Oneplus today took the wraps off one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year and its seventh flagship — the OnePlus 6. The phone replaces the OnePlus 5T as the company’s flag bearer and ushers in a range of upgrades, most of which honestly feel like OnePlus playing catch up such as an all-glass exterior, notch-equipped screen, and more. However, it’s only been six months since OnePlus’ last flagship. So what is really new and different?
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The OnePlus 6’s biggest highlight is its design which is now made out of Gorilla Glass 5 instead of aluminum. There are a few clear upsides as well as downsides to that when compared to the OnePlus 5T. While the OnePlus 6 looks much more premium and attractive, the OnePlus 5T scores point in the ergonomics department. The OnePlus 6 is also, like every other glass phone, a fingerprint magnet and slippery especially if you opt for the Mirror Black variant.
The glass also carries some extra weight because of which the OnePlus 6 is slightly heavier than its metallic predecessor (162 grams) at 177 grams. In spite of a taller screen, it’s though shorter than the OnePlus 5T primarily thanks to the presence of a notch and reduced bezels at the chin. There are some other minor changes too like the Alert Slider has been relocated to the right side from the left.
The OnePlus 6 has a marginally bigger 6.28-inch screen as compared to the 6.01-inch panel on the 5T. Both have a resolution of 1080p, though. Since the OnePlus 6 drops the traditional 18:9 design in favor of a notch, it has an aspect ratio of 19:9.
Of course, the OnePlus 6 comes with an upgraded hardware and hence, runs on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, a minor bump up from the OnePlus 5T’s Snapdragon 835. There’s also a 256GB variant of the OnePlus 6, unlike the 5T which is limited to 128GB. In addition to that, the battery has been increased by 100mAh at 3400mAh. While it also features Android 8.1 out of the box, OnePlus has already announced the Android P beta for the OnePlus 6. The rest of the specifications are similar.
One of the areas where OnePlus’ phones have continued to fall short is the cameras. This year, OnePlus hasn’t done much to change that but there are a few key improvements. To begin with, the primary 16-megapixel f/1.7 snapper of the OnePlus 6 has a larger 1.22µm (vs 1.12µm) sensor and is now optically stabilized. In addition to that, it can record 720p slow-mo clips at 480fps. Lastly, the front camera supports Electronic Image Stabilization which should result in much more stable videos. Apart from that, the OnePlus 6 inherits the same hardware including a 20-megapixel f/1.7 secondary rear camera and a 16-megapixel f/2.0 lens on the front.