The OnePlus 6 is responsible for catapulting OnePlus to the top of the Indian smartphone Rs. 30,000+ market, marking the first time a Chinese company has topped the rankings.
The Rs. 30,000+ market represents a 3% segment of the entire smartphone market in India by volume and accounts for around 12% of revenue so for OnePlus to topple Apple and Samsung in this category is significant. The OnePlus 6 saw the company gain significant growth at its launch and according to Hong Kong-based tracker Counterpoint Research, OnePlus reached over 40% share in the premium segment in the April-June quarter compared to 9% in the same period last year. Samsung was pushed to the second spot with 35% share, and Apple has, for the first time, reached the third slot in India with a record low of less than 14%.
But what is it that makes the OnePlus 6 so popular? We take a look at five of the reasons the OnePlus 6 is the best selling phone right now.
OnePlus 6: Price
OnePlus has always positioned its devices as flagship specs without the flagship price. While the cost of OnePlus devices has crept up year-on-year, the overall value of the device has remained good when compared to the competition. At just ₹39,999 for the 128GB model, the OnePlus 6 is over half the price of an iPhone X, and substantially cheaper than the ₹58,350 demanded by the Galaxy S9 Plus. You would expect a device that is much cheaper than that of its competitors to have a fraction of the performance, yet benchmarks for the OnePlus 6 are often on par with or sometimes exceed those by devices in a much higher price category. With such great value for money, it’s not hard to see why the OnePlus 6 is so popular.
OnePlus 6: Processor
The OnePlus 6 achieves the benchmarks scores by running the latest Snapdragon 845Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor paired with 8GB of RAM with the 128GB and 256GB of internal storage model, or 6GB of RAM with the 64GB model. Frankly, 8GB of RAM in a smartphone is overkill, and anything over 4GB in the current state of the Android software is unnecessary, but it shows that just because the device has a lower price tag than its competitors that the specs have to suffer. You’ll also get an Adreno 630 GPU with Basemark X giving it a score of 44229. With such great performance, there’s no guessing why the OnePlus 6 is best of class in its price range.
OnePlus 6: Camera
The device also has something for the camera fans. Scoring an impressive score of 96 on DxOMark, the OnePlus 6 tops the likes of the Galaxy Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and even the Google Pixel regarding camera performance. With a dual camera setup that sees a 16-megapixel f/1.7 sensor paired with a 20-megapixel f/1.7 sensor, post-editing is an absolute breeze. The rear camera is also capable of capturing 2160p@30 or 60fps or 720p@480fps. You’ll also get a 16-megapixel front-facing camera for those selfies that also has an auto-HDR mode.
OnePlus 6: Design
The 6.28-inch all-screen display is likely to put off some of those who aren’t fond of the notch approach as the OnePlus 6 sports one proudly. Used to house the front-facing sensors, the 177g device offers a 1080 x 2280 resolution at 19:9 aspect ratio in an aluminum frame with the screen protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
OnePlus 6: Software
If all this wasn’t enough to convince you why the OnePlus 6 is the best-selling device in the premium segment, then this might. The OnePlus 6 is one of few devices that has been opened up to run the latest Android Pie betas which historically has been reserved for Pixels only. Out of the box, you’ll get Android 8.1 Oreo, but with the release of Android Pie, you can guarantee the OnePlus 6 will be one of the first in line to get it.
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