OnePlus 6 Review
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OnePlus 6 review
As a company, OnePlus has moved from strength to strength at an alarmingly rapid pace and its most recent flagship, the OnePlus 6, looks like its ready to tackle its key rivals, like the iPhone X, LG G7 and Samsung Galaxy S9, with more ferocity than any previous top-tier OnePlus phone ever has.
Since its release OnePlus has unveiled two new colours of the OnePlus 6: white and red. The red instantly stands out as being the most unique. This is a deep red, with a glossy back and a black front. It looks fantastic. The white is great too thanks a more matte back and contrasting rose-gold sides. Check out the gallery above for shots of both the new colours.
“The speed you need”. The focus group that combined those four words to create the OnePlus 6’s vague, unfocused tagline haven’t done the Chinese firm’s eighth smartphone justice. Suggesting that the OnePlus 6 only offers the processing power that’s necessary, and no more, well, that’s underselling it somewhat. Let me explain.
In reality, this is OnePlus’ beefiest smartphone to date. As the first OnePlus phone to be powered by Qualcomm’s latest (and fastest) Snapdragon 845 processor – the same chipset found inside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2 – the OnePlus 6 reprises a familiar role. Once more, this is a mid-range phone with flagship DNA at its core. This time around, however, there have been a few changes.
The OnePlus 6 is the firm’s latest flagship-killing smartphone. Equipped with Qualcomm’s octa-core 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 processor – rather than the 2.4GHz Snapdragon 835 we’ve seen previously – and a choice of either 6- or 8GB of RAM and three different storage configurations, this phone seeks to join the ranks of other smartphone giants.
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The 19:9 screen, which remains a 2,280 x 1,080 resolution unit, is slightly larger at 6.3in across the diagonal, with a familiar iPhone X-style notch at the top. A dual 16- and 20-megapixel camera arrangement is on the rear, and the phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo from the get-go.
The OnePlus 6 offers significant improvements over last year’s OnePlus 5T. While several of those aren’t glaringly obvious, the decision to add a Snapdragon 845 processor to a phone that costs a good £300 less than its similarly-equipped competition is a seriously smart move.
Throw in a handful of camera upgrades, a refreshing new design and Android 8.1 Oreo straight out the box, and the OnePlus 6 begins to paint a familiarly appealing picture. This is a smartphone that’s just as meaty as its rivals, with a not-so-outrageous price tag attached. That was always going to work in the OnePlus 6’s favour, wasn’t it?