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OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X: The battle of the titans

OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X: What’s the difference?

There’s no denying the fact that the OnePlus 6 is a fantastic high-end smartphone, but does it have what it takes to rival the titan that is Apple’s flagship iPhone X? Let’s find out.

OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X Design: What’s the difference?

The OnePlus 6 and iPhone X are quite similar from a design standpoint. There’s an edge-to-edge screen on the front, complete with a small ‘notch’ at the top that’s used to house several vital components, including the 16MP front-facing camera.

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OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

Both are built using a mixture of aluminium and reinforced glass (Gorilla Glass on the OnePlus 6) – with the former making up the frame that holds everything in place, and the latter the front and back. But that’s where the similarities end.

The rear of the OnePlus 6 is home to a centre-mounted dual camera that has a fingerprint reader nestled beneath it. Apple, on the other hand, mounted the camera on the left of the iPhone X and ditched the fingerprint scanner altogether.

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Here’s the main difference between the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X, however: OnePlus was able to skim some thickness off the handset, as well as introducing some water-resistance, without sacrificing the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.

iPhone X

iPhone X

The OnePlus 6 is, however, a bit larger front-on than the iPhone X, as a result of its 6.3-inch screen versus the iPhone’s 5.8-inch display. The OnePlus doesn’t feel big in the hand, though, according to our Mobile and Tablets Editor Max Parker.

Some other notable distinctions include the OnePlus 6 shipping with a universal USB-C port, while the iPhone X comes with Apple’s Lightning connection. The OnePlus 6 also comes with a dual-SIM slot; the iPhone X only supports one SIM.

OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X Specs: Which is the most powerful?

Being the flagship killer it’s been designed to be, the OnePlus 6 is a lot more powerful than the iPhone X – but the sheer unreliability of the Android operating system means you may not notice a bump in performance in the real world.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

Let’s take a look at their raw internals.

The OnePlus 6 has a 6.2-inch AMOLED screen (2280 x 1080), a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 845 CPU, 6/8GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB of internal storage, a dual-camera (16MP + 20MP) on the rear, a 16MP selfie shooter and a 3300mAh battery.

Apple’s iPhone X, for comparison, has a 5.8-inch AMOLED screen (1125 x 2436), an in-house A11 Bionic CPU, 3GB of RAM, 64/256GB of internal storage, a dual rear-facing camera (12MP + 12MP), a 7MP front-facing camera and a 2716mAh cell.

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While the iPhone X has a better screen, the OnePlus 6 trumps it in every other department – on paper. But the iPhone could come out on top in the real world, if the modified build of Android 8.1 the OnePlus ships running isn’t up to scratch.

iPhone X back

iPhone X

It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 6 doesn’t support wireless charging, something OnePlus circumvented by introducing a revised version of its Dash Charge fast-charging tech that promises a day of use from a 30-minute charge.

Here’s a full breakdown of the internal differences between the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X:

OnePlus 6 iPhone X
Battery 3300mAh 2716mAh
Camera (Front) 16MP 7MP
Camera (Rear) 16MP + 20MP 12MP + 12MP
Display 6.2-inch FHD+ (2280 x 1080) 5.8-inch Retina (1125 x 2436)
Processor Snapdragon 845 A11 Bionic
Storage 64/128/256GB 64/256GB

OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X Summary: What’s the difference?

Design: The OnePlus 6 shares the same ‘notch’ screen design as the iPhone X, but introduces a new camera that’s mounted in the centre, with a fingerprint reader nestled beneath it – the most natural location for such a component.

Specs: The OnePlus 6 comes out on top here, trumping the iPhone in almost all departments, including charging time and raw power. The re-skinned build of Android it runs could compromise its performance, though.

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