In recent years, OnePlus has mastered the formula of making some great smartphones at prices that are hard to beat. The company has been testing success since the launch of OnePlus 3 and well, the new OnePlus 6 is based on the same momentum. It has a completely new design, it is more powerful, the cameras have improved and yes, it is a bit expensive (from 34, 999). So does the OnePlus 6 continue the OnePlus winning streak? Is the OnePlus 6 the phone to buy? We will find out in our OnePlus 6 review.
OnePlus 6 Specifications
Before getting started, here's what OnePlus 6 offers on paper:
|Dimensions and weight||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm 177 grams|
|Monitor||6.28-inch 2280x1080p AMOLED optical, 19: 9 Gorilla Glass 5 ratio|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Adreno 630|
|RAM||6 / 8GB|
|Storage||64/128 / 256GB non-expandable|
|Rear cameras||16MP f / 1.7 + 20MP f / 1.7 Double LED flash, OIS + EIS (email protected), (email protected)|
|Front Camwera||16MP f / 2.0 EIS, 1080p|
|Battery||3, 300 mAh Dash Charge|
|software||OxygenOS (Android 8.1 Oreo) Upgradeable to Android 9 Pie|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, accelerometer, proximity, compass, gyroscope.|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, headphone jack|
|Price||Starts at 34,999 / $ 529|
What's in the box
The OnePlus 6 comes in a regular OnePlus box and the usual contents. There is also a clear black case, which is good. Anyway, this is what is in the box:
- OnePlus 6 obviously
- Dash adapter
- USB-C cable
- SIM ejector tool
- Brochures and manuals.
Design and build quality
As we already know, the OnePlus 6 brings a whole new glass design and no it's not for wireless chargingWhich is strange because almost all glass phones support wireless charging. Anyway, we have the Mirror Black variant, and it looks really premium. The the Mirror Black variant is shiny and attracts fingerprints, but it looks great and it is a pleasure to keep it until it gets dirty. Look, you have to clean it every 2 minutes or so, but once you clean it, it looks awesome.
The glossy glass design also means that the phone is slippery. I mean, I was always afraid to drop it because, well, glass phones have earned that reputation, haven't they? But the good news is, if that's a problem for you, you can always go for the Midnight Black variant, which has a matte finish and is more grippy.
While all of that is fine, the most debated about OnePlus 6's design is the notch. I know the debate will never end, but if you ask me, I've gotten used to the notch and sooner or later we all have to. I mean, I love it or hate it, rumors suggest that most phones this year will come with a notch, so we have no choice but to accept the notch, unless we see phones like the Vivo Apex come true.
Also, there is an option to hide the notch here and since it is an AMOLED display, it just integrates seamlessly.
Continuing on, the OnePlus 6 is waterproof. Do not there is IP rating, but OnePlus says it is "waterproof every day", what bothers me. I mean, if you're saying it's waterproof, at least certify it. The nickname "daily waterproof" is just a vague term. Regardless, this means the OnePlus 6 should be safe in the event of light rain or a few drops of water, but don't take it swimming yet.
Other than that, the OnePlus 6's buttons are great. They are tactile and pleasant. The Alert slider is on the right, which makes sense because it's easier to access and the fingerprint scanner is now rectangular. It was hard to use at first, but I've gotten used to it. Also, it's fast, so it helps. There's also the USB-C port and the headphone jack.
To summarize, the OnePlus 6 has a great design. The new glass bottom looks and feels good, the alert slider moves to the right position, the fingerprint scanner is fast, and overall great. There is no wireless charging or IP rating, but I don't think they are a deciding factor.
So yes, the OnePlus 6 has a near-perfect design, but that's if it's perfectly fine with that notch.
Now let's talk about the screen that looks really good, all thanks to a front of almost all screens. It is a 6.28-inch (2280x1080p) optical AMOLED screen and looks great . I mean, the color rendering is excellent, the viewing angles are good and very bright, so the visibility of sunlight is on point. And since it is an AMOLED screen, blacks here are beautiful.
Also, if you don't like the colors on the screen, Oxygen OS gives you an option to adjust the color calibration, which is really cool.
Here is Gorilla Glass 5So the screen here should be safe from the usual scratches and marks.
After all, I really love the OnePlus 6's screen even with the notch and I have no complaints with it. I know it's not QHD but it really doesn't make much of a difference here, especially at the price of the OnePlus 6.
The beautiful AMOLED display makes up for a great multimedia experience, but do the speakers on the OnePlus 6 complement the experience? Well here no stereo speakersWhich is a bit sad, but the OnePlus 6's speakers are what loud enough and I like the fact that the sound is not distorted even at maximum volumes .
In general, the levels are good. There's no base, but it's a phone speaker, so let's leave that behind, okay? To be honest, OnePlus 6 speakers are decent enough, but nothing out of the ordinary.
Next, we have the cameras, which have undergone some improvements. OnePlus 6 packages in one 16MP f / 1.7 camera configuration plus 20MP f / 1.7 at the rear. I know, it sounds like the same camera in 5T, but now there is OIS and the sensor is bigger .
However, with enough specs, let's see what the cameras can do.
As you can see, OnePlus 6 photos have excellent colors, great detail and a decent dynamic range . Colors sometimes seem a bit oversaturated but I think it's fine. In low light, the OnePlus 6 clearly captures a lot of lightAlso, the colors are amazing and the photos have incredibly low noise. Here's one of my favorite photos because it was a moving photo and yet OnePlus managed to capture things perfectly. Compared to the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6 cameras look better.
Then, There's Portrait Mode, which is kind of a mixed bag . Here are some portrait mode photos we took:
Portrait mode here takes decent photos, especially in good light, but I don't like how the camera just smooths out the details on the face . Also, edge detection can be tricky. Problems also persist in low-light portrait mode.
