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OnePlus 6T Box Leak Confirms A Feature Even 2019 iPhones May Lack

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The OnePlus 6T rumors have gathered stream since the Chinese company launched the OnePlus 6 about four months ago. The leaks and rumors so far have revealed almost everything fans would want to know about this much-anticipated device. However, this latest OnePlus 6T leak sort of confirms what the rumors have been claiming so far.

OnePlus 6T leak confirms a big feature

A SlashLeaks user who spotted the latest OnePlus 6T leak on Weibo claims to have come across the handset’s retail box. Usually the box doesn’t have much information to offer, but this particular box carries an outline of the phone. The outline reveals some important features the smartphone is expected to come with, including an in-display fingerprint sensor and teardrop notch.

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OnePlus was always expected to introduce the teardrop notch, considering that OPPO unveiled a similar notch on its R17 Pro. Further, the latest OnePlus 6T leak suggests the display will have narrow bezels all around. The notch also appears to feature only the front camera as the earpiece is fitted on the top. The leaked box also suggests a marginally reduced chin which is smaller than the one seen on the OPPO F9 Pro.

The good news for OnePlus fans is that the upcoming handset is also expected to feature the Alert Slider. However, the OnePlus 6T’s biggest feature is surely the in-display fingerprint sensor, which even the 2019 iPhones may not have. Trusted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed in a recent note that even the 2019 iPhones won’t get an in-display fingerprint sensor.

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The Chinese company did not add the said feature to the OnePlus 6 because the sensors currently in use tend to slow down a handset’s performance. However, it now appears the company has found a way to add the sensor without compromising on the performance. This could be why this latest OnePlus 6T leak showing the handset’s box also contains this slogan: “Unlock the speed.” The slogan seems to be an updated version of the tagline “Speed you need,” which was used to launch the OnePlus 6 on May 16.

The slogan could change as we get closer to the release date, which is still a couple of months away. The leaked box also appears to be an early design, and it might change as we move closer to the launch date.

What to expect from the OnePlus 6T

As far as other expected specifications in the upcoming OnePlus smartphone, the handset will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC and feature up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The handset is expected to run on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box. It must be noted that OnePlus 6 users have already gotten the Android Pie-based OxygenOS Open Beta 1.

Since the leaked box suggests the OnePlus 6T will be similar to the Oppo R17 and Oppo R17 Pro, we can now be more confident on its other specs. Thus, it can be said that the handset will likely be fitted with a 6.4-inch Full HD+ screen. It could feature a dual-lens rear camera, or a triple-lens camera if it is based on the R17 Pro.

The triple-lens setup will likely include a 12MP variable aperture lens capable of toggling between f/1.5 and f/2.4, a 20MP f/2.6 and a ToF (time-of-flight) 3D stereo lens. The ToF lens is very useful for bokeh effects and augmented reality (AR). On the front, the handset could get a 25MP camera.

Suspense over the launch date

Considering the launch schedule of previous OnePlus handsets, the OnePlus 6T is expected to hit the shelves sometime in October. However, the Chinese company appears to have different plans this time. OnePlus recently posted a picture of what could be a OnePlus 6 with the date January 15, 2019 highlighted in the calendar app.

It is not exactly clear if the company is hinting at the OnePlus 6T launch date. However, it is unlikely that the company would depart from its usual launch schedule. In May, the company already confirmed that it wouldn’t change its “twice a year” release schedule.

A different theory, however, suggests the date shown might be for the U.S. launch. It must be noted that the upcoming handset will be exclusive to T-Mobile in the U.S. The date January 15 is quite close to CES 2019, which runs January 8-11. Thus, the company might announce a 5G handset at CES and then put it on sale the following week.

As far as price, the OnePlus 6T may stretch up to $550, which would be in line with the Chinese company’s strategy of raising the base price with each new generation of flagship.