Our Opinion

The OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB) is a significantly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM) is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB)

OnePlus 6T (6GB RAM, 128GB)  Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM) 
OnePlus 6T Samsung Galaxy A50
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Excellence Score
58.7
38.9
Value for Money Score
54.6
72.1
Price ₹ 37,999 onwards ₹ 15,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Nov, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.41 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 402 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 6 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Optic AMOLED, DCI-P3, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass, Adaptive Mode, Reading Mode, Night Mode, Lift Up Display Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.8 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 845Ranked #13 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #29 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 630 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 6 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 20MP + 16MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX519 Sensor; 1/2.6" Sensor Size; 1.22µm Pixel Size; Dual Pixel PDAF; OIS, 20MP: F/1.7 Aperture; Sony IMX376K Sensor; 1/2.8 Sensor Size"; 1.0µm Pixel Size, Slo-mo Video (1080p@30/60/240fps; 720p@480fps), Auto HDR, EIS, AI Scene Detection, Portrait Mode, Pro Mode, Night Mode, Panorama, Time-Lapse, HDR, HQ, Studio Lighting, RAW Image 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/3.0" Sensor Size, 1.0µm Pixel Size, HDR, EIS, Sony IMX371 Sensor, Portrait Mode, HDR, Screen Flash, Studio Lighting, Smile Capture, Face Retouching F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 8.2 mmMedium 7.7 mmMedium
Weight 185 gmMedium 166 gmMedium
Width 74.8 mmOk for one-handed use 74.7 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output USB-C 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant Yes, Splash resistant
Battery Capacity 3700 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 Support Yes, Dash Charge Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 20W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Gestures & on-screen navigation; NFC; Noise Filtration; Dirac HD Sound; Dirac Power Sound In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Absolutely immaculate fit and finish - OnePlus’ design refinement has grown alongside the entire mobile industry to the point where it’s hard to now find flagship phones that don’t look like pieces of precision-engineered electronic jewellery
  • Pretty good ergonomics for a large phone (it is a large phone though, mind you, in line with the dimensions of the Google Pixel 3 XL and iPhone XS Max)
  • The in-display fingerprint reader is good - and works well most of the time - though like other in-display readers, it's not quite as quick as separate fingerprint readers can be, and can sometimes be finicky - that's the trade-off you make when you buy into cutting edge of technology
  • Big, beautiful, stunning 'dewdrop' notch display
  • OnePlus’ Reading mode is still there and is as useful as ever - it turns the screen to a reading-optimized monochrome, and it can be assigned to activate when you’re in certain apps
  • Overall it's a bigger, brighter display than the OnePlus 6, and with a smaller notch
  • The implementation of Oxygen OS UI on the OnePlus 6T is a faultlessly smooth and pleasurable experience - OxygenOS adds genuinely good and desirable things without taking anything away from the core Android experience - and it is today arguably the best custom Android approach by any brand - and a lot of people might argue, even better than stock Android
  • OnePlus' gesture-based navigation system is intuitive, borrows from the iPhone, and is arguably better than the default gesture navigation system on Android Pie - of course, OnePlus also gives you the option to revert to the old trio of Android navigation buttons, if you so wish
  • In fact, thanks to things like OnePlus’ gesture navigation, a focus on smoothness, better app management and an built-in dark theme, Oxygen OS genuinely feels like an improved take on stock Android
  • Buttery smooth performance throughout with top-line hardware, as you would expect from a OnePlus - but the company has stepped up even further the level of polish to an impressive degree - it gives a sensation of both speed and comfort - the fluidity of the user experience here isn’t merely on par with the world’s most expensive smartphones, it surpasses many of them, thanks to good design decisions from OnePlus - there’s no unnecessary Bixby button here, none of the daft spam notifications you’d get from Oppo or Huawei, and no irksome theme stores that demand you create an account just to be able to modify your phone’s interface to your liking - using a OnePlus phone, for anyone who’s had to suffer the friction of dealing with other Android manufacturers’ software, is frankly liberating - speed at every turn, easy and flexible customization of both the interface and app icons, and precious little in the way of annoyances
  • The camera performance is improved a bit, with some software tweaks and optimizations, over the OnePlus 6 - and overall, it's still an excellent camera for far less than its competitors
  • Very strong battery life - the biggest OnePlus has yet put in any of its phones - the 6T lasts that extra bit more than the 6, nudging it from good to almost great battery life - the OnePlus 6T will make it through a day of intensive use without a problem
