OnePlus 6 launched with starting price of $529, Bullet Wireless earphones announced too
It's finally here. At its global event held in London, OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6 on on May 16. The phone, which will see the formal India and China launch on May 17, comes with a starting price tag of $529. This is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version. The top-end version with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage will sell for $629. In India, the OnePlus 6 will launch on May 17 and pricing and availability will be announced on the same day. Along with the phone, the cpmpany has also launched the Bullet Wireless earphones.
Before we talk of the phone, let's talk of the wireless earphones. This is a completely new product from OnePlus. With the Bullet Wireless, the company is hoping that it will do to the high-end wireless audio product market what it did to the phone market with the OnePlus phones. so basically, a pair of quality earphones at more affordable prices. Unlike the Airpods and Google's Wireless earphones, the OnePlus Bullet Wireless will sell for $69 (India price to be announced later). The earphone uses aluminum shell, has integrated support for the Google Assistant and comes with unique feature called Dash Charging. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said that the dash charging in Bullets will give it 5 hours of audio playback time with just 10 minutes of charging.
Now, about the OnePlus 6. The OnePlus 6 will be available in three storage variants. The first, and most affordable variant, comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The second variant will have 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The third variant, which is the special Avengers Infinity Wars Edition, comes with 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The OnePlus 6 will be available in three finishes: Midnight Black, which uses frosted black glass, the Silk White that uses frosted white glass with pink gold accents and Mirror Black, which uses extremely shiny and reflective black glass.
Almost everything that was rumoured about the OnePlus 6 ahead of its launch has turned out to be true. In fact, many of the details about the phone were earlier revealed by the OnePlus in the run up to the launch. Still, there were some details that were not revealed, mainly the camera. So let's start with that.
The OnePlus 6 comes with the dual-camera system, which in many ways is similar to what we saw with the OnePlus 5T. There are still two cameras -- three like the way Huawei P20 Pro packs in aren't really needed to be honest. But the hardware for these cameras is slightly different. The OnePlus 6 primary camera uses IMX 519 image sensor that is around 19 per cent bigger than the sensor in 5T. It also comes with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and lens that has an aperture of F1.7. The camera clicks 16-megapixel images. The primary camera is accompanied by a secondary camera that uses a 20-megapixel image sensor with F1.7 lens. On the front, there is a new image sensor that clicks 16-megapixel images.
Inside the hardware is what you will find in a high-end phone because the OnePlus 6 is a high-end phone. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor that can notch up speed of 2.8GHz. Talking of "notch", there is one in the OnePlus 6. The phone comes with a large 6.28-inch screen that has an aspect ratio of 19:9 with resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. The screen does have a notch, similar to that of the iPhone X but OnePlus has implemented a software feature that will allow users to hide the notch in most of the popular apps, if users want it. This, arguably, may make watching a YouTube video in full screen mode better on the OnePlus 6 compared to a phone like the iPhone X.
Compared to the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 sports a new design that uses a metal frame with glass back cover. At the company's London event, Carl Pei called the OnePlus 6 design their boldest design yet. "With the OnePlus 6, we challenged ourselves to deliver an external design as smooth and elegant as the work we've done inside the device," added OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau. "We're proud of what we've accomplished, and we hope our users are too."
Although, users will not find it too unique -- there are several phones nowadays with glass back metal frame -- the workmanship on the OnePlus 6 is top notch. OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told India Today Tech that OnePlus engineers spent almost half year perfecting the millimetre thin curves on the OnePlus 6 to get its design and feel in hand right. They also apparently spent finding the right mix of glass to use in the phone, going through over 40 iterations before finding the one that has the perfect mix of usability, strength and looks. And the attention to the detail shows as the OnePlus 6 looks really slick.
In the market, OnePlus 6 goes head-to-head against the high-end phones like the Galaxy S9, Pixel 2, iPhone 8 Plus and Honor 20 Pro despite its relatively lower price.