Last year was good for OnePlus, with their 'flagship killer' OnePlus 5T being a record-breaking bestseller for the company. The latest leaks give us a look at the controversial notch, the dual camera, and a new color. Here's everything we know ahead of the device's launch on May 16.
Expect several design changes
Ahead of the event on May 16, we can expect the rumors to ramp up. You probably have a good idea about what the OnePlus 6 will look like, but a new render has surfaced from VideoCardz. You can check out the details close up, including its dual camera, fingerprint reader which is located on the body, the notch, and a white back that will be made of glass.
This is the first OnePlus phone (and hopefully last) with a notch
From these photos you can also see how the company's iconic alert slider, which has been moved to the right side.
Avengers Limited Edition: carbon-fiber smartphone
The new teaser shows us the Avengers version, available in India exclusively on Amazon. It's not looking like we will see this special edition in the US. OnePlus seems to have opted for what looks like a texture similar to the carbon-fiber cases, a material that has already been used on many of the company's smartphones and covers.
OnePlus fans: what do you think of the device so far? Let us know in the comments!
Questions about the OnePlus 6:
- When will it be released, and how much will it cost?
- What are the design features?
- Will it have a notch?
- What are the technical specifications?
The launch of the OnePlus 6 is only a few weeks away. A special event named "The Speed You Need" will be held in London on May 16 at 6pm (12pm EDT, 5pm BST or 9am EST). Over 1000 tickets are available from the brand's website here, at a price of $21 (or £16) for the early bird tickets. These prices will rise to $42 (or £30) on Friday, April 27.
Those who are members of the OnePlus community will have the first opportunity to test the device, and attendees will receive a goody bag, which was also the case last year with the 5T event, where a $40 discount on the device was given away. We can expect the bags to contain gadgets with a value more than the ticket price. If you cannot attend, you can of course follow the livestream.
We already know a lot about the upcoming flagship
As mentioned, the release is only a few weeks away on May 16. So let's look at everything we know so far.
We now know that the device could cost $749 thanks to a leaked image from Weibo. Regarding US availability, Pete Lau did say that said the company would begin talks with US carriers. Given that the majority of US consumers obtain their phones through a carrier, striking such a deal is crucial for still-niche Chinese manufacturer to break into the mainstream.
Given the timeline, it seems unlikely that that this kind of deal would be ready in time for OnePlus' next device. More realistically, an agreement reached this year could apply to a potential OnePlus 7 in 2018. But perhaps negotiations are further along than Lau and Pei were willing to let on.
Huawei, another rising star from China, hit a stumbling block on their path to dominance when a highly anticipated carrier deal with AT&T for their Mate 10 Pro fell through due to pressure from the US government. Could this work to OnePlus' advantage?
Lau also confirmed that the next OnePlus phone could arrive late in the second quarter of 2018 (so, around June), in line with the OnePlus 5's release date last year. As for a potential OnePlus 6T, Lau stated that he was "not 100% sure" if OnePlus would release a second phone in 2018.
One might recall that last year, OnePlus kept us guessing about the 5T until almost the last minute. However, according to a leaked list of smartphones scheduled to carry the Snapdragon 845, both the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are scheduled for release with Qualcomm's new chipset.
Aiming for a premium feel with glass back
At first, it was uncertain whether the materials used in the OnePlus 6 would be metal, ceramic, sandstone, or glass. Every option has it's fans, but a glass back for the OnePlus 6 was confirmed by CEO Pete Lau in a lengthy post on the OnePlus forum.
Explaining the decision to go for glass this time, Lau describes the Chinese brand's approach to industrial design and its history using different materials, such as the change from sandstone to metal with the OnePlus 3.
When it comes to the OnePlus 6, the new device will be familiar in appearance: the signature horizon line and precise curve to the back of the device is here to stay.
So why go for glass? Lau justifies the decision thusly: “glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling”. The aim of the design was to communicate a "sense of value" and "premium hand-feel" to the end user. The CEO also stressed that the decision was based on a rigorous testing process—designers went through over 70 glass prototypes before selecting the best one.
An interesting detail is that the glass back of the OnePlus 6 consists of five printed layers of Nanotech Coating instead of the usual three. According to Lau, this will create a subtle but strong sense of depth to the device that users will certainly appreciate.
A similar design to the successful OnePlus 5T
The first and original OnePlus, the flagship killer, was anticipated by a teaser image from the company showing a Sony Xperia Z1 positioned to hide the legendary OnePlus One. It aimed to demonstrate how it was possible to insert a 5.5" display under a smartphone by just 5".
