The OnePlus 6 is a hotly anticipated phone, despite some controversial features such as the inclusion of an iPhone X-esque notch, but new information regarding its storage technology has fans of the line especially excited.
While there’s a lot to like about the OnePlus 6 in terms of features, one of the most impressive specifications might be the hardware itself. While the phone may not seem as premium as a high-end flagship like the Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, it definitely has the chops to compete with the best – at least in terms of the storage. The capacity isn’t necessarily something to write home about, but according to MyDrivers, the Dual-Channel UFS 2.1 storage will be able to achieve speeds of 1.5GB/s – nearly four times as fast as the eMMC standard.
To put it in simpler terms, there are two storage standards equipped in smartphones. eMMC, or embedded Multi-Media Controller, is capable of a bandwidth of 400MB/s. THE UFS 2.1 storage included on phones like the OnePlus 6 can achieve 1.5GB/s of bandwidth which is going to result in faster speeds overall for the upcoming device.
With such ultra-fast storage in the OnePlus 6, the phone should be incredibly snappy and responsive. The phone doesn’t have the same premium aesthetic that we’ve come to expect from more established brands, but for those who care more about performance than they do looks, this handset is definitely a viable alternative to the mainstream devices that we’ve seen from more well-known companies like Apple and Samsung. Combined with a UI that’s easy to use and won’t bog the operating system down, the OnePlus 6 should shape up to be a phone that provides a seamless experience – even if it doesn’t look quite as fancy as its competitors.
The UFS 2.1 storage on the OnePlus 6 doesn’t necessarily confirm that the phone will be able to handle 4K video at 60 fps, but it will certainly play a large part in giving the phone that capability. With the massive amounts of data that a phone has to process when accomplishing a task as impressive as streaming the ultimate in video quality, having excellent bandwidth on the included storage is a top priority to ensure your streaming goes off without a hitch.
As far as other information we have on the OnePlus 6, the most notable is the inclusion of a notch that is quite similar to the one we saw included on the iPhone X. After the massive success Apple saw with their device, a number of Android companies have taken to emulating the feature in hopes of capturing some of the same success. Fans of the OnePlus line generally weren’t huge fans of this announcement, with the public backlash being rather extreme after OnePlus executive Carl Pei took to Twitter to ask fans to “learn to love the notch.” Pei has since backtracked with a statement that users will be able to hide the notch if they so choose. Considering that the notch is a hardware choice, it’s likely that it will just be hidden by a black bar at the top of the phone – subtracting from the screen real estate and making it a less-than-optimal choice for those who would like to avoid the notch.
A Chinese retailer has recently leaked the date of the OnePlus 6 launch, and it appears that the phone will be coming on May 5th. How reliable this leak is remains to be seen, but if that’s true it won’t be too long until we have our hands on the device and can begin to experience the top speeds we’ll see with the OnePlus 6 storage. It will be interesting to see how OnePlus can use the excellent speeds of their hardware to deliver a complete experience that competes with more established brands. If the company can build a reputation for speedy phones without any complicated bloatware, it’s certainly a possibility that we could see OnePlus listed among some of the smartphone greats. Only time will tell, and we don’t have much more time to wait.