Don't get me wrong, OnePlus 6 portrait mode photos are decent, especially in good light, but don't expect too much in low light.
Moving on to the videos, the OnePlus 6 capture (protected by email), so I tried. And well, the video looks really cool even though it's not as stable as I would like. Also, the camera has trouble focusing. I also tried (email protected) and have this strange problem. No matter how smooth I kept the phone while shooting a video, the videos always come at an angle.
Honestly, if you want stable good-looking videos from OnePlus 6, only record at 1080p, it is much better than what you get in 4K. Take a look at the videos below:
There is also support for Super Slow Mo, which do not it is so good because hey, it's shooting at 480 frames per secondWhile the Super Slow Mo on S9 and P20 Pro captures 960 frames per second. That said, the super slow Mo in OnePlus 6 brings advantages, such as the ability to shoot 60 seconds in the super slow Mo and choosing which part to slow down. Take a look at the Super Slow Mo video we shot upstairs at 6:39. Well it looks good but this only works well when there is enough light.
Let's talk about the front camera now. On the front, there is a 16MP f / 2.0 camera and it's pretty good.
Selfies taken in good lighting have great detail. Also, the dynamic range is brilliant too. In low light conditions, the photos are fine, but the face seems smoothed out due to noise. There is no portrait mode here, but OnePlus says it will arrive very soon.
Overall, I think the OnePlus 6 has excellent cameras. Portrait mode is average, like in 5T and 5, but other than that, it's pretty good.
Along with great cameras, the OnePlus 6 also comes with great on-board hardware. It has the best line specs, including the Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM, which should translate to insane performance and, well, you guessed it, yes.
The OnePlus 6 handles everything you throw at it . I mean, heavy games like PUBG mobile, Marvel Future Fight, and Asphalt 8 don't even sweat the phone and since there are 8 gigs of RAM multitasking on this phone is so easy.
If you're wondering about benchmarks, the OnePlus 6 is obviously on top of the hill. Here, take a look at the scores:
Honestly, I haven't faced a single lag or stutter on this phone, which is also because the built-in OxygenOS is a smooth and error-free experience.
OnePlus 6 comes with Oxygen OS on top of Android 8.1 and I like it. OxygenOS is basically a standard Android with additional features and I appreciate it. I mean, I really like the features on the OnePlus skin . For example, there is Face Unlock, which is really fast and works even in the dark, thanks to the assisted lighting feature.
There's also a native app locker, cool and dark theme, some handy gestures, and more.
There is also iPhone like gestures hereI'm not a fan of. I mean, the start gesture is nice, but the multitasking gesture feels slow.
Other than that, OxygenOS handles the notch really well, and it's not just OS Oxygen, but I also found third-party apps and games that work well with Notch. There was one exception which was WhatsApp status feature but I think there should be an update soon.
Going back to OxygenOS, it is a skin for Android that looks good and works very well. Also, OnePlus is even fixing the updates this time. I mean Android P beta is out now for OnePlus 6 and it comes with treble support. That is simply amazing.
Battery and Charge
Speaking of incredible, Dash Charge! OnePlus charging technology is without a doubt the fastest of all. In fact, we even saw that in our last quick charge battle video. The OnePlus 6 goes from 15 to 70 percent in just half an hour. And fully charges in just 1 hour and 15 minutes . Is awesome.
There's a 3,300 mAh battery here, like the 5 and 5T, and when it comes to battery performance, the OnePlus 6 works quite well. I mean, at start my day at 100%, the OnePlus 6 will be around 40% at the end of the day with moderate use, which would involve me making calls, texting, playing some games, and using social media. Even with heavy use when I took a lot of photos and videos, the phone lasted for about 12 hours, which I would say is pretty good.
The OnePlus 6 comes with all the modern connectivity options that we expect from today's high-end smartphones. It has NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, dual SIM with dual 4G VoLTE support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / a, etc.
OnePlus 6 Review: A little expensive but still hard to beat
So that was it. Now, let's move on to the most important question. So does it bring more value for more money? Well, in my opinion, yes, it does. I know there is no IP rating, a QHD display, and wireless charging, but they are not really breakouts. However, there is a notch that may be a cause of rupture for some .
That said, the phone does offer premium design, high-quality hardware, amazing software, a decent battery, and some great cameras, and all that for a starting price of 34,999. So while it's more expensive than the 5T, it definitely The price is worth it.
Just check it out, what's the competition here? The Pixel 2, well, it has a Snapdragon 835 and a smooth design. The S9 has the Snapdragon 845 but it comes with the Experience user interface and costs almost Rs 60,000. There's also the new Honor 10, which I haven't tried yet, but I'm not a fan of EMUI or the flashy new design, so I'll take care of the OnePlus 6 at any time.
So, should you buy the OnePlus 6? Well, if you are looking for a new phone, the OnePlus 6 is a no-brainer. It is a phone worth recommending.
I know there is no IP rating, a QHD display, and wireless charging, but they are not really breakouts. However, there is a notch that may be a cause of rupture for some. That said, the phone offers premium design, high-quality hardware, incredible software, a decent battery, and some great cameras, and all at a starting price of 34,999.
- Premium design
- Beautiful display
- Improved cameras
- Flagship performance
- OxygenOS is great
- Dash Charge is great
- Decent battery life
- No IP rating
- No wireless charge
- No QHD display yet
- The "notch"
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Buying the OnePlus 6 or waiting for the 6T?
So, that was our review of the OnePlus 6. The new OnePlus flagship should continue the momentum that the OnePlus 3 created, but that's what we think, and you? Did you agree with the "notch" on the OnePlus 6 or wait for the OnePlus 6T, which is apparently coming? Tell me your thoughts in the comments section below.