OnePlus tries again with OnePlus 6, which in the last image posted on Twitter appears hidden under a OnePlus 5T as a demonstration that the overall size of the smartphone will remain more or less unchanged.
From the image we can see the left side of the smartphone, which lacks the now iconic Alert Slider, despite this feature being teased previously by OnePlus itself. It has probably been moved to the other side of the OnePlus 6.
Of course, fans around the world started to analyze the photo to find out the most hidden details and a very interesting link was found hidden in the teaser. If you want to take a look at this, just go to the following address:
It could be the first of the series to be waterproof
The OnePlus is likely to be waterproof. It would be the first smartphone from the company to offer this protection, which is not officially present on OnePlus 5T. In the latest from the OnePlus Twitter account, the reference to this feature is obvious (although the video doesn't show the device):
Don’t you just hate it when you have to stop using your phone when it rains? So do we 😉 pic.twitter.com/QEnOdm3Xtk— OnePlus (@oneplus) April 16, 2018
OnePlus CEO shows off the camera work
The OnePlus 6 should be equipped with a dual camera on the back, 20+16MP, according to exif information analyzed and extracted. Numbers that, as always, say nothing on their own. Today more than ever, where software, the presence of artificial intelligence and different modes often make a difference.
Pete Lau, CEO of the Chinese brand, decided to share some photos taken with the new OnePlus 6 on his Weibo account. The photos were taken in Stanford, California, during a sunny day, with excellent light conditions. Results? Admire them for yourself and let us know what you think!
In-display fingerprint reader as previewed by OPPO and Vivo
OnePlus, as we have said again and again, is part of a larger company called BBK. This holding company controls some of the largest smartphone manufacturers in the world, even if you probably have never seen one of these companies' devices in person as they are not officially sold in the West: we are talking about Vivo and OPPO.
In the last few days, the new devices of the two OnePlus sister companies have been announced, which have a common design language that confirms the leaks of recent weeks. Both the OPPO R15 and Vivo X21 have a very similar design with displays covering most of the front surface (including notch) and a glass or ceramic back. This would give even more credibility to the leaked photo of OnePlus 6 that you find below.
What we would like to see on the new OnePlus 6 is the fingerprint reader integrated into the display. Vivo is using this technology for the second time in its X21 UD. The photo circulated on the net previously showed a fingerprint reader on the back of the next flagship killer but the new smartphone from Vivo puts everything back into play.
If OnePlus could use this technology, it would be a step ahead of all competitors (Samsung, Apple or Huawei) as the first smartphone marketed in the West with this functionality.
Even in the photos previously published by the Chinese ITHome website, the presence of the notch was revealed, in perfect iPhone X style. It also shows the settings screen that reveals the presence of Android 8.1 Oreo, OxygenOS 5.1.0_MEA_3 and security patches updated to December 5. The display unit offers 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.
The image also shows the shell in glass, which houses, in addition to the brand logo, a double camera followed by the flash and fingerprint reader. OnePlus 6, if this is the device, may therefore offer wireless charging.
Good news for audio fans
Evan Blass tweeted a legitimate looking image of the OnePlus 6, and yes, it has a headphone jack! Also along the lower edge is the speaker and USB-C port alongside it.
Looking at back of the phone, its surface has an interesting pattern and texture, almost like the design Google adopts with a range of devices, contrary to previous leaks that showed the device having a glass finish. The positioning of the fingerprint sensor looks easy to reach, sitting just beneath what looks like a dual camera, a feature that we can expect to be continued from the OnePlus 5T, although this is not completely visible on the image.
The design is reminiscent of the 5T, and shares similarities with recent flagships such as the Galaxy S9, looking at the positioning of the fingerprint sensor and camera.
Leaked prototype photos surfaced
Chinese website ITHome published what appear to be leaked hands-on photographs of a OnePlus 6 prototype. The back and front of the device are shown, and the front shot reveals the About phone page of the Settings menu along with an iPhone X inspired notch in the nearly bezel-free display.
The photos show a dual camera with a fingerprint scanner below it and a glass back (perhaps for wireless charging). As always, take the leak with a pinch of salt. Even if it's real, prototypes don't always represent how the final device will turn out.
The OnePlus 6 will have an Alert Slider
It's shot, as per usual: 7 seconds during which you can see a light bar that moves horizontally. It seems to be the Alert Slider, the physical button integrated on the side of the smartphone in previous generations. It will be on the OnePlus 6, but will it do something different this time?
