One of the most awaited smartphones every year is the new OnePlus flagship. And today at the official launch in London, the OnePlus 6 was introduced alongside its new Bullets Wireless. The phone’s main focus is speed and design craftsmanship while the headphones strive to perfect the listening experience.
- Design The phone employs an all-glass design making for one that is quite intricate and advanced among other smartphone designs.
- Cameras The OnePlus 6 comes with a 20+16MP primary camera unit at an f/1.7 aperture equipped with both optical image stabilisation (OIS) and electronic image stabilisation (EIS). It can record 4K video at 60fps and in super slow motion at 720p quality.
- Performance Like every year, the OnePlus 6 comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor (4×2.8GHz and 4×1.7GHz). RAM wise, both 6GB or 8GB variants are available.
- Battery The phone equips a 3,300mAh battery.
- Display The OnePlus 6 comes with a 19:9 Full HD resolution 6.28-inch notched display protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
- Mobile security Fingerprint scanner unlock in 0.2 seconds and face unlock in 0.4 seconds.
- Ingress protection rating While there is no official IP rating, OnePlus claims the phone is water resistant in day to day use.
- Storage The phone comes with up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 storage
- Pricing and availability The phone will be priced starting at $529 (Dh1943) and will be available from May 22. The limited edition silk white variant will be available from June 5.
- Charging Fast battery charging support using Dash charge providing a day’s worth of power in half an hour. There is no support for wireless charging.
- Colors Mirror black, midnight black and silk white.
With the OnePlus 6, the company takes pride in making sure to deliver the most reliable smartphone experience at the speed consumers have come to expect. The new processor on board supports MIMO 4×4 whilst the software optimisations in Oxygen OS help to facilitate this such as gesture support.
A new gaming mode on the OnePlus 6 allows users to play GPU-straining games such as PUBG. This mode prioritises power to games and allows them to respond and load faster whereas notifications are muted when turned on for an undisturbed experience.
In the coming days, the OnePlus 6 will also become one of the first devices to be eligible for the Android P developer preview.
The OnePlus 6 has gone for the now traditional route in terms of cameras. A dual 20+16MP unit sits at the back with both sensors being RGB. The primary 16MP sensor comes with larger 1.22-micron pixels whereas the 20MP sensor employs smaller 1-micron pixels both working together to improve low-light performance. As for video, one of the most unique things about the OnePlus 6 is the slow motion capture. No, not the feature. Whereas many others can record slow motion, the OnePlus 6 is the first to record slow motion videos of up to a minute long in 720p resolution.
Finally, the front has the standard 16MP camera. The company did not discuss it in detail, which leads us to believe it is fairly unchanged from last year. However, a software update is due over the next few weeks enabling the Portrait Mode effect.
The OnePlus 6 will be available from May 22 in the midnight black and mirror black finishes from $529 and upwards. The limited edition silk white variant will sell starting June 5. Details regarding local pricing and availability are yet to be confirmed.
Carrying forward from the Bullets a few years ago, a wireless version was announced alongside the phone. These are a water resistant pair of earphones that come with a neckband that does not extend to your phone.
What is rather unique about them is that the earphones are magnetic. When not in use, they can be attached magnetically, which turns them off automatically whereas detaching them turns them back on to resume your music from where you left off.
Technology wise, the Bullets Wireless come with what OnePlus calls an Energy Tube. These are 9.2mm coil drivers that will deliver improved bass, treble and crispier sound across all frequencies according to OnePlus.
And to top off, they come with Dash Charging just like OnePlus’ phones via a USB-C port. By charging them for 10 minutes, they will be able to deliver playback up to five hours. Expect these to hit the market on June 5 priced at $69.