OnePlus finally decided to raise the curtains over its much-awaited OnePlus 6 a little early than its usual June refresh window. We’ve all heard and seen a ton of concept designs, leaks and rumors regarding the OnePlus 6 over the past few months. Let’s find out if they still hold good, now that we have our hands on the One Plus 6.
As soon as you hold the phone in your hands and turn on the screen, you are greeted with that controversial notch. The notch, loved by a few and hated by the others, essentially lets you have more screen whilst maintaining the same footprint as that of its predecessors, the 5 and 5T. OnePlus being OnePlus, aims at catering to both the parties and gives us an option to conceal the notch if you like it that way. OnePlus says, that they’ve tested over a 1000 popular apps for compatibility with the notch to ensure that they get along well. We’re yet to see how many apps are supporting this notch, however for the most part, the system apps didn’t shy away from covering the notch most of the times.
Talking about the in hand feel of the phone, it feels a little smaller than the Pixel 2XL however the 6.3-inch screen is slightly taller than it is wide. Now having held the OnePlus 6, the Pixel 2XL feels a little chunky in hand and the bezels can be felt very prominently. The OnePlus 6 doesn’t completely go bezel-less, however the corning gorilla glass is designed in such a beautiful way that the screen just melts over to its sides seamlessly, much like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S9. OnePlus just hit two birds with one stone by implementing this into their design, now the phone feels a lot more premium than the price it retails for and also is easier to hold in one hand. The User Interface is essentially stock, for most of the part, except for a few added handy features like always. It runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.1.2 out of the box and also has support for Android P beta as well. The UI seems tailored well to integrate the new notch. The notification bar is now pushed further back to let you enjoy more of that Quad HD Amoled screen goodness.
Coming to another significant change in the design is the all glass back. OnePlus joins the vast majority of manufacturers with this glass back design and we aren’t complaining, it adds to the premium feel of the device. However, the only downside to this is that this glass back doesn’t actually serve some purpose other than just being an aesthetic upgrade. You guessed it right, there is no wireless charging on this one. This may not be a deal breaker for the majority, considering very few would actually use a wireless charger instead of the arguably fast dash charge.
The device is available in 3 finishes, the gloss black, the matte black and a new shimmery white variant with rose gold accents. Also, there’s a limited-edition Marvel-Themed Avengers variant with a carbon fiber finish, going on sale soon. The Gloss black and the shimmery white variants try to mock up a ceramic back look. The matte variant feels much more grippy in hand compared to the slippery gloss variants. It is also a no brainer that the gloss variants are fingerprint magnets and the only time you’ll see the glossy finish in all its glory is when you just unbox the device.
Diving deeper under the hood we find that the device is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 and an Adreno 630 GPU, which is as good as it gets in 2018. Coming to the camera, OnePlus has made the right changes, by increasing the size of the main sensor by about 19% and also adding the optical image stabilization to the primary camera that all their fans seemed to have missed in the previous variants. The new camera setup lets you click the ever so popular faux-bokeh portrait mode pictures. They’ve also decided to up their photo game by adding the option to add algorithmically processed shapes like hearts, stars etc.to the faux bokeh mode.
Majority of the buttons stay the same from the previous variants, however the alert slider has now been shifted to the other side. Not many things have changed in terms of the overall layout of the buttons, and we can even see the headphone jack stays in its place and that’s something we really appreciate a lot considering the majority of smartphone manufacturers are following the apple bandwagon. Something the phone lacks is, a proper water resistance certification. When asked about this, Pei replied saying that they’ve tested the device extensively against this and that it’s water resistance capabilities can be compared with the other flagship devices. The fact that it doesn’t adhere to a universal standard makes us feel a little uncomfortable to have the phone around water.
OnePlus has a new slogan for the OnePlus 6 and it goes like, “The space you need”. At this point it was obvious, that the 6 will have a large storage capacity. The device now comes with the standard 6GB or 8GB RAM options, for storage it ranges from a base of 64 gigabytes to a maximum of a whopping 256 gigabytes of UFS 2.1 storage. The rest of the OnePlus 6 specs are fairly predictable, the device ships with an Amoled screen of a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 up front. The battery on the device is a 3300 mAh one and from what we’ve seen from the previous generation, numbers aren’t everything and the 5T provided us an impressive all-day battery life, lets hope it holds true for this one as well. The Bluetooth 5 and a dual Nano sim card slot was expected at this point and OnePlus hasn’t disappointed us here.
The Spec sheets for majority of the flagships this year is going to be about the same with very minor variations in terms of maybe the camera and the battery capacity. This being said, it may seem that OnePlus is trying to blend in with the crowd but that isn’t the case. It’s just not that mere price tag of about $529 (in accordance with the 2018 standards) for the base variant that makes it stand out from the crowd. OnePlus isn’t marketed as ‘a flagship phone at a not so flagship price’ anymore, its marketed as a gateway to a better way of life for its loyal fanbase all around the world. In spite of OnePlus being relatively new to the smartphone business , it has achieved such high sales figures and already has a huge community round the globe and this is something a lot of manufacturers strive for. Although, the volume of sales and the legions of fans may not be as good as those of Apple, the launch of the 6 demonstrated the brand’s plans to harness the community’s strength to drive OnePlus’s future success.