OnePlus 6 price starts at $529, will go on sale from May 22nd

OnePlus 6 price

The OnePlus 6 was officially released today, in what was a robotic presentation by Carl Pei, And yes, unfortunately there is yet another price hike for a new OnePlus device, with the OnePlus 6 price starting at $529.

The phone looks exactly like we have seen in previously leaked renders, with a 6.2-inch FullHD+ Optic Amoled display 2280 x 1080 pixels with a notch on the top and 2,5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 in the 19:9 aspect ratio and supports sRGB, DCI-P3. The OnePlus 6 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and comes in 3 variants.  The first is the basic one with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage, a slightly higher variant has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, and then there is the 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage. The phone does not have a microSD card slot.

The OnePlus 6 runs on OxygenOS based on Android Oreo 8.1, and is one of the first devices to support Android P Beta, which will be available for download soon. The OnePlus 6 supports Face Unlock and also has a fingerprint scanner. The phone does not have a nav bar and instead uses gestures like swipe up for home, and swipe up and right for back, etc,

The OnePlus 6 has dual rear cameras with a 16 megapixels Sony IMX 519 sensor which has a 1.22µm pixel size, and an f/1.7 aperture, and a 20 megapixels Sony IMX376 sensor with 1.0µm pixel size and an f/1.7 aperure and Dual LED Flash. The cameras support 4K/1080p recording at 30/60 fps, slo-mo, time0lapse, portrait modem pro mode, etc. The selfie lens on the OnePlus 6 is a 16 sony IMX 371 sensor with EIS, an f/2.0 aperture and a pixel size of 1.0µm.

The phone supports dual SIM cards, and is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which supports Dash charging over USB Type C. The OnePlus 6 does not support wireless charging even though it has a glass back for some reason. The phone is not water resistant but can survive splashes. The OnePlus 6 retains the headphone jack, alert slider, and LED notification light.

Wireless capabilities of the OnePlus 6 includes 4×4 MIMO, up to DL CAT16/ UL CAT13 (1Gbps/150 Mbps), 4G LTE, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou,Galileo, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0

For the first time, the company has gone with 3 color choices with the OnePlus 6: Mirror Black, Midnight Black and Silk White.

OnePlus 6 price

The OnePlus 6 has been priced at $529 (£469 or €519).at for the 6GB RAM variant, the 8GB RAM model with 128GB storage costs $579 (£519 or €569), while the highest model with 256GB storage priced at $629 (£569 or €619). The phone goes on sale from May 22nd on OnePlus.com.

While it is nice to see that the company has not gone down the Dollars = Euros pricing road, OnePlus’ practice of increasing the price continues to be a worrying trend.The company keeps selling older devices at their launch price until a newer phone is released, which is a really absurd practice. We think it is not to keep early buyers happy, but to actually justify the higher price of a new phone.

If the price conversion to Indian Rupees amounts to Rs. 36,000, I really don’t see why anyone in their right mind should choose the OnePlus 6 over the Samsung Galaxy S8 (on sale for about Rs. 38,000), which is still a stellar device with a true edge to edge screen (no notch), 2k resolution, a superb camera, and an iris scanner. We will know the OnePlus 6 price in India tomorrow, when the device is launched in Mumbai.

We do think that OnePlus might price the device slightly lower in India.

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