OnePlus 5T Even More Impressive Comparing Against Pixel 2XL: Camera
Following the footsteps of the original OnePlus phone, 5T releases with an irresistible $499 price tag. It includes an elegant and powerful device. Yet, with a slightly lower price than the flagship Pixel 2XL’s $849 one may wonder how it stacks up against the big dogs. The results become striking after comparing its camera to the best-rated phone camera ever.
Staying true to the company’s philosophy, 5T provides an overwhelming experience in all-aluminum sleek design and feature-pack, but pure OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1.
With virtually same hardware, both rocking the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset – other than software support, camera quality comes to question.
OnePlus 5T tends to increase the brightness of already bright segments of a photo. Brighter whites contrast dark portions of a photo more. Besides, 5T adds a tender yellowish tint almost indiscernible unless directly compared. 2XL, on the other hand, keeps photos more natural without oversaturating whites.
With superior HDR technology, dark photos undeniably look better on Pixel 2. 5T misses optimal colors with an overtone that seems to spoil the details. Nevertheless, the overblown photos still do look wonderful, but not nearly as natural and meticulous as on Pixel 2.
Deeper into the challenge, dark photos are what sets the two phones apart. With not much to saturate, 5T hardly manages to take such wonderful photos as outdoors. Even with its dual camera lenses, 16+20 MP, 5T is no match for Pixel’s dual-pixel single-lens 12.2 MP camera. With Pixel, photos in the dark remain both natural and nicely colored with fine detail caught effortlessly.
Now, when it comes to zooming, 5T excels and beats Pixel with no second thought. Daylight photos on maximum zoom do look better and sharper on 5T.
Portrait photos look extraordinary on both phones. 5T, again, tends to make the portrait seem brighter than natural with the persistent barely noticeable yellowish tint. Pixel 2XL shoots portraits with better contrast and better color consistency simultaneously. 5T makes details stand out, while they remain chromatically natural in Pixel’s photos.
Front-facing cameras are much different. Even though 5T comes with a 16MP front-facing camera, as opposed to Pixel’s 8MP, it is debatable which one takes better pictures.
In spite of 5T having double the megapixels, unedited photos look softer and more reassuring. Pixel takes photos that do appear sharper and deeper in color. But, ask yourself – in selfies, do you want to look good, or do you want the photo to look good? Pixel 2 chooses the latter. 5T chooses you.
Of course, both phones offer retouching on their main camera. However, 5T doesn’t have the same feature for its front-facing one. On the other hand, Pixel 2 does and can take selfies in portrait mode.
Take Into Consideration
The price difference between 5T and Pixel 2XL is greater than the entire half of the price of 5T. As much as $350 sets them apart with no hardware compromised. Be not mistaken, 5T does not underwhelm. Furthermore, it is even better once you realize we have just compared it to the phone with the best camera in the world. DxOMark has rated 2XL a staggering 98. So, when you see that 5T’s shots look more than just good next to such a camera, you can’t go wrong with it. Especially when DxOMark refers to 5T as a serious shooter with an exceptional score of 87.
Pixel 2XL comes with Oreo, Android 8, while 5T comes with a custom, but clean, fast and functional custom Android 7.1.1 Nougat. No doubt, 5T is to receive updates, but Google guarantees the latest software on Pixel 2 for at least three years.
5T does have more RAM than Pixel. It offers up to 8GB of RAM. Pixel 2 starts at 4GB.
5T’s display specs are 1080P (1080 x 2160 pixels), 401ppi.
Pixel 2XL astounds with QHD+ (2880 x 1440) pOLED at 538ppi.
So, if you want to save $350 and a phone that is on par with the flagships, both internally and externally, look no further than OnePlus 5T.