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How does the OnePlus 6 hold up against other flagships?

As the saying often goes, OnePlus phones are great — for the price. The OnePlus 6 is the company's latest flagship that gets far more right than wrong and offers 90% of the experience you'll find with competing flagships for a few hundred dollars less.

However, what if the OnePlus 6 didn't have that great value going for it? What if it cost the same as phones like the Pixel 2, Galaxy S9, and others?

One of our Android Central forum members recently asked this very question, and this is how the community responded.

Hell no. The OP6 compared to the flagships, a group of which it is not a member, without the price difference has no appeal at all.


my pixel is collecting dust as I have been using my o6. OnePlus for the win


Given that a P2 XL is now £629 from Carphone Warehouse unlocked (UK) I think that it is still better than the OnePlus 6, due to its camera. I did the photo comparison test via a YouTube video and I much preferred the Pixel 2 camera shots to the OnePlus 6's shots. To me the colours were all wrong and a lot of detail was missing in comparison to the shots taken by the Pixel 2 XL. I definitely would...

Kizzy Catwoman

I think when you look at the objective specs the 1+6 is better than most (processing, battery, size). Others are not as good (face id, screen resolution). If the phone were priced like the others, I would expect to be able to walk in a store hold it, play with it, and buy it with a finance option. Putting the phone in the store is a big part of the price difference. The real question is: does...

Vanilla Thought

What about you? How do you think the OnePlus 6 holds up to other flagships?

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • It holds up pretty well. But the camera can no way match the pixal's or s9. But the price difference is a big deal. Still at 529.00 you can't beat it!
  • You can beat it, Pixel 2XL is £599 unlocked from Carphone warehouse in the U.K
  • Just looked, it's apparently £630... That's still a difference of 160 quid (or £210 if you want the 128 GB version, which you do) that's not a small amount of money. If you really want the best camera you might say the price Delta is worth it. Considering it's using last year's SOC and much less RAM though, it seems like a pretty terrible deal to someone like me.
  • The price is a factor here. With it's specs it's difficult to put it against the other phones because they're pretty much the same. It's where you get to the price that really puts OP6 over the top
  • Yeah. I mean if this phone cost 200 dollars more it would not get as much praise. Once Oneplus nails the camera though.. That's when it'll be interesting how much they charge for it
  • If we are talking about the US, then the OnePlus has a very stiff competition from the big players with their carrier subsidies. OnePlus should really try getting Verizon onboard so it at least gets some traction with the US carriers. If Motorola can do it, so can OnePlus (and hopefully Nokia one day).
  • Idk about all that. Now that phones are being made to support all carriers (T-Mobile and Sprint will be merging soon) I think they'll be fine. Nobody wants to be tied to a specific carrier if they can help it.
  • Carrier subsidies is one thing, certifying for operate is another. OnePlus can still work with carriers to work on their network as well as support network features (WiFi calling, VoLTE, etc.) and stay unlocked. Obviously the licensing fees might increase the cost slightly and that's where the carrier subsidies come in. FYI Sprint and T-Mobile merger still hasn't been approved by the government and even when it does, it'll take at least a couple of years for the network merger.
  • The Pixel 2XL is £599 unlocked from Carphone warehouse in the UK... There is no comparison. Wait for the 6T at least!
  • You realize that 599 pounds is 800 US right? So with the OP6 your getting a better processor and up to double the RAM for 200 less... Thats a HUGE difference. The only thing the Pixel 2 XL has going for it in comparison is it's camera.
  • So if you're like me and likely countless others where the camera is not at the top of the list in regards to importance the OnePlus 6 is the clear winner.
  • The price is the OnePlus 6's only advantage(yeah it has the newer Snapdragon 845 but so what?) other than that the Pixel 2 XL is a better phone overall than the OnePlus 6 including even the S9, there are some compromises like with the camera and lack of an IP rating and OnePlus not supporting their phones for as long as Google. You get a lot for your money with the OnePlus 6 with its low price. The Pixel 2 XL can easily hang with the OnePlus 6 as well as the other 2018 flagships.
  • Beno, when will you be purchasing the XL2, or are you waiting for the pixal3?
  • Waiting for some money to come through that I'm experiencing and when that does I'm definitely getting the Pixel 2 XL. I've already decided on the colour and storage (Panda and 128GB)
  • Finally
  • Well since I seem to be one of the only people who actually had both the pixel 2 XL and a OnePlus 6 I can say that the OnePlus 6 is easily 95% as good if not better than the pixel in many areas. I purposely tested both cameras out this last weekend and realize that I can't tell the difference between the pictures. I must have taken at least 50 shots and they were both comparable. I just sold my pixel 2 XL on swappa because I am actually enjoying the OnePlus 6 more. The speed, face unlock, fingerprint scanner, both RAM and Storage (8gb/256gb) are way more than my pixel. I generally try at least two to three phones out per year so I'll give this a go until the pixel 3 comes out and then decide.
  • Don't get me wrong, the OnePlus 6 is a good phone but I'd never have trade a Pixel 2 XL for one. I'm not prepared to compromise on camera and water resistance and take a slight hit in battery life and spare me the RAM argument as 4GB RAM is more than sufficient and Optimisation is second to none but OnePlus is almost as good as Google in that area now and I like Oxygen OS but I've always wanted the Pixel 2 XL and being a former iPhone user, the Pixel 2 XL is everything I want in a phone, clutter free Android that's a smooth if not smoother than an iPhone running the best version of Android IMO with the perks of fast updates and unlimited storage for photos and videos which OnePlus doesn't offer with the OnePlus 6.
  • Not had ether but have had a Pixel and 5T.
    All that you have said was true of those except the Pixel camera was way better in poor light. Video was way better too.
    Now the 6 has OIS I imagine the difference is smaller?
    How is the notch hiding feature working?
    Any issues with apps, or notifications?
  • I never see remarks/comments regarding OS updates. The Pixel devices are always first, with other devices follow. Some many months after, and some never. I understand the OP6 has it's own OS, but just how soon after an Android update does the OP get theirs?