After months and months of waiting, the OnePlus 6 is now official. And it was definitely worth the wait.
The handset, which is dramatically different to what came before, features key updates almost everywhere you look – the design, the display, the specs, the camera unit.
The OnePlus 6 costs more. But when you see it and hold it, you will know why. My initial reaction upon seeing it was, “Oooooooooo”. A couple of days later, it still has the same effect.
This phone is a MASSIVE deal. In every regard. OnePlus knows this, which is why the launch was so big.
It’s time the company joined Apple and Samsung at the top of the market, and this could well be the phone that makes that happen.
Read on for more details. My review will be coming next week.
OnePlus 6 Design & Display
A defining feature of the OnePlus 6 is the display, which much of the design is built around.
The screen is a 6.28in AMOLED with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a 2280 x 1080p resolution at 402ppi.
It’s a gorgeous screen to behold, with all the plus points of AMOLED including robust, punchy colour, pinpoint sharpness, strong black depth and contrast, clear white hues and plenty of brightness.
It’s also massive, but the footprint of the bodywork is the same as the OnePlus 5T.
The expanded screen real-estate pushes the bezels out further than the OnePlus 5T, particularly at top and bottom, and this is where we get one of the major design changes on the front fascia - the notch.
OnePlus’ apparent ethos on the notch appears to echo my own, which is that I don’t really care for the naysayers and accusations of Apple mimicry.
To me it’s a bit like complaining that most cars use the same style of brakes - it works, it’s the most direct solution, so of course they do. Who cares?
Apparently, some OnePlus fans do, which is why OnePlus has now added a software feature to change the UI and disguise the notch if you’d prefer - similar to what LG’s doing with the LG G7 ThinQ.
So you have options. Options are good; the more the merrier.
That way everyone can have their cake and eat it.
This goes as far as the colour and finish choices as well; there are three colour options for the OnePlus 6, though one will be released slightly later and will be a Limited Edition run - meaning once it is gone, that’s it.
The first two are Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
Why two versions of black? Because, sensibly in my view, OnePlus is catering to fans of both high-gloss and matte finishes.
Yes, this won’t be like the HTC U11 where our only options are insanely reflective, fingerprint-loving, mirror-shine gloss.
All of the OnePlus variants use an all-glass construction (aside from the metal bit holding front and back together, of course) with Corning Gorilla Glass for both the front and back - a first for OnePlus.
While the Mirror Black is shiny-shiny, the matte Midnight Black has actually been treated to perforated layers of glass which give it a slightly patterned sheen while still retaining an overall matte look (you can’t see the perforations).
The Limited Edition model is dubbed Silk White - this is also a matte finish similar to the Midnight Black, but incorporates a layer of crushed pearls to give a slight sheen to everything.
Utterly decadent, so of course I approve.
This model also features coppery or rose gold metal trim.
The colour option also does have some bearing on certain specs, as OnePlus is only making certain RAM and storage variants in certain colours.
The Silk White Limited Edition will only come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the Mirror Black will be available with either 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage, or 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage.
The Midnight Black will come with 8GB of RAM and be available with either 128GB of storage of 256GB - this is the first time OnePlus has offered such a large onboard capacity.
Another feature of the design is water resistance.
OnePlus reps told us that the handset doesn’t have an IP water resistance rating, with the firm instead offering its own solutions to the problems that arise from the wet stuff.
The casing has several internal components sealed off by a combination of water resistant foam and silicone seals.
It’ll manage just fine in the rain, but OnePlus advises that if you drop it in water, provided you take it out straight away and put it somewhere warm it should be fine, but it’s not guaranteed the way an IP certification is in terms of immersion time and depth.
OnePlus 6 Specs & Features
Prior to launch, OnePlus was already teasing its big slogan for the OnePlus 6 - “the speed you need”.
The emphasis here is that OnePlus has massively focused in on offering a slick, flawless user experience.
The firm doesn’t want users to experience any lag or frustration, just pure, unadulterated performance.
As per the rumour mill, the power plant inside is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with an Adreno 630 GPU, which OnePlus says offers 30% faster performance than the OnePlus 5T, along with 30% lower power consumption.
Naturally, a big part of the ultra-optimised performance comes from extensive tweaks to the latest version of the Android and OxygenOS platform.
OnePlus has also added an extensive suite of gesture controls, many of which are dedicated to working alongside a new full-screen mode which hides the on-screen Android keys to maximise your view of films, games, and the like.
There’s also a new gaming-specific “do-not-disturb” mode which will ferret away notifications and interruption that could compromise your game - no-one wants to be playing a racing game only to crash into a wall because of a text message forcing its way into your view.
There are other optimisations with gaming in mind too; a toggleable gaming mode will also optimise application load-speed, tweak the resolution and framerate for best performance, and enable a gaming-orientated battery saver mode.
The OnePlus 6 features a 3,000mAh battery with fast charging, but does not support wireless charging.
There’s a 3.5mm headphone jack onboard and the handset supports Dual Active SIM, so you can take calls and messages from two seperate 4G SIM cards.
OnePlus 6 Camera
The camera has received a fair bit of attention.
The primary is a dual-sensor setup with the main sensor being 19% larger than the OnePlus 5T’s, meaning larger pixel sizes and more detail captured.
All the sensors on the OnePlus 6 are made by Sony.
The primary setup combines a 16MP f/1.7 with a 20MP sensor capable of advanced Portrait and bokeh modes.
The front-facing 16MP sensor pairs with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 and its built-in AI capabilities for selfies.
OnePlus has also added some pretty interesting video capture capabilities, in particular slow-motion for either 480fps at 720p or 240fps at 1080p.
In either case, however, longer-than-usual slo-mo capture is allowed for up to a minute, which when played back takes about six minutes at slo-mo speed.
To make things as easy as possible, there’s also a built-in video and photo editor which will let you loop, crop, or reverse slo-mo footage.