OnePlus 6 Pre-Review release date, news, price and leaks

New OnePlus 6 rumors point to an Android smartphone that combines faster speeds and a trendy all-screen notch design at the top, but one that remains affordable next to other flagship devices. And it’s likely just weeks away.

Update: The OnePlus 6 may launch alongside wireless earbuds, dubbed ‘OnePlus Bullet Wireless’, and the phone itself is confirmed to include 256GB of storage, a Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. Maybe the best new news of all? You’ll be able to hide the notch.

Teases are pouring out of the OnePlus Twitter and Facebook pages of late, and the latest include mention of gestures coming to the OnePlus 6, as well as what appears to be a new focus ability that uses the alert slider.

Things are getting tough at the top of the smartphone game, and where OnePlus used to have a dedicated place as the de facto ‘low cost, great spec’ smartphone, that position is increasingly under threat from other brands.

The OnePlus 6 will be replacing the OnePlus 5T right now (the latter is actually not on sale anymore in the US). The 5T was already one of the more impressive phones of 2017, finally bringing the longer display that was so fashionable among the other big brands, as well as improvements to the camera. OnePlus 6 promises to be better.

However, there are more changes coming to the OnePlus 6, with a larger screen and a notch at the top on a similar vein to the iPhone X now confirmed for the handset.

We’re really hoping that the resolution gets upped beyond Full HD this year – although the latest leaks suggest that this isn’t going to happen.

We’ve got a lot of information about the new phone, so here’s everything you need to know about the new OnePlus 6.

OnePlus 6 release date

Hottest leaks:

  • OnePlus 6 release date: expected June 2018, but may come earlier
  • An earlier OnePlus 6 launch of April is being rumored

The OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3 were both released in June of their respective years, so in or around June 2018 is our best guess for the OnePlus 6 release date.

That said, it’s not a month that OnePlus always sticks to, but for its main numbered releases (aka everything except the OnePlus 5T, OnePlus 3T and OnePlus X) it does always launch them around the middle of the year.

There is evidence that the OnePlus 6 could launch earlier though, as a source speaking to GizmoChina claims it will be announced in April (though they have previously said it was going to be March until that month came and went).

April seems like a given, however. OnePlus has run out of stock of the OnePlus 5T in the US and needs to start selling a phone to replace the 5T.

That leaves the door wide open for the OnePlus 6, although there’s still stock of the 5T in other regions including the UK and Europe.

OnePlus 6 price

Hottest leaks:

  • OnePlus 6 price: latest leaks suggests a price hike between $625 and $725 
  • Expected to be more expensive than the $499 (£449, AU$599) OnePlus 5T

It looks like the OnePlus 6 price will be the highest the firm has ever charged for a smartphone. How much it costs if the one thing we don’t know for certain about the new phone, but everything points to it being more expensive than last year’s devices.

The latest two price leaks point to a OnePlus 6 price tag of about $605 (about £431, AU$790) to $749 (around £530, AU$970), and could go as far as £700 in reality when the UK prices are announced.

To put that into context, the $499 price tag of the 5T would have been around £320 when converted, but landed at £449 / AU$599 on the shelves.

A small price increase wouldn’t be a surprise considering the specs rumored for the OnePlus 6, and its competition in the market, but a jump quite this large will be hard for some fans to handle.

OnePlus 6 design and display

Hottest leaks:

  • CONFIRMED: iPhone X style screen notch and headphone jack
  • Glass rear with dual cameras and fingerprint scanner
  • 6.28-inch screen

It’s official, the OnePlus 6 will have an iPhone X-style notch in its display, although it will be smaller than the one found on Apple’s flagship smartphone.

The Chinese firm has also confirmed that the OnePlus 6 will feature the biggest screen it’s ever put on a phone while not increasing the handset’s overall size, resulting in a 90% screen-to-body ratio.

OnePlus 6 screen notch

OnePlus has officially revealed this shot of the OnePlus 6 (credit: The Verge)

With the OnePlus 5T already boasting a 6.01-inch display, rumors that the OnePlus 6 screen will measure 6.28 inches are now even more believable.

Finally, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei also confirmed that the firm’s next device will retain a headphone jack – which will be music to many people’s ears. That said, OnePlus is also entering into the wireless headphone business, according to a Bluetooth database leak that seemingly confirms OnePlus Bullet Wireless headphones.

