OnePlus 6 Review
- New elegant design
- Vastly improved camera
- Great price
- Impressively fast fingerprint scanner
- Solid battery life
- Very fast quick charge
- No wireless charging
- No microSD expansion
- The most expensive OnePlus phone yet
- Only partial waterproofing
- Throttling under load
OnePlus 6 Review – Fast and Smooth. The Speed You Need.
OnePlus 6. Breeze through apps with little to no load times, or shift quickly between gaming, working and browsing. We didn’t design our features to win speed tests. We did it because we want to enable you to do more in less time.
Experience our most immersive display ever. Whether you’re reading an article or browsing social media, our 19:9 display lets you see more at once.
Nail your shot before it slips away, with a dual camera system built for speed. Take clearer photos with Optical Image Stabilization. Using a 16MP + 20MP dual camera, this is where high resolution meets high speed.
Crafted with precision and care, from the inside of every port to the curvature of every button. Great product design looks beyond the surface. Never Settle.
A drop of rain shouldn’t get in the way of you and your smartphone, whether you’re gaming or calling. So, we equipped the OnePlus 6 with weather protection. Just don’t take it out for a swim.
To create a fast and smooth experience, OxygenOS only offers meaningful features and smart software optimizations. Great software works for you, instead of making you work for your software.
main competitors: Galaxy S9 | Apple iPhone X | Pixel 2 XL
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|Dimensions||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm (6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 in)|
|Weight||177 g (6.24 oz)|
|Build||Front/rear glass, aluminum frame|
|Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|6.28 inches, 98.4 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|OS||Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)|
|Internal Memory||128/256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.22µm, gyro-EIS, OIS) + 20 MP (16 MP effective, f/1.7, 1/2.8", 1.0µm), PDAF, dual-LED flash, check quality|
|Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/60/240fps, [email protected], check quality|
|Secondary Camera||16 MP (f/2.0, 25mm, 1/3", 1.0µm), gyro-EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Dirac HD sound|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
As a refinement of the already well-made OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 is a big step toward the company’s vision of “the perfect smartphone.” Still, it depends on how one defines “perfect”; at least from a technical standpoint, the OnePlus 6 is stuck with a lower screen resolution than other flagships, and it never hurts to have a brighter screen, or wireless charging.
But for me, the OnePlus 6 has hit most of the sweet spots: This is a uniquely gorgeous device with intuitive features, as well as solid battery life and a great camera. Then I remember that attractive price.
It may not pack as many bells and whistles as its competitors, but it’s not as if it’ll be needing those: Most of us don’t need AR Emoji, Animoji or AI-assisted camera filters. It’s safe to say that the OnePlus 6 will most likely win over existing fans, and hopefully win the affections of other buyers along the way, too.
The OnePlus 6 is missing a few extras, but that makes sense. A bunch of new additional features would inflate the price even more and potentially alienate fans. Making these changes slowly means the shift in direction will be much easier to swallow.
OnePlus is the closest thing to Nexus outside of the Pixel (and perhaps the Essential Phone). Next year we may not be able to say the same, if OnePlus continues following in Google’s footsteps. Until then, the OnePlus 6 is the perfect modern-day Nexus alternative and should appeal to those who weren’t quite sold on the higher price tag of the Pixel.
If you want a ton of bang for buck, a premium experience, and don’t mind losing out on a few extra features, buy this phone.
If you’re turned off by the notch or crave all the bells and whistles found Samsung, Google, or Huawei phones, you might want to look elsewhere.
Summing it all up, OnePlus has done it again with the OnePlus 6.
This phone continues refining a successful formula by bringing a flagship-grade phone with a focus on a clean interface and speed at a very alluring price point. The 6 is also the company’s best design effort and brings an improved camera, and familiar beloved features like Dash Charge.
But it’s not quite the perfect phone: while the notch did not bother us too much, the more we used the OnePlus 6, the more we lamented the clunky implementation of the new gesture navigation. This is purely a software feature, so we sincerely hope that OnePlus reconsiders its gesture navigation system and improves it with a future update. We’re also disappointed that there is no wireless charging on the OnePlus 6 and that it is still not compatible with CDMA carriers like Verizon and Sprint.
