OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P: Best Premium Smartphone Under $500?

OnePlus has made a separate niche for itself by offering premium flagship smartphones at a fraction of the price of the big-branded flagships. The company has strictly limited itself to one flagship smartphone every year, with the only exception being the OnePlus X. The company recently launched its OnePlus 3 flagship that is already selling, and it’s selling very well. The phone is a great combination of quality and quantity as it’s loaded with features.

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However, the market has also got buyers who love pure Android experience and hence look for Nexus smartphones strictly. Such buyers will be interested in the Huawei-made Nexus 6P that is the best Nexus smartphone made till date, even though it has a couple of shortcomings.

But if you were to choose between the 6GB RAM beast OnePlus 3 and the best Android experience ever, which phone should you choose? Let’s do a comparison of the specs and features of the Nexus 6P vs. OnePlus 3 and see which one is a better phone to buy. We will not be discussing about the looks and design as that depends on personal choice.

OnePlus 3 vs. Nexus 6P Specs Comparison

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Nexus 6P

Display and Battery: The OnePlus 3 comes with a 5.5 inches Full HD AMOLED screen with a pixel density of 401 ppi covered with Gorilla Glass 4. The Huawei Nexus 6P gets a much better 5.7 inches Quad HD resolution AMOLED screen with Gorilla Glass 4, oleophobic coating, and 518 ppi pixel density.

In the battery section, the Nexus 6P wins again with a 3450mAh power pack inside it. The OnePlus 3 gets a decent 3000mAh battery.

Processor and Memory: The OnePlus 3 is powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor with Adreno 530 GPU. The phone comes with a whopping 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage that is not expandable as there’s no microSD slot.

The Nexus 6P on the other hand comes with a generation older Snapdragon 810 processor and Adreno 430 GPU. There’s 3GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage. Even this phone does not get a microSD slot.

Camera and Extras: The OnePlus 3 comes with a 16 MP f/2.0 camera with PDAF, OIS, and LED flash. It also gets an 8MP f/2.0 front camera. The Nexus 6P comes with a 12.3MP f/2.0 camera, laser AF, dual tone dual LED flash, and an 8MP f/2.4 front camera.

Both the phones come with USB Type-C, NFC, and fingerprint sensors and run on Android Marshmallow.

Price and Verdict

The Nexus 6P can be bought for a starting price of $500, while you can buy a OnePlus 3 at $399. Of course, the OnePlus flagship offers more value for money, so it should be your ideal choice. But if you are strictly looking for a Nexus phone to get pure Android experience, the Nexus 6P is your best option right now.

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