The OnePlus 6 is probably the most polished, premium smartphone the agency has made in its brief existence.
Replace: The OnePlus 6 has a brand new, limited edtion shade, simply referred to as Pink. As you could possibly guess, it's a purple finish, and you should purchase the 128GB OnePlus 6 within the new shade now.
It boasts an all-glass design, bringing it according to big-name flagships such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X, a large 6.28-inch display complete with the on-trend notch, dual rear-facing cameras, each fingerprint and face unlock, and up to 256GB of storage.
There are several core improvements over the OnePlus 5T (and OnePlus 5) that it replaces, and while it might not break any new floor when it comes to features, the OnePlus 6 brings a beautiful package deal that makes it related in 2018.
OnePlus 6 worth and availability
- OnePlus 6 launch date: Might 22, 2018
- Launch worth: from $529 (£469, Rs 34,999) for 6GB/64GB
The OnePlus 6 launch date was Might 22 for North America, Europe and India, however the handset is now obtainable in quite a few further places as nicely.
Within the UK the OnePlus 6 is out there solely on contract from O2, and SIM-free from OnePlus’ own web site.
There's nonetheless no phrase yet on when — or even if — it'll ever be made officially obtainable in Australia.
The OnePlus 6 worth begins at $529 (£469, Rs 34,999) for the 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage configuration, which is costlier than the OnePlus 5T, which value $499 (£449) for a similar RAM and storage.
Then you have got the 8GB/128GB variant at $579 (£519, Rs 39,999), which once more is a $20/£20 improve over the 5T.
The 128GB OnePlus 6 is the one variant out there in the restricted edition pink finish, so should you just like the look of it you could need to act fast.
Lastly, there's the new top-end 8GB/256GB mannequin, which officially takes the title of the costliest OnePlus smartphone ever. This OnePlus 6 worth for this configuration is $629 (£569).
That's still cheaper than the likes of the Galaxy S9, iPhone 8, LG G7 ThinQ and Sony Xperia XZ2, but in case you're on the lookout for one thing more reasonably priced chances are you'll need to take a look at the Honor 10.
When you're in India or China, the 8GB/256GB configuration of the OnePlus 6 is actually a limited-edition Marvel Avengers device, obtainable from Might 29 for Rs 44,999.
- OnePlus' biggest-ever show at 6.28 inches
- Full HD, Full Optic AMOLED panel with 19:9 facet ratio
- 84% screen-to-body ratio thanks partially to notch
The OnePlus 6 show is among the huge new features on the telephone. Actually, it’s the most important display the firm has ever squeezed right into a telephone, with the 6.28-inch Full Optic AMOLED panel eclipsing the 6.1-inch offering found on the 5T.
OnePlus has continued to help the now-popular 19:9 facet ratio too, supplying you with a taller display that gives up more on display if you’re scrolling lists akin to your Twitter feed.
Whereas the display could also be greater, the resolution stays the same at ‘just’ Full HD. That’s 2280 x 1080 to be actual, which ensures it keeps the 402 pixels-per-inch density of earlier OnePlus flagships.
Nevertheless, in a world the place QHD is quick turning into the norm at the prime end of the cellular market, the display resolution on the OnePlus 6 is a key area the place the firm has seemed to chop a nook in an try and hold prices down.
On its own the display appears brilliant and vibrant, offering a satisfying degree of detail. Slide it alongside a Galaxy S9 and you’ll see the display on the OnePlus 6 isn’t fairly nearly as good - there’s no HDR help right here both - however when you consider the worth tag of this telephone it’s not likely a problem.
With the reduction in bezel above and under the display the OnePlus 6 also boasts a 84% screen-to-body ratio that may possible please fans of outright show real property. Nevertheless this has come at a worth: the inclusion of a divisive ‘notch’ at the prime of the display.
OnePlus tells us the notch wasn’t simply added as a ‘me too’ function though. A spokesperson for the agency informed TechRadar: "[OnePlus] absolutely appreciates the development for decreasing bezels and growing screen-to-body ratio. [We] thought lengthy and onerous over the decision [to include the notch].
"We need to ship the know-how that at present works the perfect and we now have to make certain of the know-how we put into our units, as we only make one [device] at a time.
