OnePlus 6 first look: Stunning value, stunning looks

First look at OnePlus 6: amazing value, dazzling look

In just four years, OnePlus went from being an unknown Chinese startup to becoming one of the best phone manufacturers in the world, and that's even more Obviously with OnePlus 6. Their pairing of high-end features and specifications with a price below average initially caught the attention of the obsessed technician, but it is no longer just for those who lurk on the OnePlus forums seriously.

OnePlus 6 release date

The OnePlus 6 will be available online to order from May 22.

Price of OnePlus 6

The price of OnePlus 6 will start at £ 469 in the United Kingdom, € 519 in Europe and $ 529 in the USA. UU

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The OnePlus 6 is the most conventional device of the company so far. It is the first to achieve an adequate launch in London, nothing less than the Olympic Park, and also the first to really feel like a phone that should have Samsung with its Galaxy S9 and Apple with its iPhone X at least slightly worried.

It's not just a revised Oppo device on the way to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but a carefully designed phone that really should be taken seriously.

OnePlus 6 design: a powerful step forward

A lot What makes OnePlus 6 feel especially special is completely new construction and design. Now it's almost entirely made of glass, which curves in the back and feels fantastic in the hand.

There is a very polished black version that is beautiful but quite the magnet of fingerprints, a more conservative black midnight matte model and a surprising variation of white and pink gold that unfortunately will not come until after the release. OnePlus told me that this last nuance was made with powdered pearl powder, and although that sounds like the beginning of the making of a mythical witch, it gives the phone a jewel-like finish.

It has been changed to other aspects of classic OnePlus design. The alert slide is still present, but it is on the opposite side; and the fingerprint sensor is now an oblong shape, located under the dual cameras located in the center.

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Despite being heavily rumored in the run-up to the launch, the OnePlus 6 does not have an IP rating for water-resistance. However, the company has said that although the device does not have official classification, much has been done to improve its protection against water. These come through additional stamps around the ports and between the screen.

I'm still a little confused by this. Maybe the company is trying to save some money by not officially obtaining an IP rating; similar to the way it previously lacked the necessary codecs to play HD content from Netflix and Amazon. The bottom line is that, despite the lack of IP rating, OnePlus seems to trust that if you leave the phone in the bathroom while showering or if the device is caught in the rain, it will be fine.

The release of the 5T at the end of 2017 seemed to be OnePlus' rapid response to the trend of time to reduce the bezel and extend the screen. With OnePlus 6, the company jumps on another: notches.

The small cut at the top of the 6.1-inch screen is fine, but I still can not understand why it's here. There's nothing special inside the notch, just a 16 megapixel sensor, speakers and LEDs, and it feels like a device trying to imitate the iPhone X. It's likely that most flagship phones in 2018 have a higher level. , but I still do not know why.

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Fortunately, the screen itself is excellent, and if you really despise the notch, then there is a software update that will allow you to cover it up. The 2280 x 1080 OLED panel (FHD +) is bright, crisp and very colorful.

OnePlus 6 specifications: All specifications, all power

Display 6.2 inches, 2280 x 1080, AMOLED optics
CPU Snapdragon 845
RAM 6 / 8GB [19659027] Storage 64/128 / 256GB UFS 2.1
Rear camera 16 megapixel Sony f / 1.7 main sensor; Secondary sensor of 20 megapixels. Portrait mode. 480fps 720p slow motion for one minute. 19% larger pixels on the main sensor on the 5T
Front camera 16 megapixel sensor with portrait mode
Battery 3300mAh, USB-C, board charge – 30 minutes for a day of use, no load Qi
Operating system Android Oreo 8.1 with Oxygen OS skin
Features Dual-SIM, download speeds of 1.2 Gbps, headphone jack

OnePlus has always blocked specifications high-end phones, and as you can see in the table above, nothing changes here. A Snapdragon 845 powers the OnePlus 6, along with 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and the option of 256 GB of storage. The option of 8 GB of RAM feels strange, with its inclusion probably because OnePlus can put it there. It is a status symbol, rather like the storage offer of 256 GB.

Hopefully a more valuable update will be for the camera. While the main sensor is still 16 megapixels with an aperture of f / 1.7, the most important thing is that it now has 19% larger pixels compared to 5T to allow more light to enter, in addition to the optical image stabilization (OIS).

There is also a secondary sensor of 20 megapixels with vertical mode. Instead of adding 960 fps slow motion videos like the Sony Xperia XZ2 and the Samsung Galaxy S9, the OnePlus can shoot a full minute of 480fps of slow motion at 720p. I still can not guarantee the quality of the footage, but I can say that until now I have been disappointed with the super slow captured on other phones.

The 16 megapixel front camera remains the same specification as before. However, there are some new software settings, and OnePlus said it worked with Qualcomm to add a vertical mode here. Again, you will have to wait for the full revision, which will be published very soon, to see exactly how all aspects of the camera work.

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Like the prospect of an IP rating, there were many rumors before the release, the OnePlus 6 would be the first in the series to enable wireless charging. Considering that there is now a glass backside, and wireless charging is becoming more common, its addition became obvious. Unfortunately, this is not the case. They told me that the decision to leave him out was limited to the cost, and to the fact that Dash Charge is faster. However, it is a feature that I have come to appreciate for quick reloads on my desktop, so I see their omission as a pity.

It's good that Dash Charge is pretty fast, mind. The loading method has not changed much here and you'll still get what OnePlus calls a day of use & # 39; 30 minutes charge.

OnePlus is one of the few manufacturers that does not diminish Android with its own customizations. Oxygen OS retains the appearance of Android vanilla, adding only extras that I think improve in the Google operating system. Personalization is available with icon packs, a dark system-wide mode, facial unlocking and many small details that make the experience fantastic. You can also get rid of on-screen navigation buttons and use a lot of bumps to get around, just like the iPhone X.

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First impressions

So far, OnePlus phones impressed with every iteration, and the OnePlus 6 feels, comfortably, the best entry so far. It's a step above the previous models in terms of design, and I hope it also demonstrates being one step above in other areas. The camera, especially, has been a disappointment in the past, so it will be interesting to see if the addition of OIS really makes a difference here.

The price will also be an important factor in the performance of this device. Previous OnePlus phones have taken into account the affordability factor, but this time I think it's a bit different. The OnePlus 6 is the most expensive of the series to date and the price increases even more with increasing storage. The lack of Qi wireless charging and an official waterproof rating are a pity, and really the only two obvious omissions here. Still, that £ 469 is seriously cheaper than its rivals, or at least the phones that OnePlus wants to compete with. You could buy two OnePlus 6 for the price of an iPhone X, and it's £ 400 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus and the Pixel 2 XL.