OnePlus 6 is the upcoming flagship killer smartphone likely to be announced on May 5 in China. If this happens to be true, then the smartphone will be unveiled in just six months after the launch of the previous generation flagship - the OnePlus 5T. As we are nearing the announcement of the 2018 flagship, the company is teasing the device revealing its key features.
The latest teaser to come from the official OnePlus Twitter handle shows the OnePlus 6 stacked under the OnePlus 5T. This teaser shows the left edge of the smartphone comparing it the OnePlus 5T. The left edge of the OnePlus 6 shows that there is a longer SIM card tray along with a volume slider. But the Alert Slider is not seen.
Recently, we came across a report suggesting that the Alert Slider of the OnePlus 6 will be positioned at the right edge and that it will have a new functionality letting users adjust the focus while capturing a photo.
Having said these, let's take a look at the comparison of these two models based on the rumored specifications we know for now.
The OnePlus 6 is alleged to feature some interesting design changes. We have already seen that the Alert Slider will be positioned at the right. The other aspect revealed by this teaser image is the presence of antenna strips. The OnePlus 5T has U-shaped antenna bands on the rear panel's top and bottom edges. But the OnePlus 6 appears to have antenna strips those are limited to the metallic frame and not only the rear panel. Apparently, this suggests that the smartphone might have a glass back in order to support wireless charging.
The other aspect is the presence of a notch on top of the display. It has been confirmed by the company that the OnePlus 6 will have a notch at its top featuring the selfie camera and earpiece. This notch is said to be smaller than the one we saw on the iPhone X. Also, it is said that the notch can be hidden with the blackout feature, which will be brought in by a software update.
While the OnePlus 5T has a 6-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, the OnePlus 6 is said to flaunt a larger 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display with a FHD+ resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels as there is a display notch as mentioned above.
The OnePlus 5T was launched with a Snapdragon 835 SoC, which was the flagship processor back then. This processor was teamed up with 6GB/8GB RAM and 64GB/128GB storage space. Now, it has been teased by the company that the OnePlus 6 could arrive with the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC with 8GB RAM and a whopping 256GB of internal storage space. The other variants of the smartphone are said to feature 6GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB of storage space.
The battery capacity is also said to be improved from 3300mAh to 3450mAh with the OnePlus 6. And, there are speculations that the battery might not only support the company's proprietary Dash Charging feature but also wireless charging.
The camera specifications appear to be identical to that of the OnePlus 5T. To refresh, there is a dual-camera setup at the rear of the OnePlus 5T with a 16MP+20MP arrangement. The selfie camera is a 16MP sensor. The camera has many highlights as we have seen in the OnePlus 5T review. Having said that, the OnePlus 6 will definitely not be a weak performer in this segment.
The OnePlus 5T has received the Android 8.1 Oreo update topped with the OxygenOS custom ROM. The OnePlus 6 is likely to launch with this software out of the box and the newest version of OxygenOS is touted to bring a quicker, faster and lighter mobile user experience. It is said to deliver a burdenless experience to the users. Eventually, the smartphone is expected to be free from bloatware, disturbance, lag and intrusive notifications.
OnePlus 5T is priced at Rs. 32,999 and Rs. 37,999 for the two variants. Based on the rumors and leaks, the OnePlus 6 is rumored to be priced starting from Rs. 33,999 for the base variant with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage space and go up to Rs. 48,999 for the premium variant with 256GB storage space.
For now, this brief comparison between the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 5T is based on the rumored specifications of the former. We are yet to witness the launch event of the flagship killer to know more details about what the company has to roll out its sleeve this year. Given that the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T were great hits from the company, we can definitely expect the upcoming flagship killer to be another impressive offering from OnePlus.