OnePlus today unveiled the OnePlus 6, its flagship handset for at least the next six months. The company has managed to carve a name for itself in the highly competitive smartphone market with its impressive smartphones over the years. It has constantly managed to provide a flagship-like experience with its smartphones while being cheaper than them by at least a couple of hundred dollars.
As for the OnePlus 6, it features a 6.28-inch 19:9 aspect ratio notched Optic AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution. The notch is similar to that of the iPhone X, though unlike Apple, OnePlus is only using it to house the front-facing camera and other necessary sensors and the earpiece. And unlike the iPhone X, there continues to be a bottom bezel on the handset albeit a really small one.
In term of design, the OnePlus 6 features an all-glass front and back sandwiching a metallic chassis. It uses Gorilla Glass 5 at the front and back for improved durability. It is also “daily water resistance” which essentially means it is not water-resistant like the iPhone 8/X. Despite coming with a glass back, there’s no wireless charging support on the handset. But there’s a fingerprint scanner located at its back which can unlock the handset in just 0.2 seconds.
At the rear, there’s a dual-camera setup. The primary sensor is a 16MP f/1.7 shooter, while the second one is a 20MP f/1.7 shooter. The primary camera is now 19 percent larger and features 1.22um pixels which helps improve its low-light performance. Both sensors offer OIS and EIS and work together to offer Portrait mode and hybrid zoom. The former mode has also been improved and now you can click multiple portrait photos without having to wait in between. You can also add some effects to your portrait photos to help them stand out. At the front, there is a 16MP shooter which is also used for face unlock. It will also gain the ability to shoot Portrait photos with a future software update.
The OnePlus 6 is also capable of shooting slow-mo videos at 480fps@720p for up to a minute. It is not as fast as the Super Slow-mo seen on the Galaxy S9 and Huawei’s P20 Pro, but it is still 2x times slower than the slow-motion mode found on the iPhone X albeit at a slightly lower resolution.
Other specs of the OnePlus 6 include 6/8GB RAM, 64/128/256GB of storage, support for 40 LTE bands, 4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Alert Slider, and dual-SIM connectivity. The phone is powered by a 3300mAh battery and features Dash Charge as well.
The OnePlus 6 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS 5.1 on top of it. One of the highlights of the latest version of OxygenOS 5.1 is that it completely ditches the navigation bar in favor of gestures as seen on previous OxygenOS betas for the OnePlus 5T. There will also be a preview build of Android P available for OnePlus 6 in the coming week.
The handset will be available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White colors. The Silk White variant will be limited edition though. The handset will be available from May 22nd in India, most of Europe, and the United States. The limited-edition Silk White will launch on June 5.
The OnePlus 6 is priced at $529 (€519) for the base variant. The variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage is priced at $579, with the 256GB variant coming in at $629.
The OnePlus 6 essentially costs half of what the iPhone X is priced at and offers almost all the features found on the latter. Heck, it even has a headphone jack. What do you think about the handset?