OnePlus 6 is announced with Snapdragon 845, larger screen, and interface gestures

OnePlus 6 is announced with Snapdragon 845, larger screen, and interface gestures
Four years – that's how it has been since the official announcement of the OnePlus One. Hated by some and loved by others, the phone ultimately paved the way for a series of "flagship killers" to enter the stage. Meanwhile, OnePlus grew from a little-known Chinese phone company with only a bunch of employees to a well-known among enthusiasts brand boasting millions of followers. 

Today, OnePlus announced its latest smartphone – the OnePlus 6. It is a true successor to the OnePlus 5 and 5T before it, offering great specs at a price reasonable given today's trend of 1000-dollar flagships being the norm. But more about pricing later. Let's now go over all that makes the OnePlus 6 special.

Design: glass meets metal


Like it or not, the OnePlus 6 is adopting the glass-on-metal construction so popular among smartphones today. Gorilla Glass 5 covers its front and back, while a metal frame surrounds the handset from the sides. On the bottom you'll find a 3.5mm jack, a sole loudspeaker, and a USB-C port, while OnePlus's trademark alert slider is on the right side, above the volume buttons. At the back reside the fingerprint scanner and the protruding dual camera. 


For the first time on a OnePlus phone, we now have water resistance, although the exact IP rating remains unclear. All we know is that the OnePlus 6 can be safely used under the rain and should survive a dunk in a puddle.

OnePlus will be offering its latest flagship in three colors, named Mirror Black, Midnight Black and a limited-edition Silk White.

While the OnePlus 6 has a larger, 6.3-inch display, it would practically have the same footprint of the previous OnePlus model. Here's how it compares to the OnePlus 5T and some of its rivals:

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

Dimensions

6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Dimensions

6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.67 oz (189 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

Dimensions

6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 inches

155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm

Weight

6.24 oz (177 g)

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Dimensions

6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 inches

156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Samsung Galaxy S9+

Dimensions

6.22 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches

158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm

Weight

6.67 oz (189 g)

LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

Dimensions

6.03 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches

153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm

Weight

5.71 oz (162 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page


Display: adopting the notch



Yup! As expected, the OnePlus 6 features a screen covering nearly all of its front side, but also has a cutout at the top where the front camera and earpiece reside. In other words, there's a notch on the OnePlus 6. You should be able to mask that side area with a black background if you find it too distracting, but not until a future OxygenOS update.

In terms of specs, we're dealing with an AMOLED display stretching almost 6.3 inches in diagonal, with curved corners added for extra elegance. The resolution is 1080 by 2280 for an extra-tall 19:9 aspect ratio. 

Software and interface: bringing gestures to OxygenOS



The latest Android 8.1 runs on the OnePlus 6, and while it does have a stock look and feel to it, there are quite a few extras that have been thrown in there. For starters, users have the option to replace the on-screen navigation buttons with gestures, freeing extra screen space at the bottom. A single swipe up brings you home, for example. A swipe up and pause brings forth the recent apps list. And a swipe up from the left or right side takes you a step back.

OxygenOS on the OnePlus 6 also includes familiar features, such as Reading Mode, which optimizes screen settings to make text clearer, and screen-off gestures, allowing you to launch the camera or flashlight without even looking. Gaming mode (previously Gaming DND mode) mutes notifications and gives higher priority to the game being played. Face Unlock is available as an alternative to using a lock-screen PIN or the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

As always, the OnePlus 6 comes clean out of the box, with no bloatware preinstalled. Two thumbs up for that!

Processor, Memory, Connectivity


As its maker points out, the OnePlus 6 is a phone built for speed. That speed is delivered by the best Qualcomm platform yet, namely the Snapdragon 845, which is paired with 6 or 8 GB of RAM for swift multitasking. Storage stands at 64GB for the base model, but you can also have it with 128 or 256GB built in. There's no storage expansion here, though.

OnePlus is launching its latest phone unlocked, as usual, so you can use it with any GSM carrier you prefer thanks to support for 40 bands across Europe and the Americas. A Dual SIM slot is in place for those who need it.

Camera



The OnePlus 6 comes with a 16MP main camera with an F1.7 aperture. While these specs are identical to what last year's OnePlus 5T had, the 6 has a new image sensor with bigger, 1.22-micron pixels, while optical image stabilization keeps the frame steady. All of this should translate to clearer shots, especially in low light. That's the theory, at least.

The secondary camera is a 20MP F1.7 shooter, and while it doesn't have any optical zoom properties, it allows bokeh effects to be applied to the images. And at the front, a single camera lets you shoot selfies in 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080p resolution.

