The OnePlus 3 has impressed all throughout its existence, especially when it is put head-to-head with some of the top names in the smartphone industry.
Now that the Google Pixel XL is here, it is about time we took a deeper look at how this new model compares against the self-proclaimed flagship killer of 2016 – OnePlus 3.
Design and display
The Google Pixel XL and OnePlus 3 are almost identical in size, but there are slight differences. The former measures 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm and weighs 168g while the latter measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm and weighs 158g.
Both phones are made of full metal unibodies, however, the back of the Pixel XL has a two-tone finish as opposed to the brushed metallic finish on the rear of the OnePlus 3. Unless you have really big hands, none of them is easy to use single-handedly.
The latest connectivity standards have been observed on both, with USB Type-C the order of the day. While there is a mere IP53 rating on the Google Pixel XL, there is no form of dust and water resistance on the OnePlus handset. As far as the display is concerned, you get the same 5.5-inch AMOLED panels on either phone. However, the Google Pixel XL has a better QHD 1440p resolution as opposed to the 1080p resolution of the OnePlus 3. There is Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4 on both handsets, but you get a pre-fitted screen protector on the flagship killer.
Performance specs and software
Digging deeper under the hood, you will come across some really interesting features on both the OnePlus 3 and Google Pixel XL. The two have flagship specs, but the latter comes with a newer and more powerful Snapdragon 821 SoC as opposed to the Snapdragon 820 found in the former. As for the RAM, there is 6GB on OnePlus 3 while the Pixel XL has 2GB less.
Despite the differences, you should get equally compelling performance levels from either phone, especially since both have the same clock speeds. You get a fingerprint scanner on both phones, but OnePlus 3 has it inside the Home button while the Pixel XL has it on the back.
As far as software is concerned, the Google Pixel XL is way ahead of the OnePlus 3. There is Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box for the newer handset, but OnePlus is currently working on Android 7.0 Nougat update for its flagship, which should be out anytime this quarter. As for now, the phone still runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.
Cameras and battery capacity
Google has always lagged behind when it comes to smartphone cameras. However, industry experts DxOMark think otherwise, having given the 12.3MP sensor on the back of the Google Pixel XL a rating of 89 – the highest ever for a smartphone. Despite all this, the snapper has no OIS, but you get EIS, dual-tone LED flash and HDR+, f/2.0 aperture, among other features. The front part has an 8MP sensor for selfies and videos.
As for OnePlus 3, you get an even better 16MP snapper with the same f/2.0 aperture, HDR, PDAF, EIS, LED flash, as well as OIS. Like the Pixel XL, the front part has an 8MP sensor.
In terms of battery, the Pixel XL gets the better of the OnePlus 3 with its 3450mAh unit. The latter has a 3000mAh unit, but this is no issue given the 1080p screen it has to power as compared to the 1440p of the former. Still, both units come with support for fast charging technology, which should come in handy when in a hurry to get some juice into the huge batteries on offer.
Storage and pricing
Last year’s Google Nexus 6P came in three storage options of 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB. But this time, the Pixel XL dropped the 64GB model and came in with two variants – 32GB and 128GB. As usual, there is no microSD card storage, which is the same case for the OnePlus 3, which has one option of 64GB.
When it comes to the pricing aspect, you will be surprised. The flagship killer is valued at just $399 while the base model of the Google Pixel XL has a price tag of $769. The top-end model costs an extra $100.
Of course, Google phones will always have an edge when it comes to timely software updates, but does this justify the hefty price tag of the Pixel XL when compared to the OnePlus 3? Please share your thoughts in the comments.