OnePlus 6; Never Settle
Hello, Folks! Today I’m going to take a look at the OnePlus 6 review. One of the central ideas behind OnePlus is to deliver a top-tier flagship phone without the exorbitant price tag but despite the promise to Never Settle there have always been nagging compromises. Last year, the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T had unspectacular cameras and the lack of features like water resistance. At 529 dollars the OnePlus 6 is a slightly more expensive phone than either of its predecessors, but the extra 50 dollars markup has been well spent. The new phone has a luxurious design, splash resistant properties and necessary camera updates. As a result, it’s a much more attractive buy than anything in the company’s distinguished back catalogue. So, let’s find out in detailing-
Design & Build: –
As we’ve already seen the OnePlus 6 brings an all-new glass design, but it’s not for wireless charging which is weird because almost all glass phones out there support wireless charging. We have a midnight black variant, and it looks premium, I know the midnight mirror black variant is glossy and attracts fingerprints. But it seems reasonable and is a pleasure to hold. The glossy glass design also means that the phone is slippery.
All of that is well and good, the most debated thing about the OnePlus 6 is the Notch. It’s not a huge deal I’ve run into any compatibility issues and apps, and it’s accessible to black out the area either side the display cut out, so you see the time and your status bar icons without any coloured backdrop.
The OnePlus 6 has a water-resistant I mean there’s no IP rating, but OnePlus says it’s daily water resistant, this means that the OnePlus 6 should be safe in case of light rainfall or a few drops of water.
The buttons are great, and the Alert slider is on the right side of the phone which makes sense because it’s easier to access. The fingerprint scanner is rectangular, it was awkward to use it first but I’ve gotten used to it plus it’s swift and accurate. There’s also the USB port and the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The OnePlus 6 has a 6.28-inch Full HD Plus Optic AMOLED display, and it looks perfect. The Colour reproduction is excellent and the viewing angles are excellent. Also, if you don’t like the colours of the display Oxygen OS gives you an option to adjust the colour calibration which is cool. Watching movies or videos on this display makes up for a great experience. The OnePlus 6 has a fantastic looking panel it’s bright enough for easy daylight visibility with colours that are punchy but not overdone. It’s not noticeably inferior to the screen for Galaxy S9 Plus.
The Speakers are on the OnePlus 6 complement the experience. Well, there are no stereo speakers here who are sad but the speakers on the OnePlus 6 are loud enough, and I like the fact that the sound does not distort even at max volume, so I guess it’s decent enough.
Rear Camera: –
The OnePlus 6 packs in a 16-megapixel, f/1.7 Plus 20-megapixel, f/1.7 camera setup on the back, I know it sounds like the same camera from OnePlus 5T but there’s OIS, and the sensor is now larger.
The photos from the OnePlus 6 have great colours, great detail and decent dynamic range. The colours at times do seem a bit oversaturated, but I think it’s okay.
In low-light, the OnePlus 6 captures a lot of light + the colours are, and the photos have incredibly low noise. Compared to the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 cameras do seem better. Overall, I think the OnePlus 6 camera captures excellent images.
There’s also Portrait mode which is kind of a mixed bag the Portrait mode here takes decent photos, especially in good light. But I don’t like how the camera just moved and out the details on the face also, and the edge detection can be a little finicky. The problems persist in low-light portrait mode shots too. Don’t get me wrong, the Portrait mode photos from the OnePlus 6 are decent especially in good light but don’t expect much in low-light.
Moving on to the videos, the OnePlus 6 captures 4K at 60fps, so I tried it out. Well, the video looks great even though it’s not as stable as I’d like plus there is a problem of focusing. I also tried at 4k at 30fps, and it has the weird problem, no matter how straight you keep the phone the video is somehow always tilted, I have no idea what’s wrong here but hopefully OnePlus fixes it. Honestly, if you want to stable nice-looking videos from the OnePlus 6 shoot at 1080p, it’s just way better than what you get in 4k.
There’s also super slo-mo video support which is not as super because it’s shooting at 480 frames per second. Well, super slo-mo on Galaxy S9 Plus and Huawei P20 Pro shoots 960 frames per second that’s double of the OnePlus 6’s slo-mo. Having said that a super slo-mo on OnePlus 6 brings a few advantages like the ability to shoot 60 frames of super slo-mo and choose which part to slow down.
Front Camera: –
On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel f/2.0 EIS camera, and it’s pretty high. The selfies taken in good lighting have great detail also, the dynamic range is brilliant.
In low-light, the images are, but the face seems smooth and outdated noise. There’s no portrait mode here, but OnePlus says it’s coming very soon. Overall, the cameras on the OnePlus 6 are great I mean the portrait mode is average just like on the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but apart from that, the cameras on the OnePlus 6 are pretty good.
