OnePlus is just a few weeks away from unveiling its next-gen OnePlus 6 flagship. The Chinese vendor has been teasing the device for quite a while now, and has confirmed many of its hardware specifications. OnePlus’s official statements, coupled with tons of OnePlus 6 leaks and rumors, have left little to imagination. Fresh renders emerging out of China suggest that the device would come in white, blue, and black color options.
According to a report from CNMO, OnePlus 6 renders showing the black, white, and blue color models were posted on Weibo. The existing OnePlus smartphones come in Midnight Black and Slate Gray colors. It means the blue color could be the highlight of this year’s flagship. The OnePlus 6 leaks also shed light on the phone’s features and design elements.
The images posted on Weibo re-confirmed that OnePlus 6 would sport an edge-to-edge display with the top cutout. The controversial notch that Apple introduced with the iPhone X has been copied by almost every major Android vendor, and OnePlus is no exception. The Chinese vendor has already confirmed the feature, and OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has publicly defended the decision to include the notch.
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Thankfully, OnePlus 6 will have the option to hide the notch via software. OnePlus CEO Carl Pei has said that the company had tested the notch with top 1,000 Android apps to ensure a seamless user experience. Besides the tiny notch, there is no bezel at the top of the display, though it still has slim bezel at the bottom. The OnePlus 6 leaks confirmed that it would have a 6-inch OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.
The phone has a red Alert Slider on the side, similar to what we saw on the OnePlus 5T Star Wars edition. OnePlus recently teased on Twitter that users will be able to “Slide to focus with the Alert Slider” on OnePlus 6. It means the Slider might allow you to adjust the focus of the camera, though it’s unclear whether the feature would work on the rear camera or the front camera or both. On the current OnePlus smartphones, the Alert Slider allows users to change user profiles such as Ring, Silent, and Do Not Disturb.
On the rear panel, you’ll see a vertically-positioned dual camera system, an LED flash, a fingerprint sensor, and the OnePlus logo. The fingerprint scanner is rectangular rather than circular in shape. The presence of a fingerprint reader on the back suggests that OnePlus 6 would not borrow the in-display fingerprint scanner from its sibling Vivo. Both OnePlus and Vivo are owned by China’s BBK Electronics.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau recently said in a forum post that OnePlus 6 would be powered by Snapdragon 845 SoC and up to 8GB RAM. There might also be a 6GB RAM variant. The phone is expected to be available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options. In the camera department, it would have a 16-megapixel selfie camera, and a combination of 20MP and 16MP lenses on the rear panel. The company is expected to improve the low-light performance with the OnePlus 6.
The phone will likely pack a huge 3,450mAh battery, which should last a full day of normal usage. My 7-month-old OnePlus 5 lasts almost 35 hours with normal usage on a single charge. The upcoming flagship would run Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS on top. According to OnePlus 6 leaks coming out of China, the device would cost CNY 3,299 for the 64GB model, CNY 3,799 for 128GB version, and CNY 4,399 for the top-end 256GB variant.
OnePlus recently disclosed on its Facebook page that it had teamed up with Marvel Studios, apparently to launch an Avengers-themed OnePlus 6 model. The Avengers: Infinity War is set to hit the theaters on April 27th. The OnePlus 6 is expected to debut around the same time. Last year, the Chinese vendor launched a Star Wars edition of OnePlus 5T in select markets.
A recent report indicates that the company would introduce OnePlus Bullets Wireless earbuds with the next-gen flagship. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones last week appeared on the Bluetooth certification site. The listing revealed that the Bullets Wireless would be similar to Apple’s AirPods and Google’s Pixel Buds. It would be based on Bluetooth v4.1 and would run a Qualcomm chipset.
The launch of OnePlus Bullets Wireless headphones doesn’t mean OnePlus 6 would drop the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Chinese company has assured fans that the new smartphone would retain the audio jack. The Bullets Wireless would be an alternative to the wired earbuds. We can expect them to be priced competitively considering the Bullets V2 headphones sell for as low as $20 in the United States. The rumor mill claims the upcoming earbuds would work with Google Assistant.