Over the past five years, Shenzhen-based OnePlus has managed to do something that most Chinese tech brands have struggled to accomplish: build a hip image in the west, and gain a devoted following to boot (people were actually lining up around the block to buy the phone at launch).
The company was able to do this by offering two things: flagship-quality handsets at almost half the price of other big brands; and a very clean Android experience that westerners tend to prefer.
With the OnePlus 6, the story is mostly the same. I’ve been testing the phone thoroughly for two weeks, and the two thoughts that constantly came to mind were:
Is the 6 every bit as polished as the absolute top dogs? Not quite all the way there. It can’t charge wirelessly; it has no official IP water and dust resistance certification (though tests have shown it will survive being submerged in water briefly); its 6.3-inch OLED display doesn’t get as bright as the Galaxy S9’s; and its camera can’t quite produce night shots as stunning as the current king, the Huawei P20 Pro.
Are these things worth the extra three or four hundred bucks though? It depends on who you are. I think most people would say no.