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Design, specs, price, and everything we know so far
While OnePlus has outgrown its roots of aggressively-priced phones, it still offers an unbeatable value-for-money that easily surpasses the multiple security-related scandals which surround the company on a regular basis. With each and every year, OnePlus has become more and more capable and its products have recently really outdid themselves – save for a few issues and shortcomings in-between, OnePlus has been mostly killing it in the affordable super-flagship segment.
At this point, we haven’t heard anything not so much is know about the OnePlus 6 but thanks to a recently leaked set of surprisingly-wholesome images, we can draw out a lot of conclusions and assumptions about that one. Then again, the device has a peculiar model number (P7819), which could mean it’s merely a prototype.
Glass is in
Don’t get us wrong, that’s not a bad thing, but seeing OnePlus strives tooth and nail to become mainstream, it would make a lot of sense for it to spice up the design of its phones with a brittle, yet snazzy glass exterior.
Death to the bezel
Notch you too!
Further down the line, the leaked OnePlus device features a slightly-protruding dual camera that looks quite similar to the setups we’ve seen on the OnePlus 5 and the 5T. Just beneath them one could make out a concave fingerprint sensor that looks like it’s well-separated from the surrounding glass and would be easy to locate without much fumbling.
It also seems that one of the devices that is expected to donate its general design to the OnePlus 6, the Oppo R15, has been recently teased sporting a notch. Normally, Oppo’s flagships share a ton of similarities with OnePlus’ phones as both companies are owned by the same conglomerate – BBK Electronics – and regularly collaborate on their devices.
The glass back that could grace the OnePlus 6 hints that the phone could potentially come with wireless charging on deck. Now that Apple has embraced this technology, it’s cool once again and Android manufacturers are quite possibly way more open to employing it in comparison with previous years. Will the OnePlus 6 have this? Probably.
As we mentioned, the OnePlus 6 will most certainly come along with a bezelless 18:9 display similar to the one on the OnePlus 5T. We also mentioned the notch which should be considered a necessary evil that needs to be employed so that the front-facing camera, earpiece, and proximity sensors have somwhere to go.
No beating around the bush: display specifics are unknown at this point and will likely remain this way for quite some time.
Yet, we can speculate that the company will continue to use those nifty Samsung-made Optic AMOLED displays it’s been employing on its devices for quite a while. For years on end, OnePlus hasn’t ventured past Full HD resolution for its displays and we don’t think the company will employ a sharper Quad HD panel as the cons likely slightly outweigh the pros. What we do hope is that OnePlus continues to improve its color calibration methods and still offer its users a choice between an accurate sRGB color mode and a more punchier and vivid one for all those who crave for more oomph.
In-screen fingerprint scanner
No second opinion – once you go dual-cam, there’s no going back. The OnePlus 6 will certainly boast a dual camera, just like its predecessors. Dual cameras come in all shapes and sizes, but the difference between the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T was much more drastic than meets the eye. While the older device had a dual setup that paired a regular camera and another one with a longer focal length, the OnePlus 5T ditched the longer lens for a secondary one that had a wider aperture and aimed to fire up in in low-light scenarios.
Why are we telling you this? Just to illustrate the point that when it comes to cameras, OnePlus is very open to experimentation and there’s no telling if the OnePlus 6 will retain the wide-aperture secondary camera or bring back an optical zoom one again. We’d argue that the overall camera performance of the OnePlus 5 was a bit more fleshed-out than the OnePlus 5T the secondary camera of which only works as intended in specific scenarios and doesn’t improve things as much as expected.
We are happy to report that OnePlus rarely skimp it on the hardware side. You always get the latest top Qualcomm chipset in the company’s flagship phone, and paired with the lightweight interface, the device usually flies and feels snappier than its contemporary rivals.
That’s why we are almost certain OnePlus would go with the latest Qualcomm chip on the block, the Snapdragon 845, which has already been slated to appear in a trove of existing and upcoming Android top dogs. The chip introduces a welcome performance boost over the Snapdragon 835 that powered both the OnePlus 5 and 5T.
With the OnePlus 5T scoring juicy 8GB of RAM in its top version, it’s normal to expect a similar variation of the OnePlus 6 to also have that amount of multitasking prowess available at user’s fingertips. Again, a 6GB RAM version of the device will likely be available in the base version of the device. While having 8GB of RAM will mostly serve a bragging service for many, it’s nice to see OnePlus leading many of its rivals with that much memory available.
Storage-wise, OnePlus will likely continue to offer 64 and 128GB of storage versions of its next phone, though we wouldn’t be surprised if its decides to jump the gun and go for 256 gigs of the stuff, just like the most spec’d out version of the recently-released Galaxy S9/S9+.
As far as one of the most important aspects of a modern phone – its battery – we have no clue what OnePlus is prepping. A sub-3,500mAh unit is probably a safe bet, but we are super-open to surprises.
Release date and price
Now, if OnePlus’ latest releases tell us anything, it’s that the company has adopted a 6-month release cycle of its devices – a flagship in late May/early June followed by an improved version of the same device in late October/early November. There’s no reason to believe the OnePlus 6 won’t adhere to the same time windows. This means that we should expect more and more rumors and leaks surrounding OnePlus’ next phone in the coming months leading to its announcement in late Spring.
In terms of pricing, OnePlus has slowly increased prices with each and every of its products over the years, starting with the super-affordable $299 OnePlus One (16GB version) and lately going as high as $599 for the 8GB/128GB OnePlus 5T. Generally, we can point out a gradual $30 to $50 price hike between the various OnePlus phone generations. Here’s a neat table to summarize this:
Judging from the trends showcased in the table above, we’d prophesize that the OnePlus 6 will start in the ~$560 price window for the base version and could go as high as ~$620 for the top-tier version, if such one exists. Of course, take this with a grain of salt, but OnePlus is surprisingly punctual and predictable with its pricings.