Wednesday, April 25, 2018

OnePlus 6 Release Date, Rumors, Specs & Features

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The next big smartphone coming soon to take on the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X is the new OnePlus 6. In fact, it’s coming on May 16th. 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 of 2017, the OnePlus 5T hit store shelves. Offering a flagship Galaxy S8 like experience for half the price of the competition. Featuring an edge-to-edge display and dual rear cameras. However, for 2018, the OnePlus 6 is going to increase the screen size yet again, without increasing the price.

Read: 7 Best Galaxy S9 Alternatives Worth Buying

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 a May 16th launch event confirmed for London, here’s what we’re hearing so far, and how you can attend the release event.

Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen several important OnePlus 6 rumors, leaks, and photos that are giving us a good idea of what to expect.

OnePlus 6 Release Date

First things first, when can you buy the OnePlus 6? Well, that’s a question we can’t answer yet. However, you can buy a ticket to see it unveiled on May 16th, which will likely come with a coupon to buy the phone at a heavy discount.  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.

Basically, following the May 16th launch event we’re expecting a late May or early June OnePlus 6 release date. They could surprise everyone and release it at the event, and rumors have mentioned an earlier release date, but we’ll have to wait and see. Either way, expect pre-orders within about a week of May 16th.

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.

This is the OnePlus 6 and its notch

Last year OnePlus finally decided to compete with Samsung, LG, Google and others and offered an edge-to-edge 6-inch screen. They’re taking things even further in 2018, and we’re hearing the OnePlus 6 will feature a beautiful edge-to-edge screen with almost no bezels, and come in around 6.2-inches with a 2560 x 1440 Quad-HD resolution. Essentially the same screen size as the Galaxy S9+, and almost as big as the Galaxy Note 8.

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. Or, it should be, at least.

Read: 10 Cool Things the OnePlus 5T Can Do

So yes, the screen will stretch 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. We’re also expecting some software tricks that will hide the notch. 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. However, other leaks show a premium phone with glass on the back, not wood. 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

  • more

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 like it did the last two years. The OnePlus 5 was only $479, while the newer OnePlus 5T hit shelves for just $499 last year. Easily undercutting most of the competition.

Leaked photo of OP6

Adding a bigger screen and the latest specs mean we could see something closer to $539 for the 64GB model, but we’ll have to wait and see. That said, OnePlus might surprise us and keep the price at $499 for the 64GB model, $539 for 128GB, and $599 for the 256GB OnePlus 6. We’re not sure.

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, then, stay tuned right here come May 16th.

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