Thanks to beefier hardware, the OnePlus 6 has gained the ability to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second, just like some of its top competitors, including the iPhone X and the Galaxy S9+. Another new feature is the more dramatic slow-motion mode, which shoots 480 frames per second in 720p resolution. The video editor that's also thrown in there is a welcome addition.

Battery


Here's one area that hasn't seen much improvement over the previous OnePlus heavyweight. In fact, the OnePlus 6 offers the same 3300mAh charge capacity as its predecessor, with no wireless charging on board. But on the other hand, you have the super-fast OnePlus Dash Charge technology that charges the battery rapidly even if it is actively being used.

Price and release date


You won't have to wait long to get one of these, as the OnePlus 6 release date is set for May 22 in the US and Europe. Prices start at 529 dollars for the 6GB+64GB memory configuration. The 8GB+128GB and the 8GB+256GB options will be priced at $579 and $629 respectively. The limited edition Silk White model will come in a 8GB+128GB configuration only.

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  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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25 Comments

1. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Not bad at all. The battery capacity is a bit sad, but it's really hard to increase capacity in the same sized chassis. Also, with 1080p, it should last quite a while. The camera should be much, much better as well.

11. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Companies keep lower batteries to increase profits. Mate 10 is smaller than OP6. With 4000mAh behind thicker LCD screen. Difference between S7 Edge and S8 is pretty tiny. Battery was 600mAh more. Of course it depends on what internals they use, but all them could fit a 3800mAh easily inside a 15cm x 7.5mm x 7.8mm device if they wanted too.

2. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

just ugly

3. rkoforever90

Posts: 438; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Very impressive specs for the price

4. josephnero

Posts: 779; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

camera will be average

5. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

- Camera seems to be behind the top competition again. Pretty sure its not even going to compete with iPhone 8, let alone X, Note 8, P20 Pro. Mark my words. - Top specs besides low ress screen, thats a huge screen and at 1080p its not going to be sharp. - I know its still a cheap flagship but 2018 and still no water resistance. - All in all seems fine, but considering Asus' Z5 and few other even better priced with similar specs I dont think OnePlus can keep breaking any records. Not to mention its top spec OP6 is close to Galaxy S9 price on grey market.

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Considering OP fanbase are as brainwashed as Apple's I won't be surprised about anything.

12. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

1080p pentile will never be sharp unless it is 4.8" or smaller. That is why we see 5.1, 5.2" oled QHD phones.

16. Guaire

Posts: 885; Member since: Oct 15, 2014

That huge screen's sharpness will be the same as 5.5" OnePlus 5 and 6" OnePlus 5T both.

7. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Never getting notch phone.

8. Sparkxster

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good specs but no wireless charging???

10. Fred3

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

that's what i said. i mean whats the point of having a glass back if there's not wireless charging? thats the whole purpose

13. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Glass back is to make design fancy. Compare XZ Premium vs XZ1, iphone 8+ vs iphone 7+ , Moto Z Play vs Moto Z2 Play. Glass makes phones more premium. Wireless charging can be applied with many others, except metal. Even plastic can. LG G3 had it...

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 30974; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple got em notchin.

14. ebilcake

Posts: 1228; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

OIS and new camera sensor, lets see what it can do..... My expectations are low.

15. eman99

Posts: 409; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

no cdma version????

17. Yeahseen

Posts: 16; Member since: Apr 08, 2017

display aspect ration on the rise from 18:9 to 18.5:9 know 19:9 phones are now becoming more and more of a tv remote like

18. Einstein333

Posts: 146; Member since: May 22, 2012

3300mah battery? no thanks

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2150; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Kudos to Jony Ive for Android company's jumping on his "inspiration bandwagon"!!! Android owners are now in love...I'm laughing...

21. fyah_king unregistered

I give credit to my essential ph-one!! They are the real notch trend setter.

22. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2150; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

That’s exactly what you have...an essential phone. They managed to move less than 300,000 units. You can call it special, unique, trend setter, but you are definitely a legend in your own mind...

25. mootu

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

And Mcdonalds sell millions of burgers a day, doesn't mean they arn't trash.

20. PhoenixFirebird

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 10, 2016

I just wanted camera update but it didn’t actually happen to the level I wished.

23. YeahYeah

Posts: 250; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

a very nice phone. Beautiful but the notch ruined it.

24. drained

Posts: 25; Member since: May 01, 2017

average flagship..

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