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OnePlus 6 launches May 16th at London event





By this point, we're able to piece together a pretty good picture of the upcoming OnePlus 6. It's going to have a notch. Unless you don't want it to have a notch. Unsurprisingly, it's going to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. And it's going to have a glass back. We now know when we're going to see the full picture.
OnePlus is holding an event at 17:00 GMT on May 16th in London, and it's been given the tagline "The Speed You Need." Most recent Android flagship launches have focussed on imaging, so it's interesting to see OnePlus take a different approach by talking up the speed of its latest device. Or maybe that means the cameras aren't very good. We'll have to wait and see.


If you're in London on May 16th you can buy a ticket to the event. Currently on sale at an early-bird price of £16 until April 27th when they will go up to £30. You'll also be able to buy two tickets for £20 if you have a friend who wants to join you. Apart from being among the first in the world to get hands-on time with the OnePlus 6, attendees will also get a swag bag that "far exceeds the price of the ticket." For those who aren't able to make it, the event will also be live-streamed.
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OnePlus 6 Leaks With Dual Cameras, Notch & White Back




The OnePlus 6 will be announced in London on May 16, and renders of the phone’s front and back have just surfaced. If you take a look at the provided image, you will notice a device which sports a display notch, as expected, while it also comes with a really thin ‘chin’ below the display. This handset also sports a vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the back, while an LED flash and a fingerprint scanner are located right below those two cameras. OnePlus’ logo is included on the back, and so is the company’s ‘Designed by OnePlus’ engraving.


A power / lock key is located on the right-hand side of the phone, along with an alert slider which sits above it, which is the first time an alert slider is placed on the right-hand side of a OnePlus-branded handset. The volume up and volume down keys are included on the left, and chances are that a SIM card tray can also be accessed from the left, even though these renders don’t exactly reveal that. You will notice that this handset has a white back, and the source claims that a ‘glossy black’, and ‘smoked glass’ variants will also be available. The source also notes that these renders have been ‘slightly retouched’ in order to protect whoever leaked them. Having said that, the OnePlus 6 will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, which is something that OnePlus already confirmed. The company had also confirmed that a display notch will be included in the package, and that the device’s footprint will be quite similar to the physical footprint of the OnePlus 5T, even though the OnePlus 6’s display will be larger.






The OnePlus 6 will be water and dust resistant, as OnePlus confirmed that it will ship with some sort of an IP rating, which is a first for one of the company’s smartphones. The company also confirmed that the phone will sport a glass back, and the device will probably ship with a 6.28-inch fullHD+ (19:9 aspect ratio) AMOLED display. The OnePlus 6 will include navigation gestures, and the company had confirmed that super slow-motion video recording will also be available.
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OnePlus 6’s Base Model To Cost $558 In India: Rumor

Indian pricing details for the OnePlus 6 have leaked once again giving more precise numbers for each storage variant. According to the report, the upcoming flagship will be available in two storage variants – 64GB and 128GB – at a price of Rs. 36,999 ($55 and Rs. 39,999 ($603) respectively. In comparison, the OnePlus 5T Android smartphone was announced in the country at Rs. 32,999 ($497) and Rs. 37,999 ($573) for the same onboard storage options. The 256GB storage variant still remains to be a mystery, and OnePlus might possibly introduce the storage option at a later stage after the initial rollout of the OnePlus 6. If the provided prices turn out to be true, OnePlus 6 will be the first smartphone to cross the $500 barrier, pushing it further towards the premium segment.

The report goes on to cite its reliable source behind this information, which also provided the publication with pricing details of the OnePlus 5 prior to its launch mid-2017, which later proved to be correct. The Chinese company has confirmed to introduce its 2018 flagship on May 16 in London, followed by its announcement in India and China a day later. Alongside the standard variants, OnePlus 6 Avengers Limited Edition will also be announced in India on May 17 in partnership with Marvel Studios. Amazon India will be OnePlus’ exclusive retail partner in the Asian market and the OnePlus 6 will be available for purchase from the online retailer starting May 21 with its initial sales limited to Amazon Prime members.


