OnePlus 6: Everything you need to know!

Unlock the secrets. The OnePlus 6 is now available, and it's a compelling option for someone looking for an unlocked phone at a reasonable price — starting at $529 to be specific. But price aside, it's a great choice for anyone, even those considering more expensive options, thanks to a combination of hardware and software, and a community that continues to support the company and one another. Here's everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6! The latest OnePlus 6 news July 18, 2018 — OnePlus 6 Android P Developer Preview 3 adds bug fixes and tweaked UI On July 18, OnePlus announced its third developer preview of Android P for the OnePlus 6. This update mainly focuses on big fixes, with some of the highlights in the changelog including improved system stability, fixed issue with mobile hotspot, better camera functionality with third-party apps, and improved overall image quality with the camera. Also included is the July 2018 security patch. Our friends at 9to5Google recently got their hands on the beta, and as they spotted, this preview includes a few UI changes — most notably the recents page/app switcher. The cards on the recents page have a more rounded appearance and appear to be smaller than Android P on Google's Pixel phones. There's also a menu button near the top of each app that lets you quickly hop into split-screen mode. Other chnages include a redesigned settings page and a white paint job for the Shelf. July 10, 2018 — The OnePlus 6 Red is now available for purchase The day has finally come! You can now buy the striking OnePlus 6 Red exclusively from OnePlus's website. This limited edition model of the phone costs $579, and for that price, you're getting the most powerful configuration with 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. OnePlus is making a limited run of this color, so once it's gone, it's gone. See at OnePlus Read our review and watch the video First thing's first, watch the video and read the review. There's plenty about the phone to learn, even though much of it is familiar. But the essential question a review tries to answer is, Should you buy this thing? And the response is an unrestrained, Yes. The OnePlus 6 is the company's finest phone ever, with excellent design, build quality, battery life and, for the first time, cameras. Read the review Review the specs Once you're done reading the review, you should, ahem, review the specifications. The phone is powerful — like one of the most powerful on the market today — with plenty of headroom and legroom (it's proverbially spacious is what I'm trying to say) for whatever you want to throw at it. Apps-wise, not like object-wise. OnePlus 6 specifications How does it compare to other phones? Of course, the OnePlus 6 doesn't exist in a bubble — you have to compare it to other devices if you're going to decide whether you should buy it. Thankfully, we've done most of the work for you, comparing it to the best flagships on the market right now. OnePlus 6 vs. Google Pixel 2 XL: Which should you buy? OnePlus 6 vs. Samsung Galaxy S9+: Which should you buy? What about to other OnePlus phones? Yeah, OnePlus owners like to keep it in the family, so to speak, so it wouldn't be surprising to see many upgrading, or thinking of upgrading, from an existing OnePlus device, like a 3, 3T, 5, or 5T. Of course, with the company releasing two phones a year these days, it won't be long until the next upgrade cycle hits, but that also means that the existing phones age quite well, thanks to frequent software updates (the joys of not going through carriers). If you have a OnePlus 5 or 5T, you can probably hold onto those phones for a bit longer — unless you need the camera improvements. OnePlus's 2016 phones, on the other hand, may be getting a bit long in the tooth and could use a replacement. OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 5T: Should you upgrade? OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade? OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 3T & 3: Should you upgrade? Is the OnePlus 6 camera that much better than before? This photo was taken in nearly pitch-dark conditions. OnePlus ramps up the light sensitivity to ISO6400, which would normally produce a lot of grain, but this photo is totally usable thanks to better software processing. Yes! The OnePlus 6 has a larger 16MP sensor than previous OnePlus devices, with pixels that are 19% bigger, so low-light photography is immensely improved. It's not going to overtake the Huawei P20 Pro or Pixel 2 for Low Light Champion Of The World, but it's reliable in all conditions, and that's more important than anything else. The camera is probably the biggest improvement over previous OnePlus models. The phone's main sensor is aided by a fast ƒ/1.7 aperture, so true depth of field is a thing, along with drastically improved image signal processing from Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845. Together, the phone is able to detect the correct settings more quickly, take multiple shots if necessary, enable HDR mode automatically, and reduce or eliminate grain in dark conditions. There's also Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which was in the OnePlus 3 line but removed in last year's series for unknown reasons. It's back now, and paired with a larger sensor and faster main lens, the results speak for themselves. On the other hand, the OnePlus 6's secondary camera has less to do — it's a 20MP sensor with an ƒ/1.7 lens, but its main purpose is to facilitate portrait mode which, while good, isn't enough reason to have a second sensor in the first place. Is the notch distracting? The notch is