For seven generations of phones, OnePlus pursued the ideal of delivering the latest technology at an affordable price. When the our reviewer wrote, "Given its blistering performance, the is a phenomenal deal for a high-end smartphone." The phone's $299 price helped OnePlus gain a loyal fan base the way a hit record helps a rising indie band.
Four years later, the company has the OnePlus 6 which sits in the middle of the upgrade spectrum between "just a yearly evolution" and "major overhaul." The new phone costs nearly double what the OnePlus One did and $30 more than last November's.
But are the OnePlus 6's improved cameras, faster processor, increase in RAM and new slick-looking glass-covered body worth the price? Absolutely. It's still hundreds less than other flagship handsets such as theand the . And it stands toe-to-toe with these pricier phones when it comes to speed, battery life and photo quality. The though. You won't find true water resistance, expandable storage or wireless charging, but the OnePlus 6 is a terrific phone for everyday use.
OnePlus 6 models and prices
|OnePlus 6||64GB||6GB||$529, £469 (AU$700 converted)|
|OnePlus 6||128GB||8GB||$579, £517 (AU$770 converted)|
|OnePlus 6||256GB||8GB||$629, £569 (AU$835 converted)|
Editors' note: We tested the 128GB version of the OnePlus 6.
OnePlus 6 has a sturdy glass back
If thehad a chic industrial raw denim vibe, then the OnePlus 6 with its mirrored-finish glass back and bow-tie notch has the dapper aura of a tailored tuxedo.
OnePlus abandoned the aluminum back of its previous phones in favor of, which is also used for the display. This is the same chemically hardened cover glass that's used on pricier phones like . Despite the material changes, I'm happy the phone retains the slight palm-curved shape of earlier generations.
The OnePlus 6 comes in two black colors: Glossy mirror black and matte midnight black. Each has subtle -- and I mean subtle -- accents. OnePlus boasts that the mirror black, for example, has a drop shadow of an S under the OnePlus logo.
There is a third color scheme, silk white with rose gold trim, which will be available as a limited edition starting June 5.
The glass-encased phone looks and feels premium. From the back, it's easy to mistake the OnePlus 6 for a Galaxy S9 Plus. Both have vertically stacked, center-aligned dual-rear cameras with a fingerprint reader below. The phones are nearly identical in size, with the OnePlus 6 being a touch thinner and lighter. And yes, the OnePlus 6 keeps its headphone jack, just like the Galaxy S9,and .
OnePlus also keeps its physical alert slider with three settings. In last year's OnePlus 5T, it lived on the left side. Now it's moved to the right and toggles between ring, vibrate and silent -- it used to be ring, do not disturb and silent.
Yet with all the physical improvements, the OnePlus 6 misses in a few significant ways. The new body is not IP certified as water-resistant -- it's splash-proof. And like the Pixel 2 and 2 XL, it doesn't have expandable storage.
Despite its new glass rear, the OnePlus 6 lacks wireless charging. It does have what OnePlus calls proprietary and doesn't work with regular USB-C cables., which brought the phone's battery from 0 to 50 percent in 28 minutes, and took 70 minutes to charge it completely. I should note that Dash Charge is
Yep, that's a notch on your OnePlus 6
For better or worse, the OnePlus 6 has a notch on its 6.28-inch OLED display. This leaves a petite space around the front-facing camera, earpiece, sensors and LED notification light. I'm not bothered by the notch. It is what it is. And this.
If you're not a fan, you can add black bars to the sides via settings for a more familiar look. Other notched-screen wonders like the, and have a similar software feature.
The display has a 19:9 aspect ratio, but a 2,280x1,080-pixel resolution -- lower than other flagships like the Galaxy S9 Plus. In everyday use, the screen looked sharp, detailed and bright. Watching videos and scrolling through Instagram was a delight. Colors look vibrant without being oversaturated.