RATING: 4 OUT OF 5
One plus has had a history of bringing flagship specs at a not so flagship price. Their brand was built on the “flagship killer” name and the first phone that came out immediately took the market by storm. Ever since, we have seen one plus do the same thing, with every generation of their devices. Everything you get in a flagship, at half the price. Of course, there have been trade-offs, but they are generally so minor, people are happy leaving them and giving one plus a pass.
However, this year we see a change in the script. One plus has gone all out not with their flagship killer, but a real flagship, and man, they have a win here.
The important thing to note here is, although it is the most expensive phone that one plus has ever made, it is still cheaper than the iPhones and the galaxy s series, which are its primary competitors.
Their vision looks quite clear in their launch event, they are not going to restrict themselves into selling one kind of device. Every company needs to make tough choices for their better good. One plus leaving the flagship killer territory, and moving all out into the flagship territory and going against their rivals isn’t easy, since the fan base that the brand built for itself rests on how aggressive its pricing used to be.
We have seen, for the first time major design changes, and there are a lot of firsts in this phone for one plus.
SUMMARY OF THE DEVICE.
It has been long enough that all of our phones are glass slabs now, and one pluses no different. It comes with a glass sandwich design both in the front and back which is protected by gorilla glass 6. The screen is a full view display, with little to no bezels and no notch. The front camera, you ask? Well, it pops up from into the phone as they went with a motorized solution in the camera to avoid a notch, similar to what we see on a Vivo v15 pro. The phone is really steady in the hand and it is huge about 6.6 inches. And that is really tall for a phone, it is definitely not a one-handed design.
Also, what is new this time is that the screen molds along the sides and blends into the frame, just like we see on the Samsung flagships and the latest Huawei P 30 pro. It seems to be the latest. Trend now.
Bringing things down to its technical terms, we have.
|Price:||Starting from ₹48,999|
|CPU:||Snapdragon 855 (7nm - octa-core) (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Android:||ANDROID 9 - PIE|
|Display:||FLUID AMOLED - 6.67 INCHES (3120 X 1440 P )|
|Camera:||48 (primary) + 16 (ultra-wide) + 8 (telephoto zoom 3X)|
|RAM||Up to 12 GB|
|Internal Storage:||Up to 256 GB|
|Sensors:||Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Colors:||Almond, nebula blue, midnight black|
BASIC OVERVIEW :
It is amazing to see one plus come out with all their guts to take on the big guns like this. However, apart from the competition, this phone still makes sacrifices in the camera department as the cameras, with although capable hardware cannot take onto the pixels or the iPhone or the galaxies of the world. Their software optimization presently is ahead of one plus. The regular omission of the headphone jack isn’t coming back, so that is a bummer for people who still love listening to music the old fashioned way. But in exchange, one plus is giving you warp charge 30, which can charge your device from 0-50 % in 20 mins.
DISPLAY and DESIGN :
The phone is sturdy, there is no doubt about that. There is a pop-up mechanism which definitely is a concern because movable parts are always fragile. But to counter this, one plus claims that they have tested this mechanism for over 3,00,000 times which gives you an average of roughly about 150 times per day for the next 5 years. The durability of these design in the real world will still remain a question though. The phone comes with a glass sandwich design, and as soon as you hold it, you can feel how premium this feels. Gorilla glass on the front and back is just icing on the cake.
Remember we talked about the firsts in a one plus phone? This is for the first time that any phone is commercially available with a 90 Hz refresh panel. If you leave the gaming phones like the Razor phone, which were also LCD displays, unlike the one plus which comes with an optic - AMOLED fluid display. Just this refresh rate is going to make the phone feel so much faster than it already it.
The display will hence produce deep inky blacks and vibrant colors because that’s just how great o-LED displays are now. The resolution is 3120X1440 quad-HD plus with a pixel density of 504 pixels per inch which is just bananas. Even the latest $1000 iPhone still comes with a pixel density of just a little over a 400. So, the displays and design get a huge thumbs up.
So, the first on a one plus is also a triple camera setup. The first one is a true 48 MP camera with Sony IMX- 586 sensors. By default, however, the phone uses pixel binning to combine four neighboring pixels into one, to give an output of 12 MP shots, with way more details and higher brightness photos. We have seen this sensor on a lot of smartphones these days like the honor phones and Redmi note 7 pros.
