LG G6 vs OnePlus 3T: First look


LG lifted the wraps off the G6 at MWC earlier today, finally making the sleek flagship official. It is truly a sight to behold with its beautiful 5.7-inch “FullVision” display and its almost bezel-less design, but for all the bells and whistles that it offers, at its core pumps last year's Snapdragon 821 processor.

With that said, and apart from all its fresh luster, what more does the LG G6 have to offer when compared to a similarly spec'd phone, say, last year's excellent OnePlus 3T, which too is powered by the SD 821?


Design


When it comes to design, the LG G6 and OnePlus 3T are two very different beasts. LG's new flagship is a sleek beast from top to bottom, it's beautiful facade efficiently occupied by the new 9:18 “FullVision” display, almost no bezels left on the top and bottom. The G6 manages to retain the same dimensions of its predecessor, the 5.3-inch LG G5, all the while kicking things up quite a bit when it comes to screen size.

The OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, remains identical to the OnePlus 3 in terms of size, retaining its 5.5-inch 1080p display. When put next to each other, the difference between the G6 and the OP3T is striking – the G6 is smaller, yet its display is substantially larger. LG's new contender is a bit thicker than the OnePlus 3T, but it more than makes up for this difference with its efficient and stylish design.

Software



The LG G6 runs a custom version of Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box. LG has stepped its game up when designing the UI of the G6, as we found the user experience to better than what we've seen from previous offerings from the company. Further, the new UX 6.0 that runs on the G6 has been built from the ground-up to take advantage of the 9:18 “FullVision” display. This becomes especially apparent when running two apps side-by-side (or on top of each other), as each one takes the form of a perfect square, neatly stacked against the other, and it doesn't matter whether you're holding the phone in portrait mode or sideways.

The OnePlus 3T currently runs OP's proprietary Oxygen OS version 4.0.3, which is based on Android 7.0 Nougat. Albeit not on the latest build of Nougat, the OnePlus 3T keeps things mostly up-to-date with security patches. Further, Oxygen OS looks very close to stock Android, which is sure to please many fans, but it is much more customizable, letting advanced users tweak the experience and parts of the interface to their heart's content.

Camera


The OnePlus 3T sports an adept 16 MP shooter on its back, coupled with a 16 MP selfie shooter. The OP3T is good, as we've asserted before, but the G6 does not play around either. LG's newest is equipped with two 13 MP cameras on the back, which, albeit smaller in resolution than the one on the OP3T, offer a unique feature – wide-angle view. The selfie camera on the G6 also has a considerably wider field of view, allowing you to capture more in your shots, although it's just a 5 MP shooter.

Hardware


While the two devices are very similar specs-wise, thanks to LG’s decision to equip the G6 with a Snapdragon 821 chipset, the small details are where each phone gets to shine. While the OnePlus 3 comes with an extra 2 GB of RAM, this is a negligible difference for most users, who will rarely get to use either device to its full potential. The two phones also feature a pretty similar battery size (3300 mAh in the LG vs 3400 mAh in the OnePlus), but the G6 has an advantage here (or at least it does in the US), as it also features wireless charging, courtesy of Qualcomm’s WiPower standard. Where it considerably lags behind, however, is in the size of its the built-in storage, which is either 32 or 64 GB, depending on where it’s sold. The OnePlus 3T, on the other hand, comes with a solid 128 GB of internal memory.

Despite being the slightly stronger device overall, specs-wise at least, it’s worth noting that the 3T doesn’t have a couple of the G6’s cooler features: its water resistance and its Quad DAC (which is, unfortunately, limited to a few Asian countries only). So, if you’re looking for more bells and whistles, the brand new G6 would be the way to go. On the other hand, LG hasn't announced official pricing of the G6 yet, meaning that when they do, the price tag might either make or break the deal,



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G6
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3300 mAh(20.5h talk time)
3T
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 821, Quad-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh

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14 Comments

1. scarface21173

Posts: 659; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

I suppose it will come down to price aswel. And the oneplus 4 will not be to far away. Both great phones.

2. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

One Plus is killing it

13. DearSX

Posts: 17; Member since: Nov 12, 2015

Replaced my Nexus with a OnePlus 3T, great phone, Looking to get the next 4T for the wife. $200+ price difference buys me some awesome toys!

3. raky_b

Posts: 384; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

G6 is no doubt better device, but question is will it be worth of premium price over OP3t. And that will be it's biggest problem...price comparation with this and similar devices, not a s8 or iPhone 8.

4. Amrit2206

Posts: 12; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

G6 will be better than this chinese s**t.

7. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

better in terms of endless bloatwares, cheap built quality and horrible battery life. go on with your dream.

9. JKSelama

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

Please get lost. And be sure to take your racist attitude with you.

10. Kroezk

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

do a benchmark ;) and you will see which is better (1+ user)

5. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

G6 battery life will be below average and the memory isn't DDR4.

6. SYSTEM_LORD

Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

3T has a 16MP selfie

8. nate358

Posts: 63; Member since: Dec 24, 2013

Oneplus 3T has a 16MP front camera not an 8MP. And you didn't mention the silence switch on the 3T... something the LG G6 doesn't have. Also, while the 3T isn't rated for water resistance, you can see videos on YouTube where the phone is placed in water and has no issues afterwards.

11. Kroezk

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 2017

exactly, i have the OP3 with 8MP and the 3T have 16MP for selfies, the 3T is the best Android phone at this moment

12. John-Knotts

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

3T also has 64 and 128 gb storage options.

14. ftibbelog

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

One remark in the comparison I can not understand: "...the G6 is smaller, yet its display is substantially larger." This is obviously not the case: the surface areas of both screens are almost identical, you can make the calculation: The G6's display is taller but narrower. If you take into consideration that the 3T has separate home buttons, buttons that eat away screen space on the G6, the display of the 3T is effectively larger than the display of the G6!

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