what it is. You may hate it out of an aversion to all things Apple, or you may learn to live with it and forget it's there. Most people will fall somewhere in the middle — it's a character trait, like a freckle or a certain hairstyle. What it does, though, is open up spme additional real estate on the 6.28-inch screen, which is great. But it also limits the number of icons that can be seen in the notification area, which is a bummer. Plus, the clock on the left side of the notification bar will never make sense. If you watch the video below, though, you can see ways to tweak the notification area to your liking. And you can also disable the notch altogether if you want to. How's the software? It's good! Running Android 8.1 Oreo, OxygenOS has turned into one of the most enjoyable, reliable versions of Android to date. OnePlus has also added a number of additions to make the whole thing run more smoothly, especially if you're looking to maximize your screen real estate. One of the more interesting changes to the software is a set of gestures that eliminates the bottom navigation keys, relying on swipes up from different areas of the bottom edge to go back, home, and enter multitasking. It's different, but not bad. You'll have to try it yourself. As for tips and tricks, we've already got that list going, so if you're looking to make the most of your OxygenOS experience, we have you covered. How to enable navigation gestures on the OnePlus 6 How to disable the notch on the OnePlus 6 What's it cost? The OnePlus 6 starts at $529 USD for the base model and goes up to $629 for additional RAM and storage. There are three configurations and three colors, and here's a breakdown of which one to buy. Here's how the pricing breaks down in various regions. Device USD EUR GBP CAD 6/64 $529 €519 £469 $699 8/128 $579 €569 £519 $769 8/256 $629 €619 £569 $839 See at OnePlus Tell me more about the colors There are four colors: Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White, and Red. Mirror Black is going to be the most common, since it's the only color offered in the cheapest tier. It's shiny, reflective glass, so it gets fingerprint-y, but that's OK because you'll likely put the phone in a case (see below). It's also a little slippery, which is to be expected. Mirror Black is offered in 6GB / 64GB configurations for $529. Midnight Black is the color we've come to expect from OnePlus over the years, though the matte-looking finish belies a glass back, too, like the Mirror Black. Midnight Black is only available in 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB configurations for $579 and $629, respectively. Silk White is one of the more limited of the four colors. It's also covered in glass, but like the Midnight Black model it has a matte finish and is easier to grip. Its white back has rose gold accents, and it's definitely the nicest and most unique of the three colors. It's only available in the 8GB / 128GB configuration for $579, and once the run is sold out, OnePlus is not making any more. Red is also a limited edition color and is easily the most vibrant of the four that are available. It has a similar shiny finish like Mirror Black but uses a translucent orange layer and red base layer to create one of the most powerful reds we've ever seen on a smartphone. Sales open on July 10 and it'll be available with 8GB RAM + 128GB storage for $579. What color OnePlus 6 should you buy? I heard there's an Avengers version — TELL ME EVERYTHING Yes, you heard right: OnePlus has once again worked with Disney on licensing a special version of the OnePlus 6 for the Chinese and Indian markets. Last year, OnePlus offered an understated Start Wars variant of the OnePlus 5T, and now the Avengers version takes advantage of the hype behind the recent film release. The Avengers version comes in a unique box and includes an Iron Man case and a OnePlus/Avengers co-branded medallion, which is neat. And while there's a familiar glass back on the Avengers Edition, it has a Kevlar-style design underneath. Because Kevlar=superheroes, or something. While the special edition isn't coming to the U.S. officially, I'm sure that some entrepreneurial Indian and Chinese resellers will do the dirty business of importing some of them at a huge premium to this side of the world. This is the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition The OnePlus 6 doesn't work on Sprint or Verizon The OnePlus 6 technically supports the CDMA bands for Verizon and Sprint in the U.S., but the phone lacks certification for their networks, so those users — just under half the smartphone-wielding U.S. population, is out of luck. We've got your full technical explainer below. The OnePlus 6 doesn't work on Sprint or Verizon Do you like cases? As it does with all of its phones, OnePlus has unveiled a series of first-party cases for the OnePlus 6, and they're all pretty great. This year, there's a fancy new protective bumper made of woven nylon, and while it adds a bit more bulk than the typical snap-on, I think it looks and feels awesome. These are the official OnePlus 6 cases you can buy at launch What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 6? Let us know in the comments! OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6 review OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 5T: How much changes in six months? OnePlus 6 vs. OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade? These are the official OnePlus 6 cases The OnePlus 6 doesn’t work on Verizon or Sprint Join the discussion in the forums Updated July 3, 2018: Added the OnePlus Red to the list of colors!

date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 17:29:00 +0000