Oneplus 6 Review

OnePlus stands for first-class smartphones and a loyal and honest community. Can OnePlus 6 meet community expectations for a top smartphone while attracting new fans? After our first Hands-On for the OnePlus 6, we have now expanded our test to include sections for display, performance and gesture navigation. In addition, the OnePlus 6 is now available. Where, see the section Price and Availability.

OnePlus 6: Price and Availability

In the past year, OnePlus has historically achieved records. In India, OnePlus’s market share in the high-end segment is expected to be an incredible 48%, while last year’s sales rose to a whopping $1.4 billion. These are impressive figures, as in 2016 the figure was 700 million US dollars, so that OnePlus doubled in 2017.

As impressive as the figures are, the future for OnePlus will be all the more difficult. After all, one top smartphone plus, if necessary, a refreshed T-model is available every year. So if OnePlus wants to continue its rapid growth in 2018, then the OnePlus 6 has to hit the community and convince new fans at the same time. But the competition is not sleeping – above all Honor and his new Honor 10 has the potential to get OnePlus fans to change.

Since May 22nd, the OnePlus 6 is regularly distributed via the manufacturer’s website and via Amazon. In addition to the 6 & 64 GB version, which costs 519 Euro, OnePlus will also offer a version with 8/128 GB (569 Euro) and even one with 8/256 GB for 619 Euro. In the colour versions, the glossy black version called Mirror Black (with 6/64 and 8/128 GB) and the matt Midnight Black are available in the two large memory versions. In addition, a limited Silk White version with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB memory is planned. According to OnePlus, the colouring is to be achieved through the use of pearl effect powder and will be available at the beginning of June. The price for the Silk White version is 569 Euro. This means that despite the limited number of pieces, there is no surcharge to the black versions.

Faceless Smartphone Monotony

Now that OnePlus has jumped onto the train of smartphones with a glass back with the 6-series, one had to come up with something special for the matt-black colour version. Corrosion was the keyword to get the matt finish. Since we did not yet have the final equipment for our hands-on in our hands, small details in processing and haptics may still change until the start of sales. All in all, the OnePlus 6 is well made.

But loyal OnePlus fans have to get used to the slider for the notifications, because instead of the slider on the left, it is now on the right side. OnePlus has also changed the arrangement of the dual camera on the back, because it is now back in the middle and in line with the fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately OnePlus didn’t manage to make the look flat.

Display

OnePlus was able to install a larger display in a housing that almost matched the dimensions of the OnePlus 5T. Instead of 6 inch there is now a 6.28 inch Full Optic AMOLED panel. The resolution also increases with the increase in the display diagonal. The OnePlus 6 display has a resolution of 1,080 x 2,280 pixels, bringing it to 402 ppi. It’s not much, even Honor 10 offers more here, but in everyday life you won’t see any differences. The much discussed Notch in OnePlus 6 can be hidden in the settings of our test device. Actually Pete Lau had planned this function only for a software update after the official sales start. The fact that it is now possible ex works will surely make the fans and Notch-Hater feel merciful.

How does the display look when you put it under our measuring device? Can the display convince? The answer is yes. Even if the OnePlus 6 is certified by our measuring device to have a blue cast, this circumstance does not disturb the OnePlus 6. There are four pre-configured screen calibrations in the settings and in addition there is a user-defined setting, but this is relatively simple, as you can adjust between cold and warm color settings using the slider.

The display of the OnePlus 6 has a maximum brightness of 465 nits.

The adaptive brightness was somewhat disturbing in the first days of my OnePlus-6 test. For my own taste, the adaptive brightness tended to lower the display too much. Already after the first day, the adaptive control switched off and set the brightness manually. Hopefully OnePlus will provide improved adaptive brightness control in the next software updates.

Top face recognition, sluggish gesture control

Actually, Face Unlock and gesture control are not so new on the OnePlus 6. In the beta versions of Oxygen OS for OnePlus 5 and 5T both options are already available and can be used without having to buy a new OnePlus 6.

