Released on May 22nd, the OnePlus 6 is the latest flagship from the popular smartphone company following the earlier OnePlus 5T model. As you can see from the change in numerals, the new model is being marketed as a major upgrade to the previous one — so let’s take a close look at the two phones side by side and see what has changed.

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: display and design

Both smartphones fall neatly into the phablet category with their large HD screens. The OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01 inch 1080 x 2160 display while the OnePlus 6 takes things a bit further with its 6.28 inches featuring 1080 x 2280 pixels. Both phones have taken the effort to protect their beautiful screens with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

Design-wise, the OnePlus 6 goes for that shiny bezel-less look and even adopts the infamous notch, made popular by the iPhone X. The 5T, on the other hand, sports a more traditional look with thicker bezels at the bottom and the top.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: features & performance

The OnePlus 6 comes with the latest and most powerful Octa Core Snapdragon 845 at its base clocked at 2.8 GHz while the 5T sports a strong predecessor — the 2.45 GHz Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835. Both processors provide a good base for multitasking and working with a variety of apps, but the newer OnePlus 6 offers the ultimately smooth experience.

Both phones come with the same amount of RAM and internal storage: 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM.

The OnePlus 6 is better equipped for gaming — not only because of the faster processor but also thanks to the upgraded Adreno 630 GPU (the 5T features Adreno 540). This means that you will get to try out all the latest game releases with no lagging.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

As one might expect, the OnePlus 6 comes with a the later version of the operating system as well — Android 8.1 while the 5T runs on the earlier Android, v7.1.1. The latest OS gives you access to a number of performance upgrades by itself and no app from the Play Store will be out of your reach.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: cameras and battery

When it comes to these two aspects, the phones are absolutely the same. Both the OnePlus 6 and the OnePlus 5T are powered by the 3300 mAh, Li-Po battery, which provides enough juice and helps avoid frequent re-charging.

Both phones come with a nice camera set-up. You get a 16MP front shooter for high quality selfies and dual 20MP+16MP cameras equipped with autofocus on the back.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: extras

One of the most interesting upgrades on the OnePlus 6 is the Face Unlock feature, which uses the phone’s front camera to provide an extra level of security — just like on the very latest international flagships like the iPhone X.

The OnePlus also promises to be protected against the elements — namely, to be rain-proof. This does not mean that you will be able to take the phone swimming but, at least, you won’t have to worry about it being caught in the rain.

OnePlus 6 smartphone

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: summing things up

Let’s sum up the differences and similarities of the two models:

OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 6
Display
6.28 inches, 1080 x 2280 pixels
6.01 inches, 1080 x 2160 pixels
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Screen Protection
CPU
2.8 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 Processor
2.45 GHz, Octa Core, Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Processor
GPU
Adreno 630
Adreno 540
RAM & ROM
8GB, 128GB
Cameras
16 MP + 20 MP Dual Camera with autofocus; 16MP front camera
Operating system
Oxygen OS (Android, v8.1 Oreo)
Android, v7.1.1 (Nougat)
Battery
3300 mAh, Li-Po Battery
Extras
Face Unlock, fingerprint sensor
Fingerprint sensor

So, with the OnePlus 6 you are getting:

  • A bigger display: 6.28 inches
  • A more powerful processor: Snapdragon 845
  • Latest OS: Android 8.0
  • Face unlock

What’s the price difference?

The OnePlus 5T (8GB + 128GB) is about $600 while the newer OnePlus 6 will require a heftier sum of over $729. However, taking all of the new selling points into consideration (especially the new processor and the chance to try out facial recognition), we do believe that the new model is well worth the upgrade.

OnePlus 5T 8GB+128GB 6 inch Snapdragon 835 Smartphone – US$599.99
OnePlus 6 8GB+128GB 6.28 Inch Snapdragon 845 Smartphone -US$729.99

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