OnePlus 6 first impression: Gives flagships a run for their money

17 May, 2018, 00:59 | Author: Cecelia Webb
  • OnePlus 6 camera samples surfaces on the wild

At the company's London event, Carl Pei called the OnePlus 6 design their boldest design yet. If being more malleable during production and offering better connectivity wasn't enough, the use of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 makes the OnePlus 6 just as resilient as previous models, adding daily water resistance while simultaneously giving the popular ceramic feel minus the weight and fragility drawbacks. There will also be another more expensive 256GB variant.

What's even better than the OnePlus 6? Some images aren't quite as ideal as those on higher-res screens, but it pays off in both lower power consumption and better results on gaming benchmarks.

Otherwise, the OnePlus 6 appears to be a very capable device with its Snapdragon 845 processor and the 6GB of RAM included in the phone's base model.

The OnePlus 6 also has OIS on both rear cameras (hence the reason for the camera location switching), and slow motion video recording is now possible at 480fps at a lower 720p resolution. I'll dig in a bit deeper in my full OnePlus 6 review, but I can already safely say that I've never tested a faster Android phone. The new OnePlus 6 with dual cameras starts at just $529. The only thing that is yet to be known about the OnePlus 6 is the pricing. Its secondary 20MP camera has Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. You might not believe me looking at the headline specs - both dual-cameras look pretty much identical - but the main f.1.7, 16-megapixel camera has a 19% larger sensor than last year's phone. In fact, there were even leaks about the phone.

Here's how the two newest OnePlus phones compared side-by-side. It's also remarkably bright, and colors really pop on that handsome AMOLED panel. The notch on the OnePlus 6 is minimal and houses the earpiece, front-facing camera, LED notification light and sensors.

OnePlus 6 camera samples surfaces on the wild

While we'll have to get our hands on the devices in order to determine how they perform when stacked up against one another, the specifications seem to suggest that the OnePlus 6 vs iPhone X battle is decided heavily in the OnePlus 6's favor - at least in terms of camera quality.

Overall, the OnePlus 6 is a solid smartphone that will prove adequate for everyone who is budget conscious and yet desires a flagship device, exactly the way it should be.

Starting at $529 (£469), the OnePlus 6 will be available on May 22 in the USA and Europe in its 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage configuration. The Midnight Black version of the OnePlus 6 will come with 128GB of storage for $579 or 256GB for $629. The mid-range smartphone is also expected to have 64GB and 128GB variants, paired with 6GB of RAM. The limited-edition Silk White uses pearl powder to create a subtle shimmering effect. We recommend buying a tempered glass screen protector for your phone, but again, for those first few days or weeks, this plastic screen protector will keep your OnePlus 6 free of nasty scratches. Thankfully, the 3.5 mm headphone jack remains.

If latest reports are to be believed, the new phone will differ from the current generation OnePlus in one crucial aspect: the price.

Described as lightweight and stylish, the Bullets Wireless connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth.


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