After a seemingly interminable wait, DxOMark camera benchmark results for the OnePlus 6 are finally in. However, both parties would have been better off waiting a little longer.
By the time Chinese manufacturer had launched its latest flagship smartphone back in May of this year, expectations for the all-new OnePlus 6 camera were already high. This was due in no small part to a consistent high-profile campaign of official teaser videos, competitions and even sample photo comparisons pitting it against the leading competition with some favorable results.
Flagship smartphone launches often launch alongside DxOMark camera results, typically placing the new release somewhere near the top of the leaderboard, but for the Oneplus 6 none were to be seen.
Today, DxOMark has finally released its full report – and the results don’t look so great for OnePlus. The timing of the release is also particularly unfortunate as work is already underway on several camera quality improvements which are unlikely ever to be tested by DxOMark.
OnePlus 6 sits in 10th place
With an overall score of 96 points, the OnePlus 6 sits in tenth place behind popular flagships such as the iPhone X (97 points), Google Pixel 2 (98 points), Samsung Galaxy S9+ (99 points) and a full 13 points behind the mighty Huawei P20 Pro.
However, as always, the headline DxOMark score is only part of the story, so let’s take a deeper look at the results.
OnePlus 6 Key Specs
The OnePlus 6 dual rear camera comes with a 16MP 1/2.6” sensor, paired with a secondary 20MP module. The primary camera features optical image stabilization and both feature bright f/1.7 lenses. This puts the phone in the same ballpark as its main competition in hardware terms but omits some key features such as a telephoto lens for optical zoom effects or an ultra-wide f/1.5 aperture like the Samsung Galaxy S9+. The former, in particular, can have a significant impact on the overall DxOMark score.
Strong photo performance, but not in all tests.
In the Photo section of DxOMark’s tests, the OnePlus 6 achieves a very respectable, if not exactly class-leading, score of 100 points. This places it a single point ahead of the highly-respected (but single-lensed) Google Pixel 2 and level with the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. It’s also just one point…
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