Aaah, OnePlus 6. The early arrival of the new OnePlus flagship is no longer a surprise because as early as March, we’ve started hearing rumors and speculations about it–that it would have a 19:9 display, a Snapdragon 845 processor, notched design, and the promise of ‘the speed you need’, and for the comic geeks, there’s the Avengers Infinity War OnePlus 6. The Chinese OEM has been teasing the public about the phone and even sharing early information. We’re not totally clueless about the device and learned the notch is added for bigger and better display performance and that it can be hidden with the hide option.

After being accidentally leaked by Amazon.de, the OnePlus 6 was officially launched last May 17. We gave you six reasons why you should buy one. Some may not agree the reasons are enough but what if we tell you how the OnePlus 6 stands out from other flagships this year? To review, there’s the Speed, Display, Imaging, Water-Resistance, Oxygen OS, and the Bullets Wireless. This time, let’s focus on how the fifth-gen sticks out of the competition.

PRICE

They say this is the most expensive OnePlus 6 to date but that’s fine. The 64GB with premium specs is $530. Double the storage is $50 more expensive at $580 which is still great for a phone with that large storage capacity. As for the 256GB variant, the phone costs only around $630. Other top flagships from the major OEMs are even pricier. The entry-level 64GB Samsung Galaxy S9 starts at $720. Between the two, you’ll have more value for money with the OnePlus 6. That is if that’s what you’re looking for specifically.

ALERT SLIDER

The OnePlus 6 comes with the Alert Slider. It’s not entirely new but you can now see it on the right side instead of the left. The behavior has changed though. Instead of being linked to the Do Not Disturb feature, it now switches between the Ring, Silent, and Vibrate. This one helps reduce distractions.

This is one of OnePlus phone’s best features and now it’s made even better on the OnePlus 6. It also now allows ‘Slide to focus with the Alert Slider’. If you haven’t noticed it, the alert slider also now matches the new design.

NO WIRELESS CHARGING

While others are advancing to have the wireless charging, the OnePlus 6 still doesn’t have it. It can be a disadvantage to others but it’s one of the few things that make the new OnePlus phone different. The glass back with 5-layer nanotech coating offers a premium feel. We still see the familiar form and signature horizon line. It doesn’t have wireless charging even with the glass back. Perhaps, OnePlus deems it’s not important enough. If the company did, then the phone would be more costly.

Another thing: wired charging is still faster compared to wireless charging. Not many people have adapted to the wireless charging idea so maybe it’s not yet time for OnePlus. A wireless charging pad is usually sold separately so that could be added to the cost. OnePlus Fast Charge should be enough, at least, for now.

SPEED

The phone offers ‘the speed you need’, thanks to many factors such as the 8GB RAM and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset. The processor delivers 10% lower power consumption and 30% faster performance. Mobile connectivity is faster with 4×4 MIMO while the Dual-SIM support allows wide-range support in over 37 bands. The 8GB RAM allows swift shifting between apps and games as you browse, play, watch, or work.

Here’s a video that compares the OnePlus 6, Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 5T, and the iPhone X: