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Should you Upgrade to a Oneplus 6 if you already have a Oneplus 5 or 5T?

24 May 2018 | MJ Mendoza

The Oneplus 6 is a phone model that everyone expects to be a real killer. With the success of the Oneplus 5 and 5T, many tech experts are expecting more with the release of the Oneplus 6. Every tech geek around the world just went ballistic with the announcement of the Oneplus 6 in London last week and its successive open sale a few days later. With the amount of attention it’s getting, the Oneplus 6 is really making a mark.

However, how far of a difference is it from the Oneplus 5 or the Oneplus 5T? In terms of appearance, there are major changes especially when it comes to the screen. The popularity of the iPhone X has made the “notch” a trend amongst many android phones including the Vivo V9, Huawei P10 and P20, and even the upcoming Nokia X6. Compared to Oneplus 5 and 5T, the 6 has a bigger screen-to-body ratio, and is IP67 waterproof but is that all? Let’s find out.

Here’s the Oneplus 6, Oneplus 5T, and the Oneplus 5 side by side.

Specs

Oneplus 6

Oneplus 5T

Oneplus 5

Price

PHP 33,522. Check the Oneplus 6 price.

PHP 26,880. Check the Oneplus 5T price.

PHP 24,990. Check the Oneplus 5 price.

Release Date

June 2018

November 2017

June 2017

Dimensions

155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm (6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 in)

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in)

154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)

Weight

177 g (6.24 oz)

162 g (5.71 oz)

153 g (5.40 oz)

Sim

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Screen Type

Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Screen Size

6.28 inches, 98.4 cm2

6.01 inches, 93.7 cm2

5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2

Screen-to-body ratio

~83.8% screen-to-body ratio

~80.0% screen-to-body ratio

~73.0% screen-to-body ratio

Resolution

1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio

1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio

1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio

Pixel Density

~402 ppi density

~401 ppi density

~401 ppi density

Screen Protection

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

Corning Gorilla Glass 5

OS

Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.1 (Oreo)

Chipset

Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835

CPU

Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)

Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)

Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)

GPU

Adreno 630

Adreno 540

Adreno 540

Internal memory

128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM

128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM

128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM

External memory

No

No

No

Primary Camera

Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.22µm, gyro-EIS, OIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 1/2.8", 1.0µm)

16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1.12µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1µm)

16 MP (f/1.7, 24mm, 1/2.8", 1.12µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/2.6, 36mm, 1/2.8", 1µm)

Secondary Camera

16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1/3", 1.0µm)

16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0µm)

16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0µm)

Camera Features

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama

Battery

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

Audio

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Dirac HD sound

-with 3.5mm jack

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Dirac HD sound

-with 3.5mm jack

- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

- Dirac HD sound

-with 3.5mm jack

Connectivity

WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC

USB

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector

Sensors

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

Colors Available

Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White

Midnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White (128/8GB only)

Midnight Black, Slate Gray

Other Features

- Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)

- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player

- Document viewer

- Photo/video editor

- Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)

- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player

- Document viewer

- Photo/video editor

- Fast battery charging (Dash Charge)

- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player

- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player

- Document viewer

- Photo/video editor

So, what’s the difference?

As mentioned earlier, the Oneplus 6 has a bigger screen and have a bigger screen-to-body ratio. The Oneplus 6 has a ~83.8% screen-to-body ratio in contrast to the ~80.0% of the Oneplus 5T, and ~73.0% of the Oneplus 5. The Oneplus 6 also follows the notch trend but it can be hidden through software. Speaking of the screen. The Oneplus 6 also has better graphics processor with Adreno 630 GPU compared to the Adreno 540 of the 5 and 5T.

The change in design not only applies on the front but also on the back. On the previous model, the Oneplus 5 and 5T has the camera on the side, pretty much like an iPhone but with a circular fingerprint scanner on the center. The Oneplus 6, on the other hand, has the dual lens camera on the center with the slightly smaller fingerprint scanner right below it.

Under the hood, the Oneplus 6 also has a more powerful Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 chipset. In contrast to its Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 predecessors, the Oneplus 6 has a flagship chipset comparable even to the latest Samsung phone models for a fraction of a price.

There were features that many had hoped to appear on the Oneplus 6 such as wireless charging but it was never incorporated. It did, however, feature an IP67 waterproofing which is really cool.

Should you upgrade from a Oneplus 5 or 5T to a 6? No, but...

So, to answer the question: should you upgrade from a Oneplus 5 or a 5T to a 6? Absolutely not, unless you have a spare PHP30,000 just lying around. There is an obvious change in appearance, especially with the addition of a glass-back design, however, there isn’t much difference under the hood. Except for the flagship chipset, an improved GPU, and waterproofing, the Oneplus 6 is merely a new facade of the Oneplus 5T. From the camera, battery, audio, etc., there’s not much difference.

Image courtesy of AndroidAuthority.com

Nonetheless, if you’re vying for a Oneplus 5T, you might as well get a Oneplus 6. There is a price rollback on the previous models since the emergence of the Oneplus 6 but before that, the Oneplus 5T costs just as much. If you have an existing Oneplus 5 or 5T, it wouldn’t make sense to upgrade to a Oneplus 6 but if you plan to get a 5T, you might want to consider getting a 6 instead.

If you love your Oneplus phone, let us know in the comments what you love about it!

Thumbnail image courtesy of ephotozine.com

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