Google Pixel XL vs Nexus 6P vs OnePlus 3: here is a specs comparison

Google is pushing towards the mainstream with its latest smartphones, the Pixel and the Pixel XL, and only time will show if these are the revelation the Android crowd has been keeping its breath for. Chances are that you might still be undecided whether to invest your hard-earned money in the Pixel XL/Pixel or not, as these definitely have a couple of more affordable, albeit a bit older alternatives that could be a better pick for you.

We are talking about none other than the last great Nexus device, the not-too-shabby Huawei-made Nexus 6P, and a device that is often cited as one of the best value-for-money phones of 2016 - the mighty OnePlus 3.

An excellent trio by all standards! However, there's a rather large elephant in the room, taken the form of a simple question: should you get the Pixel XL, the Nexus 6P, or the OnePlus 3? Which one would be a better fit for your pocket?

Well, we can't decide that for you, but we can help you by showing you how the three compare in terms of raw specs... and size, too!

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Dimensions

6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches

154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches

159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

Google Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

Dimensions

6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches

154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)

Google Nexus 6P

Google Nexus 6P

Dimensions

6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches

159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm

Weight

6.28 oz (178 g)

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3

Dimensions

6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches

152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm

Weight

5.57 oz (158 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Google Pixel XL vs Google Nexus 6P vs OnePlus 3

Display

Display size

5.5 inches
5.7 inches
5.5 inches

Resolution

1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
1080 x 1920 pixels

Aspect Ratio

16:9
 
 

Pixel density

534 ppi
518 ppi
401 ppi

Technology

AMOLED
AMOLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body ratio

71.22 %
71.60 %
73.15 %

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

12.3 megapixels
12.3 megapixels
16 megapixels

Hardware Features

Laser and Phase detection autofocus
Laser autofocus
Optical image stabilization, Phase detection autofocus

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Sensor size: 1/2.3"; Pixel size: 1.55 μm
Aperture size: F2.0; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features

Video calling, Video sharing
Video calling
Video calling

Front

8 megapixels
8 megapixels
8 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
 
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.09 x 2.98 x 0.34 inches (154.72 x 75.74 x 8.6 mm)
6.27 x 3.06 x 0.29 inches (159.3 x 77.8 x 7.3 mm)
6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches (152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35 mm)

Weight

5.93 oz (168 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
6.28 oz (178 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)
5.57 oz (158 g)
the average is 6 oz (172 g)

Materials

Back: Aluminum, Glass
Back: Aluminum
Back: Aluminum

Resistance

Splash, Dust; IP 53
 
 

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)

Features

Notification light
Notification light
Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 Pro
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996

Processor

Quad-core, 2150 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Kryo, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 530
Adreno 430
Adreno 530

RAM

4 GB LPDDR4
3 GB LPDDR4
6 GB LPDDR4

OS

Android (9.0 Pie, 8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat)
Android (8.1 Oreo, 8.0 Oreo, 7.1 Nougat, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow)
Android (9.0 Pie, 7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow), OnePlus OxygenOS UI

Battery

Capacity

3450 mAh
3450 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

Yes
Yes
OnePlus Dash Charge

Talk time

32.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 21 h (1288 min)
 

Stand-by time

21.8 days (522 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
18.3 days (440 hours)
the average is 19 days (457 h)
 

Internet use

LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 14 hours
LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 10 hours
 

Music playback

130.00 hours
100.00 hours
 

Video playback

14.00 hours
10.00 hours
 

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 869
$ 649
$ 399




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25 Comments

1. Carl3000

Posts: 240; Member since: Oct 11, 2014

You the the 6P is a beast phone when it still gets compared to all the latest flagships in speed tests etc.

6. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I wish I had purchased 6P ( instead of being gifted a 64 GB 6S Plus around the last new year). I held back , due to SD 810 heating issues and how good the A9 chip was when it launched.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7241; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

There is no mention of the sensor specs, which are needed in a device, if it wants to be Daydream VR certified. That is why the Nexus 6P is only going to stay with a Daydream VR development edition, and not become certified as an actual Daydream VR device.

24. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Hmmm , good to know !

2. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I fail to understand why the OnePlus 3 is being compared when a more capable phone like the Axon 7 is available for the same exact price? It's got a higher resolution display, expandable storage, and a 2 year warranty with accident insurance included... Is it the OS updates?

7. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

because my OP3 hits axon 7 out of park in fluidity !! a rare breed in android world!

10. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

OnePlus 3 does a few things better, interface, software and camera to name just three. To many users these are the most important factors so that's why it's being compared. The low light performance of Axon 7 camera is pathetic btw.

12. Harambe unregistered

Better design, better UI, development, camera, speed just to name a few.

3. PilzXDA

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 01, 2016

The Pixel is running Andorid 7.1 NOT 7.0, PA please fix the mistake.

4. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Wow the OP3 hardly supports LTE bands in US. Guess I'll have to settle for 3G when I'm in Chicago end of the week sigh

9. michaelny2001

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

Whaaaattt??? I have the OP3 and it supports everything. Had ATT LTE (after i tricked them into using my oldf LG G2 imei, now switched to Cricket, LTE, no problem. Where is the issue? When u buy from the manuyfacturer's website, make sure you buy the USA version. then... do *#*#4636#*#* and go to the 3 dots upper corner right and chose USA band. all set. Plus make sure you have LTE/GSM set up as well.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Why would PA not show the US version then, if it supports different bands. For me living in Netherlands, my OP3 is perfect. Guess I'll try that trick when I am in Chicago.

25. michaelny2001

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

There are different versions. It's possible that the European version may not have all of them in the US. I work for a Dutch company and i travel at times into the Netherlands and i can still use the service. Just buy a 5 euro sim. Try that trick though. Hope it will work out for you.

5. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Experience matters more than specs and that is why Pixel XL will be a much better phone to stand the test of time ( 2-3 years). OP3 will have developer love but these days installing a custom ROM is no longer an attractive option , due to security concerns and driver issues.

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

not for every1 !! OP3 's developer friendliness will make you happy next year!

15. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Like I said , developer love is an option with OP3 , but not attractive to me anymore . There is a constantly closing gap between the capabilities of stock Android / Oxygen OS and something else like Cyanogen. I am a guy who places high importance on data security rather than mostly gimmicky features. And I am pretty sure Pixel phones will not be left behind by the devs.

11. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I'm no fan of Google underclocking the SD821 in the Pixel, the SD820 in the OP3 is clocked higher smh!

13. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Should provide better battery life, I don't see anything wrong with that. SD821 CPU can never hope to compete with Exynos 8890 or A10 so why even try?

16. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Not entirely true , SD 820 holds its own against Exynos 8890 . A10 is a generation ahead though, I agree with that . http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-7-Snapdragon-820-vs-Exynos-8890-the-beasts-clash_id84167

19. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Barely. GeekBench 4 Exynos 8890: 1800/5200 SD820: 1700/4100 Sure they could increase clockspeeds it to try and beat them in single core performance but that's the best you can hope for, why bother? just take the battery life.

23. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

You didn't check out the written passage in the above link, or check the other benchmark scores. Perhaps , Geekbench is your fav benchmark but I personally take all benchmarks into consideration like AnTuTu , Vellamo Metal , Vellamo browser , Basemark OS 2.0 and Geekbench 3 and then average them out , approximately of course. Plus a definition of good SoC includes both CPU and GPU. And in the GPU department , 530 is quite a bit ahead. I would personally still prefer 8890 because of better battery life , but nobody should be too unhappy even if they land a SD820 version of a phone.

17. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I've already assumed as much but if you ask me It will only be worth it if the Pixel xl has better battery life than the SD820 version of the S7 edge. GPU wise the SD821 at it's normal clock rate is acually better than both lol just sayin. Energy efficiency, well it's obviously behind those two even the A9.

18. Awalker

Posts: 1973; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I think it's fine as long as phone performs well.

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I totally agree, if the phone performs great and has really good battery life then the lower clock speed would actually be preferable over the higher ones.

21. chenski

Posts: 762; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

My Nexus 6p with 810 still super smooth!

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