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OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Which one is Best for You?



OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5

The OnePlus 8T and Pixel 5 are two of the most popular flagship smartphones under Rs 50,000. If you are looking for a full comparison of OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5, then this comparison is just for you. I have answered almost all of your questions about both of these smartphones. So let’s begin.

OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Display

So firstly, let’s take a look at the displays. They do look very similar. We’ve got flat displays with small bezels and a punch out on the left hand side. The OnePlus has slightly thinner bezels on the left and right. And it also has a slightly smaller punch out for the front facing camera.

Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Display
Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Display

It also has a higher refresh rate. The pixel has 90Hz, the OnePlus 8T has a 120 Hz refresh rate which does feel smoother. And from what I can see as well it is slightly brighter compared to the Pixel. So I would give the overall edge for the display to the OnePlus 8T.

Of course another obvious difference between these two is the size. The OnePlus 8T does have a larger 6.55 inch display vs the 6 inch display of the Pixel.

Personally, I do prefer larger displays. I consume a lot of media, do lots of browsing on my smartphone so I do like a larger display. So I would lean more towards the OnePlus 8T.

But an advantage that you get on the Pixel is that it is much easier to hold and use with one hand, thanks to that smaller display. So this is something that you might prefer.

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OnePlus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Fingerprint scanner

Now let’s also talk about the fingerprint scanners because the OnePlus 8T does have an in-display fingerprint scanner. The Pixel actually has a fingerprint scanner on the back. In terms of speed, they are both very fast. So I don’t think you can go wrong with either of these, I think it will come down to your personal preference.

The OnePlus arguably more convenient because it is at the front. So you could unlock it while it was down on the table. Whereas the Pixel, you do have to pick it up. However, with the OnePlus you do have to wake the display to be able to access the fingerprint scanner. Whereas on the Pixel it’s always awake.

So it could be in your pocket and you could just tap your fingerprint. And as soon as it’s out of your pocket it is unlocked. Honestly speaking, I don’t mind either of these. I think, I know I keeps saying it. But it’s going to come down to personal preference.

OnePlus 8T vs Pixel 5: Design and Build

Now let’s talk a little bit about the build and design. The Pixel 5 is much more compact device it also weighs a little bit less compared to the OnePlus 8T. So that definitely might be a factor that you want to consider. We do have different builds, both are actually very premium.

Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5 Design and Build
Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5: Design and Build

We do have a combination of metal and glass. The OnePlus 8T has a metal frame with glass panels on the front and back, and on the front we have Gorilla Glass 5. The Pixel on the other hand has Gorilla Glass 6 for the display and we’ve got an aluminum enclosure which is coated in this material, which it does give it a lot more grip.

With this material, you’re not going to get any fingerprints on, it does feel really nice. This is the Sort of Sage, there is also a Just Black version available which will probably attract a little bit more when it comes to fingerprints.

The OnePlus 8T Aquamarine Green, does have a glossy back, it’s got a very interesting look. So depending on the way the light hits it, it does give you a little bit of a two tone color. And I do like the look of this, but I mean, it’s glossy so it is going to attract fingerprints more compared to the Pixel 5. I believe the other version, which is the Lunar Silver, does have more of a matte finish.

The Pixel 5 does have an official IP68 Water Resistant rating, the OnePlus 8T does not. However, OnePlus do say that it is water tight and it should be fine to use in things like the rain. However, there is no official rating.

I believe this costs more to be able to get that rating on the OnePlus 8T so they haven’t included it. So if that doesn’t matter you the Pixel does have that rating.

Oneplus 8T vs Pixel 5: Camera Comparison

Now Let’s talk about the cameras. On the front, the OnePlus does have a higher resolution but remember pixels are not everything. In my experience the Pixel just takes better selfies, the colors are more accurate. OnePlus devices just tend to overexpose and make you look fairer than you actually are.

Oneplus 8T vs Pixel 5: Camera Comparison
Oneplus 8T vs Pixel 5: Camera Comparison

For the rear facing cameras it’s actually quite interesting because we’ve got two real facing cameras on the Pixel and we’ve got four rear facing cameras on the OnePlus 8T. But remember numbers are not everything. So we’ve got a high resolution on the OnePlus 8T. But once again, it’s not just about the MP.

Generally you will be shooting at 12-megapixel which really puts it head to head with the Pixel. And then we also have an ultra wide camera on both devices which lets you get in a lot more into your shots.

Both devices take great shots in good lights, we’ve got lot of details. The OnePlus 8T does have a wider field of view for the ultra wide camera, which I do like. But generally I did find myself preferring pictures from the Pixel.

The OnePlus 8T does have two additional cameras. There’s a 5MP macro camera as well as a black and white camera. And this seems to be a trend from OnePlus, they try to throw in extra cameras, which really aren’t that useful, just so they can say it’s a quad camera.

We’ve seen this many times before but the 5MP camera is higher than the 2MP camera. But even with the 5MP, it’s just not great. I would rather just take an image with the primary camera and then crop in later. And I think you’ll get a better shot.

OnePlus 8T vs Pixel 5 Camera Comparison

The OnePlus 8 Pro on the other hand has an excellent macro camera and that is because they actually uses the 16 MP ultra-wide camera to focus in close. I think OnePlus maybe haven’t included this on the OnePlus.

