The OnePlus 6 obtained its huge unveiling at a London press occasion Wednesday, driving a wave of anticipation, rigorously tailor-made hints on social media — and some unplanned leaks.
With this newest providing, the corporate hopes that its comparatively reasonably priced flagship will lure individuals away from costly marquee telephones just like the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.
Recognized primarily by Android lovers, OnePlus is predicated in China, and its OnePlus 6 is the corporate’s seventh flagship. Although it’s the costliest OnePlus telephone up to now, it nonetheless prices a whole bunch of dollars lower than its high-end opponents.
Among the many most vital updates to the OnePlus 6 is the notch that sits on the high of its show. In an unique interview with Proinertech, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei proclaimed the OnePlus 6 as the corporate’s “boldest design” but.
The telephone can be obtainable on-line from Could 22 and you’ll nab it in three totally different finishes. Although it is about $40 to $50 pricier than final 12 months’s 5T, its sub-$530 beginning value nonetheless makes it a aggressive purchase.
OnePlus 6 pricing
OnePlus 6 has an enormous display and a notch
The OnePlus 6 has a 6.Three-inch display — or, to be extra particular, a 6.28-inch display. It is larger than final 12 months’s OnePlus 5T (which had a 6-inch show) regardless that the telephones are literally about the identical measurement. That is as a result of the OnePlus 6 now has a notch, that means the highest sides of its display have been pushed all the way in which to the sting.
Telephone notches are some extent of rivalry, particularly amongst Android customers, who argue that its distracting presence far outweighs the “benefit” of a small enhance in display actual property. With this notch, the OnePlus 6 joins the iPhone X (which popularized the look regardless of not having been the primary to have it), the LG G7, Huawei P20 and others.
The OnePlus 6’s notch homes an in-ear speaker, front-facing digicam and LED notification mild.
Pei insists that the notch is “one of the best factor we will do for our shoppers” and permits for the OnePlus to provide the telephone an even bigger display with out growing its total measurement. The notch homes the telephone’s front-facing digicam, in-ear speaker and signature LED notification mild, which you’ll be able to nonetheless customise for alerts.
Like LG and Huawei’s telephone, you’ll have the choice to cover this notch with a software program replace. This replace will blacken the perimeters of the notch so you possibly can have a extra traditional-looking alert bar.
Few design surprises and nonetheless not absolutely waterproof
OnePlus claims that the OnePlus 6 is extra waterproof than previous iterations. However as a result of it isn’t IP-certified for water safety, which means you possibly can’t go forward and dunk it underwater for any notable period of time. As a substitute, the corporate claims the telephone can survive a few drops right here and there from the rain or an overzealous sink.
That is form of a bummer. Though making the telephone splash proof as a substitute of absolutely waterproof might assist preserve prices down, it means you continue to need to watch out with the telephone round swimming pools, seashores and the like.
The telephone could possibly survive a couple of drops of water, however do not submerge it underwater.
General, the telephone appears just like final 12 months’s, besides it is now obtained vertically stacked and centered twin cameras on the again. However there are refined design notes that are not obvious at first look.
As an illustration, the telephone’s again is now made out of Gorilla Glass 5, moderately than steel. Additionally, the 2 black variants — the shiny mirror black and the matte midnight black — each have “hidden” accents. The mirror black has an imperceptible drop shadow on the OnePlus brand whereas the midnight catches the sunshine in a singular S-curve. There may be additionally a 3rd white and rose gold mannequin, which can be obtainable later, on June 5.
General, the telephone feels sturdy and comfy to carry, due to these skinny edges. Nevertheless it’s not almost as comfy as narrower telephones like, say, the G7. And whereas it is a drag that the telephone is not absolutely IP-certified, everyone knows the place precisely the road is drawn with waterproof safety — at the least it’s kind of extra sturdy towards water than in years previous.
