OnePlus 6 open sales have started in India today, meaning anyone can purchase the new smartphone via Amazon.in. The OnePlus 6 first went on sale yesterday, but that was only for Amazon Prime members. Apart from that, the smartphone will also be available from Croma offline retail outlets. Of course, fans could head to OnePlus.in or the OnePlus pop-up stores in 7 cities and the OnePlus Experience Store in Bengaluru to purchase the handset. The OnePlus 6 is available in 6GB RAM + 64GB storage configuration in Mirror Black finish, and in 8GB RAM + 128GB storage variant in Mirror Black and Midnight Black colours.
OnePlus 6 price in India is Rs. 34,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant, and Rs. 39,999 for the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage option. Apart from the Midnight Black and Mirror Black, the latter will come in Silk White, available from June 5. There's also the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition model with 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, and custom design inspired by the hit movie franchise - it will go on sale on May 29 at Rs. 44,999.
Customers purchasing the smartphone through SBI credit and debit card transactions will get a Rs. 2,000 discount. This will be available during the first week. Further, customers will also be eligible to avail no cost EMI options for up to three months through all popular banks. OnePlus is additionally giving all OnePlus 6 buyers complimentary 12-month accidental damage insurance by Servify, an Amazon Prime Video gift card worth Rs. 250, and discounts up to Rs. 500 for purchasing ebooks via Amazon Kindle. Idea subscribers picking up the OnePlus 6 will get cashback and dedicated device insurance. OnePlus also announced benefits up to Rs. 25,000 will be available on flight and hotel bookings from ClearTrip.
SBI customers who purchase the OnePlus 6 from Croma stores will get Rs. 2,000 cashback. Cashback offers with partners like Paytm, Standard Chartered, Axis, ICICI and HDFC Bank will also be available. The pop-up stores will be open from 11am to 8pm at High Street Phoenix in Mumbai, Phoenix MarketCity in Pune, The Forum Vijaya in Chennai, The Forum Sujana in Hyderabad, DLF Place Saket, Delhi, South City Mall in Kolkata, Gulmohar Park Mall in Ahmedabad, and OnePlus Experience Store, Brigade Road, in Bengaluru.
OnePlus 6 specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6 runs OxygenOS 5.1 based on Android 8.1 Oreo. It sports a 6.28-inch full-HD+ (1080x2280 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and an 84 percent screen-to-body ratio, protected by Gorilla Glass 5. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC clocked up to 2.8GHz, coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and an Adreno 630 GPU.
The OnePlus 6 has a primary 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with a 1.22-micron pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, OIS, and EIS. The secondary 20-megapixel Sony IM376K sensor has a 1-micron pixel size and an f/1.7 aperture. The rear cameras are supported by a dual-LED flash module. A Smart Capture mode for automatically optimised camera settings will be available. HDR and Portrait Mode make their return as well.
The OnePlus 6 sports a 16-megapixel front camera with a Sony IMX371 sensor, 1-micron pixels, f/2.0 aperture, and EIS. OnePlus is touting a Slow Motion video recording, capable of capturing 480 frames per second at 720p for up to a minute. It can also record 240fps at 1080p. There is also a new in-device video editor. The front camera now offers Portrait Mode as well, using a new AI algorithm to give a depth-of-field effect. The Face Unlock feature on the smartphone said to unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.4 seconds.
The smartphone will be available in three storage variants - 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB - none of which are expandable via microSD card. Connectivity options on the OnePlus 6 include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz and 5GHz) with 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth v5.0 with aptX and aptX HD support, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C (v2.0), and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Sensors on board include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and proximity sensor - it bears a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel, said to unlock the smartphone in as little as 0.2 seconds.
The OnePlus 6 runs on a 3300mAh battery with the company's Dash Charge (5V 4A) fast charging technology that said to deliver a "day's power in half an hour". The smartphone measures 155.7x75.4x7.75mm in dimensions and weighs in at a hefty 177 grams. The OnePlus 6 also offers 'daily water resistance', said to be safe from regular splashes and rain. However, OnePlus has not detailed an IP rating, instead specifying users should not take it out for a swim.
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