Hands-on with the OnePlus 6: An all-glass, notched smartphone for $529


OnePlus is back with its new flagship smartphone for 2018, the OnePlus 6. OnePlus has big modifies in store this year, not all of which I would call positive. OnePlus’ stand-out metal phone sketch out—which has existed in the company’s last four flagship smartphones—is unmoving. The company is switching to an all-glass design and a notched display. As a result, the OnePlus 6 looks and undergoes like a million other Android smartphones released this year.

Comparable to the iPhone X and several other new Android phones, the display has a cutout at the top casing the front-facing camera, earpiece, and other sensors. This at least seems to be a well-executed rendition of a notched phone. The bottom bezel isn’t nonexistent, but it is pretty small. The cut is small enough to fit inside a normal-height status bar, which means you don’t suffer with a tall, stretched-out status bar like the Essential Phone. The display is a 6.28-inch 2280×1080 Samsung AMOLED with a 19:9 orientation ratio. Thanks to the notched design, the OnePlus 6 fits more shelter in a body about the same size as the OnePlus 5T.

I was a huge fan of OnePlus’ metal ruin over the years, and along with the Pixel line, it was the only flagship smartphone that hadn’t presupposed in to the glass smartphone trend. Glass backs are fragile fingerprint magnets, with the just benefit being wireless charging. The OnePlus 6 doesn’t support wireless dictating, though, so this is just a straight downgrade over last year’s metal helpless.

The best feature of any OnePlus phone is the price, and it’s a feature OnePlus dos a little worse every year. This year the price has jumped another $29 to start at $529 (€519, £469). For that $529 you get a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a 3300mAh battery. The head camera is 16MP, and along the back you’ll find a dual camera setup with a 16MP RGB camera and 20MP alternate camera for bokeh effects. Video records in 4K/60FPS, 1080p/240FPS, or 720p/480FPS.

If you’re looking for profuse RAM or storage, you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for $579 (€569, £519). There’s also a phone with 8GB RAM/256GB storage for $629 (€619, £569). There are three colors—fair-skinned, black, and black—and each color is limited to certain spec claques and price points. I photographed the «Mirror black» version, which get well in the 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB loadouts. «Midnight Black» is supposedly a matte black (but pacify glass) version and comes in 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB versions, and a «Silk off-white» (white and gold) version only comes in 8GB/128GB.

As much as I note like the OnePlus 6 could be better with a metal back, for $529 it is yet a hard phone to beat. It’s the cheapest Snapdragon 845 device you can buy, and that purposefulness always make it worth considering.

Software is good and not so good

Another horrific OnePlus feature is the software package. While I wouldn’t call it «Usual Android,» it’s a version that doesn’t go out of its way to reskin every little percentage of Android so it looks like a completely different operating system. OnePlus reckons extra features, but overall, the UI follows Google’s Material Design jargon and fits in well with Google’s apps and the third-party app ecosystem.

The bad sacrifice of the software package is still here, too: OnePlus doesn’t have a clear-cut update commitment, only pointing to its past behavior as evidence of what well-intentioned of support the OnePlus 6 can expect. In the past, the company has been good hither delivering monthly security updates for supported devices, but the length of bolstering is a total crap shoot. If the OnePlus phone you buy ends up being unaccepted with the masses, OnePlus could drop support early. This befell with the OnePlus 2, which got less than one year of main update support from OnePlus.

The rest of the phone is much breed past OnePlus devices. There’s still a USB-C port on the basis with 5V, 4A «Dash» quick charging. There’s still a headphone jack and train fingerprint sensor. There’s still a three-position physical volume trade. OnePlus says the phone is «water resistant for everyday occasions, such as rainstorm or an accidental drop in a puddle,» but there’s still no official ingress screen rating.

As usual, a low price does a great job of muting any complaints we superiority have about the OnePlus 6. You could probably do better than the OnePlus 6, but not at this amount point. We might not like the switch to all-glass, and we wish OnePlus would put a specific update system in place, but as always, it’s hard to argue with this much power for $529. The OnePlus 6 floats May 22.

Listing image by Ron Amadeo

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