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Firmware leak indicates a notch for the OnePlus 6

by Justin Herrick | March 14, 2018March 14, 2018 11:00 am EST

The next flagship from OnePlus should launch this summer, but leaked firmware is giving an early look at what we can expect.

Quite a stir surrounding the OnePlus 6 is probable upon its arrival. It appears the brand is interested in releasing a mobile device similar to the iPhone X. As indicated by a previous report showing an alleged prototype, the OnePlus 6 will likely ship with a notch at the top of its display.

Internally, the phone is referred to as “Enchilada.” That’s not surprising since OnePlus normally gives food-based codenames to its hardware. Where things get interesting is the file obtained by XDA-Developers.

OnePlus’ firmware, which wasn’t meant to be viewed by the public, includes a label for an image called “screendecor_up_img_enchilada_1.” The belief is that this is a nod to a notch dipping into screen real estate. Because the OnePlus 6 is still in development, OnePlus needed to use a dedicated image much like Huawei has for the upcoming P20. The physical notch isn’t there, but OnePlus needs to know what the experience will be like.

Early on it looked as if cheap, little-known brands would borrow from Apple’s most advanced iPhone; however, we’re starting to see the notch go mainstream on the Android side. OnePlus would join Huawei, ASUS, and other blatantly copying the work done by engineers in Cupertino. Perhaps none of them feel any shame, but consumers sure are unhappy about the decision.

OnePlus hasn’t released any teasers for an announcement. We’re months away from anything becoming official, but there are bound to be leaks popping up left and right until then.


Justin Herrick

Justin is easily attracted to power buttons. His interest in technology started as a child in the 1990s with the original PlayStation, and two...