The OnePlus 6 launch event has officially kicked off, with founder Carl Pei taking the stage to introduce the smartphone that will compete with iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
Carl Pei started his keynote with a recap of the company’s achievements, and then moved on to the first product the brand is unveiling tonight – the Bullets Wireless earphones, followed by the OnePlus 6.
The launch event was held in London, where the covers will be taken off the phone for the first time.
For the first time, a OnePlus handset is glass on both the front and back of the device – placing it in step with the other premium flagship handsets out there.
Crucially, it looks and feels good too. The 6.28-inch full optic AMOLED display is the largest the company has ever put on a phone and it fills almost all of the front panel.
Like a lot of wannabe disrupter devices, the OnePlus 6 also sports a notch at the top of the screen – though it’s only small and can even be blocked out of view using the phone’s settings if so desired.
There are dual cameras on the back of the phone too, which help enable a Portrait mode of photography, as well as support slow-motion video.
It’s also worth noting that the 6 keeps the headphone jack in place, giving users the option of plugging in a range of personal audio accessories.
At first glance, this is a mobile phone that has smartened up its appearance in order to impress and not look out of place alongside the big names of the industry.
Optic AMOLED6.28″ DisplaySnapdragon 845 Qualcomm
16 + 20 MPDual CameraUp to 8 GB RAM256 GB Storage
6.2 ounces (177g)
Mirror Black/ Midnight Black/ Silk White
OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo
Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE
RGB LED notification light
Haptic vibration motor
6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X
UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Hub
USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
Dual nano-SIM slot
3.5 mm audio jack
3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)
Gestures and on-screen navigation support Alert Slider
Noise cancellation support
Dirac HD Sound®
Dirac Power Sound®
DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Size: 6.28 inches (The corners of the screen are within a standard rectangle. Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.28 inches in the full rectangle and 6.12 inches accounting for the rounded corners.)
Resolution: 2280 x 1080 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 19:9
Type: Optic AMOLED
Support sRGB, DCI-P3
Cover Glass: 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Lift Up Display
Rear Camera – Main
Sensor: Sony IMX 519
Pixel Size: 1.22 µm
Rear Camera – Secondary
Sensor: Sony IMX 376K
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
Dual LED Flash
4K resolution video at 30/60 fps
1080P resolution video at 30/60 fps
720P resolution video at 30 fps
Super Slow Motion: 1080p video at 240 fps, 720p video at 480 fps
Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image
Sensor: Sony IMX 371
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
Autofocus: Fixed Focus
1080P resolution video at 30 fps
720P resolution video at 30 fps
Portrait, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty②
Audio Supported Formats
Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
Video Supported Formats
Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Image Supported Formats
Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
OnePlus has always placed a great level of focus on the performance its phones provide, and that appears to again be the case with the OnePlus 6.
The 6 has the latest Snapdragon 845 processor inside and according to OnePlus this upgrade means the device has a 30% performance increase but with 30% less power used.
OnePlus continues to push its clever Dash Charge battery technology.
This is a combination of tech in the charging plug and wire which pushes current overvoltage for more efficient charging, while on the phone it means quick charging that can provide a day’s battery life in 30 minutes of charging.
The red cable is nice from an aesthetic point of view too.
In terms of software, the 6 is running the latest version of Android with the company’s own OxygenOS on top of it, though it’s still the Android experience many will be familiar with.
The soft keys or virtual buttons that appear at the bottom of the screen are gone, however instead replace by swiping gestures to navigate between screens.
What do you get in the box
1x OnePlus 6
1x Screen Protector (pre-applied)
1x Translucent Case
1x OnePlus Fast Charge Type-C Cable
1x OnePlus Fast Charge Power Adapter
1x SIM Tray Ejector
1x Quick Start Guide
1x Safety Information
The dual camera system on the rear of the OnePlus 6 combines a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lens that offer high-end photo quality and light, bright images.
OnePlus has also confirmed that it will add a Portrait mode to both the front and rear cameras shortly after launch, which will use an AI algorithm to apply depth of field in the background of selfies on the front camera, and take advantage of both lenses on the rear to create this depth effect, known as bokeh.
Pushing to rival the likes of Apple and Samsung, the OnePlus 6 now also supports one of 2018’s on-trend features – slow-motion video.
The device can capture up to a whole minute in slow motion – a grand total of six minutes of footage – way more than you’ll ever need at 480fps.