OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T full review

OnePlus has returned with its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 6. But, how does it compare to its predecessor the OnePlus 5T? We put them head to head.

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 6 went on general release on 22 May 2018, with a selection of models that combine different configurations of RAM and storage.

Here is the full list of available choices;

6GB/64GB: £469/US$529/€519

8GB/64GB: £519/$579/€569

8GB/128GB: £569/$629/€619

You can order an unlocked OnePlus 6 directly from OnePlus or on a contract from O2, which has an exclusive UK deal for the phone.

You can also read our where to buy the OnePlus 6 guide to keep abreast of the best current deals.

As is usually the case with OnePlus models, the superseded OnePlus 5T has now been discontinued and is out of stock at the manufacturer.

At the time of writing O2 in the UK was still offering the device on a tariff, and there are various sellers on Amazon still carrying the OnePlus 5T if you look around.

When the 5T was released back in November 2017 it retailed for £449/$499 if you bought the 6GB/64GB model or £499/$559 if you moved up to the 8GB/128GB variant, so use that as a gauge against the deals you find.

Design and Build

With the arrival of the OnePlus 6 the company has adopted the current trend in 2018 for glass backs. This makes the new model slightly heavier than the OnePlus 5T which featured an all-metal chassis, but in most other respects the shape and feel of the devices remain similar.

oneplus 6 vs oneplus 5t

This means that both are tall and reasonably slim, but the OnePlus 6 squeezes a 6.28in panel into its frame, which is a step up from the 6.01in display found in the OnePlus 5T.

Achieving this leaves very little room for bezels and does introduce the ‘notch’ design that made it’s debut on the iPhone X. Love it or hate it, the idea seems here to stay for the time being. 

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Dimensions:

OnePlus 5T: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm; 162g 

OnePlus 6: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm; 177g

Aside from that there are only a few external tweaks. The dual-camera unit has moved from the upper corner to the centre, and the fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6 is more of an oval than the circular surface found on the 5T.

Both retain headphone jacks (hurrah!) and the paltry single speakers (bah!). An IP waterproof rating eludes either handset, although OnePlus states that the newer model should survive day-to-day exposure to water (such as being out in the rain).

Dash charging remains, with still one of the fastest recharging times we’ve seen, but strangely OnePlus left out wireless charging even though the OnePlus 6 has a glass back.

Displays

OnePlus has taken the decision that a 1080p AMOLED display is the optimum balance between affordability and performance. We have to say that it could well be right, as the OnePlus 6 zips around in an impressive fashion while still rendering crisp and colourful images.

It’s very similar to the panel on the 5T, with only the increased size and notch giving away which is which.

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True, if you compare them directly to an iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 then you’ll notice a superior level of clarity, but the OnePlus displays are perfectly good for the majority of us, and those other phones cost considerably more.

See also: OnePlus 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S9

So, that notch. It’s a housing for the facial recognition camera, as on the iPhone X, and is actually a bit smaller than on the Apple device. Android developers have now had a bit of time to optimise their apps around the notch designs that have appeared on everything from the Huawei P20 to the LG G7 ThinQ.

This means information on the screen places itself on either side of the notch without issue. Should you find the intrusion too much though there is a setting in the software that places black bands on either flank, thus returning you to the classic, clean line at the top of the display.

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Processor, Memory, and Storage

OnePlus has made its name on offering high-end specs for mid-range prices, and the new model continues this proud, and welcome, tradition.

The latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is the major difference between the devices, as the 5T comes with the previous generation 835.

Other than that things are mainly the same, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM available paired with, respectively, 64GB or 128GB of storage. The top model of the OnePlus 6 does extend this to 256GB, and this might be important for those who like to keep everything on their handset, as neither device comes with support for microSD cards.

Both are fast and fluid to use, with those specs ensuring that this should remain the case for at least a year or two.

Here’s a detailed breakdown of the technical specifications;

Specification OnePlus 6 OnePlus 5T
Operating System Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo
Display 6.28in Full HD+ (2280x1080) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppi 5.5in Full HD (2160x1080) AMOLED display, 18:9, 401ppi
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
Memory 6/8GB 6/8GB
Storage 64/128/256GB 64/128GB
Primary Camera 16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7 16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7
Front Camera 16Mp f/2.0 16Mp f/2.0
Video Recording 4K @ 60fps, Slo-mo 720p @480fps  4K @ 30fps, Slo-mo 720p @ 120fps
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX 5
NFC Yes Yes
Fingerprint scanner Yes Yes
Wireless charging No No
Colours Silk White, Mirror Black, Midnight Black Sandstone White, Midnight Black, Lava Red
Ports USB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jack USB-C, 3.5mm Headphone Jack
Waterproof Usable in light rain showers No
Dimensions 155.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.75mm 156.1mm x 75 mm x 7.3mm 
Weight 177g 162g
Battery 3300mAh 3300mAh

Cameras

Optics have been something of an Achille’s heel for OnePlus in the past. None of the previous models, the 5T included, have really set the world on fire with their photographic results. They’ve been OK, just not brilliant.

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The 5T combined a 16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, both with f/1.7 apertures. The latter was employed for portrait shots where a bokeh (blurred background) effect was created. The dual-lens could capture some decent images, but did struggle working out where the edges of subjects were.

With the OnePlus 6 things are a bit different. There’s still the 16Mp and 20Mp configuration, both with f/1.7 apertures, but an important addition is Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) on the main 16Mp shooter.

oneplus 6 vs oneplus 5t

This makes video very smooth, which is a good things as the OnePlus 6  captures [email protected] and the results can be excellent, especially if you use the Slo-Mo mode.

Stills are also improved, aided by the increased light capacity of the 16Mp sensor, and while it won’t trouble the likes of the Pixel 2 XL or Samsung S9, OnePlus has definitely upped its game this time around.

Software

One of the strongest draw for many to the OnePlus brand is the near-stock Android experience. The company does use its own OxygenOS skin, but it is minimal in style and impact on performance.

If you’re looking for a clean, simple interface that’s pretty much as Google intended, then either of these phones will fit that bill.

Android 8.1 Oreo is the version running on both devices, but the soon to arrive Android 9 should make an appearance on the OnePlus 5T and 6 shortly after its release. Oreo actually arrived for the OnePlus 3 and 3T before the 5, so the 5T could luck out in this regard.

One new feature included in the OnePlus 6 is gesture controls akin to that on the iPhone X. They are entirely optional and can be disabled in the settings, which is what we think most people will do. But you can also turn them on on the 5T.

Specs

OnePlus 5T: Specs

  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • 5.5in 2160 1080p Full HD AMOLED display, 401ppi
  • 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 540 graphics
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • 16Mp and 20Mp rear cameras, f/1.7, support for 4K video at 30fps
  • 16Mp front camera, f/2.0
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • NFC
  • 3,300mAh non-removable battery
  • 156.1x75x7.3mm
  • 162g

OnePlus 6: Specs

  • Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS
  • 6.28in Full HD+ (1080x2280) AMOLED display, 19:9, 402ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 630 graphics
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128/256GB storage
  • 16Mp and 20Mp rear cameras, f/1.7, support for 4K video at 60fps
  • 16Mp front camera, f/2.0
  • 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G LTE (Cat 16)
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • NFC
  • Headphone jack
  • Fingerprint sensor (rear)
  • USB-C
  • 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge
  • 156.1x75x7.75mm
  • 177g

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