Our Opinion

The Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB is a significantly better phone, but the OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM, 128GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend!

Google Pixel 2 XL 128GB  OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM, 128GB) 
Google Pixel 2 XL OnePlus 5T
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Excellence Score
76.7
70.3
Value for Money Score
51.2
63.0
Price ₹ 67,999 onwards ₹ 37,999 onwards
Launch Date (India) Oct, 2017 Nov, 2017
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 7.1 Nougat, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6 inches 6 inches
Screen Resolution 1440x2880 pixels (~ 537 pixels per inch) 1080x2160 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Display Features P-OLED, 3D Curved Glass, Always-on Display Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, DCI-P3 Colour Coverage, sRGB, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display, Ambient Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.35 GHz 2.45 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 835Ranked #8 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 540 Adreno 540
RAM 4 GB 8 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 12.2MP 16MP + 20MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features F/1.8 Aperture, 1.4um Pixel Size, 1/2.6" Sensor Size, Laser Autofocus, Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS), Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Portrait Mode, Geo-tagging, Touch Focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX398 Sensor; 1.12um Pixel Size, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1.0um Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Slow Motion Video, Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Secondary Camera 8.0MP 16.0MP
Secondary Camera Features 1.4um Pixel Size, F/2.4 Aperture, Full HD Video Recording, Portrait Mode Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0um Pixel Size, F/2.0 Aperture, Electronic Image Stabilisation, Full HD Video Recording, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.9 mm 7.3 mm
Weight 175 gm 162 gm
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, IP67 Rated (up to 1m for 30 mins)
Battery Capacity 3520 mAh 3300 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Yes Yes, Dash Charge
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Fast Battery Charging (7 hrs of charge in 15 min); Active Edge; 2 yrs Worldwide Warranty; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Stereo Speakers; Noise Filtration; Google Lens; Unlimited Online Storage for Photos and Videos UFS 2.1 Internal Storage; Fast Battery Charging (Dash Charge); Support AANC; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound; DLNA; NFC; USB Audio Support; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Attractive looking (and unique) design, and an excellent, premium, aluminium build
  • The black and white Pixel 2 XL looks especially gorgeous!
  • Great hand feel
  • Fully water-resistant body
  • The fingerprint sensor is both fast and accurate
  • Pretty compact design - this is the Pixel to get if you either have smaller hands, or value portability over a large display
  • Good display - bright and sharp (though not quite as rich as a best-in-class screens on Samsung's flagships, and it also has some discernible blue-shift when you tilt the display)
  • Has a bigger, sharper 6-inch display versus a 5-inch AMOLED display on the Pixel 2 - making it a better device for immersive video and web browsing more - plus, that higher resolution is especially advantageous when using a VR headset
  • This is Google's Android software, as it is meant to be - simple, clean, easy to understand - with a few handy add-ons like the Pixel Launcher, automatic offline music detection, and Always On lock screen
  • Google also borrows from the HTC U11's pressure-sensitive sides - you can squeeze the phone to open Google Assistant and tell it what to do
  • Top-end performance backed by the best-in-class Snapdragon 835 - the phone is consistently fast no matter what you throw at it - and matches other top-end flagships in benchmark tests
  • Another interesting and useful add-on is the Google Lens, built into the camera's photo app, which calls up a trove of information on objects like a landmark or a piece of art
  • More than anything else, the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL is about its absolutely brilliant camera - which is arguably the best overall camera on any smartphone right now - even beating the likes of the iPhone 8 Plus, and Galaxy Note 8 (although not by a lot)
  • The best way to put it is that camera simply works, no matter what the conditions
  • It can handle all sorts of tricky environments like low light, shadows and brightly lit backgrounds - Google's HDR+ continues to beat the pants off of everyone else
  • And the addition of OIS helps take the camera up another notch from last year's Pixels
  • Even bokeh shots are managed rather well, and without any fuss (even without using a dual camera setup like other phones - purely using Google's excellent software algorithms)
  • All in all, this is a truly impressive camera, and a milestone in how far we have come with mobile photography
  • The front camera is pretty great too - and can also take bokeh-style shots like the rear camera - something thats only offered by a handful of phones right now
  • The presence of OIS takes up video quality a notch higher too - you will be impressed by how smooth and natural-looking the stabilization is
  • Other features like Motion Photos (similar to the iPhone's Live Photos) add to the fun too
  • The camera is also optimized and calibrated to support AR and comes with AR stickers - they work like regular photo stickers you add to your photos and video, but they're 3D elements and characters that move around and interact in real-life environments
  • Good audio quality via headphones
  • Good set of dual front-facing speakers
  • The battery life is solid - will comfortably last the day with moderate use - overall its similar to what you would get from the iPhone 8, or the Google Pixel 2
  • Pretty good charging speed too - you will get about 7 hours of battery life with a 15 minute charge
  • Of course, the Pixel 2/ Pixel 2 XL gets better the more you buy Google products - it’s a great universal controller for your Chromecast, works in tandem with a Google Home, and will work seamlessly with Pixel Buds too
