Classy & glassy : OnePlus 6 first take


OnePlus has been on a roll, particularly in markets like India. Gone are the days when it was an underdog; in the premium segment it’s become the big dog in India as per the latest IDC reports commanding more than 50 percent market share of the Rs 30,000 price bracket in India.

With the launch of the OnePlus 6, the Chinese upstart needs to now show that it’s a company which can take on the likes of Samsung and perhaps even Apple. It certainly has the fanfare around its products to achieve this. And the OnePlus 6 certainly pushes the envelope in terms of design and craftsmanship building on top of the towering success of the OnePlus 5 and 5T.

We have been testing the phone for a while and the most striking thing about this phone is it’s design. Gone is the bland almost iPhone like design language. A sexy glassy finish is in the house which looks utterly classy.

Like some of the other smartphone makers in the world, OnePlus has embraced a glass and aluminium sandwich. It retains some design elements found in previous OnePlus phones but now there’s just glass on the front and back with aluminium being the formation of the main spine. The front encompasses an iPhone X like full screen notch display while the back is all glass. While this may sound quite mundane as most phones have this facet these days, OnePlus uses a unique and attractive solution which makes the glass feel almost like glossy metal or plastic.

The mirror black which we have been testing reminds one of super classy phones like the Nokia 8 Sirocco and the iPhone 7 jet black while the silk white is an all new animal with the glass having a matte finish and the Milky nature of the white being attributed to real pearl powder being used.

As for hardware features, the OnePlus 6 is absolutely top notch ( no pun intended ). It is one of the first phones in the world to get the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of onboard storage.

It gets a full screen 6.3-inch OLED screen that gets a notch and has an overall screen to body ratio of more than 84 percent at a size which is approximately the same as the OnePlus 5T.

There’s also a 3,300mAH battery which is the same as the previous OnePlus 5T but considering Qualcomm’s battery efficiency gains on the Snapdragon 845 this should provide even better battery life when coupled with dash charge, which is the best fast-charging technology in the industry.

For cameras too there have been improvements. There is a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel camera combination but now the sensor size has increased by 19 percent and an optical stabilizer has been added which should theoretically make it even better, however, we haven’t tested it for long enough to comment.

Oxygen OS is now based on Android Oreo 8.1 and one can even enable gestures like Android P. This phone will also be one of the first phones in the world on which you can install the Android P beta which Google announced last week at IO.

Overall, the OnePlus 6 is shaping up to be another blockbuster. At first take the company have particularly improved the design language of the phone.


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