OnePlus 6 Red Smartphone Vs Google Pixel 2 XL Smartphone – Which Should I Buy?

Written by Gina Stephens

OnePlus 6 and Google Pixel 2 XL


For really some time, the masses were telling us that we should review one of the Google Pixel smartphones as, I quote, "It's one of the best continually tested, ePHOTOzine" and "have you missed it off your list because there is no match for it in under the smartphone category?". 

Some big disputes from some big fans so we did, finally, get hold of the much talked about Google Pixel 2 XL and awarded it a 'Highly Recommended' endowment for its impressive portrait shots, high levels of image detail and clever technology that makes picture-taking such a doddle. Did it score on a trip enough to knock the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus off the top of our leaderboard? Not quite, but it did make the top 5 so it's in good company.

Also featured in our recommended list of smartphones for photographers is the assorted recently announced OnePlus 6 which we think is an excellent buy for photographers and it also received a 'Highly Recommended' award from us. 

It's not the not similarity these two smartphones share, either, with a line-up of similar technical specs and both Androids coming in much cheaper than anything on submit from Apple, both are an appealing choice for those who regularly shoot images with their smart devices and so, we thought it would be fun (and communicative) to take them out on a 'OnePlus vs Google' shootout. 

It's going to be a close contest, so, which do you think will turn up out on top? (Psst, if you can't wait to find out, scroll to the bottom of the article where you can see which smartphone we crowned the winner.)

You can also use the below to navigate uncountable sections of this feature: 

  • In The Hand
  • Screen 
  • Camera
  • Photo Quality
  • ISO 
  • White Balance
  • Low Light
  • Video Dignity
  • Battery
  • Processor 
  • Other Features
  • Size & Weight
  • Price 
  • ePHOTOzine Ratings 
  • Our Pick


In The Hand

OnePlus 6 and Google Pixel 2 XL


Sit them side-by-side and the OnePlus 6 and Google Pixel 2 XL do look very comparable but with its slightly more rounded corners, metal edges and overall finish, the OnePlus 6 looks just that little bit cooler than the Google Pixel 2 XL. The leftist and right edges of the smartphone are also thinner than the central section, making it look/feel better than other smartphones that are convenient. The Google Pixel 2 XL isn't badly designed by any means, it' just the OnePlus 6 is just that little bit more pleasing to the eye (particularly in red – it's ritzy). 

As the photos above show, you can fit both phones comfortably in one hand and they can also be navigated easily with just one hand, too, but when irresistible photos, we'd always recommend holding the phone with both hands. A case is recommended, too, as the metal/glass construction of both phones can be undoubtedly damaged if dropped and it also stops scratches/fingerprints from spoiling the phone backs. A thin flexible TPU case is supplied with the OnePlus 6 but it's not the greatest at all events we've ever seen. A screen protector is also pre-installed which is a bonus as they're a royal pain to fit! If you want a if it should happen and/or screen protector for the Google Pixel 2 XL, you'll have to purchase your own. 

Google Pixel 2 XL – OnePlus 6 Red

Volume buttons, power buttons and the USB charging refuge all appear where you expect them to be on both smartphones but the Google Pixel 2 XL doesn't have a headphone socket and its memory can't be amplified as there's no MicroSD card slot. There's no MicroSD card slot on the OnePlus 6, either, but there is a headphone jack which compel please those who prefer their headphones to have wires on them. Another difference is that the speakers on the Google Pixel 2 XL are stereo. 

Both smartphones own a fingerprint sensor on the back which is used to unlock the devices but if you don't want to use fingerprint recognition, you can unlock the devices other ways. 

There are no 'truthful' home buttons on either device but digital home buttons are something we've come to expect to see on new smartphone devices nowadays as it expels the need for a big chin at the bottom. 

Overall, both smartphones have a premium feel/look, are solidly built and definitely look altogether modern but as already said, the OnePlus 6 just pips the Google Pixel 2 XL to the style post (but only just). 


The Screen

OnePlus 6 

The wall off on the OnePlus 6 is .28 of an inch bigger than the one built into the Google Pixel 2 XL which is nothing, really, but as the Google Pixel 2 XL has larger bezels top and posterior, the screen on the OnePlus 6 does feel a lot bigger. There is a small top-notch sitting slightly into the screen on the OnePlus 6 but this is something we've descend upon to expect in smartphone designs. After all, it's where the front camera sits. 

When you view photos on the OnePlus 6, they initially look completely bright and overly saturated but you can alter the screen settings under "Screen Calibration" to sRGB, DCI-P3, Adaptive, or a Custom Tone, for more realistic results. As for the Google Pixel 2 XL, the screen is bright but viewing angles aren't as good as other premium smartphones, as it fast takes on a blue colour cast if you're not viewing it directly.