"[The notch] works one of the best in the intervening time. Finally it’s not concerning the notch, it’s concerning the display."
Whether or not you’re for or towards the notch it serves a useful objective on the OnePlus 6, housing the front-facing digital camera, earpiece, LED notification mild and ambient mild sensor.
For many who actually don’t just like the notch development you possibly can successfully ‘cover’ it on the OnePlus 6 by making the display either aspect of it black to create one continuous bar.
The selection is yours then, however there's something relatively satisfying about seeing your wallpaper wrap around both the aspect of the notch. Or perhaps that’s just us.
Slide the OnePlus 6 out of its packaging and also you’ll see that it comes with a factory-fitted display protector, which is all the time nice, though it does detract barely from the overall look of the telephone, as well as being a bit of a dust- and fingerprint-magnet.
It’s straightforward enough to remove, and doing so immediately makes the OnePlus 6 look more premium – however you’re then exposing the show to potential scratches and scuffs, so don’t swiftly whip it off as quickly as you get it out the box.
- Premium, all-glass design using Gorilla Glass 5
- Alert slider has switched sides
- Improved water resistance and headphone jack retained
The first thing you notice whenever you decide up the OnePlus 6 is that it feels totally different to previous flagships from the agency, as it boasts a glass front and back relatively than the all-metal unibody that’s been in place because the OnePlus 3.
It’s Gorilla Glass 5 front and back, with the toughened safety hopefully which means it gained’t simply smash – however there’s no getting away from the truth that metallic doesn’t smash. For many who are extra accident-prone the excellent news is that OnePlus supplies a transparent silicon cover in the box in case you really feel the handset needs a bit additional safety and grip.
This isn’t the primary time OnePlus has utilized a glass body on a tool, with the OnePlus X additionally having the premium finish, but that is the firm’s first ‘flagship’ handset to get the remedy.
OnePlus claims it’s improved the water resistance on the OnePlus 6 over its predecessors, however the telephone doesn’t carry an IP score to ensure its survival when absolutely submerged in water.
Slightly, OnePlus says it’s offered everyday, real-world safety for more possible situations, resembling being caught in a rain shower or accidently dropping your telephone into water and shortly pulling it out. Submerge this telephone at your personal danger.
At 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm the OnePlus 6 is pretty much the same measurement because the 5T; it’s a touch thicker and wider, however not quite as tall, which is impressive considering the increase in display measurement here.
At 177g it’s additionally heavier than the 5T, which tipped the scales at 163g. Holding the 2 phones in both hand the OnePlus 6 does feel barely weightier, but there’s not much in it.
The facility/lock key sits in an easy-to-hit location on the appropriate of the handset, and above it you’ll discover OnePlus’ in style alert slider, permitting you to easily change between silent, vibrate and loud modes.
This has historically been on the left of the handset, but OnePlus has determined to modify it with the dual SIM tray on the 6 after suggestions from its group concerning the slider being troublesome to entry when using flip-style covers.
The SIM tray has area for two nanoSIMs, and each slots permit for a 4G connection, which suggests you'll be able to benefit from most knowledge speeds on two separate networks. That is particularly useful for many who travel lots, permitting you to keep your personal SIM lively whereas profiting from an area SIM from the country you’re visiting, with lower knowledge rates.
On the rear you’ll discover the fingerprint scanner under the protruding dual-camera stack; nevertheless you’ll notice that the scanner has been gotten smaller.
Somewhat than a circle, OnePlus has opted for a smaller, oval-shaped scanner here. We’re informed there are a couple of reasons for this, however the one OnePlus was prepared to inform us was that somebody on the staff remarked that having a circle under the digital camera bump created the looks of an exclamation mark.
OnePlus maintains that its fingerprint scanner can unlock the 6 in zero.2 seconds, and it’s definitely speedy, nevertheless it’s not the only biometric tech in play here.
The OnePlus 6 additionally comes with face unlock, which OnePlus says can acknowledge and unlock your telephone in 0.four seconds. We will affirm that it's impressively quick, and doesn’t require you to look immediately at the telephone, which makes it a much more usable and helpful function.
