The OnePlus 6 is finally here. If you’ve never heard of the brand, it’s a Chinese company that’s known to sell phones with high-end specifications for affordable prices. That includes good design, impressive build quality, clean Android software with no bloatware, and specs rivaling and sometimes better than the Samsung Galaxy S9.
OnePlus has established a cycle of releasing a new phone every six or so months, but it always only sells one phone at a given time. So with the OnePlus 6 announced, last fall’s OnePlus 5T is now discontinued. Here’s everything you need to know about the new “flagship killer.”
Perhaps the most important difference between the OnePlus 6 and its predecessor — the OnePlus 5T — is design. As expected, OnePlus has adopted some 2018 design trends — including a bigger edge-to-edge display. Unlike some other phones on the market, there are still bezels — but they’ve been seriously slimmed down.
What helps trim those bezels down is the notch, a cutout at the top of the phone housing the camera and the earpiece. The notch became a trend after Apple used it in the iPhone X, but Apple wasn’t the first company to use this design style. It’s now a common sight on many Android phones, such as the Huawei P20 Pro, and the LG G7 ThinQ. If you’re not a fan of the notch, you will be able to hide it through the software in a later update.
You can use front-facing camera to unlock the phone, or you can opt for the fingerprint sensor on the back. Face Unlock isn’t as secure as Apple’s Face ID, unfortunately, and it’s meant purely for convenience over security.
The AMOLED screen on the phone comes in at 6.28 inches, with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels. It’s a solid resolution for a phone in this price range, but most flagship phones step things up to at least a 1,440 pixel display.
One the back of the phone, you’ll find a dual rear-facing camera, along with a flash and fingerprint sensor, and the OnePlus logo. Despite the tech crammed in, it looks very minimalistic and stylish, which is good news for those that appreciate a streamlined design. On the bottom, there’s a USB-C port and a headphone jack, along with a bottom-firing speaker. The phone supports OnePlus’ Dash Charge fast-charging technology.
Under the hood, like previous OnePlus phones, the phone boasts some flagship specs.
With a Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM, the phone should be able to go head-to-head with any new flagship smartphone in the performance department. In fact, it may do even better considering the slightly lower-resolution display. The 3,300mAh battery isn’t huge, but it should get you through at least a day of medium usage.
Like previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 features the latest version of OxygenOS, which is currently based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Generally speaking, OxygenOS is similar to stock Android, with far more customization options and a few more visual tweaks.
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, and the OnePlus 6 is no exception. The device, like the OnePlus 5T before it, offers dual rear-facing cameras with a primary 16-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, and an aperture of f/1.7. The secondary sensor sits in at 20 megapixels with an aperture of f/1.7.
According to OnePlus, the camera uses artificial intelligence to create a better Portrait Mode — though we’ll have to wait and see just how good it really is. The camera is capable of recording video at up to 4K at up to 60 frames per second, and features a super-slow-mo mode that can record 720p video at 240 frames per second.
OnePlus Bullets Wireless
What’s even better than the OnePlus 6? How about the OnePlus 6 with a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that react smartly? OnePlus’ new pair of Bluetooth wired earbuds will be coming out shortly after the phone is released.
The Bullets Wireless are milled from aluminum to create a design that’s lightweight and comfortable, while also being stylish. When not in use, the two earphones can be magnetically clipped together to prevent tangles — and when used with a OnePlus 6 or 5T, clipping them together will intelligently pause your music. That’s not all either, as OnePlus has promised that a future update will allow users to answer phone calls to their OnePlus 6 or 5T by unclipping the earphones.
Battery is always a worry with Bluetooth earphones, but OnePlus has been working on that too, building its celebrated Dash Charge into the earphones. Ten minutes on any USB-C cable (no need for a OnePlus branded cable or charger) will give the earphones enough juice for five hours, and have an eight hour battery life from full. All that battery life is coupled with OnePlus’ energy-saving mode that switches the Bullets Wireless off after five minutes of inactivity.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless will launch in June, and will start from $70.
Price and availability
Like previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 features flagship specs at a relatively inexpensive price — though that relatively inexpensive price has been crawling up a little. The OnePlus 6 comes in three color-schemes, including Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and a limited-edition Silk White. Here’s a rundown of the prices:
- Mirror Black, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage: $530
- Mirror Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage: $580
- Midnight Black, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage: $580
- Midnight Black, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage: $630
- Silk White, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage: $580
The phones will be available from the OnePlus website starting on May 22, though if you’re interested in the limited edition Silk White version, you’ll have to wait until June 5. Keep in mind, the phones will not work with Verizon or Sprint — if you’re in the U.S., you’ll need T-Mobile or AT&T to use the phone.
Updated on May 16: The OnePlus 6 has been announced, and this article has been overhauled to reflect that.