Those few complaints, while substantial, still feel more like the proverbial fly in the ointment rather than a true deal-breaker, and even after criticizing it for that, we feel that the OnePlus 6 is a beautiful phone that feels fast and that you will simply enjoy using day in and day out. And the reasonable price? Well, that’s the icing on the cake!
he OnePlus 6 is a very high-quality smartphone, offering high-end features at a great price-performance ratio. However, its lower price is not a coincidence: OnePlus completely disregards the VR topic, which is reflected in the display technology as well, where the FHD+ resolution has to suffice. Generally, there does not seem to be any advancements in terms of the panel, the notch is purely a matter of taste. We would have wished for something similar to Apple’s True-Tone display or a 120 Hz panel. The departure from the aluminum unibody follows a trend as well, but does not grant the OnePlus cell phone wireless charging capabilities. Likewise, instead of a faster transfer standard that could offer more features such as video output or a desktop mode, USB 2.0 is relied upon.
OnePlus instead relies on the core competencies of a smartphone and equips its latest smartphone with more speed, storage that is both bigger and faster, up-to-date software and a good camera. However, the advancements compared to the predecessor are marginal as well. Battery life is about the same as the predecessor’s, which, despite not being a surprise, is still nice since the OnePlus 5T was a real long-runner already. Additionally, it comes with a lightning-fast quick charge technology, which we already know from the OnePlus 5T, but no longer carries the name Dash Charge (name had to be changed due to licensing conflicts).
In summary, OnePlus once again delivers a very good smartphone. But the competition in this area is increasing. The Honor 10 with its aggressive price (starting at 399 Euros RRP) in particular is nothing to be scoffed at and the soon to be available Asus ZenFone 5z as well as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s play in the same league both in terms of technology and price.
Up until the moment it was announced on stage, my biggest question about the OnePlus 6 revolved around price. It was clear this was going to be the most expensive OnePlus phone yet, but by how much? I was convinced it would be £499, though really considering what’s on offer here £549 probably would have seemed fair.
At £469 though, this is an absolute steal. It’s the best-value phone you can buy right now, without a doubt.
Even when you take price out of the equation it’s still impressive. This is one of the fastest, best-looking Android phones at any price, with a lovely screen and perfectly optimised software.
Of course, for OnePlus to sell it at this price, not every component is from the top drawer. The camera is good, but it’s not going to compete with those on the Huawei P20 Pro or Pixel 2. Also, the battery is just okay and there’s no official IP rating or Qi wireless charging.
It’s easy to dismiss the OnePlus 6 as an insignificant minor upgrade. New chipset – check, notch – check, somewhat improved camera – check. That’s about it. The thing is, the OP6 isn’t meant to entice those with a 5T in their pockets, or even OP5 owners, much the same way a Galaxy S9 isn’t really a compelling upgrade path for Galaxy S8 owners.
Things change if you’re looking to replace an OP3 or 3T, or any year-and-a-half or older phone. With the OnePlus 6 you’d be getting a solid all round camera experience, a display that’s better than most, and software that’s feature-rich, plain and fast all at the same time. Plus battery life that may not be class leading, but charging tech that is.
In the process, you’ll inevitably forfeit some features that you could find on other models, but are they really absolutely worth the 20-30 percent premium to you? We swear at some point we mentioned unbeatable value.
Everything in balance
The OnePlus 6 is making more than a good impression so far. The performance is top-notch, the software is smooth and fast and the display delivers a great picture. The annoying points, such as the lazy gesture control and the inaccurate adaptive brightness control can be corrected later with software updates.
If you’re looking for a fast Android smartphone that won’t let you down on the performance side, offers good battery life and, in case of a disaster, charges fast, then the OnePlus 6 is definitely the perfect smartphone. But if you are an ambitious amateur photographer who needs the best smartphone camera with the highest photo and video quality, then the OnePlus 6 is not the right camera for you.
Seen in this way, OnePlus addresses its own community with the Six series, which once again needs one of the fastest smartphones on the market and goes by the slogan “The Speed you Need” above everything else. Don’t misunderstand, you can grab the OnePlus 6 without hesitation and it won’t disappoint you.
The camera has improved compared to its predecessors, but one cannot attest to the OnePlus 6 being a huge step forward in terms of quality and features. It’s not the fault of the manufacturer itself, but simply the fact that the competition has clearly caught up in recent months and that pure performance no longer has the same traction in 2018 as in the days of a OnePlus One.