OnePlus has launched its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6, at an event in London, just six months after releasing its last device, the 5T.

According to TechRadar, “the OnePlus 6 feels like the most polished, premium smartphone the firm has made in its short existence”, which bodes well for a successful launch.

OnePlus adopts the notch

The newest device from the flagship killers features a notch at the top of the display. Although the feature has proven controversial – particularly when Apple’s iPhone X was revealed – a large proportion of this year’s biggest smartphones have followed suit.

It houses the front-facing camera, used for facial recognition, which OnePlus says is one of the fastest available today. The additional space provided by the notch means the screen is bigger than that of the 5T, despite the body size remaining the same.

Glass casing but no wireless charging

The OnePlus 6 has been constructed out of Gorilla Glass 5, which gives it a stylish look and premium feel and “looks quite striking”, according to Android Authority. However, this could potentially lead to concerns over durability as the glass does not provide the best protection when dropped.

Although the new device is cased in glass, OnePlus chose not to give the new device wireless charging. The company insists its Dash Charge system replenishes battery power far quicker, but Android Authority highlighted the convenience of the feature, explaining that “a lot of customers like the convenience of grabbing their phone off the charging pad and walking out the door”.

OnePlus design decisions

The OnePlus 6 features a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, which first made its appearance on the 5T. OnePlus has said this is the fastest one available on the market. Just above that are the dual cameras, which are 16MP and 20MP cameras, with an f/1.7 aperture.

It comes with a headphone jack – a feature that is slowly becoming obsolete among smartphones as manufacturers embrace USB-C headphone adaptors – but this could be the reason the company has not bestowed an IP water resistance rating on the OnePlus 6. This could be a deciding factor for consumers, who could get the feature from brands such as Samsung and Apple.

More affordable flagships?

The Chinese company has long been known for offering consumers flagship quality at mid-range prices. The new phone will start at £469, with this model offering 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. For £519, users can get 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The largest version offers 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage for £569.

They will all be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The battery is the same capacity as the 5T, at 3,300mAh. OnePlus said the new processor should reduce drain on the battery, but it remains to be seen whether this will indeed be the case.

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