Back in 2015, Google shook hands with another famous mobile device manufacturer, Huawei, and released Nexus 6P, the successor of the Nexus 6 phablet. On the other hand, OnePlus has ditched the Sandstone Black design and opted for a more familiar metal aspect that is used on many other new smartphones. If it’s hard to make up your mind because it’s hard to decide which phone is worth buying, we’re comparing these two devices and maybe you’ll choose your favorite.
The Nexus 6P was very different from the Nexus 6 built by Motorola and which had a curved plastic body with a small dip at the top and a dimple below the rear camera. The Nexus 6P is much smaller, measuring 159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm, it weights 178 grams and its exterior is made of aluminum. Also, it has a protruding horizontal black glass strip at the top of the back, which contains the camera. Somewhere lower, in the middle, you’ll see a fingerprint scanner that you can use to lock/unlock the device and to make online payments with Android Pay. The OnePlus 3 has also a metal body, but it’s very similar to an iPhone or HTC One M9, as it has curved edges and thin lines at the top and bottom. Its dimensions are 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm, resulting in a total weight of 158 grams. Also, its fingerprint scanner is placed below the screen.
The Nexus 6P has an AMOLED screen with a generous diagonal of 5.7-inch. It supports a QHD resolution at 518ppi and it’s protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The OnePlus 3 has an Optic AMOLED screen of 5.5-inch with a Full HD resolution that gives 401ppi and it benefits from the same Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
The Nexus 6P is older, so it has obsolete internal specs, even if it’s a flagship. Huawei used a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 chipset with four cores clocked at 1.55GHz and four cores clocked at 2GHz, backed by 3GB of RAM. The basic variant of storage was 32GB, but customers were offered two more variants of 64GB and 128GB, none being expandable. The OnePlus 3 received the newer Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 chip with a processor formed from two cores clocked at 2.15GHz and two cores clocked at 1.6GHz backed by 6GB of RAM. This device doesn’t offer a microSD card slot for storage expansion either, and it has an internal memory of 64GB.
The Nexus 6P has a 12.3MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0 and it offers features such as laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 1/2.3′ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and HDR, panorama. The OnePlus 3 has a 16MP rear camera with the same aperture, and its list of features includes phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama and HDR. Both phones have an 8MP front camera, but the Nexus 6P has an aperture of f/2.4, while the OnePlus 3 supports f/2.0.
None of the devices has a removable battery, and since the Nexus 6P is bigger, it’s powered by a larger battery of 3450 mAh. The OnePlus 3 settles for a 3000 mAh battery with a similar lifespan.
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