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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