The "1-Minute" Review
- No microSD support
- Fingerprint magnet
- No IP rating
OnePlus has a rocky history with their releases. But, as other manufacturers have shown, offering top-end performance at mid-range prices is all about making the right choices and not getting ahead of yourself. The latest release, the OnePlus 6, features one of the most impressive spec sheets of the year -- even compared to high end phones. But, as previous models have shown, that doesn’t mean everything.
Keeping with the latest trends, the OnePlus 6 is wrapped in glass. If you’re at all worried about dropping it, a case is a must. Fortunately, OnePlus makes a full line of cases to give you options. Other features on the phone include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and an Alert Slider to change sound profiles without unlocking the phone.
Apart from fingerprints and smudges, reviewers loved the new design. There was little mention of slippery glass, sharp edges, or heat issues.
Coming around front, you’re greeted with a 6.28-inch 1080p+ AMOLED display. Love it or hate it, the screen also includes a notch cut out at the top. Most reviewers had no issues with it and raved about the brightness of the display and the rich colors and contrast on offer. If you don’t want the notch, toggling the black bar setting will all but remove it thanks to the display’s inky blacks.
Powering the phone, you’ll find an octa-core 2.8Ghz Snapdragon 845 processor with 6GB to 8GB of RAM. As one of the newest processors available in 2018 if offer blazing performance -- even when multitasking or playing the latest games.
The phone offers 64GB to 256GB of internal storage depending on the variant you choose. But choose wisely, there’s no microSD support. However, even the 64GB option is generous for the current market.
The phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with OnePlus’ OxygenOS skin. It’s also compatible with the Android P beta. Overall, the minimalist take on changing the Android experience pleased reviewers. Apart from a few gesture controls -- which work well -- it’s a stock affair.
The cameras are one of the biggest improvements over the previous model . OnePlus used a sensor that is 19% larger than their previous choice. Combined with a dual-lens 16MP/20MP rear camera and a 16MP front-facing lens, reviewers loved the results. Low-light performance and HDR were compared to that of the Google Pixel 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S9 -- no small feat considering the price. The phone also supports 4K video at 60FPS and portrait mode on both the front and rear lenses.
One of the few carry-over features from the previous model, the 3300mAh battery with USB Type-C Dash charging good made it through the day with no issues for most reviewers. Power users might find juice running low toward the end of the day. However, the included charger offers a 60% top up in 30 minutes.
If you’re an audiophile, the phone also supports Bluetooth 5.0 with aptXHD for the best audio quality possible. There’s also a 3.5mm headphone jack for plugging in your favorite cans.
Overall, reviewers loved the OnePlus 6. The Next Web summed up opinions well, saying, “... a significantly improved camera experience and gorgeous screen make the OnePlus 6 the first of the company’s devices I’ve really considered using as a daily driver. Rather than just recommending it as a great value (which it still is, by the way) the OnePlus 6 is well worth your consideration even if the price difference means nothing to you.”