Twin rear cameras with picture stabilization
While you have a look at the specs, the OnePlus 6 would not appear to stray from the OnePlus 5 and 5T. You get a twin 16-megapixel lens and a 20-megapixel telephoto shooter for bokeh-style portrait photographs. However there are two necessary variations underneath the hood.
The primary is that the principle digicam’s (16-megapixel) sensor is 19 % bigger, which is able to let in additional mild and in principle ought to assist brighten up and sharpen your footage.
The OnePlus 6 now has optical picture stabilization.
The 16-megapixel digicam additionally has optical picture stabilization, a characteristic OnePlus followers have been lengthy requesting. With OIS, your photographs and video recordings needs to be clearer and steadier. Having OIS can be helpful for shaky arms contemplating the telephone can now shoot slow-mo video at as much as 480 frames per second. We’ll check this out extra totally quickly, so keep tuned.
OnePlus plans on rolling out a software program replace that’ll additionally allow the front-facing digicam to take portrait footage with blurred backgrounds too. As a result of it is a single-lens digicam, nevertheless, the impact can be utilized by way of software program.
Goodies for players and Android P Beta
With its minimalist tackle Android Eight.1 Oreo, OnePlus stored the software program principally the identical. Now you can disguise the onscreen hotkeys (together with the house button) fully and navigate the telephone utilizing iPhone X-like gestures, together with swiping up and holding for current apps. For those who play video games in your telephone although, there are some added bonuses.
OnePlus added extra tweaks to the telephone’s “Gaming Mode” setting.
On high of muting notifications throughout sport play, now you can shift the community knowledge utilization of apps working within the background to maximise the consumption of information your at present opened app or sport is utilizing. You may as well select to have video games show in a low or excessive decision to avoid wasting battery and you’ll disable auto-brightness whereas gaming.
And in case you’re concerned with getting began with Google’s upcoming OS replace, the telephone is without doubt one of the first few telephones that may run Android P Beta, together with the Google Pixel 2 and a pair of XL and the Important Telephone.
The upcoming OS replace helps navigational gestures (just like the iPhone X) round a digital house button. It additionally makes use of synthetic intelligence to foretell what apps you do not use as steadily and optimizes battery life round these habits.
OnePlus 6 spec comparability
Samsung Galaxy S9
Google Pixel 2
LG G7 ThinQ
Show measurement, decision
6.28-inch; 2,280×1,080 pixels
5.Eight-inch OLED; 2,960×1,440 pixels
5-inch OLED; 1,920×1,080 pixels
5.Eight-inch; 2,436×1,125 pixels
6.1-inch IPS LCD; Three,120 x 1,440 pixels
Weight (Ounces, Grams)
6.2 oz; 177 g
5.75 oz; 163 g
5.04 oz; 143 g
6.14 oz; 174 g
5.7 oz; 162 g
Cellular software program
Android Eight.1 Nougat
Android Eight.zero Oreo
Android Eight.1 Oreo
Android Eight.zero Oreo
16-megapixel customary, 20-megapixel telephoto
2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor (2.8GHz + 1.7GHz), or Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.7 GHz + 1.7 GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Apple A11 Bionic
2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
64GB, 128GB, 256GB
As much as 2TB
Again of telephone
None (Face ID by way of TrueDepth digicam)
Portrait mode, notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Sprint Charging
Twin-aperture digicam, waterproof (IP68); tremendous slo-mo video; wi-fi charging; iris scanning
Google Assistant; limitless cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready
Water-proof (IP67), wi-fi Qi cost suitable, TrueDepth front-facing digicam provides Face ID for funds and allows front-facing AR results
Water-proof (IP68), wi-fi charging, DTS:X 3D Encompass, Quad DAC
Worth off-contract (USD)
$529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)
Varies: $720-$800 (64GB)
$649 (64GB), $749 (128GB)
$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB)
£469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)
£629 (64GB), £729 (128GB)
£999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB)
AU$700 (64GB), AU$770 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB) transformed
AU$1,199 (64GB), AU$1,349 (256GB)
AU$1,079 (64GB), AU$1,229 (128GB)
AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB)