OnePlus 6 Featuring Notch Display Announced: Specs, Release Date, Price, More

After a multitude of leaks and a little earlier than its usual June window, OnePlus has revealed its new flagship Android device, the OnePlus 6. The brand new smartphone has finally arrived in an official capacity. For those who love OnePlus hardware, the most controversial aspect of the new design is its notch display, as this announcement going to be huge which comes with the biggest overhaul in years.

Rather than being a simple generational improvement, what we have with the OnePlus 6 is a total copycat overhaul visually. At the top of the 6.3-inch 19:9 OLED display, has already been the subject of a preemptive rationalization from the company, and fan demands have been somewhat answered with the added option to conceal the notch by putting a black bar on the screen around it.

Consumers will have the choice of purchasing the hardware with either an aluminum or glass back, both of which are finished in stunning black, Mirror Black offering a shiny finish and the Midnight Black coming with a matte finish that is supposed to give the hardware the feel of premium ceramic. It’s also going to be available with a Silk White option as well as an Avenger Edition if you can’t get enough of superhero-related goodness.

Specifications-wise, the notched design does have a significant upside in helping OnePlus fit a lot more screen into basically the same dimensions as its predecessor OnePlus 5T and 5 models. Interestingly, the OnePlus 6 owners are going to be looking at a 6.28 AMOLED display with a 2280-by-1080 pixel resolution covered in the extremely tough Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

The OnePlus 6 is a little smaller than the 6-inch Google Pixel 2 XL, but it offers more vertical screen space and makes the [ixel’s bezels feel crude and chunky by comparison. OnePlus’ interface is well-tailored to the notch, and the Chinese company has tested it nicely the top 1.000 Play Store apps to ensure they play extremely well with it. You can’t accuse OnePlus of moving to it without sufficient forethought.

Those interested in the gorgeous OnePlus 6 hardware, you will realize that it does come with a notch like iPhone X is used to house sensors as well as LCD notification light, a front-facing 16MP camera, and the necessary earpiece. Unlike iPhone X though, there’s a chin bezel at the bottom the likely reason for it is this.

The first in OnePlus’ line of flagships to feature an all-glass-design, suggesting that the metal rear of the past are going to stay in the past. OnePlus joins the vast majority of smartphone manufacturers – companies like Apple, Samsung, Sony, Nokia, LG, and Huawei – incorporating glass on both the front and the back of its flagship device. Although the OnePlus 6, replete with a notch and a glass back, now blends into the mass of Android phones out there, it does stand out with a number of its own unique strengths.

Firstly, the 16-megapixel camera on the front can be used for instantaneous selfies as well as Face Unlock. It’s important to note that the Face Unlock feature of OnePlus isn’t as secure as Face ID on iPhone X as it only uses the normal front facing camera and not specialized depth sensors like Apple’s TrueDepth module for unlocking the gadget. To make it more secure authentication, OnePlus has added a fingerprint scanner on the back side of the phone.

Secondly, the software on the OnePlus 6 is a clean, thoughtfully designed, and unfailingly fast. The OnePlus 6 was among the first phones to support the Android P beta even before it was officially announced. The company OnePlus is committed in responding to its fans’ wishes, and its eagerness to deliver updates as soon as possible is a testament to that.

Speaking of the back side, the main primary camera setup on the rear is a dual one, with a 16MP and 20MP module setup; both offering a f1.7 aperture in addition to OIS and EIS, though the company’s made positive strides by increasing the main sensor of its dual-camera system by 19% (for a pixel size of 1.22μm). You can now shoot faux-bokeh portrait mode pictures with the front as well as the rear cameras. OnePlus is getting into the algorithmically reprocessed photo game by offering the option to turn the bokeh in a photo into various shapes like hearts and stars.

Not many other things are different about the OnePlus 6. The signature OnePlus alert slider moves from one side of the phone to the other. The headphone jack remains in place, and OnePlus says it has no plans to remove it anytime soon. Unfortunately, this handset neither has the addition of waterproof certification nor add wireless charging with its shift to a glass back.

Under-the-hood, marketed under the slogan of “the speed you need,” the OnePlus 6 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 series processor, Adreno 630 graphics, with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and either 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage depending on how much you need and how much you want to pay for the device. It also offers a 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge and offers water resistance against splashes. Be warned; do not dunk this beautiful device in water or submerge it; it is only splash resistant.

Who are interested? OnePlus 6 will be offered from May 22nd in Midnight Black and Mirror Black starting at $529. The Silk White variant will take slightly longer, shipping on June 5th, with all other benefiting from a free pair of OnePlus Bullet Wireless headphones.

Complete specs sheet can be seen below:

All variants of the OnePlus 6 go on sale directly from OnePlus’ online store in North America, India, and across Europe. The European and UK pricing is less attractive than the US’s, with prices starting at €519 / £469 for 64GB of storage, going through €569 / £519 for 128GB, and maxing out at €619 / £569 for 256GB.

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