OnePlus 6 is here to reset the status quo

OnePlus 6 is finally here and it aims to reset the status quo in the smartphone industry. It intends to do so by offering a cutting-edge smartphone at an affordable price. Will that bear fruit?

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Talking about the Chinese company OnePlus always feels different. Here’s a company that wants to provide the best smartphones to buyers. This is also a company that claims to not spend much money on marketing. It claims this is the reason its devices’ costs can be kept low. However, recent future tells us that with every new generation of smartphones, OnePlus is finding it difficult to keep costs in check. At least OnePlus’ devices do not cost as much as the Galaxy S9+ or the Pixels, so there’s some relief. Back to the point, the OnePlus 6 is out. It follows in the footsteps of the immensely-successful (normal for the company) OnePlus 5/5T. The price of OnePlus 6 starts from Rs 34,999 (for 6GB/64GB variant). Will it continue the company’s streak of making successful smartphones?

Specifications OnePlus 6
Price Rs 34,999
Processor 2.8 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630
RAM 6GB/8GB
Display Optical AMOLED, 6.28-inch, Full HD+ (2280x1080p) resolution with 19:9 aspect ratio
Internal Storage 64GB/128GB/256GB
Operating System Android 8 Oreo-based Oxygen OS
Rear Camera Dual, 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel
Front Camera 20-megapixel
Battery 3300mAh with Dash Charging
Dimensions 155.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.75mm
NFC Yes
Fingerprint Scanner Rear-mounted
Water/Dust resistance Yes, only accidental spills

What’s new about the OnePlus 6?

As is the case with all OnePlus phones to date, the OnePlus 6 is filled with some cutting-edge hardware. At its heart is an octa-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU and 6GB/8GB RAM. The phone has three storage options – 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. It sports an Optic AMOLED display measuring 6.28 inches (diagonally) which has a notch and a small chin. It has Full HD+ (2280x1080p) resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass to protect it from damage during daily use.

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The phone gets a dual rear camera setup with one 16-megapixel lens and the other a 20-megapixel lens. Both lenses have f/1.7 aperture. The 16-megapixel lens (which is the primary lens) gets Optical and Electronic Image Stabilization. The rear cameras get dual LED flash as well. The features offered by the rear cameras include portrait mode, pro mode, panorama, HDR, clear image and RAW image capture. The front camera is a fixed-focus 20-megapixel lens (f/2.0 aperture) with Electronic Image Stabilization. It gets features like portrait mode, HDR, smile capture, and face beauty mode. Lastly, it gets screen flash support.

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The OnePlus 6 is a dual-SIM phone. It gets a 3.5mm headphone jack and the USB Type-C port also supports USB audio. The phone runs on Android 8 Oreo-based Oxygen OS. Users can secure their OnePlus 6 by either using the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner or facial recognition. Connectivity options on the phone include Wi-fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 (with aptX and aptX HD support), NFC, and GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou/Galileo. A 3300mAh battery powers this glass-metal bodied phone and it gets fast charging (Dash Charging, per OnePlus) support as well.

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Now that its internals are covered, let’s talk about the OnePlus 6’s externals. Like noted earlier, the phone as front and rear panels made out of glass while the chassis is all metal. The front gets a tall screen and its notch houses the front camera, earpiece, and some sensors. The display is of the non-curving variety. The only part of the metal chassis to not have any ports/protrusions is the top part. The left side has the volume rocker while the right has the power button and the Alert slider. The bottom has a speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack flanking the USB Type-C port from either side.

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The rear of the OnePlus 6 has vertically-stacked dual-camera setup with dual LED flash below it. An oval (questionable) fingerprint scanner sits between the LED flash and the onePlus logo on the rear. All in all, the phone looks pretty good, save for some eyesores like that oval fingerprint reader. The phone is available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White colour options. The OnePlus 6 is 155.7mm long, 75.4mm wide, and 7.75mm high.

Is the OnePlus 6 worth consideration?

Worth consideration, yes. The OnePlus 6 is one of the best bang-for-buck smartphones one can buy. The compromises one has to make are few (questionable looks, no expandable storage, oval fingerprint reader). The storage variants and two RAM variants means users get choice, which is not the case with many flagship smartphones.However, that’s not all.

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The OnePlus 6 also comes in a special avatar. This avatar is called the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition and costs Rs 44,999. The special-edition phone is available in 8GB RAM + 256 GB internal storage variant only. Its back has a carbon fibre weave pattern and gold accents on OnePlus logo, the Avengers logo, and the Alert slider. The special edition OnePlus 6 gets an Iron Man case plus a few more goodies in the box.

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In the end, it is difficult to reason why one should not consider this phone.

OnePlus 6 India – Synopsis

  • Prices start from Rs 34,999
  • Gets an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Adreno 630 GPU
  • Has two RAM options – 6GB/8GB and three storage variants – 64GB/128GB/256GB
  • Sports an Optic AMOLED 6.28-inch Full HD+ (2280x1080p) resolution display with 19:9 aspect ratio
  • A 16-megapixel lens (with OIS and EIS) and a 20-megapixel lens make up the dual rear-camera unit
  • The front camera has a fixed-focus 16-megapixel lens
  • Is water and dust-resistant but don’t dunk it in water
  • Rear-mounted oval fingerprint scanner and facial recognition help owners secure their phones
  • Gets a 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C port supports USB audio
  • Runs on Android 8 Oreo-based Oxygen OS
  • Powered by a 3300mAh battery that has Dash Charging support
  • Available in Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White colours
  • Avengers Limited Edition phone gets gold accents, available with 8GB RAM/256GB internal storage only
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