Wednesday, May 16, 2018

OnePlus 6 challenges Apple, Samsung, Huawei flagships

MANILA - China's OnePlus unveiled on Thursday its sixth-generation smartphone, claiming to match features found on top offerings from Apple, Samsung and Huawei at half the price.

The OnePlus 6 has a glass back, a nearly 6.3-inch screen to match the Galaxy S9+ and a notch on the display that is similar, albeit smaller, than the one on the iPhone X.

OnePlus said the phone could withstand rain, but did not say if it was rated for water and dust resistance. It also does not charge wirelessly, unlike the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus and the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

The OnePlus 6 has dual cameras on the back, one lens short of the triple cameras on the back of the Huawei P20 Pro.

The OnePlus 6 is priced in the US at $529 or roughly P27,000. That's around a third of the price of the base model iPhone X and half the price of the S9+.

Shenzhen-based OnePlus emphasized speed with its new handset, one of the smartphones that can run the beta version of Android P.

It also runs on Snapdragon 845, the latest processor from Qualcomm.

Technology store Digital Walker is the official distributor of OnePlus phones in the Philippines. There was no immediate word on local availability.