Face unlock on the OnePlus 6 does have to see your eyes to work although, so should you’re sporting sunglasses it gained’t work. Equally, should you’re in a dark state of affairs it’ll also wrestle, though you possibly can head into the settings and choose assistive lighting, which lights the display up to illuminate your face.
In low-light conditions, resembling a dingy bar or on a road at night time, the OnePlus 6 can nonetheless determine your face and allow you to in.
There’s excellent news on the bottom of the handset too, as OnePlus has stored the headphone jack, allowing you to plug in your three.5mm accessories with out the need for an adapter.
There’s also a single down-firing speaker, which is just a little disappointing as it may be simply coated by your hand when the telephone is held in panorama orientation, and also you don’t get the stereo advantage of a two-speaker setup.
One thing else that’s new for the OnePlus 6 is the selection of colours, with three choices out there at launch – that’s a break from custom, as prior to now OnePlus has launched with only a single colour and introduced further hues later.
Two months after launch OnePlus introduced a fourth shade as properly, with Purple being added to the line up. Nevertheless, which colors are on supply will depend upon which RAM/storage configuration you go for.
The Mirror Black model, which is the colour we’ve reviewed right here, boasts a highly-polished, highly-reflective glass rear which is actual fingerprint-magnet, and it’s the one shade the entry-level 6GB RAM/64GB storage choice is out there in.
The Midnight Black OnePlus 6 has a more matte finish, because of the layer under the glass being perforated with hundreds of holes to create a deep sheen. This is the one colour choice for the top-end 8GB/256GB configuration.
The 8GB/128GB version of the telephone is on the market in each black finishes, and in addition in two additional colour options; Silk White and Purple. The Silk White OnePlus 6 has a unique finish again to the Gorilla Glass 5 on the rear, because of a layer of ‘powdered pearl’ beneath, giving it a more ceramic appear and feel.
In the meantime the limited edition OnePlus 6 Purple is just like the Mirror Black variant, only less reflective and less of a fingerprint magnet. It additionally features silver highlights across the fingerprint scanner and digital camera bulge on the rear. It's our favorite red-colored smartphone thus far.
- three,300mAh battery lasts a day on a single cost
- Sprint Cost provides you 60% in 30 minutes
The OnePlus 6 comes with a 3,300mAh battery, which is identical measurement as the facility packs discovered within the 5 and 5T.
With a larger display right here there’s more to energy, however OnePlus says it’s made the battery 10% more efficient than its predecessor, which suggests the OnePlus 6 delivers comparable battery life to the phones it’s replacing.
In real-world utilization we found that to be a day of average use on a single charge, which included two to 3 hours of music streaming, an hour or so of gaming, a number of snaps and a bunch of calls, messages, emails and social networking.
We usually crawled into mattress at around 11pm (having taken the OnePlus 6 off cost at 7am) with a minimum of 15% left within the tank.
In the event you do end up operating low the OnePlus 6 comes with a comparatively normal battery saver mode, which reduces background activity, lowers display brightness and halts automated syncing.
There’s nothing more extreme when it comes to energy saving, however it does help to maintain that remaining 10% going for a bit of longer.
Once we first reviewed the OnePlus 6 be bemoaned the very fact you couldn't have the battery proportion shown in the notification bar. Nevertheless, the good news is OnePlus issued a software update shortly after our assessment went life, bringing with it this performance.
We ran our 90-minute, Full HD battery check video on the OnePlus 6, with the brightness at most and accounts syncing over WiFi within the background.
The OnePlus 6 lost 15% of juice over the 90 minutes of video playback, which is an inexpensive end result that puts it in the combine with its flagship friends and on a par with most high-end telephones.
Whereas the OnePlus 6 does have a glass physique, it doesn’t help wi-fi charging – one of the benefits of glass bodies is that they allow wi-fi charging (too much metallic interferes with electrical fields), and whereas it wasn’t even a risk with the metallic unibodies of earlier OnePlus handsets it’s a shame to not see it carried out right here.
As with the display decision, the absence of wireless charging tech is more likely to be in the interests of holding costs down. What you do get with the OnePlus 6 is Sprint Charge, the firm’s personal fast-charging know-how.
You get a Sprint Charge plug within the field, and it could actually replenish the OnePlus 6 from zero% to 60% in 30 minutes; OnePlus says it provides you ‘a day’s energy in half an hour’, though we’ve discovered average day by day usage usually needs closer to 80%. Nonetheless, it’s fast, and that’s useful.