The answer is probably yes! The Chinese company has added a curious phrase to the tweet with the video: "Slide to focus with the Alert Slider". The familiar physical button has until now been for adjusting the volume or activating the Do Not Disturb mode in a snap, but with the OnePlus 6 it could allow you to adjust the focus when using the camera.
At the moment, it's difficult to know how it will work or if the physical button with change positions. Nevertheless, it seems that OnePlus has something new to offer users, and who knows, it could be a feature which could roll out to previous models via software update.
As mentioned, the notch has already been confirmed by Carl Pei in his interview with The Verge, as well as on the OnePlus forum and the cases designed by Olixar, backing up the leaks we've seen previously.
XDA Developers found evidence of a display notch for the OnePlus 6 in the OxygenOS Open Beta 4 firmware based on Android 8.1 Oreo for the OnePlus 5T. The codename for the device appears to be enchilada, which matches with previous codenames like bacon and cheeseburger. XDA found an image file called screendecor_up_img_enchilada_1 which could have been used as an overlay for OnePlus engineers to test apps with a notch while a prototype was in development.
In the image below, you can see the mentions of enchilada among other device codenames in the code, as well as the shape of the notch overlay. Take the notch news with a pinch of salt though, as this might just be evidence of nothing more than a test.
The release of the OnePlus 6 is imminent, and you can now pre-order cases designed by Olixar to protect your shiny new phone. We already had confirmations from Carl Pei himself that the notch was here to stay, but the product images below make it all real:
We can also take a look at the placement of the fingerprint scanner, too, which remains on the back of the device (thankfully, as this is easy to reach). The only difference from its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T, is the size of the sensor, which will be a little smaller. Just below, we can see the dual camera is vertical and centered, making the phone look perfectly symmetrical.
Regarding the bezels, it looks like the majority of the front of the phone is taken up by the display (besides the notch of course), and on the side, the volume is located further up and the alert slider has moved places to the right.
The latest information comes from Weibo, and has given us a clue about the pricing, as well as some specifications. In the image below, you can see that it has been compared against other flagship smartphones, such as the iPhone X, Huawei P20, and Samsung's Galaxy S9+. If the leaks are true, the OnePlus 6 will be packing a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Aside from the specs, we can also see the pricing in this table. It's significantly more expensive than the 5T at $749 which might be disappointing for some fans, but if we are to expect the rumored specs and features listed here, then it's inevitable that the price will increase. After all, the device could be the first flagship to have an in-display fingerprint sensor.
According to Pete Lau, the company has “no choice” but to use the Snapdragon 845 SoC. This appears to confirm the validity of the list, unless the production schedule is somehow disrupted.
Interestingly, the OnePlus bosses won't be touting artificial intelligence a major selling point for their next Snapdragon 845-powered phone. According to Lau, AI has “become a buzzword” with little to offer that the average user can appreciate. Given how much of a hot topic AI has become in the mobile world, that's an interesting take from the Chinese up-and-comers.
Could it have Android 8.1?
A photo leak from ITHome showed a device with the model number P7819. It's running OxygenOS 5.1.0_MEA_3, which is based on Android 8.1.0 Oreo, along with a December 2017 security patch. The device in question has 6 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
Benchmark screenshots leaked confirming the notch
Android Central published two screenshots of AnTuTu benchmark scores supposedly from a OnePlus 6 device which came from "a source close to OnePlus". The benchmark shows an overall score of 276,510, beating the top score of the upcoming Mi Mix 2S. Plus the CPU score means it's all but confirmed to come with a Snapdragon 845 processor.
What's really interesting about these screenshots is the status bar at the top. You'll see that the time is nestled on the left, while all the icons are pushed to the right. This is exactly the same configuration that was shown on the live photos that were recently leaked, meaning the presence of the notch has been corroborated, for better or for worse.
While OnePlus has enjoyed record sales in 2017, its rise to prominence has also been dogged with some embarrassments, including multiple discoveries of hidden software in their OS which harvested unreasonable amount of data from their users without explicit permission.
Nonetheless for many users, including our own readers, the attractive pricing and premium features of the OnePlus phones outweigh concerns about privacy, and the OnePlus 5T was the fastest- and best-selling device in the company's history. OnePlus has followed up on its success by releasing special limited editions of the flagship killer, including a Star Wars edition and the new Sandstone White edition.
OnePlus 6+: Technical Specifications
|OnePlus 6||Technical Specifications|
|Display||6.28inch, AMOLED, 1080 x 2280 pixel|
|OS||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Memory||64 or 128GB|
|Camera||Dual 16MP f/1.7, 27mm + 20MP|
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