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Google Nexus 6 vs OnePlus One – Competition Comes From Unexpected Places


The new flagship device from Google is one of the best released this year and in general. It certainly is the best out of the whole Nexus line, and has a pretty much gorgeous blend of high-end specs and premium appearance. However, you might not expect to read that the OnePlus One is the device that acts as the contender for Google’s flagship. Let’s see what each of them packs, and get a better idea of how much of a threat the OnePlus One is.

The Nexus uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, which is one of the latest, therefore gaining an advantage over the One. The chip is a quad core unit clocked at 2.7 GH. The GPU on duty is the Adreno 420 GPU, while the RAM capacity is 3 GB.

This looks indeed like the internal configuration of a premium device, but is it enough against the One? The OnePlus device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad core processing unit clocked at 2.5 GHz. The One uses an Adreno 330 GPU in addition, and while the package doesn’t look as great as the one offered by the Nexus, you must keep in mind that the One is also able to do most of the things the Nexus can. Sure, the Google device can go over the limit thanks to having the latest processor and performing highly soliciting processing tasks, but unless you want to use your phone for something else than gaming (in terms of high processing requirements), you should be just fine with the OnePlus One as well.

The Google Nexus 6 also has the bigger display, measuring 5.96 inches and using a 2560 x 1440 resolution. The OnePlus One has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and a screen that measures 5.5 inches. The One screen is pretty large, putting it in the phablet category, despite being smaller than the one on the Nexus. Once again, the Nexus is superior, but the One offers a more than acceptable solution.

The battery capacity is another fine example of what was said above, as the OnePlus One comes with a 3100 mAh battery. This is huge on its own, but in comparison it barely misses the Nexus 6 mark, as Google’s flagship has a 3220 mAh battery. You can rest assured that the 3100 mAh of the One are more than capable of going the long road.

It’s time to look at the price tags that come with each device. This is where the whole comparison takes an 180 degree turn. The 32 GB Nexus 6 has a starting price of about $650. The OnePlus One is available for about $350, and that version has 64 GB of storage. Therefore, the Nexus 6 is more powerful, no doubt, but the One can do pretty much anything as well, and comes at half the price.