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Google has decided to replace its Nexus line of affordable smartphones with the Pixel series, which comply with market standards and come with spicy price tags that make customers wonder how worth it this device really is.

Today, we’ll compare the Google Pixel to a device that has been well received since its launch, namely the OnePlus 3T. Let’s see if Pixel has enough juice to justify the price or if you would be better off with another handset.

Design and Display

Both devices come with a metal build (aluminum to be more precise) that give them a premium feel without making them too have in hand. The OnePlus device is a tad lighter and also smaller, but not by much.

When it comes to screens, the Pixel and 3T feature the same display size, which is 5.5 inches. The use of AMOLED technology makes it so both devices offer crisp images that please the eye. Due to its larger screen to body ratio, the OnePlus handset will manage to fit the 5.5 inch display in a smaller body. This means that the phone is slightly more comfortable to handle with no screen size sacrifices needed. In return, Google’s Pixel comes with a higher pixel density (534 ppi) compared to the 3T (401 ppi).


There are some subtle differences in terms of internal specs. Starting off with the RAM, which ae the least subtle, Google leads with its 6 GB of RAM as opposed to the 4 GB found in the OnePlus. However, 6 GB is currently considered overkill since you don’t need that much.

But it’s still better to have, as it can only mean that it takes longer before you have to upgrade your handset again. The internal storage reached 128 GB meaning that both phones provide enough space for all your files. Last but certainly not least, we have the processors. While both are Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chips, the OnePlus 3T features the 2.35 GHz version while the Pixel has the 2.15 GHz model.

As you can see, the differences between the handsets are not astronomical, and it with the exception of some small leads such as the 50 mAH battery superiority of the Pixel (compared to the 3T’s 3400 mAH) or the fact that the OnePlus device supports dual SIM, there’s not much to help you choose one from another.

In the end, it all comes down to which design you like most and which small perks appeal to you more.