OnePlus have gone to the dark side! Just kidding, they released a smartphone with a notched screen, and that's totally fine. It's called the OnePlus 6, and I'm going to tell you everything you need to know about it: what it looks like, what it can do, when it'll be available and how much it will cost. Let's get started!
Design & Features
As we mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 6 comes with a trendy notched display, a 6.28-inch AMOLED panel running at 2280 x 1080 that covers nearly the entire front of the phone. The 19:9 aspect ratio means that it's noticeably taller than the 16:9 screen of the OnePlus 5, and even slightly bigger than the 18:9 screen of the OnePlus 5T that arrived late last year.
There's also more glass on the back of the phone, as OnePlus have switched from the aluminium design that they've used previously. Glass backs remove the need for ugly antenna lines, but can be more fragile, making finding a good protective case a priority.
The larger screen and thinner bezels also mean that the fingerprint sensor is now on the rear of the phone, below a similarly on-trend vertically stacked dual camera system. Water resistance has also been added, although OnePlus haven't committed to an actual IP rating. Instead, they merely suggest you don't intentionally submerge it in water.
In terms of ports, you'll be pleased to hear that USB-C and a 3.5mm headphone jack have both made an appearance. That's nice when so many other Android makers have followed Apple in removing their 3.5mm jacks, citing space efficiency and the rise of Bluetooth headphones.
OnePlus have maintained the dual camera setup of their 2017 models, with a 16-megapixel wide-angle and a 20-megapixel telephoto. However, they've put back optical image stabilisation on the main camera, which vanished on the OnePlus 5T, and increased the sensor size by around 19%. With a bit of luck, this should make the phone's low light performance noticeably better.
An entirely new addition is super slow-mo video, supporting video captures at 480 frames per second. Portrait mode shots, where the background is artificially blurred to mimic a narrow field of view, are now available on both the front and rear cameras.
The OnePlus 6 is powered by a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 processor, backed with 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 64GB, 128GB or even 256GB of storage. Everything is powered by a fast-charging 3300mAh battery, the same size as the past two OnePlus releases. There's nothing super special here, but the OP6 should provide more than enough hardware firepower to play games, browse the web and run any other apps you can think of without slowing down.
The phone comes with a near-stock version of Android 8.0 Oreo, with no weird interface design choices or annoying features to speak of. Speed and responsiveness, both in terms of the interface and new software updates, should be strong points of the OnePlus 6. In fact, the OnePlus 6 is one of a half-dozen phones to support the Android P beta, which is impressive given that it hasn't even launched yet.
Price, models and availability
The best thing about OnePlus has always been its 'never settle' promise: flagship phone hardware and features at mid-range prices. That remains true for the OnePlus 6, which launches at £469 in the UK for a model with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage in a shiny Mirror Black finish. For the upgraded 8GB RAM / 128GB storage model, you'll need to pay £519, but you do get to choose from two additional colour schemes: Midnight Black and Silk White. There's also a 256GB model at £569, available in Midnight Black only.
You can pre-order the phone via the OnePlus 6 website from the 21st of May, four days away, with delivery expected later this month. However, the Silk White colourway will debut later, in early June. You could also attend the OnePlus 6 London pop-up event, at Kachette in Shoreditch, from 12PM on the 21st to try and snag a OnePlus 6 before your friends. Quantities will be limited, no doubt, so you might be better off playing the waiting game with an online order.
So that's all you need to know about the OnePlus 6.
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