Chinese hardware maker OnePlus entered the Indian smartphone with the OnePlus One in 2014. Cut to 2018 and they back with the 7
th edition of their flagship the OnePlus 6. Now almost all flagships of 2018 have three things in common they are all bezel less, they all pack in a vertical rear camera setup and they have a notch. OnePlus 6 is the company’s take on 2018 flagships and I am very impressed with what they have managed to achieve in terms of design. The all new glass back makes the OnePlus 6 stand out from its predecessors, as the company has ditched the unibody aluminum case that it opted first one its OnePlus 3 series. Watch: OnePlus 6 takes on Apple and Samsung with all-glass "flagship-killer"
Now whether you like it or ‘notch’, the 6.28 inch 19:9 OLED display sports an iPhone X like notch which was one of the most critiqued aspects of the flagship even before it was launched. Since many OnePlus purists felt offended, in a classic OnePlus move where the company takes feedback from real users and actions on it, the team decided to simply tweak their software.
OnePlus 6 packs in built in option that lets users conceal the notch by putting a black bar right on top. But honestly, having played around with this device for over a week now I can safely say, give it time and this screen upgrade will grow on you. The upside of the notch is that the OnePlus 6 is almost the same size as its predecessor OnePlus 5T, while it offers more vertical screen space.
The OnePlus 6 has retained the headphone jack, which is (wired) music to my ears. However, if you do want to go the wireless way, the company has launched the OnePlus Bullets Wireless which may be worth considering even if you are not on a OnePlus device.
Under the hood, the OnePlus 6 runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It is water resistant, but you can’t take it for a swim as the company has not revealed any official ratings just yet. The other big upgrade is the camera unit.
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The OnePlus 6 packs in a 20 + 16 megapixel rear sensor with optical image stabilisation, that on the face of it keeps up with rival flagships. I definitely see a lot of improvement in low-light shots and even the portrait mode. But both sensors have the same focal length which makes it unclear what the real use of the secondary sensor is at this point but maybe we can decode that over time.
In terms of the UI the company’s OxygenOS that sits on top of Android 8.1 is very close to stock Android, it’s minimal and has been thoughtfully designed for all kinds of users including gamers. The gaming mode optimises the resources of the device by limiting background apps and even letting users switch off notifications. If you are sold, the OnePlus 6 starts off at Rs. 34,999 for the 6GB + 64GB variant, while the 8GB + 128GB variant will set you back by Rs. 39,999 rupees. OnePlus has also launched the Avengers Edition exclusively in India and China that debuts with the 256GB storage option and has been priced at Rs. 44,999
Just to give you some context, yes the OnePlus 6 is one of the more expensive devices from the house of OnePlus. But it is just 2000 rupees more than its predecessor the OnePlus 5T. Compare it to other rivals, the OnePlus 6 definitely has an edge over the Samsung S9 plus, the Google Pixel 2 or even the iPhone X if you keep pure value in mind. My Tech Toyz verdict is that the OnePlus 6 is an extremely sweet deal!
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