Display Measurement & Power

The OnePlus 6 comes with a 6.22” diagonal 19:9 Samsung AMOLED screen sporting a 2280 x 1080 resolution. The first impressions of the screen are generally excellent, be it that the resolution is quite stretched at this large size. 

There’s no Android 8.1 colour management available for the screen, while it does support simple HDR content. OnePlus instead relies of various pre-defined colour profiles which can be found in the display settings:

 

The default mode is a very saturated wide gamut mode not particularly targeting any specific colour space. The firmware provides two accurate modes options representing the sRGB and DCI-P3 colour spaces. The Adaptive mode is also very much a viable alternative that again isn’t accurate to any standard, but comes with good compromises between higher colour saturation and more accurate skin tones.

As always, we thank X-Rite and SpecraCal, as measurements are performed with an X-Rite i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, with the exception of black levels which are measured with an i1Display Pro colorimeter. Data is collected and examined using SpectraCal's CalMAN software.

 SpectraCal CalMAN
Standard (sRGB)       
DCI-P3    Adaptive

Starting off with the greyscale measurements we see that the screen fares quite well in terms of accuracy, albeit the colour temperature both in the sRGB and DCI-P3 modes are slightly too warm coming in at 6350K; the Adaptive mode is the only one which comes in at perfect whites of 6586K resulting in one of the bets greyscale dE2000 scores at 1.15. 

All modes slightly have a higher average gamma than the usual 2.2 target, which results in colours luminance to be slightly darker than what they are meant to be. 

 SpectraCal CalMAN
sRGB Greyscale Comparison

 SpectraCal CalMAN
Adaptive Greyscale Comparison

In terms of brightness, the screen goes up to a maximum of 420cd/m² in manual mode which is essentially standard for what we’ve seen over the years in terms of AMOLED screens. The more disappointing discovery here is that there’s no high brightness mode under default conditions and it can only be enabled at low-level driver interfaces. In effect this puts the OnePlus 6 at a visible brightness disadvantage in bright conditions, not least because of the lack of raw brightness, but also because it’s not adapting to the artificial low gamma and high saturation colour profiles that that vastly improves sunlight legibility usually found in other AMOLED devices.

 SpectraCal CalMAN
sRGB Mode / DCI-P3 Mode

The gamut and saturations accuracies for the sRGB and DCI-P3 modes are excellent, with only very slight deviations most prominent in magenta colours. In the DCI-P3 mode it also looks like OnePlus undershot the maximum chromacity for reds as it doesn’t quite reach the full gamut of the colour space – there’s also slight oversaturations in both profiles at the lower red levels meaning the colour compression on that channel is perfectly linearly configured.

 SpectraCal CalMAN
sRGB Mode / DCI-P3 Mode

In the Gretag Macbeth charts which showcase common colour tones, both sRGB and DCI-P3 profiles perform very well with dE2000 of 1.67 and 1.87, while not perfect, it will be mostly unperceivable to most users in daily usage.

SpectraCal CalMAN
sRGB GMB Comparison

SpectraCal CalMAN
DCI-P3 GMB Comparison

 
SpectraCal CalMAN

The Adaptive mode is again extremely interesting as it doesn’t really adhere to any one colour space, and it’s something we most recently saw implemented in the MIX 2S; it’s a wide gamut colour space (DCI-P3), however skin tones are mapped to the sRGB space. This gives best compromise of bringing vivid colours to objects while attempting to display accurate skin tones. Given that this mode also has the single best pre-defined white-point, I think it’s generally the best alternative for most users.


 SpectraCal CalMAN
Adaptive GMB Comparison

Overall the OnePlus 6 is an excellent screen with only two weaknesses; one of not having a high brightness mode at disposal to the user even though the hardware is capable of it, and the second point being that the resolution of the screen being rather stretched out for its form-factor.

In past OnePlus as well as most recent devices reviews we’ve brought up the point of resolution several times; as we’ll see in the battery life section there is effectively no disadvantage to 1440p AMOLED screens in terms of power as their emissive nature isn’t really affected by luminosity power efficiency deficiencies at higher resolutions the same way LCDs are, and the computational overhead of the higher resolution seems to be minimal.

What a 1440p screen would greatly differ in though is pricing, and here maybe OnePlus just isn’t ready to justify the increased component cost for devices that aim to be the best possible value. 

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  • GREAT Expectations - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    Just wanna know... Did you even read the article or did you skip right to the comments?
    I'm pretty sure the author has addressed your concerns already. And I've yet to see you providing a convincing counterargument. Reading the article isn't that hard is it?
    Reply
  • Xex360 - Saturday, July 28, 2018 - link

    I'm entitled to have a different opinion, and the the writer addressed the notch "problem" wasn't satisfying for me, I'm of the opinion that most phone manufacturers are just copying Apple nothing else, and copying the worst design choices from Apple and not the good/great ones. Reply
  • markiz - Monday, July 30, 2018 - link

    Well, other than your subjective aesthetical opinion, reasonably, notch just makes sense. If status icons are moved there, that means you can get an extra line of text on the screen.
    Like, one extra email, or a message, or whatever.

    I too also hate how it looks normally, but honestly, with OLED screen, it's barely noticeable, and I do appreciate extra space. I've come around :)

    The fact that apple was first is could just be dependent on only 2 things:
    - Samsung did not want to do it
    - nobody else has scale and numbers to custom order OLED manufacturers to make special equipment to cut up their screens.
    Reply
  • Teckk - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    S9/S9+ might be better phones no doubt, but they're not "nearly the same price". Reply
  • markiz - Monday, July 30, 2018 - link

    Where I live, in Europe, they certainly are. It's 20€ more for S9. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    I don't see how a notch could possibly make a phone useless. They aren't appealing to me, but it seems like the rejection of the notch is based more in a dislike of Apple than a concern about functionality in a lot of cases. Reply
  • mrochester - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    The notch rejection comes purely from the hipsters. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    I'm not even sure exactly what traits make someone a hipster or not, but I think people that object to notches represent a fairly broad set of demographics. Reply
  • Flunk - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    I don't think there are really that many people who care about notches. But if there are, all they need to do is refuse to buy phones that have them and suddenly alternatives will appear. Reply
  • ummduh - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link

    "mrochester - Friday, July 27, 2018 - link
    The notch rejection comes purely from the hipsters."

    I'm definitely as far from a hipster as you can get and I'm also definitely anti-notch. Unless being so anti hipster is the new hipster? Never mind, I don't want to know.

    I'm also vehemently anti on-screen buttons and want my dedicated buttons back. I don't get this new screen form factor, it doesn't help anything and removes things I value.

    I have a OP5 (not T). I like it. It's the last of the honest phones. I do miss IR blasters being in phones as well.

    The Note4 was honestly the last great perfect phone. I went back and tried to use my old one and unfortunately it is just too slow. The new versions are over priced, and over Samsung'd. (That is to say, they're too locked down now.)
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