OnePlus has already confirmed that its next flagship will sport Qualcomm’s top-tier Snapdragon 845 SoC paired with probably 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on the variant. It will reportedly feature a notched 6.28-inch display in a 19:9 aspect ratio and will also be water resistant. The Android flagship will feature a glass back which also indicates towards the presence of wireless charging capabilities, but OnePlus has yet to confirm that. A dual-camera setup will be present on the handset’s back with a recent report suggesting it to support “Super Slo Mo” camera mode, a feature seen recently on flagship smartphones from Samsung and Sony. The two cameras will now be placed in the center in a vertical orientation and will have a fingerprint scanner below them.
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[Update: 5.1.1 hotfix, downloads] OxygenOS 5.1.0 begins rolling out to OnePlus 5 and 5T with iPhone X-like gestures





After a brief one-month beta period, OnePlus has now begun rolling out the latest stable version of OxygenOS 5.1.0 to OnePlus 5 and 5T devices. The version is based on Android 8.1 Oreo and includes April's updated security patch.
The complete changelog from OnePlus is shown below.


System Updated system to Android 8.1 Oreo
Updated Android security patch to 2018-04
Added full-screen gesture support (Only 5T)
Gaming mode
Added new optimizations in gaming mode including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness
Added network boost - network priority for gaming App in the foreground
Launcher
Added category tags in the search section of the app drawer
Auto name folders based on category


The new update for the OnePlus 5T includes a controversial take on the navigation bar similar to the iPhone X's gestures, which some of us here at Android Police have found badly implemented and difficult to use. Ryne noted that the gestures interfere with the launcher, which seems like an obvious lack of foresight. Unfortunately, while the issues were already apparent in previous betas, it seems that not much has been done to improve the experience in this stable release. Perhaps Google's future implementation of iPhone X gestures in Android P will be better.
As with most device updates, the OTA will begin rolling out gradually beginning today and will reach a broader audience as the days progress. Users who receive the update and encounter any bugs or problems are asked to provide feedback on OnePlus's bug reporting forum.

Update 1: 2018/04/30 9:26am PDT
OnePlus recently pushed a hotfix release in the form of v5.1.1. As you'd expect, the changelog is identical, save the addition of a ringtone fix. If you don't see the update on your device, the standard VPN to Germany/Canada should trigger it—though the OTA does seem available in the US—or you can sideload it via downloads posted over the weekend.
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OnePlus 6 Gets Certified By TENAA With 6GB Of RAM, SD845 SoC

The upcoming OnePlus 6 has just surfaced on TENAA, which means it has been certified in China, as TENAA is China’s equivalent to the FCC. Now, this listing does not reveal the design of the phone, but its spec info has been revealed by TENAA, well, some of its spec info, that is. According to the provided info, the phone will sport a 6.28-inch fullHD+ (2280 x 1080) AMOLED display, which means it will arrive with the same display size and ratio as the OPPO R15, as expected.

TENAA claims that the OnePlus 6 will include a 3,300mAh battery, which will almost certainly be non-removable, while the phone will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor which will be clocked at 2.45GHz. This variant of the phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, though OnePlus did confirm that an 8GB RAM variant will also be available, with 256GB of storage. It is possible, and even probably, that OnePlus plans to release a 6GB RAM model with 128GB of storage as well. TENAA also reveals that the phone will include 16 and 20-megapixel rear-facing cameras, while a 16-megapixel front-facing camera will also be a part of the package. Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on the OnePlus 6, with OnePlus’ OxygenOS on top of it. TENAA also confirms that the phone will measure 155.7 x 75.35 x 7.75mm, while it will weigh 177 grams.


That is pretty much all the info that was shared by TENAA, and it’s also worth mentioning that OnePlus’ Dash Charge fast charging will also be a part of the package. The phone will include a display notch, and it will be made out of metal and glass, that much had been confirmed by the company. The OnePlus 6 will sport really thin bezels, though it will arrive with a ‘chin’ below its display. Its dual camera setup on the back will be vertically-aligned, and a fingerprint scanner will sit below those two cameras. The device will be announced on May 16 in London, while it will arrive on May 17 in India, along with with a special edition Avengers edition of the phone.
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How to Survive a OnePlus 6 Pop-Up Event and Get the New Phone Before Everyone Else


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For the past six years, OnePlus has built a devoted fanbase by offering premium Android smartphones at cutthroat prices. Now, with the OnePlus 6 just a few weeks from launch, the excitement is building yet again—even if the OnePlus 6 might be company’s most expensive phone yet.

