OnePlus 6 Unveiled With Glass Back, Bullet Wireless, & More

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OnePlus 6

Finally, the day arrives. From past few weeks, we got a lot of OnePlus 6 related coverage. Almost every day we got a leak or any teaser about this new device. Well, that’s not much shocking because from past 2-3 years every tech enthusiast is excited about OnePlus smartphones due to its premium features and experience for half of the price as compared to tier 1 brands. Now with the launch of OnePlus 6, the company is moving towards some new steps. We have a pretty good idea of what this phone will pack inside, but let’s take a look at them with the official tag.

Design:

OnePlus shifted from sandstone back to metal two years back with OnePlus 3. Since then we are seeing the premium metal finished OnePlus phones. Now it’s time for the change. As seen in leaks and teasers, OnePlus went for Glass back finish with OnePlus 6. As you can see from the image below, the back has a premium glass which is curved from its left & right corners. This is a Gorilla Glass 5 glass which gives a bit of protection from scratches. It looks pretty close to Samsung Galaxy S series smartphones of past 2-3 years. But despite having similar glass design, the overall back don’t seem a copy of Samsung S series smartphone, unlike last year’s OnePlus 5, which looked like a copy of iPhone 7 Plus. Talking about placements at back, there are two vertically aligned cameras and dual tone LED flash (we will talk about the camera in later part of this article). Below the camera setup, a rectangular with round corned edge fingerprint sensor is place. Nothing else is present at the back.

Coming to the front, the 1st thing to notice here is the notch. The iPhone X styled notch is present above the display having stuffs like proximity & light sensors, earpiece and front facing camera. Below is the thin bezel display in 19:9 aspect ratio. Talking about other placements, volume rocker & SIM ejector tool is present at the left and power button & Alert Slider at the right. Unlike all previous generation OnePlus device, alert slider on OnePlus 6 is shifted to right. Speaker grill, USB Type-C port, main microphone and 3.5mm headphone jack is present at the bottom, and the top is empty. This phone also has basic water resistance, but not IP certified. Overall the device looks very cool, but nothing much unique if look at the competition.

Specification:

As expected from leaks and OnePlus’s previous records, the specs of this device are obviously quite premium. Starting with the display, this OnePlus 6 has a 6.28 inch Full HD+ AMOLED panel with 2280×1080 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. This display is protected by Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 octa core processor clocked at 2.7 GHz with Adreno 630 GPU. It has 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and 8GB of RAM with 128/256GB storage. This is the 1st time we have seen any OnePlus device having 256GB of internal storage. This phone runs on latest Android 8.1 Oreo with near stock Oxygen OS on top. A 3300mAh battery is packed within along with OnePlus proprietary Dash Charge technology, but no wireless charging despite having glass back.

Talking about camera, this OnePlus 6 has 16MP primary camera with f1.7 lens, 1.25µ sensor, EIS and 20MP secondary telephoto lens with f1.7 lens, 1.00µ sensor. It can record videos up to 4k at 60fps, and Super Slo-Mo option with slow motion videos at whopping 480fps at 720p, but it will be similar to what we have seen in Galaxy S9/S9 Plus, a moment type shot of 3.75 seconds in few seconds video. Also the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) is back on OnePlus 6 from OnePlus 3T. The front camera is a 16MP shooter with f2.0 lens and Portrait selfies with AI. For security, it has fingerprint sensor at the back and face unlock. Connectivity wise this phone has dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C port. The phone is 7.2mm thin and weights at 177 grams. This phone will come in a reflective Mirror Black color, Matte finished Midnight Black and a limited edition Silk White color options.

OnePlus Bullet Wireless:

Despite OnePlus maintained the 3.5mm headphone jack, seems like OnePlus wants to go into wireless segment for audio as they also launched OnePlus Bullet Wireless Earphones. These wireless earphones have 9.2mm drivers with energy tubes, which will enhance the sound as said by the company. It will have aptX support for High Definition audio experience. It also has support for Google Assistant, which can be activated by long pressing the middle button. Talking about buttons there will be three buttons i.e. volume buttons and play/pause button. The charging is done via Type-C cable and dash charging is also supported in this earphone, which concludes that charging for 10 minutes will give 5 hours of listening.

Pricing and Availability:

  • 6GB+64GB at $529 (₹35,821)
  • 8GB+128GB at $579 (₹39,206)
  • 8GB+256GB at $629 (₹42,592)
  • Bullet Wireless is priced at $69 (₹4,672)
  • Will be available in USA, Canada, Europe, and India from 22nd May
  • Silk White Edition and Bullet Wireless will be available from 5th June
  • No information about availability in China yet

So that’s all the information we have as of now. The price is surely increased a bit as compared to OnePlus 5T, but its OnePlus track record to increase the pricing with every phone they launch. But despite a bit of increased price, it provides a lot more as compared to many other brands. It would be interesting to see what will be the pricing in India, where this phone is going to launch tomorrow. Now, what are your thoughts on this phone? Is this what you expected from a OnePlus flagship or you are missing something? Do let us know in the comment section below. Also, stay tuned with us for more information.