Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium, OnePlus 5, Google Pixel, HTC U11, LG V30 and Huawei P10 Plus

Alex Kidman 13 September 2017 NEWS

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How does Apple's latest premium phone compare against the best Android handsets available today?

While much of the competitive focus in the smartphone space heads directly to Samsung and Apple, they're hardly the only players in the game. Sony, LG, Huawei, HTC, Google and OnePlus all have high-end Android handsets available right now. How do they compare against the newly-announced Apple iPhone X?

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Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium vs OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel vs HTC U11 vs LG V30 vs Huawei P10 Plus: Specifications

Handset Apple iPhone X LG V30 Sony Xperia XZ Premium Huawei P10 Plus Google Pixel XL OnePlus 5 HTC U11
Display size 5.8in 6.0in 5.5in 5.5in 5.5in 5.5in 5.5in
Resolution 2436x1125 2880x1440 pixels 3,840 x 2,160 1440x2560 1440x2560 1920x1080 2560x1440
PPI 458ppi 537ppi 806ppi 540ppi 534ppi 401ppi 534
Processor Apple A11 BIONIC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Kirin 960 Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM TBC 4GB 4GB 6GB 4GB 6GB/8GB 4GB
Storage 64GB/256GB 64GB 64GB 128GB 32GB/128GB 64GB/128GB 64GB
Operating system iOS 11 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1.1 Android 7.1 Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Android 7.1.1
Front camera 7MP 8MP 13MP 8MP 8MP 16MP 16MP
Rear camera 12/12MP Dual 13 MP 19MP 12/20MP 12MP 16MP/20MP 12MP
Battery TBC 3300mAh 3230mAh 3,750mAh 3450mAh 3300mAh 3000mAh
Dimensions 143.6x70.9x7.7mm TBC 140.7 x156 x 77 x 7.9 mm 153.5x74.2x6.98mm 154.7 x 75.7 x 8.5 mm 154.2x74.1x7.25mm 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm
Weight 174g TBC 195g 165g 168g 153g 169g
Price $1,579/$1,829 Expected around $1,000 $1,099 $1,099 $1269/$1,419 $599/$699 $999

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Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium vs OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel vs HTC U11 vs LG V30 vs Huawei P10 Plus: Processing power

Apple's equipping the iPhone X with its brand new A11 BIONIC processor, and while that's an intimidating marketing name, it's still something of an unknown quantity in real-world use, although Apple does claim it's up to 70% more efficient than previous Apple mobile processors. Bear in mind though that the same processor is also inside every iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, although it's likely that the iPhone X will get more internal RAM which could give it an edge against its siblings.

The vast majority of Apple's competitors all use much the same architecture, generally relying on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 for their processing grunt. We've tested most of these handsets, and the Snapdragon 835 is a solid performer, both in terms of straight-up power but also in not depleting battery life too severely. While we've still got to get our hands on an iPhone X to test out how well the A11 scales, Apple has its work cut out in the power department if it wants to truly compete.

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Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium vs OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel vs HTC U11 vs LG V30 vs Huawei P10 Plus: Cameras

Apple was predicted to go dual-lens for the iPhone X and that's precisely what it's done, with dual optically stabilised lenses on the rear of the iPhone X, along with a new Portrait Lighting feature that should give you more photographic flexibility. The real action for the iPhone X, however, is around the front, with a new sensor and the new FaceID feature relying heavily on the front mounted camera. Naturally Apple's sample shots look brilliant, but it will be in real-world testing that the iPhone X shows its true colours -- or lack thereof.

Smartphone photography has come a long way, and the assorted variety of camera options that Apple is pitching the iPhone X against is proof of that. While it's expected that the Pixel's successor will be announced in early October, it's a solid low-light single lens competitor, while Sony's single lens Xperia XZ Premium has a truly jaw-dropping 960fps video mode that has to be seen to be believed. Moving into dual lens territory, Huawei's tie-up with Leica has paid dividends if you like shooting portrait shots or in monochrome; OnePlus' camera app and dual lens is a pretty shameless but very good iPhone 7 Plus clone; and LG is promising big things for the V30's camera abilities as well.

The reality for all of these cameras is that we're starting to reach the realistic limits in areas such as low light performance for lenses and sensors of this size. That means in the premium space the differences are getting less and less, but the approach is everything.

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Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium vs OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel vs HTC U11 vs LG V30 vs Huawei P10 Plus: Battery life

If there's one factor where Apple has been demonstrably weak for years, it's battery life. Standard-bodied iPhones had terrible battery life compared to their Android competition, with only last year's iPhone 7 Plus putting up decent figures. That was undoubtedly due to its larger frame allowing for greater battery capacity, and that's an advantage, alongside the lower power draw of an OLED screen, that could make the iPhone X a real contender in this space. Apple doesn't reveal actual phone battery specifications for its handsets, and its sole and rather curious claim for the iPhone X is that it has up to 2 hours more battery life than the iPhone 7. Sadly, the iPhone 7's battery life wasn't exceptional in the first place, which is a worrying sign.

That's especially true because most of this year's premium smartphone crop are very good at maximising battery life, making the most of the last 20% or so with smart battery saving modes, and generally lasting a lot longer than their forebears did. Again, the power sipping of the Snapdragon 835 helps there, and it's notable that the one lower performer in this category is the Google Pixel, running on last year's less optimised Snapdragon 821.

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Apple iPhone X vs Xperia XZ Premium vs OnePlus 5 vs Google Pixel vs HTC U11 vs LG V30 vs Huawei P10 Plus: Early verdict

Clearly, if you're solidly locked in the iPhone camp, then the comparison is purely an intellectual exercise for you, and you're not likely to change any time soon. That's fine as far as it goes, and the iPhone X looks to be an exceptional handset. Battery life aside, Apple has made relatively few clunker phones. Why yes, iPhone 5c, I was talking about you. Still, enjoy your new phone if you've got your heart set on it.

If you're on the fence, or considering other options, the really good news here is that you have lots of options at lots of different price points, starting from the $599 OnePlus 5 all the way up to the Xperia XZ Premium's $1,099 price tag. That's quite a bit lower than any iPhone X model.

Apple will kick pre-orders for the iPhone X off on 27 October with availability from 3 November. A 64GB iPhone X will cost you $1579, while the 256GB model will deplete your wallet to the tune of $1829. We'd expect all carriers to offer the iPhone X when it launches, but at those outright prices, expect fairly stiff handset repayments alongside your contract terms.

The availability of the Android competitors varies by carrier. We're yet to see any firm confirmation of the LG V30 hitting our shores, and the OnePlus 5 is, so far, only available in limited quantities directly from OnePlus itself. The Huawei P10 is available on contract, but not the P10 Plus, while the Pixel is a Telstra exclusive and the Xperia XZ Premium and HTC U11 are available with multiple carriers.

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