OnePlus appears to have settled comfortably right into a six-month refresh cycle for its flagship (and sole) smartphone providing. Somewhat than ready round for a set time of the 12 months, OnePlus acts when it appears like there’s something to be capitalised on. Final 12 months’s OnePlus 5 (Review) was one of many first telephones to ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and the 5T (Review) changed it as quickly as 18:9 screens got here into vogue. This time, with the OnePlus 6, we now have a brand new look, a brand new processor, and a brand new sort of display all on the identical time, and so this appears like a really completely different telephone despite the fact that barely any time has handed since the previous model launched.
The adjustments do not cease there – OnePlus has gone with glass on the rear for the first time. Not like different producers utilizing glass in order to allow for wireless charging, OnePlus is not providing this function. It is all in regards to the design, and actually you have got three completely different sorts of glass to select from, although the corporate expects the Midnight Black choice would be the hottest. It has a matte texture and feels nearly like there is a skinny coating over it. Everybody who sees this can wish to contact it. Should you maintain it as much as the sunshine, you may see a refracted sample beneath the glass.
The second choice can also be black, however this time it is known as Mirror Black and is extra standard. It is polished to a excessive sheen and will certainly seize eyeballs – should you dare to make use of it with out a case. The conceptual similarity to Apple’s Black and Jet Black options for the iPhone 7 is instantly obvious. The third choice is Silk White, and this one has a rose gold body which actually stands out in distinction to the white entrance and rear panels. The rear panel has its personal distinctive texture, which feels nearly delicate to the contact. OnePlus says was created utilizing precise pearl mud.
OnePlus has to date concentrated primarily on on-line gross sales, however we would advocate a go to to a bodily retailer to take a look at all three choices in individual earlier than shopping for a OnePlus 6. Whereas the 2 black choices shall be offered in India with both 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the Silk White choice will solely be obtainable with the latter configuration. All three use Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the entrance in addition to the rear.
As for the entrance of the gadget, there may be in fact a notch proper on the highest, simply as we have seen in leaks and teasers for ages now. That is no shock, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not everybody’s cup of tea. On the constructive facet, it did permit OnePlus to extend the display to six.28 inches diagonally, and it does look slick with slim borders. OnePlus is eager to level out that the notch features a multi-colour standing LED, as a result of its customers have been vocal about needing one.
The AMOLED display is extraordinarily brilliant and punchy. Our preliminary impressions are that the built-in apps and OnePlus’s brilliant swirly wallpapers look nice, however you may have to attend for our detailed evaluation to see the way it fares with numerous varieties of content material. Whereas the OnePlus 6 is comparatively slim and straightforward to carry, we weren’t ready to make use of it one-handed and attain all corners of the display with only a thumb.
One element that may annoy long-term OnePlus customers is the shifting of the alert slider to the suitable, from its regular place on the left. Fortunately there’s nonetheless a three.5mm audio socket subsequent to the USB Sort-C port and mono speaker on the underside. A twin Nano-SIM tray signifies that OnePlus nonetheless does not assist microSD playing cards for storage growth.
The fingerprint sensor on the rear is now rectangular moderately than spherical and was a bit too low for our liking, because of the brand new digicam module. The 2 rear cameras are actually stacked vertically within the centre of the rear. The module protrudes by about 1mm and sadly has a really tough rim for cover. This was an issue we had with the OnePlus 5, and it was rectified with the 5T, so we will not perceive why the corporate has regressed.
That is the primary manufacturing telephone in India with Qualcomm’s new top-end Snapdragon 845 processor, which provides it an edge – much more so because of costs that also undercut right now’s flagships from Samsung, Huawei, and Apple. There’s additionally a pretty big 3300mAh battery, and also you get an enormous 5V 4A Sprint charger within the field.
The massive information on the digicam entrance is the addition of optical picture stabilisation for the first digicam. OnePlus can also be claiming that it has a 19 p.c bigger sensor to assist with particulars. Video recording goes as much as 4K 60fps and there is now a 720p 480fps slow-motion mode.
We’ll be testing the OnePlus 6 cameras for stills in addition to video. We’re additionally wanting to push the bounds of the Snapdragon 845, and naturally it is too quickly to say what the telephone’s battery life is like but. For all these particulars and far, way more, keep tuned for our full evaluation of the OnePlus 6, arising very quickly on Devices 360.