The 2018 flagship from OnePlus could launched much earlier this expected, and it might have a feature not many other companies will implement until the end of the year. A new report from GizmoChina reveals that the OnePlus 6 will make its debut in the first quarter and have an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Aside from pointing out a Qualcomm-made Snapdragon 845 will power the phone, this report suggests the OnePlus 6 will feature an in-display fingerprint scanner. OnePlus was forced to relocate the fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 5T due to its all-screen front; however, the company would like to have it on the front again for convenience.
In-display fingerprint scanners are likely to become a popular trend in 2018, but the technology won’t be widespread on flagships early on. Synaptics recently detailed its technology and plans on showcasing it at CES 2018 in Las Vegas. And it’ll be Vivo releasing the first consumer-ready device with a fingerprint scanner, not Samsung. The South Korean company doesn’t appear to have the technology ready for the Galaxy S9 but should implement it for the Galaxy Note 9. Like Samsung, most of the mobile industry will be ready with in-display fingerprint scanner in the second half of 2018.
OnePlus, though, could beat mainstream competitors to the punch.
Assuming the report is accurate (and there’s reason to believe so given the source’s track record), the OnePlus 6 will go official in March. OnePlus is said to be eyeing a launch in the middle of the month with sales beginning by the end. It’s possible, too, that OnePlus produces enough units to have the OnePlus immediately available in limited quantities following the announcement. In the past, OnePlus launched new flagships and began selling them within days.
Releasing the OnePlus 6 in March or April would certainly be interesting. OnePlus normally releases its latest flagship in the summer months to avoid competing with Samsung, LG, and Motorola.