OnePlus 6 Unboxing and First Impressions

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The One Plus 6 launched earlier this month during an exclusive event in London. This device is one of the most anticipated smartphones this year as it also sports the latest Snapdragon 845. Furthermore, it is said to be the first OnePlus smartphone that was made water-resistant. It was recently reported that the OnePlus 6 will soon arrive in the Philippines. We were given a chance to try out this new flagship. Here are our first impressions of the device.

SPECS OnePlus 6
Display 6.28″ Full Optic Full HD+ display,  2180 x 1080p resolution, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPU Adreno 630
Memory 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM, 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM
Rear Camera Dual: 20 MP (f/1.7 Sony IMX519 zoom) + 16 MP (f/1.7 Sony IMX 376K with 1.22µm, 1µm pixels (zoom) PDAF, OIS, EIS, 2X optical zoom, LED flash, 4K recording, 480FPS slo-mo
Front Camera 16MP with Artificial Intelligence
Colors  Silk White, Midnight Black, and Mirror Black
Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Price
  • Php 30,990 (6GB + 64GB storage)
  • Php 33,990 (8GB + 128GB storage)

What’s inside the box?

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The OnePlus 6 arrived in a hard, vibrant red and white box. The company’s logo can be seen at the top part of the box with a huge number six at the middle part. The package also bears the words, “The Speed You Need”, and of course, the smartphone’s name at the sides.

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The package contained the 6.28″ OnePlus 6, a wall adapter, a red USB Type-C cord, a gray transparent case, a SIM ejector pin, and some documents. The wall adapter in the unit provided by Widget City is different from the one provided by Digital Walker. The Digital Walker unit had the usual wall adapter with two flat pins whereas the Widget City unit has three square-shaped pins.

Design

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The OnePlus 6 sports a glass front and back along with a metal frame. It measures 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm and weighs 177g. Similar to other recently released flagships, the smartphone has thin bezels as well as the infamous notch. The notch houses the front camera, LED notification light, earpiece/speaker, and some sensors. No physical or capacitive buttons can be seen at the front since OnePlus made use of on-screen buttons.

Moving on to the rear part of the device, the dual rear cameras are positioned at the center with its dual LED flash at the bottom. Underneath this, the oblong-shaped fingerprint sensor can be found along with the OnePlus’ logo. The words “Designed by OnePlus” are also stated at the bottom.

The usual power button can be found on the right side of the smartphone along with a toggle button that serves as the silent button. The volume rockers, as well as the SIM tray,  are at the left side of the phone. The bottom houses the 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille, USB Type-C port and a microphone whereas the top has a sensor.

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Overall, the design of the OnePlus 6 looks modern, elegant and simple enough. The only downside for us was its glass rear back. Since the OnePlus 6’s back is made out of glass, it can easily be smudged with fingerprints. In order to solve this, we recommend that you use the transparent case that came along with the phone.

Display

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The OnePlus 6 features a 6.28″ Full Optic Full HD+ notched display with a resolution of 1080 x 2280 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19:9. Its screen was bright enough and it managed to produce a good color representation when we tried watching some movie trailers. The color also doesn’t change when viewed from different angles. We also tried taking some shots outside and we didn’t have any issues with looking at the screen.

The only problem we had with the display was the notch since it was a distraction while we were watching movies. Fortunately, this can easily be solved by pinching the sides and making the window smaller. The user may also adjust the notch at the display settings and either choose a Fullscreen mode with the notch or the Default mode that hides it.

Camera

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The latest OnePlus smartphone features a dual 16 MP (f/1.7) + 20 MP (f/1.7) rear cameras with phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, and dual-LED flash. It also sports a 16MP front camera that supports AI and has Auto HDR. Here are some sample shots:

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Other Features

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The OnePlus 6 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 along with an Adreno 630 GPU and an octa-core processor clocked up to 2.8 GHz. It comes in three storage variants – 6GB RAM + 64GB ROM, 8GB + 128GB ROM, and 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM. The smartphone is fueled by a 3,300mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.

We’ll dive more about its features and user experience in our full review. 

Price and Availability

The OnePlus 6 will be priced depending on its variants. The 6GB RAM + 64GB variant will be priced at Php 30,990 whereas the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM is priced at Php 33,990.

 

(Disclaimer: We were able to receive two units of the OnePlus 6. One from Widget city and another from Digital Walker.)

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