Finally the day arrived when one of the most awaited smartphones of the year from a relatively unlikely company entered the world of reality. Yes, OnePlus 6 is official. It’s quite astonishing how OnePlus have come out as one of the most loved and wanted smartphone manufacturers today. The Chinese smartphone maker has always been known for its quality offering at an exceptionally affordable price and although OnePlus 6 is company’s most expensive smartphone yet, it still demolishes all the smartphones priced in the similar bracket. It is hard to believe that OnePlus 5T was launched just six months back and given the trend, it is not coming back to shelves especially on online portals like Amazon. However, if you have still managed to find the 5T at a discounted price, should you go for the 5T? Or OnePlus 6 is worth the extra pinch of price it comes with? Let’s find out.
Design and Display
One of the biggest changes to the OnePlus flagship iteration this year has to be the design. After adopting the aluminum as their go to materials for their smartphones in last two years, OnePlus has finally gone with a Glass Back this time around. OnePlus 6 will come in three variants – Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White. While all the three variants are carved out of glass with Gorilla Glass 5 protection, the Midnight Black variant has this metallic finish to it giving it just a little extra grip over the other two variants.
The dual-camera setup at the back has now turned vertical with a slightly more rectangular fingerprint scanner sitting just beneath it. OnePlus has included the alert slider which now sits on the right side and not to forget, we still have the ‘headphone jack’. Yes, a headphone jack in 2018 feels more like a blessing.
Coming to the front of the device, we do have some serious changes here as well. The screen is now 6.28-inches instead of 5.99-inches in the 5T. Still 1080p though. And of course, OnePlus 6 has the notch. Thankfully, the company managed to put one of the smallest ones. The bottom chin has been reduced as well and overall, OnePlus 6 looks one hell of a premium smartphone. Here is a closer look to the device compared to the OnePlus 5T.
If we dig inside, the 6 is a trademark OnePlus upgrade. We now have the latest and perhaps the fastest, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with the Adreno 630. There is one additional storage variant this year with 256GB option along with 128GB and 64GB variants. The RAM scenario is still top notch with 6GB and 8GB RAM options. On the software front, OnePlus 6 runs on Android 8.1 Oreo but you can install the latest Android P developer preview. Sweet! We still have the iconic Dash Charging, Bluetooth 5.0 and the simplicity of OxygenOS which is personally my favourite Android skin at the moment.
OnePlus claims that the 6 does sport some level of water resistance, however, they haven’t laid out any IP rating. Some reports claim that it is merely an IP54 rating which will only help in case of light showers or sudden puddles.
Surprisingly the battery still remains at 3300 mAh while I expected OnePlus will go a little bigger in this department. Nevertheless, dash charging saves the day.
Interestingly, OnePlus has again changed its approach to the dual-cameras at the back. This time the company has included a 16-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor coupled with a 20-megapixel Sony IMX 519 sensor both of which comes with f/1.7 aperture. If we flip the device, the notch up top house a 16-megapixel front camera. Now OnePlus claims that the new dual camera setup will help bring more sharpness to the pictures even in low-light situations. Also, Optical Image Stabilization makes its way back after the company skipped it in the last two smartphones.
To be honest, it is too early to comment on the camera performance but the one on the OnePlus 5T was already pretty good so anything above that will be a thumbs up. What do you think?
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Here is the detailed specification comparison.
|Specifications||OnePlus 6||OnePlus 5T|
|Price||Rs 34,999 - 39,999||Rs 32,999 - 37,999|
|Dimensions||155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm|
|Display||6.28-inch Full HD (1080 x 2280 pixels) Optic AMOLED (19:9)||6.01-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Optic AMOLED (18:9)|
|Processor||Octa-Core 2.8 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | Adreno 630 GPU||Octa-Core 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | Adreno 540 GPU
|Battery||3300 mAh (Non-Removable) | Dash Charging||3300 mAh (Non-Removable) | Dash Charging|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android P DP)||7.1.1 Nougat (Currently running Android 8.1 Oreo)|
|Camera||Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/1.7 | dual-LED|
Slow-Mo Video | Improved Portrait Mode
|Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/1.7 | dual-LED|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
USB Type-C 2.0
|Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
USB Type-C 2.0
|3.5 mm Headphone Jack||Yes||Yes|
|Colours||Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White||Midnight Black|
|Water Resistance||Yes (IP54)||No|