OnePlus 6 launch window confirmed — and it could be far less exclusive

The next OnePlus phone will arrive before the end of June.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau says the handset will be unveiled late in Q2 2018 (April 1 – June 30), which would put it in the same timeframe as the OnePlus 5 launch last year.

The OnePlus 6, as its likely to be called, will feature the flagship Snapdragon 845, Lau confirmed.

“Of course, there’s no other choice,” Lau told CNET at CES 2018.

It seems the next phone will represent a watershed moment for OnePlus, as it seeks a deal with major US carriers to distribute handsets.

“If the right opportunity and right timing come along, we’ll be very happy to experiment,” Pete Lau added.

Started from the bottom…

OnePlus phones have risen from invite-only to sales in the millions, but any carrier accord would require the company to significantly boost production.

How this would affect the company’s standing among longtime fans remains to be seen. There’s no doubting OnePlus is the hippest smartphone manufacturer of recent times.

The sparseness of the availability gives handsets like the OnePlus 5T an air of exclusivity. Meanwhile, the price is right and so are the specs.

A lack of network affiliation and mainstream advertising platforms give One Plus buyers a sense they’re in-the-know; rebelling against the established order.

However, all good things must come to an end, and it seems OnePlus is ready to broaden its reach away from hardcore fans and towards everyday smartphone buyers.

At least it would mean handsets like the OnePlus 5T Sandstone might be available for longer than a few hours though, right?

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