Towards the end of last year, OnePlus 3T came to life – a phone that has proven to be so popular among Android fans across the globe. The company touts this smartphone as a flagship killer, but how does it stand against the highly successful Google Nexus 6P?
It might seem a little unfair to compare the OnePlus 3T with the 2015 Google Nexus 6P. If anything, many would prefer to see a comparison between the former and Google’s latest phablet – the Pixel XL. However, we all know that it gets sweeter (or cheaper) buying a phone that is slightly older (but still unused) in the market as opposed to getting the latest variants. Of course, the latter gets you the latest hardware, software, and features, but the good side of many Google phones is that these features can be added to older phones via software updates – and it is already happening.
So, how does the months’ old OnePlus 3T stand against the year-old Google Nexus 6P? Let’s take a closer look.
One very essential factor when buying a phone is the price. Let’s face it – no one wants to spend hundreds of dollars on a phone that is not, well, worth it. These two are great phones at amazing price tags, but the OnePlus 3T, despite being the newest member, still wins the price battle. The phone starts at $439 as opposed to the Nexus 6P’s $499. But is this everything? Not really!
Design and display
From our side of the divide, the two phones have some of the best design languages you can find in the market. OnePlus 3T hasn’t changed a thing when compared to the original OnePlus 3 – and you’ll love it for sure. The metallic unibody, slim bezels, sleek design and the aesthetic looks – just about every design aspect of this phone is perfect. However, this doesn’t mean the Google Nexus 6P looks bad. The Huawei-made handset boasts a well-crafted design that features a combination of metal and glass, but the latter material only appears in the upper third of the phone’s rear, housing the main camera.
As for the display, the Google Nexus 6P has the ball in its court. The phone ships with a larger 5.7-inch AMOLED display screen that features a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. This panel delivers crispier views when compared to the 5.5-inch AMOLED panel of the OnePlus 3T that ships with a 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. Still, both screens are protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 4.
Unlike the Google Nexus 6P that comes with an oleophobic coating to prevent fingerprints from sticking all over the screen, the OnePlus 3T has none, instead, it is a fingerprint magnet.
Like the price aspect, the OnePlus 3T takes all the credit when it comes to performance. The phone packs the most advanced chipset of 2016 – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 – and this is paired with a RAM of 6GB. Given that the Google Nexus 6P is over a year old, it is no surprise that it has weaker performance specs. These include the Snapdragon 810 alongside a RAM of 3GB, half what its counterpart has to offer.
While there is usually a lot that software optimizations have to offer as far as performance is concerned, the amount of RAW power on the OnePlus 3T makes it a better choice between the two. Speaking of software, this is where the Nexus 6P wins the battle. Even though both have the same Android Marshmallow out of the box, you’ll be sure of getting the latest Android 7.1.2 Nougat ahead of the OnePlus 3T, which is currently running the original Android 7.0 Nougat following an update late last year.
One area that saw huge improvements when OnePlus 3T replaced the original OnePlus 3 in the market was the camera. There is a 16MP Sony IMX298 lens in the main camera, boasting the likes of OIS, EIS, and PDAF. The front has a similar 16MP shooter with PDAF on board, but it has fewer features than its primary counterpart.
From the look of things, the 12.3MP shooter on the back of the Google Nexus 6P as well as 8MP selfie camera are nowhere near the 3T. It gets even worse when considering that the primary camera of the 6P has no OIS and EIS, but this doesn’t mean the camera is not good.
Battery capacity and storage
The battery capacities of these two are almost the same. The Google Nexus 6P gets a 3450mAh unit compared to the 3400mAh unit on the OnePlus 3T. However, where the latter still comes with a microUSB port, the former has the latest USB Type-C port. Both support fast charging technologies, which means you can get the battery from 0-50% in just a matter of minutes.
In terms of storage, the OnePlus 3T has two options – 64GB and 128GB. On the other hand, the Google Nexus 6P gives you three options, adding another 32GB base model to the same options offered by the 3T. However, be warned that none of these phones has a microSD card slot, hence, be careful with the model you pick.
As it appears, the OnePlus 3T has most wins when compared to the Google Nexus 6P. So, does it mean that the old 6P is no longer the gold of the smartphone world? Share your thoughts with us via the comments.