The impressive OnePlus 6T release date is almost here, and it’s a phone worth waiting for. In fact, the OnePlus 6T could be the best phone of 2018. This guide will go over a few reasons why you should, and maybe shouldn’t, wait for the company’s next flagship device.
Buyers have plenty of excellent options available now or coming soon. From the Galaxy Note 9 and LG V40 to the upcoming Pixel 3 XL. And while the Galaxy Note 9 or OnePlus 6 both have plenty to offer, we recommend waiting.
Just like we’ve seen in prior years, we’re expecting OnePlus to improve the 6’s design and introduce an all-new OnePlus 6T this fall. It must compete with Samsung, Google, and even Apple. Meaning you can expect the latest specs, hardware, and exciting features. In fact, it looks like they’ll be one of the first to deliver an in-display fingerprint scanner ahead of the Galaxy S10 in 2019.
OnePlus 6T Leaks, Rumors, & Speculation
Right now everyone is looking at phones from popular brands like Samsung, Apple and even Google. We think the OnePlus 6T might be better than all of them. That’s because recent info suggests the company will use new technology like an in-display fingerprint scanner, powerful specs, faster charging, and a tiny notch delivering a truly edge-to-edge display. Essentially putting the iPhone Xs and Note 9 to shame.
Images of the retail box recently leaked and gave us our first hint at the beautiful big display. Suggesting OnePlus would shrink the bezel down like we’ve seen on similar products from the company — like the Oppo R11. And now, countless leaked photos, videos, and even teasers from the company themselves back up most of these claims.
If we had to guess, the OnePlus 6T will beat Apple at its own game by delivering a tiny notch similar to the picture above. Between the bezel and the notch is one of two dual speakers, too. This way they can deliver a truly edge-to-edge screen. We believe the screen will come in around 6.4-inches, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Basically, we think the OnePlus 6T will offer a very similar experience to what’s already available with the 6, only better in a few key areas. Those being the screen, shrinking the notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner. Look out for wireless charging, IP68 dust and water-resistance, and a few other mainstream features.
And, with a release date likely sometime in October, the phone will be here sooner than we thought. New leaks and images suggest an October 17th launch and release date.
If you find yourself struggling on whether you should get a Pixel 3, Note 9, or even an iPhone Xs Max, our slideshow below will walk you through some reasons to, and not to, wait for the OnePlus 6T.
Wait for a Big Screen & Lots of Horsepower
For the last few years, OnePlus has delivered phones that compete with (or beat) the very best Android has to offer. All while doing it for significantly less money.
The OnePlus 6 is as good or better than the Galaxy S9+ or Note 9, yet it’s only $529. We’re expecting that trend to continue with a big screen and plenty of horsepower on the OnePlus 6T. Basically, wait for the 6T. You can expect the latest Snapdragon 845 (just like the Galaxy Note 9).
Last year the OnePlus 5T had a big 6-inch screen, but the newer OnePlus 6 is even bigger at 6.3-inches. We believe the company will offer the same big screen or potentially a slightly larger 6.4-inch display thanks to the smaller notch.
Each year they’ve made the “T” bigger and better than the phone from earlier in the year, and we’re expecting that again in 2018. And while it’ll likely have a lot of the same specs on the inside, like 6-8BG of RAM, we could see a few surprises.
Either way, this will be OnePlus’ biggest, best and fastest phone of the year. Wait for it!
Wait for an In-Display Fingerprint Scanner
|Originally, we didn’t think OnePlus would put a fingerprint scanner inside the screen until 2019 with the OnePlus 7. However, it looks like they’re beating Samsung and Apple to the game, and will do exactly that with the OnePlus 6T.
Images of the retail box recently leaked online, not to mention benchmark results. They reportedly “confirm” a bigger 6.4-inch screen with a tiny tiny notch. Plus, the box also shows an in-display fingerprint scanner. Followed by the tagline, “Unlock the Speed”. Plus, the company keeps hinting at it on Twitter.
As you can see above, OnePlus looks to shrink the bezels and put a fingerprint scanner under the screen. Delivering a smooth and clean design on the back. This gives them room on the rear for three cameras and wireless charging.
We’ve waited over 2 years for this technology, and it’s been a rumor for the S8, S9, and even the Note 9. Even if Samsung finally delivers with the Galaxy S10, the OnePlus 6T will beat them by a half a year, and beat Apple by almost 11 months.
If you want the latest cutting-edge technology and a truly unique phone in the US, get the OP6T. They even hint at this new in-display fingerprint technology in this recently leaked video.
Wait for the Best Software
|If you want the best software experience you’ll want to hold off and wait for the OnePlus 6T. That’s because this company uses nearly stock Android that’s blazing fast, offers some of the fastest software updates on the market, and adds meaningful changes throughout.
The OnePlus 6T will come out sometime in Oct/November, and that means it will probably debut with Android 9 Pie. It might be the first phone released with Android Pie unless the Pixel 3 beats them.
But that’s not all. You’ll also want the latest phone for the 18 months or 2-years of software updates, and the big developer community. These days phone upgrades are starting to slow down, so things like software (or ROM) support are more important than ever before.
Wait for an Improved Camera Experience
|It’s no secret that while OnePlus phones deliver a great experience, the camera is usually a little behind the Samsung, Google, or Apple competition. They have to cut corners somewhere to keep the price lower than everyone else. Often times the camera is good, or even great, it’s just not the “best”.
And that’s perfectly fine with almost everyone that buys a OnePlus phone for 40-50% cheaper than an iPhone X or Galaxy S9.
