OnePlus 6: Release date, price, specs and all the latest news
Chinese manufacturer OnePlus could take the wraps off its much-anticipated flagship smartphone of 2018, dubbed the OnePlus 6, as soon as the end of March. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the handset, including its release date, specs, features and price.
OnePlus 6 Latest News: OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ first waterproof smartphone
The OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ first smartphone to offer water resistance, according to a teaser released on April 16.
While OnePlus has long been able to compete with its fellow Android flagships in terms of specs, the likes of Samsung and co. have retained an advantage when it comes to handing the wet stuff. But it looks like the firm is biting back, offering water resistance, without sacrificing the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.
First OnePlus 6 camera samples surface
A trio of pictures snapped using the OnePlus 6 were shared on Chinese social networking website Weibo by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on April 16, with the accompanying metadata revealing that the handset is armed with a 16MP camera – there’s no mention of the other sensor that makes up the dual-camera.
New OnePlus 6 teaser trailers air in India
OnePlus has started airing a new trailer for the OnePlus 6 in cinemas in India. The 19-second clip, which was recorded and shared by a moviegoer on April 15, teases a new smartphone that has been designed with speed in mind – hinting at the inclusion of a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 845 CPU and at least 8GB of RAM.
Oh, and for folk viewing outside India, don’t be alarmed by the Prime Exclusive logo – OnePlus has a long-standing deal with Amazon to offer its handsets in the region.
Leaked case renders showcase the design of OnePlus’ next flagship
A British retailer may have confirmed the design of the upcoming OnePlus 6.
Mobile Fun listed a set of cases for the OnePlus 6 on its website on April 13, showcasing them on a familiar-looking handset with an iPhone X-style notch on the front and a centre-mounted dual-camera, like the one found on the Galaxy S9 Plus, on the rear – corroborating almost everything we’ve heard about the unit to date.
OnePlus 6 Design and Specs: What does it look like, and is it a beast?
The OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ most impressive smartphone to date, featuring a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, according to CEO Carl Pei. The firm is also rumoured to be working on a cheaper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
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But here’s the bad news: Pei all but confirmed that the OnePlus 6 is armed with a controversial ‘notched’ screen à la iPhone X, which, in layman’s terms, means there’s a small cutout at the top of the display used to house several important components, like the front-facing camera – and it’s a bit of an eyesore.
Pei told The Verge that “it’s a very clear decision: more real estate for the user. In conclusion, learn to love the notch,” later emphasising that the footprint of the cutout is a lot smaller than that of the iPhone X, meaning there’s a lot more space for notification management and other status bar-related activities.
“How big a notch always depends on your choices as a company,” he said. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.Our notch, it will be there. It’ll be bigger than the Essential Phone and smaller than the iPhone” on the OnePlus 6, Pei concluded.
A week later, CEO Pete Lau revealed that the OnePlus 6 will come with a software feature that will allow users to disguise the notch – like the one found on the Huawei P20 Pro. Once enabled, the space either side of the notch at the top of the screen will be disablde, thus creating the illusion of a symmetrical design.
“A black-out feature was seriously considered in the early stages of the development of the OnePlus 6. At the time we decided against adding this feature…Recently many users have raised interest in having a black-out function. We respect your feedback, and would like to give everyone the ability to choose. This function will enable you to black out the background of the notifications and status bar,” Lau writes.
OnePlus could be hoping that one of the handset’s features will spare it from any criticism it’s set to receive, however.
BBK, the firm behind Chinese manufacturers OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo, took the wraps off the Vivo X21 UD, a smartphone equipped with an in-screen – optical – fingerprint reader on March 19, and there’s a chance the authentication tech could be carried over to the upcoming OnePlus 6, beating rival Samsung to the punch.
The introduction of an optical fingerprint reader would not only entitle OnePlus to the bragging rights, but could also help it evade censure for following in Apple’s footsteps by opting for a notched screen, instead of a panel with an equal bezel at the top and bottom – like Samsung did with the award-winning Galaxy Note 8.
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As for what the OnePlus 6 looks like, tipsters claim that it isn’t too dissimilar to the Vivo X21 UD, with a vertically-mounted dual-camera setup, complete with an LED flash, taking pride of place on the rear. The camera configuration on the firm’s (current) flagship OnePlus 5T, for comparison, is mounted horizontally.
The handset will be available in three colours, according to a batch of renders that surfaced on Chinese social networking website Weibo on April 15 – black, white, and a new shade of dark blue, which looks remarkably similar to the ‘Really Blue’ hue that debuted on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL back in October 2016.
OnePlus 6 Release Date and Price: When does it come out, and how much will it cost?
The OnePlus 6 is rumoured to be unveiled sometime this spring, with GizmoChina hinting towards a March release – though that wasn’t the case, seeing as we’re now in April and are still yet to hear a peep from OnePlus. There’s understandably no official word on pricing and availability, either.
But that doesn’t mean we don’t have an idea of how much at least one variant of the handset will cost. Information that surfaced on Weibo on March 21 indicates that OnePlus is working on a 256GB variant of the OnePlus 6 with 8GB of RAM, which should retail for around $749 (£530) when it hits the shelves later in the year.
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