The OnePlus 6 is the latest iteration from the company and the successor to OnePlus 5T. The new phone has a glass cladded design with the infamous notch. On the back is a new dual camera system and a fingerprint sensor. Inside is the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
With OnePlus 6 the focus is speed. OxygenOS is a highly optimised version of Android delivering smooth performance under bottle neck situations. Oneplus brings many key improvements to the Oneplus 6. They go as following:
- Glass Design
- Edge to edge Display 19:9 6.28 inches
- Snapdragon 845 powerhouse
- 0.4s Face Unlock
- Better Camera with OIS and Low Light Enhancements to 1.22um
- More optimised Oxygen OS
Oneplus 6 is still a best choice for 2018 flagships right now given the price tag but the main question here is whether one should upgrade, especially the Oneplus 5T users. Here are a few things that make Oneplus 6 a Deal Breaker.1. Glass Body : Attractive to look at but easy to crack
Switching from metal to glass does seem to be the trend for 2017-2018. For one, the phone looks stunning out of the box, with a gorgeous black finish on Mirror Black unit. OnePlus has also painted the side aluminium frame in glossy black, making the glass and metal look and feel indistinguishable. The glass is also extremely grippy in hand, making the phone feel much secure than the metal body phones that came before it. But at the end it is glass, it is not as durable as Metal and is prone to shattering even with Gorilla Glass Enhancements. Other times, the glass tends to pick up micro-scratches and abrasions, as did our unit in less than a week of use and picks up fingerprints very easily.
2. The Infamous Notch
The notch has gone viral in easy 2018 and we are seeing it on every second phone, but the question is, was it really necessary? The notch does give some more screen space to get the apparent edge-to-edge bezel-less look, but at the end its shabby.
3. Just Full HD in 2018
The first flagship killer Aka the Oneplus one was released with a Full HD screen in 2014. Since then the screen resolution has been constant for the 4 years, it should be time we should see a 2K display equipped device.
4. The only numbers changed are the Snapdragon
The only major spec change you would see in the Oneplus 6 would be the Snapdragon 845 which is also kind of expected considering its the latest chipset form Qualcomm in 2018. other minor stuff includes, the screen has gone a little big to 6.28 inches albeit with a notch. It gives you a bigger storage variant of 256GB and a little big pixels of 1.22um in camera. The battery is still 3300mah and still no sign of stereo speakers.
5. Thicker than before
The phone thickness has shooted up to 7.8mm from 7.3mm in the Oneplus 5t. Apparently it offers more grip along with the glass body but lets admit it we all love thinner phones.
A thinner design would always support the premium factor.
6. 1.22um Camera Still doesn’t make the cut in low light
One of the key improvements Oneplus claimed is that the Oneplus 6 was equipped with a 1.22um sensor which would allegedly improve the low light performance other than that the whole camera setup is same except for the OIS enhancement. To be noted OEMs have pulled of much better combinations with upto 1.55um pixel size yet not sacrificing on detail.
But, from what we observed during our stint with the device is that the OnePlus 6 is most definitely an evolutionary product and still a great device to worth every buck, yet a minor upgrade . This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, as previous OnePlus devices have been pretty great so any improvement on that, however small, cannot be bad. But it seems in order to keep prices low and competitive, OnePlus has to hold itself back with every new iteration. Also the impending arrival of the OnePlus 6T six months from now, which is inevitable, means the current OnePlus 6 can’t have all the toys to play with.