Galaxy S9's new rival? OnePlus 6 will be as blazingly fast but with 256GB storage

OnePlus 6 throws down the gauntlet to Samsung's Galaxy S9, with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage.
Written by Liam Tung, Contributing Writer

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Teasing the forthcoming OnePlus 6, OnePlus has revealed it will have the same hardware specs as Samsung's Galaxy S9 and much larger onboard storage.

OnePlus CEO Peter Lau confirmed on its user forum that the OnePlus 6 will feature the same blazing-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor as the just-launched Galaxy S9, and will outdo the Samsung's flagship on memory and storage with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The Galaxy S9 comes with 4G of RAM and 64GB of storage.

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The OnePlus 6 is the successor to the OnePlus 5T, which matched or surpassed the Galaxy S8's hardware specs for around $200 less, but lacked waterproofing and wireless charging.

OnePlus is likely to undercut the Galaxy S9's $719 price tag, but some builds of the OnePlus 6 will probably creep up much closer to Samsung's price due to the cost of storage. The top 5T variant had 128GB of storage. However, the OnePlus 6 is still likely to come in well under the iPhone X.

OnePlus confirmed last week that it will be following the iPhone X's notch design albeit in a narrower cut-out and with fewer sensors. Fans were not pleased with the notch decision, which may have prompted OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei to delete his tweet: "Learn to love the notch".

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The company also revealed to CNET that the OnePlus 6 will have a bottom bezel, and feature the largest screen of any OnePlus phone without increasing the phone's overall size.

Lau said OnePlus has set up an R&D team to focus "solely on maximizing the power" of its flagships through tweaks targeting speed and smoothness.

The optimizations may have paid off. A recent speed test of an alleged OnePlus 6 on Geekbench showed it significantly outperformed the Galaxy S9 on single- and multi-core scores.


OnePlus confirmed last week that it will be following the iPhone X's notch design.

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