OnePlus 6 Review : Performance for hundreds less
For seven generations of phones, Oneplus pursued the ideal of delivering the latest technology at an affordable price. When the first Oneplus Smartphone laumched in 2014 our reviewer wrote, “Given its blistering performance, the One Plus One is a phenomenal deal for a high-end smartphone.” The phone’s $299 price helped OnePlus gain a loyal fan base the way a hit record helps a rising indie band.
Four years later, the company has the OnePlus 6 which sits in the middle of the upgrade spectrum between “just a yearly evolution” and “major overhaul.” The new phone costs nearly double what the OnePlus One did and $30 more than last November’s Oneplus 5T.
But are the OnePlus 6’s improved cameras, faster processor, increase in RAM and new slick-looking glass-covered body worth the price? Absolutely. It’s still hundreds less than other flagship handsets such as the Google Pixel 2 XL and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus. And it stands toe-to-toe with these pricier phones when it comes to speed, battery life and photo quality. You won’t find true water resistance, expandable storage or wireless charging, but the OnePlus 6 is a terrific phone for everyday use.
OnePlus 6 packs a Snapdragon 845 processor
I’m shocked by how fast this phone is. It’s one of the fastest phones, thanks in large part to the Snapdragon 845 chipset that lives inside.
The phone handled games like Need for Speed, Riptide GP2, Marvel Spider Man without any sign of lag or needing to switch to a lower resolution. Everyday tasks like typing messages, opening the camera and scrolling through Twitter or Instagram were peppy.Speaking of video games, there’s also a nifty gaming mode that blocks notifications and limits other apps’ use of internet connection when enabled.
Portrait mode and dual-rear cameras
The OnePlus 6 has dual rear cameras: A 16-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel secondary camera. In general, photos look really good. They’re sharp, and have a nice amount of contrast and saturation.
Like Usual Phone Cameras, the OnePlus 6 uses AI to adjust the clarity of photos. In practice, “smart capture” as OnePlus calls it, works well. Out of the 100 plus photos I took, I only had a handful where the results looked off. Smart capture optimization works entirely in the background, but I wish there was a way to dismiss it from time to time, as you can on the Huawei P20 and P20 Pro.
But here’s where things get interesting. The OnePlus 6’s second camera isn’t for optical zoom, a wider angle of view or for capturing monochrome images. The second camera is there exclusively for portrait mode photos, which look amazing. The background blur, aka bokeh, on portraits looks creamy and smooth. I really like the focus fall-off — the transition from in-focus to out-of-focus areas.
The OnePlus 6 creates the most realistic looking depth-of-field portraits I’ve taken on any phone. Just make sure to turn off the beauty filter.
Portrait mode also works great on objects, food and cats, too. Sadly, I didn’t get to try it on any dogs.
It has iPhone X gestures… kind of
Like all Android phones, the OnePlus 6 has a familiar navigation bar with the home, back and recent app buttons. This can be turned off in favor of gestures. If you’ve used these on a OnePlus 5T, you’re already ahead of the game.
You swipe up to go to the home screen. Swipe up and hold to go to recent apps. And swipe up on the bottom left or right edge of the screen to go back.
Similar to the iPhone X, it took a few frustrating days to get a hang of these gestures, but they’re second nature to me now.
|OnePlus 6 Price in India|
|6 (64GB, 6GB RAM)||Rs. 34,999|
|6 (Mirror Black, 64GB, 6GB RAM)||Rs. 34,999|
|6 (Midnight Black, 128GB, 8GB RAM)||Rs. 39,999|
|6 (Mirror Black, 128GB, 8GB RAM)||Rs. 39,999|