OnePlus 6 was first launched in Singapore on 22 May 2018. This is their new flagship smartphone for 2018. If you do not know OnePlus, it’s a Chinese company that’s globally known to sell phones with high-end specification phones for affordable prices. That includes good design, impressive build quality and clean Android software with no bloatware. The OnePlus 6 is definitely the firm’s latest flagship-killing smartphone.
OnePlus has cemented itself as the leading mid-range handset maker on the market, with top-of-the-line Snapdragon processors, loads of RAM, and premium materials.There are three different colours of OnePlus 6 to choose from:
Mirror Black (6GB RAM / 64GB storage): US$529
Midnight Black (8GB RAM / 128GB storage): US$579
Silk White (8GB RAM / 128GB storage): US$579
Unboxing The OnePlus 6:
In the box, the phone comes ready equipped with a screen protector. This is a good way to help keep your screen from picking up scratches, but you might want to remove it if you want the “cleanest” view possible of the screen. Also included in the box is a rubberised phone case. This helps to protect the phone from unnecessary scuffs, marks and scratches.
Design of OnePlus 6:
OnePlus has adopted the key 2018 design trend for the mobile phone industry — a bigger edge-to-edge display.
The OnePlus 6 also joins the ranks of all-metal-and-glass smartphones, with the front and back of the phone sandwiched between a layer of Gorilla Glass 5.
Glass backs are fragile fingerprint magnets, with the only benefit being wireless charging. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t support wireless charging. That’s a real pity.
There are two ways to unlock the phone. First method is to use the front-facing camera to unlock the phone – OnePlus 6’s front camera is used to unlock with facial recognition in 0.4 seconds. Alternatively, you can opt for the fingerprint sensor on the back – the rear-mounter fingerprint scanner unlocks the handset in 0.2 seconds.
The AMOLED screen on the phone comes in at 6.28 inches, with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. It’s a solid resolution for a phone in this reasonable price range. The display is excellent but personally I do not find it as bright as the Galaxy 9 or iPhone X.
There’s a volume rocker and dual-SIM slot on the left side of the phone with a OnePlus’s unique three-position “alert-slider” and power button on the right.
On the bottom, there’s a USB-C port and a headphone jack, along with a bottom-firing speaker. Anything played on that speaker do sounds awful. The phone supports OnePlus’ Dash Charge fast-charging technology.
Powering The OnePlus 6:
With Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845, OnePlus 6 can reach a speedy score of 2,422 in the Geekbench 4 single-core test, and 8,783 in multi-core:
OnePlus 6 can achieve an average frame rates of 32fps and 35fps at native resolution:
Battery and call quality are good. Based on my test, The OnePlus can last a day on its 3,300mAh internal battery with regular usage – mixed usage of surfing and calls.
Interestingly, similar to iPhone XS series, OnePlus 6 has a dual lens system on the back with one 16-megapixel sensor and one 20MP sensor. Both are from Sony and have an aperture of f/1.7. There is both OIS (optical image stabilization) and EIS (electronic image stabilization).
Based on some field tests, the captured photo quality is quite good. The OnePlus 6 uses the primary sensor in low-light conditions and the hardware maker seems to be relying on OIS to help with noise.
The two cameras only work together as a system when you enable Portrait Mode.
(Portrait pic – iPhone X)
(Portrait pic – OnePlus 6)
(Night Shot – iPhone X)
(Night shot – OnePlus 6)
(Daylight – iPhone X)
(Daylight – OnePlus 6)
Portrait Mode also supports optional “flair,” which are subtle orbs, hearts, or stars effects you can add to the blurred background of a shot. These can only be enacted at the time of the shot; they’re not something you can add or edit later.
Apart from the Portrait Mode, the camera also supports a Pro mode, Time-lapse, and Panorama modes.
The “Pro” mode allows the adjustment of a variety of parameters, including white balance, ISO, shutter speed, focus type and exposure compensation.
Interestingly, you can also shoot in raw format – something which is relatively rare, especially at this segment of the market.
Inbuilt custom stock OS – OxygenOS:
Like previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 features the latest version of OxygenOS, which is currently based on Android 8.1 Oreo installed in the default shipment. However, OnePlus recently announced the stable version of OxygenOS 9.0 has just begun rolling out.
OxygenOS is similar to stock Android, with far more customization options and a few more visual tweaks. In Oxygen 9.0, there is OnePlus’ new Gaming Mode. This adds a bunch of different gaming optimisations, such as performance improvements and framerate restrictions, and allows you to block notifications when playing specific games.
In term of price point, OnePlus 6 is few hundreds cheaper than other flagship handsets such as the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. But it stands toe-to-toe with these pricier phones when it comes to speed, battery life and photo quality.
- Flagship specs with excellent performance
- Carrier unlocked
- Supports Dual Sim
- Low price, great value
- Beautiful display
- Modern design
- Headphone jack
- Not waterproof
- No wireless charging
- Single mono speaker
The OnePlus 6 delivers in almost every category. It’s one of the fastest phones on the market, has a stunning glass design. However, OnePlus is still not the most desirable phone yet – it is not waterproof, there is no wireless charging and its camera is not quite on par with other flagships.
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