To start with, OnePlus has bounced back in 2016 with what they are good at. They have again shown to the world that what is actually a value-for-money device. A heavily specced mobile at an affordable cost without compromising on the quality. With OnePlus 3T, the company is again trying to increase the pressure on its rivals. Guess what, they might as well see a second win this year.
Without any doubts, OnePlus 3 has been a hot-selling device in 2016. It has all the best in class hardware shielded with premium quality metal. I have used OnePlus 3 for the maximum amount of time. If you had followed me on social media channels, you might have seen a lot of pictures shared that were shot on OnePlus 3. It is one heck of a device!
But, OnePlus didn’t stop with only one device this year. They upgraded the same looking device with upgraded hardware and launched it as OnePlus 3T. Today, I’m trying to it with another high end and heavily priced device Google Pixel. Here are my thoughts.
War of Heavily Specced Devices!
Both OnePlus 3T and Google Pixel carries a top notch hardware. Both comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. I must say this, OnePlus 3T is the only other device in India to power on SD 821 SoC apart from Google Pixel. Do you get the reason why I picked Pixel only here?
It comes with an industry best LPDDR4 6GB RAM when compared to 3GB or 4GB in Pixels. While these can just be the numbers, but it matters in the world of Android smartphones. RAM management is quite not done rightly on most of the Android powered smartphones. So the RAM numbers do matter. Though both the devices carry stock or almost near-to-stock operating system, higher the RAM gives more space to play around.
Rest of the hardware might go hand-in-hand except the camera which I will talk about in the below segment.
Camera: Who Shoots Better?
Talking about the camera on both the devices, we will see a very minute difference in them. The Google Pixel comes with the 12.3-megapixel sensor with 1.55 µm pixel size compared to 16-megapixel sensor with 1.12 µm on the OnePlus 3T. How does this combination work actually?
I’m not a professional in this matter, but here is how it works. A larger sensor allows for more pixels of a particular size, generally higher resolution, and tends to have a larger lens. Meanwhile, the smaller sensor can often provide a larger zoom range and occupies less physical space.
Larger pixels can capture more light, and thus more accurately represent brightness and color fidelity with less noise. Smaller pixels allow for higher resolution. At face value, the Google Pixel will have better color rendition, while your sensor simply offers larger image dimensions.
Though Google Pixel camera can take slightly better image than OnePlus 3T. There won’t much difference in both. With respect to the front-facing camera, 16MP sensor with 1.0 µm with go hand-in-hand again with 8MP 1.4µm pixels.
Design: Does matter!
When we look at the design of Google Pixel, it looks more like an iPhone-ish. Though it carries a slightly different design on the rear. Meaning, the Pixel has half glass and half metal combination on the rear. On the other hand, OnePlus 3T comes with a complete metal cover.
Does it matter?
Yes, it does! I recently had a slight heart attack when my Nexus 6P met with a terrible accident. In such situations, the complete metal build will win over semi-metal. Also, the glass on the rear is prone to damages when fallen from a shorter height as well. So the OnePlus 3T will have an upper hand over Google Pixel with respect to damages.
Charging Tech: Dash-ing it away!
In case you aren’t aware of, OnePlus has built a best quick charging solution with OnePlus 3. Called as Dash Charging, the device can give one full day worth charging or 50% charge in half an hour. In this way, the OnePlus 3T will always have a charge or even in case you run on low battery, the dash charging will help you in getting charged soon.
On the other side, Google Pixel supports 15W – 18W charging but still charges on lesser speed compared to OnePlus 3T. The company has released a video about the same. Check the video below.
Price: Definitely Matters!
What it boils down to the end of the day is pricing. Though OnePlus 3T and Google Pixel carries almost similar specifications, both are targeted to different segments. Google Pixel costs at the very higher segment with price starting from INR. 57000. On the other hand, OnePlus 3T is for those who are looking at value-for-money smartphone and price starting from INR. 30000. Nearly half of what Pixel is priced at.
Also, another point to be considered is the storage options. OnePlus 3T comes in 64GB and 128GB storage variants. But Pixel starts at 32GB and goes up to 64GB and 128GB. Even if you compare the price of 128GB version of 3T with Pixel, OnePlus 3T wins by huge margin.
Lastly, one shouldn’t just compare two phones just by hard specifications they carry. All it matters is the experience. In this both the devices can promise a best possible experience, and considering the price, OnePlus 3T will have a slightly upper hand when it comes to Pixel’s.