OnePlus 6 – To buy or Not to Buy

So its finally here. After much hype and anticipation, lots of leaks and rumors(some true) and the uncertainty and fears about higher pricing, OnePlus has launched its latest Flagship, the OnePlus 6. And that too, at not much of a premium above the outgoing model, the OnePlus 5T.

Under the hood:

In a nutshell, here are the specifications(source gsmarena.com):

  • A flagship phone has to have a newly launched processor, a trend which has been laid down since quite some time now. And that’s what the 6 packs. A snapdragon 845 powerhouse with 4 cores powering upto 2.8 GHz and 4 efficient cores cruising at 1.7 GHz. How OnePlus handles the heat management needs to be seen here. You may remember the famous 810 processor which could be used to iron your clothes.
  • Coupled with he choice between 6 GB and 8 GB RAM, the 6 should not be lacking for memory during its life cycle.
  • You can choose between 64, 128 and 256 GB storage options. The 128 and 256 GB options though, are coupled with 8 GB RAM and you can call the 6GB RAM/64GB storage as entry level. No possibility of expansion via external card, as is the standard with OnePlus
  • The 6.28″ Optic Amoled screen get widely accepted(though hated by OnePlus fanboy) notch. The notch, as you may remember, first appeared in Apple iPhone X and though we initially felt it to be unorthodox and perhaps ugly, it went on to become a practical solution to optimise the use of phone face.
  • Though the screen is bigger as compared to the 5T, the phone size is almost similar to OnePlus 5T. The weight has increased by about 15 gms.
  • It comes with Android Oreo 8.1, out of the box, customised by OnePlus in their Oxygen OS release.
  • The phone doesn’t improve much on the camera front, but Optical Image Stabilisation is back.
  • A 3300 mAh battery promises to keep it runnning all day long on mixed usage. And If that’s not enough, you do have the now famous and loved dash charger.

My Love Affair with OnePlus

I was in love with OnePlus ever since they had announced the OnePlus One. It was a flagship that no flagship maker promised at a bargain price. Everyone just wanted to have it, but couldn’t because of the production bottlenecks and the infamous invite system which people hated. OnePlus continued with the invite system for another iteration of the phone before they finally ditched it for OnePlus 3. And when I finally found a very sweet deal on Amazon, I ditched my Moto and went for the OnePlus 3T.

There are many things about OnePlus that I love. The premium build quality. The top end specs. A capable camera. Realistic screen. Then there is the Oxygen OS, though customised, is minimalistic at that and provides near stock Android experience.

Should I go for it? 

Priced at rs. 34,990 in India, this package looks like a steal. So should you jump the line on 21st May to be the first person to buy it? It depends. Here are a few questions to help you out.

  • Are you moving on from another OEM to OnePlus? Buy it.
  • Do you already own a OnePlus 5T which is working fine? You may want to wait for the prices to come down a bit. Given the trend of the last two flagships from OnePlus, you can expect an upgraded version of OnePlus 6(my bet – OnePlus 6T) in 3-4 months, in case things go wrong with the 6
  • You own a onePlus 3T and want to upgrade? Buy it, but I still suggest you to remember my above argument.
  • You want to flaunt the latest in technology? I can’t and shouldn’t stop you. Go ahead, buy it.

It will be available in India exclusively on Amazon. Prime members are eligible for early access and there are few offers on launch.

 

 

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