Last year, OnePlus released not one but two excellent flagship devices with the OnePlus 5 and 5T. While the 5T released sooner than expected, it brought some worthwhile upgrades, such as a near bezel-less display and a much-needed camera enhancement. With 2018 well underway, the OnePlus 6 is now on deck.
While the ethics of releasing a follow-up to your last major smartphone after just four months is debatable, we still want to find all the rumors we can about the latest from OnePlus. From photos leaks to upgraded Snapdragon chips, you'll find everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6 right here.
According to a source close to GizmoChina, OnePlus is looking to launch the OnePlus 6 sometime next month. Details are a little thin here, however, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau did confirm to CNET that the company expects to release its next device in the second quarter of this year.
A photo leak on February 27 showed off what could possibly be the OnePlus 6's chassis. BGR claims the photos originated with a post on Weibo. While that post was apparently deleted, the photos swamped the internet, with writers and consumers wondering if this was our first look at the next OnePlus phone.
The photo to the right shows off a very large display, one that extends very close to all edges of the device. Interestingly, it appears the phone has a notch, akin to the cutouts found on the Essential Phone or iPhone X.
If the phone in the leaks is legitimate, then the OnePlus 6 will be running Android 8.1 out of the box. Many phones still have not received an Android 8.0 update, so it will be a welcome sight to see the 6 running the most up-to-date version of Oreo (which, by then, will probably be behind Android 9.0).
Of course, OnePlus devices come with OxygenOS, which is OnePlus' Android skin. As far as skins go, it's fairly unobtrusive, so don't expect Samsung-level of interference here.
There's not a lot out there yet about the OnePlus 6's cameras. However, based on the leaked photos, it does look like OnePlus has taken a page from Apple and Samsung, flipping their dual cameras into a vertical position.
Whether this positioning is based on function or form is yet to be seen. But they will have to compete with some impressive tech that's already out there, such as the dual aperture camera system found on the Galaxy S9.
It goes without any rumors that the OnePlus 6 is presumed to be packing the latest and greatest processor from Qualcomm. After all, the Galaxy S9 and Xperia XZ2 both feature the 845 SoC, so why shouldn't the OnePlus 6? Lau himself told CNET "Of course, there's no other choice."
That means we can expect the 6 to be quite the speedy phone. The XZ2's processor is clocked at 2.7 GHz, while the S9 is even faster at 2.8 GHz.
We don't have much information on the OnePlus 6's RAM, but we're sure it will have a lot of it. The OnePlus 5 and 5T maxed out at a whopping 8 GB of RAM. Even if OnePlus doesn't add more RAM to its next phone, which it could, it will have more than enough RAM to dominate in the market (the S9, for example, maxes out at 6 GB).
The 6 could be OnePlus' first smartphone to feature stereo speakers. Based on the leaked photo of the front of the OnePlus 6, the receiver looks more like a speaker than a place to listen to phone calls. If that's the case, presumably, OnePlus will place a second speaker on the bottom of the phone.
It would only be in their best interest to do so, as many OEMs have started packing their smartphones with at least one front-facing speaker.
This one is solely based on the leaked photo above. OnePlus has never made a phone compatible with wireless charging. While we can't vouch for the material in that leaked photo, it's safe to say it isn't aluminum. If the OnePlus 6 is made out of glass, the company has an excellent opportunity to include wireless charging.