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OnePlus 3T destroys Pixel XL in a charging showdown

by Todd Haselton | November 17, 2016November 17, 2016 8:00 am EST

OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 3T this week, its new smartphone that will replace the OnePlus 3 as its flagship device. It packs a Snapdragon 821 processor and a few other goodies, including an improved front-facing camera, but offers the same super-fast Dash Charge charging technology. In a new video, OnePlus shows off just how quick the OnePlus 3T is at the outlet, totally crushing the Pixel XL.

In the video below, you’ll see the two phones side by side. OnePlus highlights that the OnePlus 3T has a 3,400mAh battery that’s slightly smaller than the Pixel XL’s 3,450mAh pack. The time is sped up and, in just an hour and a half, the OnePlus 3T has a full battery. It takes the Pixel XL an additional 31 minutes to hit 100 percent, though it admittedly has an extra 50mAh to fill.

The test shows that Dash Charge appears to be a good deal quicker than the USB-C Power Delivery (USB-C PD) system that’s used by the Pixel XL. Yes, the Snapdragon 821 chip in both phones technically supports QuickCharge 3.0, but neither phone opted to use that technology, which is why we’re seeing this comparison in the first place.

The most compelling part of this test probably isn’t the end result, though. As we mentioned in our original OnePlus 3 review, Dash Charge is insanely fast at the beginning of the charge. In this test, you can see that it fills the battery to 56 percent in just 30 minutes. The Pixel XL charges to 49 percent in the same time (still admirable.) This is important for use cases when you discover you have a dead phone and need a charge before you head out for the night. Attach it to the charger, hop in the shower, and you’re good to go.

USB-C Power Delivery may still be the go-to

As fast as the Dash Charge technology is, I think I’d still prefer to go with a USB-C PD compatible device. You’ll always need a special charger to take advantage of Dash Charge or USB-C PD, but with USB-C PD becoming the new fast-charging standard, you’re probably more likely to find quality chargers that support the option. For Dash Charge, you’ll always need to buy your charging products from OnePlus (or find a supported one from Oppo, which licenses its technology to OnePlus).

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...