OnePlus 6 Red Hands-On: Here's How It Looks Up Close

OnePlus loves spicing up its phones with limited edition colors, and in the still-young life of the OnePlus 6, we’ve already received one — the pearly, gold Silk White model.

However, it seems the phone maker had something a little more decadent up its sleeve, as evidenced by its latest announcement. OnePlus has revealed a new red version of its flagship, which will be available on July 10.

Like the Silk White OnePlus 6, the red model will cost $579 and comes equipped with 128GB of built-in storage and 8GB of RAM. Just to compare, the standard OnePlus 6 in Mirror Black, with 64GB of storage and 6GB of memory, costs $50 less at $529.

OnePlus used a bespoke process of corrosion and polishing to allow the Silk White to achieve its distinctive shimmering effect, and the company has lavished a similar level of attention on the red handset’s finish.

We’ve had some hands-on time with the device already, and although it’s certainly much flashier than the existing OnePlus 6 flavors, under most light it really just looks a lot like the Product(RED) iPhone 8.

Specs Comparison

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OnePlus 6 (Mirror Black)OnePlus 6 (Red)iPhone 8 (All Colors)iPhone 8 Plus (All Colors)
PriceStarts at $529$579Starts at $649Starts at $799
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOSiOS 11.4iOS 11.4
Screen Size (Resolution)6.28-inch AMOLED (2280 x 1080)6.28-inch AMOLED (2280 x 1080)4.7-inch LCD (1334 x 750)5.5-inch LCD (1920 x 1080)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845Qualcomm Snapdragon 845A11 BionicA11 Bionic
RAM6GB (8GB also available in Mirror Black)8GB2GB3GB
Storage64GB (128GB also available in Mirror Black)128GB64GB (256GB also available)64GB (256GB also available)
Rear CameraDual: 16 MP (f/1.7) with OIS; 20 MP (f/1.7)Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7) with OIS; 20 MP (f/1.7)Single: 12 MP (f/1.8) with OISDual: 12 MP (f/1.8) with OIS; 12 MP (f/2.8) with OIS
Front Camera16 MP (f/2.0)16 MP (f/2.0)7 MP (f/2.2)7 MP (f/2.2)
Battery Size3,300 mAh3,300 mAh1,821 mAh2,691 mAh
Water ResistanceNoNoYes (IP67)Yes (IP67)

Every once in a while, though, given the proper conditions, a subtle metallic gradient reveals itself deep in the OnePlus 6’s Gorilla Glass 5-clad back panel. The multiple layers of film beneath catch light in waves and curves, though I personally prefer the flatter, darker shade of red in the iPhone 8, or even the color-shifting, magma-like hues of the discontinued Lava Red OnePlus 5T.

To complement the back, OnePlus has coated the phone’s aluminum edge in metallic red, while silver trim has been applied to the dual cameras and fingerprint sensor. The sensor itself has also been finished in red, though it’s a mirrored surface and honestly the only design trait I actively dislike about this generation of OnePlus’ phones. It’s a little too gaudy, especially for a brand that prides itself on restraint.

Ultimately, I’d still rather have the Silk White or Midnight Black OnePlus 6. With those devices, OnePlus pulled off the seemingly impossible trick of building a predominantly glass phone that almost feels like metal or soft-touch plastic.

The red OnePlus 6 doesn’t surprise in the same way, though it is a fresh take on a really good smartphone. If the color speaks to you, pay a visit to OnePlus’ site and snag your own before supplies dry up.

Photo Credit: Gianna Sergovich/Tom's Guide

Adam Ismail is a staff writer at Jalopnik and previously worked on Tom's Guide covering smartphones, car tech and gaming. His love for all things mobile began with the original Motorola Droid; since then he’s owned a variety of Android and iOS-powered handsets, refusing to stay loyal to one platform. His work has also appeared on Digital Trends and GTPlanet. When he’s not fiddling with the latest devices, he’s at an indie pop show, recording a podcast or playing Sega Dreamcast.