OnePlus has slowly but surely built a strong reputation for offering excellent and powerful smartphones at much cheaper prices than Apple and Samsung.
The company’s last smartphone release, the OnePlus 5T, was well-received by the public for the phone’s powerful core performance that stood-up against the top-contenders in the smartphone world. Still, there are rumors that they’re already on the move to build a newer device.
OnePlus 5T has recently been offered for sale, but this has not prevented the release of rumors about its replacement. The rumored OnePlus 6 can arrive during the first half of 2018 and bring with it some of the most desirable smartphones, all at a lower price than its competitors.
Like the iPhone X, this new OnePlus 6 is believed to have a full-screen design with a “notch” at the top for the camera and headset.
And if you have to believe in any of the other rumors that circulate on OnePlus 6, the device won’t disappoint the fans, because for these rumors suggest that it’s strong enough to battle the top-guns in the market.
OnePlus may be looking for an edge when it comes to the OnePlus 5T design. 2018 is the year that a lot of iPhone X copies are made and OnePlus could do the same, at least based on the new photo leaks from ITHome.
The loss includes two images, one from the back and one from the front. On the back, the phone seems to show a vertically aligned double sensor camera and a fingerprint sensor.
At the front, there is a border-to-edge screen that appears to have a notch at the top. That notch probably houses the front camera and any sensor for new features like facial recognition. The screen also shows what appear to be the specifications for the phone.
It was said that Apple and Samsung were working on fingerprint scanners without a screen, but none of them launched a phone with one.
If OnePlus 6 can be the first smartphone to put a fingerprint scanner technology under the screen, while reducing the bevels, then it really is worth something to talk about.
Specs and Pricing
The latest information comes from Weibo and they gave us a clue on prices and some specifications. In the image below, you can see that it has been compared to other flagship smartphones, such as iPhone X, Huawei P20, and the Samsung Galaxy S9 PLUS.
If the losses are true, OnePlus 6 will include a Snapdragon 845 processor, 8 GB of RAM, 256 GB of storage space, compatibility with Dash Charge, a 6.2-inch screen and a 3D glass backup design.
Furthermore, expect that this smartphone will run an Android 8.1 Oreo that is ready for use, with an upcoming Android P sometime later this year or early 2019.
For the price, it’s much more expensive than the 5T at $749, which may be disappointing for some fans, but if you’ll wait for the features for the device as soon as its released, then it’s inevitable that the price will increase. After all, the device could be the first flagship to have a fingerprint sensor on the screen.
Expected Arrival in 2018
At CES 2018, CEO Pete Lau and co-founder Carl Pei talked about the OnePlus 6, including the release date and chipset. Lau and Pei met with CNet’s Roger Cheng for a discussion that opened the eyes of Chinese producers’ plans for the year. Although the OnePlus 6 was not mentioned by name, the interview contained some tantalizing tips on the next-generation flagship killer.
As mentioned, the device could cost $749. Pete Lau said he said the company will begin talks with American carriers later this year. Given that the majority of US consumers obtain their phones through a carrier, striking such a deal is crucial for a still-niche Chinese manufacturer to break into the mainstream.
Lau also confirmed that the next OnePlus phone may be late in the second quarter of 2018 (so around June), in line with the release date of OnePlus 5 last year.
One might recall that last year, OnePlus kept us guessing about the 5T until almost the last minute. However, based on a filtered list of smartphones programmed to carry the Snapdragon 845, both the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T are programmed to be launched with the new Qualcomm chipset.
It’s definitely coming with a Snapdragon 845 processor
According to Pete Lau, the company has “no other choice” than using Snapdragon 845 SoC. Interestingly, OnePlus bosses will not promote artificial intelligence as an important selling point for their next Snapdragon 845 phone.
According to Lau, an AI interface has little to offer for an average user can appreciate. Considering how artificial intelligence has become a hot topic in the world of mobile devices, it is an interesting interpretation of newcomers from China.
The benchmark screenshots were filtered confirming the notch
When it comes to the rest of OnePlus 6 specifications, things are a bit less clear. The first solid leaked points to Android 8.1, has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage space.
The benchmark index shows a general score of 276.510, surpassing the highest score of the next Mi Mix 2S.
This was followed by a GizmoChina report that the OnePlus 6 would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset to power the phone, and this was supported by filtered screens that would reveal the results of the OnePlus 6 benchmark.
The OnePlus 6 is shaping up to be the Chinese startup’s most accomplished smartphone to date with a rumored iPhone X screen notch and improved cameras.
So, if you’re planning to get a smartphone which could take on Apple and Samsung head-to-head, you better watch out for this powerful flagship from OnePlus, for there’s still more to see!