The next big smartphone coming soon to take on the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X is the new OnePlus 6. And while the company is still slowly becoming a household name, millions of potential buyers are anxiously awaiting its next phone. Here’s everything we know so far about the upcoming OnePlus 6, its notch, and the bigger display that will take on the Galaxy S9+.
Back in November, the OnePlus 5T hit store shelves. Offering a flagship Galaxy S8 like experience for half the price. Including an edge-to-edge display and dual rear cameras. However, for 2018, the OnePlus 6 is going to increase the screen size yet again.
We’re expecting a bigger edge-to-edge screen with a “notch” similar to the iPhone X. This gives you more screen in roughly the same size package as the OnePlus 5T. Then, expect an improved camera, high-end specs, a fast new face unlock technology and more. With an early release date rumored, here’s what we’re hearing so far.
OnePlus 6 Release Date
First things first, when can you buy the OnePlus 6? Well, that’s a question we can’t answer yet because the phone is just a rumor. That being said, we’re pretty confident it will arrive shortly, with a release schedule similar to previous years.
The OnePlus 5 release date was in June of last year, followed by an improved OnePlus 5T in November. We’re expecting something similar this year, with some sort of announcement in May or June for the OnePlus 6. However, a few rumors believe the company could move things ahead and release it sometime in April. That’s doubtful though, and a little too early compared to prior years. As a result, we believe the company will launch its new phone in May or June, similar to 2017.
Bigger OnePlus 6 Display
The biggest change you can expect this year, again, will be on the display. And that’s because they’re following a trend we’re expecting to see plenty of in 2018, which is the “notch”. Basically, the OnePlus 6 screen will look similar to the iPhone X, only with a smaller and more sophisticated notch.
However, OnePlus will utilize the popular notch design we’ve seen from Apple and the Essential Phone. This allows them to put a bigger screen in a smaller package, with fewer bezels on the top and bottom. So while they’ll offer the same size 6.2-inch screen as the Galaxy S9+, the phone will physically be smaller and easier to hold.
Basically, the screen stretches as close to the edge of the body as possible. That small notch houses some sensors, the front-facing camera, and the speakerphone. We’re not expecting any fancy upgrades here like the iPhone X, but OP still offers a fast face unlock feature utilizing the front-facing camera. Once we learn more about this new screen we’ll share any information available.
OnePlus 6 Specs & Features
The bigger 6.2-inch screen and notch aren’t the only exciting aspects of this phone. And while we’re not sure exactly what’s coming yet, we have a good idea. That’s because countless leaks are sharing information, and because technology is only improving so much each year. There’s only so many changes they can make compared to devices like the Galaxy S9.
Shown above is the latest leak for the OnePlus 6, from Evan Blass on Twitter. This reveals what looks like a premium wood back, built-in, instead of a snap-on case like we’ve seen in previous years. You’ll notice the big speaker grill and a 3.5mm headphone jack on the bottom. Aside from those few things, this will be a relatively simple yet powerful phone. Here’s what we’re expecting in terms of specs and features.
OnePlus 6 Specs (Rumored)
- 6.2-inch 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD Display (or 1080p)
- Snapdragon 845 Processor with 6-8GB of RAM (Same processor as S9)
- 64 or 128GB of storage, no microSD slot, potentially a 256GB option
- 12MP and secondary 20MP rear cameras with an f/1.7 aperture, and more
- 16MP front-facing selfie camera
- Android 8.1 Oreo
- Rear fingerprint scanner, Fast Face Unlock, more
- 3,500 mAh battery with fast Dash Charging (or 3,300 mAh again)
- 3.5 mm headphone jack, BT 5.0, NFC, 4G LTE, alert slider
As you can see, everything above is pretty expected. From the bigger screen, the latest processor, to more RAM. The only thing we don’t know yet is how much RAM, the storage amounts, and if OnePlus will add a bigger battery. Considering the screen is bigger, the usual 3,300 mAh battery they’ve used the last few years might not be big enough. We’ll have to wait and see.
And if you were wondering, yes, it will have a 3.5mm headphone jack. For those keeping track, this phone matches the Galaxy S9+ across the board on just about everything. Well, aside from the variable aperture camera.
OnePlus 6 Price & Other Details
Last but not least we want to quickly mention the price. That’s because OnePlus is popular for offering impressive flagship phones for half the price of the competition. When Samsung and Apple want $700-$900 for phones, and OnePlus has something comparable for $399 or $449, people take notice.
We’re expecting the same thing here in 2018, although don’t be surprised if the price increases yet again. The OnePlus 5 was only $479, while the newer OnePlus 5T hit shelves for just $499 last year. Easily undercutting most of the competition.
Either way, a better, faster, improved OnePlus 6 with a notch on the screen is coming soon. We’ll have to wait for more information about the premium wood back design shown in leaks, storage information, and if the company can make any groundbreaking changes to the camera. Expect more information to trickle in over the next few weeks and months, with a release in the near future. We’ll update as we learn more.
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