OnePlus 6 Hands On and First Impressions

After lots of hype, teasers, and speculations, OnePlus today finally introduced its flagship OnePlus 6 at an event in London. With the change in time and trend, the company also seems to have changed its strategy. The 6th generation OnePlus flagship comes with a trending notch that equips notification LED, front camera, earpiece, and sensors, which is one of the most noticeable changes.

For the first time, OnePlus has opted for an all-glass build in the Mirror Black version, which has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the back of the device. Moreover, there is a slight curve on the back which makes it more comfortable to hold. The OnePlus 6 comes in three colors — Mirror Black, Midnight Black with matte finish, and limited-edition Silk White. The OnePlus 6 measures 7.5mm in thickness and weigh around 177grams, which is 15grams heavier than 5T.

The OnePlus 6 sports a 6.28-inch Full Optic AMOLED 19:9 aspect ratio display with a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels and offers an 84% screen-to-body ratio. With a larger display, the ergonomics of the device remains same as OnePlus 5T, which is a good thing. On the other hand, this device looks taller, which in turn needs two-handed usage all the time if you want to be comfortable.

Talking about the placements, the OnePlus 6 has a power button and alert slider on the right side. If you have noticed, the company has swapped the placement of the alert slider and SIM slot from left to right and vice versa. On the left side, we have the volume rocker and a dual SIM slot. Up top, we have a secondary noise-canceling microphone and at the bottom, we have speaker grille, USB Type-C port, primary microphone and a 3.5mm audio jack. It is also water-resistant, and the company says that it can withstand  rain or an accidental drop in a puddle, but it did not share details about IP rating.

The front side of the device is dominated by the screen with a thin chin at the bottom. In order to make more room for the display, the company has opted for on-screen navigation button. Flipping it back, we got a dual camera setup, dual LED flash, and fingerprint scanner placed on the glassy back. The shape of the fingerprint scanner has been changed and reduced to a merely rounded rectangle similar to Galaxy S9 devices.

In addition to the fingerprint scanner that unlocks in under 0.2 seconds, there is a Face Unlock option allowing the users to unlock their phone simply by looking at their device in just 0.4 seconds. As per the company claims, the face unlocks feature in the OnePlus uses over 100 identifiers to securely unlock the OnePlus 6.

The OnePlus 6 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset with Adreno 630 as GPU under the hood. Together, it creates a fast and smooth performance for a seamless experience. The OnePlus 6 comes with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM with 64GB storage and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM with 128GB or 256GB UFS 2.1 storage options.

Moving on to photography department, the OnePlus 6 comes equipped with a dual camera system featuring a 16MP main camera with Sony IMX519 sensor, compared to IMX398 on the 5T, but this has the same 20MP secondary camera with Sony IMX376K sensor. Both have aperture value of f/1.7, and the camera also supports OIS. The front camera remains unchanged with 16MP selfie shooter that has a Sony IMX371 sensor with an aperture value of f/2.0. In addition to video recording to up to 4K at 60 fps, it also has Super Slow Motion 480fps recording in 720p and 240 fps in 1080p.

The OnePlus 6 is shipped with Android Oreo 8.1 out of the box with OxygenOS 5.1 on top that brings a lot of new features. It is powered by a 3300mAh battery with 5V 4A dash charging technology.

The OnePlus 6 starts at $529 (Rs. 35,825 approx.) / €519 / £469  for the base 6GB RAM with 64GB version. We should know the price in India when it launches tomorrow exclusively on Amazon India.

Photography by Siraj