  • OnePlus's Dash Charging continues to be one of the fastest charging speed technologies on any phone - it goes from 10 to 100 percent in just 1 hour and 15 minutes
  • Simply put, the OnePlus 6T is the most affordable, top-notch Android you can get - offering some amazing bang for your buck
  • It improves on its predecessor and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor
  • Overall, it's 90% of the ultimate flagship phone for 60% of the price - and for most people that will be an excellent deal
  • Looks absolutely slick with a modern, Infinity U-notch display, and a beautiful iridescent back panel, that reflects light in interesting ways
  • The rear panel curves slightly to meet the metal rim and there are no sharp edges anywhere - as far as comfort goes, the Galaxy A50 is quite easy to use and doesn't feel too heavy or thick - it fits nicely in one hand, and isn't slippery
  • Packs an in-display fingerprint sensor, that works reasonably fine (though it can often take about two seconds to unlock - and so is not quite as efficient as a standard fingerprint sensor)
  • There's also some very handy and quick face recognition - you can choose to activate the front camera as soon as you raise the phone - it's fluid and you don't have to wait for visual confirmation that it has worked
  • The main attraction of the Galaxy A50 is its gorgeous 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen, with the scoop-shaped Infinity-U notch - it is crisp, bright and vibrant - blacks are deep and colours really pop, but without being oversaturated - everything looks great, right from the UI to videos and games
  • The always-on display feature is nice to have too
  • Packs One UI, Samsung's modern flagship UI, with a number of design improvements over Samsung's old Experience UI (which is there on the Galaxy M-series siblings)
  • One UI reduces information density throughout, and is optimized for large displays
  • There are of course tons of customization options like text size, icon size, gesture shortcuts, gesture navigation, lock-screen widgets, message bubbles, etc
  • Google's Digital Wellbeing feature for Android 9 is also supported so you can see detailed app usage statistics, have the Galaxy A50 prompt you when it's time to wind down for the night, and impose time constraints on individual apps to help yourself focus
  • Overall, the One UI is definitely one of the better Android UIs around now, possibly behind only OnePlus's Oxygen OS
  • Solid mid-range performance with the powerful Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - the experience is pleasant and smooth throughout including with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Good, three rear camera setup at the back - the primary camera has a 25-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture
  • the secondary camera is for wide shots and has an 8-megapixel sensor with a 123-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture
  • and the third one is a standard 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • There are also lots of add-ons like Live Focus mode for portraits, a 480fps 720p slow-motion video mode, Hyper-Lapse mode for timelapse videos, AR emojis, and intelligent scene optimisation
  • Overall image quality is good, especially in daylight - photos come out looking nice with quite a lot of detail
  • The wide-angle camera gives you a lot of flexibility and it's actually quite surprising how much more you can fit into a frame when standing in exactly the same spot (but quality is definitely lower and there's major distortion that isn't just limited to the edges of the frame)
  • You can change the type of background blur in portrait shots from the standard bokeh to assorted filter effects, and there's even a fake dolly-zoom effect that you can make GIFs out of - edge detection is quite good too
  • Video recording is very good too - with none of the focus hunting or wobbling that affects lower-end phone cameras - in the daytime, motion is crisp and details are good - the wide-angle camera gives everything a fish-eye effect and video is slightly darker but still smooth
  • Decent single front-facing camera too, with a 25-megpixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture - though edge detection of the Live Focus mode here isn't great
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you can easily stretch to a day and a half with normal use
  • Support for fast charging - the included charger charges from 0 to 30 percent in 30 minutes
  • With the re-imaged A-series, Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back, and seen on it's own, the Galaxy A50 is a solid mid-range device
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • Still not fully waterproof (there is some water resistance but it's not IP certified)
  • That said though, there is still some way to go before OnePlus can have a camera that matches to the level of a Pixel 3 or a Galaxy Note 9 - and it is the camera, more than anything else, where you’ll experience the price delta between the OnePlus 6T and the pricier flagships above it
  • Like most flagships now, OnePlus too has made the transition to audio over the USB-C port - which means that if you want to use your existing 3.5mm jack headphones, you will need to use the (included) dongle, or buy separate USB-C or wireless headphones
  • The loudspeaker is a bit on the quiet side
  • No wireless charging support
  • The rear panel is quite glossy, and so it gets completely smudged pretty much the moment you touch it - it will also have a tendency to pick scratches - so using the bundled plastic case is pretty much essential
