OnePlus 6: Everything you need to know about the next flagship

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Chinese brand OnePlus will unveil its much-anticipated first flagship device of 2018, dubbed the OnePlus 6, on May 16 at a special event in London. Here’s everything we’ve heard about the handset, including its likely release date, specs, features and price.

OnePlus 6 Latest News and rumours

OnePlus launches revised trade-in program ahead of OnePlus 6 launch

OnePlus has revised its trade-in program, offering OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T owners as much as £205/$279 to trade-in their handset for the OnePlus 6. The maximum value will remain the same through May 31, after which it will drop to £132/$180 for the OnePlus 3 and £189/$257 for the OnePlus 3T, fluctuating monthly according to demand.

The peak trade-in value for the OnePlus 5 is set at £245/$333 for the rest of the month.

Device Spec Trade-In Price (Good Condition, Excluding Promotion) Trade-In Price (Functional Condition, Excluding Promotion)
OnePlus 3 6GB of RAM/32GB of storage £132/€136 £88/€100
OnePlus 3T 6GB of RAM/64GB of storage £146/€152 £102/€117
OnePlus 3T 8GB of RAM/128GB of storage £189/€201 £139/€159
OnePlus 5 6GB of RAM/64GB of storage £149/€155 £99/€113
OnePlus 5 8GB of RAM/128GB of storage £245/€264 £182/€208

“We involved the Community since we began OnePlus and we’re always looking for new ways to reward our user,” said Carl Pei, Head of Global at OnePlus in a statement issued to Trusted Reviews. “The value of smartphone trade-ins can change over time, and we’ve ensured we’ll always offer competitive trade-ins.”

OnePlus will commence sales of the OnePlus 6 on May 21 – but only for a select few

OnePlus has announced that it will erect a number of pop-up stores in Asia, Europe and North America on Monday, May 21 to provide customers with the chance to purchase the long-awaited OnePlus 6 before it’s launched on the open market. The firm also said it will be handing out a slew of exclusive goodies on a first come, first served basis, including its coveted OnePlus-branded backpack.

“Since the OnePlus 2, we’ve held pop-ups for our new product launches in cities around the world, with thousands of people turning up each time,” said OnePlus co-founder and Head of Global Carl Pei in a statement issued to Trusted Reviews on Wednesday, May 2. “Previous pop-up locations across Europe are already taking calls from people asking if they can reserve a space,” Pei added.

In Europe, the pop-up will commence at 12 pm BST/1 pm CEST on May 21. Here are the all-important addresses:

  • Berlin – LNFA, Bikini, Budapester Str. 44, 10787
  • London – Kachette, 347 Old St, EC1v 9LP
  • Milan – Spazio Velvet, Via Molino delle Armi, 41, 20123 Milano MI
  • Paris – Nous, 48 Rue Cambon, 75001
  • Utrecht – Revenge, Voorstraat 6, 3512 AM

OnePlus 6 surfaces in new hands-on photos

A number of hands-on pictures showcasing the OnePlus 6 appeared on Chinese social network Weibo on May 1, corroborating most of what we’ve heard about the unit to date, including that it touts a 6.3-inch edge-to-edge notch-clad screen and a centre-mounted rear-facing camera with a fingerprint reader nestled beneath it.

OnePlus teases OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Limited Edition

OnePlus has released a teaser for the long-rumoured Marvel Avengers Limited Edition variant of the upcoming OnePlus 6, with the 15-second clip corroborating much of what OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has said in the past, including that the handset will come with a small cut-out at the top of the screen (aka a ‘notch’).

It appears, however, that the Marvel Avengers Limited Edition model of the OnePlus 6 will be exclusive to India; the trailer was uploaded to OnePlus India’s YouTube channel, where the closing credits state that it will be available to purchase through Amazon from May 17 – there’s no word of it launching elsewhere.

OnePlus 6 will support Super Slo-Mo video recording

It’s official: the OnePlus 6 will support Super Slow-Mo video recording. OnePlus confirmed the existence of the feature on its Indian website on April 25, though it didn’t specify whether it will match the 960 frames-per-second (fps) shooting mode on board the Huawei P20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

It’s also unclear what resolution the camera will record at when shooting Super Slow-Mo. The Galaxy S9 records at 720p, while the P20 Pro and XZ Premium top out at 1080p. All three come with a Snapdragon 845 CPU, the same one the OnePlus 6 will ship with, so there’s no telling which resolution OnePlus will choose.

OnePlus 6 release date and event announced

OnePlus has announced that it will take the wraps the OnePlus 6 at a dedicated launch event in London on May 16 – and, as was the case with the OnePlus 5T’s unveiling, the gathering isn’t reserved for reporters, retailers, networks and the like, so you and a few friends can head over and see what all the fuss is about.

Those attending the event will receive a swag bag containing a slew of goodies, as well as an invitation to a party where they’ll be able to rub shoulders with the people who brought the handset to life, including CEO Pete Lau and co-founder Carl Pei. But, to be clear, there’s no guarantee you’ll actually get to meet them.

