The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the big Android flagship contenders of early 2022. But can it stand up to Google’s impressively impressive Google Pixel 6 Pro?
Base Android OS aside, these are two very different phones with very different backstories.
We haven’t had a chance to test the OnePlus 10 Pro yet, given its first launch in China. But what we do have is a full list of specs and images.
Here’s how the two pros compare on paper.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: price and availability
The covers were officially removed from the OnePlus 10 Pro on January 11, 2022, though only in its home territory of China. We are still waiting for a global release.
Pricing in China starts at 4,699 Chinese Yuan for 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which translates to around $740 / £550 / AU$1,056. You’ll pay 4,999 Chinese yuan ($786/£586/AU$1,123) for 8GB and 256GB, or 5,299 Chinese yuan ($833/£621/AU$1,191) for 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Google launched its Pixel 6 Pro on October 28, 2021. Prices start at $899 / £849 / AU$1,299 for 128GB of storage. You can go up to 256GB for $999 / £949 / AU$1,449. Our friends in the US and Australia also get a 512GB model for $1,099/AU$1,599.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: design
These two phones don’t look much alike, which is quite refreshing in a mature smartphone market where genuine design innovation is rare.
Both phones have distinctive camera modules. The OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera is squarer and flatter, emerging from the frame on the left side of the phone.
The Pixel 6 Pro’s camera module looks like a visor, running the full width of the phone and sticking out proudly like a Daft Punk helmet.
There’s a lot to be said for the boldness and freshness of the Pixel 6 Pro’s approach, particularly with its two-tone colouring, split on either side of that camera module.
Aesthetics aside, while they’re both big phones, the Pixel 6 Pro is the bigger and heavier of the two. While the OnePlus 10 Pro measures 163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm and weighs 200.5g, the Pixel 6 Pro measures 163.9 x 75.9 x 8.9mm and weighs 210g.
Both phones have aluminum frames and Gorilla Glass Victus covers, and both are IP68-rated, so there’s little to choose between them when it comes to build quality.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: screen
There are not too many differences between the screens of these two phones. They are similar in size, with the OnePlus 10 Pro measuring 6.7-inches and the Pixel 6 Pro measuring 6.71-inches.
Both also have QHD+ resolutions, so they’re packed with pixels. You also get the benefits of stunning AMOLED display panel technology, which means vibrant colors and deep blacks.
While the Pixel 6 Pro is an LTPO display, the OnePlus 10 Pro bumps it up to LTPO2. This means that while the Pixel 6 Pro can scale from 120Hz to 10Hz, the OnePlus 10 Pro can go as low as 1Hz. In other words, it’s the more efficient of the two.
The OnePlus 10 Pro’s display also gets much brighter, with a peak brightness of 1,300 nits compared to 800 nits on the Pixel 6 Pro.
We’ll have to experience the OnePlus 10 Pro display first-hand to be sure, but it appears to have the slightest edge over the Pixel 6 Pro on paper.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: cameras
Early signs suggest the Pixel 6 Pro probably has the better camera here. While Google has made a notable step forward with its camera offering, OnePlus appears to be treading water, at least from a hardware perspective.
The OnePlus 10 Pro gives you a 48 MP f/1.8 wide angle sensor, an 8 MP sensor capable of 3.3x optical zoom shots, and a 50 MP ultra wide angle sensor. All of these appear to be the same as last year’s OnePlus 9 Pro, save for the fact that the ultrawide has a new, wider angle of 150 degrees.
By contrast, the Pixel 6 Pro has really shaken things up from the Google Pixel 5. It’s led by a new 50MP wide sensor accompanied by an f/1.85 aperture, plus a 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide sensor and a 48MP telephoto sensor with a 4x optical zoom.
Overall, we found the Pixel 6 Pro to offer “the best photography experience yet on a Pixel phone.” Presumably, the OnePlus 10 Pro will improve on its predecessor through improved AI algorithms and its more advanced image processing, but it’s unlikely to be a huge improvement.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Specs and Performance
The OnePlus 10 Pro uses Qualcomm’s latest-generation Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, which is said to be 20% faster than the Snapdragon 888. By contrast, the Pixel 6 Pro is the first to use Google’s Tensor processor. .
This would appear to give the OnePlus 10 Pro the edge in raw performance, even before we’ve tested it. The Pixel 6 Pro returned an average Geekbench 5 multi-core score of 2760, which is well below even the OnePlus 9 Pro 3630 running the older Snapdragon 888.
While there may be a CPU advantage to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 here, we won’t rule out the Tensor just yet. Google has focused on the machine learning capabilities of its own chip, allowing that wonderful camera to do its best work, among other things.
Plus, the Pixel 6 Pro feels as snappy and smooth as any other flagship phone we’ve used in recent months.
OnePlus has equipped its phone with 8GB of RAM, although there is an option to upgrade to 12GB. The Pixel 6 Pro gives you 12GB as standard.
As for storage, both phones offer 128GB and 256GB options, while the Pixel 6 Pro also offers a 512GB option in certain regions.
Another sticking point here will be the user interface. We’re still not sure how the OnePlus 10 Pro will present itself in the West, given that it runs Oppo’s ColorOS in its initial China region build.
We look forward to the return of OnePlus’ nifty OxygenOS, though even this will overlap ColorOS due to the two companies merging.
The Pixel 6 Pro doesn’t have as much uncertainty around it. This is the flagship of Android 12, complete with custom ‘Material You’ themed smart wallpapers. You will also receive three guaranteed full software updates.
OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro: Battery
Both Pro phones are powered by a 5,000mAh battery, which is necessary given those big, sharp, high-refresh-rate displays.
We don’t yet know what the endurance of the OnePlus 10 Pro will be like, but presumably, it will be a marked improvement over the OnePlus 9 Pro, whose battery “will get you through a full day on a full charge with typical use.” ”.
As for the Pixel 6 Pro, we found battery life to be one of the weakest elements of the phone. Once again, though, it was good for a full day of typical use.
There is a clear winner when it comes time to recharge. The OnePlus 10 Pro gives you an impressively fast 80W charger in the box. Google only supports up to 30W charging, and doesn’t give you a brick either.
In terms of wireless charging, OnePlus 10 Pro supports 50W while Google Pixel 6 Pro supports 12W out of the box. Google has created its own custom wireless charging pad, but it only tops out at 23W.
We’ll have to test the OnePlus 10 Pro before we can call a winner here, but as things stand, it has the potential to give the Pixel 6 Pro a good run for its money.
Its display, processor, and charging speeds are likely to give it an edge over Google’s flagship phone.
On the other hand, we like Google’s unique design, and its camera seems to be on track to improve upon OnePlus’s relatively unchanged effort. We’re also not entirely convinced that OnePlus can keep its exemplary custom UI work, while Google gives you pure Android 12.
Add in the unknowns surrounding the regional price of the OnePlus 10 Pro, and we’re left with a frustrating lack of conclusions. We’ll revisit this iconic Android fight as soon as we have more practical information.