Everything we know about the OnePlus 6, one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2018

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OnePlus announced on Wednesday that it will officially launch the OnePlus 6 smartphone on May 16.

OnePlus smartphones have become the smartphone to buy if you value sleek looks, stock Android, astounding and unbeatable performance, and a value-driven price tag.

We have a bunch of confirmed information about the company’s upcoming smartphone, the OnePlus 6, straight from OnePlus co-founders Carl Pei and Pete Lau.

Check out what we know about the OnePlus 6:


It will be incredibly fast.

OnePlus confirmed the OnePlus 6 will run on the Snapdragon 845 chip from Qualcomm, which is the latest and fastest chip turning the wheels inside the Samsung Galaxy S9.

Despite the fact the OnePlus 6 will run on the same chip as the Galaxy S9, it’s likely to feel even faster. The OnePlus 5T, for example, ran on the same Snapdragon 835 chip as the Galaxy S8 and other high-end Android smartphones, but it felt faster and snappier than its competitors.


It will handle anything you can possibly throw at it, thanks to plenty of RAM.

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe OnePlus 5T.

Along with the most powerful mobile processor, the OnePlus 6 will also have up to 8GB of RAM. That’s an insane amount of RAM for a mobile device that’s on par with a lot of computers these days.

Having that much RAM will likely let you run as many apps as you want without even the slightest hint of slowing down, just like the OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus was careful to say that the upcoming OnePlus 6 devices will have up to 8GB of RAM. It sounds like there could be two different models with varying amounts of RAM and price points, much like the OnePlus 5T. The base $US500 OnePlus 5T model had 6GB of RAM, and the higher-end $US560 model came with 8GB of RAM.


On the software side, the OnePlus 6 will look and feel like a stock Android phone, which is a good thing.

OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau revealed we can expect the same stock Android looks and feel on the OnePlus 6 as we’ve seen on recent OnePlus devices. It will also run the OxygenOS launcher that recent OnePlus phones have included, which allows OnePlus to keep the stock Android aesthetic while adding support for OnePlus features.

Keeping the stock Android aesthetic is one of the biggest reasons why I love and recommend OnePlus devices. Stock Android looks and feels great the way it is, and it doesn’t need the redesign that a lot of companies like Samsung and LG implement on their own mobile devices.


On the hardware side, expect some new features — including an iPhone X-style notch.

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OnePlus provided The Verge with a teaser photo of the OnePlus 6 that confirms the device will have a notch on the display.

The notch will be bigger than the Essential Phone’s notch and smaller than the iPhone X’s, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei told The Verge.


But it will still have a “chin.”

Apple was able to narrow down every bezel to near-non-existence on the iPhone X, but that won’t be the case on the OnePlus 6. Pei confirmed to The Verge that the OnePlus 6 will indeed have a noticeable bottom bezel under the display.


It will have a glass back.

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Most OnePlus devices have had metal backs. There was one OnePlus phone, called the OnePlus X, that came with a glass and ceramic back, but it was a one-off device that wasn’t entirely successful.

It was uncertain what kind of material we’d see on the back of the OnePlus 6, whether it was going to be metal or glass. That’s all been cleared up with OnePlus co-founder Pete Lau confirming in a blog post that the OnePlus 6 will have a glass back.


Expect plenty of storage.

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business InsiderThe OnePlus 5T.

The OnePlus 6 will have up to 256GB of storage for your apps, photos, and videos. That’s twice the amount of storage that came with the higher-end OnePlus 5T, which came with 128GB of storage.

There’s no mention of how much storage the base model will include. The base OnePlus 5T had 64GB, so the base OnePlus 6 could come with twice the storage, too, at 128GB. But that’s still speculation at this point.


The OnePlus 6 will be one of the few phones you can buy that still comes with a headphone jack.

Pei confirmed to The Verge that the device will have a headphone jack. The only other recent premium flagship smartphones that come with a headphone jack include the LG G6 and Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 8.


OnePlus teased that the new phone will have water resistance.

The OnePlus India Twitter account posted a tweet that suggests the OnePlus 6 will be water resistant. The OnePlus co-founders have been pretty generous with the amount of detail they have shared so far, but neither have mentioned anything about water resistance.

So, for now, we’re not considering the teaser as a confirmed feature in the OnePlus 6. However, after such a glaring tease about a big feature that’s been missing on recent OnePlus phones, we’d be surprised if the OnePlus 6 didn’t come with water resistance.


What about the release date?

The company announced on Wednesday April 25 that it will launch the OnePlus 6 on Wednesday May 16. It’s still unclear exactly when the OnePlus 6 will be available to buy, however.


What about price?

Pricing rumours are still wildly unconvincing at the moment, but we hope OnePlus’ upcoming device isn’t more expensive than its predecessor. A value-driven price tag is one of OnePlus’ biggest differentiating features.


Little else is known or rumoured about the OnePlus 6.

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As for other specs, we’d expect the OnePlus 6 to come with a dual-lens camera system like the OnePlus 5T did. A supposedly leaked OnePlus 6 spec sheet posted by tech blog Techslize– a site with no track record for rumour accuracy – suggests the dual-lens cameras will be 20 megapixels and 16 megapixels, and the selfie camera will be 20 megapixels.

Also according to that leak, the OnePlus 6’s battery will be a decently large 3,450 mAh, and the screen will be 6.28 inches and will have a 1080p resolution.

Again, this leak is somewhat suspect, as Techslize hasn’t yet proven itself in the rumour-mongering department.

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