In this post, which will be updated regularly, we take a closer look at the latest rumors surrounding OnePlus’ upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone.
OnePlus made its name creating beautiful phones with terrific specs, sold for a fraction of the cost of other major flagships. The upcoming OnePlus 6 should continue that trend, but what will it look like? How much will it cost?
Let’s take a look at the latest rumors.
OnePlus 6: Name and release date
- It’s highly likely the phone will be called the OnePlus 6.
- The rumors are coming in much earlier than usual this year, suggesting the phone could drop earlier than June 2018, as previous releases would indicate.
OnePlus threw a bit of a curve ball a year ago when it skipped over the number four in its device naming trend. The OnePlus 3 was followed up with the OnePlus 3T, followed by the OnePlus 5. It turns out, the number four is considered unlucky in China, so the Chinese company skipped it.
There’s no evidence suggesting OnePlus will skip over the number six too, so we can assume with relative certainty the next phone from the company will be the OnePlus 6. Going along with OnePlus’ model number trends, the OnePlus 6 will likely be given the model number A6000.
The chances of the next phone being something like a OnePlus X2 are highly unlikely.
As for release date, the rumor mill is churning awfully early in the year this time around. OnePlus’ trend has been to release a new entry in the line, five months later update it with a “T” model, then release a new entry seven months after that. The OnePlus 3 came out in June 2016, and the OnePlus 3T dropped in November that same year. The OnePlus 5 came out in June 2017, and the OnePlus 5T dropped in November 2017.
In all four cases stated above, rumors didn’t start popping up online until well into Spring, so stories popping up now could mean the OnePlus 6 might come a bit earlier than past phones.
OnePlus 6: Specs and features
- The OnePlus 6 should be powered by the Snapdragon 845, as all previous OnePlus phones have adopted the latest Qualcomm chipset.
- A questionable leak suggests the device will have a glass back. If true, the OnePlus 6 could be the company’s first to support wireless charging.
While the latter rumor is pretty solid (we’ll get to that in the next section), the rumored glass back is quite interesting. The only OnePlus device to feature a glass back was the OnePlus X. If the OnePlus 6 adopts a glass back, it wouldn’t just mean an easily-breakable and slippery back; it could mean wireless charging.
The Dash Charge feature on all OnePlus devices since the OnePlus 3, which promises “a day’s power in half an hour,” is one of the company’s most-loved and distinctive features. OnePlus may be waiting for the ability to use some form of fast-charging technology wirelessly before rolling out a capable device.
However, the leaked images should be taken with a grain of salt, as no other valid rumors point to a glass back. Even if the photos are legit, they might depict an early prototype design. So nothing is set in stone yet.
We are relatively confident the OnePlus 6 will feature the latest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 845. Each iteration of OnePlus devices features the most recent Qualcomm chipset, so it’s pretty much a given.
We are relatively confident that the OnePlus 6 should feature the latest Qualcomm chipset, the Snapdragon 845.
With that in mind, the phone will surely be fast. But some leaked benchmark scores point to the phone being incredibly fast; it’s possible it will have an AnTuTu score of 276,510, making it actually the fastest phone we know of at the moment. Even the upcoming Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S falls behind with a purported AnTuTu score of 273,741:
OnePlus has done shady things in the past with its benchmark scores, so that score is, at the moment, highly suspect.
OnePlus 6: Design
- At this point, it’s reasonable to assume the OnePlus 6 will feature a display notch akin to the iPhone X. But there’s still hope that’s not the case.
- It’s likely the device will feature a fingerprint reader on the back underneath dual cameras. It would be strange for OnePlus to move the fingerprint reader back to the front of the phone after only just moving it on the OnePlus 5T.
Love it or hate it, at this point it is highly probable the OnePlus 6 will feature a notch at the top of its all-screen display like the iPhone X. The leaked images mentioned in the previous section show a device with a notch, and the leaked screenshots of benchmark scores also suggest a notch is present.
If you hate the iPhone X notch, all hope is not lost.
If you hate the notch, all hope is not lost. OnePlus CEO Carl Pei tweeted this at the end of February:
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) February 24, 2018
That’s definitely not an official statement that the OnePlus 6 will not have a notch, But it could suggest OnePlus is at least not set on putting one on the OnePlus 6.
Regardless of whether or not there’s a notch, it’s incredibly likely the device will feature a fingerprint scanner on the back, underneath a set of dual cameras. While OnePlus included advanced Face Unlock technology to the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T (and then eventually to the 3/3T), it seems unlikely the company would go all-in on Face Unlock, as Apple did with the iPhone X. It’s possible, but not likely.
The leaked device image in the previous section also shows a fingerprint scanner, and we can also probably use the Oppo R15 as a template for the OnePlus 6 design. Oppo is OnePlus’ parent company, and prior OnePlus devices have borrowed heavily from its designs. If the R15 is any indication, there will be a fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus 6: Price
- Prices have increased every year since the OnePlus One, if you ignore the anomaly of the OnePlus X. It stands to reason that the OnePlus 6 could be the first OnePlus device to launch above $500.
OnePlus is known for devices with flagship specs at much lower price points, so we can likely expect the OnePlus 6 to continue that philosophy. However, how much cheaper will it be?
With every new iteration of OnePlus devices, the launch price for the base model has gone up.
Every new iteration of OnePlus’s devices (aside from the OnePlus X) have increased in price. Check it out:
- $299 – OnePlus One
- $329 – OnePlus 2
- $399 – OnePlus 3
- $439 – OnePlus 3T
- $479 – OnePlus 5
- $499 – OnePlus 5T
If the trend stays, the OnePlus 6 will probably be the company’s first phone to launch above $500.
Even with a price increase, many flagships are creeping ever-closer to the $1000 mark, so a sub-$600 device with flagship specs would still be quite a bit cheaper. The days of OnePlus being a “bargain” might be coming to an end with the release of the OnePlus 6, but that doesn’t mean it wont still be a good deal.
These are all the rumors about the OnePlus 6 we have come across so far. We’ll update this page as we hear more.
Meanwhile, let us know your thoughts on the possibilities of the next OnePlus device. Are you still on team OnePlus, or are the new players in the mid-range market doing it better?
March 7, 2018 at 05:26PM