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OnePlus 6 Preview: Once again killing with its virtues

25 June 2018 5

OnePlus recently released their fifth iteration of flagship series. We have to admit in just four years the company emerged pretty strong competitor of well-established brands in the market. The OnePlus crafted smartphones are well appreciated due to their stunning design, top of the line hardware, ultra fast charging and latest OS version with minimum bloatware. The OnePlus devices certainly attract those who are looking for a premium flagship smartphone at a fraction of other top-tier flagships price tag.

The company improved significantly since the first OnePlus One. The new devices are more refined, better build and feel premium to challenge the other best rival flagships in the markets. Like always we put the latest OnePlus 6 in head-to-head competition against a number of devices which falls in the top-tier category and in most cases the device emerged as a winner. However today we will preview the latest OnePlus 6 to know in detail the real pros and cons of the device. We are hopeful our preview will certainly help you better understanding whether you should grab the OnePlus 6 or not?

The latest flagship killer OnePlus 6 is certainly the most impressive device from the company so far but at the same time, the device is the most expensive smartphone from the OnePlus. Without any further delay, let's start with the design of OnePlus 6.

75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
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Impressive Design

From the last couple of years, OnePlus is releasing smartphones with unibody metal design but this year OnePlus took a bold step and followed the latest trend of glass and metal sandwich design. The device looks pretty much 2018 flagship with a premium glossy finish for the Mirror Black variant. The chassis is made up of polished metal with Gorilla Glass 5 covering the rear side. The multi-layer glass rear doesn't showcase different colors instead it reflects one color only.

The Silky White edition looks quite impressive, however, it has a matte finish that's why you will find it more like a metal body rather glass. The OnePlus comes with more symmetrical design than its predecessor. The dual cameras setup on the rear is in middle now, placed vertically in the center with dual LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is also reshaped, now it is rectangular in shape. The best thing is the fingerprint scanner is as fast as its predecessor, however, unfortunately, it lacks gestures support.

The edges are round from the corners so that users can easily grasp the device single handily. Although it has glass rear it isn't slippery at all thanks to a matte finish. OnePlus 6 has the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, it's certainly a relief to see traditional jack here when many OEMs are ditching it. On the front, you will get a full front-facing display with a notch at the top of the display.

The Alert slider button is also now shifted to the right edge where SIM tray was placed on the predecessor. Unfortunately, despite the fact, the device falls in the premium category but it lacks IP-ratings. The company officials claimed the device can serve shower and rainwater but you can't take the risk to take it in swimming pool. The OnePlus 6 dimensions are 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm and it weighs 177g.

Display

The display certainly plays a vital role in the success of the device. From day one OnePlus is using AMOLED display panels to make sure their devices showcase bright colors with great vibrancy. As expected the OnePlus 6 is no exception, however it is the largest display panel on any device. The display is of 6.28-inches with an aspect ratio of 19:9.

The superb vibrant display screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels with a pixels density of 401 pixels-per-inch. If you don't like the saturated color scheme of AMOLED panel, you choose other modes from settings including sRGB and DCI-P3. It lacks official HDR support but still, it showcases content with great vibrancy.

Software

This year notch is an important aspect of smartphones OS that's why Android P will bring native support for the notch. Although the notch is a hardware aspect it certainly has an impact while using the device because it's quite noticeable. However, if you are amongst those who hate notch, they a simply switch it off from the settings menu and replace it with a black bar.

The main issue with the notch is not all third-party apps support notch that's why you may not get optimized display all the time and in some scenarios, your experience could be worst. This will certainly leave you no option to get full use of extra space at the top of the display. The inconsistency problem will be resolved later when the developers will start producing Android P compatible apps which have native support for Android P.

As OS the device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.1 with Oxygen OS layer over it. Like its predecessor, it is extremely clean with minimal bloatware and highly optimized to work extra fast. You have a dark and light theme according to your preference. The biggest upgrade in the software is gesture control option. If you don't want to use the on-screen button you can switch to gesture controls to access the home screen, recent apps and so on.

Hardware

OnePlus smartphones are known for their top-level performance same is the case with the latest OnePlus 6. The device is packed with the latest best hardware. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the standard variant has 8GB RAM and 128GB native storage. The top of the line variant has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. The device native storage isn't further expandable via MicroSD card.

Apart from having the latest Octa-core SoC, the device is specially optimized thanks to app prioritization feature that's why it open apps pretty quickly. you will find the OnePlus 6 snappy as it opens and switches between apps in a blink of a second. The device doesn't take a longer period to open HIFI gaming. For connectivity, the device has Bluetooth 5.0. A 3,300mAh battery cell is on board to keep the OnePlus 6 lights on all-day on a single charge. The Snapdragon 845 is the most efficient SoC in the market that's why despite having same battery cell as the predecessor the OnePlus 6 performs better. On normal to heavy usage, the device easily lasts one day with more than 20% battery.

The OnePlus 6 has dual cameras setup on the rear side. Both the sensors 16MP+20MP are same as the predecessor. Both the sensors have OIS with f/1.7 aperture. The device supports 4K video recording as well as slow-motion capturing at 460 frames per second. Up front, the selfie camera remains 16MP. Despite having similar cameras like the predecessor, the camera experience is improved in all aspects. The camera performs pretty great in daylight conditions, however, in low-light conditions, the results show some noise with less focused details. The camera setup is certainly something which you can't claim OnePlus 6 is the best instead it is far better than smartphones in this range.

Specs OnePlus 6
Display 6.28-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB
Storage 64,128, 256GB
Rear cameras 16+20MP
Front camera 16MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone yes
IP68 No
OS Android Oreo 8.1
Battery 3,300mAh

Price and availability

OnePlus is widely available across the globe in most of the regions. So if you are planning to grab the OnePlus 6, you can get it easily. The base variant with 64GB storage can be purchased for $529, the device is available in the UK at a price tag of £469. If you want to double the storage you will have to spend $50/ £50 more. The 256GB variant costs $629 which makes it the most expensive OnePlus smartphone so far. The best thing is its locked variant is available from carriers as well.


Conclusion:

Overall the OnePlus 6 is a great smartphone and certainly provides the user with the best value for their hard earned money. Despite being significantly cheaper it challenges the flagships with almost double of its price tag. However, considering the price tag, you may have to compromise on few aspects and camera is certainly one of them. The camera isn't worsted at all but it isn't as good as P20 Pro, Galaxy S9 lineup or iPhone X in low-light conditions which is pretty much understandable. In terms of performance, display and design the OnePlus 6 is certainly a worth appreciating device which outclasses all devices in this price range.

So we can easily claim the OnePlus 6 is indeed a flagships killer smartphone and worth commendable. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts in the comments section below regarding the OnePlus 6 preview. Stay tuned for more comparisons and previews.

The OnePlus 6 is available at Amazon Marketplace for $ 547. The price/quality is avarage but this is the best device in this price range. To see others 14 offers click here.
(last update 21 September 2018 @ 13:54)

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