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OnePlus 6: Code-name, Notch, Design, Snapdragon 845, Advanced Face Unlock

OnePlus 6 iPhone X Like Notch
Image Source: ITHome.com (screenshot)

The OnePlus 6 is only a few months away, and torrents of leaks have surfaced about the device in the last few weeks. If the rumor mill is to be believed, OnePlus 6 will have everything it needs to compete with the iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S9. While Samsung has resisted the temptation to adopt the notch, OnePlus is going to embrace the notch design with open arms. Dozens of Android OEMs are rushing to bring phones with the iPhone X-like notch design. Here’s what we know about the OnePlus 6 so far.

OnePlus 6 is code-named ‘enchilada’

Over the weekend, the Chinese company released the Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta 4 for the OnePlus 5T. The firmware contained references to the code-name “enchilada.” Folks at XDA Developers found references to the code-name “enchilada” alongside code-names “cheeseburger” (which is OnePlus 5) and “dumpling” (which is OnePlus 5T). The naming scheme for the upcoming flagship is in line with previous models.

It’s going to get the notch

The OxygenOS Open Beta 4 also includes references to the notched display. The OnePlus 6 would have an aspect ratio of 19:9 rather than 18:9, which has become common on flagship smartphones. XDA Developers found an image named “screendecor_up_img_enchilada_1″ within the firmware. The image was “used as an overlay to test apps by OnePlus engineers” on OnePlus 6 prototypes, says XDA Developers.

OnePlus 6 Notch
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A similar overlay was also spotted in Huawei P20’s firmware. Earlier reports have also indicated that OnePlus 6 would feature the notch. The phone is said to have a Full HD+ resolution of 1080 x 2280p rather than a Quad HD+ resolution.

OnePlus 6 design

Last month, Chinese blog ITHome obtained leaked images of OnePlus 6 prototypes that confirmed that the device would have a notch. The prototype had a glass body and a bezel-less display. The notch seems to be smaller than it is on the iPhone X. It houses the ear speaker, Face Unlock sensors, and front camera. Icons for cellular strength and battery are on the right side of the notch while time appeared on the left side.

OnePlus 6 iPhone X Notch
Image Source: ITHome.com (screenshot)

The glass body indicates that it would offer wireless charging support. The OnePlus 6 prototype sports a vertically arranged dual camera setup on the back. The dual-tone LED flash and the fingerprint reader are placed below the camera module. It means the device would lack the in-display fingerprint sensor. The Alert slider has been relocated to the right side. We expect OnePlus 6 to retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Processing power, RAM, and storage

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau told media on the sidelines of Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January that the upcoming flagship would be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset because there was “no other choice.” Android Central has spotted OnePlus 6 with Snapdragon 845 SoC on AnTuTu benchmarking site. The device managed to beat Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Apple’s iPhone X in benchmark tests.

OnePlus 6 scored an impressive 276,510 points on AnTuTu benchmark. It outperformed the Galaxy S9’s 265,000 on the same test. Apple’s iPhone X with A11 Bionic chipset had scored 226,000 on AnTuTu. We can expect the OnePlus 6 to be one of the most powerful smartphones when it comes out, if not the most powerful.

Sources told ITHome that OnePlus 6 would have the same RAM options of 6GB and 8GB as last year’s OnePlus 5 and 5T. The device would offer at least 64GB of internal storage.

OnePlus 6 to feature advanced Face Unlock

The Face Unlock on OnePlus 5 and 5T made it incredibly easy and convenient to unlock the devices. But since the technology relies on the camera and software rather than depth-sensors, it isn’t as secure as Apple’s Face ID. OnePlus is said to be working on an advanced Face Unlock that would be secure enough to authenticate financial transactions. The Chinese company would use 3D infrared modules to enhance security. There will also be a fingerprint sensor on the back for added security.

OnePlus 6 release date

Pete Lau said at the CES that the company would launch OnePlus 6 towards the end of the second quarter. The company traditionally launches new models in June. So, we can expect the OnePlus 6 to hit the store shelves in June this year. OnePlus is also looking to partner with wireless carriers in the United States to sell its phones via carrier stores. The company is yet to make its presence felt in the US because almost 90% of smartphone sales in the US take place through carriers. OnePlus hasn’t yet succeeded in persuading any US carriers yet.