While we saw a good number of smartphones released in the first half of 2016, it seems the best was being saved for last.
Google and OnePlus are two names that are well-known in the smartphone industry, although the latter has only been in this field for three years now. Last month, Google Pixel and Pixel XL were unveiled and since then, the two phones have been seen immense demand, especially the larger Pixel XL. In essence, it is the Google Pixel XL that carries all the flagship specs you can find in a 2016 handset, but we have a new competitor in town dubbed the OnePlus 3T.
A successor to the already successful OnePlus 3, the new OnePlus 3T is an upgraded version of the former. It comes with lots of powerful specs and features that should definitely make it hard for buyers to pick which to go with between the two – OnePlus 3T and Google Pixel XL. But as usual, there is always something that sets them apart. So, which handset should you buy between these two flagships?
OnePlus 3T was just announced this month and it goes on sale starting next week Tuesday. As for the Google Pixel XL, you can get the phone from Verizon Wireless, Best Buy or the official Google Store right away. The two handsets have a few things in common.
Both come with a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen, but OnePlus 3T uses a Full HD resolution as opposed to the QHD resolution available on the Google Pixel XL. This also means that you get full support for Daydream VR on the latter. The Pixel XL is 10g heavier than OnePlus 3T, which has 158g, but the two come with just about the same battery capacity – 3400mAh for the latter and 3450mAh for the former. Both batteries are chargeable via USB-C ports and they support fast charging technology.
The similarities don’t end here. Under the hood, OnePlus 3T shares the same processor with the Google Pixel XL – a Snapdragon 821. However, the former has more RAM than the latter – 6GB vs. 4GB. There are also slight differences in terms of storage. The OnePlus 3T handset has two options of 64GB and 128GB, but the Google Pixel XL has a 32GB and 128GB model – both phones do not support microSD card storage.
It gets much better for OnePlus 3T when it comes to selfies. There is a huge 16MP sensor on the front that equals the one on the back, but the latter has things like OIS, EIS, LED flash and PDAF on board. As for the Google Pixel XL, you get a decent 12.3MP on the back alongside an 8MP selfie sensor. While the latter has been tested in real life, the former has yet – which makes it just good on paper. There is no OIS on the Pixel XL like its counterpart, but there is EIS and PDAF, among other camera features.
As you can see, the OnePlus 3T has a leg up the Google Pixel XL in a number of aspects, however, the latter wins it when it comes to software. Apart from coming in with the latest Android Nougat OS, Google Pixel XL promises timely software updates than the OnePlus 3T, which also runs on older Android Marshmallow software out of the box. Still, OnePlus has promised to update the device to the new Nougat OS this December.
Now, where it matters most is the price of the two. Where the base model of the OnePlus 3T is valued at $439 and high-end at $479, you need $769 to get the 32GB variant of the Google Pixel XL while the 128GB variant costs $100 more.
So, which one will you buy? OnePlus 3T or Google Pixel XL?