If you want to get your hands on the OnePlus 6 before anyone else, you’ll have to head to one of the company’s pop-up shops on May 21. That means dealing with long lines and big crowds, which can be a process in itself. Here’s what you need to know to make it through one of these events in one piece and score yourself a brand-new smartphone:

Step one: Plan ahead
OnePlus is also holding two OnePlus 6 events in the U.S.—one in New York and one in San Francisco. If you can’t make it to either location, you’re already out of luck; you’ll have to buy the phone online and wait for it to arrive like everyone else.

If you decide to try your luck at an in-person event, the first thing you should do is set a reminder now. Head to the event page and click on “Remind Me” to get an email from OnePlus when the big day arrives, or click on “Facebook” to RSVP to the event on the social network. You may also want to manually add the event to your personal calendar or ask your favorite digital assistant to create a reminder so you don’t forget.

Just like Disneyland, get there early
Both events begin in the early evening and end late, (7-11 p.m. ET in New York; 5:30-9:30 p.m. PT in San Francisco). You’ll want to get there early to grab a good spot in line. That might be tricky if you’re working a regular 9-5 job, but try to head over as soon as possible—especially if your schedule is a little more flexible. You don’t need to show up a day early with a tent and a sleeping bag, but the crazier OnePlus fans will start lining up as early as noon.


If you can’t make it until later, try asking a friend to wait in line for you. You could also try the official OnePlus forum or the main subreddit to see if anyone is willing to wait in line for you if you bring them dinner or even offer some cash in return.

If all else fails, you can always hire someone to stand in line for you. Apps like Fiverr and TaskRabbit let you pay people to do various odd jobs (albeit with questionable gig economy ethics). There’s even a service specifically for this purpose called Placer. If you go this route, just be sure to leave a nice tip.


Be Prepared
If you’re showing up early, make sure to bring supplies for your wait. That includes a phone charger (and cable!), a book to read, some headphones, snacks, and plenty of water. Depending on how early you’re planning to arrive, a fold-up (or inflatable) camping chairs could give you a lot more comfort than a gross, warm sidewalk. We recommend stuffing this all (save for the camping chair) in a backpack, which you can also use to hold your brand-new phone so you aren’t making yourself a big target for theft.

Once you make it to the front of the line, everyone standing behind you will love you forever if you obey the one big rule of these kinds of sales: Make it quick.

Don’t waste a bunch of time asking about different colors and storage options. Know what you want before you get to the front of the line, and have your payment method ready to go. OnePlus is unveiling the new phone almost a week earlier on May 16, so you’ll have plenty of time to figure out exactly what you want before the big day even arrives.
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OnePlus 6 May Sport A Heart Rate Sensor: Official Teaser

OnePlus has released a rather interesting teaser image via its official Weibo (Chinese social network) page. This image, which you can check out down below, seems to suggest that a heart rate sensor may be present on the OnePlus 6. A number ‘6’ is included here, and so is a cardiogram which essentially creates that number. In the caption, OnePlus does not seem to confirm anything, but it’s possible that the company is hinting that a heart rate sensor will be included in the OnePlus 6.

This is the first time we’re seeing such a rumor, and even though this was published on the company’s Weibo page, it probably applies to all OnePlus models, as up to now, Chinese and global OnePlus models had the same hardware features, despite the fact they ship with completely different software. It remains to be seen if such info will be released via OnePlus’ global social network accounts, but it’s probable we’ll see something like it being teased soon. The OnePlus 6 will be announced on May 16 in London, while the device will land in India a day later, on May 17. The special edition Avengers OnePlus 6 variant will be announced in India only, at least for now, and it will also see the light of day on May 17. The OnePlus 6 will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor, that much had been confirmed already, while OnePlus also confirmed that the phone will be made out of metal and glass, and sport a display notch.



The OnePlus 6 will be the first OnePlus-branded smartphone to sport some sort of an IP rating for water and dust resistance, while the most powerful variant of this phone will ship with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. The OnePlus will sport a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, while it will include two cameras on its back. Android 8.1 Oreo will come pre-installed on the device, while navigation gestures will be a part of the package as well, and the same can be said for facial recognition. The device will almost certainly sport a 6.28-inch fullHD+ AMOLED display, while you’ll be able to recharge its battery using OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charge fast charging solution.

