Its notch and glass back are very 2018, but the OnePlus 6 is still true to its maker’s historic value proposition.
Since 2014, China’s OnePlus has carved off a nice niche for itself among smartphone makers. It sells phones that aspire to compete, designwise, with high-end flagship models from companies such as Apple and Samsung. But it prices them much more aggressively, doesn’t lard them up with extraneous software, and caters to enthusiasts rather than the masses. With its new model, the OnePlus 6, the company isn’t messing with this formula. But the 6 very much reflects 2018’s smartphone-design trends.