OnePlus looks set to deliver another high quality but highly affordable premium handset with the OnePlus 6.
When does the OnePlus 6 come out? Launched on 17 May, Available internationally from 22 May
What’s new about the OnePlus 6? Snapdragon 845, notched display, gesture control
How much will the OnePlus 6 cost? $US529-$US629
What is the OnePlus 6?
OnePlus as a company has made a habit of delivering smartphones with the latest internal components at a fraction of the price of its premium competitors. That's not been without a few compromises along the way, but generally its phones have been excellent value.
Here in Australia, we saw a soft launch of the OnePlus 5, although its follow-up, the OnePlus 5T, never officially made it to our shores. We still reviewed an import OnePlus 5T if you are keen on that handset, though.
The OnePlus 6 received the heaviest hype we can recall seeing out of OnePlus for any of its handsets, but then OnePlus did rather push the limits of what it could do within a price point while still delivering a premium handset.
In terms of looks, the OnePlus 6 resembles the recently announced Oppo R15, and that's not accidental as the same parent company owns both brands and previous OnePlus phones have closely mirrored existing Oppo designs. That includes the somewhat controversial inclusion of a "notch" display, similar to the Essential Phone or Apple's iPhone X.
You are be able to obscure the notch in much the same way that the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ appears to manage it, by making the notched sections of the display fully black. The OnePlus 6 uses an OLED display
The OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch display at a resolution of 2280x1080. That's still a lot of screen real estate, even on an 19:9 phone with a screen notch.
The OnePlus 6 also features either 6GB or 8GB of RAM to compliment the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The 64GB model has 6GB, while the 128GB and 256GB models come with 8GB of RAM, which should give them plenty of room for top-notch performance.
Fans of headphone sockets can rejoice, with the OnePlus 6 retaining a standard headphone socket where so many flagships are dropping them.Back to top
Will the OnePlus 6 have a good camera?
Previous OnePlus phones have had decent but not spectacular cameras relative to their premium flagship competitors, although that still put them well above the norm for what are generally mid-priced handsets.
For the OnePlus 6, OnePlus pairs a front-facing 16MP camera with support for facial recognition, along with dual 20MP/16MP rear sensors. That's a solid sounding competitor within its space, if not exactly revolutionary. There's inbuilt support for 4K video recording, as well as slow-motion video.Back to top
Will the OnePlus 6 be water resistant?
Officially speaking, no. The OnePlus 6 does not feature formally tested and IP-rated water resistance.
OnePlus states that it has "comparable" levels of water resistance to other premium smartphones, but warns against immersion. So that's comparable in a very broad sense, and the practical upshot is that it would be unwise to get the OnePlus 6 particularly wet.
OnePlus 6: Review
We've recently pitted the OnePlus 6 against Samsung's impressive Galaxy S9+ to see if does hold true to its bargain promises:
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The OnePlus 6 is blazingly fast, boasts a top-tier design and has a great camera."
When will the OnePlus 6 be available in Australia?
This is more likely to be a question of how keen you personally are on the OnePlus 6 than on any specific Australian launch plans. We saw a very soft launch for a limited number of OnePlus 5 handsets here in Australia, but no official launch for the follow-up OnePlus 5T at all.
Right now, OnePlus's Australian site simply states that "We're putting sales for this region on hold until we're sure our Aussie fans can get the best OnePlus experience."
That's not super encouraging if you're keen on a local launch for the OnePlus 6.
In terms of the actual launch, it took place on 17 May 2018. The official onsale date is 22 May 2018 in other markets, and it's now available from numerous direct importers, as well as Amazon Australia.
Buy the OnePlus 6 from Amazon AU
The latest premium phone from OnePlus offers the latest Qualcomm processor, improved camera and a large display at a much lower price than you'd expect for a flagship phone.View details
How much will the OnePlus 6 cost?
OnePlus made its name providing its premium phones at mid-range prices, but that's not exactly be the case for the OnePlus 6.
The OnePlus 6 entry-level model with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage sells for US$529 outright. For the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model you're looking at US$579, while the top tier 8GB RAM and 256GB storage model costs US$629.
After conversion (and ignoring tax issues and any premium a direct importer may put on them), that equates out to around $700, $773 and $840 respectively. Allowing for shipping and taxes, and we'd expect the OnePlus 6 to land on our shores for between $800-$950 from online resellers.
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OnePlus 6 Specifications
- Product Name
- OnePlus 6
- Display Size
- 6.28 inches
- Snapdragon 845
- Operating System
- Android 8.1 with OxygenOS
- Front camera
- 16MP f/2.0
- Rear camera
- 16MP + 20MP f/1.7
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