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has also been doing some leaking of his own, confirming that the firm will roll out an update to the OnePlus 6 after its launch which will allow users to ‘hide’ the screen notch.

This news chimes with a leaked image from Evan Blass which shows the OnePlus 6 touting a similar style to the OnePlus 5T, it looks to have a textured back and a realigned camera module.

The OnePlus 6 headphone jack for all to see credit Evan Blass

The OnePlus 6 headphone jack for all to see (credit: Evan Blass)

Our first potential look at the OnePlus 6 came courtesy of ITHome, who published a couple of snaps claiming to show the new handset in the flesh.

If genuine, the new OnePlus 6 could adopt a glass rear – something that’s been missing from the firm’s previous handsets. It wouldn’t be the first time it’s used glass on the rear of a device though, as the short-lived OnePlus X featured this finish.

While things didn’t go all that well for the OnePlus X, the glass-metal body is on trend in 2018 and would see the OnePlus 6 follow in the footsteps of the iPhone 8iPhone XSamsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ2.

This could be our first look at the OnePlus 6 credit ITHome

This could be our first look at the OnePlus 6. (credit: ITHome)

The leak also shows a vertically stacked rear dual-camera setup in the middle of the phone, with a fingerprint scanner below it.

Round the front and it seems the OnePlus 6 will inherit the large display of the OnePlus 5T, with one key addition. A notch.

Like the iPhone X, and a number of others since, OnePlus could well jump on the screen-indent bandwagon in an attempt to squeeze in as my display real estate as possible.

We’ve also seen a leaked specs sheet, listing a 6.28-inch 2280 x 1080 display, with the phone said to be 7.5mm thick and 175g.

Leaked screenshots also reveal a potentially widescreen 19:9 aspect ratio and also hint at the presence of a notch, as the icons at the top are all to one side or the other.

OnePlus 6 camera and battery

Hottest leaks:

  • A 20MP and 16MP dual-lens rear camera
  • A 20MP front-facing camera
  • A 3,450mAh battery

leaked specs list reveals that the OnePlus 6 might have a dual-lens f/1.7 camera on the back, with 20MP and 16MP sensors – the same as the OnePlus 5T.

However, the front-facing camera is listed as being a 20MP f/2.0 one, up from 16MP on the OnePlus 5T.

The same leak lists a 3,450mAh battery, which would be a slight increase on the 3,300mAh juice pack in the OnePlus 5T. It’s worth noting that most of these specs match the Oppo R15, which makes sense, since OnePlus flagships are often similar to Oppo ones, as the two companies are linked.

It currently looks unlikely that the OnePlus 6 will support wireless charging. The company has confirmed that the OnePlus 5T doesn’t due to the tech not being a match for wired Dash Charge, and we doubt it will have advanced enough for OnePlus to reverse its decision for the OnePlus 6.

The latest development in the ongoing flood of teases comes from OnePlus itself, which has published an animation on its Twitter account mentioning that you’ll be able to focus the cameras with the alert slider.

OnePlus 6 power and storage

Hottest leaks:

  • CONFIRMED: Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • CONFIRMED: 8GB of RAM
  • CONFIRMED: 256GB of storage

There’s no more guesswork required here. The OnePlus 6 will pack in a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, as confirmed by the CEO.

However, we expect a cheaper option to be available, likely with less RAM and storage, with a rumor pointing to a 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage configuration, and Android 8.1 on board.

This was then followed by a report from GizmoChina which claimed OnePlus would use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset to power the phone, and this was backed up by leaked screenshots supposedly revealing OnePlus 6 benchmark results.

So far, so believable.

 

Features Summary –

NETWORK Technology GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
LAUNCH Announced June 2018
Status Rumored
BODY Dimensions 7.5 mm thickness
Weight 175 g (5.71 oz)
Build Front glass, aluminum body
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY Type Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 6.28 inches, 98.4 cm2
Resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels (~402 ppi density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
– DCI-P3
– Oxygen OS
PLATFORM OS Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
GPU Adreno 630
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8″, 1.12 µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video [email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/120fps
Secondary 16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm), gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– Dirac HD sound
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser HTML5
– Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Po 3450 mAh battery
MISC Colors Midnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White
Price About 500 EUR

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