OnePlus has been on a cycle of releasing two smartphones per year: a major release in the spring, and a minor tweak of that previous phone in the fall. It’s nearly spring 2018, which means it’s nearly time for another OnePlus phone. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming OnePlus 6!
May 2, 2018 — OnePlus will host pop-up events in North America, Europe, and Nordic
Similar to the launch of the OnePlus 5T, there will once again be pop-up events to ring in the OnePlus 6. OnePlus will host the events in various parts of North America, Europe, and Nordic, with some including special guests like MKBHD, iJustine, and others.
During the events, OnePlus will let fans be among the first to try (and buy) the OnePlus 6, grab exclusive swag, and enjoy free snacks with members of the OnePlus team.
April 23, 2018 — Pete Lau confirms glass back for the OnePlus 6
In a forums post detailing the design of the OnePlus 6, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has confirmed that the upcoming flagship will offer a glass back.
April 21, 2018 — OnePlus is testing out ‘new materials’ for the OnePlus 6
A new tweet by OnePlus suggests its upcoming flagship could offer a ceramic back. Early leaks of the device hinted at a glass back, and the new teaser shows off a glimpse of the upcoming flagship, which is likely made out of ceramic or glass.
April 16, 2018 — The OnePlus 6 will be water resistant
It looks like the OnePlus 6 will be the first phone from the manufacturer to offer water resistance. We don’t know whether it will be IP68 or IP67, but the phone will offer some form of protection against the elements.
April 12, 2018 — Get ready for a ‘refined’ form factor
A new tweet by OnePlus suggests major changes on the design front. The OnePlus 6 will likely be taller and wider than its predecessor, with the manufacturer stating that the phone will offer a “refined form factor.”
April 4, 2018 – You’ll be able to hide the notch using software
There’s no getting around the fact that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch, but thanks to a software trick, you’ll at least be able to hide it by blacking out a top portion of the phone’s screen.
This won’t be available to use at launch as OnePlus originally decided against including something like this, but CEO Pete Lau recently shared on the OnePlus forums that “it will be added in a future software updated released after the launch of the OnePlus 6.”
April 3, 2018 – OnePlus confirms Snapdragon 845, 8GB RAM, and 256GB storage for OP6.
OnePlus phones typically come with the latest and greatest processing internals around, and although we weren’t expecting the OnePlus 6 to be any different, OnePlus has confirmed a few of the specs we’ve been anticipating for some time.
On its forums, CEO Pete Lau made it official that the OnePlus 6 will have the Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB of storage. It’s unclear if OnePlus will also offer a 6GB RAM option with less storage like it did with the 5T, but we should know more about that very soon.
The OnePlus 5T was the first time the company increased the size of its displays, and it looks like there will be more refinements coming with the OnePlus 6. The 6 will keep the stretched out design, but will add a notch up top, similar to… some other phones you may have seen. In addition to a high-quality display, OnePlus is also expected to move to a glass back, hopefully including Qi wireless charging in the process.
According to the image, the fingerprint reader will still be mounted on the rear of the phone, though earlier rumors suggested there would be an in-display fingerprint sensor. The dual cameras are still present, though this time in the center instead of the upper left. Of course, this is a leaked image and should be taken with a grain of salt until the official announcement is made.
Not too long after that first photo was shared, Evan Blass shared the above one on Twitter – further confirming much of what we were already expecting. The dual cameras are positioned in a vertical fashion, the fingerprint sensor lies below them, and there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack (yay!).
However, unlike the previous photo, Blass’s shows the back of the OnePlus 6 to have a textured, wood-like finish. OnePlus experimented with a lot of different back materials with the OnePlus One in 2014, and finishes like Sandstone White and Lava Red for the 5T show that the company is trying to stand out with its design. I’m guessing this isn’t the only special back material we’ll see for the 6, and it’ll be exciting to see what else OnePlus has up its sleeve.
And, of course, the OnePlus 6 will have the infamous notch. This is something we were already anticipating, but OnePlus confirmed our suspicions while speaking to The Verge on March 28.
OnePlus’s reasoning for the notch is that it gives users more screen real-estate as opposed to using a more traditional design, and co-founder Carl Pei argues that it’s more thought-out than a lot of the notches we saw during MWC 2018.
The notch will be hidden whenever you’re watching a video, the clock has been moved to the left of the status bar, and we’ll also see the same gesture system that OnePlus added to the 5T with its OxygenOS Open Beta in late January.
Of course, a phone isn’t just a pretty external design. The internal hardware needs to be up to snuff to push pixels and take all of our lovely Instagram photos. Fortunately, it seems the OnePlus 6 will be up to the task. Early benchmarks suggest the phone will ship with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, the same chip that will likely be found in every other flagship device this year. Benchmarks have been gamed in the past — so take this all with the same grain of salt as before — but it’s a safe bet for OnePlus to include all the latest internal hardware with the OnePlus 6, just like they’ve done in previous generations.
A new image recently popped up revealing numerous specs for the OnePlus 6, and while we can’t confirm any of the information presented, it does allow us to build the following spec sheet:
|Operating System||Android 8.1 with Oxygen OS|
|Display||6.2-inch OLED with notch
2160x 1080 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Camera||12MP + 20MP rear combo|
Dash charging (assumed)
We haven’t seen any leaks for specific software features coming with the OnePlus 6, but it’s safe to expect the same vanilla Android style that OnePlus has used since 2014. OxygenOS is a known quantity at this point, featuring a few key improvements over what ships in Google’s Pixel line. There will surely be an Open Beta for users who like to live on the bleeding edge and try new features at the cost of stability. Expect a true dark theme, expect gesture controls and a few other little niceties that add up to a great software experience.
Price and availability
This is still up in the air at this point, but we can make an educated guess based on OnePlus’ previous devices. The OnePlus 5 retailed for $479, while the OnePlus 5T goes for a cool $499. It’d be nice if the OnePlus 6 kept that same price, but another small price increase isn’t out of the question.
That same leaked image mentioned above suggests that the OnePlus 6 will cost as much as $749, but it’s unclear what currency this is representing. The same post compares the OnePlus 6 against the iPhone X and Galaxy S9+ with $1517 and $1200 price tags, respectively, so either way, we can probably expect OnePlus’s next flagship to cost a good deal less compared to most other OEMs.
As for availability, the OnePlus 3 was released in June of 2016, and the OnePlus 5 in June of 2017. Some early reports suggest we may see an earlier release this year, but June is a safe bet.
Stay tuned for more!
This is what we know — and a bit of what we’re guessing — about the OnePlus 6 for now. We’re expecting an earlier than normal release this year, so stay tuned for more coverage!
Update, May 2 – Added info about pop-up events.
May 2, 2018 at 09:38AM