8.2 Awesome

The smartphone is incredibly fast with a large display and a good camera. Classic OnePlus sticks to their guns of delivering big numbers and impressive specifications for a price that is lower than expected. If you're looking for a cheap smartphone with the latest 2018 trends, this one is for you. The TechSeer will give it an 8.2 out of a solid 10.

  • Design 8.0
  • Display 7.8
  • Hardware & Performance 8.2
  • Camera 8.0
  • Battery Life 7.5
  • Value for Money 9.5

OnePlus has announced OnePlus 6 as the next flagship device of the company. It didn’t, however, release the news at a big press conference like most tech companies do. OnePlus gave the phone away in pieces, revealing new features gradually at the right time to a right degree. It makes sense not to leak your next flagship details when you consider the competitive market but OnePlus decided to run the gauntlet, offering their audience their next phone in little mouthfuls. Read our OnePlus 6 Review to find out more.

OnePlus 6 Review

OnePlus 6 is deemed as the most premium smartphone made by OnePlus in its short existence; polished, simple and stylish. An all-glass design that brings it in line with big-name Samsung Galaxy S9 and iPhone X. With its familiar yet fresh design, large display, new features atop of its streamlined software and speed, OnePlus 6 sure is an impressive phone. It comes with its own flaws but we let you decide which scale is higher with this review.

Also, see Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review.

Price

With Samsung’s Galaxy S9 costing US $840 for 64GB of storage and Apple’s iPhone X coming for US $999 for the same amount of storage. OnePlus 6 starts at US $529 (AU $800) for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of memory. Although much expensive than its former model ($479 for OnePlus 5), the new model is much cheaper than the other companies’ flagships.

Its ideal for someone not wanting to miss the 2k18 trends but with a lower budget.

Pro

  • Stronger processor and upgraded cameras
  • Almost a clean Oxygen OS
  • Premium Looks

Cons

  • No Ultra HD resolution
  • Average speakers
  • No SD card option

What We Liked

Performance

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6/8 GB RAM

With every smartphone looking the same nowadays, we reviewers have to come to the basics to break the tie between them; how well this thing actually works? Armed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU, 6/8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB of storage, OnePlus 6 excels in the performance subcategory. It breaks the record of Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus for the highest AnTuTu test.

What am I saying and what are those AT-ish numbers? Simplicity coming in, OnePlus 6 is immensely fast in the eyes of both; an expert and a layman. It rarely wavers in its performance, no matter how the users push its limits. Nothing we did leave the phone in glitches or its screen stuck; playing PUBG, listening to songs while using another app, switching between split-mode windows, OnePlus 6 had it all covered. It’s the fastest phone we have tested.

Also, see Oppo Find X Review.

Camera

  • Sony IMX 5:19, a 16-megapixel sensor
  • No AI featured camera

The time for social media is blooming and we all know social media thrives on one thing; photography. Snapchat, Instagram, Whatsapp Statuses, they all call for your “good” pictures to share with your circle. But how much good is really good? Professional photographers obviously can not rely on smartphone photography but we all are helpless without it. Why carry a camera (that too in a bag) when you can just carry it in your hand?

There was a time when Apple camera was considered the best but the recent years have seen Google, Huawei, and Samsung taking the title. With so much competition, OnePlus 6 doesn’t have the best camera like Huawei P20 Pro or HTC U12 Plus but it’s reasonably good when compared to the companies’ previous models. The primary camera is a Sony IMX 5:19, a 16-megapixel sensor with an F1.7 aperture and OIS while the secondary camera is a Sony IMX 376 K, a 20-megapixel sensor with the same aperture F1.7. The camera app is a plus with all its new modes. Slow-mo capture and lightning can be hard to play around with but we were quite satisfied with our food photography. There are no AI featured cameras like LG ThinQ on OnePlus 6 at the moment.

Display

  • 6.28-inch Full Optic AMOLED panel
  • Brightness: 574 nits
  • 402 Pixel Density

Eliminating the tangible keypad, the smartphone’s screen is the only way the audience interacts with it. Most users might compromise on performance and camera, but not on small display. We want to stream videos on our phones, like to text our friends, want to play games and absolutely need to update our social media. So to say the least, most of our time spent with smartphones in spent looking at the screens.

