OnePlus is again with its new flagship smartphone for 2018, the OnePlus 6. OnePlus has large adjustments in retailer this 12 months, not all of which I’d name constructive. OnePlus’ stand-out metallic telephone design—which has existed from the OnePlus One all the best way to the OnePlus 5T—is lifeless. The corporate is switching to an all-glass design and a notched show. Consequently, the OnePlus 6 seems and appears like one million different Android smartphones launched this 12 months.

Just like the iPhone X and several other different new Android telephones, the show has a cutout on the prime housing the front-facing digicam, earpiece, and different sensors. This no less than appears to be a well-executed model of a notched telephone. The underside bezel is not nonexistent, however it’s fairly small. The notch is sufficiently small to suit inside a normal-height standing bar, which implies you do not have a tall, stretched-out standing bar just like the Important Telephone. The show is a 6.28-inch 2280×1080 Samsung AMOLED with a 19:9 facet ratio. Because of the notched design, the OnePlus 6 suits extra display screen in a physique about the identical measurement because the OnePlus 5T.

I used to be an enormous fan of OnePlus’ metallic again through the years, and together with the Pixel line, it was the one flagship smartphone that hadn’t given in to the glass smartphone pattern. Glass backs are fragile fingerprint magnets, with the one profit being wi-fi charging. The OnePlus 6 does not help wi-fi charging, although, so that is only a straight downgrade over final 12 months’s metallic again.

The perfect characteristic of any OnePlus telephone is the worth, and it is a characteristic OnePlus makes a little bit worse yearly. This 12 months the worth has jumped one other $29 to start out at $529 (€519, £469). For that $529 you get a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3300mAh battery. The entrance digicam is 16MP, and alongside the again you will discover a twin digicam setup with a 16MP RGB digicam and 20MP secondary digicam for bokeh results. Video data in 4K/60FPS, 1080p/240FPS, or 720p/480FPS.

In case you’re on the lookout for extra RAM or storage, you’ll be able to improve to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $579 (€569, £519). There’s additionally a telephone with 8GB RAM/256GB storage for $629 (€619, £569). There are three colours—white, black, and black—and every shade is restricted to sure spec mixtures and value factors. I photographed the “Mirror black” model, which comes within the 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB loadouts. “Midnight Black” is supposedly a matte black (however nonetheless glass) model and is available in 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB variations, and a “Silk white” (white and gold) model solely is available in 8GB/128GB.

As a lot as I really feel just like the OnePlus 6 might be higher with a metallic again, for $529 it’s nonetheless a tough telephone to beat. It is the most affordable Snapdragon 845 machine you should purchase, and that may at all times make it price contemplating.

Software program is sweet and never so good

One other nice OnePlus characteristic is the software program package deal. Whereas I would not name it “Inventory Android,” it is a model that does not exit of its solution to reskin each little piece of Android so it seems like a totally totally different working system. OnePlus provides additional options, however general, the UI follows Google’s Materials Design language and suits in properly with Google’s apps and the third-party app ecosystem.

The unhealthy a part of the software program package deal continues to be right here, too: OnePlus does not have a concrete replace dedication, solely pointing to its previous conduct as proof of what sort of help the OnePlus 6 can anticipate. Up to now, the corporate has been good about delivering month-to-month safety updates for supported units, however the size of help is a complete crap shoot. If the OnePlus telephone you purchase finally ends up being unpopular with the plenty, OnePlus may drop help early. This occurred with the OnePlus 2, which received lower than one 12 months of main replace help from OnePlus.

The remainder of the telephone is very similar to previous OnePlus units. There’s nonetheless a USB-C port on the underside with 5V, 4A “Sprint” fast charging. There’s nonetheless a headphone jack and rear fingerprint sensor. There’s nonetheless a three-position bodily quantity change. OnePlus says the telephone is “water-resistant for on a regular basis events, reminiscent of rain or an unintentional drop in a puddle,” however there’s nonetheless no official ingress safety score.

As common, a low value does an incredible job of muting any complaints we’d have in regards to the OnePlus 6. You can in all probability do higher than the OnePlus 6, however not at this value level. We’d not just like the change to all-glass, and we want OnePlus would put a concrete replace system in place, however as at all times, it is exhausting to argue with this a lot energy for $529. The OnePlus 6 launches Could 22.

Itemizing picture by Ron Amadeo

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