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Since its inception in 2014, with the $299 OnePlus X, OnePlus goals at delivering the perfect options at an incredible worth, and the OnePlus 6 matches completely within the technique at an impressively excessive degree. At $530 (6GB/64GB) and even $580 (8GB/64GB), the OnePlus 6 performs within the Premium Smartphone class, nevertheless, attributable to its highly effective efficiency and a major variety of high-quality options, the cellphone feels extra like a high-end gadget.

OnePlus efficiently addressed the weaknesses of its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T, launched in November 2017. The digicam received necessary enhancements, such because the addition of Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS), higher low-light photograph efficiency, and the revamped industrial design offers a brand new shiny mirrored-glass physique, to slot in the present development of the high-end gadget market.

The OnePlus 6 was launched in Might 2018 and was initially constructed for the Premium market. At publishing time, the OnePlus 6 was priced at $529 USD (6GB RAM/64GB model – 8GB/64GB is $580 – 8GB/128GB is $630).

Normally, we think about value as the first standards, however we made an exception for the OnePlus 6 as a result of, in lots of features, the gadget is on par with extra dear and high-end flagship telephones lately launched.

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We lined-up variety of cellphones which will probably be used to evaluate how the OnePlus OnePlus 6 matches in its instant smartphone panorama: Samsung Galaxy S9 (~$715), Google Pixel 2 XL (~$820), Apple iPhone X (~$1185), LG G7 ThinQ (~$649), Huawei P20 Professional ($715) and the OnePlus 5T (~525 USD).

OnePlus 6 key specificationsDisplay6.28” AMOLED Show (2280×1080)Digicam16MP Digicam, f/1.7 aperture, 28mm focal-length, 4K/60FPSProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform 6-Eight GB RAM, 128, 256, 64 GB of StorageBattery3300 mAh battery capacityOSAndroid Eight.zero

What’s New? (in comparison with the OnePlus 5T)

New shiny and slick physique, like world-class flagships … (now Gorilla Glass 5 Samsung S9 vs. aluminum again of the OnePlus 5T)A brand new form for the fingerprint sensor and addition of chamfered edgesChanged the Alerts Slider from left to rightBetter display-to-body ratio at 83.Eight% (vs.79.6%)Quicker processor (Snapdragon 845 vs. 835)Nonetheless no IP-rating for water resistance and no wi-fi charging (a trade-off for the worth most likely – precedence are battery, show, digicam, appears to be like)Improved digicam: now has OIS, a bigger sensor, f/1.7 aperture, higher ISP with Snapdragon 845

Industrial Design (superb)

Trendy new mirrored-finish glass design, improve from the aluminum again cowl of the OnePlus 5TCompact physique for a big show (6.28” – 83.Eight% show to physique ratio)OnePlus Alert slider switched to the correct sideNot IP-Rated water resistance

OnePlus went for Gorilla Glass 5 on the back and front, departing from the modern aluminum look of the predecessor: the OnePlus 5T. Following the development of probably the most potent high-end telephones in the marketplace such because the Samsung Galaxy S9 or the iPhone X that each use a glass-sandwich design.

The one draw back to utilizing this type of design is the potential for cracks throughout drops on laborious surfaces, however the market has spoken, and customers are greater than prepared to take their probabilities, or simply use a case.

Dimensions, weight, and luxury

With a width of 75.four mm (2.97 inches) and a thickness of seven.Eight mm (zero.31 inches), the smartphone feels snug in hand; the marginally curved physique makes it snug to carry. We use U.S M-size gloves for male hand-size reference, so this may fluctuate from individual to individual.

The gadget weighs 177 grams (6.24 oz), and we’d think about that weight to be barely heavier than common. Nonetheless, because it delivers a large show, at 6.28”, the extra grams are fully justified.

This industrial design packs wonderful efficiency in relation to its dimension. From one other angle, the quantity of battery capability the person will get is excellent for a cellphone of this dimension. The display screen display-to-body ratio of 83.Eight% can also be wonderful in absolute phrases, in our comparability batch, solely the Samsung Galaxy S9 does higher by a hair at 84.1% .


As we stated beforehand, a skinny glass floor (often on high of a metallic layer) can look very good and is usually used on premium gadgets. Taking a look at how the smartphone was designed, we estimate that the danger of cracking throughout a touchdown on a tough floor to be very possible. You possibly can confer with our detailed article about how telephones could possibly be designed to keep away from breakage upon drops: How the LG V20 Was Designed To Survive Drops.

