OnePlus 6 – First ImpressionsMay 17, 2018
If you have never heard of OnePlus before, they are a Chinese based company that started making phones in 2013. From the get-go, OnePlus has always promised flagship features for a fraction of the cost. It looks like they will be pushing the limits of what we consider to be a budget phone when the OnePlus 6 is released for sale online on the 22 May 2018.
So what can we expect from the new device? I will highlight a few features below.
- 6.2in 2280×1080 Full Optic AMOLED 19:9 display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
- 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage
- Dual 16MP (f/1.7) and 20MP cameras with OIS, Advanced HDR
- 6MP front-facing camera with ‘Portrait Mode’
- Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
- Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS
- USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
- Cat 16 LTE support
- Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White color options
The OnePlus 6 will have a massive 6.28 inch AMOLED display and will be the first OnePlus phone to have a top-notch. It will have gorilla glass five on both the front and the back of the device, which is another first for OnePlus. They are keeping the headphone jack and making the device more water resistant than the previous model.
No IP rating to be found so you won’t be jumping in the pool with this phone but it should be fine with accidental spills.
OnePlus 6 will come in 3 colors, Mirror Black, matte Midnight Black, and Silk White. At launch, you will only be able to pick up the 2 black models with the Silk White being released at a later date online. Even though the device is made from glass OnePlus has worked had to make it feel like ceramic.
The OnePlus 6 comes with a dual-camera setup, like most flagships in 2018, the main camera is a 16-megapixel shooter and the secondary is a 20-megapixel shooter.
The main camera can now shoot 720p slow motion at 480 frames per second. The rear units feature the return of portrait mode from last year’s model and OnePlus promises a software update to allow portrait mode on the front-facing camera in the coming weeks.
The OnePlus 6 has a 3300mAh battery which is the same size as the 5 and 5T. You also get a Dash Charge plug with the 6, which can charge the device from 0 to 60% in 3 minutes and OnePLus says you can get a full day from a 30min charge.
Even though the OnePlus 6 is the first OnePlus with a glass back, there is no wireless charging with this device. The inclusion of USB-C is great and It’s nice to see more companies adopt it.
We have Android Oreo with its light skin Oxygen OS. I personally like the OS, it’s very bare bone and sticks with a lot of Androids original functionality. You can also enable gesture controls one the 6 so that you can take advantage of the great-looking AMOLED display.
The OnePlus 6 has a fingerprint sensor on the rear and it isn’t your typical round sensor but more of an oval. It has Face unlock up the front which OnePlus says will unlock the phone in .4 seconds.
Power and Storage
This phone comes with the Snapdragon 845 chipset which is Qualcomm’s best, so there will be no lack of power. Having Android Oreo on the device also helps to make this phone feel extra zippy.
You can choose from 6G and 8GB of RAM, and three storage options, 64GD, 128GB, and 256GB.
In summary, OnePlus 6 is the most advantageous model the company has ever released and to be honest it feels like they are treating this phone as a serious flagship.
It’s the first time the company has actually done a product launch event and there will also be a few popup stores in the UK where you will be able to buy the phone in person. Everyone else will have to pick the phone up online.
With the slight price bump, OnePlus is pushing the boundaries of their original mantra of a cheap device with flagship features, that being said, the OnePlus 6 looks like a serious contender and a good alternative to Samsung or Apple.
Thanks for reading my First Impressions of the Oneplus 6, if you own a OnePlus comment below and let me know why you purchased one and how does it compare to Samsung or Apple.