The Good The OnePlus 6 burns quickly, shoots amazing portrait photos, has a sophisticated design and costs a lot less than other flagship phones.
The Bad It lacks waterproofing, wireless charging and shorter battery life than the OnePlus 5T. In the US, the phone does not run on CDMA media such as Verizon and Sprint.
The Bottom Line The OnePlus 6 is a great phone and offers many of the more expensive flagship phones.
Editor’s note, October 29: OnePlus 6, 6T mid-year upgrade officially announced. Here is ours One plus 6T review . Our OnePlus 6 review, published May 30, follows.
For seven generations, OnePlus phones have strived to ideally deliver the latest technology at an affordable price. When the first OnePlus phone launched in 2014 our reviewer wrote: “Given its brilliant performance, OnePlus One this is a phenomenal deal for a high-end smartphone. “The $ 299 phone price has helped OnePlus gain a loyal fan base as the hit record helps the growing indie band.
Four years later, the company has OnePlus 6, which is in the midst of an upgrade spectrum between “annual evolution only” and “major overhaul.” New phone costs almost twice as much as OnePlus One, and is $ 30 more than last November OnePlus 5T .
But is it worth upgrading the OnePlus 6 cameras, faster processor, increased memory and a new sleek-looking glass body? Absolutely. It’s still hundreds less than other flagship phones, such as Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus . And that goes for these phones, which are about speed, battery life, and photo quality. The OnePlus 6 is not perfect though. You won’t find true water resistance, extended storage, or wireless charging, but the OnePlus 6 is a great phone for everyday use.
OnePlus 6: Bigger screen, glossy look and an optional notch
OnePlus 6 models and prices
|OnePlus 6||64GB||6GB||$529, £469 (AU$700 converted)|
|OnePlus 6||128GB||8GB||$579, £517 (AU$770 converted)|
|OnePlus 6||256GB||8GB||$629, £569 (AU$835 converted)|
Editors’ note: We tested the 128GB version of OnePlus 6.
In OnePlus 6 there isa solid glass back
If the OnePlus 5T had a chic industrial denim fabric, then the OnePlus 6, with its mirror-trimmed glass back and butterfly-neck cut, had a tuxedo-lined aura.
OnePlus has abandoned the aluminum back of its previous phones in favor Corning Gorilla Glass 5 , which is also used for display. This is the same chemically hardened cover glass used on expensive phones like Samsung Galaxy S9 . Despite the material changes, I am happy that the phone retains the slightly curved palm shape of previous generations.
The OnePlus 6 comes in two blacks: glossy mirror black and matte black. Everyone has subtle – and I mean subtle – accents. OnePlus boasts that, for example, in the mirror black, there is a shadow S under the OnePlus logo.
There is a third color range – silk white with rose gold trim, which will be available as a limited edition from June 5.
The glass-enclosed phone looks and feels premium. Behind is easy to mistake OnePlus 6 for Galaxy S9 Plus. Both have vertically centered dual-rear cameras, a fingerprint reader at the bottom. The phones are almost the same size, with the OnePlus 6 feeling thinner and lighter. And so, the OnePlus 6 stores a headphone jack, just like the Galaxy S9, LG G7 and iPhone SE .
OnePlus also stores a physical notification slider with three settings. Last year’s OnePlus 5T lived on the left side. Now it is moved to the right and switches between calls, vibrating and silent – it once rang, do not disturb and remain silent.
However, with all the physical enhancements, the OnePlus 6 misses several important ways. The new body is not IP certified as waterproof – it is splash-proof. And like the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, it has no expandable storage.
Despite the new glass back, the OnePlus 6 lacks wireless charging. He has what OnePlus calls Dash Charge , which raised the battery from 0 to 50 percent in 28 minutes and fully charged it for 70 minutes. It should be noted that Dash Charge is the owner and does not work with regular USB-C cables.
But best of all, it doesn’t work on CDMA media in the US, such as Verizon and Sprint. That’s a pretty big sum.
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Yes, this is the highest level on your OnePlus 6
For better or worse, the OnePlus 6 has a notch on the 6.28-inch OLED display. This leaves little space around the front camera, speakers, sensors and LED alert light. I’m not bothered by the recess. This is what it is. And that the new design trend doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon .
If you are not a fan, you can add black stripes to the sides using the settings for a more familiar look. Other rifles with rifled screen such as Huawei P20 , P20 Pro and LG G7 have a similar software feature.
The display has a 19: 9 aspect ratio, but the 2,280×1,080-pixel resolution is lower than other flagships like the Galaxy S9 Plus. In everyday use, the screen looked sharp, detailed and bright. Watching videos and scrolling through Instagram was a delight. The colors look bright without being oversaturated.
Portrait mode and dual rear cameras
The OnePlus 6 has dual rear cameras : 16MP main camera and 20MP secondary camera. In general, the photos look very good. They are sharp and have a nice amount of contrast and richness.
Like most phone cameras these days , OnePlus 6 uses AI to adjust the sharpness of your photos. In practice, “smart capture”, as OnePlus calls it, works well. Of the 100 plus photos I took, I only had a few results. Intelligent Shooting Optimization works completely in the background, but I would like to undo it from time to time Huawei P20 and P20 Pro .
But that’s where the interesting things are. The second OnePlus 6 camera is not for optical zoom, wider viewing angle, or for monochrome images. The second camera is only for portrait photos that look great. The blurred background, like the bokeh, on the portraits looks creamy and smooth. I really like the drop in focus – the transition from focus areas to areas out of focus.
The OnePlus 6 creates the most realistic depth-of-field portraits I’ve done on any phone. Just make sure you turn off the beauty filter.
Portrait mode also works great on items, food and cats. Unfortunately, I failed to try it on any dogs.
