The OnePlus 6 has now been officially unveiled, and the handset features a flagship-type design whilst packing a host of high spec power, and all for a very reasonable price in comparison to other rival flagship handset. So in comparison to what is at the moment considered the best smart phone, the iPhone X, how does the OnePlus 6 fair?
The OnePlus 6 and the iPhone X share one obvious design feature; they both have glass backs with metal edges. The OnePlus 6 is slightly bigger in size than the iPhone X, and this is to accommodate that bigger screen, even with this the OnePlus is only 3g heavier than the X, which is 174g. They both feel like premium devices, both being their respective companies mort high end and attractive products. The OnePlus 6 comes with slightly more choice of colours, with options of either midnight black, mirror black or silk white, whereas the iPhone X comes in either plain white or black.
The first big difference you’ll notice is to do with the security features; on the iPhone X, Apple opted to go with just facial recognition unlocking, whereas with the OnePlus 6 you have facial recognition but there is also the more familiar option of using the fingerprint scanner that is placed on the rear of the device.
At first glance of the two devices screens, you will think they have similar or even the same specs, however they are very different. The OnePlus 6 features a 6.268-inch optic AMOLED display with a Full HD+ (1080x2280) resolution. The iPhone X instead has a Super AMOLED display may be smaller in size at 5.8-inches, but has a higher resolution at 1125x2436. The iPhone X therefore has more pixels per inch (458ppi) than the OnePlus 6 which still has a very decent 402ppi.
The two handsets come with the latest OS software, with the OnePlus 6 running Android 8.1 Oreo with their company’s own Oxygen UI running over this. With this you can expect OnePlus to support the phone with OS updates for at least two years, and it looks like a high-end user interface. The iPhone X of course comes with the latest iOS 11 software, which if the user has had iPhone’s before, will be easily and familiar to them.
The power behind the OnePlus 6 comes from a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a processor that is featured in plenty of flagship devices this year and has proved more than capable thus far. You can combine this with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM (dependant on which model you opt for.) You can then choose from either 64GB/128GB/256GB of storage.
The iPhone X contains the best Apple can offer in regards to power, with the A11 Bionic chipset inside, which is coupled with 3GB of RAM. Of course this is half of the lowest spec of RAM on the OnePlus 6 – but as is always the case, the iPhone X has held its own in comparison to other flagship devices and is considered among the best in terms of performance.
The cameras are very different on these handsets, both of course capable of producing some truly epic shots. The OnePlus features a dual sensor with a 16MP and 20MP one, they work together to take photos. They both have apertures of f/1.7, with the front 16MP camera having a f/2.0 aperture which produces very decent selfies.
Compare these specs to the iPhone X and you’ll wonder why the X is so highly priced. With a dual sensor rear camera; one is 12MP, with an aperture of f/1.8 and the other also 12MP but with an f/2.4 aperture. This means there is a variety of modes available, like a 2 x optical zoom that can’t be found on the OnePlus 6. The iPhone X is also capable of slow motion at 240fps in Full HD, which in comparison to the OnePlus 6’s 120fps at 720p, comes out top trumps. The iPhone X has a weaker front camera though, being a 7MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.
Now for the prices, the OnePlus 6 (available for purchase everywhere on 22 May) will start at £469 for the cheapest model, and the most expensive will be priced at £569. The iPhone X – which has been on sale for a while now – starts at double the basic price of the OnePlus 6 at £999, with the most expensive version costing a whopping £1,149. So the OnePlus 6 is around half the price all round compared to Apple’s latest and most advanced iPhone.
These are both the best of the best from the respective companies, and you can’t say one is better than the other – as it will generally come down to which you prefer as a buyer. Obviously the OnePlus 6 is fantastic value, with plenty of features to boast about, but the iPhone X has more built in features. They both come with Fast Charge capabilities, both have brilliant designs, great displays and decent flagship cameras.