OnePlus 6T vs Pixel 3: the "flagship killer" kills another flagship

OnePlus 6T vs Pixel 3: the
With the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, you get the "stock Android experience", the way Google wants you to get it. Pure, snappy, fast, with advanced Google Assistant features, and timely updates both in terms of security patches and major Android builds for the next 3 years. To top it off, they take pretty awesome pictures, thanks to Google's HDR+ technologies.

You know what's not cool about it? A $800 starting price and a very controversial notch on the Pixel 3 XL variant. Still, these things can be overlooked — it just depends on how much you like the Pixel phones.

But it's a bit hard to swallow those pills when you know you have the OnePlus 6T just at an arm's reach. It is a serious contender, built with premium materials, snappy fast, near-stock Android UI, and all the up-to-date hardware. Hey, it's even the first phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner to be officially sold in the US! And it starts at $550.

So, we asked... which of these would you buy? It seems the Pixel 3 might have a bad time...

Google Pixel 3 / XL vs OnePlus 6T

Pixel 3 or XL for sure. Nobody does it like Google!
OnePlus 6T, that's an easy choice...

Related phones

Pixel 3
  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2500 MHz
  • Storage 64GB
  • Battery 2915 mAh
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh



1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Oneplus is a great device with its price!

14. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

OnePlus is missing a number of things. It has no Daydream VR, or ARCore support. So no VR or AR apps, so those type of apps do not work. Plus the Pixels have an on board AI chip, and now a security chip to protect your storage, installation of apps and data. All of which is missing from the OnePlus. Not to mention the OnePlus is using a forked version of Android which OnePlus calls their version of Android Oxygen OS. Also the Pixel 3 XL display is superior. Pixel for me any day.

21. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Of all the things the Pixel 3 has over the Oneplus (wireless charging, camera, ip rating, smaller option, stereo speakers, and so on...) and you bring up some niche gimmicks like VR and AR that no one uses as reasons....

22. bokimaricu

Posts: 89; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

in what universe is the pixel 3 display superior? "Not to mention the OP is using a forked version of Android which OP calls their version of Android Oxygen OS" - why is this a bad thing? Oxygen is so much better than stock android, while retaining the stock "feel". Also yeah, who the hell uses Daydream VR or ARCore? Just useless gimicks IMO. The 6t, hell even the 6 destroy the Pixels.

27. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Atechguy0/sgodsell/strategic_developer is obsessed with displays, thinks it’s the only thing that matters

2. Vogue1985 unregistered

LG, become Nexus, there a Open spot lol. Ie look at white Oneplus is doing. Oh and the Oneplus 6 n 6t,loving them. However, next they will cost $600 plus. LGGG, hellooo, fill the gap Nexus left.

6. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3187; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

LG already was Nexus. The only gap LG could fill is the bootloop gap left behind with the 4, 5 and 5X.

3. morgeus09

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 19, 2018

Shame... pixel 3 is beyond oneplus 6t. Mono speaker of oneplus 6t versus loudest and richest superior frontfiring stereo pixel 3 speaker, fhd average oled display of oneplis 6t vs world's most advanced oled display(displaymate results) with 2k on pixel 3 xl, no wireless charging on oneplus 6t versus fast wireless charging on pixel 3, an advanced camera on oneplus 6t versus a camera far beyond oneplus 6t. Just watch this video...

4. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Sure. It's also $549 vs $899, so yeah, the Pixel 3 XL had better have some key features. Do those features add up to a $350 premium? YMMV, but to me they certainly do not especially when I'm getting twice the storage, 50% more RAM and a much less obnoxious notch.

5. michaelny2001

Posts: 355; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

and don't forget Pixel comes with tax, Oneplus straight from their website doesn't.

15. rouyal

Posts: 1598; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

I remember I was pulling the trigger on the Pixel 2, checking out on the Google Store, then backed out once they slapped tax on it.

16. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The OnePlus is using a forked version of Android. OnePlus calls their version of Android Oxygen OS. Also there is no AI chip, and there is no security chip on any OnePlus. All of which comes with every Pixel. Also OnePlus doesn't support Daydream VR or ARCore. So no AR or VR support for any OnePlus.

19. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

OnePlus most certainly did not fork Android. They are following the same upstream code base as all other OEMs use.

17. Alex_12

Posts: 62; Member since: May 30, 2018

Well I preordered Pixel 3 which cost 800$ and received for free Google wireless charger and 75$ credit... so you see, you are comparing wrong numbers. No matter how you look at it OP6t is just no match to Pixel 3.

20. jellmoo

Posts: 2675; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Okay, and for the people that didn't pre-order and now don't get bonus items? They just pay more. The Pixel 3XL has some great features. Features that the OP6t does not have. Are they worth $350 along with having to survive with half the storage and worse performance? Maybe to you, but not to me.

13. rabramson2443 unregistered

Not to mention IP68 water resistance and day one updates. If price were of no consideration, this article would never have been written.

24. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

If both phones were offered free i would still take the 6T. Pixel range is nothing but a beta test platform for Google Software.

7. Vega007

Posts: 93; Member since: May 18, 2017

One Plus raises their price by $20. Google raises its price by $150. Easy choice here.

9. DFranch

Posts: 562; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Raised the price by $20, but also added 50% more RAM and double the storage.

8. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

Who is this? Who is that? Well who really knows? But I still show you how to kill them like a mo$+#-&s#g jones. 6T $$$

10. ryanusc75

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 09, 2017

All I can say is that, with my OnePlus student discount, my mirror black OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage costs $405.41 less than the Pixel 3 128GB in California. I know the camera on the Pixel 3 is better but I'm willing to settle for the OnePlus camera using the Pixel 3 software (on XDA developers - no root required). Pictures still not quite the same level but, in my opinion, Pixel 3 is not $405.41 better.

11. lmao2016

Posts: 87; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

I'm not sure why thr Pixel is constantly being compared to every phone out there. I get why the iPhone is compared to every smart phone it created this space and is the single best selling smartphone out there.. the Pixel is not any that it's just another smart not even on the same level as somethimg like Huawei much less apple. beats me.

23. almostdone

Posts: 450; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

They're both android. The majority of Android users will never switch to iOS and the same for Apple users. I hate iPhones even though I will buy for wife/kid.

12. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

Honestly, I voted for the Pixel out of pity. I knew the 6T was going to win.

18. luisguillen1

Posts: 1; Member since: May 07, 2014

I've had my OnePlus 6t for a couple of days. I love it!

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 1999; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

Once Google releases Night Sight for the camera, it's going to be game over for everyone else. Right now, the 6T takes pictures that are close to the Pixel 3 in quality. But they won't have anything close to the night sight photos Google has advertised. Of course night sight is vaporware until it gets released. So right now, the 6T is the better all around deal.

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