Huawei P10 Plus vs OnePlus 3T Comparison

Please note: The OnePlus 3T has now been discontinued in Europe, the Huawei P10 Plus is still available.

Huawei P10 Plus and OnePlus 3T at a glance

So two phones that match up very close to each other are the Huawei P10 Plus and the OnePlus 3T. Making the decision which phone to buy can be a can be a daunting process. Hopefully, we can help you to make the right choice, and you can get the best phone for your needs.

Both of these phones are new, tablet-sized flagship models. They both have more than 6 GB of RAM so how do you figure out which one is the best? Pricing does set the two phones apart somewhat – is the P10 Plus worth that little bit more? If you’re upgrading on a contract maybe that’s not such an issue for you – let’s take a closer look.

Product Specifications

Both the Huawei P10 Plus and the OnePlus 3T come with top end cameras. These cameras deliver photographs that an amateur photographer would be more than happy with. The 3T does win in terms of megapixels and has a slightly wider aperture and final resolution. However, the Huawei P10 Plus comes with a dual camera arrangement which increases its functionality and image quality.

The cameras both feature autofocus and autoflash capability. The P10 does have double the amount of storage (128GB) compared to 64GB on the 3T, and both run 6GB of RAM and feature Quad core processors.

To give you an idea regarding the very respectable battery life of both of these phones, we watched 30 minutes of high definition video on the P10, and this resulted in a drain on the battery of just 7%. So you are set to watch several films from a full charge, without problems – maybe more! With light use, the Huawei P10 Plus battery kept going for over two days. The OnePlus 3T offered similar performance when not in heavy use.

Features

As mentioned, both phones run 6GB of RAM. However, the Huawei P10 Plus has more processing power than the OnePlus 3T. The difference is small though, and it’s true that many may prefer the Snapdragon brand to Huawei’s own version. The phones both run customised versions of the Android operating system (The Huawei P10 Plus uses the latest one). However, both customisations are coming from very different directions.

The OnePlus 3T seems to be the type of OS that has been designed for people who are familiar with the PC environment. Even rich in customisation options letting you get it looking and working just how you want it to. The Huawei P10 Plus, on the other hand, seems like it is trying to be more like an iPhone. Also, the P10’s interface can quickly become untidy if you don’t keep things organised.

Camera-wise we think the Huawei P10 just has the edge with its heavy duty dual Leica set up. The double 20 megapixel Leica cameras and a brand new image processor allow 3D face detection that can use 190 different points of facial recognition. Huawei P10 Plus users can take advantage of this to take better quality selfies, as well as implement a host of other photographic features. It puts the P10 quite a way ahead of its closest rival in this department.

Both phones feature fingerprint sensors for unlocking the phone that works well. Huawei has relocated the fingerprint sensor on the Huawei P10 Plus from the back to the front of the phone, underneath which there are a USB-C port and a standard headphone jack. It may take some users a little time to adjust to, but it is intuitive and easy to use once you get used to it.

Google assistant is not offered on the Huawei P10 Plus but is expected to be included on the OnePlus 3T in future updates.

Another interesting little quirk. The Huawei P10 Plus comes with an infrared port so that it can be used as your TV remote as well. For some this will no doubt be a useful addition to an already fantastic phone. Each of the phones has an accomplished loudspeaker. It makes it a pleasure to watch videos when you are out and about.

Display

Both phones use the spacious 5.5inch display screen. But, the Huawei P10 Plus again manages to pip the OnePlus 3T at the post with higher resolution and pixels per inch. It may not be as beautiful as the new Galaxy S8 screen for example, but it’s still a lovely looking screen with great looking video. For virtual reality fun and games, you just have to go with the P10, if that is what you want to use the phone for.

The Huawei P10 features a 1440 x 2560 display, and the OnePlus 3T comes in at 1080 x 1920.

There is nothing fundamentally wrong with the 3T’s screen, it is perfectly useable but standing against this rival, unfortunately, loses out.

Design

From a design point of view, there is not a lot between these two phones. Apart from the fact that Huawei has added the possibility of buying the phone in a stainless steel version which is also now available in green, silver, gold or rose gold! A host of other colours are also now available, and you can even get it in pink.

The OnePlus 3T is available in soft gold, gunmetal and a limited edition black version. Both of the phones thankfully keep their headphone jacks intact, and USB charging sockets are where you’d expect to find them, as are power switches. We preferred the Huawei P10 Plus’ power switch because it is textured making it much easier to locate. On the 3T the ‘Do Not Disturb’ switch is textured. So, you can easily find where to mute the phone when needed.

So to conclude, if we had to choose between these two wonderful phones, we would go with the Huawei P10 Plus because of its superior camera setup and overall performance. It even manages, with all this, to be a little bit thinner than the OnePlus 3T. All in all the Huawei P10 Plus is an amazing bit of kit.