OnePlus says that the OnePlus 6 is “waterproof”, and it’s true that there are some water-blocking options inside to guard the connectors. Nonetheless, we don’t know the way good this safety is because the cellphone is didn’t move the standard certifications: it doesn’t have an IP ranking for water and mud safety, in contrast to the Samsung Galaxy S9 (IP68), the Google Pixel 2 XL (IP67) )and the iPhone X (IP67).

In our comparability batch, the LG G7 is the one one to have acquired each IP68 and a U.S Army MIL-STD 810G certification, You possibly can test the hyperlink on the left to be taught extra, however this customary is a collection of check used to test that army gears can endure some tough remedies. Most telephones don’t have this certification, however some do should you’re attempting to extend the possibilities of survival.

Show (superb)

Massive 6.28” AMOLED show, 19:9 ratioGreat display-to-body ratio at 83.8percentVery vibrant at 802 nitsGreat picture high quality (deep black and vibrant colours)

We discovered the OnePlus 6 show to be superb, with wonderful brightness and vivid colours. That holds true even throughout out of doors use, and just about all conditions we examined it in. With a sharpness of 402 PPI, this show is neat, however not fairly the highest possibility you may get as high-end telephones from Samsung or LG can climb as much as ~550+ PPI, and the distinction may be seen when taking a look at HD pictures or 4K movies. Whether or not or not you want the next PPI will depend on your use case.


Show technical evaluation

The OnePlus 6 show makes use of an AMOLED panel. OLED is a wholly totally different show expertise (than LCD) that has been extensively obtainable to handsets primarily due to Samsung. The basic distinction between OLED and LCD shows is how mild is emitted. With LCD, there’s a small variety of white mild emitters (1-2 for handsets, 2-100 for TVs) and black pixels are potential by “blocking” the white mild with a filter. Sadly, utilizing a filter results in “mild bleeding” and “black coloration” that’s really dark-gray.

With OLED, each pixel emits its personal mild. This additionally signifies that making a black pixel simply means leaving it OFF. In consequence, black coloration is completely black, and different colours are extra simple to manage with out utilizing complicated filters and coloration management applied sciences equivalent to Quantum Dots and Nano Dots. You possibly can learn our full LCD vs. OLED article which matches deeper into the main points.

The show brightness of 802 NITs is implausible. Normally, extra intense mild is most well-liked to see the display screen content material on a sunny day (or vibrant atmosphere). Larger brightness leads instantly to raised picture high quality in quite common conditions. In that space, solely the LG G7 with its spectacular 1007 NITs beats it, and the iPhone XS Max is corresponding to the G7. Each the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the Pixel 2 XL ship decrease brightness, respectively 690 and 610 NITs (our measurements).

Customary decision and wonderful display-to-body ratio (83.Eight%)

The decision of 2280×1080 could be thought-about to be “excessive” in absolute phrases and in comparison with the competitors it will be frequent. The OnePlus 6 delivers the bottom pixel density of our comparability batch, at 402 PPI (the identical because the OnePlus 5T, for a bigger show).

The Samsung Galaxy S9 delivers the very best pixel density at 568 PPI with the LG G7 proper behind at 563 PPI – each telephones function larger decision than the newest OnePlus flagship, 2960×1440, and 3120×1440, respectively. The Pixel 2 XL is rather less dense at 537 PPI whereas the iPhone is clearly behind within the “most costly” group, at 463 PPI.

Relating to the display-to-body ratio, the OnePlus 6 is nearly the perfect at school with at 83.Eight%, simply second to the Samsung Galaxy S9 (84.1%).

With a coloration gamut near 100% of the sRGB spectrum, the show could be very succesful and may maintain its personal within the premium and high-end area. Though many shows are technically higher, we’re moving into territories the place customers would have a harder time to pinpoint the variations.

OnePlus 6 Digicam

Like different cameras in its class, the OnePlus 6 performs very effectively in broad daylight, profiting from its 16 MP sensor to ship sharp and effectively balanced pictures in straightforward circumstances. The additional megapixels are nice for nature scenes the place foliage can look higher due to the extra element.

Right here’s a gallery that compares the identical scene, shot by main cell cameras of the second (Captions on the backside of the display screen):

The picture high quality is fairly related, even after we zoom in, the main points are fairly sharp and none is overly processed, with refined variations. The Samsung Galaxy S9 ship much less definition simply attributable to decrease decision however that does imply the standard is much less, quite the opposite.

The HDR pictures capabilities of the OnePlus 6 are fairly good, though not distinctive, with handsets just like the Galaxy S9 Plus or the Huawei P20 Professional producing pictures with higher, extra pure, rendering of the tree to the correct.

