The hype is real and has been very much for a number of months now. A new OnePlus flagship smartphone is here and it’s the OnePlus 6, the company’s sixth installment of the high-end independent lineup. Following up on all the leaks, reports and teasers, the OnePlus 5T successor is here after just a mere six months. Droid Turf has you covered today on everything important to take away from the OnePlus 6 launch event from London.
OnePlus gave quite a bit away on its forum in regards to what to expect from OnePlus 6 over recent weeks, and a handful of leaks did all the rest. If you’ve kept up with our postings, you know quite a bit about the phone already, but now we have the official details to share from OnePlus. If this is your first time hearing about the phone or you just want to learn about the specifications within, we have the in-depth spec list for you to check out.
OnePlus confirmed today’s event in late April after early rumors suggested the event would not happen until June, closer to last year’s OnePlus 5 announcement rather than mid-May. Hot on the heels of Google I/O 2018 and in the same month as many other product launches including Android flagship smartphones from LG, HTC and more, the new flagship killer will have a full battleground once on the market this summer. The handset is full of high-end hardware and features including Qualcomm’s latest and greatest processor to give this OnePlus phone raw power. Despite this being the first OnePlus phone of 2018 and the larger upgrade as indicated by the number jump, there aren’t a whole lot of groundbreaking improvements, though some subtle changes and a refreshed design add up to make this ultimately worth your consideration, as the smartphone is definitely a step up over the OnePlus 5T. The design follows suite with many of today’s latest trends and is similar to what the competition is offering, and the software is getting updated with more essentials. These changes put OnePlus on the same ground as other companies, which doesn’t surprise us.
Let’s take a look at the official in-depth OnePlus 6 spec sheet.
- Screen: 6.3-inch, Full HD+ 19:9 Optic AMOLED Display (2280p x 1080p)
- Dimensions: 155.7 mm x 75.4 mm x 7.75 mm
- Weight: 177g
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- RAM: 6GB or 8GB LPDDR4
- Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
- Expandable: No
- Graphics: Vulkan API, Adreno 630
- Camera: Rear-facing 16MP with f/1.7, secondary rear 20MP wide-angle lens with f/1.7, 16MP front-facing with f/2.0
- Software: Oxygen OS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, Google Assistant
- Sensors: Fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
- Water and dust resistance: Daily Water Resistance
- Battery: 3,300mAh capacity (non-removable)
- Charging: Dash Charge (wired via USB Type-C)
- Colors: Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White
- Other notable specs: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC, dual SIM, active noise cancellation, alert slider
- Headphone jack: yes
For design, OnePlus 6 keeps it simple with a lightweight curved metal or glass body that closely resembles past OnePlus phones on the exterior. The front is where the change is as there’s now a near bezel-less look which is the case with other modern-day Android flagships. Despite its large display, the handset can be operated in a single hand thanks to its high screen to body ratio. This has been made possible by the 19:9 aspect ratio, which is taller and narrower than 16:9. This also makes for more room on-screen. The lack of a physical home key and existence of slimmed bezels have also given to a screen-dominated phone, making for a more immersive viewing experience. Best of all, you’ll be protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
As expected, the new OnePlus 6 design also incorporates a display notch. This indicates OnePlus’ movement into more modern and trendy smartphone design and away from the old fundamentals. OnePlus and OEMs such as LG are not the only ones embracing the notch either as Google’s Android P software overhaul adopts it and lets users tinker with different notch styles. For those who don’t like the notch, OnePlus has included a software setting to disable it. OnePlus is also bringing back the ‘Sunlight’ feature that “adapts automatically to harsh light” to provide a better viewing experience in accordance to surrounding conditions.
When it comes to software, OnePlus does not miss a beat. The handset runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box, which is the latest version available to the public. OnePlus 6 is also one of few Android devices eligible for the Android P beta, meaning that you can test Google’s unreleased software on this phone. This of course means that it will be updated to official Android P earlier than most other phones. Traditionally, OnePlus has done well with rolling out over-the-air updates, especially for its latest model, so expect security patches month-to-month. The only downside is that updates tend to slow down in their roll out after just six months when a new OnePlus phone comes out. The latest version of Oxygen OS, the Chinese OEM’s software skin, is also present, which contains many useful software functions and is still lightweight and fast. There are a few design changes throughout the interface, but overall it looks mainly the same. It retains the App Priority feature, Reading Mode to reduce eye strain, and the Expanded Screenshots function. Face Unlock is also back.
Shifting over to the camera, OnePlus has promised rivaling performance. The phone is said to be capable of snapping better photos with its upgraded rear dual lens and selfie camera, and improvements are coming to the OnePlus camera app as well including enhancements to Portrait Mode. One of these might just be Google Lens, at a later date. And for security, OnePlus has delivered an improved fingerprint scanner on the back of its phone in a smaller oval-shaped sensor. Also on board is NFC and the Google Assistant, which improves with time and use. And lastly, a single stereo speaker located at the bottom of the device made the cut.
Unlike some Android OEMs, OnePlus has been on a roll. The new OnePlus 6 handset will reach markets very soon and the phone will be sold unlocked directly from OnePlus through its online store with no carriers involved. Considering the fact OnePlus 5T released six months ago, the new model will be a tough sell. Others who have tried to attempt the six-month release cycle have only failed doing it– we won’t mention any names. However, OnePlus is more of a niche market company and doesn’t exactly need millions of phones to sell in order to turn a nice profit. Fans are loyal, but OnePlus will look to gain switchers as well with its next hardware release, especially if it is to beat out the demand received for OnePlus 5T. Like previous iterations, OnePlus will undercut some of the prices its competitors use to give a little more bang for your buck. There are no promotions nor price deductions, so buyers always get the best price from OnePlus. We already have a bunch of smartphones this year that are very much like the OnePlus 6, making the choice as hard as ever for consumers looking to upgrade their phone. The premium Android market especially contains a lot of options including those from large Chinese OEMs, and it’ll be interested to see if price is the attractive selling point OnePlus needs.
OnePlus has given us something many will undoubtedly consider as their next handheld, but whether it will be enough to generate sufficient sales, we will eventually learn. If you have anything older than a OnePlus 5, this upgrade is probably worth the wait with improved battery life, a new design and better all-around cameras. If you have a OnePlus phone from last year, the incremental changes are not worth your investment and you’re probably better off waiting for the OnePlus 6T shall we get one later this year. We don’t have any word on OnePlus’ future plans, but OnePlus 6 is an easy recommendation for anyone already in the market.
With a somewhat affordable price starting at $529, the latest Qualcomm processor, a new design for 2018, upgraded software and raw speed to match, everything the average smartphone customer could ever want or need is on OnePlus 6. If you can get over some of the smaller things like the notch, this is a reasonable choice. There’s no doubt in my mind those who decide to make OnePlus 6 their next device will be satisfied given what we know. Which 2018 Android flagship is catching your eye right now? Let us know if you’re planning an upgrade, down in the comments.
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