These two devices are not in the same price league, but there’s an interesting narrative that connects them. OnePlus is no longer just a flagship killer. The 6T pushes the brand into a price segment where it takes on premier Android flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S9 and others on their turf. For Apple, the iPhone XR is an attempt to create an affordable smartphone — at `76,900 — if you don’t want to spend over a lakh for a phone. We put both these devices under the scanner
Apple iPhone XR
Form: All-glass with a splash of colours, including a gorgeous blue. The glass is bound by an anodised band crafted with aerospace-grade aluminium around the spine. The rear camera trim and band are matched with each of the six colours. We like the 6.1-inch screen, the perfect halfway point between the iPhone XS and XS Max. It’s all-screen; the LCD display (326 PPI) is certainly not in the league of the OLED displays on the XS siblings but is vibrant even under harsh sunlight.
Function: An A12 Bionic processor is at the heart of the XR; it’s the same chip that powers the XS and XS Max. It’s buttery smooth in tandem with the newest iteration of Apple’s intuitive iOS 12. Apple uses a single rear cam effectively, almost the same way we’ve seen Google’s Pixel devices do. Apple has enhanced software algorithms and made improvements to the neural engine, and coupled this with enhanced software algorithms. The XR cam is also bolstered by Smart HDR that gives it a boost in lowlight scenarios.
Bottomline: The cheaper iPhone is certainly not a pushover. Great form factor and a surprisingly good camera.
Form: The ‘tear drop’ notch! It’s the first change you’ll notice from the 6T’s predecessor — the OnePlus 6T. For all those ‘notch haters’, this is tiny enough to ignore and allows the 6T to pack more screen real estate — 6.41 inches (1080 x 2340 pixels / 19.5:9 aspect ratio) without making it too unwieldy. There’s no rear fingerprint sensor; what you get is a cool ‘in-display’ fingerprint sensor. An optical scanner is embedded under the bottom half of the display. The 6T also gives the 3.5mm headphone jack the boot as part of its design rejig. That’s likely to turn off some OnePlus die-hards who still cling to their wires. The 6T is all glass and looks truly gorgeous. But there’s no wireless charging and you can’t toss this phone into a pitcher of beer — it’s not IPS certified.
Function: The 6T is lightning quick. A combination of a zippy Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 (or) 8GB of RAM and OnePlus’ custom Oxygen UI make it a joy to use. It’s up to any challenge — from intense gaming to multi-tasking. The cameras benefit from a bunch of software tweaks. There’s Nightscape mode that elevates lowlight images — the 6T snaps up to 10 multi-frame shots with high dynamic range and then puts them together to create the perfect image. An improved battery (3700 mAh vs. the 3300 mAh battery on the OnePlus 6) has a visible impact on battery performance. The 6T also comes with OnePlus’ proprietary ‘dash charging’ option that powers up your device instantly OnePlus believes these are not deal breakers and continues to keep it’s laser focus on the overall experience that is augmented by the new iteration of its fluidic and visually appealing Custom UI — Oxygen 9.0, that complements Android 9.0.
Bottomline: The OnePlus makes major improvements with its cam and form factor; this flagship challenger deserves your attention.
Rs 37,999 (6GB/128GB)/ Rs 41,999 (8GB/128GB) and Rs 45,999 (8GB/256GB)