  • On the whole, if you want the Android phone that does the most stuff, you might choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - it remains the "All The Things" phone to beat - but if you want a phone you don’t have to learn to use or fuss with just to make work properly, you will want the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL - for the ordinary user, this is the best Android phone out there, as on date
  • Top-notch build quality, minimalistic/elegant design, and even more premium looks now, with a modern 18:9 minimal-bezel display
  • Continues to have the very handy mute switch, in the tradition of earlier OnePlus phones
  • One of the new additions this time is Face Unlock - a la iPhone X - it works super fast (though not quite as reliably as the iPhone X), and is another area where OP went the extra mile to make one of Google's stock feature better - it's a useful, time-saving method to unlock your phone
  • The fingerprint reader, which used to be below the display, now sits on the back, below the camera - and it works well
  • Very good, and this time larger AMOLED display with great color rendition, and an excellent in-built Kindle-like "reading mode"
  • The larger display (6 inches instead of 5.5) is clearly the most envy-inciting difference between the OnePlus 5 and 5T, offering a better experience for watching videos and also simply a larger canvas to do the regular phone stuff too - and because the bezels are thinner, the 5T's physical size remains relatively the same - managing to fit in a 6-inch display within the dimensions of a one-handed phone
  • OxygenOS continues to be an excellent blend of stock Android and light but useful touches in all the right places - it is, without doubt, one of the best Android UIs around
  • There is also an option to make "parallel" apps on the phone if you have two different accounts for apps like Facebook, Instagram or Twitter
  • Performance is blazing fast all round, and same as OnePlus 5 - matching and sometimes even beating other Snapdragon 835 powerhouses like the Galaxy S8, Sony Xperia XZ Premium, and even the newer Pixel 2 XL
  • Very good dual camera setup, like the OnePlus 5 - overall it's pleasing color rendering and good dynamic range - the portrait mode is pretty nice too - on the whole the camera is fast and reliable
  • The one major change from the OnePlus 5 is that OnePlus swapped out the 20-megapixel telephoto lens on its dual camera, replacing it with a lens for low light - resulting in better low light pictures at the expense of optical zoom - which is a good trade-off because most users will prefer having better low-light capabilities at the end of the day, over optical zoom
  • Front facing camera is pretty good too, and so is 4K video recording (with good stabilisation)
  • Good loudspeaker - a bit richer and full-bodied compared to OnePlus 5
  • Very solid battery life - similar to the OnePlus 5 - will last the day easily
  • OnePlus's proprietary dash charging technology continues to provide industry leading fast charging speeds, and continues to work even when you are using your phone
  • On the whole, once again leaving aside the camera, which is good but not comparable to the best in business (Google Pixel 2), the OP5T matches other premium flagships in all other areas - and delivers this at a fraction of the price - continuing OnePlus's tradition of offering great performance at excellent value for money
  • And with improvements in some key areas (especially the screen and the looks), the OnePlus 5T also replaces its sibling as the new best phone to buy in this price range
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The larger screen size than the Google Pixel 2 means its not quite as comfortable to use and handle as its smaller cousin
  • No standard headphone jack - Google goes the way of the iPhone here - and that is kind of a drag for people who have a pair of great wired headphones or earbuds they'd rather keep using without an adaptor dongle (which comes included in the box)
  • The battery life while good, is certainly not class leading among the flagships - it is significantly behind for instance the Galaxy Note 8 and the OnePlus 5 - both of them comfortably give battery life of over a day
  • No support for wireless charging, that's now present on the likes on iPhone 8
  • The phone still misses out on water and dust resistance, that is there in other (yes, more expensive) flagships
  • The phone's face unlock doesn't authorize payments like the iPhone X, and is not that consistent in challenging light
  • The phone's display is pretty good but doesn't pack the same punch as the (again, admittedly higher priced) premium Android flagships
  • The camera is also excellent for the price, and a little bit better than the OnePlus 5, but it is a notch below the level of the best Android camera phones like the Pixel 2 - the Pixel 2's camera outpaces the OnePlus 5T in clarity and focus, low-light (due to the camera's OIS/EIS setup), and portrait mode despite only having one lens - though of course the Pixel 2 is also much more expensive
  • If you already have a OnePlus 5, then the changes other than the screen are not that big, so you can easily skip the OnePlus 5T
Expert Reviews
  1. It's the best smartphone for Android enthusiasts
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Buy the Pixel 2/XL for the best camera on any Android phone and fast Google updates
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The fastest and smoothest Google Android device has a cracking camera, squeezable sides, great battery life and baked-in AI
    theguardian.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. The Google Pixel 2 XL has a class-leading camera
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  1. Value for money is the game, and OnePlus knows how to play it, and it's going strong with the 5T
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. A stellar phone gets an even larger screen
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 5T is fully stocked and fashion-forward, making it one of the best Android phones you can buy
    wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The flagship killer returns in style
    techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
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