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OnePlus 6 is now up for sale in India; pop-up stores going live later today

May 21st, 2018

You can now purchase the OnePlus 6 in India.

The general sale of the OnePlus 6 kicks off tomorrow, but the phone is now available in an early access sale on Amazon India as well as OnePlus' own website.

The 6GB version of the OnePlus 6 with 64GB of storage is available for ₹34,999, and the 8GB/128GB model is retailing for ₹39,999. The device is available in three color options — Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Silk White — but the latter two options are limited to the 8GB variant. Today, you'll be able to pick up the Mirror Black version in 6GB/8GB variants, as well as the 8GB Midnight Black option. The Silk White model will go on sale June 5, and if you're looking for the variant with 256GB of storage, you'll have to wait until May 29 to pick up the Avengers edition for ₹44,999.

To incentivize the launch, OnePlus is rolling out a ₹2,000 cashback offer for SBI debit and credit card holders, with the cashback reflecting by end of August. You'll also be able to avail no-cost EMIs for up to three months from leading banks in the country.

If you'd like to get a feel for the device before going through with the purchase, OnePlus has announced that it will launch pop-up stores in eight cities starting later today. Just to make the occasion that much more special, OnePlus will host a celebrity at each pop-up store, and the first customer to pick up the OnePlus 6 at each store will be able to unbox the device with the celebrity.

The pop-up stores will be live on May 21 (3:30 pm to 8:00pm) and May 22 (11:00 am to 7:00 pm), and you'll be able to pick up the OnePlus 6 as well as interact with members of the OnePlus community in India. Here's the list of locations as well as the celebrities that will be attending the events:

  • Mumbai - High Street Phoenix - Chitrangada Singh
  • Delhi - DLF Place Saket - Guru Randhawa
  • Hyderabad - The Forum Sujana Mall - Aditi Rao Hydari
  • Bangalore - OnePlus Experience Store - Bani J
  • Pune - Phoenix MarketCity - Mithila Parkar
  • Ahmedabad - Gulmohar Park Mall - Dharmesh Yellande
  • Kolkata - South City Mall - Nusrat Jahan
  • Chennai - The Forum Vijaya - Nikki Galrani

The OnePlus 6 will go up for general sale starting tomorrow at Amazon India, OnePlus' website, as well as hundreds of Croma retail stores across the country.

Will you be picking up the OnePlus 6 today? If so, let me know what variant you're purchasing in the comments below.

See at Amazon India

How to disable the notch on the OnePlus 6

May 21st, 2018

There’s an easy way to get rid of that annoying cutout.

One of the more controversial design choices in the OnePlus 6 is a cutout at the top of the display, which bumps the overall screen size to 6.28 inches while retaining the same overall height as the 6.0-inch OnePlus 5T.

ASUS, OPPO, Vivo, and Huawei have already introduced devices this year that feature the notch, and it looks like this unwelcome trend is only set to continue as the year progresses.

What’s particularly irksome is that the notch doesn’t really add a lot of value to the OnePlus 6, as there’s a chin at the bottom. The notch works on the iPhone X because it creates an all-screen front — where the bottom bar is the same width as the bezels at the top.

That, however, isn’t the case on the OnePlus 6 or any of the other Android copycats we’ve seen so far. The OnePlus 6 has a noticeable chin at the bottom, and there’s a mismatch in the width of the bezels at the top and bottom.

While OnePlus says the notch …

OnePlus 6 review: It’s settled

May 21st, 2018

The OnePlus 6 delivers in almost every way.

With OnePlus releasing a new phone every six months, it’s safe to say that the OnePlus 6T, likely coming in November, will offer a few select upgrades to the company’s tried-and-true formula — along with a modest price bump.

But if you’re in the market for a phone right now, and don’t want to spend more than you need to on a well-rounded Android experience — heck, smartphone experience in general — the OnePlus 6 is your absolute best option.

Whereas previous models had notable drawbacks, particularly around camera quality, OnePlus has seized on a confluence of factors to release a phone that has no major flaws, at a starting price few believed was possible.

About this review

I (Daniel Bader) am reviewing the OnePlus 6 after spending just over a week with the phone running on the Freedom Mobile LTE network in Toronto, Canada.

The phone shipped with build 512 but was updated to 513 shortly before the phone was an…

OnePlus 6 review: It’s settled

May 21st, 2018

The OnePlus 6 delivers in almost every way.

With OnePlus releasing a new phone every six months, it’s safe to say that the OnePlus 6T, likely coming in November, will offer a few select upgrades to the company’s tried-and-true formula — along with a modest price bump.

But if you’re in the market for a phone right now, and don’t want to spend more than you need to on a well-rounded Android experience — heck, smartphone experience in general — the OnePlus 6 is your absolute best option.

Whereas previous models had notable drawbacks, particularly around camera quality, OnePlus has seized on a confluence of factors to release a phone that has no major flaws, at a starting price few believed was possible.

About this review

I (Daniel Bader) am reviewing the OnePlus 6 after spending just over a week with the phone running on the Freedom Mobile LTE network in Toronto, Canada.

The phone shipped with build 512 but was updated to 513 shortly before the phone was an…

OnePlus 6 review: The best notch Android has to offer so far

May 21st, 2018

OnePlus got everyone’s attention with the OnePlus One because it was cheap and powerful. Each successive OnePlus phone is a little more spendy, but it also adopts whatever hot new features are popping up in more expensive phones. OnePlus has gotten on…

The best headphones are the ones you love

May 21st, 2018

Because you’ll actually have them with you.

The tech world is in a headphones frenzy these days because phones are losing their headphone jacks and dividing the world into haves and have-nots. The have-nots are largely choosing to ignore the included dongles (and rightfully so) and moving to Bluetooth; the haves are doubling down with audiophile-quality wired headphones that require powerful amps and expensive DACs to extract the best sound. The audio industry is in a state of flux, and it’s difficult to know where to spend your money.

The last week or so I’ve been using OnePlus’s new Bullets Wireless headphones, and they’re great — I’ll say that up front. I was initially quite skeptical given their $70 price tag, but what’s won me over more than the sound quality is the sheer convenience and user-friendliness of the whole package — the way they magnetically attach to one another to turn off and automatically connect to the most recent phone once they’re pulled apart.

The 5 best Samsung smartphones of all time

May 21st, 2018

It’s time to dig through Samsung’s devices and pick the best ones, which is all the more challenging due to its almost endless portfolio. Without further ado, here are the devices which I think deserve to be on the list of the five best Samsung smartphones of all time.

(This is a preview – click here to read the entire entry.)

Honor 10 vs Huawei P20: what justifies the price difference?

May 20th, 2018

The Honor 10 has taken some features from the Huawei P20 and a first look at the two phones immediately shows this. However, the prices of the two devices aren’t comparable: what sacrifices will you be making if you opt for the cheaper Honor 10? Is the…

Download and conquer: the best strategy games for Android

May 20th, 2018

Do you have what it takes to conquer the world? Now, you can command and conquer with a tap of a finger, thanks to the wide variety of strategy games available on mobile. If you’re looking for a new challenge for your tactical mind, we’ve picked the be…

OnePlus may have to come up with a new name for Dash Charge, thanks to Amazon

May 20th, 2018

One staple of OnePlus phones over the years has been ‘Dash Charge,’ the company’s proprietary fast charging technology. The OnePlus 3 was first to include it, allowing the phone to charge two-thirds of the battery in roughly 30 minutes. If you watched…

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