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OnePlus 6: Here’s what we know

by Brandon Russell | April 6, 2018April 6, 2018 7:00 am PST

Don’t look now, but your OnePlus 5T is about to become obsolete. OnePlus has been in a sharing mood lately, giving us a glimpse at its next flagship’s notch and some key specs. The hype train is currently in overdrive, and it sure sounds a release is imminent. So, what can we expect from the OnePlus 6? Here are all the rumors, reveals, and reports we’ve heard so far.

The design evolves. OnePlus has already revealed a teaser image of the OnePlus 6, but it’s not much to go on. Luckily, we have the Oppo R15, which is likely a blueprint for what the upcoming device will look like.

As is the norm for high end Android flagships, the OnePlus 6 will feature a bezel-less design, dual-camera setup, rear-facing fingerprint sensor, and what we suspect will be an all-glass design. Hopefully, that means OnePlus will adopt wireless charging, which is all but standard across the industry by now.

Yes, there will be a notch. Speaking of the design, OnePlus has already confirmed its newest flagship will feature a display notch. Since the iPhone X’s release, the trend has swept the mobile market, whether consumers like it or not. If the notch isn’t your thing, OnePlus will (eventually) introduce software that will let owners hide it. But it begs the question: Why include it in the first place?

Cutting edge specs. We saw this coming from a mile away, but the OnePlus 6 will feature some of the latest specs, such as a Snapdragon 845 processor. Other confirmed specs include up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, which is more than enough to hold your movies, music, and pictures. We still don’t know what to expect from the camera and it’s unclear how large the battery will be. But we do know it’ll provide healthy competition to the Galaxy S9—at least in terms of raw power.

A burdenless user experience. The OnePlus 6 won’t just offer the latest specs, but a “burdenless user experience.” Part of that has to do with hardware; the other part falls on the shoulders of software, something OnePlus has historically done very well. As we’ve seen in the past, that means a focus on simplicity with no unnecessary features. Hopefully, that also means a quick update to Android P when the software launches this fall.

It’ll be expensive. OnePlus began its journey by offering a premium experience at an affordable price. But over the past few years, that price has slowly climbed, with last year’s OnePlus 5T topping out at $559. That’s much more affordable than something like the iPhone X, but it doesn’t bode well for frugal consumers, as the OnePlus 6 could climb even higher if you opt for the version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of memory.

Fans have relied on OnePlus to offer a premium experience without a premium price tag. It remains to be seen how people will respond to what will likely be a more expensive device, but we’re not overly optimistic about how it’ll be received. We look to companies like OnePlus to offer offer respite from the norm, not become part of it.

A summer release. Last year’s OnePlus 5 arrived in June. With OnePlus being in such a sharing mood lately, it seems as though the OnePlus 6 is right around the corner. I’d expect the company to send out invites for a full unveiling any day now.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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