OnePlus 6 Q&A: Your questions answered!

OnePlus 6 Q&A
A few days ago, we kicked off a Q&A session levitating all around the hot new OnePlus 6. We gave you the chance to ask us anything about the phone, and you did. 

Without further ado, it's now time to answer your queries.

PA: By golly, of course! The OnePlus 6 is as capable as any other device you could think of, both in terms of raw performance and camera quality. The OnePlus 6 is capable of holding its ground against any handset these days and rest assured you wouldn't be sacrificing anything if you choose to roll with this exact phone. Of course, your mileage may vary, but overall, it hardly disappoints.

PA: 1) Just vote with your wallet and avoid glass phones if you want to make a stand, simple as that. Yes, glass is brittle and attracts fingerprints and smudges like crazy; it's also true that it doesn't dissipate heat very well and also adds up to the overall weight of the handset. However, it has a few strengths of its own, too - it allows for improved radio reception and the often-underused wireless charging. 2) We are constantly working on improving our service. If you have any specific issues, contact us here.

PA: Frankly? No.

It's simply a matter of time for the industry to move on to truly bezelless, all-screen devices that feature no weird cutouts, notches, chins, or odd features. When you come to think of it, this is what everyone has been striving for and it's super-probable that the notch fad will go down in history after a short-lived reign. At the rate at which the industry is moving forward, we are probably merely a year or so before truly bezel-less, all-screen phones arrive. With all this talk about under-display fingerprint scanners and ingenuous front camera placement, as well as proofs of concepts like the Vivo Apex clearly spell out the upcoming demise of the notch. 

PA: 1) Any device that sells in the $550-$600 category. Upper mid-range handsets like the Nokia 7 Plus and last-year's flagship phones should definitely feel the heat. 2) It's a matter of the company's internal politics. If anything, the constant price increases really killed off the "flagship killer" mantra and transformed OnePlus to an affordable flagship maker, which is... not that bad, actually. 3) We'd spin this question the other way around - how many phones give you the bang for buck that OnePlus 6 carries? We feel the price is justified and the OnePlus 6 is a great bargain.

PA: In our experience, most OnePlus phones exhibit very good battery backup. It can be attributed to a couple of factors, namely the super-light, no-frills interface, the usually adequate battery, and efficient chipsets that OnePlus puts inside. However, the OnePlus 6 fares a bit worse than its immediate predecessors in terms of battery life - check out the benchmark results down below.

PA: The selfie camera is on par with the Galaxy S9 and other flagships, you wouldn't be sacrificing much here. In low-light situations, the phone performs similarly to the Galaxy S9 and a just a bit worse than the Pixel 2 XL, so we wouldn't technically call the secondary camera a gimmick. You can check out a full-blown comparison between the OnePlus 6, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S9, and iPhone X. As far as battery goes, the OnePlus 6 fares worse than its predecessors, which is a bit of a letdown.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OnePlus 6 8h 10 min (Average)
OnePlus 5T 8h 51 min (Good)
OnePlus 5 9h 18 min (Good)
Apple iPhone X 8h 41 min (Good)
Apple iPhone 8 Plus 10h 35 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9+ 8h 5 min (Average)
Samsung Galaxy S9 7h 23 min (Average)
Google Pixel 2 XL 8h 57 min (Good)
LG V30 9h 34 min (Good)
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s 7h 57 min (Average)

PA: Only one bottom-firing one, though it's loud enough.

PA: Although dual 4G LTE it's technically supported by the Snapdragon 845, OnePlus doesn't seem to have this feature enabled on the OnePlus 6.

PA: It truly is hard to find a similarly-performing phone at such an affordable price, hence the OnePlus has been so-highly rated.

PA: Sadly, there aren't any features that cater to fans of single-handed usage. One might argue that the newish gesture-based interface could be useful for single-hand usage, but from our experience OnePlus needs to rework its approach at the trendy gestures - they are average at best.

PA: They are just okay, we guess. The vibration motor feels super-agitated and lacks the satisfactory feel of the vibrator inside the LG V30 or Apple's iPhones.

PA: We wouldn't say that you'd notice any drastic difference, especially if you don't have that elusive 20/20 vision. Officially, it doesn't, but you can check out certain guides on the OnePlus forums.

PA: The OnePlus 6 is advertised as water-resistant to some point, but not water-proof. Says OnePlus: "A special type of foam layered on the gap between the screen and the battery cover prevents water from seeping into the wiring. The use of waterproof materials in the headphone jack and fingerprint scanner prevents damage to key components, while the gaps around the buttons of the device are sealed using silicone loops. Thanks to water resistance, your OnePlus 6 is well-equipped to survive a drop in the sink or a spilled glass of water. Just don’t take it for a swim." So, it's quite likely IP54.

PA: 1. We find the OnePlus 6 to be quite conservative in terms of auto brightness; it wouldn't adjust to external lighting extremely fast. 2. No. 3. Shooting 4K video would drain your battery faster than shooting a still photo, that's about it. 4. Not that bad, but don't expect anything extraordinary - slow-mo videos require ample amounts of light to look acceptable.
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