The OnePlus 6 is finally here. If you’ve never heard of the brand, it’s a Chinese company that’s known to sell phones with high-end specifications for affordable prices. That includes good design, impressive build quality, clean Android software with no bloatware, and specs rivaling and sometimes surpassing the Samsung Galaxy S9.
OnePlus has established a cycle of releasing a new phone every six or so months, but it always only sells one phone at a given time. So with the OnePlus 6 announced, last fall’s OnePlus 5T is now discontinued. Here’s everything you need to know about the new “flagship killer.”
In a statement to Business Insider published June 14, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed that the OnePlus 6 sold more than a million units in less than a single month. According to that same statement, this makes the OnePlus 6 a much faster seller than the previous OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5, which also managed to hit a million units each — but only three months after release for each.
So what’s different about the OnePlus 6 to prompt these sales figures? Aside from the updates to the internals, it’s highly likely that the updated design and low price-tag is a principle driver behind this success. As much as we may hate to admit it, the notch is a popular addition to modern smartphones.
Earlier in June, XDA Developers reported that JasonDonenfeld, president of Edge Security, had discovered a major flaw within the OnePlus 6 that allowed him to boot an arbitrary modified image, bypassing the device’s security measures. This exploit makes it easy for someone with physical access to the phone to easily take control. Of course, they would need to be in physical possession of the phone to do so, but it’s still a concern for many owners. OnePlus has issued a statement acknowledging the bug and says that a fix is on the way.
On June 5 the long-awaited OnePlus 6 in Silk White was released, coming in a limited run with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage for $580.
On May 24, OnePlus released the first software update for the OnePlus 6. While the update brought some good features and bug fixes, it also removed the phone’s always-on ambient display. The news made its rounds on the OnePlus subreddit and the XDA Developers forums before being officially confirmed in a statement reported by Piunika Web. OnePlus said the feature had been removed due to concerns over battery life.
As if the OnePlus 6 wasn’t already stylish enough, OnePlus announced on May 17 that it would be running a limited edition of Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 variants in China, to coincide with the launch of Avengers: Infinity War.
Perhaps the most important difference between the OnePlus 6 and its predecessor — theOnePlus 5T— is design. As expected, OnePlus has adopted some 2018 design trends — including a bigger edge-to-edge display. Unlike some other phones on the market, there are still bezels — but they’ve been seriously slimmed down.
What helps trim those bezels down is the notch, a cutout at the top of the phone housing the camera and the earpiece. The notch became a trend after Apple used it in the iPhone X, but Apple wasn’t the first company to employ this design style. It’s now a common sight on many Android phones, such as the Huawei P20 Proand the LG G7 ThinQ. If you’re not a fan of the notch, you will be able to hide it through the software in a later update.
You can use front-facing camera to unlock the phone, or you can opt for the fingerprint sensor on the back. Face Unlock isn’t as secure as Apple’s Face ID, unfortunately, and it’s meant purely for convenience over security.
The phone, unfortunately, doesn’t offer an official IP rating for water-resistance — but OnePlus says that it has a “special type of foam” under the screen and battery cover that prevents water from getting into the guts of the device. It also has waterproof materials in the headphone jack and fingerprint sensor. In other words, the company says the phone should survive a drop in the sink or similar mishap — but you should avoid contact with water if you can.
The AMOLED screen on the phone comes in at 6.28 inches, with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. It’s a solid resolution for a phone in this price range, but most flagship phones step things up to at least a 1440 pixel display.
One the back of the phone, you’ll find a dual rear-facing camera, along with a flash and fingerprint sensor, and the OnePlus logo. Despite the tech crammed in, it looks very minimalistic and stylish, which is good news for those who appreciate a streamlined design. On the bottom, there’s a USB-C port and a headphone jack, along with a bottom-firing speaker. The phone supports OnePlus’ Dash Charge fast-charging technology.
