Hands-on: This is the OnePlus 6, starting at $529

After months of rumors, leaks, and teasing the OnePlus 6 is finally a real thing. It starts at $529 and will go on sale May 22.

As usual, it looks like a compelling flagship at an affordable price. But this time around, OnePlus is looking to make the gap between itself and the $1000 flagships smaller than ever.

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Let’s start with the specs. They shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, but there are a few interesting highlights:

  • 6.28-inch AMOLED Display
  • 2280 x 1080 resolution (19:9 aspect ratio)
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 6/8 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB Storage
  • 19 percent larger camera sensor (1.22μm pixels)
  • 16 MP, f1.7 aperture, OIS
  • 4K Capture at 60fps, 480fps slow mo
  • Portrait mode on front and rear camera
  • Dash Charging
  • Water-resistent (but no IP-rating)
  • 4×4 MIMO for Gigabit LTE
  • Android P beta available
  • Mirror black, Midnight black, and silk white colors
  • $529 (64 GB), $579 (128 GB), $629 (256 GB)
  • A headphone jack

As everyone interested in this phone knows by now, the OnePlus 6 has an iPhone-X like notch. While it doesn’t include any fancy face-detection sensors, it does allow for a larger screen in a body that’s virtually the same size as its predecessor. You can replace Android’s navigation bar with gestures to maximize real estate too.

And don’t worry – if you don’t like the notch, you can hide it in the software. Given the OLED panel’s pure blacks, that’ll make the display cutout virtually invisible.

More polarizing will be the glass back, which OnePlus CEO Pete Lau previously justified in a blog post. Having seen the phone now, my opinion remains largely the same as back then: without wireless charging, a glass back just doesn’t make much sense.

At least, that’s true of the cheapest Mirror Black finish, which just looks nice enough… but also very generic. The Midnight Black, on the other hand, has a cool frosted look that’s far more unique. My favorite by far is the Silk White, which has a gorgeous matte pearl finish, accentuated with a rose gold trim. That colorway is beautiful, and I wish OnePlus used its bolder designs on its base model. I mean, just look at Huawei’s take with the P20.