Google and OnePlus have each made headlines with their latest flagships, the Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro. Both offer high-end specs, premium designs, and very similar feature sets. They also both start at $899, putting them on par in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.
Since the Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro appear superficially similar, comparing the two can be difficult if you want to know which one is better suited to your interests. Luckily, we’ve tested both phones extensively and are here to break down what sets them apart and who they’re best suited for.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Google Pixel 6 Pro at a glance
|Advertisement||6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak)||6.71-inch AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1100 nits (peak)|
|processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1||Google tensor|
|cameras||48 MP f/1.8 wide angle, 8 MP f/2.4 telephoto (3.3x optical zoom), 50 MP f/2.2 ultra wide angle (150 degrees), 32 MP f/2.2 selfie||50 MP f/1.9 wide angle, 48 MP f/3.5 telephoto (4x optical zoom), 12 MP f/2.2 ultra wide angle (114 degrees), 11.1 MP f/2.2 selfie|
|battery||5,000 mAh (65W SuperVOOC wired charging, 50W fast wireless charging)||5,003 mAh (30W wired fast charging, 23W wireless fast charging)|
|software||OxygenOS 12 (based on Android 12)||Android 12|
The OnePlus 10 Pro is slimmer, but the Pixel 6 Pro stands out with a unique design
The OnePlus 10 Pro has a large 6.7-inch display, making it one of the larger smartphones you can buy. However, the 20:9 aspect ratio makes the phone a bit slimmer than other flagships, and in our OnePlus 10 Pro review we found that this made it more comfortable to use with one hand. This compares to the slightly wider Pixel 6 Pro, which uses a 19.5:9 aspect ratio for its 6.71-inch panel. While it’s by no means a compact phone, the 10 Pro is at least the better option if you value a device that feels better in your hand.
That being said, anyone looking to stand out from the crowd will find that the Pixel 6 Pro does just that. Its square corners and larger rear camera bar sets it apart from many of the phones on the market today, while its two-tone color combos like Sorta Sunny, Stormy Black, and Cloudy White offer a unique look. It’s a clear departure from the rounded corners, rectangular camera hump, and monochromatic colorways of the OnePlus 10 Pro.
TL;DR The OnePlus 10 Pro is easier to grab, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a more compelling design.
The displays are great on both phones, but the OnePlus 10 Pro is brighter
Both the Pixel 6 Pro and the OnePlus 10 Pro have great displays. They each use AMOLED panels for rich blacks and rich colors, 120Hz refresh rates for added smoothness, and 1440p resolutions for crisp text and images. I’ve played the Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness trailers side-by-side on both, and their differences were virtually imperceptible. You really can’t go wrong with either one.
Where they differ slightly is in the brightness department, as the OnePlus 10 Pro can reach up to 1300 nits when playing HDR content. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro can get up to around 1100 nits when displaying content in HDR. The 10 Pro is also slightly better at auto-brightness, as the phone is better at adapting to rapidly changing light conditions than the Pixel. These differences are a little hard to see in everyday life, but in extreme conditions like direct sunlight, extra brightness always helps – and the OnePlus 10 Pro gives you that.
TL;DR: Both devices have exceptional displays with vibrant colors and impressive contrast, but if you need extra brightness, the OnePlus 10 Pro is for you.
Performance is similar on both phones
If you’ve picked up the OnePlus 10 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro without knowing their specs, you won’t be able to tell much of a real difference in performance. That’s because both are excellent performers with enough power to handle any type of workload.
The devices differ in terms of specs, with the OnePlus 10 Pro shipping with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and the Pixel 6 Pro shipping with Google’s in-house Tensor SoC. The former has 8GB of RAM, while the latter offers a bit more wiggle room at 12GB. They come standard with 128GB of storage.
In our testing, we didn’t see any significant speed differences between the phones. Apps load quickly, animations are slick, multitasking is a breeze, and heavier tasks like playing graphics-intensive games handle well. Even their Geekbench scores are similar: the Pixel 6 Pro scored 1046 on single-core and 2923 on multi-core, while the OnePlus 10 Pro scored 987 on single-core and 3264 on multi-core.