  • Bloatware, spammy notifications, and ads within some Samsung apps are still part of the package though - and you will have to disable some of these individually to have a cleaner experience with the phone
  • Low light performance of the rear and front cameras could have been better
  • While the phone's single speaker can get very loud, at higher volumes, clarity does suffer
  • The included earphones are not too great - you will probably want to use your own pair
  • Having said that, the competition is intense these days, and one the hardest ones to fight against will be Xiaomi's Poco F1 with its top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor - that's obviously the better choice of phone if you're a gamer or want the smoothest possible experience - though it doesn't have three rear cameras or a modern tiny-notch, all-screen design
  • Competition will also be hard from the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, 48-megapixel primary camera, Gorilla Glass 5, and other impressive specifications - presenting a much stronger value-for-your-buck package
  • Lastly, there will also be competition from the company's own Galaxy M30, which is a notch below in cameras and performance - but does pack an even larger battery, and is much cheaper
Expert Reviews
  1. An equally attractive option as its predecessor
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Feels much more reliable and future-proof than many higher-priced phones
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A hero phone without the sky-high price
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. The OnePlus 6T is yet another very good phone from OnePlus...but not the unequivocal winner it might have been
    theverge.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Best value for money flagship
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. The OnePlus 6T still feels like an excellent deal...it just isn't as exciting as we're used to
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The OnePlus 6T is a sensible choice...but OnePlus is no longer the only one playing the flagship killer game
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. Sticks true to the OnePlus philosophy that has made the brand so successful the world over
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. Don't buy a $1,000 phone - the OnePlus 6T has everything you want at half the price
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. Offers incredible value: a flagship-like experience for a fraction of the cost
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. The no bullshit best deal in smartphones
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. engadget.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. wired.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. trustedreviews.com in-depth Read Review »
  19. indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  20. alphr.com in-depth Read Review »
  21. ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  22. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  23. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  24. tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  25. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  26. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  27. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  28. indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  29. techadvisor.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  30. androidpolice.com in-depth Read Review »
  31. mirror.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  32. in.pcmag.com in-depth Read Review »
  33. arstechnica.com in-depth Read Review »
  34. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  35. androidauthority.com hands-on Read Review »
  36. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  37. pocket-lint.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Samsung got a lot of things right in the Galaxy A50...we liked it for sure, and we'd recommend checking it out if it fits your budget bracket
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best budget phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A premium mid-ranger worth your money
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An appreciable effort that needs some polishing
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A well rounded mid-ranger you always wanted
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years...the Samsung Galaxy A50 is all about a quality user experience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The budget Samsung phone of your dreams
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A mid-range phone done right...a strong contender in this price range
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A brilliant mid-ranger at a great price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. Buy it...it is excellent value with a class-leading display
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Samsung has finally figured out how to make a great budget phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. If you are a Samsung loyalist then this phone might excite you, else consider alternatives
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The new budget smartphone to beat
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Excellent midrange smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  16. Give you a lot of value at its price point...a delight to use
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  18. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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