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The Vivo NEX is a slightly better phone, but the OnePlus 6 (6GB RAM, 64GB) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much your want to spend!

OnePlus 6 (6GB RAM, 64GB)  Vivo NEX 
OnePlus 6 Vivo NEX
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Excellence Score
76.2
78.4
Value for Money Score
71.4
64.9
Price ₹ 34,999 onwards ₹ 44,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) May, 2018 Jul, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.1 OreoExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.28 inches 6.59 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2280 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2316 pixels (~ 388 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes
Display Features Optic AMOLED, 2.5D Curved Glass, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display Super AMOLED, FullView Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.7 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #5 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Adreno 630
RAM 6 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 16MP + 20MP 12MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 519 Sensor; 1.22 µm Pixel Size; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS); Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX 376K Sensor; 1.0µm Pixel Size; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; Phase Detection Autofocus (PDAF), Super Slow Motion (1080p @ 240fps; 720p @ 480fps), Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image 12MP: F/1.8 Aperture; 1/2.5" Sensor Size; 1.4µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; 4-axis OIS, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; no AF; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama, Slow Motion, Live Photo, Portrait Bokeh (dual cameras), Time Lapse, Face Beauty, AR Stickers, Filters
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 8.0MP
Secondary Camera Features Screen Flash, F/2.0 Aperture, Sony IMX371 Sensor, 1.0µm Pixel Size, Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS), Full HD Video Rec., Time-Lapse, Portrait Mode, HDR, Smile Capture, Face Beauty F/2.0 Aperture, Live Photo, Face Beauty, Backlight HDR, Portrait Bokeh, Panorama, AR Stickers, Filters
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 GB
Expandable Memory Slot
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.75 mm 7.98 mm
Weight 177 gm 199 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh 4000 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, Dash Charge Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features Gestures and on-screen navigation support; Alert Slider; DLNA; NFC; MIMO; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Pop-Up Front Camera; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • The best looking OnePlus phone to date - has a polished refined design, with a glass rear panel, and three distinct (and beautiful) color options (plus the Marvel Avengers edition)
  • Excellent build quality
  • The phone is comfortable to hold, thanks to the curved glass rear
  • Face unlock works great in most conditions, and unlocks the phone in a fraction of a second (except in low light or under very bright sunlight)
  • There is also of course the fingerprint sensor at the back, if you wish to use that instead, and it works great too
  • OnePlus's excellent alert slider is there too (it has now moved to the right side of the phone) - and is now more simplified toggling between 3 simple states - ring, vibrate and silent, with a pop-up that tells you instantly which mode you are switching to every time
  • Excellent display - catches on to the modern 'notch' trend, with a tall screen ratio - the AMOLED screen is vivid, with punchy colours and great viewing angles - videos looks great, and you can also set your own custom colour temperature if you prefer
  • OxygenOS continues to be a huge differentiator for OnePlus - it strikes a great balance between keeping the base UI identical to stock Android but still adding a number of useful additions - like shortcuts, a dark theme, a scrolling screenshot capture tool, and controls for giving the on-screen buttons additional functions, night and reading modes, a choice of system fonts, and configurable colours for the notification LED - all in all, its a great software experience, that ticks the right boxes
  • Another interesting add-on is an optional gesture scheme that lets you get rid of the Android navigation buttons altogether, and gives you a full gesture based navigation scheme like the iPhone X - thus giving you even more screen space to play with - the gestures do take some time to get a hang of, but once you do, they will become second nature
  • There's also a Gaming Mode that not only suppresses non-essential notifications, but can also limit background apps' Internet usage, which can make a difference in online games - you can even route calls directly to the loudspeaker so you don't have to stop playing
  • Top-notch, breathtaking performance, backed by the latest flagship processor from Snapdragon, the Snapdragon 845 - the SoC has eight Kryo 385 cores, integrated Adreno 630 graphics, improved security and image processing subsystems, a faster LTE modem, and even hardware dedicated to AI processing - all of this means the performance is top-bracket, matching (or beating) the Galaxy S9/Plus in benchmark scores
