In an interview given to The Verge, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has confirmed that the company’s next flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6 will have a notch on the top and asked fans to “learn to love the notch”. Pei claimed the design choice allows manufacturers to provide consumers with greater screen real estate and also helps in achieving a higher screen-to-body ratio without having to compromise with the quality of the earpiece and the front-facing camera.
OnePlus 6: Fan Reactions on iPhone X Style Notch
As anticipated, most OnePlus fans seem to have been disappointed with the confirmation of a notch on the OnePlus 6. Some others, however, don’t think the notch is a big deal and are more concerned about the other improvements that the smartphone will bring to the table. The slight rise in acceptance of the notch could be due to the fact that a large number of users have realized that 2018 will be the year of the notch for Android OEMs. In the last few weeks, numerous smartphones with an iPhone X style notch have been announced by various manufacturers. Some of the devices announced so far with a notch on top include the OPPO R15, OPPO F7, Vivo X21, Vivo V9, Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro, Asus ZenFone 5, and the ZenFone 5z.
OnePlus 6: Expected Price in India
Like almost every other smartphone maker, OnePlus has slowly been increasing prices of its flagship smartphones each year. The company had launched the OnePlus One in India back in 2014 at Rs.21,999, while its latest flagship smartphone was launched at a starting price of Rs.32,999 in November last year. As the OnePlus 6 is rumored to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and come with quite a few other significant upgrades over the OnePlus 5T, we expect the OnePlus 6 8GB RAM variant to be priced above the Rs.40,000 mark in India. The base variant with 6GB of RAM is likely to be priced around the Rs.35,000 mark.
The OnePlus 6 will be officially announced sometime in the second quarter of the year. Last year, the company announced the OnePlus 5 in June and launched it in the Indian market just two days after its announcement. While no specific release date has been confirmed yet, there are chances that the OnePlus 6 might be launched slightly sooner than expected. The OnePlus 6 was allegedly listed by Indian certification agency BIS on its website recently with the model number “A6000”.
OnePlus 6: Rumored Specifications, Features
As confirmed by the company’s co-founder Carl Pei, the OnePlus 6 will have a notch on the top of its display, just like the iPhone X. However, as can be seen in the render of the upcoming flagship above, the notch will be significantly narrower than the one on the iPhone X. According to Carl Pei, the notch on the OnePlus 6 will measure 19.616 x 7.687mm. The OnePlus 6 is rumored to feature a 6.28-inch sized Optic AMOLED display with 1080 x 2280 Full HD+ resolution and a super-tall 19:9 aspect ratio. Similar to the OPPO R15 that was announced in China earlier this month, the OnePlus 6 will have an impressive screen-to-body ratio of 90%. In terms of design, a recently leaked image of the smartphone had shown a wooden textured back with a vertical dual-camera setup and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The leaked image also confirmed the presence of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Under the hood, the next OnePlus flagship will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC with an Adreno 630 GPU taking care of the graphics processing. We don’t expect any major changes in the memory department, although the highest storage option could see an upgrade to 256GB from the current 128GB. While the 256GB variant will be equipped with 8GB of RAM, we also expect to see a 128GB option with 6GB of RAM as the base variant.
If rumors are to be believed, the OnePlus 6 will have a similar dual-camera setup as the OnePlus 5T with 16MP and 20MP sensors coupled with f/1.7 aperture lenses. The front-facing camera, however, is expected to see an upgrade to a 20MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 6 is expected to be slightly better than the OnePlus 5T, thanks to a rumored 3450mAh capacity battery. Just like the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 6 will support the company’s Dash Charge fast charging technology. On the software front, the phone is expected to launch with Android 8.1 Oreo operating system out of the box, with the company’s OxygenOS custom interface on top.