OnePlus 6 Review: Refines Core Product But Doesn’t Reinvent The Wheel
OnePlus has a history of producing quality smartphones, and even if last year’s OnePlus 5 and 5T weren’t groundbreaking, they were still solid performers. Now the OnePlus 6 is here, bringing with it a new batch of improvements.
When purchasing your phone, you can choose between a model with 64GB with 6BG of RAM, 128GB with 8GB of RAM, or 256GB with 8GB of RAM, respectively costing $529, $579 or $629. All are embedded with a bright 6.28-inch screen. Moreover, OnePlus’s latest Android is a capable one; it runs on an operating system based on Android Oreo, and it’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU. Its battery life isn’t remarkable (and it may even keep its charge for less time than the 5T), but it isn’t bad.
Corning Gorilla Glass 5 encases all iterations of the machine, offering the OnePlus 6 a hardy body reminiscent of a Samsung Galaxy S9. Both Androids feature their rear cameras and fingerprint readers in similar locations and they’re similar in size and weight, with the S9 being a slightly heavier and thicker beast. Thankfully, like the S9, the OnePlus 6 retains a headphone jack. Additionally, the OnePlus 6 also hosts inputs for USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio and Dual nano-SIM devices.
Like its predecessors, one of the biggest weaknesses with the OnePlus 6 is that it isn’t water-resistant, it’s merely splash proof. So, while you can use it in a drizzle, you shouldn’t keep it out for too long. Moreover, the camera’s portrait mode is currently unavailable and will be added later through an update. Another significant disappointment, as noted by CNET’s testing, is how the OnePlus 6 does not accept CDMA carriers, including Verizon and Sprint.
All in all, the OnePlus 6 again doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it is a strong smartphone. You can choose from one of three colorations: Mirror Black, Midnight Black or Silk White, with the latter only available as a time-limited exclusive.