OnePlus looks set to deliver another high quality but highly affordable premium handset with the OnePlus 6.
When does the OnePlus 6 come out? Expected to launch around May to June 2018
What’s new about the OnePlus 6? Snapdragon 845, notched display, gesture control
How much will the OnePlus 6 cost? Expected to cost around $800-$1000
What is the OnePlus 6?
OnePlus as a company has made a habit of delivering smartphones with the latest internal components at a fraction of the price of its premium competitors. That's not been without a few compromises along the way, but generally its phones have been excellent value. Here in Australia, we saw a soft launch of the OnePlus 5, although its follow-up, the OnePlus 5T, never officially made it to our shores. We still reviewed an import OnePlus 5T if you are keen on that handset, though.
The OnePlus 6 is getting the heaviest hype we can recall seeing out of OnePlus for any of its handsets, but then what's already been revealed, or in some cases leaked, suggests that OnePlus is once again redefining both the price and features for a "premium" phone.
In terms of looks, the OnePlus 6 is expected to closely resemble the recently announced Oppo R15, and that's not accidental as the same parent company owns both brands and previous OnePlus phones have closely mirrored existing Oppo designs. That includes the somewhat controversial inclusion of a "notch" display, similar to the Essential Phone or Apple's iPhone X.
OnePlus has reportedly stated that you'll be able to obscure the notch, presumably in the same way that the upcoming LG G7 ThinQ appears to manage it, by making the notched sections of the display fully black. It's not expected that OnePlus will opt for an OLED display, where a full black colour is easier to achieve, so quite how invisible the notch ends up being remains to be seen.
The OnePlus 6 is expected to be a larger screened phone with a 6.28-inch display, although early leaks suggest that one way that OnePlus may keep costs down is by sticking to a 1080p LCD display. That's still a lot of screen real estate, even on an 18:9 phone with a screen notch.
The OnePlus 6 will also feature a hefty 8GB of RAM to compliment the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, along with 256GB of storage. That's been confirmed by OnePlus itself, although it does still leave open whether this particular handset will support microSD card expansion. Still, this should be a fast phone, something that OnePlus isn't shy about pointing out:
6et ready! pic.twitter.com/bmvI75xphm
— OnePlus (@oneplus) 2 April 2018
OnePlus has also confirmed that fans of headphone sockets will be able to rejoice, with the OnePlus 6 retaining a standard headphone socket where so many flagships are dropping them.
OnePlus has also teased a number of features of the upcoming OnePlus 6, including gesture-based control, again a key feature of Apple's iPhone X:
— OnePlus (@oneplus) 4 April 2018
It's not exactly clear what OnePlus will do with its gesture controls, but it clearly sees them as a differentiator in the busy Android market.Back to top
Will the OnePlus 6 have a good camera?
Previous OnePlus phones have had decent but not spectacular cameras relative to their premium flagship competitors, although that still put them well above the norm for what are generally mid-priced handsets.
For the OnePlus 6, it's expected that OnePlus will pair a front-facing 20MP camera (no doubt with inbuilt "beauty" modes) with support for facial recognition, along with dual 20MP/16MP rear sensors. That's a solid sounding competitor within its space, if not exactly revolutionary, although OnePlus's own tweet does suggest it may have a selectable focus feature, similar to the Live Focus feature found on the Samsung Galaxy S9.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) 5 April 2018
It's been rumoured that the OnePlus 6 may achieve a DxOMark score over 100, putting it in rare company along with Huawei's P20, although we won't know that for sure until it actually launches.Back to top
Will the OnePlus 6 be water resistant?
There's not a lot of detail to suggest that the OnePlus 6 will feature water resistance. It has not been a feature of previous OnePlus or Oppo handsets, so while it's possible that it might appear in the OnePlus 6 when it's formally launched, it seems unlikely.Back to top
When will the OnePlus 6 be available in Australia?
This is more likely to be a question of how keen you personally are on the OnePlus 6 than on any specific Australian launch plans. We saw a very soft launch for a limited number of OnePlus 5 handsets here in Australia, but no official launch for the follow-up OnePlus 5T at all.
Right now, OnePlus's Australian site simply states that "We're putting sales for this region on hold until we're sure our Aussie fans can get the best OnePlus experience."
That's not super encouraging if you're keen on a local launch for the OnePlus 6, but the flip side is that it should be available through direct resellers relatively quickly once it does launch.
As to when that will be, it's expected that the OnePlus 6 will be officially announced in either May or June 2018, with it becoming available fairly rapidly post-launch. Or in other words, if you're keen, it's likely you'll be able to score a OnePlus 6 before the end of the financial year.
How much will the OnePlus 6 cost?
OnePlus made its name providing its premium phones at mid-range prices, but that might not exactly be the case for the OnePlus 6. Numerous sources have pointed to the OnePlus 6 commanding a price bump up from the $500-$700 price ranges we've seen previous OnePlus handsets command.
As such, and given you'll most likely have to source one from a direct reseller, we expect to see it land somewhere between $800 and $1000 outright. Hopefully, it'll be closer to the lower end of that price bracket.
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OnePlus 6 Specifications
- Product Name
- OnePlus 6
- Display Size
- 6.28 inches
- Snapdragon 845
- Operating System
- Android 8.0 with OxygenOS
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Dual 16 MP/20MP f/1.7
- Expected $800-$1000
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