The OnePlus 6 has two powerful cameras on the back and it takes great photos. We’re expecting the OnePlus 6T to deliver more of the same, or potentially three cameras now that they’re putting the fingerprint scanner under the screen. Originally rumors everywhere said three cameras, but now as the release nears we’re hearing it’ll only have two. Offering one 16MP camera and potentially a 12MP variable aperture second lens. That way it’ll take good photos, zoom in with a telephoto lens, and do all the neat effects everyone enjoys.
Even if OnePlus sticks to dual cameras in 2018, they know the camera experience is the last thing they need to improve, and they’ll do exactly that. So, wait for the OnePlus 6T to get a great phone with a great camera at an affordable price.
Wait for More Information
|The Note 9 is here and Apple’s new iPhone Xs, Xs Max and Xr lineup hits shelves at the end of September. After that, it’ll be Google’s turn with the Pixel 3 and 3 XL in late October. We’ve seen countless leaks and rumors about all of these phones, and we have a very good idea of what to expect ahead of time.
We don’t know much about the OnePlus 6T yet. While we can speculate or guess, nothing substantial leaked yet. That said, we do believe it’ll have a ton to offer, including a new 30w WARP charging, instead of Dash charging.
Basically, wait a few more weeks until information starts to flow. Even if we don’t hear substantial rumors until the middle of September, that still gives you plenty of time to decide if you’ll want to wait for the OnePlus 6T, or get something else like the OP6 or Galaxy S9+ instead.
Wait If You Don’t Want a Big Notch
|We’re not sure yet, but we believe OnePlus will shrink the notch in the screen on the OnePlus 6T. That’s one of the only big changes they can make this year that will make the 6T standout, without ruining the potential of the OnePlus 7 in 2019.
Just like their sister company at Vivo or Oppo, the OnePlus 6T could come with a truly edge-to-edge bezelless display. If not, it might look similar to the recently announced Oppo R17. Countless leaks suggest exactly that. This would actually make the most sense. Make the notch as small and elegant as possible, and save the bezelless design for 2019. They’ll do this by hiding the front camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and put the speakers inside the metal frame.
Basically, if you hate the notch we’ll get from the Pixel 3 XL, LG V40, LG G7, iPhone X Plus or 11, and dozens of other phones, wait for the OnePlus 6T. That’s because it’ll be smaller than everyone else.
Don’t Wait If You Can’t Wait Until October/November
|If you don’t think you can wait until late October or even November, don’t bother waiting for the OnePlus 6T.
The company releases two phones each year, with the second model coming near the end of the year to battle Samsung, Apple, and Google. They usually wait until everyone else releases phones, then they swoop in at a lower price to steal sales and people on the fence.
The OnePlus 5T arrived in November of 2017, and the 3T before it came out in November too. Actually, both phones arrived between November 15-21st.
With that in mind, we originally thought the OnePlus 6T will almost certainly get announced near the end of October, and hit shelves around the world come November 19th. However, CNET has an image provided by the company that suggests October 17th. Then, countless leaks all suggest a mid-October release date. Earlier than any prior T model. An earlier October launch makes sense, especially if they want to steal sales from the iPhone Xs.
Basically, you just need to wait a few more weeks.
Don’t Wait If You Find Something Great (Or a deal)
|While the OnePlus 6T has the potential to be a very exciting phone, you also must consider that it’ll be a small incremental improvement over the OnePlus 6 and other phones performance wise.
They’re saving anything major for 2019 with the OnePlus 7.
That’s why we recommended waiting until we start to learn more information. However, if we don’t hear much and the thought of waiting until November is too hard, get something now if you see something great. If you find a phone you love or are wooed by the big screen and all-day battery life of the Galaxy Note 9, buy it. You’ll love it.
Basically, we just don’t know enough to comfortably tell people to wait. Even if retail box photos do suggest this will be the absolute best Android phone of 2018. So if a good phone or deal comes around, and you’re up for it, go ahead and snag it.
Don’t Wait If You Want a Headphone Jack
|OnePlus recently confirmed to TechRadar that the all-new OnePlus 6T will NOT have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yeah, we know, never settle. Right?
The company isn’t “settling” and removing the headphone jack now makes a lot of sense. They’re not just getting rid of it for no reason. Ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack gave OnePlus more room to add a fingerprint scanner inside the screen, under the glass. It also shaved a few mm of space inside the phone to add a second battery-pack. As a result, we’re hearing the company will add two 1,870 mAh or similar batteries to the OnePlus 6T.
This will deliver the best battery life of any OnePlus phone, world-class features like an in-display fingerprint scanner, and help the phone be more water-resistant.
It’s a win-win. They didn’t just get rid of it for no reason like Apple and Google did.
However, if you must have a headphone jack, don’t wait for the OP6T because it won’t have one.
Don’t Wait for Major Changes
|While this last reason might contradict some of the others, it’s only because we don’t know quite what to expect yet.
The OnePlus 6T will be a good phone with a lot to like, and it’ll have at least a few big changes over the 6 from earlier this year. They need to offer enough to make it a viable upgrade for potential buyers, and compete with upcoming phones at the same time.
However, don’t wait if you’re expecting major changes throughout. The photos we’re using here are concept images, or fan-made renders. The OnePlus 6T won’t have five massive upgrades. Maybe one or two, but not a bunch. They’ll save that for the 7 in 2019.
So while it would be awesome if this phone ditched the notch for a bezel-free screen, added two front-facing cameras to a special pop-up lens, or added a bunch of crazy stuff, that’s not feasible.
Basically, you need to temper your expectations a little bit and keep that in mind while you wait. We have no doubt the OnePlus 6T will be the best price/performance phone of 2018, and one of the first with a fingerprint scanner inside the glass, but the company will keep a few surprises for next year. Just remember that.