For seven generations of telephones, OnePlus pursued the perfect of delivering the most recent know-how at an inexpensive worth. When the primary OnePlus telephone launched in 2014 our reviewer wrote, “Given its blistering efficiency, the OnePlus One is an outstanding deal for a high-end smartphone.” The telephone’s $299 worth helped OnePlus acquire a loyal fan base the best way a success document helps a rising indie band.
4 years later, the corporate has the OnePlus 6 which sits in the course of the improve spectrum between “only a yearly evolution” and “main overhaul.” The brand new telephone prices practically double what the OnePlus One did and $30 greater than final November’s OnePlus 5T.
However are the OnePlus 6’s improved cameras, quicker processor, improve in RAM and new slick-looking glass-covered physique well worth the worth? Completely. It is nonetheless a whole lot lower than different flagship handsets such because the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. And it stands toe-to-toe with these pricier telephones with regards to pace, battery life and picture high quality. The OnePlus 6 is just not good although. You will not discover true water resistance, expandable storage or wi-fi charging, however the OnePlus 6 is a terrific telephone for on a regular basis use.
OnePlus 6 fashions and costs
$529, £469 (AU$700 transformed)
$579, £517 (AU$770 transformed)
$629, £569 (AU$835 transformed)
Editors’ observe: We examined the 128GB model of the OnePlus 6.
OnePlus 6 has a sturdy glass again
If the OnePlus 5T had an elegant industrial uncooked denim vibe, then the OnePlus 6 with its mirrored-finish glass again and bow-tie notch has the dapper aura of a tailor-made tuxedo.
OnePlus deserted the aluminum again of its earlier telephones in favor of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which can be used for the show. This is similar chemically hardened cowl glass that is used on pricier telephones like Samsung’s Galaxy S9. Regardless of the fabric adjustments, I am completely happy the telephone retains the slight palm-curved form of earlier generations.
The OnePlus 6 is available in two black colours: Shiny mirror black and matte midnight black. Every has refined — and I imply refined — accents. OnePlus boasts that the mirror black, for instance, has a drop shadow of an S underneath the OnePlus brand.
The gloss black mannequin.
There’s a third coloration scheme, silk white with rose gold trim, which will likely be out there as a restricted version beginning June 5.
The glass-encased telephone appears and feels premium. From the again, it is simple to mistake the OnePlus 6 for a Galaxy S9 Plus. Each have vertically stacked, center-aligned dual-rear cameras with a fingerprint reader under. The telephones are practically an identical in measurement, with the OnePlus 6 being a contact thinner and lighter. And sure, the OnePlus 6 retains its headphone jack, identical to the Galaxy S9, LG G7 and iPhone SE.
OnePlus additionally retains its bodily alert slider with three settings. In final 12 months’s OnePlus 5T, it lived on the left aspect. Now it is moved to the correct and toggles between ring, vibrate and silent — it was ring, don’t disturb and silent.
The OnePlus 6 has a glass bottom constructed from Gorilla Glass 5.
But with all of the bodily enhancements, the OnePlus 6 misses in just a few important methods. The brand new physique is just not IP licensed as waterproof — it is splash-proof. And just like the Pixel 2 and a couple of XL, it would not have expandable storage.
Regardless of its new glass rear, the OnePlus 6 lacks wi-fi charging. It does have what OnePlus calls Sprint Cost, which introduced the telephone’s battery from zero to 50 % in 28 minutes, and took 70 minutes to cost it fully. I ought to observe that Sprint Cost is proprietary and would not work with common USB-C cables.
However most annoying of all, it would not work on CDMA carriers within the US like Verizon and Dash. That is a reasonably large miss.
Yep, that is a notch in your OnePlus 6
For higher or worse, the OnePlus 6 has a notch on its 6.28-inch OLED show. This leaves a petite house across the front-facing digicam, earpiece, sensors and LED notification mild. I am not bothered by the notch. It’s what it’s. And this new design development would not appear to be going away anytime quickly.
Yep, that is a notch.
When you’re not a fan, you’ll be able to add black bars to the perimeters by way of settings for a extra acquainted look. Different notched-screen wonders just like the Huawei P20, P20 Professional and LG G7 have the same software program characteristic.
The show has a 19:9 facet ratio, however a 2,280×1,080-pixel decision — decrease than different flagships just like the Galaxy S9 Plus. In on a regular basis use, the display regarded sharp, detailed and shiny. Watching movies and scrolling by way of Instagram was a delight. Colours look vibrant with out being oversaturated.