In this in-depth OnePlus 6 review, I will tell you everything you need to know about this phone. For almost seven phone generations, OnePlus has believed in the idea of building great smartphones with the latest technology and selling them at affordable prices.
- Significantly improved design
- Great customization of Android OS
- The headphone jack
- Amazing price
- Water resistance is not IP-rated
- No expandable storage
- Only a single, down-firing speaker
- Camera could have been better
When the first OnePlus phone launched in 2014, it was widely appreciated for its phenomenal performance at a price that was far cheaper than other phones with similar specs. Right from the start, the company quickly gained lots of loyal fans all over the world.
But 2014 is gone for good, and the competition among smartphone brands is tougher than ever. With smartphones such as the iPhone X, LG G7 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 currently on the market OnePlus needed a great smartphone to create a significant impact.
This is where the recently launched OnePlus 6 gets into the picture. The day the OnePlus 6 was launched it generated record sales for the company, it broke the previous record which was set by the OnePlus 5T.
The OnePlus 6 has a faster processor and better cameras than that of its predecessor. However, the question is, will this be enough to compete with the best smartphones that are currently on the market?
The answer is yes, and I’ll tell you why. This phone has great specs and its price is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the best premium smartphones that are currently on the market. This makes the OnePlus 6 one of the best smartphones of 2018.
The price and the specs are not the only things that make the OnePlus 6 stand out from the competition. When we compare the battery life, speed, and photo quality, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t fail to impress. But is the OnePlus 6 a perfect smartphone? Not really!
The phone doesn’t come with expandable storage, it doesn’t have wireless charging, and doesn’t have an IP67 water resistant rating. But compare its price and features with any other high-end smartphone and you’ll see why OnePlus decided to book the Olympic Stadium in London to launch this phone.
If you’re due for an upgrade and you would like to find a great phone with lots of features that isn’t too expensive. The OnePlus 6 may be a great choice for you. However, you should read this full in-depth review before making your final decision.
OnePlus 6 Design:
One thing that has gone through a massive transition in the OnePlus 6 is its design. The phone manages to retain a few things from its predecessor. However, it no longer has the metal unibody design.
Like many other smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus has switched to a glossy glass finish. It has a multi-layer Gorilla Glass 5 at the back which is highly reflective and blends very well with the metal edges on the ends and the sides.
The OnePlus 6 is available in 3 different colors- Midnight Black, Mirror Black, and Silk White. While the three colors slightly vary in their rear design, the company has moved to a more symmetrical back panel design this was a great decision by OnePlus.
The dual cameras are now located in the middle of the back panel of the phone and the lenses are vertically stacked above the dual LED flash and the fingerprint sensor which is now in the shape of a rounded rectangle. While the sensor is extremely fast, you cannot swipe down on it for accessing the notifications, like the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5.
While the back of the OnePlus 6 is flat, it does curve slightly around the edges just like the OnePlus 5. This makes it easier to hold and handle the phone. Even with the glossy glass back, the phone isn’t slippery.
The look and feel of the phone may be similar to some of the latest smartphones because OnePlus may have been inspired by them. However, the OnePlus 6 has retained the 3.5mm jack, this is something that many of the other smartphone manufacturers have been slowly phasing out.
Apart from the glass back, OnePlus has also altered the position of some buttons. The front of the phone now has a notched screen. The position of the SIM tray is now taken by the Alert Slider which can be used to switch between Priority Alert, Do Not Disturb, and Regular Alerts modes.
A major drawback of the device is that its water resistance is not IP-rated. While the company has made an effort to prevent any kind of damage that may occur in case the phone gets a little wet. However, if the phone gets submerged in water, there’s no guarantee that it will work when you remove it.
OnePlus knows how to use the AMOLED panels and they have proven this with the previous two versions. Even if you don’t agree with the speed and performance of OnePlus phones, you cannot disagree that their display screens always look rich and vibrant.
OnePlus has continued the trend of great display screens with the release of the OnePlus 6. This time around the phone has a 6.28-inches display screen with a 19:9 aspect ratio.
The OnePlus 6 has an Optic AMOLED display panel which has a FullHD+ resolution. This means it has a resolution of 2280 x 1080p along with a pixel density of 401ppi. The display is fully laminated, this is a great display screen which will provide a great user experience.
Just like the previous version, the OnePlus 6 also supports DCI-P3 and sRGB modes if you are not really comfortable with the AMOLED display screen and its color saturation or want the colors to be more accurate. You have the ability to change the color modes.
With AMOLED display screens, individual pixels can be switched off to make the blacks look more intense. With the help of this saturation and contrast settings, the unavailability of HDR is not a big issue.
Whether you want to watch your favorite Netflix show or play an intense 3D game, the display screen will look rich and vibrant.