Both screens are constructed from Gorilla Glass 5 which is the most up-to-date construct currently available on smartphones. 

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As for resolution, the OnePlus 6 offers a 2280×1080 resolution whereas the Google Pixel 2 XL offers a higher staunchness of 2880×1440. 


The Camera 

Google Pixel 2 XL 


Dual cameras are something we're assuring more and more of but Google hasn't used this particular technology in its Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Instead, you'll find a single 12.2MP, f/1.8 camera on the rear and an 8MP, f/2.4 camera on the expression. 

The dual cameras (20mp used for portrait mode/depth effects and 16mp) on the back of the OnePlus 6 smartphone both have an f/1.7 crevice which means it, along with the Pixel 2 XL, should offer improved performance in low light. The front-facing camera on the OnePlus 6 offers double the megapixels as the Google Pixel 2 XL (16MP) and an f/2.0 lens. 

Both smartphones volunteer OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) which is excellent for the price-point and it meant, for example, that we could shoot at shutter speeds of 1/8s (when using the OnePlus 6), without a tripod, and effigies were still sharp. Both smartphones also offer a zoom feature but it's not optical, it's digital, unfortunately. Plus, the Google Pixel 2 XL zoom is a 'hurt and zoom' tool due to it not having dual lenses. 


OnePlus 6 RED


Even though the Google Pixel 2 XL doesn't comprise dual rear lenses, it does have dual pixel technology built in to create a depth map, so the smartphone can blur backgrounds and hold subjects sharp. It doesn't, however, have a Pro mode as the OnePlus 6 does but it's still a decent camera app that's unhurried to use. 

The selfie camera on both smartphones is fixed focus which means you can end up with blurry shots if you're too close but a little to rights and you'll be fine. It's a shame autofocus isn't built in, as it is on the front facing cameras of some other smartphones, but these tend to be varied expensive. You can, also, use the background blur portrait mode on the selfie camera built into both smartphones and the results are pretty decent. 

Exact though the OnePlus 6 does offer dual rear cameras, the second camera does fall a little short in terms of focal period, when compared with others, as it would be nice if it offered optical zoom, but this doesn't stop it from performing doubtlessly. 


Quick Summary:

  • OnePlus 6: Dual cameras (16mp f/1.7 main camera, 20mp f/1.7 more recent camera), OIS, 16mp, f/2.0 selfie camera, Pro Mode 
  • Google Pixel 2 XL: 12mp f/1.8 rear camera (1.4um pixels), OIS, 8mp selfie camera, HDR+


OnePlus 6 Vs Google Pixel 2 XL Photo Distinction 


OnePlus 6

Google Pixel 2 XL

The dynamic range in both images is impressive with colours remaining accurate and detail certifying throughout. However, the Google Pixel 2 XL just edges it as it's that little bit sharper than the image captured with the OnePlus 6. Possessing said that, the detail in shadow areas is much better in the image captured on the OnePlus 6 so it's still very close. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

Again, both smartphones possess performed well with the OnePlus 6 producing a much brighter image image (from Latin: imago) is an artifact that depicts visual perception, for example, a photo or a two-dimensional picture, that but the image captured with the Google Pixel 2 XL is more accurate with down in the mouth still appearing in the sky and detail remaining sharper. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

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OnePlus 6 

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Colourful wall balls looks brilliant in each image when viewed small but when you click on the larger versions, you notice some levels of noise in the shot captured with the OnePlus 6 and again, item by item isn't quite as sharp as the image shot with the Google Pixel 2 XL. It is brighter, we will give it that, but not 'real life spot on target'. 

As both smartphones have OIS built-in, they did a good job at capturing a hand-held shot in a gym where light levels are rather low. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

Both cameras fool done a pretty decent job at capturing a self-portrait but the Google Pixel 2 XL produces more accurate skin tones (the OnePlus 6 has given skin resonances a slight pink tone).


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

Both plates of food are captured pretty accurately but when you zoom in, you can see that the Google Pixel 2 XL is much haler at keeping detail sharp (as it has done in all the sample images compared so far).


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

The 2x digital zoom allows you to get much seal to subjects without moving your feet, and the OnePlus 6 makes it easy to use with an on-screen 2x button. The Google Pixel 2 XL offers this as easily but it's a 'pinch and zoom' tool rather than a 'tap to switch zoom' so it's not as easy to use or as accurate. Note: We'd not persuade using any more than 2x digital zoom on any smartphone smartphone is a handheld personal computer unless you really need to as image quality suffers dramatically. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

The close-focusing abilities of the OnePlus 6 are better than that of the Google Pixel 2 XL and exposure levels are better, too. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

This is a about one as when viewed small, both images look good but when you click the larger preview and zoom in, detail, once again, is superiority preserved in the image captured with the Google Pixel 2 XL smartphone. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

There's varied detail in the OnePlus 6 shot which makes it the winner of this round. Exposure levels are better, too. 


