OnePlus 6 is definitely the easiest way to experience a premium smartphone without putting a huge dent on your wallet. The smartphone comes with modern design and now features glass back as opposed to all metal design seen on its predecessor. However, that design does come at a cost.
The OnePlus 6 teardown by iFixit reveals that the Chinese smartphone maker has combined the best of design from iPhone and Samsung with its 2018 flagship. The smartphone features a battery pull-tab similar to that of iPhone 4 and a modular headphone jack seen on Samsung smartphones. With OnePlus 6, the biggest change in terms of design is the notched display and glass back seen only on premium smartphones.
The decision to use glass for the back casing makes the OnePlus 6 more fragile and prone to cracks. iFixit adds that the glass back is easy to remove using the heat gun, iSclack and opening pick. It comes with a cable long enough to completely remove the back without breaking the cable that connects to fingerprint sensor. Interestingly, the glass back of OnePlus 6 is said to be more easier to repair than the one found on recent iPhone models.
Opening the device reveals that the glass back is in place mainly for looks and does not add any new functionality in the form of wireless charging. The battery also seems easy to replace with a green tab to pull it out from its enclosure. The 12.70Wh battery is smaller than 13.48Wh battery found on Galaxy S9+ or the 13.6Wh battery seen under the hood of Pixel 2 XL. The smartphone also has an integrated rubber gasket which allows for water resistance. OnePlus does not offer an official IP rating for the smartphone.
OnePlus has tried to make OnePlus 6 accessible by using standard screws throughout the casing. In terms of internals, there is an 8GB Samsung LPDDR4 RAM layered over the Snapdragon 845 SoC. The 128GB internal flash storage is also from Samsung while most other receivers and controllers are from Qualcomm. The smartphone is using NFC controller from NXP along with Qualcomm WCN WiFi, RF transceiver and Skyworks power amplification module.
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The OnePlus 6 features dual rear camera setup like its predecessor but the most visual change is the brand new 16-megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with optical image stabilization. Alongside it is the 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor from OnePlus 5T and 16-megapixel IMX371 sensor for the selfie camera. In total, OnePlus 6 can be broken down into twelve different parts put in the form of a smartphone. It has a repairability score of 5 out of 10, putting it right between the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S9.