In its early days, OnePlus was usually accused of copying large title telephone makers. Insinuations peaked following the launch of the OP3—which some feeling the corporate was simply cribbing from the iPhone. However fast-forward two years later, and now it appears OnePlus has a brand new design inspiration as a result of the brand new OnePlus 6 is taking a look at lot like a Galaxy S9+. There’s only one main distinction: It’s acquired a notch.
Particularly from the again, the similarities are fairly obvious. Each sport rounded glass backs that taper all the way down to mild curves, vertically-orientated twin cam modules, and a centrally-located fingerprint reader under that. And regardless that its a small factor, I like that OnePlus has saved its headphone jack and signature alert slider, the latter of which helps you to set the telephone to silent, vibrate, or ringtone modes with a easy flick of your finger.
In the meantime in entrance, the OnePlus 6 sports activities a barely bigger 6.28-inch OLED show (versus 6.2-inches for the S9+), due largely to the presence of stated notch. And when you’re not a fan of the way in which that cutout appears to be like, there’s an possibility in settings so as to add black bars to both aspect of that protrusion to assist make the show look somewhat extra uniform.
The OnePlus 6 even has comparable, or higher, specs than the Galaxy S9+ relying on which config you go for. By default, the OP6 comes with the identical 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage because the GS9+, although that may be expanded to 8GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage (a brand new excessive for OnePlus) when you don’t thoughts paying additional. That stated, there are a selection of options the OnePlus 6 is missing in comparison with Samsung’s most up-to-date flagship.
Like earlier OnePlus telephones, the 6 doesn’t have any type of licensed water-resistance, and can also be lacking microSD card expandability (although there’s room for 2 SIMs) or lots of the nifty software program options Samsung’s consists of on the GS9, just like the built-in GIF maker or that Safe Folder program that permits you to silo delicate pictures and paperwork in your telephone. And whereas the OP6 does have face unlock, it solely makes use of a 2D photograph scan relatively than safer biometric options comparable to iris scanning or 3D facial recognition.
Round again, the OnePlus 6’s cameras virtually seem to be they’ve taken a step backwards, as a result of that second 20-MP digital camera’s solely perform is to offer depth of discipline results for the telephone’s portrait mode. I get that it usually is smart to give attention to one factor and do it properly, however I nonetheless really feel just like the zoom capabilities from the OnePlus 5, or the low-light cam from the OnePlus 5T may very well be extra helpful. Nevertheless, OnePlus has tried to make up for this by including a brand new slow-mo characteristic that captures 720p video at 480 fps for as much as a minute.
However maybe the OnePlus 6’s strangest omission is just not having wi-fi charging. Earlier OnePlus telephones had metallic backs, which as a result of means wi-fi charging works, made including that characteristic sort of a non-starter. I additionally know that OnePlus founder Pete Lau has beforehand made a case for excluding wi-fi charging on its telephones. Lau feels that wired charging is quicker (and that it’s additionally sort of annoying to make use of your telephone when its resting on a wi-fi charging pad).
Lau’s proper—besides that nobody needs wi-fi charging for velocity. It’s about comfort. It’s simply a lot simpler to slap your telephone down on a charging pad earlier than you fall asleep or when you’re working on the workplace, as an alternative of needing to fumble round for a wire. And once you need to rise up and go, you may, since you don’t have to fret about one little wire tying you down. Earlier than, there have been good causes for not having wi-fi charging, however they don’t really feel as true anymore.
Nonetheless, wi-fi charging apart, the One Plus 6’s specs look good, and it’s a good-looking sufficient telephone, even when its general design isn’t precisely probably the most unique or thrilling. Additionally OnePlus is retaining with custom, and hitting onerous on worth. Beginning at $530 (for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage) and accessible on Could 22nd, the OnePlus 6 prices $200 lower than a Galaxy S9, and $300 lower than a Galaxy S9+. This hole is essential, as a result of as OnePlus telephones have gotten dearer over time because the unique $300 OnePlus One, sustaining separation from dearer premium handsets is much more vital.
I’m additionally inspired by a whole lot of the small tweaks OnePlus has made to the telephone’s software program, just like the elective gestures controls which in some ways are higher than what Google has previewed in Android P, and a brand new gaming mode that’s supposed to extend efficiency and cut back community latency. From the temporary time I’ve spent with the OnePlus 6, it looks like a strong, and fairly well-priced gadget. However to get a full image, I nonetheless must spend extra time with it, so stayed tuned for a full evaluation quickly.