OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Google Pixel 6 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro vs. Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google and OnePlus have each grabbed headlines with their latest flagships, the Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro. Both offer high-end specs, high-end designs, and very similar feature sets. They also both start at $899, going head-to-head in the increasingly competitive smartphone market.

Since the Pixel 6 Pro and the OnePlus 10 Pro appear similar on the surface, it can be difficult to compare the two if you want to know which best suits your interests. Luckily, we’ve tested both of these phones extensively and are here to figure out what sets them apart and who they’re best for.

OnePlus 10 Pro vs Google Pixel 6 Pro at a glance

Display 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1300 nits (peak) 6.71-inch AMOLED, 120Hz, HDR10+, 1100 nits (peak)
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Google Tensor
RAM 8 GB 12 GB
Storage 128 GB 128GB/256GB/512GB
Cameras 48MP f/1.8 wide, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto (3.3x optical zoom), 50MP f/2.2 ultrawide (150 degrees), 32MP f/2.2 selfie 50MP f/1.9 wide, 48MP f/3.5 telephoto (4x optical zoom), 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide (114 degrees), 11.1MP f/2.2 selfie
Battery 5,000mAh (65W SuperVOOC wired charging, 50W fast wireless charging) 5003mAh (30W fast wired charging, 23W fast wireless charging)
Software OxygenOS 12 (based on Android 12) Android 12
Price

$899

$899

The OnePlus 10 Pro is thinner, but the Pixel 6 Pro stands out with a unique design

The OnePlus 10 Pro has a large 6.7-inch screen, making it one of the tallest smartphones you can buy. However, its 20:9 aspect ratio makes the phone a little thinner than other flagships, and in our OnePlus 10 Pro review we found that makes it more comfortable to use with one hand. That compares to the slightly wider Pixel 6 Pro which uses a 19.5:9 aspect ratio for its 6.71-inch panel. While it’s by no means a compact phone, the 10 Pro is at least the better option if you value a device that fits better in your hand.

That being said, anyone looking to stand out from the crowd will find the Pixel 6 Pro does just that. Its square corners and larger rear camera bar don’t look like most phones on the market today, while its two-tone colorways like Sorta Sunny, Stormy Black and Cloudy White offer a unique look. It’s a clear departure from the rounded corners, rectangular camera bump and single-tone colorways of the OnePlus 10 Pro.

TL; DR The OnePlus 10 Pro is easier to grip, but the Pixel 6 Pro has a more compelling design.

Displays are great on both phones, but the OnePlus 10 Pro is brighter

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The Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro both have great displays. They each use AMOLED panels for inky blacks and punchy colors, 120Hz refresh rates for extra fluidity, and 1440p resolutions for crisp text and images. I played the Doctor Strange and Multiverse of Madness trailer side by side, and their differences were virtually indistinguishable. You really can’t go wrong with either one.

Where they differ slightly is in the brightness department, as the OnePlus 10 Pro is capable of hitting up to 1300 nits when playing HDR content. Meanwhile, the Pixel 6 Pro can hit up to around 1100 nits when viewing content in HDR. The 10 Pro is also a bit better at auto-brightness, with the phone able to adapt to changing lighting conditions better than the Pixel. These differences are a little hard to notice day-to-day, but in extreme conditions like direct sunlight, having extra brightness is always helpful – and the OnePlus 10 Pro gives it to you.

TL; DR: Both devices have exceptional screens with vivid colors and stunning contrast, but if you need the extra brightness, the OnePlus 10 Pro is the one for you.

Performance is similar between the two phones

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If you picked up the OnePlus 10 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro without knowing their specs, you’d be hard pressed to find any real difference in performance. This is because both are great performers with enough power to handle any type of workload.

The devices vary when it comes to specs, with the OnePlus 10 Pro coming with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and Google’s in-house Pixel 6 Pro Tensor SoC. The former comes with 8GB of RAM, while the latter has a bit more headroom with 12GB. They also come with 128GB of storage by default.

In our tests, we found no significant speed difference between the phones. Apps load quickly, animations are smooth, multitasking is a breeze, and heavier tasks like playing graphics-intensive games handle well. Even their Geekbench scores are similar: the Pixel 6 Pro scored 1046 single-core and 2923 multi-core, while the OnePlus 10 Pro scored 987 single-core and 3264 multi-core.

