News OnePlus 6: All rumours & information about the new flagship (release known!)

In the last few days OnePlus has announced both a glass back and the official performance date. The OnePlus 6 will be unveiled in London on 16 May. Another leak also says that there will be a black, a white and a grey version.

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Furthermore, OnePlus has already indirectly confirmed that the OnePlus will be water resistant and can record super slow motion videos. Which IP rating was assigned and how many frames per second (probably 960 FPS) is recorded is still unknown.

The OnePlus 5T is only a few months old and already there are a lot of rumours, leaks and information about the new flagship OnePlus 6, some key data have even been confirmed or hinted at in teasers by OnePlus itself. Here you can read everything you need to know about the new flagship killer!

OnePlus 6 Display Notch
The notch has already been officially confirmed and provides for discussions
Display 6.28 inch Full HD+ (2280 x 1080) AMOLED Display with 402 PPI
Processor Snapdragon 845 Octa Core Processor @ 2.7 GHz & 1.8 GHz (confirmed)
Graphics chip Adreno 630 @ 710 MHz
Memory 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4X @ 1866 MHz
Internal memory 64GB / 128GB / 256GB UFS 2.1
Main camera 20 MP with f/1.7 f-stop & 16 MP with f/1.7 f-stop
Front camera 20 MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 3.450 mAh with Dash Charge
Connectivity USB-C, WLAN-AC, BT 5.0, LTE Band 20, GPS/GLONASS/BDS
Operating system Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS 5.1 interface
Dimensions / weight 7,5mm thick / 175g
Release 2nd quarter 2018 (June is most likely)

Design: Large display, small notch

Let’s begin with the design with the already confirmed notch, which you can see in the picture above. This is also the only official picture of the OnePlus 6, all other pictures in this article are “only” unconfirmed leaks. Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, even stated the exact dimensions of the notch in an interview: 19.616mm x 7.687mm. This makes it much smaller than the iPhone X or the many clones. They decided to use the notch because they want to offer the user as much screen as possible. However, since the announcement met with a lot of criticism in its own forum, a software update will allow the display to the left and right of the notch to be blacked out in order to hide it.

Oppo R15 OnePlus 6
The front of the OnePlus 6 will probably be very similar to the Oppo R15.

The only other official indication for the OnePlus 6 display is that it will be the company’s largest display. A leaked data sheet speaks of a 6.28 inch display with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. This corresponds to an aspect ratio of 19:9 and a pixel density of normal 402 PPI. It will most likely be an AMOLED display again, as OnePlus has been relying on technology since the X of 2015.

OnePlus 6 Design Software
Beside the notch, a possible glass back is shown in this notch.

Furthermore, the flagship should be 7.5 mm thick and 175 g heavy. This would make it 0.2 mm thicker and 13 g heavier than the OnePlus 5T, with the extra weight probably due to a larger battery (3,450 mAh). The thickness could also be due to the battery or a new material for the back. There are two rumours here so far. On the one hand there would be the glass back visible at the top of the picture and on the other hand the supposed wood or brushed metal back in the lower picture. Maybe both are true and one will be released as a special edition.

OnePlus 6 Back
According to this leak by Evan Blass, the headphone connection on the OP6 remains!

Hardware: High-End as expected

So far OnePlus has always used the best Snapdragon chip and we will not break with this tradition this year either. Pete Lau, the second founder of OnePlus, confirmed in a forum post that the Snapdragon 845 is installed. The Octa Core processor is expected to clock at 2.7 GHz and 1.8 GHz and thus probably satisfy even the strongest power user. For games like PUBG Mobile, the Adreno 630 GPU will provide flagship performance. In the AnTuTu benchmark the OnePlus 6 is said to have reached a value of 276,510, which is only topped by the recently introduced Mi Mix 2S.

Oneplus 6 AnTuTu benchmark

Lau also confirmed the working and mass memory – at least in part. It is known that there is a high-end version with 8 GB working memory and 256 GB mass storage. The leaks also suggest two more versions with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB main memory each. This would be the first time that three memory configurations are offered.

OnePlus 6 Specifications

On the back, two cameras will probably be installed again. Megapixel number and aperture sizes should also remain the same with 20 and 16 megapixels respectively and an aperture of f/1.7 in each case. Thus, portrait shots with a bokeh effect are possible again. However, it is questionable what other purpose the secondary camera serves this time. With the OnePlus 5, this allowed a double zoom, while with 5T it is only used for low-light shots.

Connectivity & Extras: All covered

Like its predecessor, OnePlus 6 will once again make (almost) everyone happy when it comes to features and connectivity. For example, the increasingly rare headphone connection can still be found next to the USB-C connection. LTE, AC-WLAN, NFC and Bluetooth 5.0 will also be on board again. It is questionable whether a dual SIM slot or maybe even a hybrid SIM slot is available again. But I’m betting on dual SIM again, because OnePlus also wants to sell the more expensive versions with more memory.

OnePlus 6 Wi-Fi
The official Wi-Fi certification of OnePlus 6 with Android 8.1 as operating system

To unlock the phones you can still use the fingerprint sensor placed on the back and hopefully Face Unlock again. Furthermore, the notification slider will be available again to quickly switch between the volume modes. On the software side you use Android 8.1 Oreo with its own OxygenOS 5.1 interface, which is on the right side of Stock Android.

OnePlus 6 Notification Slider

Outlook: Top notch?

Overall, the OnePlus sounds like a clear flagship killer again. The notch is of course a matter of taste, but at least it can be “hidden”. So all that remains for me is the question of the price. Will OnePlus stay under $500 for the smallest version or do we see, as before, a price increase again? I hope you can keep the price point somehow, at least for the 6GB/64GB version. Should a version with a wooden back really come, however, it may also cost more 😀 .

What do you think of the OnePlus 6 so far? Who will win in the Battle Mi Mix 2S vs. OnePlus 6?

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