OnePlus 6 notch justified by CEO Pete Lau; Says top bezels are no more required


Whether we like it or not, but iPhone X’s not so appreciated notch design is being picked up by others. Oppo and Vivo have already launched their new smartphones, the Oppo F7 and the Vivo V9 with a notch design, and now OnePlus is jumping on to the bandwagon to embrace the notch design. Earlier, the notch design on the upcoming OnePlus 6 was being seen as a rumour until company’s co-founder Carl Pei confirmed it.

OnePlus 6: Notch Design Explained

The OnePlus 6 will be sporting a notch on the front panel, and it will be housing the front camera, ambient light sensor, LED notification light, and an earpiece. While CEO Pete Lau had earlier hinted on the inclusion of the notch design, he has now taken upon himself to justify the design decision and let the OnePlus fanboys know that why the notch makes sense on the OnePlus 6. Lau said that the reason behind adopting the design is that it is a more practical solution at disposal. He further stated that the space that the notch occupies on the front panel mostly goes unused even without it. The OnePlus 6 is due to launch in the second quarter, sometime around May or June and it will most likely feature a Snapdragon 845 chipset.

On the OnePlus official forum, CEO Pete Lau provided a detailed explanation or perhaps justification for the inclusion of notch on the OnePlus 6’s screen. In his statement posted on the forum, Lau said that the components no longer take up the space of a top bezel on a smartphone. And with notch design, the company is trying to maximize the amount of screen space. Lau called it optimal phone design implementation rather than playing with aesthetics. He further claimed that the central placement of the front camera is
critical to assure precise adjustment in selfie shots and while utilizing the Face Unlock feature.

The company also touts that the displays used for the OnePlus 6 are better in brightness levels, chromatic accuracy, colour range quality and are optimised for the “notch-based design.” Lastly, the company affirmed that scalability of the screen is essential for OEMs like OnePlus, especially keeping in account the capital reserve they have. Along with the display, OxygenOS on the OnePlus 6 is also optimised for the notch-based design offering access to notification and other shortcuts.

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An excerpt from Pete Lau’s statement on the OnePlus forum

OnePlus 6: Rumoured Specifications, Features

Going by the leaked screenshots of the OnePlus 6, the phone seems to sport a taller 6.28-inch display with 1080×2280 pixels resolution and 19:9 display. It could feature a glass design on the rear panel. It is most likely to launch in two variants – 6GB RAM/64GB Storage variant and 8GB RAM/256GB Storage variant. It is expected to run Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS out-of-the-box and may feature a bigger battery than its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T.

Regarding connectivity, the phone is rumoured to support Cat. 16 Gigabit LTE that offers up to 1.2Gbps of downlink speeds and up to 150Mbps of uplink speeds. To boost the connectivity, the OnePlus 6 will also come integrated with Qualcomm’s latest X20 LTE modem. Features on the upcoming phone include Face Unlock, Fingerprint scanner, and of course, Dash Charge.

OnePlus 6: Expected Price in India

A recent leak about the OnePlus 6 suggests that the high-end 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage variant could carry a price tag of CAD 749/$559 (roughly Rs. 38,000). The pricing of the other variant is still not known, but it will obviously be cheaper than the pricing of the high-end variant.

While the OnePlus 6 is still several weeks away from the launch, it will have to face some severe competition from mid-range flagships like the Moto Z2 Force, Mi 6, and the Mi MIX 2.