- Twin rear cameras, essential digital camera has OIS for improved low-light photographs
- 16MP front digital camera will get portrait mode post-launch
- Sluggish-motion video recording at 480fps
At first glance the OnePlus 6 rear cameras don’t look all that totally different to these found on the back of the OnePlus 5T, with the 16MP and 20MP shooters nonetheless Sony sensors with f/1.7 apertures, nevertheless it’s not all equivalent.
OnePlus has increased the dimensions of the sensor on the primary 16MP digital camera by 19%, and it now has a 1.22um pixel measurement (up from 1.12um), enabling it to tug in more mild and thus perform higher in low-light circumstances.
That’s not all though, as the OnePlus 6 features OIS (optical picture stabilization) and EIS (electronic picture stabilization) on the rear 16MP snapper, further enhancing low-light photographs by decreasing digital camera shake and the resultant blurring.
Neither the OnePlus 5 nor the 5T featured OIS on their rear cameras, on account of their location in the prime corner of the telephone not permitting sufficient area, but on the OnePlus 6 the cameras have been shifted to the middle – the thickest part of the handset – so there's room here.
The front-facing digital camera also will get a boost, with a 16MP sensor able to capturing portrait mode footage (although this will probably be enabled by way of a software program update at a later date).
Relatively than using depth-sensing know-how, as is the case with the rear cameras, the front-facing portrait mode on the OnePlus 6 will work out what to blur with software program; this means you’ll still get the perfect portrait photographs from the rear setup, as the 2 cameras can gather extra accurate depth knowledge.
The digital camera app on the OnePlus 6 is straightforward to make use of. There’s quick access to portrait and video modes from the primary display, with a sideways swipe switching you between modes.
Swipe up and you’ll get more choices including professional mode, timelapse and panorama, whereas the 2x zoom toggle is ever-present within the viewfinder, enabling you to get nearer to your topic with out having to bodily move.
Zooming in will end in a picture with much less readability, but the OnePlus 6 continues to be capable of capturing good pictures at this degree.
The primary advance with the OnePlus 6 is in its low-light capabilities, and there’s a stepped enchancment from what we experienced on the 5T, although it is a step moderately than a leap.
We have been capable of hearth off fast photographs in dimly lit bars, and enjoying with the brightness in low mild settings leads to crisp, clear footage.
It’s an all-round succesful digital camera that does a superb job in quite a lot of situations, delivering all the things from properly blurred backgrounds in Portrait mode to detailed close-up macros and sweeping panorama vistas.
A function new to OnePlus telephones that’s been introduced with the OnePlus 6 is slow-motion video recording, with the telephone capable of capture footage at up to 480fps.
That’s not fairly the tremendous slow-mo we’ve seen from the Samsung Galaxy S9 or Sony Xperia XZ2, however it’s a welcome addition to a handset that’s comfortably cheaper than either of those rivals.
Video recorded at 480fps is captured at 720p; you'll be able to swap to 240fps at 1080p for a higher-resolution end result, although your slow-mo footage gained’t be as sluggish. What’s unique to the OnePlus 6, although, is its capability to capture a full minute of slow-motion footage, which equals around six minutes of video when performed again.
Once captured, you'll be able to easily choose how a lot of your video is slowed down – it doesn’t have to be the complete minute, enabling you to include full-speed video before and after the slowed-down part to actually showcase the effect.
In good mild, outdoor, the slow-motion capture can produce some eye-catching outcomes, however step inside and underneath synthetic mild, or in low-light circumstances, the standard drops fairly considerably, with footage develop into fairly noisy. Briefly, limit your slow-mo capturing to the good outdoor.
In case you’re more into conventional video recording, the OnePlus 6 also can capture footage in 4K at 60fps.
Digital camera samples
Power and interface
- Flagship Snapdragon 845 chipset and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM
- Android Eight.1 with Oxygen OS (and Android P Beta suitable)
The tagline for the OnePlus 6 is ‘The velocity you want’, and to realize such velocity it makes use of a Snapdragon 845 chipset to maintain every little thing operating easily.
