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OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 5/5T – Is One Better Than The Other?

A few weeks ago, we made this comparison based on rumors which some were actually true. Now we’re back again with a detailed one. Since OnePlus has finally released the long-awaited OnePlus 6 to the market, OnePlus 5 and 5T users have started to wonder if it will be worth to make the upgrade.

Discard their old phones and buy the company’s latest flagship smartphone, we mean. Since OnePlus 6 is not cheap at all (prices start at 600 dollars) some may not have the money to dish out on the latest smartphone on the market. This is why today we have decided to compile a small list of features and compare these phones. We will tell you where they differ and where they are the same. We will leave you to choose if you want to keep your older phone or upgrade to the latest model.

RAM, internal storage

One of the first things that we will be talking about is the amount of RAM and internal storage that you are getting with each phone. All three models have the same 6/8GB of RAM. OnePlus 5 and 5T have two options for internal storage: either 64 or 128GB. OnePlus 6 has a variant which comes with 256GB of internal storage. Generally speaking, this type of change in the amount of internal storage would not be felt immediately by the user.

Our conclusion here is that all three devices are pretty much the same so far, with OnePlus 6 having a little bit more storage. Overall, this is not a deal breaker.

Processor

OnePlus 6 has been marketed with a tagline that says it offers ‘The Speed You Need.’ So this means that the phone will be the best out there when it comes to its performance. However, this tagline is not as impressive as some may think it would be. OnePlus devices are known for performing very well under a large number of situations.

OnePlus 5 and 5T both run on Snapdragon 835. This processor was marked as the best processor of 2017. The top dog for 2018 is Snapdragon 845, but this does not mean that 835 is inferior to 845 just because it is last year’s model. They both perform perfectly.

When we tested out the three models to see which ran faster, we did not see much of a difference. Yes, OnePlus 6 looked like it opened apps and performed tasks one fraction of a second faster than the other two devices. Then again, most users would not notice or complain about that, so this round is still a tie between all three models.

Cameras

Here is where things start to get interesting. OnePlus 5, 5T and 6 all have a dual camera setup on the back. They all have OIS (optical image stabilization) as well. They each have a 16MP main sensor and a 20MP secondary unit. What OnePlus 5 did differently when compared to OnePlus 6 is that it used the secondary camera specifically for lossless zoom. This feature seems to have been lost with OnePlus 6.

When it comes to the front end cameras, they all have the same 16MP selfie camera. All three models can shoot the same 4K videos, and they all have the portrait mode feature. OnePlus 6 does things a bit differently by adding a small upgrade to all of this setup. With this smartphone, you can shoot one minute of 480 fps with FHD resolution and 4K at 60 fps (frames per second).

When it comes to the camera setup, OnePlus 6 stands out from the lineup but just by a small margin since it has roughly the same features as the other two previous models but the company decided to add something new.

Battery

All three devices come with the same 3,300mAh battery.  They each also have Dash Charge. For those that do not know, Dash Charge is a feature that OnePlus has claimed that it can give users one full day of battery use from just one 30 minute charge. Overall there is not much else to add to this department. We would have wanted to see OnePlus 6 come up with some new features or improvements to Dash Charge but it looks like things are pretty much the same.

Display

Here is where people claim that the difference between the three models can be seen. OnePlus 5 has a 5.5 inch 16:9 which can be identified by the thick bezels on each side. OnePlus 5T has a larger 6-inch screen with 18:9 ratio. The company went even bigger with OnePlus 6. This flagship smartphone has a display with an astounding 6.2 inch 19:9 ratio. If we put the three models next to each other, you would have an easy time guessing which is which. OnePlus 5 has thick bezels. OnePlus 5T does not and it comes with a larger display. OnePlus 6 has what we now have seen all over the place, namely the top notch.

Design wise the smartphones do not look very different, except for the size of their display. The only difference between the three is that OnePlus 6 is made almost entirely out of glass. Will that damage the phone in the long run? We will have to wait and see.

Conclusion

If you have an older model smartphone and you would like to change it with a new flagship which has all the best features marketed this year, then we recommend that you go for OnePlus 6. However, if you own either OnePlus 5 or 5T, the change would not bring that many new features to the table. If you want this year’s faster processor, better cameras, and an all-glass model then make the change. But 5 and 5T are still very good, performance wise.

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  1. Luc May 28, 2018