Low mild photograph open air and in-lab(~5 NITs)

Now examine the OnePlus 6 in opposition to well-kown cell cameras (captions on the backside of the display screen):

In low-light, thew OnePlus 6 performs very effectively, and on the floor, it is ready to go face to face with heavy hitters such because the Galaxy S9+ or the Huawei P20 Professional. We discovered it to have barely higher white stability than the P20 Professional as a result of it may seize the slight yellow tint of the road lamps the place P20 Professional turns it to white mild.

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The Galaxy S9+ has barely higher colours and fewer noise as effectively. In low-light pictures, our checks present that the S9+ and Word 9 stay the perfect low-light “basic” cameras. New handsets use a number of processing to indicate issues that your eyes wouldn’t even see. For instance, the Huawei P20 Professional reveals the form of the tree behind the constructing to the correct. It’s a feat that shouldn’t be underestimated, however whether or not or not you want that model is your determination.

Here’s a comparability between main cell cameras of a really troublesome night-time metropolis skyline shot (caption on the backside):

Bokeh / Portrait Photograph

OnePlus 6, in Portrait Mode

OnePlus 6, in Portrait ModeiPhone XS MaxVivo V11 in Portait Mode (Bokeh)Honor Play

In Portrait / Bokeh pictures, the OnePlus 6 makes use of a 28 mm focal size as an alternative of a ~50 mm one present in different telephones. There’s nothing fallacious with it, however some individuals discover that 50 mm (2X zoom) is a extra ultimate setting to seize portraits, even with giant cameras.

The blur is good, though not very sturdy, and the character’s edges are clear. There’s no apparent blur the place it shouldn’t occur, and the tip of the toy’s gun is definitely clear. It’s a element that many telephones blur out.

Photograph high quality conclusion

All the above exhibits that the OnePlus 6 digicam is ready to compete successfully on the highest degree. Dearer smartphone would possibly etch a small victory within the varied features we examined, however the worth of the OnePlus 6 makes all of the distinction and proves that budget-conscious customers don’t have to go away an excessive amount of on the desk.


Digicam Hardware Evaluation

Within the OnePlus 6, the digicam aperture of f/1.7 could be very respectable and the sensor dimension of ~20.5 mm² could be thought-about giant (for a smartphone), however many listed rivals have bigger sensors (~25 to 40 mm²), so this dimension shouldn’t be distinctive in the marketplace.

The 16 Megapixel decision shouldn’t be used as a common proxy of photograph high quality, however in very vibrant mild scenes, it could possibly be a helpful metric for photographic element and sharpness. For instance, on a sunny day, a nature photograph with the next megapixel depend may present finer particulars. Between 12 MP, 16 MP and 21 MP variations in small particulars may be fairly noticeable, if printed or seen on a big and/or high-PPI show.

In dim lighting conditions, the excessive Megapixel depend (>12) doesn’t sway the result. Additionally, the bodily dimension of every sensor pixel is important. With larger megapixel counts, sensing pixels (sensels) could need to be smaller. Every obtains much less mild info, and in low-light scenes, it’s higher for the general picture high quality to sense extra mild with fewer (however greater) sensels than the other.

Optical Picture Stabilization however no EIS

The provision of an Optical Picture Stabilization (OIS) module on the first digicam will increase the percentages of capturing sharp pictures in daylight, and brighter pictures at night time.

OIS helps to enhance picture readability and better low-light efficiency by offsetting minute hand-shaking movement. OIS makes it sensible to go away the shutter open longer to seize extra mild (extra prolonged publicity). Optical and digital stabilization are utterly totally different, with digital stabilization appropriate to enhance video recording smoothness

EIS (Digital Picture Stabilization) is not obtainable on this handset. Due to this, the video recordings could also be shakier than rivals which have this function. EIS works by decreasing the video’s subject of view and utilizing the additional borders to compensate for any shaking (to some extent).

Section detection autofocus

The auto-focus of the OnePlus 6 digicam relies on Section Detection expertise. Section-detection AF that was initially constructed into discrete AF sensor chips within the DSLR days. Then it received built-in into the digicam major sensor. It really works by having specialised AF pixels sensors that may inform if particular factors within the picture had been in-focus.

This methodology could be very superior, and the AF capabilities work effectively normally. AF efficiency is considerably proportional to the variety of AF sensels. Usually this quantity can go from dozens to a whole lot of Section-Detection AF factors. Section detection AF is a superb system, which is barely inferior to Twin-Pixel AF.

System efficiency

Geared up with the highly effective Snapdragon 845 and 6GB to 8GB of RAM, the OnePlus is a cellphone that has been praised by many reviewers for being, and staying, quick. There’s no sureproof method to verify that it stays quick as a result of everybody has a distinct setting, however technically talking, having extra RAM helps in that regards as efficiency usually hit a wall when you might have too many processes loaded. It occurs once you set up a number of apps.