TL; DR: Both phones offer solid performance with enough RAM and storage to handle all the tasks you throw at them.

Battery life is similar, but the OnePlus 10 Pro wins in charge

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We also found battery life to be similar between the phones. The OnePlus 10 Pro and Pixel 6 Pro each lasted a full day on a charge without much left in the tank afterwards, and they have similarly sized batteries at 5,000mAh versus 5,003mAh .

OnePlus has a significant advantage when it comes to charging though, with its included 65W SuperVOOC fast charger. For comparison, the Pixel 6 Pro only supports up to 30W charging, and you need to purchase the supported charging brick separately. Additionally, the 10 Pro offers 50W fast wireless charging while the Pixel is stuck with 23W.

On a daily basis, it makes a huge difference. While the Pixel 6 Pro goes from zero to 100% in over an hour using wired charging, the OnePlus 10 achieves the same feat in just 38 minutes. If you find yourself charging throughout the day, you’ll appreciate the 10 Pro all the more.

TL; DR The Pixel 6 Pro and OnePlus 10 Pro offer virtually the same all-day endurance, but OnePlus manages to take the crown with its excellent (and fast) 65W wired charging.

Pixel 6 Pro trumps OnePlus on software

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Google has been the king of Android software experiences for years, and it continues to wear the crown over the OnePlus 10 Pro. In our review, we found that the 10 Pro version of OxygenOS felt a lot more bloated than previous versions, with janky animations and heavy skin on Android 12. Well shame.

On the contrary, the Pixel 6 Pro continues to thrive like any Pixel. Google’s superb software experience is smooth, iconography is clean and minimal, and apps generally feel more vivid and are better supported.

The Pixel is also smarter than OnePlus’ offering, with useful features like Now Playing (a song ID built into the lock screen), Call Screening (assistant-powered advanced caller ID) and Magic Eraser (the ability to remove unwanted objects and subjects from photos using AI).

Additionally, the Pixel 6 Pro will be first in line for any major Android upgrades that Google ships down the line. That means you’ll get this summer’s Android 13 release much sooner on the Pixel than on the OnePlus 10 Pro. Overall, if you value software quality, the Pixel is the phone to get.

TL; DR The Pixel 6 Pro offers a superior software experience and guaranteed access to Android updates from day one.

The Pixel 6 Pro wins in camera quality, while the OnePlus 10 Pro has more versatile controls

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The OnePlus 10 Pro is one of the few flagship smartphones that can’t keep up with its competitors in the camera department. This is especially true when compared to the Pixel 6 Pro which continues to be one of the best on the market.

With its 50MP main sensor, 48MP 4x telephoto, and 12MP ultra-wide, the Pixel 6 Pro is capable of taking incredible photos. Colors are vibrant and contrast is tuned to perfection, as is usually the case with Google’s HDR processing. Additionally, night photography remains one of the Pixel’s strongest selling points, so anyone who takes a lot of photos at night should consider what Google offers.

The OnePlus 10 Pro’s camera system isn’t necessarily bad, but it can’t hold a candle to the Pixel. Its 48MP main lenses, 8MP 3.3x telephoto lens and 50MP ultra-wide lenses take good photos in well-lit environments, but things tend to fall apart once the lighting starts to fade. The processing looks a little janky, with colors often depicted inaccurately and exposure a bit overdone.

Where OnePlus has an edge over Google is in the camera controls. The Pixel 6 Pro’s interface is very basic, with only a handful of controls available like exposure and zoom to lock in the photo you want to take before pressing the shutter button. Meanwhile, the 10 Pro comes with a full Pro shooting mode powered by Hasselblad, giving you much more granular control over the image you capture.

TL; DR While OnePlus offers a fantastic array of manual camera controls on the 10 Pro, Google takes the cake when it comes to overall photo and video quality with the Pixel 6 Pro.

At the end of the line

Both of these phones are solid flagships, but vary quite dramatically in some areas. Anyone buying a phone with great cameras, great software, and a unique design with vibrant colors should look no further than the Pixel 6 Pro. Others who might prefer a sleeker design, more versatile camera controls, and super-fast charging should check out the OnePlus 10 Pro.

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