OnePlus 6 satisfies the consumers in this regard. It offers a large display of 6.28 inches; the biggest yet offered by the company. Full Optic AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19:9 with an impressive pixel density of 402 PPI (pixel per inch) that is better than the former 5T model. Gorilla glass 5 gives it a tough protection so it does not smash easily. A screen to body ratio of 83.8% due to the reduced bezels below and above and the introduction of notch makes you feel like you are holding an all screen smartphone. The screen resolution is 1080 x 2280 pixels that ensure the ratio stays the same as the previous flagships. The OnePlus 6 delivered a peak full-screen brightness of 574 nits when measured with a light meter, which is not far off the Samsung Galaxy S9 603 nits but LG G7 ThinQ beats both of them with its 1000 nits.

A 1080p resolution might displease some users but most of the times it goes unnoticed. The difference between 4K and 1080p might be extraordinarily visible on a TV but not so much on a smartphone. Most users would find the experience same and so did we.

Also, see the Nokia 8 Sirocco Review.

What We Disliked

Design

  • No wireless charging

Some people absolutely loved the new glass back on OnePlus 6. It gives a royalty feeling; an impressive look; stylish. We were overwhelmed by the glass back too but not for long. Apple’s iPhone X and OnePlus 6 have a lot, A LOT, of similarities. Notch, Face Unlock, Gestures and the glass back makes you think OnePlus has introduced their iPhone X.

Apple switched from aluminum to glass backs because of the wireless charging but then so did OnePlus. It makes no sense for OnePlus to switch to the glass back as there have been no announcements by OnePlus for wireless charging! OnePlus does back up their new design decision but it seems irrational to switch to a delicate back (more chances of shattering when dropping and we all know we do tend to drop ’em) for the sake of better reception.

Things We were Neutral about

Software and Face Unlock

  • Custom Oxygen OS can be annoying
  • Face Unlock cannot process payments and installations for now

OnePlus 6 has Android 8.1 Oreo that is underneath the custom Oxygen OS. For this model, OnePlus finally introduced an Always on Display feature. Its’ effect on battery life is not appreciable. “Always on Display” will always consume more battery. For biometric security, OnePlus 6 has a fingerprint scanner as well as facial recognition. OnePlus usually follow-ups Apple’s iPhone and so it has done again by introducing Face Unlock. It is no way as secure as Apple’s but it’s fast. Most of the times, you don’t even see the lock screen.

OnePlus 6 uses a front camera for face unlock rather than a special algorithm. For security reasons, Face Unlock can only be used to unlock the phone and isn’t for payments and installations.

Even though Oxygen OS is not that bad but OnePlus should introduce proper Android 8.1 on its flagships. Xiaomi is doing the same mistake with its Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro by putting Android 8.1 underneath its very own MiUi software.

Battery

  • 3300mAh Battery capacity
  • Full day on one charge

The OnePlus 6 uses the 3300mAh battery just like the previous model. The battery life is improved as it gives the same battery life comparatively even though the screen size is bigger. Dash charge gives you up to 60% in just 30 minutes. There is nothing exceptional when it comes to power saving but the last 10% goes for a little longer than expected. One slight drawback that might get you frustrated sometimes is the smartphone’s inability to show the battery percentage on the notification panel. OnePlus claims it gives you ‘a day’s power in half an hour’. Our testing proved that OnePlus 6 can go for a full day on normal use.

Verdict: OnePlus 6

If you look at OnePlus 6, you might feel like using another of those Apple’s iPhone X, with its glass back, the new notch, Face Unlock but it comes with its’ own perks too. OnePlus 6 is incredibly fast with a large display and a good camera. Classic OnePlus sticks to their guns of delivering big numbers and impressive specifications for a price that is lower than expected. If you’re looking for a cheap smartphone with the latest 2018 trends, this one is for you. The TechSeer will give it an 8.2 out of a solid 10.

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