  • Good set of dual rear cameras, significantly improved from the OnePlus 5T - especially in terms of portrait mode photos, low light performance, and video recording (including a new super-slow motion mode)
  • The rear cameras now also come with OIS
  • Decent (though not great) front camera, pretty similar to the OnePlus 5T - a software bokeh mode for the front camera is also there
  • Decent loudspeaker (pretty loud) - although it tends to get blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode
  • Good (but not exceptional) battery life - will comfortably last the day with moderate to heavy use
  • Fast charging support, still one of the best in the business - the Dash Charger takes the phone up from zero to just over 50 percent in half an hour, and gives you a full charge in around an hour and a half
  • On the whole, the OnePlus 6 is good-looking, well crafted, extremely powerful - it is also a solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera - and ultimately the OnePlus 6’s bang for buck is still about the best you can get in the smartphone world
  • The Vivo Nex is absolutely gorgeous, and easily one of the most beautiful smartphone ever released - there is the premium blend of glass and metal, the grey speckled pattern on the back, the top-notch build quality, and the solid hand-feel, but the highlight of the phone is the stunning display in a futuristic bezel-free design
  • The power and volume buttons on the right edge are ergonomically placed. On the left is an 'AI' button, which can be be pressed once to invoke Google Lens, or long-pressed to call on Google Assistant
  • The 6.59-inch Super AMOLED, 19.3:9 display is the star of the show here - with a screen-to-body ratio of 93 percent, it dominates the front of the smartphone and looks striking - a no-notch tall screen is an unparalleled experience - and the viewing angles are superb, colours are vivid, and blacks are inky and deep - the maximum brightness is impressive, and the display also gets dim enough for comfortable use in a dark room - there is a nifty night mode that that can be triggered at set times - Vivo has moved the ambient light sensor to below the display and it works well enough
  • Vivo's Funtouch OS has taken a lot of inspiration from iOS, and is packed with features and gestures to the hilt
  • Performance is top-notch as expected - with the Snapdragon 845 under the hood, the Vivo Nex handles everything you throw at it with ease, and with 8GB of RAM, it keeps most apps running in the background, even those left unused for a full day - gaming on the phone is also quite a pleasurable experience, due to the combination of the gorgeous screen and the top-end hardware
  • The dual camera setup on the rear is pretty good, and clicks some impressive photos - the level of detail is very good, colours are rich and vibrant, and the autofocus is precise and accurate - there is also little to no shutter lag, and the dynamic range is good - thanks to the four-axis OIS, images taken at night also come out sharp and detailed
  • As with most flagships these days, the rear camera can recognise objects or scenes being shot and optimise its settings accordingly
  • The portrait mode is decent too (but not the best)
  • AR stickers are implemented well too and are a good way to impress friends - they can be used with both the front and the rear camera
  • There is a fully featured professional mode in the camera application as well which allows you to alter the ISO, exposure, shutter speed and white balance
  • Videos shot with the rear cameras are detailed and quite stable too, thanks to the four axis optical image stabilisation
  • Very good quality audio output via earphones (and the bundled pair of earphones are surprisingly good too)
  • Battery life is quite fantastic - you will get through a 12-hour day with about 40 percent left at the end, which is quite impressive - overall among flagship phones, the Vivo Nex takes the top end of the battery life ratings
  • Fast charging support is there too - the huge fast charger that Vivo includes in the box takes the phone from zero to about 50 percent in 40-45 minutes
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Will also tend to pick up smudges very quickly
  • It's not the easiest to reach all corners of the newly enlarged screen - people who prefer more compact phones might have preferred a smaller-screen option for themselves
  • While OnePlus does claim that the phone has water-resistance, it's not IP rating certified, which likely means that the protection is quite basic
  • A little slippery because of the glass
  • At 177g, the phone is a bit on the the heavier side too
  • The rear and front cameras are good, but not really up to the high benchmarks set by the likes of the iPhone X, the Galaxy S9, or the Pixel 2 - this continues to be the only one significant area, where you will be making a compromise over the best flagship smartphones, when you buy a OnePlus device (of course admittedly for a much lower price)
  • Although for a phone with a 6.6 inch screen, the Vivo Nex is relatively manageable, but weighing in at 199g, the Vivo Nex is quite a hefty phone, bordering on phablet territory - it's also a bit too wide and tall to be used comfortably with one hand - in fact, it can be slightly cumbersome to use even with both hands - make no mistake, you will certainly be compromising on some ergonomics to compensate for that large, beautiful display
