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OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 3

OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 6 has been within the palms of reviewers and shoppers alike for over a month now. Whereas it’s fairly clear that it’s at present one of many quickest telephones round, many shall be questioning whether or not it’s well worth the improve. I personally got here from the OnePlus 3, and I can say undoubtedly that it’s an improve (shocker!)… however is it a $529 improve? On this article, we’ll examine the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 6  as a way to determine whether or not you need to maintain on to that OnePlus 3 for an additional whereas or not.

Word: Each of those units have been bought by me. These units weren’t offered by OnePlus nor XDA, and this isn’t a sponsored submit.

Design and construct high quality

OnePlus 6

The easiest way to explain the OnePlus 6 is just “2018.” It’s almost solely glass, with a notch current and a twin digital camera setup. An aluminum body between the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front creates a glass sandwich of types. What’s extra, there are reportedly over 40 steps taken in creating the glass on this system, with totally different procedures taken for every shade variant. For instance, the corporate says that there are literally crushed pearls underneath the glass of the Silk White variant, although most definitely not the luxurious type you’d anticipate to make the worth shoot up past attain. Nonetheless, the result’s undoubtedly good.

I personally have the Silk White variant, so whereas I can’t speak about different designs, the general format is identical. It’s acquired a little bit of a slippery grip, however that’s no drawback because of the included silicone case. Buttons are tactile and agency. The gadget’s design screams premium, and the “Designed by OnePlus” insignia on the again alerts that the corporate is aware of that. Sadly, there’s a lack of wi-fi charging, so in a method, the glass on the again is definitely a draw back. I personally just like the glass again, however that’s as much as you to determine. It’s simply one other place your gadget might theoretically shatter, so when you have butterfingers then perhaps it’s greatest to remain away. Or simply use a case.

One factor is for positive, this gadget does really feel like a tank. The construct high quality is robust and the design is among the most engaging we’ve seen from the corporate but. When it comes to haptics, it’s no contest – the OnePlus 6 wins palms down.

OnePlus 3

The OnePlus 3 was characterised by its graphite aluminum physique and sharp edges. This was the primary really “OnePlus” design that we all know in the present day, with many parts of its design language having continued to the OnePlus 6. The chamfered edges are a lot sharper right here than on the OnePlus 6, and it nonetheless definitely appears like a flagship. The corporate’s emblem hasn’t moved both, and even with out it, you might in all probability guess what firm designed it. The underside format of the system appears precisely the identical as on the OnePlus 6, with the speaker, USB-C port, and headphone jack fastened in the identical spots. The buttons stay tactile even after two years, and the alert slider is as rock-solid as ever.

And talking of wear and tear and tear, the gadget continues to be almost like-new. The metallic is unscratched and the display solely has a couple of micro scratches. I by no means used the included display protector, as I ordered one of many first batches of the OnePlus 3 and the included display protector was actually, actually poor. The included display protector improved in a later batch. I don’t essentially see the OnePlus 6 lasting fairly as lengthy, and I see it falling sufferer to plenty of scratches throughout. Time will inform in that facet.

I’m an enormous fan of the aluminum body right here too, and the place the chamfered edges meet the glass is my favourite facet of it. The OnePlus 3’s design stays elegant but considerably daring. Even the antennae on the highest and backside look pure and thoughtfully positioned. I nonetheless personally want the OnePlus 6, however when it comes to design, some might sway to the older system.

However there’s one drawback, and that’s the show. I don’t essentially dislike it, however the bezels instantly appear rather a lot bigger than they did again when it first launched. Clearly, that’s due to newer units pushing the boundaries of what we as soon as regarded as “bezel-less,” however it’s one thing to notice. Should you don’t thoughts the show, then you’ll be able to just about overlook that. Speaking about shows, after two years I haven’t observed any burn-in on my display. That’s a reasonably good lifespan for an AMOLED panel, and I’d undoubtedly really feel snug squeezing one other yr out of it, if no more. Having stated that, a 16:9 panel feels considerably archaic in a way. It’s not that there’s something improper with one, however an 18:9 panel simply seems to be an entire lot nicer, for my part. This final level is one thing that one should actually attempt to get used to in an effort to absolutely respect, although.


