OnePlus’ ongoing attempt to derail the big names in the smartphone world is continuing apace.
The upstart mobile-maker has officially teased its forthcoming OnePlus 6, the successor to last year’s highly regarded and incredibly affordable OnePlus 5T.
Here are five key things we know so far about the OnePlus 6, ahead of its debut next week.
1) The larger screen will have a notch
As with Huawei’s P20 and, potentially LG’s G7, the new OnePlus 6 will come with a notch at the top of the screen, mimicking the iPhone X.
Housing a front–facing camera and sensors for facial scanning, this approach is no surprise, although not one that inspires great confidence. A leak from Chinese sources in February showed off a phone bearing more than a passing resemblance to Apple’s finest.
Word is that the display's dimensions will also rise to 6.28 inches. That's a small, but not insignificant, increase on the OnePlus 5T's 6.1-inch screen.
2) It's water-resistant and snappier too
OnePlus's Twitter account has heavily hinted that its next phone will be the first that's water-resistant. Which is great news, naturally. Especially given that other phones have boasted water-resistance for a long time now.
Another official clip shared by OnePlus on its Twitter feed promises consumers the ‘Speed You Need’.
That’s likely to refer to recent reports about plans to load a high–end version with a whacking 8GB of RAM.
It could also mean ultra-fast processors designed to go toe–to–toe with the best phones from the likes of Samsung, LG and Huawei.
3) Heftier price tag
OnePlus’ big draw is undoubtedly its pricing strategy. The basic 64GB OnePlus 5T costs just £449 SIM–free, rising to £499 for a 128GB model. When you consider the iPhone X starts at £999, that’s a steal.
However, online chatter last month suggested that the OnePlus 6 could jump to $749. That would be for a new 256GB model featuring the aforementioned 8GB of RAM, but it’s still a concern for those who put price tags at the top of their list of priorities.
It’s not yet clear if entry–level models would keep the same pricing as last year’s 5T.
4) Updated dual lens camera
The OnePlus 6 is said to stick with the same dual lens camera setup as the OnePlus 5T.
But sketchy rumours claim this will be a more powerful version, potentially packing more megapixels and tweaks to ensure it can compete with rival Android phones in low light situations.
5) It's debuting 15th May. Likely on sale June
OnePlus is holding a press event on 15th May, when its new phone will emerge blinking into the bright light. We expect you'll actually be able to buy it from June.
This schedule gives OnePlus a free run at consumers, with Samsung not set to unveil its Note 9 until August and Apple’s iPhone X reboot not expected until September at the earliest.
Even if prices do go up, those competing devices will be far more expensive.
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