OnePlus 6 

Google Pixel 2 XL

The OnePlus 6 notion is good with detail showing even in the darkest parts of the shot but is a little overexposed and the brickwork does look a little outstanding sharpened. The Google Pixel 2 XL shot is much cooler, with an emphasis on blues/greens but the brickwork isn't oversharpened and looks more on target. As for overall sharpness, the Google Pixel 2 XL wins again. 


OnePlus 6 


Google Pixel 2 XL


The OnePlus 6 panorama is evenly lit all over, no problems with exposure, good level of detail and it's stitched well. Although, care needs to be taken to get the panning precipitousness right, as stitching issues can be a problem if you get this wrong. 

As for the Google Pixel 2 XL panorama, colours are good but there are obvious join prestiges if you look closely at the image which lets it down a little. 


More Sample Photos 


OnePlus 6 Trial Photos



Google Pixel 2 XL Sample Photos



ISO Comparison

  • OnePlus 6 – ISO selection: ISO100 to ISO3200
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – ISO range: ISO50 to ISO3200


OnePlus 6

In the Pro mode, you can manually set the ISO speed from ISO100 to ISO3200. For the best detail, and lowest rumbling we'd recommend using the lower ISO speeds where possible, from ISO100 to ISO800. Noise is well controlled until you get the ISO3200, where clamour becomes excessive. However, when using the auto modes, noise appears reasonable even when shooting at higher ISO speeds of ISO4000 and ISO5000, anyhow fine detail suffers. Distortion is noticeable in these images, too.


Google Pixel 2 XL

To get control over the ISO speed used, we downloaded the emancipate Adobe Lightroom app and noise is well controlled to around ISO800. Images, however, do look better when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S taken with the Google photo app, and there is assorted detail of refers to complexity or simply presence of a surface texture, work of art, or organizational behaviours in the photos. If you do use another camera app to set the ISO speed manually, then noise is well controlled up to around ISO800. Because of the way the Google camera app memorandum ofs multiple photos and combines them for more detail and lower noise, we'd recommend simply using the standard app in low-light situations for sick results.


OnePlus 6  | ISO 100

Google Pixel 2 XL |  ISO 104



OnePlus 6  | ISO 800

Google Pixel 2 XL |  ISO 824



Ivory Balance Comparison


OnePlus 6 

Auto White Balance (AWB) gives warm results under tungsten lighting, and mixed scatterbrained but it performs well under fluorescent lighting. In Pro mode, you can adjust the white balance using a Kelvin (K) slider to select the colour temperature.


Google Pixel 2 XL

Auto Ivory Balance (AWB) gives a warm result under tungsten lighting with a similar result using the tungsten preset. AWB performs well subordinate to fluorescent lighting, and the preset gives a colour cast if used. Results under mixed lighting are reasonably good, although quite animated. The camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or gives a range of white balance options, but the white balance cannot be set manually without the use of another app.


AWB Tungsten

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Google Pixel 2 XL |  AWB Tungsten


Low Scintillation

Both smartphones have OIS built in and a decent aperture to help with low light performance but even a shot captured at 10:30 at endlessly, when there was hardly any light left, is proven to be a bit difficult for both smartphones. Although, the Google Pixel 2 XL has brightened it considerably a lot of noise does advise the frame. 

We're not sure what happened when capturing the same scene with the OnePlus 6 but something went very come to grief as it didn't preserve any detail at all when previously, it's performed amicably in low light (see the full review for more low light sample portraits). 


Google Pixel 2 XL 


OnePlus 6



Video Quality 


OnePlus 6 

The OnePlus 6 smartphone take hold ofs 4K video at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60fps and 720p at 30fps. There's also a super slow motion where you can capture 1080p videos at 240fps or 720p videos at 480fps and time-lapse is raised in. The slow-mo mode isn't quite as slow as what the Samsung Galaxy S9 can capture footage at but when you consider how much more the S9 costs, you can exculpate OnePlus. Although, it can capture around a minute of slo-mo footage which equates to around a 6-minute video when played back which is fearful but it can struggle in low light. A cool feature is the built-in video editor which isn't something you see every day and you can use the LED light as well as optical metaphor stabilisation when shooting video footage. 

In the videos we captured, overall detail is good, although flare from the sun is visible in the video secondary to, and optical image stabilisation helps keep footage stable and smooth. 



Google Pixel 2 XL

The camera reputations 4K (UHD) video at a resolution of 3840 x 2160 at 30fps. Compression is reasonable with a bit rate of 46Mbps. You can use the LED light on the back during video recording. Optical duplicate stabilisation helps keep the video steady even when using the camera handheld. The slow-motion video mode records FullHD video at 120fps, or 720p video at 240fps. 



