OnePlus has now officially reached to level 6 with the launch of OnePlus 6. The smartphone which is being endorsed by the likes of Amitabh Bachchan and Aditi Rao Hydari and millions of its community across the globe is one of the premium smartphones to watch out for in 2018. And it has qualities to impress most of us, if not all; be it its glass back design, dual rear lens, updated Oxygen OS and the most common among all, the notch style display to get the feelings of iPhone X at much lesser price. We’ve got the OnePlus 6 in the form of 8GB variant made available to us for review.
The OnePlus has made some major improvements in the design segment for OnePlus 6. Being over a six inches smartphone, it looks appealing, more at the back because the company has used all Glass design to give it a distinct look. The edges are rounded to provide a proper grip to it. The front of OnePlus 6 has 6.28 inches screen with notch, 19:9 screen to body ratio, and it uses Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for extra protection to the screen. The front panel also embodies the Selfie lens minus flash. The best part of OnePlus 6 design is its Glass back cover which houses dual rear lens setup, dual LED flash, the fingerprint sensor, and the OnePlus’s logo, all in one vertical arranged from top to bottom. The rear camera module is bulging out of the back panel. The Glass back cover gives it a premium feel. The Power button is on the right of the panel and above it is the Notification slider whereas the left of it holds the volume buttons and the SIM tray with dual standby option. There’s no scope of increasing the storage capability in OnePlus 6 post 128 GB. The speaker grille is on the bottom along with USB Type-C port and 3.5mm jack support as well. The OnePlus 6 is also water resistant but, upto certain time and depth, which is a good addition to the value of it. Don’t try it in pool! Overall, the Glass design, alert slider and retention of the 3.5mm jack are the few positives in the aesthetics of OnePlus 6.
As the level is moved to six, OnePlus 6 too has more than 6 inches of screen size, 6.28 inch to be more precise, with a resolution of 1080×2280 pixels and ppi density of 402. The OnePlus 6 possess Optic AMOLED display having a natural colour reproduction unlike most of the smartphones with either too much exposure or have very dull appearances. The viewing angles too aren’t a problem either. The capacitive screen adjusts brilliantly according to the ambient lighting; under the sun indulgence is too good. The display is guarded by Corning Gorilla Glass of the 5th generation to protect it from sudden falls and smudges. You can also choose between the notch and the normal display as well from the settings option and move to 18:9 display. Overall, the display of OnePlus 6 is quite immersive, crisp and ambient too.
OnePlus boasts about its newly updated Oxygen OS and yes, it has every right to do so. The OnePlus 6 is as smooth as it can get. It runs of Android 8.1 coupled with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset out of which four are being clocked at 2.8 GHz while the rests are at 1.7 GHz. It also has a graphics card Adreno 630 for the gamers as well. There’s a dedicated gaming mode too available in OnePlus 6. The performance is awesome to say at least yet till now I have noticed the device being irresponsive during long duration of voice calls. You’ll have to wake it up forcefully. Until now, it has stopped couple of time midway while using apps which was quite disappointing for me. Yet, it gives you an extra push while using it. The feel of it, ease of use, is quite intoxicating as well. The OnePlus offers 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB RAM/ROM options. The Oxygen OS is on the 5.1.5 version. It might soon get the next update as well from the Google, i.e, Android P, as announced by the company. Clearly, the processing capabilities of OnePlus 6 are amazing, immersive and intuitive. It does not generate unbearable heat while playing games or while talking over longer duration continuously, yet some heating was observed but, the processor cools it down quickly.
Another positive in OnePlus 6 apart from processor is the camera. The OnePlus 6 sports dual rear lens of 16 MP and 20 MP having an aperture of f1.7, which is quite good for low light photography. The rear lens supports OIS and EIS both, PDAF and dual LED flash for the dark. The rear camera performs really well, giving natural and realistic shots. Portrait Mode is an extra advantage added to OnePlus 6. It also records slow motion videos, 480 frames per second, to give you some cherished possessions. The Selfie camera is of 16 MP with f2.0 and minus LED flash. There’s screen flash for the darkness which isn’t enough in dark and produces graining effect. The selfie shot in normal lighting can compete with Pixels and Galaxies of the town. Other features include HDR, panorama, touch focus and geo tagging. Overall, the OnePlus 6 camera performance is appealing, realistic, natural yet not over the top, especially the front lens.
The OnePlus 6 houses 3,300mAh battery which can last a day quite easily even if you use it for gaming, videos, calls at your will. The processor does not let it down even if you go full throttle. The Dash Charger is a boon for OnePlus. It charges in just blink of few minutes and within forty minutes of plugin it gets fully charged. The heat generated is very minimalistic while charging. It may be just 3,300mAh on paper but, it’s a power hub in reality.
The OnePlus 6 is full of excitements and fun; be it the camera output, fluidic chipset performance, glass design and a very potential battery life for new buyers and not for OnePlus 5T users. The price of the 6GB variant starts at Rs 34,999 in India which is a good value to experience speed. The Face Unlock works really fast and can even identify your facial textures in low light as well. The rear camera stands out in OnePlus 6. The performance is blazing fast if you ignore few misses. Battery drains less thanks to the chipset and comes with Dash Charger for your rescue. Yet, OnePlus 6 can be compared with Honor 10 and Vivo X21.