OnePlus 6 review
Flagship performance for a lot less money
Five display modes
The OnePlus 6 has a very large 6.28” Optic AMOLED display and this has been fine tuned for colour accuracy and brightness. Set at a 19:9 screen aspect ratio, there are more rows of pixels (2280 x 1080 pixels) so that you can see more before you need to scroll.
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This OnePlus phone has five different display modes including popular options such as:
- Reading Mode
- Night Mode
- Adaptive Mode
You can also enjoy using the very handy Lift Up display feature. This simply shows the clock when you lift up the phone, so we can consider this as a compromise between an always off and always on type of display.
The front and back of the OnePlus 6 are made from durable Corning Gorilla Glass 5. You can choose between three quite individual colours:
- Mirror Black - This has a mirror sheen
- Midnight Black - This has a matte finish
- Silk White - This shimmers with crushed pearls
The phone is also resistant to rain, spills or an accidental drop into the sink. However, you should not go swimming the phone.
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The remaining design characteristics include a bottom ported loud speaker with Dirac HD Sound and Dirac Power Sound. The phone has an average thickness at 7.75mm thick and a pretty typical weight of 177g.
In all versions of the OnePlus 6 you get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core processor. Power consumption is reduced by 10% while performance is up by 30%. There are two RAM options (6GB or 8GB). Both of these amounts are excellent but if you can only accept the very best performance and lowest lag times, then you should go for the 8GB RAM.
Phone Set Up
You can secure the OnePlus 6 by setting up Face Unlock or by using the fingerprint sensor.
If you need to move content over to your new OnePlus 6 then there is plenty of space to do so. Memory does cost money though and to cater to individual needs you can choose to buy the 64GB, 128GB or 256GB version of the phone.
Like previous OnePlus mobile phones, the Oxygen OS is based upon Google’s Android operating system (Oreo in the case of the OnePlus 6). The experience is faster and smoother with no unnecessary pre-loaded apps.
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The OnePlus 6 achieves its fluidity by only rendering what is shown on the screen, so hidden background images behind invisible menus and search bars do not slow you down. This result is apps that have a shorter load time and faster speed.
You can use gestures to carry out the functions that would normally appear as virtual keys on the screen. Gestures can be used to go home or view your recent apps.
A special Gaming Mode gives faster load times, less lag and smoother graphics. Serious gamers will appreciate that it blocks notifications and turns off the software buttons. Once again, the Alert Slider makes an appearance and this lets you easily switch between ring, vibrate and silent.
Camera & Video
Dual camera and Super slo-mo
The OnePlus 6 has a dual camera that includes a 16MP lens and a 20MP lens. This allows you to capture accurate background blurs (bokeh) and there is a Portrait Mode that gives a similar effect when using the selfie camera.
The phone can record 4K video at 60 frames per second or Super slow-mo video at 480 frames per second. What is more interesting is the video editor that lets you trim your videos, add filters, create reverse playing video, loop effects and slow motion segments.
The 16MP selfie camera has Screen Flash, Face Beauty and Smile Capture.