TL;DR: Both phones offer solid performance with enough RAM and storage to handle any task you throw at them.
Battery life is similar, but the OnePlus 10 Pro wins on charging
We’ve also found battery life to be similar between the phones. The OnePlus 10 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro each lasted a full day on one charge with not much left in the tank after that, and they have similarly sized batteries at 5,000mAh versus 5,003mAh.
However, OnePlus has a significant charging advantage with the included 65W SuperVOOC fast charger. For comparison, the Pixel 6 Pro only supports up to 30W charging, and you’ll need to purchase the supported charging brick separately. Additionally, the 10 Pro offers fast 50W wireless charging, while the Pixel is stuck at 23W.
In everyday use, this makes a big difference. While the Pixel 6 Pro goes from zero to 100 percent in over an hour with wired charging, the OnePlus 10 achieves the same performance in just 38 minutes. Charging throughout the day will make you appreciate the 10 Pro even more.
TL;DR The Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro offer practically the same all-day endurance, but OnePlus manages to take the crown with its excellent (and fast) 65W wired charging.
The Pixel 6 Pro trumps OnePlus when it comes to software
Google has been the king of Android software experiences for years and continues to hold the crown compared to the OnePlus 10 Pro. In our testing, we found the 10 Pro version of OxygenOS to feel far more bloated than previous versions, with jerky animations and a thick skin on Android 12. The whole experience feels like it’s had a few drops in quality, huh is quite a shame.
On the contrary, the Pixel 6 Pro continues to thrive like every Pixel. Google’s superb software experience is silky smooth, iconography is clean and minimal, and apps generally feel faster and are better supported.
The Pixel is also smarter than OnePlus’ offering, with useful features like Now Playing (a song ID built into the lock screen), Call Screening (advanced caller ID supported by Assistant), and Magic Eraser (the ability to delete unwanted to remove objects). and motifs from photos with AI).
Also, the Pixel 6 Pro will be the frontrunner for any major Android upgrades that Google ships later. That means you’ll get this summer’s version of Android 13 much sooner on the Pixel than on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Overall, if you care about software quality, the Pixel is the phone to go for.
TL;DR The Pixel 6 Pro offers a superior software experience and guaranteed access to Android updates on day one.
Pixel 6 Pro wins in camera quality, while the OnePlus 10 Pro has more versatile controls
The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the few flagship smartphones that can’t keep up with the competition when it comes to cameras. This is especially true when compared to the Pixel 6 Pro, which continues to be among the best out there.
With its 50-megapixel main sensor, 48-megapixel 4x telephoto sensor and 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle, the Pixel 6 Pro is capable of capturing amazing photos. Colors are vibrant and contrast is perfectly balanced, as is typical of Google’s HDR processing. Additionally, night photography remains one of the Pixel’s strongest selling points, so anyone who takes a lot of pictures at night should consider Google’s offering.
The camera system of the OnePlus 10 Pro is not necessarily bad, but it cannot hold a candle to the Pixel. Its 48MP main, 8MP 3.3x telephoto, and 50MP ultra-wide lenses take good photos in well-lit environments, but things tend to fall apart once the lighting starts to fade. Processing feels a bit choppy, colors are often inaccurate and exposure feels a bit overdone.
Where OnePlus has an edge over Google is in camera controls. The Pixel 6 Pro’s interface is very simple, with just a handful of controls like exposure and zoom to lock the photo you’re about to take before you tap the shutter button. Meanwhile, the 10 Pro comes with a full Pro capture mode, powered by Hasselblad, giving you much more granular control over the image you’re capturing.
TL;DR While OnePlus offers a fantastic range of manual camera controls on the 10 Pro, Google takes the cake with the Pixel 6 Pro when it comes to overall photo and video quality.
Both phones are solid flagships but differ quite a bit in certain areas. Anyone looking for a phone with great cameras, great software, and a unique design with bold colors should look no further than the Pixel 6 Pro. Others who prefer a slimmer design, more versatile camera controls, and lightning-fast charging should check out the OnePlus 10 Pro.
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