OnePlus 6 In-Depth Review: Super Limited Flash Sale at $489.99

All the latest phones coming our way from OnePlus are considered to be the most powerful Android-running smartphones. That’s why every product announced by this company has an important role in the smartphone industry. On May 17, the manufacturer held a conference and officially brought the annual flagship in face of the OnePlus 6. There is every reason for this device to carry the title of the best phone in the world. Thus, it will be too hard to find real shortcomings in it. However, let’s try to learn what the highlighted features of this beast are.

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OnePlus 6 Appearance

There is a mainstream, and every smartphone vendor that wants to stay in the game should follow it. The OnePlus 6 comes with all of those trendy features you can find on any top-branded flagship. Say, it uses a high-proportion screen, double-glass body, metal middle frame, rounded arc surface, and many more. On the other hand, when the OP6 had been leaked on photos, there were many users saying a flagship with ambitions should come with a personality. Honestly, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t.

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Note: As you guess, we are trying to find shortcomings rather than praising its key features. haha

Actually, this handset uses design elements accepted and required by millions of uses. So maybe OnePlus has bet on it. If it came with an appearance not looking like the others, there will be no guarantee it will succeed.

However, the truth is the OnePlus 6 absolutely has a unique design element in the visible place. For example, it comes with unique glass texture. The whole body is made of the highest quality materials and using various production processes. So we can state the phone presents what a level the manufacturing has reached.

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On the front, the handset carries a 6.29-inch Optic AMOLED full-screen with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 and a screen ratio of 19:9. This display also supports sRGB, DCI-P3 wide color gamut standard and other tuning features. Thus, it continues the previous bright and high-saturation display features.

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Of course, it uses the most popular full-screen design with a notch. The ‘bangs’ screen became popular with the launch of the iPhone X, and almost all the top-end models use it. Even the Xiaomi Mi 8 will sport a bangs screen, thought the Mi MIX 2s is packed with a tri-bezel-less screen. Anyway, the notch screen causes too many discussions. But we have to admit it’s the best solution yet for the full-screen technology. The VIVO APEX (aka VIVO NEX) is going to be a true full-screen handset with no forehead, chin, and borders. But before it happens the bangs screen will keep up.finger

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The body uses a double-sided glass and metal frame structure. While using 3D glass on the back, it retains the ‘OnePlus waistline’ for the pursuit of touch. In addition, the phone uses a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the front and back, which is combined with the polished middle frame. Thanks to them, the integrity of the body has been greatly improved causing better ergonomics effect.

The OnePlus 6 uses the ‘AF anti-fingerprint coating’ process on the back glass to give the glass a new experience. By the way, this layer of coating can wipe sweat, fingerprints, dust and other stains more easily.

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The dual-camera, flashlight, fingerprint reader, and OnePlus logo are placed in the center part, followed by a vertical arrangement.

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However, the OnePlus 6 can be easily recognized. The difference between this mode and its predecessor is not significant. The volume rocker is on the left, while the SIM card slot, power button, and a dedicated key are on the right.

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There is only a small microphone hole on the top, while the speaker, USB Type-C port, another microphone, and a 3.5mm audio jack are placed on the bottom.

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OnePlus 6 Performance

Before the launch of the OnePlus 6, the Xiaomi Black Shark has been considered to be the most powerful Android device scoring over 270.000. But as we said at the beginning of the review, OnePlus knows how to optimize the system and always comes with perfect performance. The OP6 is no exception. It is packed with a Snapdragon 845 chip, 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X dual-channel RAM, and up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage.

When this phone wasn’t officially announced, the whole world knew the rankings will be updated once it happens. So when the OnePlus 6’s benchmark results were known, no one surprised. Modestly, the CEO of OnePlus, Liu Zuohu said at the press conference that the running points are not important. But look at the AnTuTu results of the 8+128GB variant. It exceeds 280.000, which is an absolute leader outrunning all of its competitors.

However, the main difference of the OnePlus 6 in comparison to its predecessors is the optimization for games. According to the official data, this handset has been optimized for more than 50 popular games. The online games will get a priority, while power-saving modes will be enabled for casual games.

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When testing phones for gaming purposes, we usually do it via Honor of Kings. At the high-frame-rate mode, we didn’t feel any pressure on the hardware, and the entire playing process was smooth. But we shouldn’t praise this feature, because any high-end smartphone must provide an excellent gaming. On the contrary, we should pay more attention to the battery life, temperature control, etc.

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Historically, Oxygen OS is known for its great customization of Android system. It comes with a simplicity, efficiency, and purity of the native platform as well. The version of the software is H2OS 5.1.3, which is based on Android 8.1.

