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OnePlus 6: Killer specs, killer price

A direct competitor of other flagship smartphones—including Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone X, as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S9 series—the OnePlus 6 sets itself apart by offering high-end specs in a more affordable package. With a starting price of P30,990 for the 64GB model and a sub-P40,000 tag for the 256GB variant, this latest device from the Shenzhen-based company is a killer phone that’s got almost everything you want from a flagship—without requiring you to spend more than you need to.

Here are 6 reasons why you shouldn’t scoff at the OnePlus 6:

 

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OnePlus smartphones are known for the good design and impressive build quality, and the OnePlus 6 is no exception. This device is encased in Gorilla Glass 5—both front and back—and comes with smoothly rounded corners. It’s ready for rain, thanks to a special type of foam layered on the gap between the screen and the battery cover. Waterproof materials in the headphone jack and fingerprint scanner, and silicone loops around the buttons of the phone prevent mean the OnePlus 6 can survive a few splashes or an accidental spill.

 

 

It’s marketed with the tagline, “the speed you need,” so here’s what you need to know: The OnePlus 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and paired with either 6GB or 8GB RAM. You don’t get a microSD card slot, but you get at least 64GB to as
much as 256GB storage built-in. For a fast and smooth experience, there’s OxygenOS based on Android Oreo. It provides nearly a stock Android experience—clean, easy to use, with software customizations and without a bunch of gimmicky stuff that slow down the phone.

 

 

The 6.3-inch Optic AMOLED display has a 19:9 aspect ratio and 2280 x 1080 pixel resolution. You can adjust the display mode depending on your needs (e.g., night mode for when the sun sets, or reading mode, for when you want to read through your feed or that e-book you downloaded). If you’re not a big fan of the notch, you can hide it with a few taps on the settings menu.

 

 

There are two rear cameras—one at 16MP and the other at 20MP—both of which have Sony sensors and f/1.7 aperture. The main 16MP shooter comes with optical image stabilization. Fond of shooting videos? This phone can film 4K, Full HD, and HD videos, and even super slow-mo at either 1080p/240fps or 720p/480fps. You can then trim and filter your clips, manually add slow motion, and even apply reverse and loop effects using the built-in video editor.

The front camera comes with a 16MP Sony sensor with f/2.0 aperture. As is customary, it features a portrait mode that applies an adjustable bokeh effect on your photo.

Keeping the OnePlus 6 juiced up is a 3300mAh battery that supports fast charging. Other features include fingerprint/face unlock, 3.5mm audio jack, and a bottom-facing speaker with Dirac HD and Dirac Power Sound. The 64GB variant is priced at P30,990, while the 128GB and 256GB models are priced at P33,990 and P37,490, respectively.

Words Katrina Rivere-Diga
First published in Speed July 2018

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