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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

Oneplus has al­ways

de­lighted cus­tomers by launch­ing flag­ship smart­phones at prices that are not over the top. With OnePlus 6, the com­pany takes it up a notch by pack­ing in the lat­est hard­ware in a stun­ning de­sign at an in­cred­u­lous price.

OnePlus 6 scores well in ap­pear­ance – be it the all-glass de­sign rounded at the cor­ners, curved back, er­gonom­i­cally placed fin­ger­print sen­sor, the ver­ti­cal dual cam­era set-up or the pro­pri­etary alert slider but­ton. It is light­weight and slip­pery; but, thank­fully, its glass body is pro­tected by Corn­ing Go­rilla Glass 5, one of the tough­est in the mar­ket. The curved de­sign ac­cen­tu­ates the 6.28-inch dis­play with 19:9 as­pect ra­tio. Even though OnePlus hasn’t used an OLED screen, the AMOLED dis­play with 2,280x1,080p res­o­lu­tion is bright and of­fers great colour re­pro­duc­tion. There is a small notch at the top of the dis­play, which can be turned off.

OnePlus 6 is the first smart­phone to launch in In­dia with Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor. Our re­view unit had 8 GB RAM and 128 GB of on­board stor­age. OnePlus’ Oxy­gen OS run­ning on An­droid 8.1.0 of­fers an ex­pe­ri­ence very close to stock An­droid – a neat user in­ter­face mi­nus bloat­ware. With ges­tures re­plac­ing nav­i­ga­tion but­tons (op­tional) – swipe up from bot­tom to go to home screen, swipe up and hold to see re­cent apps and a swipe up from ei­ther side to go to the pre­vi­ous screen – the us­age is intuitive and ad­dic­tive. There is a Gaming DND mode that stops dis­play­ing no­ti­fi­ca­tions while gaming. When I added games, cus­tomised set­tings au­to­mat­i­cally kicked in while play­ing.

The ver­ti­cal dual cam­era set-up, with a 16-MP sen­sor and a 20-MP sen­sor, cap­tured su­perb im­ages with true-to-life colour re­pro­duc­tion, great bokeh ef­fect and good slow­mo­tion videos. How­ever, the edges started to bleed in low light. Fea­tures such as Por­trait mode in front cam­era will be added with soft­ware up­dates. OnePlus 6 has the face un­lock fea­ture, but doesn’t appear to be as se­cure as Ap­ple’s Face ID.

Thanks to the phone’s dash charge tech­nol­ogy, 50 per cent of the battery gets charged in 30 min­utes. Al­though it is un­for­tu­nate that OnePlus 6 missed out on wire­less charg­ing sup­port, that’s not re­ally a deal breaker. The 3,300 mAh battery lasted a day de­spite heavy use.

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