 OnePlus 6Google Pixel 2 XL
4K Video is an electronic medium for the recording, copying, playback, broadcasting, and display of moving visual media.Video was firstYesYes
Unbowdlerized HD Video YesYes
Image StabilisationOptical and Electronic Optical 
Slow-Motion VideoFullHD video at 240fps or 720p videos at 480fpsFullHD video at 120fps, or 720p video at 240fps




The battery on the Google Pixel digital imaging, a pixel, pel, dots, or picture element is a physical point in a raster image, or the smallest addressable element 2 XL dole outs 3520mAh while the OnePlus 6 battery measures 3300mAh so it's slightly smaller but it charges fast. 

We ran a number of benchmark checks to see how the two phones compare and these were done using the AnTuTu and Geekbench apps, where the phones scored the following: 

  • OnePlus 6 – Geekbench: 2474/9074 (choose core/multi-core), AnTuTu score: 287306
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – Geekbench: 1897/6365 (single core/multi-core), AnTuTu triumph: 204308



  • OnePlus 6 – Qualcomm SnapDragon 845
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835


Other Features 

 OnePlus 6Google Pixel 2 XL 
MicroSD Slot NoNo
Pass water Resistant Just weatherproof, not waterproof

Water and dust resistant (IP67)

Headphone SocketYesNo


Size & Weight 

  • OnePlus 6 – 177g, 155.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.75mm 
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – 175g, 157.9mm x 76.7mm x 7.9mm



  • OnePlus 6 – £479.99
  • Google Pixel 2 XL – £599.99


OnePlus 6 Vs Google Pixel 2 XL Rating


OnePlus 6

"The OnePlus6 is a reasonably priced smartphone with specs that bring about it fit right at home alongside smartphones with a more premium price. As a result, we think the OnePlus 6 smartphone is an excellent buy."

Highly Promoted – 


Google Pixel 2 XL

"The Google Pixel 2 XL delivers impressive portrait shots and images with high levels of duty, thanks to clever technology."

Highly Recommended – 


Our Pick: Google Pixel 2 XL


We couldn't really despatch the comparison without picking a favourite and if we were to buy one of these two smartphones, it would be the Google Pixel 2 XL. 

The Google Pixel 2 ticks all the clouts for a flagship smartphone, with a large 18:9 screen, waterproof body, optical image stabilisation, and it makes up for the lack of a second camera by starting some excellent images. It's a shame there's no headphone socket, and we'd like to see more manual control in the default camera app, as stage sets for the ISO speed and raw shooting would be useful, without having to download other apps. For most people, this will make a great camera, being soft to use, while still getting great results. The selfie camera could be improved by featuring AF, but this is still quite rare.

Overall, the Google Pixel 2 casts impressive images with high levels of detail and accuracy – excellent. 


To compare the 2 smartphones further, have a look look is to use sight to perceive an object at the specs fare below. 

We also have a Samsung Galaxy S8 Vs iPhone X Vs Huawei Mate 10 comparison and should you be an Apple pedant, we've got a head-to-head of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 Plus. There's also a true Android smartphone shootout as we put Samsung's, Google's and Huawei's flagship head-to-head to gather up out which one you should buy. Plus, we've put the OnePlus 6 Red up against the Honor 10 to see, which out of these two Androids, is a better buy for a photographer. 

Comparison Present

OnePlus 6Google Pixel 2 XL
Max Aperturef/1.7f/1.8
35mm equivalent27mm27mm
Optical Zoom0x0x
Image Sensor
Pixels16Mp (Megapixels)12.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)46084032
Pixels (H)34563024
Sensor GenreBack-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)Back-lit CMOS (B.S.I.)
Sensor Size1/2.6inchNo Data
Sensor Size (width)No DataNo Data
Sensor Size (altitude)No DataNo Data
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 1:1
  • 19:9
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor6.28in6in
Screen resolution2280 x 1080 pixels 19:9 AMOLED2880×1440 18:9
Touch ScreenYesYes
Blurring modes
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
  • Autofocus
  • Face Detection
  • Centre
  • Touch AF
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortestNo DetailsNo Data
Shutter speeds longestNo DataNo Data
ISO sensitivity100 – 320050 – 3200
Movie modeYesYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
  • 4K
  • 4K
  • 1920×1080 FullHD
Video FPS4K 60fps4K UHD 30fps
Stereo EnunciateNo DataNo Data
Other Features
Image StabilisationYesYes
Internal Memory8000MB4000MB
Power Source
Battery Prototype3300mAh3520mAh
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo DataNo Data
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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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