The OnePlus 6 smartphone has just been announced and we’ve got all the details on the £469 flagship killer, which lands in the UK on May 22.
Simply put, the new handset is a winner.
The premium feel also extends to its all-glass design – a first for the Chinese manufacturer – with Galaxy S9-style curved edges to top it off.
And if you decide to turn off the notch, it ends up looking even more like Samsung’s flagship.
Then there’s the 6.28-inch AMOLED screen (the biggest ever on a OnePlus phone) encased between the tiniest of borders to give you maximum display space.
As a result, videos streamed on YouTube and Netflix at the optimum setting should look great on the device.
OnePlus 6 specs
The tech specs in detail…
- Screen: 6.28-inch fullHD AMOLED display
- Chip: Snapdragon 845 (64-bit, 2.8GHz)
- RAM: 6GB / 8GB
- Storage: 64GB / 256GB
- Battery: 3,300mAh
- Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm
- Weight: 177 grams
- Waterproof: Yes (no IP-rating)
- Rear Camera: 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual lens (f/1.7) with OIS
- Front Camera: 16-megapixel
- Price: £469
In case you’re wondering, the OnePlus 6 boasts a 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution, meaning it packs a 2K display with 401 pixels-per-inch (PPI).
That’s basically half the resolution of a high-end 4K telly.
Comparably, the £739 Galaxy S9 has a stunning QHD+ curved AMOLED screen that boasts more pixels-per-inch (570) for a theoretically better picture.
And Sony is also trying to one-up the pack with an actual 4K screen on its £649 Xperia XZ Premium.
But neither of those phones cost £469 at launch – they didn’t even come close.
In addition, OnePlus is going all-out on speed and performance.
Yes you can unlock the phone with your face like the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, but none of that matters if it doesn’t perform well when browsing online or using apps and games.
Fortunately, the OnePlus 6 is relying on the nippiest of processors to solve any potential hurdles: the Snapdragon 845.
Combine that with 6GB RAM on the 64GB storage version (with 8GB RAM/128GB storage costing £519, and 8GB RAM/256GB storage at £569) and you’ve got a mighty setup on your hands.
That should help when you’re swapping between multiple apps and powerful games.
All that high-intensity use will inevitably drain the device’s sturdy 3,300 mAH battery, which is why OnePlus is again adding a Dash Charge plug in the box.
A half-hour hook-up using the accessory will juice the handset up to 60 percent (a day’s worth of power, in other words).
At this price, however, cutbacks are inevitable and one place where the new smartphone may slip up is its camera.
Don’t get us wrong, its 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear dual-camera combo hardly sounds bad.
And the 16-megapixel selfie snapper works with Qualcomm’s AI engine to polish up your mug shots like its rivals.
There’s even a newly-introduced slo-mo video mode that can capture fullHD recordings at 240fps (while 720p HD recordings get even slower at 480fps).
But it lacks the eye-catching quirks of its competitors (like Apple’s Animoji, the Pixel 2’s object-recognition tech, and Samsung’s AR Emoji).
In their place are bog-standard customisation options that even Snapchat and Instagram could beat.
As usual, the OnePlus 6 marks the return of the firm’s OxygenOS skin on top of Google’s Android Oreo OS.
The extras include a gaming mode that diverts power and data from apps you’re not using to the game you’re playing.
There’s also a bunch of gestures that serve as navigation bar replacements, allowing you to swipe between apps and even capture screenshots.
Until recently, OnePlus was a brand associated with tech buffs, due to its invite-only online availability.
That all changed when it signed an exclusive partnership with O2 in the UK in 2016, which saw the network stock OnePlus devices at its high street stores and on the web.
And that romance is set to continue with the OnePlus 6.
But the manufacturer hasn’t given up on its passionate community.
Head to Twitter, and you’ll find the firm’s execs reaching out to customers about their wishlist for upcoming devices.
That’s how the OnePlus 6 ended up with a headphone jack – though the notch was naturally more divisive.
As the only smartphone announced at the OnePlus launch event today, the OnePlus 6 hogged the limelight.
But it’s not without its rivals.
Arriving just in time to steal its thunder is the Honor 10, another Chinese flagship killer that pinches the iPhone X’s features and (at £399) is even cheaper than the OnePlus 6.
There’s also the £500 Nokia 8, the comeback kid that’s received praise for its premium design, camera, and QHD display.
And even OnePlus itself may have a new flagship smartphone out in the next five months, if previous launches are anything to go by.
One thing we’ll definitely be getting in the near future is a stunning Silk White colour (out June 5).
For now you’re stuck with Midnight Black and Mirror Black, but that’s hardly a complaint.
As first impressions go, we couldn’t be more pleased with the OnePlus 6.
But with such fierce competition on the market, you can’t help but fear the flagship killer could lose its niche.
Make sure to check back for our full OnePlus 6 review and comparisons very soon.