OnePlus 6

There must be no contest right here. We already know simply how a lot the OnePlus 6 outperforms even different flagships with the identical processor. Consequently, it’ll come as no shock that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is far, far more highly effective than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820. The Adreno 630 GPU does an ideal job when it comes to gaming, and the OnePlus 6 continues to be fairly aggressive when it comes to smoothness. When it comes to uncooked computational energy, that is the quickest smartphone obtainable at present, resulting from its copious quantities of speedy RAM, it’s top-of-the-line storage and the best from Qualcomm. That’s to not say the OnePlus 3 is a poor performer, however it merely can’t compete with the newest that Qualcomm has to supply. Check out this smoothness graph taken from a scrolling pattern on the Play Retailer’s “Top Charts” entries.

As you’ll be able to see, the OnePlus 6 could be very clean when scrolling. Minimal body drops, nice gaming efficiency, and quick app launches. What’s to not love?

OnePlus 3

As we’ve already stated, there’s simply no contest right here. There’s nothing fallacious with the OnePlus 3 in its present state. It’s nonetheless very a lot a prime performer, and also you’ll get completely acceptable efficiency. If the efficiency you might have is sufficient, you then definitely don’t have to improve but. Check out the smoothness graph of the very same workload under.

It’s not that the OnePlus 3 is sluggish or that it stutters an entire lot, it’s that the OnePlus 6 is simply higher. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 is leaps and bounds forward of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, and it exhibits. In case you’re discovering efficiency is sweet sufficient on the OnePlus 3, you then don’t have a lot cause to improve on this division. I personally am very proud of the improve because of the efficiency alone, nevertheless it relies upon totally on what you worth in a smartphone. When you don’t worth gaming and also you aren’t utilizing your telephone for any intensive duties, then perhaps you’ll be able to maintain off on the improve for now.

I feel it goes with out saying that all of us anticipated the OnePlus 6 to greatest the OnePlus 3 in efficiency. Newsflash, 2018 flagship is quicker than 2016 flagship. There’s not likely an enormous quantity to match right here, and to spend ages speaking about benchmarks particularly can be somewhat ineffective. The OnePlus 6 beats the OnePlus 3 in principally each efficiency metric conceivable, and that’s to be anticipated. As we’ve already talked about, the OnePlus 6 fares fairly a bit higher in gaming. PUBG on the OnePlus 3 runs fairly terribly, however the OnePlus 6 handles it with no hitch. Having stated that, you’ll haven’t any points with most video games on the OnePlus 3.

The OnePlus 3 continues to be very a lot a strong system and was probably the greatest of its time when it launched. As such, it does nonetheless greatest different flagship units that launched across the similar time. Even higher, the OnePlus 3 boasts a big improvement group which has wanted squeezing each little little bit of efficiency out of it as attainable. This was one of many first units to get a totally functioning EAS port and has just about all the official ROMs you’d hope for. Improvement help hasn’t gotten fairly off of the bottom but for the OnePlus 6, nevertheless it’s solely getting began and we’re doing our greatest to make sure that it grows.

Digital camera

We’re going to do issues a bit of bit in another way on this part. One aspect of the pictures belong to the OnePlus 6, and the opposite belongs to the OnePlus 3. For a few of the photographs, it ought to be apparent, however that’s not the purpose. A few of these photographs are extremely shut. Which aspect is which is revealed on the finish, so you possibly can scroll via these at your leisure and make up your thoughts as to which is best. You may be stunned.

Observe that we used OxygenOS 5.1.eight for the OnePlus 6 photographs. These aren’t the improved photographs from OxygenOS 5.1.9.

Left: OnePlus 6 // Proper: OnePlus 3

OnePlus has labored so much on their cameras because the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 5‘s slogan was “Dual camera. Clearer photos”. Whereas that did ring true relative to earlier units launched by the corporate, promoting the OnePlus 5 for its digital camera particularly felt a bit doubtful. Having stated that, it does present the corporate’s dedication to offering an excellent digital camera expertise. Whereas it’s nonetheless less than par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Huawei P20 Professional, this digital camera can take some significantly good photographs at occasions. It’s not the perfect digital camera available on the market, however the potential is there. That’s additionally to not point out that a Google Digital camera HDR+ port is within the works, which ought to enhance the expertise tenfold. The secondary digital camera right here is used for depth notion and works very nicely in portrait mode. Sluggish movement can also be a reasonably cool function, however typically a gimmick.