OnePlus says it’s worked onerous to ensure there’s no slowdown or lag, optimizing the CPU and Adreno 630 GPU by up to 30%, whereas they draw as much as 30% much less power compared to the 5T.
This can, OnePlus promises, enable the OnePlus 6 to work just as properly in a yr’s time as whenever you take it out the box – so we’ll get again to you on that a yr from now…
One other approach OnePlus is protecting the telephone slick is by not together with an expandable storage choice. That is nothing new, as there’s never been a OnePlus handset with microSD help, with the firm sustaining that it will sluggish the telephone down.
For most customers the 128GB middle storage choice might be more than sufficient, while for power customers there’s now a 256GB choice if more room is needed.
Nevertheless, there will all the time be some who’ll be disillusioned that the OnePlus 6 doesn’t quite supply the liberty and adaptability they’d like - and it slightly flies in the face of the firm’s ‘Never Settle’ mantra.
One factor is for certain although: the OnePlus 6 is quick. With both 6GB or 8GB of RAM, there’s more than enough efficiency underneath the hood to keep you going.
We reviewed the 8GB/128GB variant, and every part ran easily, with quick load occasions and clean graphical performance.
It’s still not clear why you’d actually need 8GB of RAM in a smartphone – 6GB will doubtless suffice in most circumstances – however it means the OnePlus 6 ought to be nicely future-proofed.
Operating Geekbench four on the OnePlus 6 returned a powerful common multi-core rating of 9100, which is best than the Sony Xperia XZ2, Galaxy Note 8 and Google Pixel 2 XL; nevertheless, the iPhone X nonetheless trumps the lot with a score of over 10,000.
Still, contemplating that the OnePlus 6 is cheaper than all of these handsets it’s a superb end result, and it simply exhibits how much uncooked grunt is housed inside the glass physique.
On-screen you’ll discover Android 8.1 – the newest software program from Google – with OnePlus’ personal Oxygen OS operating over the top. On the floor, Oxygen is very similar to inventory Android, offering a well-known expertise.
Nevertheless, head into the settings menu and also you’ll find a vary of further customization options, permitting you to fine-tune the handset to your particular requirements.
The OnePlus 6 inherits the gesture-control navigation which debuted on the OnePlus 5 and 5T, eradicating the necessity for a visual navigation bar and as an alternative relying on swiping gestures from the base of the display to maneuver round.
It’s just like Apple’s gesture management on the iPhone X – the gestures are barely totally different on the OnePlus 6 – and it permits even more display area for apps. This function isn’t enabled by default although, so that you’ll want to show it on in the settings.
One function which is lacking nevertheless, is the power to tug the notification shade down utilizing the fingerprint scanner.
It’s a function we used regularly on the 5T, so we have been disenchanted to seek out it wasn’t obtainable on the OnePlus 6 – especially given its bigger, taller display, which makes stretching a thumb all the best way to the top all that harder.
OnePlus has yet to offer us with a purpose why it’s not an choice on its new telephone, however we suspect it might be right down to the smaller footprint of the scanner, which may make performing a sliding motion harder.
One gesture that's retained for the fingerprint scanner is an extended press to snap a photo, making selfie taking all the better.
There’s good news for those of you who want the newest software program on their smartphone, because the OnePlus 6 is suitable with the Android P Beta, enabling you to trial the new software program before it’s officially launched by Google later this yr.
Be warned although: the Android P Beta just isn't remaining software, and will subsequently include a lot of bugs which might significantly affect the performance of the OnePlus 6, so set up it at your personal danger.
Films, music and gaming
With its bigger, wider 19:9 facet ratio display the OnePlus 6 presents an incredible floor for watching video, especially films.
Video doesn’t wrap around the notch, so not one of the motion is obscured, with the OnePlus 6 routinely ‘hiding’ it with a black bar for a clean look.
The only actual criticism we've here is the display resolution. It’s ‘only’ Full HD, and doesn’t help HDR content, so in case you’re a fan of the 4K HDR films and exhibits on the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Netflix you gained’t have the ability to take full benefit of their high quality.
It’s not a problem more often than not, although, and we have been fortunately capable of stream exhibits from Prime Video at a superb quality.
As we’ve talked about, the only speaker’s placement on the base of the OnePlus 6 isn’t ideally suited, and it’s easily muffled when held in panorama.