  • The fingerprint sensor is integrated into the display glass like the Oppo Find X, and it works well enough, but just like the Find X, it is not in the same league as the physical ones we have become used to - it will works well 8 out of 10 times on average, but when it doesn't, the novelty turns into an irritant, and you will have to use a pattern/pin to unlock the phone (there is no face recognition either)
  • Another new tech that Vivo had to adopt to create the bezel less design is Screen SoundCasting, which does away with the earpiece, and has a motor that vibrates the display glass itself - the technology is definitely impressive, and mostly works just fine, but can sometimes be iffy, with voices coming across as muffled and indistinct
  • Given the additional moving parts, there is also the question of long-term durability - while the mechanism feels quite solid and does not wobble in the slightest, you cannot know for sure how well it will stand up to regular use and abuse - there is also the risk of how badly this phone could get damaged if it falls with the camera module extended
  • Unlike most other flagships, the Vivo Nex is also not water or dust proof
  • The rear is pretty slippery too - you will want to use a case
  • Vivo's FunTouch UI might be feature packed, but it also tends to be rather cluttered, and occasionally unstable (you will experience app crashes now and then) which is a letdown - it is probably the biggest thing that stops the Nex from being a strong recommendation - you can liken the experience to climbing aboard a fancy, futuristic alien spaceship, only to quickly discover your inability to operate it properly and likely quickly crashing into a tree
  • While the front camera has that fancy, eye-catching camera mechanism, when it pops out, on the imaging front, it's average, considering the price bracket - it has a tendency to overexpose shots, and images taken at night look very soft and have a fair bit of noise
  • The single loudspeaker gets reasonably loud but is somewhat shrill and tinny, which is a letdown in this price bracket
  • On the whole, the Vivo Nex is an immensely desirable, but ultimately frustrating device - it is a smartphone from the future which is gorgeous, immensely powerful, and loaded with impressive technologies - the OLED screen is superb, the rear camera is competent, and battery life is impressive - however, the software has niggles, the fingerprint scanner is unreliable, waterproofing is missing, and the cameras while good are not the best of the pack - for now, for most users, flagship offerings from the likes of Apple, OnePlus, and Samsung will be a bit more polished and easier to live with
Expert Reviews
  1. Unbeatable value
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. OnePlus 6 is a beautiful phone that feels fast and that you will simply enjoy using day in and day out. And the reasonable price? Well, that’s the icing on the cake!
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The OnePlus 6 is blazing fast, shoots amazing portrait mode photos, has a polished refined design and costs much less than other flagship phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6 has hit most of the sweet spots: This is a uniquely gorgeous device with intuitive features, as well as solid battery life and a great camera
    engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. There’s certainly a lot to like here — attractive design, great display, reliable battery life, fast performance, and great software — and there aren’t any silly, trend-chasing things
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. This is a phone you can show off quite proudly
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A solid upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in almost all the departments such as display, performance, design and camera
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The OnePlus 6 is built for speed from the ground up
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Here’s a flagship device that gets it right on practically every count
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. The OnePlus 6 exceeds expectations in so many ways we can now rightfully call it a flagship killer
    mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. An absolute steal...It’s the best-value phone you can buy right now
    trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. OnePlus’ finest is still punching above its weight
    livemint.com in-depth Read Review »
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  1. The vivo NEX S is nothing short of a monumental device...But you should only seriously consider it, if you are willing to live with the controlled chaos, that is Funtouch OS
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Vivo Nex's clever engineering and fantastic notch-free screen serve as a model for other phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Arguably the most technically advanced Android phone on the market right now
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. As of now, the Vivo Nex is best looked upon as a technology showcase, rather than owned as a daily driver
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Perfect for anyone who wants to live on the bleeding edge of technology
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Frustratingly imperfect, undeniably desirable
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Packs one surprise after another
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
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