Benchmarks alone ought to NOT result in a smartphone buy determination. To be taught extra, learn our Are Benchmarks Essential? Article. Gaming efficiency benchmarks (3DMark, GFXBench) apply solely to intensive functions utilizing 3D graphics. CPU Benchmarks (Geekbench) are a free indicator for common function computing efficiency.

Wi-fi Broadband Efficiency

The OnePlus 6 has a CAT18 (1200 Mbps ⇣ / 211 Mbps ⇡ ) LTE modem. This degree of efficiency is superb in its class and in addition wonderful generally. Practically all Snapdragon 845 cellphone can attain LTE CAT 18. Final 12 months’s LG V30 had a CAT 16 connection, which by the way is similar than the brand new iPhone XS, at 1000 Mbps ⇣ / 105 Mbps ⇡

This degree of broadband efficiency is just about the perfect you may get at the moment, in case you are fortunate sufficient to be linked to the newest networks.

Efficiency and worth

For the reason that OnePlus 6 is a value-oriented cellphone, it’s actually fascinating to have a look at efficiency via the prism of “worth”. Not surprisingly, this handset has lots to supply for budget-conscious patrons who don’t need to compromise on gaming, VR or AR. The information speaks for itself:

We had been a bit stunned to see the Galaxy S9 up there, however as the worth erodes over time, high-end handsets additionally turn into increasingly more aggressive.


The battery capability of OnePlus 6 is 3300 mAh, which is excellent generally, and superb in its personal worth class. In our comparability batch, solely the Pixel 2 XL, and the Huawei P20 professional options larger capability at 3520 mAH and 4000 mAH, respectively. The newest Word 9, the newest large-display flagship from Samsung, additionally has a 4000 mAH battery, however prices considerably extra.

Battery life is without doubt one of the most sought-after options of a handset. A key metric is, in fact, the battery capability — particularly inside the similar ecosystem (Android, iOS or different). Battery life may be affected by a number of components, however the principle ones are the principle processor aka SoC, show and wi-fi radios (LTE broadband, WiFi, the cell towers location and extra). It’s unattainable to exactly pinpoint via benchmarks how a lot vitality drain YOUR distinctive wants will induce. Nonetheless, two issues are indisputably all the time good:

A better battery capacityFaster charging

It’s typically not potential to foretell real looking battery life by working artificial checks. Components equivalent to show brightness, (LTE/WiFi) radio utilization and distance to entry factors will change an excessive amount of. Additionally, the variety of apps on-board and their exercise is unpredictable. Battery capability is the perfect battery-life indicator for YOUR utilization.

Charging velocity: wonderful

With a cost velocity of 62 mAh/mn, the OnePlus 6 cost velocity is extraordinarily quick in absolute phrases and is equaled by few, aside from its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T, which options the identical Sprint Charging expertise. Principally, in 30 minutes, you get 56% cost! By comparability, the Samsung Galaxy S9 will probably be charged at 37% in the identical timeframe, which implies it delivers solely 37 mAh/mn (measured with the charger from the field).


This product does not have a removable battery, which is customary for smartphones these days. Closed batteries can’t be taken out or simply repaired, however they do enable for smaller designs and barely greater battery dimension inside the similar product quantity.

Since this smartphone has a really giant show, needless to say bigger shows are inclined to require extra energy because of the larger floor space to mild up. It will depend on the brightness ranges shows are being seen at, however the potential for larger vitality is there, so larger battery capability is preferable.

This handset has a comparatively frequent display screen decision. Though this can be much less aggressive from a picture high quality perspective, having fewer pixels to deal with is an effective factor for battery life.


By rigorously crafting the OnePlus 6 configuration, OnePlus is ready to carve a superb core expertise for the top person. With benchmark numbers larger than high-profile smartphones, the efficiency of this Android handset is past reproach.

This velocity, paired with a sublime industrial design and the high-quality show, offers a “high-end really feel” offered for a Premium worth ($530), which is exactly the acknowledged objective of the corporate to begin with.


Clearly, there are some trade-offs that customers should make within the type of not having the very best show or the newest and most costly industrial design processes. Nonetheless, this can be a step that many customers are completely happy to make to save lots of a couple of hundred dollars.

The OnePlus 6 is a handset with a rare worth to the person, and it’s not a shock why there’s an energetic, virtually non secular, person group round this model and product.

Study extra about costlier rivals by studying the next opinions:

General product ranking: Eight.9/10

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