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OnePlus 5T vs Google Pixel 2 XL: Can OnePlus compete with Google’s best?

by Brandon Russell | November 16, 2017

While there’s a lot to like about the Pixel 2 XL, the device hasn’t been without controversy. From that perspective, the OnePlus 5T arrives at just the right time. Its attractive price and gorgeous design could entice unhappy Google fans to shack up elsewhere.

The OnePlus 5T is a wonderful alternative because it features a lovely design, affordable price, and some of the cleanest software this side of the Pixel. On the flip side of that, however, the Pixel receives regular updates and will likely outlive the OnePlus 5T with better support from Google.

To be fair, many of the issues the Pixel 2 XL has faced have been overblown. And even if the Pixel 2 XL’s display isn’t perfect, you still get a terrific experience with arguably the best mobile camera on the market.

Check out the comparison chart below to see how these two devices stack up.

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OnePlus - OnePlus 5T Google - Pixel 2 XL
Display Size 6.01-inch, 1080 x 2160 pixel display (402 ppi) 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel display (537 ppi)
Resolution X 1080 1440
Resolution Y 2160 2880
Display Type AMOLED QHD+ pOLED
Operating System Android 7.1.1 at launch Android 8.0 (at launch)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB 4GB
Storage
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No No
Main Camera (Back) 16MP/20MP 12.2MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 16MP 8MP
Networks
  • CDMA: BC0
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/ 19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
  • UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0 Bluetooth 5.0 LE
Battery 3300mAh 3520mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • USB Type-C
  • USB-C
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Hall
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • RGB
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Hall
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
GPS
  • BeiDou
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 156.1 mm (6.15 inches) 6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Width 75 mm (2.95 inches) 3 inches (76.2 mm)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches) 0.3 inches (7.6 mm)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz) 6.2 oz (176 g)
Colors N/A Black, Blue, White
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY N/A
Supported Video Formats MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM N/A

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...