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In this article, we’re comparing the very best from OnePlus and Google, the OnePlus 10 Pro vs the Google Pixel 6 Pro. The OnePlus 10 Pro launched globally not long ago, while the Pixel 6 Pro arrived last year. Both of these devices are immensely powerful, and they have a lot to offer. They are not as similar as some may think, though. They feel fairly different in the hand, while their software offerings are also considerably different.
There are a number of other differences between them, as they focus on different aspects of user experience. We’ll first list their specifications side by side, and will then move on to compare them across a number of different categories. Those categories include design, display, performance, battery, cameras, and audio. That being said, let’s kick off the OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro comparison, shall we?
The first thing you should know, design-wise, is that both of these phones are quite large. The OnePlus 10 Pro is noticeably narrower than the Pixel 6 Pro, but it’s just as tall and just as thick/thin. The measurements are not identical, but they’re not far apart either. The OnePlus 10 Pro is a bit lighter than Google’s flagship, but not by much. Both devices weigh over 200 grams, which is to be expected considering their size.
Both phones are made out of metal and glass, though the OnePlus 10 Pro is less slippery. It has a softer touch backplate, which doesn’t feel like glass, at least on the black variant of the device we tested. It’s actually noticeably grippier than regular glass, and nicer to the touch, even though it’s just textured glass, of course. It also does a great job when it comes to repelling fingerprints, much better than the Pixel 6 Pro.
Both phones offer curved displays, with extremely thin bezels. You’ll notice a display camera hole on both of them, but they’re placed in different spots. Their rear camera design is completely different, though. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera module is an extension of its frame, while the Pixel 6 Pro’s is actually a camera strip that goes from one side to the next. These are completely different approaches.
All in all, both phones feel quite premium in the hand. The OnePlus 10 Pro is easier to navigate with one hand as it’s less slippery and less wide. So, if that’s important to you, do note the difference.
The OnePlus 10 Pro features a 6.7-inch QHD+ (3216 x 1440) LTPO2 Fluid AMOLED display. This is a curved display that supports a 120Hz refresh rate, and that refresh rate is adaptive. This display does support HDR10+ content, and it can project up to 1 billion colors. It gets quite bright at 1,300 nits of peak brightness, and it’s protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus. We’re looking at a 20:9 display aspect ratio here.
The Google Pixel 6 Pro, on the flip side, includes a 6.71-inch QHD+ (3120 x 1440) LTPO AMOLED display. This panel is also curved, and it also supports an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120Hz. The Pixel 6 Pro’s panel does support HDR10+ content as well, and it’s protected by the Gorilla Glass Victus. This display offers a display aspect ratio of 19.5:9, so it’s slightly different than the one the OnePlus 10 Pro offers.
That’s a lot of technical talk, but all you need to know is that both panels are truly excellent. Both displays are immensely smooth while scrolling, very bright, and very vivid. Colors pop on both displays, and blacks are as deep as you’d expect them to be on AMOLED panels. On top of that, viewing angles are also excellent. The two displays are tuned differently, but both are truly excellent, and you cannot go wrong with either one.
On paper, both devices have truly powerful specs. That goes for performance-related aspects as well. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC fuels the OnePlus 10 Pro, while the Google Tensor is included inside the Pixel 6 Pro. Both phones utilize LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash storage, and they come with the latest version of Android. Their software builds are fairly different, though, as the OnePlus 10 Pro comes with OxygenOS 12.1.
Many people shared their discontent with OxygenOS 12.1, as it really does resemble ColorOS, and it’s a step away from OxygenOS 11. Despite that, however, OxygenOS 12.1 works great in real life, and the same goes for vanilla Android on the Pixel 6 Pro. Truth be said, the experience these two software builds offer are different, but equally great performance-wise. Both of these phones fly through everything you throw at them, and they feel really smooth while they do it. You’ll really find it difficult to slow either one of them down.
They can multitask like nobody’s business, and the same goes for other everyday tasks. No matter whether you’re browsing, shooting pictures/videos, consuming multimedia, or something else entirely, they’ll deliver. Even when gaming is concerned, you’ll realize these two phones are excellent in the performance aspect. Not even heat was an issue while gaming, though both did get warm. Both phones perform admirably, and chances are that they will stay that way for quite some time.
The OnePlus 10 Pro includes a 5,000mAh battery, while the Pixel 6 Pro comes with a 5,003mAh unit. So, they have basically identical battery capacities. There are some differences in battery longevity, though. The OnePlus 10 Pro was more consistent for us, the Pixel 6 Pro was oscillating. Sometimes we got 5.5 hours of screen-on-time, other times it easily got over the 6-hour screen-on-time mark, with similar usage.
The OnePlus 10 Pro was consistently providing us with over 6 hours of screen-on-time. That’s not to say you won’t get different numbers, though. Do note that gaming could impact battery life quite a bit, as we did some light gaming on the two devices most of the time. As per usual, your mileage may vary. It will all depend on your usage, the apps you’re using and have installed, your location/signal, etc.
In the charging department, the OnePlus 10 Pro wins, easily. The phone supports 80W (65W in North America) wired, and 50W wireless charging, on top of offering reverse wireless charging support. The Google Pixel 6 Pro supports 23W wired charging, though it slows down considerably after 50-percent. It also supports 23W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. It will take you around 2 hours to fully charge the Pixel 6 Pro (via a wire), while the OnePlus 10 Pro will achieve that in around half an hour (80W charging).
It’s not exactly a secret that the Google Pixel 6 Pro is one of the best camera smartphones around. The OnePlus 10 Pro also delivers in that department, by the way. Both phones have three cameras on the back, and both utilize wide, ultrawide, and telephoto units. The sensors are different, and so is the software that is in use here. The OnePlus 10 Pro is also backed by Hasselblad, while the company also had input in color rendering.
Both phones do a great job in good lighting conditions. They provide detailed images with great sharpness and colors. The Pixel 6 Pro does a bit better job in HDR conditions, while we preferred the colors that the OnePlus 10 Pro provides most of the time. Overall, though, we preferred the Pixel 6 Pro shots. Both phones do offer night modes, so you can light up scenes quite a bit, and both can retain a lot of detail from such shots.
Ultrawide cameras are good on both, though you do get a wider FoV on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Do note that its 150-degree FoV does create a fisheye effect, though. Images from ultrawide cameras on both phones were great, even in low light. The telephoto shots were more accurate, and detailed on the Pixel 6 Pro, though the OnePlus 10 Pro’s telephoto camera is nothing to scoff at.
Video recording was good on both, though at the time we tested the OnePlus 10 Pro, 4K footage was quite shaky on the main sensor, while that was not the case with the ultrawide camera. It’s possible that OnePlus already fixed this via an update, though.
First and foremost, do note that neither of these two phones offer a 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll have to resort to either a Type-C port or Bluetooth. That’s per course these days, but it’s worth noting. Both phones do offer stereo speakers, though, and they’re quite great. The main speaker sits at the bottom, while the secondary one is front-facing (located above the display), on both devices.
Both sets of speakers are really good. They get quite loud, and the sound is clear. We didn’t notice any notable distortion at the highest of volumes. Not many people will find something to complain about when it comes to these speakers. They’re not the best we’ve heard on a smartphone, but they’re good on both phones, and they offer somewhat similar output.
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Kristijan has been writing for Android Headlines since 2014 and is an editor for the site. He has worked as a writer for several outlets before joining Android Headlines, and has a background in writing about Android and technology in general. He is a smartphone enthusiast that specializes in Android applications, and that platform in general. Contact him at [email protected]
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May 15, 2022 at 05:40PM