As for the OnePlus 3, two years in digital camera hardware is a very long time. What was as soon as an honest shooter… continues to be an honest shooter. There’s nothing mistaken with the photographs it produces. Admittedly, we will see a drop off intimately in a number of the pictures, as pictures look extra washed out and quite a bit much less sharp as compared. It may possibly definitely nonetheless take respectable photographs worthy of a mid-range system at the moment, so it nonetheless fulfils its objective. It even bests the OnePlus 6 in some pictures, notably the final one. Having stated that, it’s kind of no contest compared to the twin digital camera setup of the OnePlus 6. In the event you’re not massively into images although, it’s no huge deal. This system will do you nice for primary snaps once you’re out and about. Admittedly a few of the photographs made it very clear which photographs belong to which gadget. The extent of element in a few of the OnePlus 6’s photographs provides the sport away immediately.

As for the OnePlus 6, the one method from right here is up. A Google Digital camera HDR+ port is on the best way, and you may already attempt it out. A few of what it might do on the OnePlus 3 is unimaginable, and we’re positive it’ll be no totally different right here. It simply wants time to get off of the bottom.

These photographs have been taken by Demian Brunt on the OnePlus 3 utilizing the Google Digital camera HDR+ Port.


Right here’s an fascinating remark – the speaker and headphone jack output high quality are each higher on the OnePlus 3 than on the OnePlus 6. The speaker on the OnePlus 6 does get louder, however I genuinely consider the OnePlus 3 has higher high quality popping out of it. The headphone jack quantity output can also be no comparability. Once I received my OnePlus 6, one of many very first issues I did was work out the right way to improve the headphone jack’s quantity. It’s that quiet.

When it comes to recorded audio, nevertheless, the OnePlus 6 is miles forward of the OnePlus 3. Able to dealing with loud environments, the OnePlus 6 is in a league of its personal as compared. For those who’re shopping for a telephone purely for its audio although, I’d advocate wanting elsewhere. The headphone jack high quality is mediocre, the speaker isn’t nice, and the mic high quality nonetheless has its justifiable share of issues. The Honor 9 Lite nonetheless has a greater microphone than the OnePlus 6. It’s nonetheless a lot improved over the OnePlus 3, in fact, nevertheless it’s nowhere close to the best both within the audio division.


Considerably of an oddity, I really feel that the OnePlus 6 has a greater vary in each Wi-Fi and cellular knowledge. Nevertheless, it tends to stray in the direction of 3G moderately than 4G. I’ve sign in locations I didn’t on the OnePlus 3, however I additionally discover myself on 4G rather a lot much less. It has been problematic for me as I typically have to make use of my telephone’s 4G connection at house, which I can’t actually get anymore. I’ve tried forcing a 4G connection by way of the dialer together with always biking the cellular knowledge and it’s gotten me nowhere. It’s very unusual.

In fact, it does general beat the OnePlus 3 in connectivity as you’d anticipate. Like I stated, it has a greater vary on Wi-Fi and the cellular knowledge is general higher. There’s not an entire lot you might ask for, and I’m hopeful that the 4G situation is extra of a software program factor. In additional inhabitants dense areas I didn’t have a problem getting a 4G connection. Should you stay in a city or metropolis you have to be effective with the OnePlus 6. You’ll be able to take a look at the connectivity capabilities of each units under.

OnePlus 6 connectivity and band help

Class Specification Connectivity Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz

Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.zero, with Qualcomm aptX & aptX HD help

NFC: Sure

Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo

LTE Options Helps 4xCA, 64QAM, 256QAM & 4x4MIMO.

Helps as much as DL CAT16 (1Gbps)/UL CAT13 (150Mbps) relying on service.

