technically the same in terms of thickness, but the Nexus 6P is slightly larger in size, something that appears to be a welcome idea for many smartphone buyers today.

Even though both handsets are packed with fingerprint scanners, the Nexus 6P has it on the back alongside the rear snapper while the OnePlus 3 has it on the front panel, just below the screen. This also doubles as the Home button, but you can still make use of on-screen buttons if you wish. There is the latest USB Type-C port on each of these two phones, but the Nexus 6P makes use of Intel’s fast charging technology whereas the OnePlus 3 has Dash Charge, which serves the same purpose of charging the phones’ batteries much faster than normal chargers.

Speaking of chargers and batteries, you get a better 3450mAh battery capacity on the Nexus 6P as compared to the 3000mAh unit of the OnePlus 3.

OnePlus 3 vs Nexus 6P

Coming down to the display, there might be some disappointments with the display quality of the OnePlus 3, but this is nothing to put you off. The phone has a slightly smaller 5.5-inch AMOLED panel, but it gets a Full HD resolution of 1080p. The Nexus 6P still comes with an AMOLED panel, but this is a larger 5.7-inch QHD screen with 1440p resolution. These specs mean that the latter handset delivers a higher quality of display as compared to the former, but this might not be noticeable to the naked human eye.

Hardware specs and performance

As noted earlier, OnePlus 3 was released this year while Nexus 6P is nearing its first anniversary. What this means is that there are newer hardware and performance specs on the former as opposed to the latter. But does this change anything in the real world? Not really.

Nexus 6P came in with a refined Snapdragon 810 SoC (the initial release had overheating issues, which is why Samsung and LG dropped it for their 2015 flagships) that had done away with the overheating problems, making it a top performer regardless of the task at hand. The octa-core chipset is paired with a decent RAM of 3GB, which further adds to the speedy performance of the 810 chipset. Despite this, the performance levels achieved by the Snapdragon 820, which is the successor to last year’s 810, are much better. Since this is the chipset the OnePlus 3 uses, in addition to twice the RAM available on the Nexus 6P, expect the former handset to deliver even better performance levels than the latter.

In terms of storage, you get only one variant for the OnePlus 3, which is 64GB. Just like the Nexus 6P, there is no room for microSD card expansion, but the latter has more storage options starting from 32GB, 64GB and a high-end model of 128GB.

As for the software, there is the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow on either phone. The two are also expected to receive the Android 7.0 Nougat update, but for obvious reasons, the Nexus 6P will lead the pack when it comes to receiving the updates. The main difference between these two handsets’ operating systems is that Nexus 6P comes with stock Android OS whereas OnePlus 3 adds an OxygenOS UI on top of the stock OS, which adds some tweaks here and there.

OnePlus 3 vs Nexus 6P

Camera and price

There is no doubt that these handsets have great cameras, but they are not what you will want in a flagship handset. There is a 12MP snapper on the back of the Nexus 6P with laser focus, HDR, LED flash, but there is no OIS, instead, you get EIS. This is perhaps where the OnePlus 3 shines as it offers both OIS and EIS on its 16MP rear snapper, however, you’ll miss on laser autofocus.

When compared to the industry standards setter Galaxy S7, these two lag behind in the camera department, but they still deliver some of the best shots you can find on a smartphone. As for the front parts, there is an 8MP lens on either phone, but the Nexus 6P has a smaller aperture of f/2.4 as compared to the f/2.0 on the OnePlus 3. In short, you can expect better selfies from the newer handset as compared to the older Nexus flagship.

As for the prices, the two have quite interesting valuations. The previous price of the 32GB variant of the Nexus 6P stood at $499, but this has now dropped to just $399. This means that the Nexus 6P has an equal price tag as the OnePlus 3, but the latter will give you 64GB of onboard storage for the same price. A similar 64GB storage option of the Nexus 6P is not on the current offer, which will be ending this August 13, but it costs a massive $549, $150 more than the OnePlus 3 64GB variant.

So, which one will you pick? OnePlus 3 or Google Nexus 6P? Let us know in the comments section below.

3 thoughts on “Google Nexus 6P vs. OnePlus 3 – A Tough Choice”

  1. Tough call. The OnePlus seems more snappy, but I love the extra screen real estate on the Nexus (yes, that 2/10 inch does make a difference). Both are gorgeous phones, but the Nexus is more elegant. Yet the OnePlus feels more solid and its slight body curve makes it easier to hold, and its smaller size makes it easier to pocket. But the Nexus is getting Nougat on Aug. 5. First-world dilemmas!

    1. However if you opt for the capacitive buttons on the OnePlus you’ll effectively have more screen real estate than on the Nexus 6P due to the black out bar dedicated to the software navigation buttons in almost everything besides video playback and some games.

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