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Pete Lau Accidentally Reveals Black & White OnePlus 6 Models



OnePlus’ co-founder has just shown off two variants of the upcoming OnePlus 6 handset. If you take a look at the images down below, you will be able to see Black and White variants of the OnePlus 6, the black variant seems to come with a glass back, while the white model seems to sport a sandstone back, like the white OnePlus 5T, but we cannot say for sure, as the phones are rather far away in the provided image(s). It is quite obvious these two phones are the OnePlus 6 units, they both sport a vertically-aligned dual camera setup on the back, a rather small fingerprint scanner below, and also OnePlus’ logo, not to mention that they look like units that were both teased and leaked in the past.

These two images were posted on Amitabh Bachchan’s official Twitter page, and Mr. Bachchan is OnePlus’ brand ambassador for India. Mr. Bachchan is the person who is pictured with Pete Lau in the two images that you can check out down below, though do keep in mind that the tweet containing these two images has been deleted recently, as it was probably shared by mistake. For those of you who still do not know, the OnePlus 6 will be announced on May 16 in London, while the same will happen in India a day later. A special edition OnePlus 6, the Avengers Limited Edition model will arrive to India on May 17 as well, along with a regular variant of the phone. The OnePlus 6 will be the first-ever OnePlus-branded smartphone to sport some sort of an IP rating for water and dust resistance, while it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core processor.

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OnePlus had already confirmed that the device will include a display notch, and that its back side will be made out of glass, at least on one variant of the phone. The phone’s most powerful variant will include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, though a 6GB RAM model will also be available, presumably in 64GB and 128GB storage flavors. OnePlus’ recent teaser suggested that the device may ship with a heart rate sensor as well, though that info has not been confirmed just yet.
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OnePlus 6 Renders & Price Leak On Amazon

OnePlus 6 renders along with the price of the phone have leaked on Amazon’s German website just a few days before the company is set to officially announce the device, which takes place during OnePlus’ event on May 16. The Amazon listing for the phone has since been pulled down but not before the leaked images were all captured along with some details and the cost. Prior to being removed the listing showcased that OnePlus will be launching the OnePlus 6 in a 64GB storage model and a 128GB storage model, with the former costing €519 and the latter costing €569.


What’s more is that the listing also revealed what is believed to be the launch date. According to Amazon Germany the phone will be launched on May 22 which is around a week after the company’s announcement event, meaning there won’t be a super long wait for consumers that are looking to buy this new phone from OnePlus. Of course it’s also likely that OnePlus will give its customers the opportunity to place pre-orders for the OnePlus 6 prior to the actual release date, and if that ends up being the case then pre-orders would probably start the day of the announcement.

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Some specs details were also listed with the leak suggesting that the OnePlus 6 will come in two different colors, at least to start, which will be Mirror Black and Midnight Black, and will come equipped with a 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 2,280 x 1,080 resolution. These latest leaks also show the notch which has been in most other leaks up till now, though the notch wasn’t really a surprise as OnePlus already confirmed the phone would have one prior to most of the recent leaks that had surfaced in the past month or so. The specs also listed options for 6GB or 8GB of RAM, as well as the Snapdragon 845 processor being the CPU inside the device.

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OnePlus 6 Will Sport AI-Powered Cameras, Teaser Reveals

OnePlus has shared a new OnePlus 6 teaser on its official Weibo (Chinese social network) page, and this time around, OnePlus is focusing on the camera of its upcoming smartphone. If you take a look at the provided teaser, it will be rather obvious that the company is teasing AI capabilities of OnePlus 6 cameras. AI is actually mentioned on the image, and the camera has been reshaped to become an eye in this image, so there’s that. This teaser did surface in China, and is aimed at the Chinese consumers, but the features of the OnePlus 6 will be the same both in China and in other markets.