LTE Bands – NA/EU FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/four/5/7/eight/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71

TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41

TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39

UMTS(WCDMA): Band half/four/5/eight/9/19


GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

LTE Bands – CN/IN FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/four/5/7/eight/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/66

TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41

TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39

UMTS(WCDMA): Band half/four/5/eight/9/19


GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

OnePlus 3 connectivity and band help

Class Specification Connectivity Wi-Fi: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz

Bluetooth: Bluetooth four.2

NFC: Sure

Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou

LTE Options Helps as much as DL CAT6 LTE Bands – NA FDD LTE: Band half/four/5/7/12/17/30

TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41

TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39

UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/four/5/eight


GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

LTE Bands – EU/Asia FDD LTE: Band 1/3/5/7/eight/20

TDD LTE: Band 38/40

UMTS(WCDMA): Band half/5/eight

GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

LTE Bands – CN FDD-LTE: Bands 1/3/7

TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41

UMTS(WCDMA): Bands half/5/eight

TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39


GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz

It’s fairly clear that OnePlus has put much more time into making certain international compatibility of cellular networks on the OnePlus 6. There’s a big variety of bands supported, and there are not points based mostly on the place your hand could also be overlaying the gadget. The OnePlus 6 has improved infinitely on the connectivity expertise of the OnePlus 3.


There’s completely no contest right here both, because the OnePlus 6 beats the OnePlus 3 arms down on this division. The OnePlus 3 has a 3,000 mAh battery (3,400 mAh if in case you have a OnePlus 3T) whereas the OnePlus 6 has a 3,300 mAh battery. That doesn’t sound like such a big improve, however the precise battery enhancements come from the extra energy environment friendly SoC. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 boasts main effectivity enhancements over the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. The 835 additionally boasted big enhancements over the 820, so it’s fairly clear why the battery life is immensely higher. In case your battery is dying shortly on the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 6 could be very a lot a worthy improve. The general effectivity of the processor is the place good points are made, and the decreased energy necessities additionally maintain thermals low. What pushed me to improve within the first place was my OnePlus 3’s horrible battery life. However these are all deductions you can also make from taking a look at a spec sheet – how do they truthful in real-world utilization?

The OnePlus 6 has been among the best units I’ve ever used when it comes to battery life. Yesterday, I took it off the charger at 11 am, used it for about eight hours of SOT and put it again on the charger at 3 am. It had about 6% left, however that’s not the purpose. My OnePlus 3 would have died about 3 times at that stage, principally tethering it to a charger. The battery has definitely degraded, however in the event you’re trying to improve then yours in all probability has too. EX Kernel Supervisor exhibits my battery drainage to be about 14-16% an hour, whereas on the OnePlus 3 it sat round 25%. Listed here are some battery stats from my OnePlus 6. I used lots of Snapchat, Instagram, Fb Messenger, and Reddit. Oh, and I performed about half an hour of PUBG too. I additionally had All the time On Show enabled (by way of magisk), which drains the battery a great bit as nicely.

This battery life is far improved over the OnePlus 3 for my utilization, and I even had a poor sign as properly. Should you discover your battery stats wanting worse than this with lighter utilization, then perhaps you must think about an improve. OnePlus 3 units purchased at launch will start to endure heavy battery degradation very quickly, so I’m positive many homeowners are beginning to discover it. The battery life within the screenshots above aren’t even thought-about that good both.

Ought to I improve?

General, I personally advocate upgrading when you can afford it. Whereas different units might supply barely higher worth for cash (taking a look at Xiaomi), the standard consumer expertise offered by OxygenOS and the openness of OnePlus units, usually, are what draw me in. Couple that with an attractive design, good digital camera, and nice processing energy, and I really feel you could’t go incorrect with updating. Almost each facet of the telephone has been improved upon majorly.

One more reason why I really feel that the OnePlus 6 is a worthy improve is that it’s a terrific all-rounder. You possibly can decide up an Honor View 10 for the same worth, however then you’ll be able to’t unlock the bootloader. In case you needed to go for one thing a bit of extra mainstream, the Samsung Galaxy S9 may also be purchased for across the similar worth. There are points with that too although, resembling Knox. Not solely that, however worldwide variants use Exynos processors which measurably carry out under the Snapdragon 845. The OnePlus 6 is a superb throughout gadget. It’s as much as you whether or not you need to improve. Is efficiency satisfactory on your wants? Does the battery final? When you discovered any of our criticism of the OnePlus 3 as a flagship in 2018 unpleasant, then perhaps you don’t have to improve fairly but.

In the event you’re in search of a 2018 model of the OnePlus flagship from 2016, then look no additional than the OnePlus 6.

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