OnePlus 6 unboxing and first look: what’s cooking, good looking?

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Chinese upstart OnePlus’ growth trajectory is an interesting one, especially in India. What started off as the ‘anti-establishment flagship phone’ with the OnePlus One, reached a full circle last year with the OnePlus 5, which was clearly the ’marketing juggernaut’. From Bollywood super star endorsements to massive launch events, OnePlus is slowly but steadily playing in the big leagues now. 

And with the OnePlus 6, the company has issued a clarion call clearly outlining its “premium” status. It doesn’t hurt that the new glass-bodied OnePlus 6 is a stunner from the get go. 

P.S. At the time of publishing this unboxing, the India price and details of different variants were not revealed. We shall update this copy on May 17 to include the information. 

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Opening the OnePlus 6 box

The white box packing the OnePlus 6 inside is no different from previous box which housed the OnePlus 5T. Except for the fact that it has the number ‘6’ embossed on the box. Duh! On the right side you can read the new marketing pitch – ‘The Speed You Need’. Whether or not that makes sense, is something I will let you know in my full review of the phone. Coming soon. 

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As it goes with most retail boxes, there’s printed information about where the phone was manufactured. And interestingly, you will read OPPO Mobiles India Pvt. Ltd, Noida. Not really a shocker considering OnePlus is a part of the larger conglomerate BBK electronics, which incidentally also owns OPPO and Vivo. 

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Inside the box, you will find the OnePlus 6 in flesh wrapped in a plastic cover. Let’s come back to the phone in a bit. Below the phone, you will find yet another cardboard sheathing in trademark OnePlus red. This box houses the Quick Start guide, a few stickers, a safety manual, a SIM ejector tool, and surprise…surprise…a transparent silicon case. Talking about cases, our reviewer’s edition unit came with five extra OnePlus-branded cases in the big black box. These cases are made in collaboration with Evutec. I really liked the Kevlar finish plastic case. Additionally, the cases are also available in different finishes: wooden, ballistic nylon, sandpaper, and felt (in red colour).

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You also get the massive charging bring and the signature red colour OnePlus Type-C cable inside the box. The dash charge brick outputs at 5V, 4A. This is still the first version of Dash Charge, and OnePlus hasn’t upgraded to Dash Charge 2.0 yet for the OnePlus 6. Also, the glass back doesn’t offer wireless charging which is definitely a missed opportunity in my opinion. 

OnePlus 6 first look: beautiful behind

Right out the box, you will notice that the OnePlus 6 is a massive phone. Moreover, we were well aware that the phone will be made of glass, thanks to all the leaks. Now, our review unit is the Mirror Black variant, which looks pretty. OnePlus continues to follow the ‘Horizon Line’ design, first introduced in the OnePlus 5. Apparently, importing this design language to a glass finish was not easy but OnePlus made it happen. For what it is worth, the phone feels supremely premium in the hand. 

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On the rear, OnePlus offers the same dual camera setup in a 16MP+20MP combination, which was available on the previous generation OnePlus 5T. However, the primary 16MP camera now uses a bigger Sony IMX 519 sensor with a pixel size of 1.22um. This should ideally mean that the OnePlus 6 can capture more details. We shall find that out in our full review.

Additionally, the primary camera now comes with OIS as well. OnePlus claims that the secondary camera is now used for improving details, whatever that means. Looks like OnePlus has learnt it the hard way after getting some flak for using the term “optical zoom” on the OnePlus 5. Anyway, letting bygones be bygones – the OnePlus 6’s rear camera setup looks promising. Oh, and lest it I forget, the OnePlus 6 can now do 4K 60fps video. Sweet!

Moving on, below the camera module, you can find the Dual-LED flash, and the new redesigned fingerprint reader.

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OnePlus 6 first look: light up those OLEDs

Turn the phone around and you are greeted to the notch on the front. Yes, the same notch that has polarised opinions across the globe. This notch houses the front-facing 16MP camera, the earpiece, an ambient light sensor, and the notification LED. The display is a 6.28-inch Super AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19:9. It outputs at a resolution 2280×1080 pixels, which translates to a pixel density of 402ppi. It is no doubt a crisp and punchy display. 

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Interestingly, OnePlus claims that it has made some internal reconfiguration of PCB placement. And as a result of that, the alert slider has now moved to the right edge above the power button. The volume rocker and the SIM card tray are on the left edge. The SIM card tray accepts two Nano-SIM cards. The bottom edge of the phone has a USB Type-C port flanked on either sides by a single downward firing speaker grill on the left and the 3.5mm jack on the right (hallelujah!). The only downside is that the USB Type-C port comes in USB 2.0 standard, which is definitely slower than USB 3.0. 

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OnePlus 6 first look: peering inside

Powering the OnePlus 6 is the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. It comes in three RAM and storage variants:

  1. 6GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage
  2. 8GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage (our review unit)
  3. 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage

The phone is available in a three basic colours: Mirror Black (our review unit), Midnight Black, and Silk White. And obviously, it also comes in a special Avengers Edition that fans might like.  The phone has the same 3,300mAh battery with support for Dash Charging, of course. There’s the new Bluetooth 5.0 standard with support for aptX and aptX HD. Moreover, OnePlus is also touting the 4×4 MIMO standard for faster Wi-Fi speeds. 

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Full review coming soon

Now, that was our unboxing and a quick first look at the OnePlus 6. Unfortunately, that’s all we can divulge for now. 

We can’t reveal anything about the new software tweaks to Oxygen OS or show you any camera samples right now because there’s an embargo. But, do stay tuned for more – including extensive camera comparisons, a full review, and other detailed articles. 

What do you think about the newly launched OnePlus 6? Do let us know in the comments section below.

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When Ershad isn't writing, he spends time killing virtual zombies on his PS4. Having worked with a slew of renowned publications like PCWorld, Channelworld, CIO, NDTV Gadgets (now Gadgets360), MySmartPrice, The Inquistr, and 91Mobiles, Ershad brings a whole world of experience to Mr. Phone. He is trying hard to convert all the team members into Apple fans but is facing a lot of resistance. Is anyone willing to help?