8T because they kind of want to have a bit more separation with this and the OnePlus 8 Pro.

Personally, I won’t be using this 5-megapixel macro camera and as for the black and white camera, it’s supposed to help get you some mono images buthis is not something I found myself using much. Just applying a filter generally will get you similar results.

So overall I would give the edge for photos to the Pixel 5.

Google Pixel 5 vs Oneplus 8T: Hardware

Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5 Antutu Benchmark Scores
Antutu Benchmark Scores of Oneplus 8T and Google Pixel 5

Now let’s move on to the performance. Where it’s actually a very easy win for the 8T. It does have Qualcomm’s flagship chipset the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865. Whereas the Pixel has the capable but not as powerful 765G.

The OnePlus 8T also has an option of 12GB of Ram and it’s also using faster UFS 3.1 storage. So generally speaking for speed of performance, although on your day to day, it’s going to be absolutely fine. I’ve had no issues with either of these.

When it does come to more intensive tasks then the OnePlus is just going to be better. In addition to that, the 120 Hz display also makes things feel that little bit faster. Again, there’s not a huge difference on your day to day.

Google Pixel 5 vs Oneplus 8T: Software

We do get Android 11 out of the box with both of these devices, which is absolutely great. Maybe this is the reason why the embargo lifted at the same time. Who knows?

On the Pixel you are going to be getting that complete stock Android experience. But on the OnePlus you get OxygenOS which I really like. It’s very clean and it adds some very useful and additional features. OxygenOS 11 has taken a lot of inspiration from OneUI.

Also see: Install OxygenOS 11 on OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

In that it has been made to be a little bit easy to use in one hand we’ve got these big heading sections like we have on OneUI. I’m definitely welcoming this, everything just feels very fast and smooth on the software side of things.

I really don’t think you can go wrong with either of these. It will come down to your personal preference but you will be getting guaranteed updates longer on the Pixel compared to the OnePlus (3 years versus 2 years on the OnePlus). Although, the OnePlus 8T will ve getting three years of security updates.

Although both devices do support 5G, the OnePlus does have a dual SIM card slot, so you can have two SIMs active at the same time. This is something that you don’t have on the Pixel.

Looking at and speakers now. So both do have stereo speakers and generally they sound really good. We’ve got one in the earpiece and one bottom firing. I am not an audio expert, but Indistinct) said that he preferred the OnePlus 8T.

Google Pixel 5 vs Oneplus 8T: Battery and Charging

Now let’s talk about the battery. So the OnePlus does have a larger battery size compared to the Pixel 5. However, it does have a higher refresh rates and it’s also a larger display. The battery life has actually been good on both, but I can’t give you anything too extensive.

What I can tell you about is the charging. The OnePlus 8T has Warp Charge 65, so there is 65W super fast charging. This is actually split across the two batteries. So it’s charging both the batteries at the same time. So that way you get that super fast charging 100% in around 39 minutes.

The Pixel has 18W charging, which is much much slower. However, the Pixel 5 does support wireless charging which the OnePlus 8T does not. As well as that the Pixel also supports a reverse wireless charging where you’ll be able to use the Pixel to charge another device may be some ear buds wirelessly.

So I guess it comes down to speed vs convenience. I’m somebody who does prefer fast charging over wireless charging because fast charging is actually a lot faster.

Oneplus 8T vs Pixel 5: Price in India

RAM / ROMOnePlus 8TGoogle Pixel 5
8GB / 128GB₹ 42,490₹ 51,490
12GB / 256GB₹ 45,999N/A

Now let’s talk about the price. If we look at the base model, 8GB of Ram with 128GB of storage, In the India the OnePlus is actually coming ₹ 9000 cheaper compared to the Pixel 5.

In the US, there is only going to be the 256GB option of the OnePlus 8T and that is going to be coming in $50 more compared to the Google Pixel 5. However you will be getting double the storage as well as more RAM. .

Conclusion: Which one is best for you?

Oneplus 8T vs Pixel 5 comparison
Oneplus 8T vs Google Pixel 5 comparison

So what does that mean? Well, with the OnePlus you are getting a better overall display, a better overall performance with faster charging.

But in the Pixel 5, you are getting overall better cameras, you’re also getting things like wireless charging and reverse wireless charging which you don’t have on the OnePlus 8T.

So it is going to be a tough decision. But hopefully, this OnePlus 8T vs Pixel 5 comparison has helped you make that decision by breaking down all of the differences, which is your pick. Is it the Google Pixel 5? Or is it the OnePlus 8T? Do drop me a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

SpecsOnePlus 8TPixel 5
Display6.55 inches, FHD+, Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz6 inches, FHD+, OLED, 90Hz
SoftwareAndroid 11, OxygenOS 11Android 11
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 865Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
GPUAndreno 650Andreno 650
ROM128GB, 256GB (UFS 3.1)128GB (UFS 2.1)
Rear camera48 MP, f/1.7 (wide)
16 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
5 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
12 MP, f/1.7 (wide)
16 MP, f/2.2 (ultrawide)
Front camera16 MP, f/2.48 MP, f/2.0
BatteryLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removableLi-Po 4500 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 65W,
100% in 39 minutes
Fast charging 18W
Wireless Charging
Reverse Wireless Charging
Headphone JackNoNo
Loud SpeakersStereo SpeakersStereo Speakers
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