The new OnePlus 6
It is seriously impressive.
It has the same flagship specs as the Samsung Galaxy S9, yet it costs a third less.
The OnePlus 6 costs $520 for the base model, and considering what you get, makes it incredible value for money.
Let’s review the OnePlus 6
This is one of the fastest phones we have ever used, if not the fastest.
It is stunning to look at, and most surprisingly, the camera is very, very good, as good as the most expensive phones in the market.
The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen, with super thin bezels and as it is the trend it seems, a notch.
6.28 AMOLED | 1080 x 2280 | 19:9
They have swapped out the metal body of previous phones for Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and the back.
Picking it up, you definitely get a sense that it is a premium phone. But it is also quite slippery to hold, so you should put a case on it.
We got it in mirror black, which is great for about 10 seconds after you get it out of the box but it is a massive fingerprint and dust magnet.
Unless you are putting a case on it or carrying a dust cloth, we suggest you go for the Midnight Black model. Which is still glass but with a matt texture.
You can go for the beautiful Silk White version, which is bit of a limited edition model.
The most obvious change besides the thinner bezels and the notch is the new camera placement on the back and the redesigned fingerprint reader below it.
Much like the Porsche designed Huawei Mate R6 which is almost 3 times the cost of the OnePlus 6.
Holding it though it feels very much like the OnePlus 5T, be it with even slimmer bezels
There are a few little extras we like about the OnePlus 6 as well.
There is the alert slider on the right-hand side so you can quickly go from ‘ring’ to ‘vibrate’ to ‘silent’ modes.
You also got a headphone jack even though OnePlus are also launching a pair of wireless bullet headphones and there was talk that the OnePlus 6 may not have a headphone jack.
But there is one and that is great to see.
Also is a dual-sim phone which is very handy and useful for a lot of people.
You get a screen protector already on the phone and the case bundle in the box.
Some of the main Specs
Snapdragon 845 Pro
6 | 8 GB RAM
64 | 128 | 256 GB Storage
3300 MAH Battery
We think it would be absolutely fine going with the cheapest option, which still has the same specs as the Galaxy S9.
It is no doubt that the OnePlus 6 is a great looking phone but it is not until you start using it, that you really start to appreciate what makes the OnePlus 6 so special.
As mentioned earlier, this is one of the fastest phones we have ever used.
It is the combination of the hardware, but also the super lightweight Oxygen OS software on top of Android 8.1
The phone breezed through everything, it is fast, reliable and of course, handles even the most graphically intensive games without a hitch.
In the settings, you options to hide the notch if you prefer
You can adjust the screens color profile with sRGB and DCI-P3 options
Our favorite software trick was the option to use gestures instead of the standard Android navigation buttons.
Much like what is in the iPhone X
Unlocking the phone
When it comes to unlocking the phone you can register both your fingerprint and your face. The easiest is to double tap on the screen, which unlocks the phone instantly after scanning your face.
This process only takes 0.4 seconds.
So far so good!
No phone is perfect…
The OnePlus 6 does have a couple of flaws and it misses out on some premium features compared to its more expensive competitors.
The screen does not support high dynamic range so, no HD Netflix movies I’m afraid.
The speaker is pretty bad if we are being completely honest. It obviously has no stereo sounds as it is a single speaker, and the sound quality is not that great.
There is also no wireless charging, although, personally I don’t really care.
OnePlus 6 is also missing an official IP rating for water resistance, which is a little strange. However, we did a quick dunk in a small water basin and the phone was still alive.
We do not recommend going swimming with it though.
Another main area is the Battery Life,
In practice, it only lasted us one day, and barley. There was about 15% to 20% battery left at about 11 at night, however, with heavier use, the OnePlus 6 did require a quick charge in the evening.
However, it does have super fast charging. You can get about 75% in 30 minutes easy.
One area the OnePlus has always fallen behind is in the camera department. They have always been good but not great.
That is until now……….
The OnePlus 6 has two lenses. A 16 MP F1.7 main lens and a 20MP F1.7 second lens
The main lens now has a 19% larger sensor than last years’ 5T, and the 2nd lens has 2x optical zoom which provides depth information for the portrait mode.
The main lens also now supports OIS and EIS for more stable shots in both low light and shooting video.
The photos look stunning both in good light and darker low light settings.
We did not expect the camera on the OnePlus 6 to be this good.
The 16MP F2 selfie camera is impressive as well. It does not suffer from the overly smooth beauty modes which are almost impossible to turn off in the P20 Pro.
Portrait mode on the OnePlus 6 looks great as well.
You can now shoot 4K at 60 frames per second
It is limited to 240 FPS on full HD, whereas other phones like the S9 can shoot super slow-mo at 960 FPS.
All of this for just $529
To sum up
The OnePlus 6 is a decent upgrade to the 5T with a new processor, refreshed design and upgraded camera, it is every bit as good as the most expensive phones out there.
The speakers are a bit rubbish, the phone does not support HDR, and coming from the P20 Pro the battery life is average at best.
However, that is all I can criticize the OnePlus 6 for.
Considering the price tag of the OnePlus 6, it is just incredible value for money.
If you are looking for a new phone, the OnePlus 6 is definitely recommended!