At the OnePlus 5T event, attendees received a OnePlus-branded backpack, baseball cap and hoodie, in addition to a handful of other collectables. The firm told Trusted Reviews, however, that everything at the London gathering is going to be bigger and better, with those who purchase a OnePlus 6 receiving an exciting free gift.

A ticket to the OnePlus 6 shindig in London will set you back £30/$41 from April 27, though OnePlus is hosting an Early Bird special, in which you can score yourself one for the reduced price of £16/$21, from April 24. Oh, and if you want to take a friend along for the experience, you can purchase a Plus One ticket for £20/$27.

OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ first waterproof smartphone

The OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ first smartphone to offer water resistance, according to a teaser released on April 16.

While OnePlus has long been able to compete with its fellow Android flagships in terms of specs, the likes of Samsung and co. have retained an advantage when it comes to handing the wet stuff. But it looks like the firm is biting back, offering water resistance, without sacrificing the beloved 3.5mm headphone jack.

First OnePlus 6 camera samples surface

A trio of pictures snapped using the OnePlus 6 were shared on Chinese social networking website Weibo by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau on April 16, with the accompanying metadata revealing that the handset is armed with a 16MP camera – there’s no mention of the other sensor that makes up the dual-camera.

New OnePlus 6 teaser trailers air in India

OnePlus has started airing a new trailer for the OnePlus 6 in cinemas in India. The 19-second clip, which was recorded and shared by a moviegoer on April 15, teases a new smartphone that has been designed with speed in mind – hinting at the inclusion of a state-of-the-art Snapdragon 845 CPU and at least 8GB of RAM.

Oh, and for folk viewing outside India, don’t be alarmed by the Prime Exclusive logo – OnePlus has a long-standing deal with Amazon to offer its handsets in the region.

OnePlus 6 Design and Specs: What does it look like, and is it a beast?

The OnePlus 6 will be OnePlus’ most impressive smartphone to date, featuring a 6.3-inch AMOLED screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of storage, according to CEO Carl Pei. The firm is also rumoured to be working on a cheaper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

But here’s the bad news: Pei all but confirmed that the OnePlus 6 is armed with a controversial ‘notched’ screen à la iPhone X, which, in layman’s terms, means there’s a small cutout at the top of the display used to house several important components, like the front-facing camera – and it’s a bit of an eyesore.

Pei told The Verge that “it’s a very clear decision: more real estate for the user. In conclusion, learn to love the notch,” later emphasising that the footprint of the cutout is a lot smaller than that of the iPhone X, meaning there’s a lot more space for notification management and other status bar-related activities.

OnePlus 6

“How big a notch always depends on your choices as a company,” he said. “What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.Our notch, it will be there. It’ll be bigger than the Essential Phone and smaller than the iPhone” on the OnePlus 6, Pei concluded.

A week later, CEO Pete Lau revealed that the OnePlus 6 will come with a software feature that will allow users to disguise the notch – like the one found on the Huawei P20 Pro. Once enabled, the space either side of the notch at the top of the screen will be disabled, thus creating the illusion of a symmetrical design.

“A black-out feature was seriously considered in the early stages of the development of the OnePlus 6. At the time we decided against adding this feature…Recently many users have raised interest in having a black-out function. We respect your feedback, and would like to give everyone the ability to choose. This function will enable you to black out the background of the notifications and status bar,” Lau writes.

OnePlus could be hoping that one of the handset’s features will spare it from any criticism it’s set to receive, however.

BBK, the firm behind Chinese manufacturers OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo, took the wraps off the Vivo X21 UD, a smartphone equipped with an in-screen – optical – fingerprint reader on March 19, and there’s a chance the authentication tech could be carried over to the upcoming OnePlus 6, beating rival Samsung to the punch.

Vivo X21 UD

The introduction of an optical fingerprint reader would not only entitle OnePlus to the bragging rights, but could also help it evade censure for following in Apple’s footsteps by opting for a notched screen, instead of a panel with an equal bezel at the top and bottom – like Samsung did with the award-winning Galaxy Note 8.

As for what the OnePlus 6 looks like, tipsters claim that it isn’t too dissimilar to the Vivo X21 UD, with a vertically-mounted dual-camera setup, complete with an LED flash, taking pride of place on the rear. The camera configuration on the firm’s (current) flagship OnePlus 5T, for comparison, is mounted horizontally.

The handset will be available in three colours, according to a batch of renders that surfaced on Chinese social networking website Weibo on April 15 – black, white, and a new shade of dark blue, which looks remarkably similar to the ‘Really Blue’ hue that debuted on the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL back in October 2016.

OnePlus 6 Release Date and Price: When does it come out, and how much will it cost?

OnePlus has announced that it will announce the much-anticipated OnePlus 6 at a dedicated launch event in London on May 16, squashing earlier rumours from Chinese outlet GizmoChina claiming that a release would take place at the end of March – though that was technically null and void as soon as we entered April.

There’s no official word on pricing, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have an idea of how much at least one variant of the handset will cost. Information that surfaced on Weibo on March 21 indicates that OnePlus is working on a 256GB model of the OnePlus 6 with 8GB of RAM, which should retail for around £530/$721.

(trustedreviews.com, https://goo.gl/RDsYw9)

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