OnePlus 6: First Impressions

The super tall, all-glass back, notched OnePlus 6 flagship is expected to hit the market on May 22 with a start price of $529 | read on for our first impressions

OnePlus 6: First Impressions

OnePlus has come a long way since it debuted its OnePlus 1, back in April 2014, and while they’ve evolved all the way up to the latest generation OnePlus 6 – which is the subject of our discussion, here – the company has stuck to its guns in so far as retaining most of what it’s done well with the older models.

For example, you still have dash charging, OnePlus’ quick-charge technology promising 63% of max charge in just about 30 minutes, which may not be the fastest in the world but it’s still good to have; and you still have the alert slider and the headphone jack; and, the company has stuck with 1080p, as well.

As these are just our first impressions about this phone, there’s going to be a limit to how much we can tell you, really, but let’s give you all that we’ve learned, so far, starting with the price point.

As has been the trend with almost every other smartphone manufacturer, the OnePlus MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) has increased generation by generation and the most cited explanation for that has been product complexities and increased development costs by most of the players.

To give you an idea, the 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM option of OnePlus 6 is $30 dearer than the OnePlus 5T that it takes over from.

On the brighter side, it’s getting some pretty fancy upgrades and what’s more is that it’s still $200 easier on the wallet than the Samsung S9, or $300 cheaper if you compare it with the S9 Plus.

Here are the different OnePlus 6 options and their price.

  • Mirror Black with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage: $529
  • Mirror Black with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage: $579
  • Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM and 128BB of internal storage: $579
  • Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage: $629
  • Silk White with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage: $579

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So, how does the specs sheet of this device read?

In keeping with this year’s trend, the OnePlus 6 is a super tall device with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and an 84 percent screen to body ratio and is well-endowed with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, octa-core CPU, Adreno 630 GPU, non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery , and a 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display with a 2280 x 1080 screen resolution.

The absence of wireless charging on this is a bit of a disappointment, though, but dash-charge somewhat makes up for it.

The dual camera arrangement boasts a Sony IMX 519 primary camera with a 16MP sensor, an f/1.7 aperture and OIS (optical image stabilization), while the secondary camera is a Sony IMX 376K with a 20MP sensor and, again, an f/1.7 aperture.

The OnePLus 6 comes with 6GB or 8GB of low power DDR 4X RAM and a choice of 64GB, 128GB and 256GB of onboard storage in a variety of colors – all listed above along with their prices.

The phone is pretty decent aesthetically, what with a tall body, big screen, and the ubiquitous notch, which, to be fair to the makers, is one of the smallest compared to some of the others we’re continuing to be fed with.

For those of you who absolutely hate that controversial notch, which, invariably, leaves an ugly cut out in your ultra-wide videos, the good news is that OnePlus is allowing users the choice of disabling it in the device’s settings.

The build quality is excellent, with every surface of the OnePlus 6, front and back, made of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that has withstood some really tough durability tests in the lab.

The signature OnePlus curve to the back gives the 6 a, somewhat, similar shape to other OnePlus phones but the glass does make it a bit weightier.

OnePlus is offering three different finishes to the glass back, including a glossy back or the Mirror Black; a matte finish back which is your Midnight Black, and a white finish or the Silk White.

The phone sits pretty snugly in the hand, especially the matte finish model because even though it’s glass, it’s not as slippery, probably because its surface has received some kind of special treatment to give it the matte look.

The fingerprint reader on the back of this one sits immediately below the vertically oriented dual cameras and is elliptical in shape, instead of the stock circle we’ve seen on the earlier versions, which means less surface area – again, a little bit of a turndown.

Another great addition to the new OnePlus is gesture support when you’re in the complete full-screen mode, which means a drag up will take you Home; a drag up and hold gesture gives you multitask while dragging from the bottom up when inside an app takes you back.

In short, the phone checks far too many boxes to be taken lightly but, again, these are our first impressions and we’ll only be able to recommend a “go for it” or “forget it” after we’ve done a full review of the device.

OnePlus 6 Specs Sheet

BODY

  • Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm (6.13 x 2.97 x 0.31 in)
  • Weight: 177 g (6.24 oz)
  • Build: Front and back glass with aluminum frame

DISPLAY

  • Type: Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M color
  • Size: .6.28 inches, 98.4 cm2 (~83.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
  • Protections: Corning Gorilla Glass 5

PLATFORM

  • OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 630

INTERNAL STORAGE

  • 64GB/128GB/256GB

MEMORY

  • 6GB/8GB of RAM

BATTERY

  • Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

SOUND

  • Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
  • Loudspeaker: Present
  • 3.5 mm audio jack: Present

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