OnePlus and Huawei are arguably the two most recognisable smartphone brands to come out of China and make a success in Western markets over the last few years. The latter has recently launched its flagship phones for 2018 in the P20 and P20 Pro, while the former is going to unveil its next giant-slayer at a London event on 16 May. OnePlus and Huawei are arguably the two most recognisable smartphone brands to come out of China and make a success in Western markets over the last few years. The latter has recently launched its flagship phones for 2018 in the P20 and P20 Pro, while the former is going to unveil its next giant-slayer at a London event on 16 May.
Although the OnePlus 6 hasn’t been announced, there are plenty of confirmed details. Enough to give us an informed comparison point. So, should you buy the P20, or wait to find out more about the OnePlus 6?
OnePlus 6 vs Huawei P20/P20 Pro: Design
It’s safe to say Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro both took a huge detour from the path forged by the P10 series in 2017. Metal backs are out, and shiny, gorgeous, iridescent glass is in. Which ever colour you go for, you’ll be getting one of the best looking phones of 2018.
While we don’t know the measurements of the OnePlus 6 yet, we’re fairly certain - thanks to a teaser from OnePlus - that it’ll be a similar size to the OnePlus 5T. Which is to say, it’ll be a similar height and width to the P20 Pro. We also know that it’ll have a glass back made using five layers of nano coating to add a sense of depth.
One important element of the P20 Pro’s design is that it’s waterproof up to IP67 certification, while the P20 is water resistant to a lesser extent. Now, we don’t know the exact details, but OnePlus has teased that its phone will be water-resistant to some degree. This is a welcome change, and one that’s arguably necessary if the phone is to be a considered a genuine flagship.
Like the P20 series phones, the OnePlus 6 will have a notch at the top of its display. This much has been confirmed by the company’s co-founder, Carl Pei. It will undoubtedly house the front facing camera and earpiece.
It seems then, on the design front, that OnePlus will be moving in the same direction as Huawei to create a fresh look for 2018. Both are dumping all-metal finishes for glossy glass backs, both embracing notches on the front and waterproofing of some kind throughout.
OnePlus 6 vs Huawei P20/P20 Pro: Display
Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro come with two different screen sizes, with the larger AMOLED screen measuring 6.1-inches, and the smaller IPS LCD display measuring 5.8-inches. Both feature
OnePlus has avoided jumping to Quad HD for the last couple of years, so the likely resolution for the OnePlus 6 is Full HD+. It could be 2280 x 1080, meaning you won’t notice much difference in sharpness, if any at all, between this and the P20 Pro.
While we are sure we’re going to see a notch, we don’t know the size of the display, but rumours have suggested a 19:9 ratio screen which will likely, yet again, be a vibrant AMOLED panel made by Samsung. It will also likely be closer in size to the 6.1-inch P20 Pro than the P20, given that the 5T had a 6.01-inch screen without a notch.
We’ve been impressed by OnePlus screen vibrancy over the past couple of years, so it will be interesting to see if it can outshine the Huawei P20 Pro.