While face recognition is really a comfort tool in everyday life, the gesture control with Oxygen OS version 5.1.3 is really annoying at the moment. Actually, it’s a good idea that Google also wants to implement in Android P. Instead of a virtual navigation button one uses wiping gestures to call the task manager, to trigger the back function or simply to get to the home screen. OnePlus looked at the gestures of Apple’s iOS for iPhone X and tried to adopt them. If you simply wipe from bottom to top, you can actually get back onto the home screen without a lot of problems. If you wipe from the bottom right or bottom left to the top, then you go back one step. The task switcher can be reached by wiping from the bottom center upwards, but you must not let go.

It may just be a matter of getting used to it, because my colleague Basti already uses the gesture control with the beta software for the OnePlus 5T and doesn’t want to miss it anymore, but up to this point in the OnePlus 6 test I still trigger too many wrong actions. Too often during the first days with the OnePlus 6 I triggered the back function when scrolling in texts, websites or WhatsApp. At the beginning you have to remember again and again that the wipe gestures are used and you must not be frustrated too quickly, then you can get used to the gesture navigation over time. Alternatively, you can still return to the usual navigation keys.

Fast, faster, OnePlus

From OnePlus you are used to know how to optimize hardware and software so that the user always has a responsive and fluid smartphone in his or her hands. As always, OnePlus spares no effort with the hardware and presses into the OnePlus 6 Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, with either 6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 memory – depending on the model 64, 128 or 256GB large.

So it’s no wonder that the OnePlus 6 is one of the fastest smartphones in our benchmarks you can buy today. But compared to the Sony Xperia XZ2, which is equipped with only 4 GB RAM and is otherwise technically similarly equipped, the OnePlus 6 is also not popular.

OnePlus 6 in benchmark test

ONEPLUS 6 HUAWEI P20 PRO SAMSUNG GALAXY S9 + SONY XPERIA XZ2
Geekbench CPU
single core
2448 1920 3771 2412
Geekbench CPU
multicore
8970 6780 8923 8420
3D Mark
Sling Shot ES 3.1
4073 2972 3257 4679
3D Mark
Sling Shot Volcano
3275 3162 2903 3734
3D Mark
Sling Shot ES 3.0
5583 3346 3910 6140
3D Mark
Ice Storm Unlimited ES 2.0
62113 30602 38302 63589
PassMark Memory
(RAM)
12465 14087 24164 12418
PassMark Disk
(Storage)
73927 64144 67765 73208

You won’t notice any performance differences between the smartphones in the benchmark table. The more RAM OnePlus uses to create more apps in parallel active in the background. Perhaps more important is the question of how fast the maximum data transfer rate is, both upstream and downstream. The OnePlus 6 supports speeds of up to one GBit/s. LTE Cat 16 is supported in the download area and LTE Cat 13 in the upload area. It is fast if your own network provider also provides you with these speeds, but there is an interesting difference if you compare other smartphones. All these devices offer download speeds of up to 1.2 Gbps, thanks to the support of LTE Cat 18. Of course this is a nag at the highest level, but also clear where something could be saved compared to the top smartphones from Samsung, Sony and Huawei in order to reduce the price a little.

Camera with potential

In terms of camera, the OnePlus 6 is better equipped than its predecessor, but almost like all its technical components, OnePlus reaches into a large shelf. As my colleague Luca provocatively described during his camera test for the Oppo R15 Pro, OnePlus took the camera on its own corporate shelf and also implanted the sensor in the OnePlus 6. The combination of the Sony IMX 519 main image sensor and the IMX 376 is no stranger. In how far OnePlus has optimized the software better, we will find out later and in a comparison with the Oppo R15 Pro.

OnePlus 6: Everything in balance

Until then, the OnePlus 6 makes more than a good impression. The performance is absolutely top, the software is slim and fast as usual and the display delivers a good picture. The annoying points, such as sluggish gesture control and inaccurate adaptive brightness control, can be corrected later with software updates.

In terms of camera hardware, the module borrowed from the Oppo R15 Pro has proven to be technically very promising. Only the Oppo’s own software has prevented better results. Here it still has to prove how much the OnePlus software can tickle out of the hardware. But you have to be patient, because we take some more time for the camera test.

Summary

The OnePlus 6 convinces in the test with a strong OLED display, a good battery life and top-class performance. Unlike its predecessor, this time the manufacturer is not using aluminium as the housing material, but is wrapping its new flagship in Gorilla Glass 5. If you are looking for an alternative to high-priced top models, the OnePlus 6 offers a lot.
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