OnePlus loves special-edition phones. The first based on the OnePlus 6 to be officially announced is the Avengers: Infinity War Edition, made to celebrate the blockbuster movie of the same name. OnePlus collaborates with its partners in the right way, by adding more than just a few wallpapers and a special box, and this version proves it. However, it’s not going to be easy to buy — the phone has only been announced for China so far.
What do you get? The OnePlus 6 Avengers: Infinity War Edition has a special carbon fiber-like rear panel, complete with a gold OnePlus and Avengers logos, and a gold Alert Slider on the side. Inside a commemorative box is an elaborate case for the phone, made in the image of Iron Man’s iconic face mask. One of six randomly inserted Avengers medals will be inside the box. A competition prize awaits the person that collects all six, with the Black Panther medal likely to be the most sought-after, as only six will be made.
The OnePlus 6 Avengers: Infinity War Edition costs around $30 more than the regular edition, and only comes in the 8GB/128GB version. It’s available to order through the OnePlus site in China.
Under the hood, like previous OnePlus phones, the phone boasts some flagship specs.
With a Snapdragon 845 and up to 8GB of RAM, the phone should be able to go head-to-head with any new flagship smartphone in the performance department. In fact, it may do even better considering the slightly lower-resolution display. The 3,300mAh battery isn’t huge, but it should get you through at least a day of medium usage.
Like previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 features the latest version of OxygenOS, which is currently based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Generally speaking, OxygenOS is similar to stock Android, with far more customization options and a few more visual tweaks.
Smartphone cameras are getting better and better, and the OnePlus 6 is no exception. The device, like the OnePlus 5T before it, offers dual rear-facing cameras with a primary 16-megapixel sensor, optical image stabilization, and an aperture of f/1.7. The secondary sensor sits at 20 megapixels with an aperture of f/1.7.
According to OnePlus, the camera uses artificial intelligence to create a better Portrait Mode — though we’ll have to wait and see just how good it really is. The camera is capable of recording video at up to 4K at up to 60 frames per second, and features a super-slow-motion mode that can record both 720p video at 240 frames per second, and at 480fps. The difference is, it can do so for up to a minute in time, and allows you to select the parts you want in slow motion. The camera app also has a new video editing feature.
What’s even better than the OnePlus 6? How about the OnePlus 6 with a pair of Bluetooth earbuds that react smartly? OnePlus’ new pair of Bluetooth wired earbuds will be coming out shortly after the phone is released.
The Bullets Wireless are milled from aluminum to create a design that’s lightweight and comfortable, while also being stylish. When not in use, the two earphones can be magnetically clipped together to prevent tangles — and when used with a OnePlus 6 or 5T, clipping them together will intelligently pause your music. That’s not all either, as OnePlus has promised that a future update will allow users to answer phone calls to their OnePlus 6 or 5T by unclipping the earphones.
Battery is always a worry with Bluetooth earphones, but OnePlus has been working on that too, building its celebrated Dash Charge into the earphones. Ten minutes on any USB-C cable (no need for a OnePlus branded cable or charger) will give the earphones enough juice for five hours — it gets eight hours of battery life from a full charge. All that battery life is coupled with OnePlus’ energy-saving mode that switches the Bullets Wireless off after five minutes of inactivity.
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless will launch in June, and will start from $70.
The Silk White color has been released, and you can now pick it up from OnePlus for $580. But you’ll need to be quick if you want to snap one up — it’s a very limited edition, and the silky smooth Silk White may not be restocked once the initial stock runs out.
Like previous OnePlus phones, the OnePlus 6 features flagship specs at a relatively inexpensive price — though that relatively inexpensive price has been crawling up a little. The OnePlus 6 comes in three color schemes, including Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and a limited-edition Silk White. Here’s a rundown of the prices:
The phones will be available from the OnePlus website starting on May 22, and the limited-edition Silk White version launched on June 5. Keep in mind, the phones will not work with Verizon or Sprint — if you’re in the U.S., you’ll need T-Mobile or AT&T to use the phone.
Updated June:Added news about OnePlus 6 sales hitting more than a million units in less than a month.