• Operating System: OxygenOS
  • System on Chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Display: 6.28-inch AMOLED (19:9 ratio)
  • Camera: 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel (Rear) / 16-megapixel (Front)
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh
  • Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm
  • Weight: 177g
  • Pros:
  • Zippy
  • Decent camera
  • Alert slider
  • Cons:
  • No microSD expansion
  • Camera bump

OnePlus 6 Equals 7

OnePlus devices have always been a blast to review when it comes to value vs performance. Despite following the trend of a notched design, the core philosophy of the brand remained unchanged, focusing on speed and performance, although with a slightly raised price.

The phone is slightly heavier than we expected. But with a lot of power packed under the hood, a little additional weight would really not hamper the experience. In the package, they even included a silicone phone case with slightly raised edges. Its weird to the touch, but definitely a welcome accessory for keeping your phone fairly scratch free.

As for the performance, with a top-notch processor and 6GB of RAM, it is capable of running the latest mobile games with close to no lag in between. The phone also offers a pure Android experience with its OxygenOS, so you will not see any bloatware that will hamper your experience. Gaming, multi-tasking and daily use of the device was smooth and enjoyable. The presence of an alert slider also helps you to mute your phone on the fly without needing to go through the drop down menu.

The OnePlus 6 is also equipped with a dual rear camera setup, allowing you to take snazzy landscape pictures without much hassle, and even allows you to show off some bokeh effects on your pictures. Taking a Note8 for comparison, reds are slightly more brighter and deeper. So if you like muted reds for your pictures, you might need some slight editing to help with that. Otherwise, the phone is not a slouch when compared to the other bigwigs in the game now. Pictures are sharp, but when you preview it, it only allows you to zoom in to a certain level. The camera does have a drawback with it, as it does come with a camera bump. That issue is negated with the case, but might be a bother for those who like to use it without one.

Charging is also zippy with Fast Charging, but sadly, you can’t charge your device with wireless chargers, despite a glass back that usually comes with devices that pack that capability. It still has a headphone jack, which is great, but we have found that the max volume when using a headphone is slightly lower than our previous daily driver. Another drawback is the omission of a microSD card slot, meaning no expandable storage.

Overall, the phone has been a joy to use and to test. OxygenOS itself didn’t take us long to get familiar with it. Although the camera might not be the best thing out there, the OnePlus 6’s pure speed, lack of bloatware and essential Android experience, combines for a phone experience not many out there can deliver.

CHIP CONCLUDE: A great phone for those who want a daily driver that can handle multitasking, gaming, photography and the in-betweens. Its only downsides are the exclusion of expandable storage and wireless charging.

(previously published in issue August 2018)