When it comes to smartphone flagships, every manufacturer tries to showcase a device that can give Apple’s contemporary flagship a tough fight and the scenario is not much different this time. Today we have OnePlus 5T go head to head with Apple iPhone X. We will compare the core components of the two flagship devices and see whether OnePlus’s flagship can give the iPhone X a fight to remember.
Build, Design and Display
The OnePlus 5T has a glass front with aluminum back and frame. This gives the device strength but perhaps the stainless steel made iPhone X will provide more protection. However, its glass back will always prompt you to be extra careful with the device. Both the devices come with AMOLED displays, iPhone X being marginally smaller. The Optic AMOLED of OnePlus 5T is tuned to give better battery life in comparison to Super AMOLED of iPhone X. Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 aims to keep the display intact of the 5T, but Apple just uses a scratch resistant glass with an oleophobic coating.
Apple has always been ahead of any other manufacturer on this front with lesser core count and RAM of its flagships than any other flagship. The A11 Bionic on the iPhone X is a Hexacore CPU with two high-performance Monsoon cores and four battery friendly Mistral Cores. Apple’s tri-core GPU looks after the graphics. On the other hand, OnePlus 5T has an octa-core Snapdragon 835 to power it and strikes a nice balance between performance and battery life. 4 Kyro cores are clocked at 2.45 GHz for performance and the other four run at a slower 1.9 GHz for an efficient battery life. The RAM on board is a howler though. What Apple achieves in just 3 GB in both of its 64 and 256GB variants, OnePlus needs 5GBs more to accomplish in the 128GB variant and 3GBs more in the 64GB variant.
Camera and Software
Dual camera is the word of the industry now, and both the devices come with dual camera setups. OnePlus 5T beats the iPhone X with its 16MP + 20MP set up when compared to the latter’s 2 x 12MP set up. However, the iPhone X has Quad LED flash for better flash enabled images and optical image stabilization sensor to make up for what it loses in megapixels. On the software and future upgrades front, the OnePlus runs Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box while iPhone X runs iOS 11.1.1. Here Apple’s iOS will take the crown as it is sure to provide major updates to its device for quite a long time while historically even the costliest Android device have just got at most two major updates in its lifetime.
The iPhone X 256 GB retails at more than USD 1200 which is more than double the price of OnePlus 5T.If judged purely on performance, the iPhone X may outperform other flagship only by a ‘bit’ in some aspects. However, the price one needs to pay for that ‘bit’ just seems too much. It seems like the pricing has more to do with the brand than with the performance of the product itself. Apple may point to its Face ID feature to justify the price, but a device named Mix 2 from an unknown brand Doogee retails at around USD 250, also sports the same face unlock feature. It all comes down to whether one wants a device that offers pure performance or a device that offers similar performance with a better show-off quotient.
Here is a video review of the two devices side by side.