Even though these smartphones are not the top sellers, we want to see which one will be the winner in terms of design, specs or prices. Let’s see what they have in common and the major differences between them.
Both phones are protected with Gorilla Glass 5. Both smartphones come either with a Snapdragon 835 or an Adreno 540 GPU. In terms of internal storage, they both come with a base 64 GB.
The cameras are great, even though OnePlus 5T has dual lens and the Xperia XZ1 has a single lens.
Both devices offer rapid charging option of their batteries. Looking at the sizes, both phones are about the same, only that the OnePlus 5T is a bit taller and has 7 more grams.
Both phones have a fingerprint sensor (in the US version of the Xperia XZ1 this option is disabled). They offer Bluetooth v5.0, WiFi, a USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack and Hi-Res sound.
This smartphone comes with a near bezel-less display, an 18:9 aspect ratio. It has an anodized aluminum body. The display is of 6.01 inches, AMOLED technology and a 401 PPI.
The price for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage is at $500, while the more capable version will be $560: 8GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage.
We’ve already talked about the processors: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, paired with the Adreno 540 GPU. The battery for this device is of 3,300mAh, having the proprietary Dash Charge.
OnePlus 5T has a dual camera setup: the primary one is 16 MP and the secondary one is 20 MP with bokeh effect instead of the telephoto option. The front camera has 16-megapixels, an f/2.0 aperture, EIS, auto-HDR for selfies/video chatting.
OnePlus 5T comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, having a light OxygenOS over it for a pure experience. The smartphone will soon receive the Android 8.0 Oreo update.
Sony Xperia XZ1
The Sony Xperia XZ1 has larger bezels than what we’ve seen so far in the latest trends in smartphones. What it has over the OnePlus 5T is that it comes with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Starting with the display, the Xperia XZ1 has an IPS LCD display of 5.2-inch and a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is capable of rendering Full HD, a 424 PPI at a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels.
The body of this smartphone is made from metal frame and back, with some plastic at the top and bottom for better reception.
Xperia XZ1 comes with the same processors as the OnePlus 5T. It has 4 GB of DDR4 RAM and 64 GB internal memory which can be expanded via Micro SD.
As you may know, Sony has the best camera lenses for smartphones and manufactures them for other smartphone companies. The Xperia XZ1 has a single primary camera of 19 MP and a frontal one of 13 MP. The primary one has PDAF, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash, and EIS support and an f/2.0 aperture.
The smartphone is powered by a smaller battery than the OnePlus 5T: 2,700mAh, but the OS is efficient enough and along with the processor and the small FHD display, it should be able to offer an entire day of usage with a single charge.
The design of the Xperia XZ1 might look a bit dated with those large bezels, but at least the corners have been rounded for a better hold.
This smartphone has a IP68 certification, making it water and dust resistant. It is also available in many more color versions: Black, Warm Silver, Venus Pink, and Moonlit Blue than the OnePlus 5T (which comes only in Midnight Black color).
The price for a Xperia XZ1 starts from $700, making it $200 more expensive than the OnePlus 5T.
Which Smartphone Wins?
We think that it’s pretty obvious by now: the OnePlus 5T wins. Why?
Looking at the price, it is a lot cheaper than the Xperia XZ1, but it comes with a better design, slim bezels, and more RAMs. Not even OnePlus 5T’s camera setup can get topped by the best manufacturers – Sony. And if you’re in the US, the fingerprint scanner will not be available if you want to get the Xperia XZ1.