Details regarding the OnePlus 6T have been slowly but surely leaking out for a while now, but today we’re getting our first proper glimpse of what this new handset actually looks like – as well as some solid details which illustrate why it’s going to be one of 2018’s hottest smartphones, and a solid successor to the OnePlus 6.
The leak comes from WinFuture, which has published images of the new handset in both glossy and matte black variants. The biggest news relates to that most divisive of design flourishes, the notch. While the OnePlus 6 had quite a large notch at the top of the display, the iterative 6T has one of the smallest examples we’ve seen thus far; it basically contains the front-facing camera and that appears to be it. As a result, the phone’s screen dominates the front of the device, although it’s worth noting that there’s the smallest of chins at the bottom.
The other news is that there’s no fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone, because OnePlus has already confirmed that it will ship with a fancy new in-screen scanner, making it one of the first handsets to launch in the west with the technology. There’s also no 3.5mm headphone jack – another point confirmed by OnePlus already – but there are rumours that the phone could ship with a pair of wireless in-ear buds as standard, which would be nice.
In terms of solid specs, that’s pretty much where it ends. Everything else is speculation, but educated guesses would suggest that the phone will ship with a Snapdragon 845 chipset, around 6GB of RAM and (due to the removal of the aforementioned headphone jack) a larger battery. It’s also likely that the device will come with Android Pie out of the box, as the OnePlus 6 recently got updated to the latest and greatest version of Google’s OS. We’d also expect some kind of waterproofing and wireless charging capability, and all of OnePlus’ phones could with its proprietary ‘Dash’ fast-charging.
As expected, from a design perspective the OnePlus 6T looks a lot like the Oppo F9, because the two companies are both owned by BBK Electronics Corporation. In the past, OnePlus has used Oppo designs as the foundation for some of its other phones, so this isn’t a massive surprise.
Given that the OnePlus 6 was a fantastic slab of tech, we can’t wait to get our hands on this new update. So when will the phone arrive? Some have suggested a mid-October launch, which would tie in roughly with the release of the excellent OnePlus 5T last year. Keep ’em peeled.