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At a recent international launch event in London, England, One Plus announced their newest addition to their flagship phone line up called 6 or OnePlus 6.
A special edition Marvel Avengers version of the OnePlus 6 has also been announced for India and China.
This phone boasts the biggest screen OnePlus has ever put on a phone, a display notch, Snapdragon 845 chipset, and new glass design.
OnePlus is playing with the big boys, competing on price and functionalities.
The announcement came with a release date of May 22 and a starting price of $529.
Get it early
The OnePlus 6 release date is May 22 for the Midnight Black and Mirror Black, but OnePlus has announced a series of pop-up events across the US, Europe, India, and China on May 21 where you’ll be able to buy the handset for the first time.
Meanwhile, the limited-edition Silk White goes on sale on June 5.
The 64GB/6GB OnePlus 6 price starts at $529, which is more expensive than the OnePlus 5T, which began at $499 for the same RAM and storage.
Finally, there’s the top end 8GB/256GB model which officially takes the title of the most expensive OnePlus smartphone ever. This OnePlus 6 priced at $629.
In India and China, the 8GB/256GB model is a limited-edition Marvel Avengers handset, which adds $100 to the price but is still cheaper than an iPhone X and boasts more exceptional features.
OnePlus 6 design and display
The OnePlus 6 boasts the biggest screen ever found on a OnePlus handset, and it’s also the first phone from the firm to feature a notch at the top of the display.
The screen is 6.28 inches in size, with a 19:9 aspect ratio, and it’s covered in protective Gorilla Glass 5.
OnePlus has kept the headphone jack for the OnePlus 6, and it’s also made the handset more water resistant over (vs. its previous handsets).
Both the front and the back of the OnePlus 6 are covered in Gorilla Glass 5 – a first for the firm’s flagship line of smartphones.
OnePlus says it’s worked the glass to feel like ceramic, just like the company’s younger sibling the One Plus X.
OnePlus 6 cameras and battery
The OnePlus 6 comes with dual rear cameras, the primary camera is 16MP, and the secondary snapper is 20MP. Both sensors are made by Sony and feature both OIS and EIS.
OnePlus has increased the size of the 16MP sensor by 19% (vs. 5T), allowing more light in, and reducing the level of noise in low light shots.
The rear camera can now shoot up to a minute of slow-motion footage at a time, at 480fps in a 720p resolution.
Portrait mode returns on the OnePlus 6, but it’s now faster, and in the coming weeks a software update will be issued that brings the feature to the 16MP front facing the camera as well.
The handset also features Dash Charge, giving the OnePlus 6 ‘a day’s power in half an hour.’ The battery size remains the same as the OnePlus 5 and 5T though, at 3,300mAh.
OnePlus 6 biometrics
The OnePlus 6 has two forms of biometric security. First up is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which is now a smaller oval shape, rather than the circle on its predecessor.
Secondly, face unlock is included, allowing you to open the phone hands-free.
OnePlus says face unlock takes 0.4 seconds to recognize you and allow you access to the handset, while the fingerprint scanner is quicker at 0.2 seconds.
OnePlus 6 power and OS
The OnePlus 6 packs in a Snapdragon 845 chipset, the flagship power unit from chip maker Qualcomm, ensuring there’s plenty of power under the hood.
It arrives running Android 8 Oreo (with Oxygen OS 5.1 on top), but for the more adventurous among you, the OnePlus 6 also supports the new Android P Beta from Google.
The Beta will give you a sneak peek at new features that’ll arrive on the Android platform later this year, but be warned; the P Beta is likely to be full of bugs.