What’s all the hype around the OnePlus 6? Well, coming in at a starting price of $530 USD, this device offers elegant style and features to rival other flagship phone manufacturers. It demonstrates a huge advance in design, retains its super-fast dash charger and runs a great version of Android with lots of extras. Let’s jump into it with a look at the specs.
OnePlus 6 Specs
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS|
|Screen Size & Resolution||6.28-inch AMOLED (2280×1080)|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||Dual Rear 16 MP & 20 MP, Front Facing 16 MP|
The OnePlus 6 is available in one of four different colours. The Silk White colour uses a little crushed pearl to offer a shimmering effect. The subtlest appearance is the Midnight black which offers a clean matte look. The Mirror Black variant is coated with a glossy sheen, giving it a ceramic appearance. The last and most outstanding colour comes branded as the OnePlus 6 Red, featuring a number of rose gold accents over the camera hub and a fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus 6 has moved away from aluminium fittings and have utilized the Gorilla Glass 5 all around. The alert slider gives three position physical buttons for silent, vibrate and ring modes. The headphone jack remains thankfully.
A controversial addition to OnePlus 6, however, is the notch placed to the top of the screen. Many loyalists have been in uproar about this, probably due to the idea that the phone has borrowed concepts from Apple. Nevertheless, there is nothing to fear. The notch is no problem due to OnePlus’ smart software choices. It is quickly and easily transformable into a dedicated status bar.
Another highlight of the OnePlus 6 is its 6.28-inch AMOLED display. It makes optimal use of the front of the device with minimal bezels. Careful calibrations focus on colour accuracy and brightness, making the display extremely picturesque.
Five display modes are available for use in various applications.
The Default display mode outputs vibrant colours with a cold white point and intends to impress by displaying punchier colours.
The sRGB display profile targets the standard RGB colour space that almost all content is described in, and it is necessary to target as the default content colour space for any colour-accurate display.
The DCI-P3 display profile maps all content colours to the P3 colour space.
The Adaptive mode display profile is OnePlus’ take on Apple’s True Tone display.
The Final setting is the Night Mode, which protects users’ eyes when the sun sets.
The rear cameras feature a primary Sony 16MP shooter with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), and a secondary 20MP lens. Unfortunately, it isn’t wide angle and helps very little with AR apps. There is no optical zoom on the secondary lens. This camera benefits from a larger aperture and as a result low-light performance is wonderful.
OnePlus’s new super slow-motion function adds a dramatic flair to clips. 480 frames per second allows users to capture action frame-by-frame in astonishing detail. OIS compensates for all shakes and jitters to stabilize photos. This results in clearer and more stable shots.
Finally, a new video editor allows for trimming and filtering videos, manually adding slowing motion, or applying reverse loop effects. There is also a fully-featured video editor, tailor-made for videographers.
The OnePlus 6 is very fast thanks to the Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 graphics. It is also available with 6GB/8GB of RAM, depending on the model. A test conducted using Geekbench 4 which measures overall system performance, produced a score of 9,098. This was superior to LG G7 (8,566) or the Galaxy S9+ (8,295), both of which feature less RAM.
OnePlus 6 has returned with the 3,300-mAh battery and the Dash Charge technology used in the OnePlus 5 and 5T. A test conducted proved that the 5T was one of the fastest-charging smartphones. It lasted for 11 hours and 22 minutes on a battery test with heavy use.
OnePlus 6’s larger screen put a small dent in the battery life with a time of 10 hours and 33 minutes.
Android 8.1 Oreo and OxygenOS provide a speedy and intuitive experience. With no buttons, users must swipe up to go home, and swipe up and hold to view recent apps. To go back , users swipe up from either the left or right side. One notable absence is that of Google Assistant. With no home button to press, OnePlus’ system provides no means of accessing it.
The OnePlus 6 has also introduced additional features to the popular Gaming Mode. Data bandwidth can be prioritized for games. This limits data that may have otherwise been utilized by background processes and apps. There is also a new Gaming Battery Saver, which adjusts performance and prioritizes longevity rather than Graphics.
Finally, the Face Unlock feature from the OnePlus 5T remains. This allows users to unlock their device by simply holding it to their face. This feature is nowhere close to secure however, since it can be unlocked by merely the site of a photograph.
The OnePlus 6 ticks all the right boxes for basic functionality, including a wonderful display, the best chipset on the market and a solid camera. However, a number of features expected from a flagship phone in this price range are absent. No microSD card slot, a slight downgrade in battery life, and no water-resistance. Nevertheless, for the price offered at, the OnePlus 6 is definitely a steal.