The OnePlus 6 main camera has a new sensor, which is 19 percent more than last year’s OnePlus 5T. The larger sensor, combined with optical image stabilization (OIS), is a reliable recipe for taking pictures in the night and in low light. And OnePlus 6 does just that. It balances image noise without too much noise, which in some phones can give low-light pictures picturesque quality. Check out the photo taken inside the bar below.
Phones such as the Galaxy S9 Plus and the Huawei P20 Pro set the bar for dark photography. And while the OnePlus 6 doesn’t reach its low-light level, it is certainly at the same level as the iPhone X.
The front of the camera is good. Selfie photos look normal. OnePlus promises to add selfie portrait mode in a future software update. The video from the front camera is heavily cropped – I felt the gadget inspector stretch his arms to get his whole head into the frame.
The camera UI is worth mentioning. It simply refreshes and eliminates the need to go to the camera’s settings menu.
Take a look at the gallery below for more images taken with OnePlus 6.
Proof the OnePlus 6 takes good photos
4K video and slow motion
The OnePlus 6 video has a clear contrast and looks like a movie. The OnePlus 6 has Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS) to smooth out some of the shocks caused by your hands and walking.
Like the iPhone X and Galaxy S9 Plus, the OnePlus 6 has a slow motion of 240 frames per second at 1080p. This is huge! The video looks dramatic and sharp enough.
Check out the slow video I posted on Twitter below.
OnePlus 6 packs a Snapdragon 845 processor
I’m amazed at how fast this phone is. This is one of the fastest phones we’ve tested thanks in large part to the Snapdragon 845 chipset that lives inside.
The phone handled games such as Need For Speed: Unlimited, Riptide GP2, Marvel Spider-Man Unlimited and PUBG Mobile without any sign of lag or the need to switch to a lower resolution. Daily tasks such as typing messages, opening the camera, and scrolling through Twitter or Instagram were fun.
Speaking of video games, there is also a great game mode that blocks notifications and restricts the use of other applications when connected to the Internet.
Battery life was good too. During our battery test for continuous video playback in airplane mode, the OnePlus 6 lasted an average of 15 hours 36 minutes. That’s longer than the Pixel 2 XL and iPhone X, which lasted 13 hours, 50 minutes and 11 hours, 27 minutes, respectively. But it’s an hour and 38 minutes less than the One Plus 5T, which lasted an average of 17 hours, 14 minutes, not exceeding the 16-hour, 55-minute Galaxy Galaxy S9 Plus.
In my time with this, the phone went through the day as a mushroom. In fact, I made a weekend trip and forgot my charger at home, and the OnePlus 6 had a whole weekend off for a single charge.
It has iPhone X gestures … kind of
Like all Android phones, the OnePlus 6 has a familiar navigation bar with buttons for home, back and latest apps. This can be turned off in favor of gestures. If you used them on the OnePlus 5T, you were ahead of the game.
Swipe up to go to the home screen. Swipe up and hold to go to the latest applications. And swipe up from the bottom left or right edge of the screen to go back.
Like the iPhone X, it took some frustrating days to hang these gestures, but now they are second nature to me.
Specifications of OnePlus 6 compared to Galaxy S9 Plus, Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X and LG G7
|OnePlus 6||Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus||Google Pixel 2 XL||iPhone X||LG G7 ThinQ|
|Display size, resolution||6.28-inch; 2,280×1,080 pixels||6.2-inch; 2,960×1,440 pixels||6-inch; 2,880×1,440 pixels||5.8-inch; 2,436×1,125 pixels||6.1-inch; 3,120 x 1,440 pixels|
|Pixel density||402ppi||529ppi||538 ppi||458 ppi||563ppi|
|Dimensions (Inches)||6.13×2.97×0.31 in||6.22×2.91×0.33 in||6.2×3.0x0.30 in||5.7×2.79×0.30 in||6×2.8×0.31 in|
|Dimensions (Millimeters)||155.7×75.4×7.75 mm||158.1×73.8×8.5 mm||157.9×76.7×7.9 mm||143.6×70.9×7.7 mm||153.2×71.9×7.9 mm|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||6.2 oz; 177 g||6.66 oz; 189 g||6.17 oz; 175 g||6.14 oz; 174 g||5.7 oz, 162 g|
|Mobile software||Android 8.1 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||Android 8.0 Oreo||iOS 11||Android 8.0 Oreo|
|Camera||16-megapixel, 20-megapixel||Dual 12-megapixel||12-megapixel||Dual 12-megapixel||Dual 16-megapixel|
|Processor||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835||Apple A11 Bionic||Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Storage||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB, 256GB||64GB, 128GB||64GB, 256GB||64GB|
|Expandable storage||None||400GB||None||None||Up to 2TB|
|Special features||Dash Charging, dual-SIM, super slow mo||Dual-aperture camera, water-resistant (IP68); super slo-mo video; wireless charging; iris scanning||Squeezeable sides||Water resistant (IP67), wireless charging, TrueDepth front-facing (Face ID)||Water resistant (IP68), wireless charging, DTS:X 3D Surround, Quad DAC|
|Price off-contract (USD)||$529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB)||Varies: $840-$930 (64GB)||$849 (64GB), $949 (128GB)||$999 (64GB), $1,149 (256GB)||TBA|
|Price (GBP)||£469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)||£869||£799 (64GB), £899 (128GB)||£999 (64GB), £1,149 (256GB)||TBA|
|Price (AUD)||Converted: AU$700 (64GB), AU$770 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)||AU$1,349 (64GB), AU$1,499 (256GB)||AU$1,399 (64GB), AU$1,549 (128GB)||AU$1,579 (64GB), AU$1,829 (256GB)||TBA|