This camera also comes with OIS (optical image stabilization) and EIS ( electronic image stabilization) this should give you super stable videos.
The phone can also shoot videos in up to 4K resolution at both 30 fps as well as 60 fps. But the electronic image stabilization only kicks in at 30 fps. Also, the newer ISP (image signaling processor) on the Snapdragon is 30% better than that found in the Snapdragon 845, which the one plus 6 and the 6T came with. So this should be able to aid in photography as it can work on more information.
The phone also features a dedicated night mode which one plus calls nightscape 2.0 which takes a shot with longer exposures to gather in more light and then software tunes it to remove motion blur and reduce noise and give an amazing output photo even in low-light.
The second one is 16 MP ultra wide shooter, and this doesn’t have OIS but comes with EIS and is helpful in taking those dramatic shots with a wider field of view to get more perspective into a frame.
The third and the last one on the back is a telephoto lens, with a 3X optical zoom. The phone can digitally zoom up to 10X, but the image is best in the frame when in 3X and has a lot of details. It also helps in capturing beautiful portrait as it aids in the depth mapping.
And then there is the 16 MP front pop-up camera. Which takes sharp selfies, and has a good dynamic range
Operation System (OS):
This is where you have to give one plus a win. The oxygen OS is the most stable android experience you are going to get on any phone. The animations are toned down to 0.5X instead of 1X and this gives it a huge performance bump. Plus one plus has realized that software experience is a really an important factor in letting users decide if they want to buy the same phone again. Oxygen os has the least app crashes, and ages really well.
The software feel is near stock android but with minor improvements here and there, which adds to the user experience, this is the fastest, the most responsive and the snappiest software experience you are going to get on any smartphone. If the software is really important to you, you can never go wrong with anyone plus device, ever!
Performance and battery life
This is the largest battery that they have ever put into a one plus device. Its a 4000 mAh Li-ion battery and it is quite capable. But we need to take a look at how the phone functions to better understand what its battery life is going to be like. The phone has a 90 Hz refresh rate display instead of 60 Hz found on most smartphones. Producing 90 frames per second instead of 60 will definitely take a toll on your battery life. The display is also Quad HD instead of Full HD, the higher resolution will also result in letting the battery take a hit. So, the screen on- time you can expect on this device will be around 4 - 4.5 hours. Meaning, you will need to top it up at the evening, but one plus got you covered with their Warp Charge 30, which can charge your device from 0- 50% in just 20 minutes, and a half hour charge will get you through 75%. However, if you want a great battery, you can find toggles to tone down the resolution to 1080 p from 1440 p and the refresh rate to 60 Hz from 90 Hz, and the gain in the battery life would be significant. The screen-on time can go up to 6.5 hours, which is decent enough to get you through a full working day.
The performance on anyone plus device has never been in question. The brand that built its reputation by defeating the iPhone in speed tests, deserves a pass here. But as you would expect, the Snapdragon 855, with LP- DDR 4X - 12 GB of RAM and UFS 3.1 storage is more than enough. Anything you throw at it, and it won’t ever break a sweat. This phone is a performance champ, and if you want the fastest android phone, this is the one to put your money on.
Pros and Cons:
- Great performance
- Amazing software experience
- Good cameras
- Premium build and design
- 90 Hz refresh rate display
- USB type C with fast charge
- Android software support
- Ages pretty well
- No wireless charging
- No IP rating
- Pop- up design (durability will always be a question)
- Good but not flagship level cameras.
- No headphone jack
- No expandable storage
If you are someone who is a power user and push your phone to limits, if you’re someone who games a lot, or if you are someone who is looking for the fastest android smart-phone. This is the one for you. No phone is perfect, and this is no exceptions. There are trade-offs here too. The question is, is wireless charging really all that important to you? Of can, you live without a headphone jack? If the cons list has anything that bugs you, you can choose for yourself a phone, that suits you better. However, if you think you can compromise on its cons, and want it for its pros, you can never go wrong with this device. Plus, 3 years of android version upgrades and another year of monthly security patch update is rare.
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