However, when it comes to the design, there are not many differences. It also follows the native style, including the interface styles and application operating logic in the system. This phone also comes with its own full-screen interactive gestures, which replaced the previous virtual key operation through the slide-up operations at the bottom of the screen.

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OnePlus 6 Battery

During the game, though the temperature increased a little, it’s still in the accessible range. In addition, for more performance-oriented games, the body temperature will inevitably be higher, but it will not be ‘hot.’

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As for the endurance, the OnePlus 6 had a power consumption of 10% during a 30-minute experience of ‘Honor of Kings’, while the power consumption is 13% during a 30-minute ‘The Jedi Survival: Stimulating the Battlefield.’

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As the comprehensive endurance test shows, the OnePlus 6 provides a better power consumption than many of its rivals sporting the same Snapdragon 845. For an average user, a day use is provided. But if you are a light user, the phone will require charging once in two days. Of course, the data does not seem particularly good, but for the flagship model with a built-in 3300mAh battery, the performance is relatively good.

In terms of charging, the OnePlus 6 continues using the previous Dash flash charging technology. It uses a 5V/4A output adapter and allows up to 20W fast charging. Thanks to the ‘low-pressure fast charging’ solution, the phone can achieve fast charging even when using a bright screen.

According to the charge test, 57% of the power is filled in one and a half hour, and it takes 87 minutes to fully charge the handset.

OnePlus 6 Camera

We are dealing with a premium class smartphone that simply means there shouldn’t be obvious shortcomings. Lei June calls it ‘bucket machine.’ Thus the OnePlus 6 comes with a strong camera too. However, it’s more astonishing, this phone provides way better shooting experience than its predecessor, but the latter was launched a year ago.

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On the back, it carries a 16+20MP dual-camera, while a 16MP sensor is placed on the front. In addition to the f/1.7 aperture of the main camera, it also supports OIS, EIS, and DCAF dual-core focusing. At the same time, the front-facing camera comes with an aperture of f/2.0 and supports EIS. The most obvious change in the camera hardware when comparing to the previous model is the use of Sony sensors of IMX 519 and IMX 376K. According to the official introduction, the Sony IMX 519 sensor’s photosensitive area increased by 19%, while the single pixel area increased to 1.22 ?m.

As for software, the OnePlus 6 comes with AI camera features for the first time. It includes a new portrait mode, newly upgraded background blur algorithm, scene recognition algorithm, and pre-AI image algorithm. Apart from them, the phone uses new C-PHY technology that can obtain up to 2 times the data to multi-frame synthesis, to achieve faster imaging speed.

Like the previous models, the OnePlus 6 is capable of providing outstanding daytime photos. This statement refers not only to the screen brightness but also to the degree of color reproduction. In addition, the picture details remain intact, reflecting the full resolution of the imaging.

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Thanks to the f/1.7 large aperture and high-resolution lens, the OnePlus 6 has no rivals when it comes to the macro shooting.

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What surprised us more, is the nighttime and indoor shooting. Honestly, when you want to test shooting capabilities of a smartphone, you should take photos in low-light conditions. It’s the best way to understand how it controls the noise and behaves under various light sources. Looking at the samples captured by the OnePlus 6, we can say the purity of the photos is the best proof we are dealing with a true cameraphone.

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Historically, the OnePlus phones have been dubbed the ‘Polytechnic Male’ title. When they shoot people, no beauty or special effects are used in the case of a traditional ‘Polytechnic male.’ But the phone has added AI. So men in the photos have turned into ‘artistic men.’ Some geeks like to say OnePlus has learned something from OPPO and VIVO.  OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6

In addition to the normal scene shooting, the OP6 also brought slow motion shots, which improved the gameplay for the camera. It supports two modes of 1080P at 240 frames and 720P at 480 frames. There is its own editing software that allows facilitating the post-editing.

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Wrap Up

Summarizing all the results got during the testing, we can say the OnePlus 6 is a true flagship with no obvious shortcomings. In this sense, we should give tribute to the manufacturer that could come in with a perfect smartphone that tops the list of the best Android phones. Everything on this device is ideal. This refers not only to the performance provided by SND845 and large memory, but also to the AI camera, power consumption, easy-to-use software, and many more. The only thing you can start discussions is the appearance. But as it’s said, it’s a matter of taste.


Argam Artashyan

Back in 2010, he was dismissed from his position as a lecturer at the university. This made him get another job at his friend’s digital marketing company as a blog writer. After a few years, when he was thinking the article writing is his mission, Google pushed the Panda update and affected the company and websites he was working at. (Un)fortunately and surprisingly, he got an offer to head a large knitting factory. In 2016, he got his Ph.D. and resumed teaching at the University … and writing tech-related articles following his passion.

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