Finding a smartphone today is much easier than it was some time ago, you have a ton of different manufacturers churning out newer models every few months with each of them having great value aspect. But the smartphone market wasn't always like that. The only good phones were at the higher end of the segment and most low range smartphones were plagued with a ton of issues. Crappy software, slow processor, middling storage capacity, horrible cameras and more.

While most manufacturers were aware of this situation, most did not care except one. Somewhere in China, a team of people were hard at work on a phone that was going to revolutionize the whole smartphone industry and change it as we know it now. Did these group of people have an idea about the importance and significance of their creation and the legacy it would have? We do not know, but let us look at the journey of one of the youngest smartphone manufactures and one of the most smartphone lineups in the world- OnePlus.

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So moving on, or rather, moving back to 2014 when OnePlus announced their first smartphone, the OnePlus One. Based on the Oppo Find 7 the OnePlus was the smartphone that gave rise to the term “flagship killer”. A tag that it still holds today along with a few other smartphones from other brands. What made the OnePlus One such a good seller was the superb design with the sandstone body, a flagship-grade Snapdragon 801 processor, a gorgoeus Full HD screen, a developer and root friendly Cyanogen OS and an un-flagship like price of $300. This meant despite its new origins, an invite based sales model and less manufacturing prowess, OnePlus managed to ship more than a million units of the OnePlus One.

After the success of the One, people had a lot more expectations from the company but the OnePlus 2 wasnt that big of a hit. Launched with the latest at the time- Snapdragon 810 processor, the phone was known for its poor thermals, add to that the slow charging, the lack of NFC and you know it wasn’t their best effort. But there were some silver linings in the form of a thoughtful alert slider, USB-C port, 4GB of RAM and a fingerprint sensor.

Not quite as satisfied with one phone, OnePlus launched another phone in late 2015- the OnePlus X. This was designed to be a more affordable version of the OnePlus phones targeted at the mid-range segment. In reality, it was basically a OnePlus One (Same internals) but with a better AMOLED screen (a feature found on OnePlus phones even today) and lower price tag. To say it didn't do well is quite an understatement, lets just put it this way, after the OnePlus X, the company never went back to launching another mid-range phone again.  

After people losing their enthusiasm after the OnePlus 2 and X, OnePlus had a lot at stake and need to pull something really magical from their hat and they did, in 2016 with the OnePlus 3. With the latest Snapdragon 820 powering it and a new Super AMOLED panel sourced from Samsung  the 3 was OnePlus’ return to form. The RAM too was bumped up to 6GB and the phone now used a more premium metal body which further sweetened the deal. And finally, after much criticism of the OnePlus 2’s slow charging, OnePlus introduced Dash Charging, which was one of the fastest charging standards of its time. In reality Dash Charging was just Oppo’s VOOC charging that OnePlus borrowed as OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo are part of the same company, BBK electronics.

Shorly after the OnePlus 3 launch, OnePlus decided to pull a fast on the OnePlus 2 owners by launching an improved version of the phone- the OnePlus 3T. The 3T brought along a more powerful Snapdragon 821 processor with support for Google’s VR project- Daydream, a higher resolution 16MPx selfie camera, a beefier battery and a new 128GB version.  

Then came the OnePlus 5, one of the best versions of the OnePlus. The 5 was one of the last old-school OnePlus devices with the 16:9 aspect ratio screen, front facing fingerprint sensor and capacitive navigation buttons. In terms of performance, it too was no slouch, with a flagship Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM and a dual camera. In fact, so good was the camera that DxOMark rated it higher than the iPhone 7. 

The OnePlus 5 too received a mid-cycle update with the OnePlus 5T which ditched the 16:9 display for a more modern 18:9 panel and also shifted the fingerprint sensor to the back while also adding a face unlock. The camera too was improved with a wider aperture rear shooter but dropped the 2x zoom sensor. But sadly there was no improvement under the hood, but OnePlus did come up with a cool trick to gain the support of movie aficionados with the Star Wars edition.

With that, we are back to the present with OnePlus’ new launch the OnePlus 6. The eighth OnePlus phone is really a mix of some really good features and some that aren't so much. Starting with all that's good is the Snapdragon 845 processor, the brilliant optically stabilized camera, the highly customizable Oxygen OS, Dash charging and the retention of the headphone jack. The Snapdragon 845 inside the OnePlus 6 matches the A11 powered iPhone X and A10X powered iPad Pro in terms of performance especially given the price of the device. But three things that OnePlus gets wrong is the notched display (which can be turned off), lack of true waterproofing (but has water resistance) and wireless charging despite the glass back. Also, the OnePlus 6 is one of the most expensive devices made by OnePlus, which shows the direction in which OnePlus is heading now. Despite that sales of the 6 are off to a great start and most critics have given it the thumbs up. For a quick read of the OnePlus journey from the One to the 6 do check out the infographic below and let us know your thoughts on the OnePlus series and features you may want in the next OnePlus.

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