Just a couple of days after the Honor 10 went official in India, OnePlus has launched its flagship smartphone in the country. The OnePlus 6 will be available in three variants in the country, namely 6GB RAM/64GB storage, 8GB RAM/128GB storage, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage respectively. Prices for the OnePlus 6 start at Rs 34,999. All three variants will be available exclusively on Amazon with the first sale scheduled to take place on May 26.
The OnePlus 6 shares a lot in common with the Honor 10. It’s not just about the specs or the price, rather the two smartphones are taking similar approaches in design and experience. Even last year, the Honor 8 Pro gave a stiff competition to the OnePlus 5, and later the Honor View 10 locked horns with the OnePlus 5T. The situation is expected to be pretty similar this year, and the negligible price difference makes things even worse. Therefore, we at TechPP decide to dig deep and compare both phones side by side, and here’s what we found out.
Honor 10 and OnePlus 6, are both aesthetically pleasing smartphones. With that said, the former has a flashy design where the latter has a classy everlasting feel to it. The Phantom Blue edition of the Honor 10 is a quite a looker, all thanks to the use of multiple layers of NCVM optical coatings below its glass back. The design language of the new Honor flagship isn’t completely new, instead, it has been fine-tuned over several generations starting from the Honor 8.
OnePlus, on the other hand, has also gone with a glass over metal design for its new smartphone, but the design isn’t as striking as Honor’s. The OnePlus 6 comes in three color variants, namely Midnight Black, Mirror Black and Silk White. The Mirror Black variant, the most average looking among the three, something which we have seen on various phones launched in the past. It simply sports a black colored glass back, just like the new Galaxy S9. The Midnight Black and the Silk White version feature a matte looking rear, which looks more like metal than glass; thereby giving it an elegant look. Now, the onus is on you to decide, which of the two smartphones are designed as per your taste.
The all-new flagships from OnePlus and Honor respectively feature a tri-bezel-less display. The chin on the OnePlus 6 is, however, thinner than that on the Honor. In fact, the Honor 10 bears a rectangular shaped fingerprint sensor cum home button on that chin. The notch is omnipresent on both smartphones. That said, the OnePlus 6 has a markedly larger AMOLED display than the Honor 10 at 6.28 inches. On the contrary, the Honor 10 has a 5.84 inch IPS LCD display with a near similar Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080p) resolution. Incidentally, the display on the OnePlus 6 is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, whereas Honor doesn’t really mention any sorts of the protection in the specs sheet of its flagship.
The OnePlus 6 and the Honor 10 feature markedly different processors. While the former is powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chip, the latter packs the company’s in-house Hi-Silicon Kirin 970 processor. It’s in fact, worth noting that the processor inside the Honor 10 and the Huawei P20 Pro are exactly identical. The Kirin 970 while matching up with the Qualcomm in day to day activities, fails to catch in terms of benchmarks. The GPU was never the strong point of Kirin, and the fact remains valid even until today. Moreover, the top end variant of the OnePlus 6 rocks 8GB RAM, which makes it a multi-tasking workhorse. The Honor 10, on the other hand, feature 6GB RAM, similar to what’s present inside the base variant of the OnePlus, but comes with a bigger 128GB ROM. Overall, the Snapdragon 845 processor and a markedly larger RAM in the top end variant, make the OnePlus 6 and overall better phone in terms of the performance (on paper). The snappy and near stock Oxygen OS ROM tilts the table further on OnePlus’s favor. Although, Honor’s EMUI 8.1 is no pushover with a lot of features and clean look in addition to AI abilities.
Both smartphones feature a dual rear camera setup, however, the implementation is different on each end. It’s not just about the rear camera unit’s physical orientation, vertical on the OnePlus and horizontal on the Honor; rather is regarding how each sensor is defined to function.
For starters, the OnePlus 6 features a 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX519 and OIS backed sensor and another 20MP f/1.7 Sony IMX376K secondary unit. The Honor 10, on the other hand, rocks a 16MP f/1.8 primary and a 24MP secondary sensor on the rear. Apparently, the rear camera setup on the Honor 10 misses out on OIS. Now coming to the major difference, the secondary sensor on the OnePlus is primarily present of aiding in portrait mode, whereas that on the Honor is for taking monochrome shots. With that said, both cameras are excellent pieces of hardware on paper and wait for our full review of both the phones for an in-depth feedback on the camera performance.
The front camera on the Honor 10 looks better than the one on the OnePlus. The premium smartphone sports a 24MP selfie snapper with a f/2.0 aperture. The OnePlus 6, on the other hand, has a 16MP f/2.0 Sony IMX371 sensor backed setup.
The OnePlus 6 and the Honor 8 both share near identical batteries. The former packs a 3,300mAh unit whereas the latter comes with a 3,400mAh cell. It’s still early to comment about the battery life on both the devices, but we believe them to perform almost similarly in day to day usage. That said, the OnePlus 6 pins down the Honor 8 in one critical department, and that is charging. The Dash charging technology of OnePlus is still one of the fastest available in the market. The Honor 10 in India comes with a relatively slower 9V 2A instead of 5V 4.5A in the global variant.
The fingerprint sensor is present on both the premium offerings from OnePlus and Honor. However, the Honor 10 edges out the OnePlus by using an ultra-sonic under-glass fingerprint technology. This makes it theoretically faster than the sensor on the OnePlus 6. That said, the difference is negligible and can’t really be felt until maybe both devices are compared side by side. Also, the jury is still out on how convenient it is to have an under-the-screen FPS.
One of these areas where the OnePlus completely edges out the Honor 10 is in its water resistant capability. Though it misses out on a dedicated IP certification, the engineers at OnePlus claim that their latest smartphone is designed in a manner to withstand splashes of rain or drop in a puddle. That said, you really can’t go swimming with the OnePlus. Even then, the water resistant capability of devices makes the devices pretty useful especially in a country like India.
Last but not the least, OnePlus 6 owners would need to shell out at least Rs 2,000 more over the Honor 10’s price to get their hands on one. Well, that makes it a really tough choice. It’s now up to you to decide whether you would want to shell out just a few more bucks for extra features like water resistance, larger display and a near stock Oxygen OS.