While other manufacturers are announcing new flagships at MWC 2018, OnePlus won’t be doing so. The Chinese manufacturer won’t launch a new phone till the second half of the year but that isn’t to say work has not begun yet. It appears work has actually gone very far as images said to be of the OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 7 have surfaced online.
We are not really sure about the name yet but at least we can tell its a OnePlus from the logo at the back.
From the images we can see that this is a strikingly different design from previous OnePlus devices. Gone is the metal back and in its place is highly reflective glass. Some say this may mean the phone will support wireless charging but that may not be so.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, said last year that it sees no need for wireless charging. Not only because Dash Charge, their proprietary charging technology is much faster than any wireless charger, but because the technology is not ripe enough for adoption. Though he did say the company may introduce it in future. Anyways, we’d prefer an IP68/IP67 rating over wireless charging.
Apart from the glass back, the OnePlus 6 rocks a dual camera setup that is slightly raised but positioned in the middle of the device. There is a LED flash below it and an elliptical fingerprint scanner right after.
The front of the device is equally exciting. The OnePlus 6 is seen here with a notch at the top of the display and the lower bezel is slightly smaller than that of the OnePlus 5T. The notch is home to a very small earpiece and a camera. We are not surprised though. Everyone in China seems to have caught the notch-display bug.
Thankfully, the person who shared the pictures also gives us a few specs as the “About Phone” section is what is on the screen.
The phone’s name is stated as P7819 and the model number is NS P7819. The former can be edited if you are familiar with OnePlus phones. This is a prototype so the original model number should be something like this – ONEPLUS A6x10 or ONEPLUS A7x10 depending on if they are calling it OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 7.
The phone is running OxygenOS 5.1.0 MEA_3 based on Android 8.1.0 Oreo with December’s security patch. There is 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which means this is the base model.
Is this the OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 7? Yes and No. One thing we learnt last year with the OnePlus 5 is that many designs are considered before the final product is released. There were several leaks of the OnePlus 5 and to be fair, they were all “genuine leaks”, but only one of them turned out to be the OnePlus 5.
So trust if we say this won’t be the only design we’d see before the phone eventually launches but we can be sure some of the features we have seen here will make it to the final device.