OnePlus 6 vs Apple iPhone X full review

The OnePlus 6 is no doubt the best OnePlus phone yet, but is it as good as the iPhone X? Both look similar but are very different under the hood.

We compare the price, specs, design and features of the OnePlus 6 to the iPhone X to see which you should buy.

How much do the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X cost?

While the iPhone famously starts from £999/$999 direct from Apple, the OnePlus 6 costs from £469/$529 direct from OnePlus.

Where else can you buy the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X?

The £999 iPhone has 64GB storage, as does the £469 OnePlus 6. The iPhone X is available from all the UK operators Vodafone, O2, Three and EE, but you can only get the OnePlus 6 from O2.

The OnePlus 6 wins this one – for more than half the price of the iPhone X you can get the OnePlus 6 with the same amount of storage.

What are the design differences between OnePlus 6 and iPhone X?

The most obvious similarity here is the notch. The iPhone X is perhaps overly credited with introducing this contentious trend to the mass market, with many Android phones – including the OnePlus 6 – said to have copied it.

This isn’t strictly true, but on the OnePlus 6 there is a software option to hide the notch, which you can do on the iPhone X.

The notch on the iPhone is slightly larger, but to be honest we don’t mind the design on either phone.

Both phones are made of glass on the front and back. This makes them a bit more fragile than metal phones, and you might want to put a case on both. Apple in particular charges a lot of money to fix smashed glass on the iPhone X.

Both phones have vertical dual cameras on the back, with the OnePlus’ central and the iPhone’s to the left edge. Both phones have camera bumps that are about as big as each other, which is often annoying on any phone, but at least the cameras here are excellent.

The iPhone X’s display is impressive as it dips right down to the bottom of the device like no other on the market. Most Android phones with notches have large chins to house some of the internals, and while the OnePlus 6 isn’t the worst offender here, it’s there.

The glass of the OnePlus 6 comes in three different colours – a midnight black that is matte thanks to the treatment, mirror black that’s a standard fingerprint magnet and silk white, which is pearly to touch.

The iPhone X is the same glass finish whether you plump for the space grey or silver version. We are fans of the silver one as it reminds us of the original iPhone.

If you want a fingerprint sensor, you’ll have to get the OnePlus 6. The sensor on the back of the phone is really responsive, sits below the cameras, and can be used to pull down the notification shade.

No such luck on the iPhone X, though Face ID is amazingly good and a worthy replacement. It’s even secure enough to use as biometric identification for banking apps. While the OnePlus 6 has a face unlock feature, it isn’t as secure.

The metal construction of the rim on the iPhone X is more premium in feel (and price) than the OnePlus 6, but the latter really does not feel as cheap as it costs. Both are well designed phones, and the choice is yours.

How are the specs and features different on the OnePlus 6 and iPhone X?

This is where things differ. Check out the specs compared:

  OnePlus 6 Apple iPhone X
Price £469 £999
Operating System Android Oreo 8.1 iOS 11
Display 6.28in 2280x1080 AMOLED, 402ppi 5.8in 1125 x 2436 OLED, 458 ppi  
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Apple A11
GPU Adreno 630 Apple GPU
Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB 64GB/128GB
Primary Camera Dual 16Mp + 20Mp (f/1.7) 12Mp and 12Mp Telephoto
Selfie Camera 16Mp front camera (f/2.0) 7Mp f/2.2
Wi-Fi  802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 
Bluetooh 5,0, aptX 5.0
SIM card Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Nano-SIM
Battery 3300mAh non-removable 2716mAh non-removable
USB USB 3.1, Type-C, Dash charge Lightning port, fast charging, wireless charging
MicroSD No No
Water resistance rating No IP67
Dimensions 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm 144 x 71 x 7.7mm
Weight 177g 174g

The OnePlus 6, at release, is about as high end as an Android phone can get, with a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 or 8GB RAM, 64, 128 or 256GB and dual cameras with OIS.

Pretty similar is the iPhone X with 3GB RAM, 64 or 256GB storage, Apple’s A11 Bionic processor, the unique Face ID feature and dual cameras with OIS.

You view all the action through either the OnePlus 6’s 19:9 6.28in OLED or the iPhone X’s 19.5:9 5.8in AMOLED display. Both are among the brightest and most vibrant on the market, but Apple’s screen may just about edge it thanks to the True Tone tech that accurately, adaptively calibrates the colours. It’s cool, but it’s reflected in the sky-high price.

The iPhone X also has more pixels per inch at 458 compared to the OnePlus 6’s 402, but that’s because the latter screen is bigger.

The OnePlus 6 is taller and wider than the iPhone X, but both are practically the same thickness at 7.7mm. Despite the large screens, the tall aspect ratios mean neither of these phones feel uncomfortably big in your pocket.

The iPhone is the more premium device and it scores better on benchmark tests, but in all honesty, you will not notice a real world difference between it and the OnePlus 6.

Both phones can handle portrait mode, though we reckon the iPhone X edges it in this department. With OIS on the main sensor on the OnePlus 6 though, this is the best photography set up on a OnePlus phone yet, with better low light shots than before.

But Apple has really pulled it out the bag with the iPhone X, and it is a notch (heh) above the OnePlus in this regard. But by no means does the OnePlus 6 have a bad camera, which is great to say after the relative disappointment of the 5T.

The extra cash you’ll spend on the iPhone also gets you wireless charging and waterproofing, where the OnePlus 6 has neither. It does have a headphone jack though, and we’d actually rather have that than the other two features. It depends what your priorities are.

What are the software differences between OnePlus 6 and iPhone X?

Your choice here is down to whether you prefer iOS or Android. iOS 11 is great and coupled with the gesture controls on the iPhone X is the best version of Apple’s operating system yet.

But OnePlus’ Oxygen OS Android skin is also brilliantly sparse and close to Google’s stock version. Handy things like grey scaling the screen for reading apps and do not disturb while gaming are thoughtful additions.

You can also opt to use gestures on the OnePlus 6, which bear a resemblance to the iPhone X’s, but there are some differences. You have the option to use normal Android buttons though, not an option Apple gives you on the X.

We prefer how Android deals with notifications. It groups them into manageable lists and in priority order, too. The iPhone will not do that, and every notification stacks up into a chronological list of individual bubbles. It’s the main thing we don’t like about iOS and given the OnePlus 6’s software is very close to stock Android, we prefer it.

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Apple iPhone X: Specs

  • iOS 11
  • 5.85in, 2436x1125 OLED panel, True Tone & Wide Colour display, 458ppi
  • A11 Bionic CPU
  • 64/256GB storage
  • Main camera: 12Mp, f/1.8 with OIS + 12Mp, f/2.4 with OIS
  • Selfie camera: 7Mp, f/2.2
  • Touch ID, 3D Touch
  • 802.11ac dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G LTE
  • Nano-SIM
  • GPS
  • NFC (Apple Pay only)
  • Lightning
  • Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers)
  • 70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7mm 174g IP67 water resistance

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