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OnePlus adds one more to its arith­metic-themed line of smart­phones. The OnePlus 6 looks pretty good on pa­per, but how will these fancy specs add up on the tear­down table?


• 6.28-inch Sam­sung-made AMOLED dis­play with 2280x1080

res­o­lu­tion (402 ppi), and 2.5D Go­rilla Glass 5 • Octa-core, 64-bit Qual­comm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor with

6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4X RAM • Dual main cam­era with 16MP (ƒ/1.7 with OIS) and 20MP (ƒ/1.7)

mod­ules; 16MP (ƒ/2.0) selfie cam­era

• 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB built-in stor­age

• USB Type-C and 3.5 mm au­dio ports

• Oxy­genOS based on An­droid Oreo 8.1


• An An­droid phone with a glass back? Thank­fully, we’ve seen this be­fore. The heat gun soft­ens things up, and the iS­clack and open­ing pick take care of the rest. The OnePlus 6 comes with a fin­ger­print sen­sor cable long enough to re­move the back com­pletely with­out wor­ry­ing about tear­ing the cable. • We pop off a nice red bracket to free that lengthy fin­ger­print sen­sor cable, and spy the NFC an­tenna. Prior OnePlus an­ten­nas did just fine with­out a glass back (which isn’t even for wire­less charg­ing), so this glass seems to be just for looks. The friendly green tab on the ac­ces­si­ble bat­tery trans­lates to “Pull up and out to re­move the bat­tery,” not “Bat­tery is not re­mov­able,” as is writ­ten in the cor­ner. • Nine Phillips screws bite the dust and the plas­tic an­tenna frame doesn’t budge. But a se­cret tenth screw be­hind a liq­uid dam­age in­di­ca­tor grants ac­cess. Un­der the plas­tic mid­frame, we get up-close and per­sonal with the over­sized slider mech­a­nism. The but­ton moves a hefty metal plunger, which flips a me­chan­i­cal switch sol­dered to the moth­er­board. • There are sil­i­cone seals around all the flex cable sock­ets—as found on the OnePlus 5, and ev­ery iPhone since the 6s. At the other end, un­der the loud­speaker assem­bly, we find more gas­kets around the speaker grille, USB Type-C port, and mod­u­lar head­phone jack. Good to see OnePlus go for gas­kets over goo, mak­ing dis­as­sem­bly and re­assem­bly a snap. • Although a dual rear cam­era setup first emerged on the OnePlus 5, this OnePlus in­cludes OIS—a fea­ture we haven’t seen since the OnePlus 3T. Cou­pled with the new IMX519 sen­sor from Sony, this is a sig­nif­i­cant step up. Along­side it re­sides the 20MP Sony IMX 376K sen­sor, re­turn­ing from the ear­lier OnePlus 5T. The selfie cam gets the 16MP IMX 371, which has been in cir­cu­la­tion since the OnePlus 5 days. • Re­turn­ing to the bot­tom edge, we flip out a daugh­ter­board and sur­vey what’s left in the chas­sis. The OLED panel is firmly glued in place; it prob­a­bly won’t come out un­dam­aged. You’ll likely only be re­mov­ing a bro­ken dis­play, of course, but the pro­ce­dure for do­ing so sure isn’t re­pair-friendly. • Re­pairabil­ity score: 5 out of 10 (10 is eas­i­est to re­pair). The bat­tery is only lightly ad­hered in place, plus there’s a con­ve­nient pull tab. Many com­po­nents are mod­u­lar and can be in­di­vid­u­ally re­placed. All the threaded fas­ten­ers are stan­dard Phillips. Dis­play re­place­ment is not pri­or­i­tized in the de­sign and will take a lot of work. Front and back glass means twice the risk of cracks. The pri­mary ac­cess point for all re­pairs is heav­ily glued in place.

We lift the back in trep­i­da­tion, wait­ing for thefa­mil­iar tug of a fin­ger­print sen­sor cable.

Hav­ing re­moved all the con­nec­tors teth­er­ing themoth­er­board to the phone, we slide it free.

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