With prices hovering in the $800-$1200 range, new cellphones are outside the budget of a fairly big segment of their target market. Fledgeling tech company OnePlus has been on a mission for the last four years to create flagship quality phones that offer the same design and functionality as their pricier and more well-known counterparts. Their newest offering, the OnePlus 6 was expected to hit the same trajectory as previous releases which have sold over a million units. The catch was that the OnePlus 5 and 5T both logged those sales over the course of several months. Meanwhile, sales for the OnePlus 6 have already gone past a million units and it hasn’t been a month yet since its May 22nd release. A big part of their energetic sales has been due to their attractive retail price. The OnePlus 6 starts at around $500. The rest of the explanation is even more simple. It’s a really nice phone.
Sleek and smooth with gentle curves and a glass back, the design of the OnePlus 6 rivals the comforting feel of the iPhone and the Galaxy S9 by Samsung. The phone has a pleasing button arrangement, and the almost retro 3.5mm audio jack to accommodate any and all headphones and buds. The phone’s display is a brilliant 6.25 inch, 19:9 aspect ratio, 2280×1080 AMOLED screen that remains vivid even in direct sunlight. While not quite an infinity display, the bezels are extremely slim and there is the all popular notch at the top of the device. For those who aren’t fans of the notch, there are plans to make it a customizable feature via a future software update.
Inside, the ubiquitous Snapdragon 845 chipset makes another appearance and combines with either a 6 or 8 gigabyte RAM memory load that drives top of the line performance across a wide spectrum of apps and games. Speaking of gaming, the OnePlus 6 has a dedicated gaming mode which blocks incoming notifications and optimizes network access to reduce connective lag. On the back of the phone, you’ll find dual rear-facing cameras (16 and 20 megapixels respectively), a flash and fingerprint sensor. The phone uses the latest version of Android 8.1 based OxygenOS, which is not unlike stock Android but has a little more in the way of customization and some fresh visuals.
The OnePlus 6’s camera is nothing to sneeze at, either. Featuring image stabilization and a pro mode that lets you customize ISO and exposure settings, the camera is competitive with other more expensive devices. The battery is sufficient to handle most apps and video playback and should see you through the day without needing to recharge but doesn’t feature integrated charging. While the device can handle a certain amount of exposure to the elements, the OnePlus 6 doesn’t have an IP rating and as such, should not be exposed to any appreciable amount of water.