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.

Specs

  • Optic AMOLED
    6.28″ Display
    Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm
  • 16 + 20 MP
    Dual Camera
    Up to 8 GB RAM
    256 GB Storage

Basic parameters

Dimensions

155.7×75.4×7.75 mm

Weight

6.2 ounces (177g)

Material

Glass

Colors

Mirror Black/ Midnight Black/ Silk White

Operating System

OxygenOS based on Android™ Oreo

CPU

Qualcomm® Snapdragon 845 (Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8 GHz), within AIE

GPU

Adreno 630

Notification Light

RGB LED notification light

Vibration

Haptic vibration motor

RAM

6 GB / 8 GB LPDDR4X

Storage

UFS 2.1 2-LANE 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB

Sensors

Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity, RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Hub

Ports

USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
Dual nano-SIM slot
3.5 mm audio jack

Battery

3300 mAh (non-removable) Fast Charging (5V 4A)

Buttons

Gestures and on-screen navigation support Alert Slider

Audio

Bottom-facing speaker
Noise cancellation support
Dirac HD Sound®
Dirac Power Sound®

Unlock Options

Fingerprint
Face Unlock

Connectivity

LTE/LTE-A

DL 4CA/256QAM, UL CA/64QAM, 4×4 MIMO
Supports up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps) depending on carrier support

Bands

FDD LTE:
Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
CDMA: BC0/BC1
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Wi-Fi

2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G

Bluetooth

Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD

NFC

NFC enabled

Positioning

GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo

Display

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

Features

Adaptive Mode
Reading Mode
Night Mode
Lift Up Display

Camera

Rear Camera – Main

Sensor: Sony IMX 519
Megapixels: 16
Pixel Size: 1.22 µm
OIS: Yes
EIS: Yes
Autofocus: DCAF
Aperture: f/1.7

Rear Camera – Secondary

Sensor: Sony IMX 376K
Megapixels: 20
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
Autofocus: PDAF
Aperture: f/1.7

Flash

Dual LED Flash

Video

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
Time-Lapse
Video Editor

Features

Portrait, Pro Mode, Panorama, HDR, HQ, Dynamic Denoise, Clear Image, RAW Image

Front Camera

Front Camera

Sensor: Sony IMX 371
Megapixels: 16
Pixel Size: 1.0 µm
EIS: Yes
Autofocus: Fixed Focus
Aperture: f/2.0

Video

1080P resolution video at 30 fps
720P resolution video at 30 fps
Time-Lapse

Features

Portrait, HDR, Screen Flash, Smile Capture, Face Beauty

Multimedia

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
Recording: MP4

Image Supported Formats

Playback: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Output: JPEG

Experience

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

Camera

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.

Glass Black, Midnight Black and the Limited Edition Silk White

Glass Black and Midnight Black will be available 22nd May at 10am BST on OnePlus and O2 in the UK, while the Silk White (Limited Edition) will be on the 5th June.