Oppo R15 just went live which means we now turn our heads to the upcoming OnePlus flagship. Although the company hasn’t confirmed the name yet but based on logic and my sheer presumption, it has to be named OnePlus 6. So what is up with OnePlus 6? Well, quite a lot especially if we talk about this past week. OnePlus has always been applauded for its customer-centric outlook when it comes to smartphones and with what all went down with the OnePlus 5, the company kind of recovered it with the OnePlus 5T later last year. This year, the so-called Chinese startup is gearing up for even big when it comes to the design while the specifications are expected to be at or above the flagship level as always. Let’s break down all that we know so far about the OnePlus 6, in this article.
Let’s kick it off with the design. OnePlus 5 was highly criticized for its iPhone-like design and if you are not a big fan of what Apple did with the iPhone X, I am sorry, you are in for a similar flavour already. With what looked to be the most promising image leak so far, OnePlus 6 will come with an iPhone X-like notch at the front with a 6.2 edge-to-edge display with 19:9 aspect ratio. At the back, the company is expected to bring in a glass panel with vertical dual camera setup with fingerprint scanner sitting just below it. While it surely does take the cue from a lot of other phones out there, introducing glass at the back could mean that OnePlus is finally thinking of wireless charging. If you don’t believe this design, the Oppo R15 which is touted to be the physical sibling of the OnePlus 6 just launched with a notch and a glass back.
A clear list of specifications apparently appeared on the Chinese microblogging website – Weibo – earlier this week. OnePlus 6 is tipped to pack the latest silicone from Qualcomm i.e. Snapdragon 845 along with 8GB RAM in all the storage variants. The device is expected to come with 256GB as it maxed out variant along with a 128GB or 64GB as the base model. A 6.2-inch display will roll over most of the front with 19:9 aspect ratio and OnePlus is expected to go with a 16 megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear camera setup at the back. The proprietary Dash Charge will be there as well, however, we are not really sure if OnePlus will spare the headphone jack for its next flagship. There hasn’t been a lot, apart from this, for the specifications although some rumours suggest that the device will come with a 3300 mAh battery inside. The famous Face Unlock from OnePlus 5T is expected to be more secure as well.
Well, if we go by the trend, OnePlus usually dives in the pool every June just at the end of 2nd quarter. For OnePlus 6, I don’t expect the company to go any different as the CEO, Pete Lau himself confirmed this earlier this year. What he didn’t confirm, however, was if the company will launch a second device. So if we look at the latest rumours, a mid-June launch looks imminent.
OnePlus has always managed to win hearts with its aggressive pricing although it is increasing every year. The original OnePlus One went on sale at $300 while the latest member of the family i.e. the OnePlus 5T started at $499 for the base 64GB model. Not a lot has been talked about the pricing of the OnePlus 6 until this week when a leak on Weibo revealed the price for the 256GB variant at $749. Now we don’t know if this is USD or any other currency or even that authentic to make it believable. All I would say here is that OnePlus 6 will definitely cost more than the OnePlus 5T given the radical change in the design material and new technologies like wireless charging coming in. So hopefully the price bump is not that big.