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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?
MAJOR TECH SPECS
• 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.