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Hands-On With the OnePlus 6, the Latest Android Phone to Adopt a Notch

OnePlus announced its new flagship phone, the OnePlus 6 on May 16, taking the opportunity to poke fun at Apple for removing the headphone jack from the iPhone while also copying a key Apple design -- the notch.

The OnePlus 6 is the latest Android phone to adopt a notch, so we thought we'd check it out and compare it to the iPhone X in our latest YouTube video.

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The new OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels and a small notch at the top. The notch houses the front-facing camera and ambient light sensors, but it is smaller than the notch on the iPhone X because OnePlus, like other Android manufacturers, has not been able to mimic the full TrueDepth camera system from the iPhone X as of yet.

It does, however, have facial recognition capabilities, but 2D, not 3D. 2D facial recognition is less secure than the 3D facial recognition Apple has implemented and cannot replace a fingerprint sensor as a biometric option.

Like the iPhone X, the OnePlus 6 features an all-glass body, with two vertically positioned rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor for security purposes.

Inside, the OnePlus 6 does have some impressive hardware. It uses Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845 processor and it includes 6 to 8GB of RAM, depending on the storage space, which is 64GB at minimum. Comparatively, Apple's latest iPhone X offers just 3GB RAM, but Apple devices tend to use hardware more efficiently due to the tight integration between hardware and software.

OnePlus continues to offer a headphone jack in the OnePlus 6, but did opt to ship the smartphone alongside the $69 OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones, the company's answer to the AirPods.

What do you think of the OnePlus 6? How does it measure up to the iPhone X? Let us know in the comments.

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12 weeks ago
For a 529$ starting price i think it's quite good. 1000$ phone shouldn't become the normal trend. Good to see such competition.
Rating: 21 Votes
12 weeks ago
I don't understand why people find the notch so terrible.

I'd MUCH, MUCH rather have a notch and the additional screen estate than a bar across the top.

Having a bar across the top defeats the whole goal of having an edge-to-edge display. It makes the phone look no different from yesteryear's phones that didn't have edge-to-edge screens. It simply ISN'T edge-to-edge with a bar, it's just a slightly thinner bezel. The notch looks much better in my opinion. I hope Apple sticks with the notch.
Rating: 18 Votes
12 weeks ago
It’s been apparent a lot of manufacturers have copied Apple designs, but having them copy a terrible design is next level.

If you think the notch is a nice design, you’re in denial. If an android maker implemented it first I can only imagine the amount of flaming that would exist on here.
Rating: 18 Votes
12 weeks ago
OnePlus 6? Oh, I can do that - that's seven!
Rating: 14 Votes
12 weeks ago
One reason for me not to buy 95% of the android phones is the horrible security update regime almost all producers have. 2 years after model introduction (so if you buy a year old model it's just one year left) and the best of them stop supporting. Lots of them never give out any update.
Plus if there is an update it might take easily 6 months before it reaches your phone.
Rating: 11 Votes
12 weeks ago

I don't get why all these phones are copying Apple with the notch. I wouldn't have a phone with an ugly notch and from the way sales have been disappointing for the iPhone X it seems a lot of folks agree.

30-35 million isn't that disappointing?! And with the profits of the X alone apple beats the complete rest of the market.
Rating: 10 Votes
12 weeks ago
So, Dutch hacker tested the Face Unlock feature....

https://twitter.com/rikvduijn/status/1001472715566538752
I printed my face to unlock my OnePlus 6 for the lulz... it worked ¯\_(ツ)_/
(video on twitter)
Rating: 8 Votes
12 weeks ago
", but it is smaller than the notch on the iPhone X because OnePlus, like other Android manufacturers, has not been able to mimic the full TrueDepth camera system from the iPhone X as of yet. "

Big assumption there. Not even sure they want to copy the 3d camera.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 weeks ago
”Comparatively, Apple's latest iPhone X offers just 2GB RAM”

iPhone X has 3GB of RAM.
Rating: 7 Votes
12 weeks ago

One reason for me not to buy 95% of the android phones is the horrible security update regime almost all producers have. 2 years after model introduction (so if you buy a year old model it's just one year left) and the best of them stop supporting. Lots of them never give out any update.
Plus if there is an update it might take easily 6 months before it reaches your phone.


Android itself is designed as an advertising platform, and is thus built from the ground up to be insecure in the first place, as far as leaking your personal details, browsing history, location, etc. to anyone that wants it.

100% of the reason I choose not to use Android (any more) is the horrible security, period.
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For a 529$ starting price i think it's quite good. 1000$ phone shouldn't become the normal trend. Good to see such competition.


It used to be that Android phones were cheap, almost free, but the exchange is that you agree that they track your browsing history, apps you install, location, etc., you give up some privacy for a cheap phone.

Now that Android phones are $500+, and they still leak your personal info to any advertiser that wants it, I'm wondering what the appeal is.
Rating: 6 Votes

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