The speed you need

Amol Gokhale
Monday, 27 August 2018

OnePlus 6 is one of the cheapest and best options in the Indian market to get your hands on the latest in technology.

The moment you pick up a OnePlus 6, the first thing you notice is the sleek design – little slippery to say and then you see the notch on the front, bisecting the almost bezel-less big display, just keeping up with the market trend. But once you unlock it to set it up, you discover the true power of putting 8GB RAM coupled with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU as it takes 30 minutes to set up the phone. The one reason why one might prefer Android over Apple devices is the customisation that one can do with ‘Vanilla’ Android OS, which, in this case, is Oxygen OS based on Android Oreo.

In a digital collaboration between Sakal Times and OnePlus, we had an opportunity to explore OnePlus 6 in its full capacity here is what we think about the phone after its extensive use:

Design
The design of the latest flagship from OnePlus is sleek and subtle, but it must be noted that it is a little slippery with the glass back. Once you start using the phone you may get used to it, however, if you are worried about dropping the phone, let us tell you that OnePlus 6 comes with a translucent case apart from the pre-applied screen protector.

Performance
The OnePlus 6 was launched in the market with a tagline ‘The Speed You Need’ and it lives up to the billing. It’s a seriously fast phone and one can instantly notice it while setting up the phone itself.  Once you fire it up, the 8GB RAM and Snapdragon 845 keep the phone running as smooth as you like and keep shuffling across the applications without any glitch.

Primary applications used by us were Camera, Gmail, Google Docs, Maps, social media and a bunch of sports-related applications. These are the kind of applications which takes a toll on the battery but the 3300 mAh battery is more than sufficient to last a day. So, despite the ‘heavy’ applications, we had a seamless user experience throughout the day, thanks to a capable battery which would juice up within half an hour or so to keep you on the move, always.

Camera
We captured around 50GB of pictures (including RAW files) and that speaks volumes about the quality of the camera on the back of the OnePlus 6. The camera is back in the centre unlike the predecessor and above the fingerprint sensor with vertical layout. No surprises there.

But, what it delivers is truly astonishing and photographers would be satisfied with the output. There can be no second opinion about what DSLR would produce, but if one compares the cutthroat market competition for cameras on the back of phones, this one would stand very tall.

With the option to shoot in 19:9 aspect ratio, it really pleases the eye when you capture a good picture and it occupies the whole screen. It has its downside as well as one cannot upload the entire frame on social media if one wants to, but it is acceptable.

The Portrait mode creates a beautiful bokeh, but the same cannot be said about the primary camera, as the device struggles a bit to distinguish between the subject and the background. The sharp difference between the two aforementioned things is more clear on the iPhone.

The camera offers other features like slow motion, Pro-Mode, 4K Video and Panorama, which one can create only from screen left to right and not the other way round. Apart from these two small drawbacks, OnePlus 6 delivers outstanding pictures to match the benchmarks set by its more expensive contemporaries.

Final word
OnePlus entered the market with a tagline ‘Flagship Killer’ and it delivered the top-notch specifications without burdening the pockets of users. The same cannot be said anymore about the OnePlus 6, but it is still one of the cheapest and best options in the Indian market to get your hands on the latest in technology compared to the flagships by other smartphone makers.

Tech Specs
Display: 6.28 inch AMOLED Display
Processor: Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm 
Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android Oreo
Battery: 3300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge feature
RAM: 6/8GB RAM
Camera: Rear: 16+20mp Dual Camera
Front: 16mp

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