A good day guys. As this year is coming to its end, almost all the brands have released their flagship phones for the year. And amidst all of them, the consumer will find himself confused. Today, we will take a look at 2 devices that are launched in the same price segment by two brands that are very well known to us.
OnePlus and LG. One of them have been calling their devices ‘flagship killers’. The other have been making true flagship phones for a long time.
Here we take a look at the OnePlus 6T and the LG G7+ ThinQ. Lets find out how they perform when pitted against one another in each aspect that matters.
Design & Build
Both of these devices come with a similar glass-sandwich design with a metallic frame. Both of them have a similar camera placement and a notch on top of the screen. And the similarity comes to an end here.
The OnePlus 6T has a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 6 covering its display, which is the latest from the company, making the 6T one of the early adopters of it. The ‘teardrop notch’ is minimal and looks beautiful on top of the display when compared to the traditional notched displays. There is no IP ratings for water resistance, so better not to test your luck with it. The device is 8.5 mm thick and weighs 185 grams.
The device also has two added advantages in the form of IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and MIL STD 810 certification
The LG G7+ ThinQ has a similar glass sandwich build with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 taking care of the front and back sides. It has a wide notch on top of the display which might be a deal breaker to the notch haters. The device also has two added advantages in the form of IP68 rating for water and dust resistance and MIL STD 810 certification. It is 7.9 mm thick and weighs in at 162 grams. The device looks beautiful despite that bigger notch on it.
Overall for the design and build, the OnePlus 6T might be a slightly better looking device from the front, but the G7+ ThinQ strikes back with the IP rating and MIL grade protection. The LG device is also lighter and easier to handle among the two. So, we go with the G7+ ThinQ here.
The 6T’s display unit is a 6.4 inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED with a tall 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The colors are punchy, the blacks are deep. But, the blacks lack the depth as seen in sAMOLED panels of Samsung. That said, it is one of the better displays in this price range.
The G7 on the other hand houses a smaller 6.1 inch with a higher resolution at QHD+ with the same 19.5:9 aspect ratio. But LG chose to go with an IPS LCD panel here. Contradictory to our assumptions, this LCD panel turns out to be one of the best IPS LCD panels in a mobile phone yet, with a peak brightness of 1000 nits! The display also has support for HDR10 and Dolby Vision contents.
The display section has a thing or two going its way for each of them which makes it harder to choose one from the two. We choose the G7+ ThinQ for a better pixel density, overall brighter display and support for HDR10 & Dolby Vision which give it an edge over the Optic AMOLED of the 6T.
Here, both our devices comes with the tried and tested Snapdragon 845 from the industry leader, Qualcomm. Adreno 630 handles all the graphic duties and we don’t need to explain that either.
both our devices comes with the tried and tested Snapdragon 845 from the industry leader, Qualcomm
That said, the 6T comes with either 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM options, whereas, the G7+ ThinQ comes with either 4 GB or 6GB of RAM options. The 6GB version of the G7+ ThinQ is what comes into comparison with the 6 GB version of the 6T.
The performance will be identical in these 2 and hence, there aren’t many points to differentiate them on the basis of performance. So this round will be a tie for us.
The 6T has a 3700 mAh Li-Ion battery handling all its power needs. That coupled with a power efficient OLED display results in above par battery life and can last you a whole day of moderate to heavy usage easily. In addition, it also comes with the company’s 5V/4A (20W) fast charger (previously Dash Charge), which is pretty fast as we know it.
The G7+ ThinQ on the other hand, comes with a smaller 3000 mAH battery to power it up. But the smaller battery has pa power hungry IPS LCD at a higher resolution to run here. That said, it can last you a whole day of moderate usage, but you will have to charge it up by the evening. The provides charger is a QC 3.0 rated one.
The bigger capacity battery and the presence of dash charge tempt us to choose the OnePlus 6T as the winner in this section.
This is one of the most differentiating parts between the 2 devices. The 6T comes with OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS baked on top of Android Pie. The UI is clean, near to stock android and snappy. That said, it has none or near to none added UI features or customization.
On the other hand, the G7 comes with a much more heavier skin on top of Android Oreo. This doesn’t make the UI simply worse. But the snappiness of the 6T is missing here.
Both the devices have options to hide the notch. While the 6T can just hide the notch, the notch area in the G7 can be assigned various colors from the settings. In the software side, we go with the 6T for the fluidity of the Oxygen OS.
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Like in the previous section, this is another area of huge difference between the devices. The 6T lacks a headphone jack this time and it feels awful. They do provide a USB Type C to 3.5 mm adapter in the box. But that cannot justify the omission of the headphone jack. The audio quality will be good considering its price range and not something to bother about. The audio output via speaker is handled by a single bottom firing speaker and is pretty loud.
The G7 on the other hand has a 3.5 mm headphone jack which is powered by a High Fidelity Quad DAC managing the audio output. The audio from this device is one of the best on any android device till date. That is one thing LG has been pioneering for some time now. The G7 has Boombox certified loudspeakers and has support for DTS-X 3D Surround output.
The G7 emerges the clear winner among the 2 in the audio department, crushing the competition on its way.
The 6T has a dual f/1.7 lens in the rear- 16+20 MP. The front camera is a 16 MP f/2.0 unit. The cameras are the same as its predecessor and produce great images. The phone does a great job in the video department also. The main camera has support for OIS+EIS. There is also a super slow-mo mode wherein you can shoot 1080p videos at 240 fps and 720p videos at 480 fps.
The G7 on the other hand comes with a main 16 MP, f/1.6 unit along with a secondary Wide Angle 16 MP, f/1.9 camera in the rear. The front camera is an 8 MP, f/1.9 unit. The image quality is consistently good in daylight. But when the light falls down, the images take a hit. But there is a superbright mode thrown in which does a commendable job, and outdo the Nightscape in the 6T. Along with this, it also has support for a full fledged manual video mode and HDR video capture
In the camera front, we give a slight edge to the G7 for its secondary wide angle lens and the video recording capabilities, if not for the outright video quality.
Accessibility and Security
The 6T has the normal set of buttons and an alert slider in addition to those. The right side houses the power button and the alert slider while the left side houses the volume rocker. The alert slider might come in handy to many of the potential users.
The 6T also has an Optical Under Display Fingerprint scanner on board
The 6T also has an Optical Under Display Fingerprint scanner on board, which is not as fast as the normal fingerprint scanners, but faster compared to other in display solutions. It also has support for face unlock.
Th G7 also has a additional key in the form of the one on the left of the device, which is used to invoke Google assistant. The right side of the device houses the regualr power button and volume rockers. As of now, the button in the right can only be used with the Assistant, but we wish to see a remapping option in the future updates.
The fingerprint scanner is located in the back and is easily reachable by one hand. The power button has been relocated from along with the fingerprint scanner to the right side.
In this department, the Under Display Fingerprint scanner gives the 6T a slight edge over the G7.
Among these two, our pick is definitely the G7+ ThinQ for its premium design and build, better display, better audio capabilities an slightly better camera capabilities. OnePlus should give a second thought about the ‘Flagship Killer’ tagline they’ve been using for sometime now, if they plan to launch devices at the price of actual flagships.