Google Nexus 6P vs OnePlus 3: The flagship faces off its killer

The dazzling new OnePlus 3 has announced itself as the new flagship killer, hoping to lure customers in with its low price tag and competitive array of specifications.

We take a look at how OnePlus 3 compares with the Nexus 6P and if it is powerful enough to take on the King of Android phablets.


Google's Nexus 6P came with a 5.7-inch AMOLED display which, despite its size, packed a resolution of 1,440 x 2,560 pixels and a pixel density of an impressive 518ppi. While reviewing it, we found that the display offers pleasing contrasts, deep blacks and glorious shades of colours whether we are looking through images, documents, videos or e-mails.

OnePlus 3 packs a slightly smaller 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401ppi, which could be disappointing for those who prefer deeper contrasts and more clarity while viewing videos and movies in high resolution. However, the phone features among the thinnest bezels in the world and is protected by a Gorilla Glass 4 screen which make it both bright as well as durable.


Google's Nexus 6P came in various storage variants with internal capacities of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB. However, despite being a premium Android device, it did not feature a MicroSD slot for additional storage, making it not ideal for those who like to store tonnes of music, videos and documents inside their phones.

OnePlus 3 will ship with 64GB of standard internal storage and there will be no other storage variants, but you will get to use a MicroSD slot to fit in your additional songs and movies as well.

Processor and RAM

Google Nexus 6P is powered by Qualcomm's octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor along with 3GB of DDR4 RAM. The processor can pump up 2.0 GHz of power and is ably supported by an Adreno 430 GPU for graphics support. On the other hand, the just-launched OnePlus 3 comes with a new-generation Snapdragon 820 processor and Adreno 530GPU along with an impressive 6GB of DDR4 RAM, making it as good as HTC 10, LG G5 or Samsung Galaxy S7 in terms of performance, if not better.


The main camera in Google Nexus 6P is a 12.3-megapixel one with an f/2.0 aperture, IR laser-assisted Autofocus, 4K video capture and a Broad-spectrum CRI-90 dual flash while the 8-megapixel front camera can record videos in 1080p, 720p HD and 480p standard definition resolutions and also comes with a 3s to 10s selfie timer.

In terms of resolution, OnePlus 3 brings in a more powerful primary camera. The 16-megapixel camera comes with Sony IMX 298 Sensor, autofocus, an f/2.0 aperture, 4K video capture and slo-mo video capture at 720p resolution. The phone's front camera has a resolution of 8-megapixels and features a Sony IMX179 lens, Smile Capture, Fixed Focus and can record videos at 1080p resolution.


With a powerful 3,450 mAh battery, Nexus 6P offers up to two days of  battery life under moderate usage. The presence of a USB Type-C charging port as well as Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology ensures rapid charging to let you use the device regularly without placing it on charge every now and then.

The battery in OnePlus 3 is slightly smaller with a capacity of 3,000 mAh but can be boosted with Dash Charge technology which replenishes more than 60% of the phone's battery in 30 minutes. However, we do not expect the phone to run as long as the Nexus 6P on a single charge.


Even though OnePlus 3 isn't up to the standards of Nexus 6P when it comes to battery life, display quality or internal storage capacity, it brings in new-generation RAM, processing power and graphics comparable to other premium phones that launched after Nexus 6P began to lose its sheen. With its low price tag, it offers enough incentive for phone buyers to go for it without having to compromise on looks and performance.

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