OnePlus recently launched its flagship smartphone OnePlus 6. Just after the smartphone went on sale, the company quietly removed the much requested always-on display feature through a new software update.
The China-based company is usually responsive to user’s feedback to improve its products. While the always-on feature has been one of the most requested features, the company has removed it from the OnePlus 6 due to battery concerns.
A Reddit user posted a screenshot showing that the option to enable “Always-On” display was there before the update, but was disabled later. In a statement, OnePlus said, “We have an official update from our Technical Team confirming that always on display on OnePlus 6 was removed due to battery saving concern.”
It’s unclear if OnePlus didn’t want something that would take up extra battery life or if the feature caused a battery draining bug. There’s a possibility that the company has discovered that enabling the always-on feature could be causing unusual battery drain. So, till the company doesn’t figure out the problem and come out with a fix, it has disabled the feature. Currently, there is no information when the feature will come back, or if it will ever come back.
While not the always-on feature, OnePlus 6 users can still take advantage of Android’s native “Ambient Display” which appears when lifting the phone or receiving notifications.
The update also enables slow-mo video recording and compatibility mode for hiding the notch. The OnePlus 6 can now record slow-motion 720p and 1080p videos at 480fps and 240fps respectively. The May security patch has also been rolled out with the update. OnePlus has also updated the phone’s camera to quickly capture images in portrait mode.
The OnePlus features a 6.28-inch Full HD+ display with a screen aspect ratio of 19:9. It is powered by the Snapdragon 845 SoC and comes in three variants — 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage.
On the rear side, there’s a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup, while at the front it features a 16MP snapper for taking selfies. The phone runs on OxygenOS 5.1, which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and customers can also experience the latest Android P beta on it. The phone is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery with support for Dash Charging.