Software & Performance: –
The OnePlus 6 has Oxygen OS software has a reputation for speed and cleanliness, and that hasn’t changed here. The OnePlus 6 runs on Oxygen OS to 5.1 out of the box Android 8.1 Oreo, not only are there very few preloaded apps or unnecessary features to slow the phone down. OnePlus says it’s also double down a performance tuning in its latest software.
OnePlus has tweaked the way Android apps are rendered to prevent overdraw that’s what happens when an app renders something to a part of the screen you won’t be able to see, and there’s any gaming mode to help you get the most out of your games without backgrounds processes hogging CPU cycles or bandwidth.
It’s hard to say whether it’s noticeably quicker than the OnePlus 5 or 5T which were already blazingly fast. The smoothness and responsiveness of the OnePlus 6 shine through. The features that were added to Oxygen OS are mostly thoughtful and well done, you can choose light or dark themes with your custom colour accent, the widget shelf now works with most apps widgets, and the optional ambient display makes it easy to see messages when they arrive.
In addition to a fingerprint which you’ll find around the back, the OnePlus 6 inherits the OnePlus 5T’s Face Unlock system which is not secure but is extremely quick and convenient. There are also plenty of gesture shortcuts to explore if that’s your thing. Speaking of which the OnePlus 6 also comes with gesture navigation from the back, home and recent though that’s not enabled out of the box. If you want to dedicate the entire screen to your apps, you can allow it in the settings and replace Android soft keys with the series of swipes up from the bottom bezel, like most gesture navigation features I played around with this before ultimately turning it off and going back to buttons.
OnePlus as gestures remove useful Android features like the DoubleTap on the recent key to quickly hop between the app and the pull and hold menu to get to the recent menu is slow and not as intuitively animated as the iPhone equivalent, Plus typing on the keyboard that reaches that far down the screen is just awkward. What’s also awkward is the lack of any features to aid with one-handed use unlike the 5T you can’t swipe on the fingerprint scanner to bring down the notification shade, and there’s no way to temporarily shrink the screen so you can reach the top more easily like you can on Samsung, LG and Huawei phones.
Processor & Memory: –
The OnePlus 6 also comes with great hardware onboard, and it’s got top of the line specs including the Snapdragon 845 and up to 8 gigabytes of RAM which should translate into insane performance. The OnePlus 6 handles anything you throw at it I mean massive games like PUBG mobile, Marvel Future Fights, and Asphalt 8 don’t even make this phone break a sweat. And since there are 8 gigs of RAM multitasking on this phone is a breeze. Honestly, I haven’t faced a single stutter or lag on this phone which is also due to Oxygen OS onboard which is a bug-free and smooth experience.
The phone ships with 3300 milliamp-hours battery. The OnePlus 6 manages to match the battery life of the OnePlus 5T in day-to-day use even in dual SIM mode. Outside of travel ways with heavy use, I was getting around 16 hours per charge with between 4 and 6 hours of Screen On Time. That’s a comfortable full day of use there, and better still the OnePlus’s Dash charger can quickly get you out of the danger zone if you’re caught short.
The OnePlus 6 goes from 15 to 70 % in just half an hour and charge is entirely in only around one hour, and 15 minutes it’s incredible. When it comes to battery performance, the OnePlus 6 performs reasonably well I mean starting my day at 100% the OnePlus 6 would be around 40% by the end of the day on moderate usage which involving me making calls, texting, playing some games and using social media even in heavy usage when I took a lot of photos and videos. The phone lasted me for around 12 hours which I’d say is pretty high.
So, that was pretty much everything about the OnePlus 6, but there are a few other questions that you guys asked us related to the OnePlus 6.
The most crucial question is,
Does the OnePlus 6 bring in more value for more money?
Well in my opinion, yes it does. I mean the OnePlus 6 is offering a premium design, top-end hardware, fantastic software, decent battery life and some great cameras. Now, all of that for a starting price of rupees 34,999 in India or 579 dollars in the USA. So while it is costlier than the OnePlus 5T, it’s definitely worth the price.
Well, if you are looking for a new phone the OnePlus 6 is a no-brainer it’s a phone worth recommending.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|OnePlus 6||amazon||Rs 34,999|
|The USA Buyers|
|OnePlus 6||Buy Now||$ 529.00|
|OnePlus 6||Coming Soon||Tk. 56,990|
|OnePlus 6||Coming Soon||PKR 75,000|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano)|
|BODY||Dimensions||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 2280p, 19:9 ratio
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (16-MP, f/1.7, Gyro-EIS, OIS + 20-MP, f/1.7 ), PDAF, Dual LED Flash|
|Front||16-MP, f/2.0, Gyro-EIS, Auto HDR|
|Video||4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Touch focus, Face Detection, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 8.1 Oreo + Oxygen OS|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.8GHz|
|MEMORY||Internal||64GB, 6GB RAM, 128GB/256GB, 8GB RAM|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Proximity, Accelerometer, Gyro, Compass|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Hotspot, WiFi Direct, DLNA|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, & NFC|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm Headphone Jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Dirac HD Sound
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3300 mAh|