OnePlus has come through the mobile market quite fast. I remember one of my old bosses showing me the very first OnePlus that he had been on a waitlist for quite some time. It was different for sure, it had what I could only call a rough stone back and a huge screen. At this time phones weren’t all that big so seeing a screen this big and slim was amazing.
Appearance + Features
And here we are, many OnePlus phones later we have the OnePlus 6. To start off with the phone is an all front screen with a little notch at the top for the speaker and camera. Very much like the iPhone X with a smaller notch and a much bigger screen. The screen size in total is 6.28 inches and also features Gorilla Glass 5 for the extra drop protection. Turning the phone over, the back consists of a dual camera with the fingerprint scanner on the back.
The phone is a slim curved design which sits nicely in your hand for such a large phone. While the back is smooth it has a grippy feel to it allowing a nice grip and also perfect for long time phone users. Also, the phone is 177g, while a little bit weighty but it isn’t terrible, while it would suit the phone being lighter for longer usage especially if you’re Fortniting it up or playing PUBG.
The phone also claims to be water resistant. One thing here, however, is that it does not have a water-resistant rating, no matter where I looked I couldn’t find any details on it other than what OnePlus has mentioned, so this comes down to your own risk.
Another thing that not many phones feature other than the iPhone is the mute button. The OnePlus 6 features one which has three options. Silent, Vibrate or Loud. Nice and easy to use and I prefer a quick switch to mute my phone rather than going into the settings so it’s a nice touch that not many phones features.
Also, a nice feature that only features in Android phones, albeit not many, is a dual sim. The phone itself allows for usage of a dual sim tray which both feature 4G on 2 different networks which is great for business and personal use and for those who travel for business saving the carrying of 2 phones.
The touch button on the rear is in a nice location for finger reach and texture is perfect to be able to feel for it rather quickly. With the help of the protruding camera’s, it is easy to locate and unlock pretty much immediately. As well as the rear fingerprint scanner you also have face ID unlock on the phone also. Quick and easy, once set up it takes mear milliseconds to unlock.
To top off the features of the handset, it still features the 3.5mm port on the button. It’s not dead yet!
OnePlus 6 Specs:
OS: Android 8.1
Screen Size: 6.28 Inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280
CPU: Snapdragon 845
Battery: 3300 mAh
Rear Camera: 16MP + 20MP
Front Camera: 16MP
I won’t lie, in this day an age mobile phones last a long time and also are pretty much immediate when performing actions. Most phones feature high-end specs that when performing tests of how fast can you unlock it, or how fast can a heavy RAM usage app load, you’re saving yourself sometimes milliseconds and doesn’t really fascinating me anymore. However, one thing that mobiles are dabbling in is mobile games. Mobile games have been around for years now and need no introduction, however, you do have a lot of games coming out now that a lot of players are playing on the go and also features some high-end graphics.
Let’s take PUBG and Fortnite. While Fortnite is only available on Samsung Android at this time of review, it does show big games are making their way over to the mobile market and require some heavy specs to perform well and this is where I will focus on.
Gaming Mode Features:
- Answer calls via speaker
- Block notifications (calls and alarms are exempt)
- Prolong the phone’s battery life by lowering resolution and/or FPS of games
- Lock screen brightness when Gaming mode is turned on
- Limit other apps’ network usage when Gaming mode is turned on
As mentioned in the specs the phone features 8GB of RAM. A huge amount of RAM for any portable device and also boasts a Snapdragon 845 octa-core @ 2.8GHz. With that combined, it needs to the power to run the AMOLED Full HD 1080 x 2280 screen at 6.28 Inches 19:9 Aspect Ratio. With all this, you can definitely see why the phone features a Gaming Mode.
The Gaming Mode isn’t new to OnePlus. It has been renamed from the Gaming Do Not Disturb mode from previous handsets. The Gaming Mode features a whole load of options that will help you in your time of gaming. This is from Battery Saver all the way from turning off notifications that would typically block your view on any game. It also comes with a brand new feature that definitely helps your PUBG and Fortnite players out there. It features Network Boost. When turned on it prioritizes any game you play online with over any other app access to the internet reducing or even stopping any lag. So if you die in PUBG you can’t blame the lag this time!
PUBG was the biggest hitter we played and the most demanding so we will discuss this. While the phone features a notch at the top and it is rather small, it was quite annoying at times as the app didn’t compensate for that notch for buttons etc. The good this, however, is that you can relocate your buttons easily.
When beginning PUBG we made sure the settings were as high as possible making sure that we give the phone a run for its money. For a mobile phone playing PUBG, I cannot deny that it looked good. Obviously, nowhere near as good as what PC would be running but this is a tiny device in your pocket running as smooth as hell while maintaining those high-end graphics on mobile. The screen size and the screen quality of the phone definitely help here and maybe even be the best I’ve seen a high-end quality game run smoothly while looking superb.
For a game like PUBG to run so well, we had our thought that it might have already been optimized for PUBG so we tested another game. I’m a huge DOTA fan so I had to try out Arena of Valor. Now, AoV is all new to me, never played it but I expected the game after many discussion with colleagues that the game will be demanding. So why not put it through its tests. With gaming mode turned on, it ran smoothly and the quality, again, for a mobile game was immense. I also found a new game to play on my mobile!
For a mobile? It’s just another mobile that can open your apps quickly and make phone calls and texts. A gaming device? The best I’ve ever tested. Everything to do with games and the gaming mode switched on the handset performed extremely well with little to no faults. The AMOLED screen is gorgeous and was perfect for this device. A great device especially if you’re a budget less than the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 that can perform better than both. Yes, this is the ultimate gaming handset. We just need to figure out a way now how to get rid of that notch!