Now, TENAA (China’s equivalent to the FCC) had recently shared the OnePlus 6’s spec sheet, and as part of that, the site confirmed that the phone will ship with 20 and 16-megapixel cameras on its back, while a single 16-megapixel camera will be included on its front side. Megapixel count will not change compared to the OnePlus 5T it seems, but you can expect to see better camera sensors included here, and OnePlus obviously worked on its camera software as well. If rumors are to be believed, both the phone’s 16 and 20-megapixel cameras will sport a f/1.7 aperture lens, we’re looking at regular RGB and telephoto cameras here, respectively. These two cameras are expected to offer OIS support, which is something that the OnePlus 5T lacked. The OnePlus 6 will also ship with super slow-mo, which is something that the company also confirmed via one of its teasers. OnePlus did tease the phone’s camera capabilities quite recently as well, in case you were wondering.

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The OnePlus 6 will be announced in London on May 16, while it will become official in China a day later, on May 17. The OnePlus 6 actually surfaced on Amazon Germany quite recently, and even though that listing was quickly removed, it did reveal the phone’s price tag in Europe, along with the design of the device. The OnePlus 6’s 6GB RAM variant with 64GB of storage will be priced at €519 in Europe, while a variant with 128GB of storage (and probably 8GB of RAM) will end up costing €569. Now, the company is also planning to release an 8GB RAM variant with 256GB of storage, though a price for that phone is still unknown. The OnePlus 6 will be made out of metal and glass, it will sport a display notch, and it will be fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core SoC.

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Dutch Retailer Confirms Some OnePlus 6 Pre-Order Details

Dutch retailer Belsimpel confirmed some pre-order details regarding the OnePlus 6, the next Android flagship from the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. The company is partnering with OnePlus to release the upcoming device in the Netherlands and will start taking advanced orders on the product immediately following its Wednesday announcement, at 6 PM local time (CEST). Belsimpel hasn’t revealed when it will start shipping the new handset but if previous OnePlus launches — both in Europe and other territories — are any indication, the OnePlus 6 will be released about a week after its official announcement, so pre-orders should start arriving to customers in the meantime.


The existence of pre-orders and the Belsimpel partnership itself also mark OnePlus’s official launch in the Netherlands, with the local retailer being in charge of handling warranties and offering consumers the ability to purchase the OnePlus 6 in installments. The collaboration will also guarantee the Android phablet is sold at its official prices in the Netherlands, though those have yet to be disclosed, with recent reports suggesting the device may start at around €500 or $600, depending on the market, hence possibly being somewhat more expensive than the OnePlus 5T which started at $500.

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The OnePlus 6 has already been leaked on multiple occasions, in addition to being the subject of a wide variety of reports in recent months. The latest such sighting was recorded several days back when the handset appeared in high-resolution renders on Amazon Germany, albeit the premature listing was removed within hours of being spotted. The base model of the device is still expected to feature 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space like the most affordable OnePlus 5T variant did, whereas the most premium one will now have 8GB of RAM and 256GB of flash memory, the Shenzhen-based company said last month. A dual-camera setup with a 20-megapixel sensor and another 16-megapixel one is also expected to be part of the package, together with a 16-megapixel front camera and Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS. As is the case with the majority of this year’s high-end mobile releases, AI is set to be a large focus of the OnePlus 6.

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OnePlus 6 Leaks In Even More Case Renders, Ahead Of Official Unveiling


The OnePlus 6 is slated to be unveiled later this week, at an event in London. Though that hasn’t stopped the leaks from coming fast and furious. Case makers are usually pretty quick to get their latest cases out for new smartphones, even before the smartphone has been announced. And that is the case here with the OnePlus 6. Many case makers have already listed their lineups for the OnePlus 6, and now there’s a few more cases appearing that show the renders of the OnePlus 6.


The images shown below, of the cases for the OnePlus 6, do give us a pretty good idea of what to expect with the upcoming device, but it doesn’t give us everything. It’s also worth pointing out that these are made from measurements that OnePlus has shared with case manufacturers ahead of the launch, and the looks are likely from leaks. So it’s important to take all of this with a grain of salt. But it does appear to lineup very closely with previous leaks of the OnePlus 6. Down to the notch on the front, the chin and the vertical cameras in the center of the back of the device. It does look an awful lot like the OPPO R15 that debuted last month in China, but the cameras have been moved around and turned vertical. Additionally, the fingerprint sensor is no longer a circle but a squircle. So there are still some changes here, but not too many.