Audio high quality from this speaker is sweet enough for the odd YouTube video or music monitor, however for those who’re settling down to observe a film you’ll need something better to pay attention on.
The good news is that the OnePlus 6 has a headphone jack, allowing you to plug in a set of headphones or exterior speaker setup. There’s additionally the option to make use of wi-fi headphones because of Bluetooth 5.0 help.
The OnePlus 6 also comes with Qualcomm’s AptX audio enhancement know-how, supplying you with clearer, punchier audio over both wired and wireless connections.
OnePlus has revamped its Gaming Mode for the OnePlus 6 (beforehand referred to as Gaming DnD), which stops notifications getting in the best way of your gameplay and optimizes performance to scale back latency – good for uninterrupted PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds) and Fortnite periods.
Now you can even select to lock the display brightness and scale back the community exercise of different apps to make sure optimal enjoying circumstances always, while a dedicated battery-saver mode will hold you gaming for longer on titles that use the Unity Engine.
You possibly can choose the video games you want Gaming Mode be enabled on, making certain that you could nonetheless control notifications throughout your day by day Sweet Crush blast.
The OnePlus 6 is the brand's most well-rounded and grown-up telephone so far, and placed alongside the likes of the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, Sony Xperia XZ2 and LG G7 ThinQ it definitely doesn’t look or feel misplaced.
It is probably not quite as completed an all-round package deal as the Galaxy S9, or carry the same cool attraction as the iPhone X, however when you think about the OnePlus 6 worth it’s troublesome to not be impressed by what’s on supply.
Performance is fluid, the display is brilliant and colorful, the design is appealing, and there’s a strong digital camera expertise to be had.
In case you can overlook the display resolution and the shortage of expandable storage, an official IP score, microSD slot and stereo audio system, the OnePlus 6 is a implausible Android flagship at an eye catching worth.
Who’s it for?
Anybody who’s in search of a flagship smartphone without making a huge outlay should undoubtedly think about the OnePlus 6. It hits all the key factors for a top-tier telephone, and delivers them in a clean and clever approach.
There are a number of small compromises, however until you’re decided to have the very newest cutting-edge tech in your pocket they’re easily ignored.
Should I purchase it?
You gained’t be dissatisfied with what you get for the money here.
Positive, this is the costliest OnePlus telephone up to now, and it’s a disgrace the worth couldn’t be stored to the same degree as its predecessor; however the improve is minimal, and the worth distinction between the 6 and the flagship handsets from the established gamers continues to be considerable.
The OnePlus 6 is pitted towards the top flagships smartphones round, making certain fierce competitors, and we’ve rounded up some of its key rivals under.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is at present our best telephone on the planet, and whereas it does supply greater than the OnePlus 6 (reminiscent of a better display and rear digital camera) it’s also significantly costlier.
In case you’re in search of the last word smartphone experience, and your price range can stretch to it, we’d nonetheless advocate the Galaxy S9; but if your finances are a bit tighter the OnePlus 6 is an honest various.
- Read our Samsung Galaxy S9 review
Notch? Examine. Face unlock? Verify. Twin rear cameras? Verify. Glass body? Verify. There are plenty of similarities between the iPhone X and the OnePlus 6, but there’s also one massive distinction: the worth.
The iPhone X might have the seems, the cool attraction and the smarter Face ID tech, nevertheless it’s additionally double the worth of the OnePlus 6.
It also runs iOS, the arch-enemy of Android, and for many individuals it’s either one OS or the other. Apple also provides the iPhone 8 and eight Plus if the X is somewhat rich on your blood, but they’re both nonetheless costlier than the OnePlus 6.
- Read our iPhone X review
The OnePlus 6 isn’t the one reasonably priced flagship round, and the Honor 10 presents some equally stiff competition, and a fair lower cost tag.
It has a smaller 5.8-inch display, making it just a little simpler to hold in one hand, loads of power beneath the hood, and its own engaging glass design.
The OnePlus 6 seems to be and feels somewhat classier, and its cameras are a touch higher than the Honor 10’s AI-enabled snappers, however on the subject of bang on your buck both handsets supply it by the bucketload.
- Learn our Honor 10 review