OnePlus has just released its new flagship OnePlus 6 in Beijing on the Thursday morning of May 17. Compared to the previous product OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 6 has a significant upgrade in appearance as well as hardware configurations. Pandaily’s reporters witnessed the unveil of this flagship product at the launch.
The OnePlus 6 has the popular 6.28-inch notch screen with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. Like OnePlus 5T, it adopts the rear fingerprint unlocking technology, rather than the fingerprint technology on the screen. The new phone has kept the alert to switch between silent, ring and do-not-disturb, a feature unique to OnePlus series. It also carries the 3.5mm headphone jack for those who hates using a USB adaptor.
OnePlus 6 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and comes with the choice of up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB depending on the storage. Installed with a 16 MP + 20 MP rear-facing dual camera, the phone is capable of shooting 4K videos. It also supports dual SIM, NFC enabled and dash charge. At the same time, the OnePlus 6 features facial recognition unlock and screen off gestures combined with a customized OxygenOS based on android 8.1, delivering a faster and smoother user experience.
Based on the on-site experience, the OnePlus has greatly optimized and enhanced its cameras on the flagship phone set. In the addition to AI optimization and portrait mode, OnePlus 6 is also equipped with a professional mode under which users can manually adjust professional parameters including exposure and white balance. It further supports shooting in RAW, giving photographers a great deal of freedom in post-processing pictures.
Another very useful feature is screen off gestures. When the phone is locked, users can double tap the screen to wake up the mobile phone. Drawing letters O, V, S, M and W can activate assigned apps or functions. For example, if the letter M is set as a trigger for opening a map app, drawing M on the locked screen will automatically open Google Map.
OnePlus CEO, Pete Lau, shared some key data to assert its dominance in the smartphone market during the launch event. For instance, on China’s popular e-commerce site, JD.com, OnePlus smartphones has a 100% rating score from over 360,000 users. OnePlus also positions itself as a global firm with 70% of OnePlus sales from overseas as opposed to domestic China. Notably, the brand has taken up 50.5% of the market share of high-end smartphone sales in India (2017).
With mobile gaming on the rise, OnePlus 6 is specifically optimized on speed, frame rate, internet connection, and power consumption to bring about a smoother gaming experience for top 50 mobile games.
The Bullets Wireless headphones were also shocased at the launch event. The Bullets Wireless come with aptX Bluetooth support and Energy Tube technology, which focuses and directs the sound waves to create clearer, more accurate sound. They are Google Assistant enabled right out of the box and come with a magnetic resume feature. Here’s how they work: when you separate the earphones, the Bullets Wireless will turn on and resume your music, right where you left off. Clasp the magnetic earphones together and they’ll pause your music and switch off.The Bullets Wireless set a new standard for fast charging, offering up to 5 hours of listening time on a 10-minute charge.
Although OnePlus 6 does not have an official IP rating, Pete assured the audience that the device can handle splash incidents just fine. OnePlus 6’s waterproof feature does not come as a surprise, however. In fact, there is an abundance of waterproof tests on YouTube on its previous model, OnePlus 5T.
There are three color options for the OnePluse 6: Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White. The phone comes at a starting price of £469/€519/$529 for 6+64 GB and goes up to £569/€619/$629 for 8+256 GB version. It will first be launched in over 30 countries and regions including China, India, North America and Europe.