First impression: OnePlus 6 looks like a winner, works on 5T problems
OnePlus 6 has been one of the most awaited smartphone launches of the year.
The OnePlus 6 continues the company's tradition of offering top end hardware specifications and feature set at an aggressive price.
The OnePlus 6 is the first phone from the company with a Notch style display. On paper you have a 6.28-inch size screen, OLED panel, 19:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2280 X 1080 pixels. The OLED screen delivers vibrant colours and deep blacks. You can remove onscreen buttons and use gesture navigation to enjoy the full screen estate on the phone. However, Notch style display is not something new, we have seen it already on devices from Oppo, Vivo and Huawei that are available in India.Like the Huawei P20, the OnePlus 6 also comes with the option to hide the notch area which is possible thanks to the OLED screen.
OnePlus 6 comes with a number of prominent design changes. The most notable one after the notch style display is the glass rear panel. All the colours of the OnePlus 6 now come with a glass finish – the Mirror Black has a glossy finish while the Midnight Black has a matte finish. Dual camera position has also been changed from the OnePlus 5T – the cameras now sit in a vertical stack at the centre of the phone above the fingerprint scanner. The slider for changing ring mode has been moved to the right side of the phone (it was always on the left side up till the OnePlus 5T). Thankfully, OnePlus 6 still comes with a 3.5mm audio jack. Overall, the OnePlus 6 is the same size as the OnePlus 5T but with a bigger screen and more premium appearance.
You get the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 graphics and a 3,300mAh battery. For RAM and storage, the phone comes in three variants – 6GB RAM with 64GB storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB storage and 8GB RAM with 256GB storage. Just like the previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 also does not have a microSD slot for storage expansion. Other specifications include dual SIM slot, USB Type-C port with fast charge support, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS and NFC.
OnePlus 6 comes with the company’s own Oxygen OS which is close to stock Android and bloat free. We liked that the Oxygen OS on the OnePlus 6 is based on Android 8.1 and comes with the latest May security patch. There are no preloaded apps other than the OnePlus Community app. For the notch, OnePlus has updated the user interface with option to enable/disable the notch and to control which apps will run in full-screen mode. You also get the option to have the navigation bar as fixed or hidden. At its I/O 2018 developer congress, Google had announced that OnePlus 6 is one of the first phones that can be upgraded to Android P beta OS – interested users can upgrade their OnePlus 6 to Android P as soon as they get it too.
While the camera setup on paper remains the same as OnePlus 5T – 16MP + 20MP with f1.7 aperture, there are several improvements done on the camera. First, it has a larger sensor for improved low light images. Second and most important, the OnePlus 6 comes with OIS (optical image stabilisation) which was missing on the previous phones. This reduces blur due to handshake and helps in low light too. We noticed that the portrait mode has improved vastly and the overall images results are also fantastic. OnePlus 6 is also capable for recording slow motion videos in 480fps at 720p HD resolution and 4k video at 60fps. On the front is a 16MP camera with f2.0 aperture and Auto HDR function.
From the limited time we spent with the OnePlus 6, it looks like OnePlus has a winner on their hands. The phone takes care of all the complaints we had on the OnePlus 5T and features a premium design with the latest hardware. India price is yet to be announced, but we expect it to start at Rs 35000 onwards.