OnePlus will be debuting the new smartphone on May 17, in London and it’ll be one of the biggest launches of the year. Which is a bit of an interesting thing, seeing as OnePlus is not one of the biggest smartphone makers out there. But it does have a rather large following. Many are expecting it to sport a 6-inch AMOLED display, and have the latest and greatest specs under the hood, including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and potentially, up to 256GB of storage. Essentially being an Android fan’s dream smartphone.

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OnePlus 6 First-Party Protective Cases Leak With Price Tags



A day before OnePlus 6 is set to go official, all its first-party accessories have apparently leaked. The set of products includes a handful of cases for the phone and a tempered glass screen protector. The leak also details their prices specific to the regions they’ll be launching in alongside the OnePlus 6. The leak reveals a total of six hard-shell back covers with different finishes – Ebony Wood, Karbon, Nylon Black, Red, Sandstone Black, and a Black Flip Cover. Their prices are said to vary from $19.95 to $29.95, with the source claiming that all of the prices seen in the gallery below are the exact figures for each region and not merely derived from currency conversions.


Besides back covers, the leaked accessories also include an alleged OnePlus-branded screen protector for the upcoming flagship that is said to cost £17.95 in the UK. The screen protector has black bezels on all sides to cover the entire front of the phone, except for the notch, for which a cutout has been included. The photos were leaked in a tweet which has since been taken down. Earlier today, a retail box of the OnePlus 6 leaked, revealing a familiar, minimalist design. Amazon Germany briefly listed the phone on its website earlier this month, revealing its official renders and EU prices. According to that source, the Android flagship will cost €519 or €569, depending on whether you opt for the 64GB or 128GB storage models.

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The handset is set to debut globally at a London event taking place tomorrow, May 16. It is expected to feature a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with 2,280 x 1,080 resolution and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone has been confirmed to come equipped with Qualcomm’s top-end Snapdragon 845 chipset that will be paired with either 6GB or 8 GB of RAM, in addition to boasting up to 256GB of flash memory. With a design overhaul, the upcoming flagship is said to feature a glass back, while some form of water resistance is also set to be part of the package. Two rear cameras will continue to be on offer but they will now be positioned centrally in a vertical orientation, as indicated by previous leaks.














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OnePlus 6 Packaging Leak Shows Familiar Box Design



A real-life image depicting what’s said to be the official retail packaging of the OnePlus 6 appeared online earlier this week, having been spotted on Twitter. The photograph that can be seen above shows a familiar design that’s virtually identical to the boxes in which the Chinese company shipped the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T, save for unsurprisingly having a large number six embedded into its front. A special edition of the OnePlus 6 themed after Marvel’s new Hollywood hit Avengers: Infinity War is also confirmed as coming soon, though a previous leak indicated that particular model will come in a much larger package, presumably because it will be bundled with some extra accessories and merchandise.

The OnePlus 6 has already been the subject of dozens of leaks, rumors, and reports over the course of the last several months and the phone maker itself disclosed many details about the upcoming Android flagship as part of its six-week teaser campaign which is set to be concluded today. The handset is expected to be offered in three variants, with the base model still having 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, whereas the other two will pack 8GB of RAM and deliver 128GB or 256GB of flash memory. Every version of the OnePlus 6 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip and sport an IP rating, feature a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a large 19:9 screen equipped with a notch, as per OnePlus’s previous teasers.

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A dual-camera setup similar to the one found on the back of the OnePlus 5T is also rumored to be part of the package, coming with a 20-megapixel sensor and a 16-megapixel one, with the duo supporting portrait mode and a number of artificial intelligence-enabled capabilities. The OnePlus 6 will be officially announced tomorrow, with pre-orders opening immediately following its debut. The Android 8.1 Oreo-powered handset should become available for purchase on a global level within a week, as indicated by the Chinese firm‘s previously employed product practices.
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OnePlus’ new headphones use magnets to pause playback

Music stops when you snap the Bullets Wireless buds together, and resumes when you separate them.



OnePlus didn't just have a new flagship phone to unveil today -- it's also got new Bluetooth headsets for its fans. The Bullets Wireless are $70 earphones that have magnetic buds that snap together to prevent tangles. When paired with a OnePlus 5/5T or 6, they also pause and resume music playback when stuck together and pulled apart, respectively. In the future, the company says it will add the ability to answer calls by unclipping the buds.




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This isn't the phone maker's first stab at making headphones, of course. In 2016, it released the Icon earbuds, and has two pairs of Bullet wired earphones. The Bullet Wireless is its first wireless option, although they're not truly wireless -- the two buds are still connected by a cable that wraps around (behind) your neck. You just won't need to plug them into your phone.
OnePlus promises about eight hours of battery life for the Bullets Wireless, but most intriguing is the support for the company's fast charge technology that should get you "five hours of continuous audio from 10 minutes of charging." I especially like that fast charge here is compatible with any international standard USB-C cable -- you don't have to use the company's special Dash charger like you do with the existing OnePlus phones.




The magnetic buds did a good job of keeping the Bullets Wireless from tangling up during my brief hands-on time with it. I wish there were a way to adjust the length of the cables so I could put the remote control in a more accessible spot, though. It hangs right by my jaw, and when reaching up for it I almost always knock the earbud out of my ear. Still, I enjoyed wearing the aluminum device as a faux necklace for a bit, and it's not a bad looking thing. The black-and-red aesthetic is subtle yet stylish when you look closely at the buds, and I'm thankful for its weather resistance (although OnePlus doesn't clarify the standard).
We can't discuss sound quality yet, unfortunately, nor any of the features like the magnetic triggers or launching Google Assistant by long pressing the play button. But if you already know you want the Bullets Wireless either way, it'll be available in early June on OnePlus.com. If you're concerned that the wireless headphones means the company is taking the headphone jack away, don't worry -- the OnePlus 6 still has the 3.5mm audio port. Phew!






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Hands On with the OnePlus 6







The latest device to come from OnePlus is the new OnePlus 6, heralded as ‘their greatest smartphone’. OP smash in some high profile specifications, such as a 6.28-inch 2280x1080 AMOLED display in a 19:9 aspect ratio, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, a dual camera solution featuring a Sony IMX363 sensor for a full minute of 480 FPS slo-mo video, and OP’s first all-glass Corning Gorilla Glass 5 design.
In our pre-briefing, our OP rep was extremely enthusiastic about the new model, citing the OP user base as inspiration for many of the new design features, as well as a continual feedback mechanism on design choices. The OP audience, or ‘descerning user’ as was described, require more screen and high performance, along with lasting battery. These come across as pretty obvious goals for any smartphone design, however we were told that OP users want what is best. This means that the Snapdragon 845 was the obvious choice, as well as the dual camera, a vibrant screen, and multiple features.
The display, a 6.28-inch 2280x1080 AMOLED display at 19:9, uses a notch and places a rectangular fingerprint sensor on the rear just under the camera to maximize the screen-to-body ratio. OnePlus goes in with both feet into enabling a notch design, much to the chagrin of a particular group of users, however the company has implemented a ‘notch-black’ option in the settings to black out the top bar and replace with icons. It was noted that some alternative notch options on the market go for a different arrangement of camera and speaker implementations, but because of the size of OP they played it relatively safe with a standard speaker grille and front-facing camera in the usual position.
Citing the Snapdragon 845, we confirmed that OP is using the SoC in its default configuration, however OP stated in our briefing that they have applied tweaks and techniques to improve the lag and responsiveness of the device over sustained periods of time (exactly how was not disclosed, although OP did affirm that they will not be special ‘benchmark’ modes on devices). OnePlus cited a +30% performance boost for the OP6 over the OP5T, combined with using 30% less power at the same time. This pairs with the 3300 mAh battery, as used on the OP5 and OP5T, with Dash Charge for faster charging.
On the camera side, the rear uses a dual camera setup for adaptive bokeh effects. Compared to the dual cameras in the top corner on the OP5T, the new phone will place the two cameras in the middle with one above the other, like many other flagship devices. The main rear camera is a 16MP Sony IMX363 with OIS and an f/1.7 aperture, suitable for taking up to one minute of 720p480 video due to the embedded sensor memory. This is different to the 960 FPS modes of other flagship devices (Sony, Samsung, Huawei) as it only runs at half frame rate but lengthens the recording time substantially. Due to the fewer bits per second running through the sensor, the data can be pushed to memory or storage fast enough to allow for the extended recording. This mode is a specific mode, allowing for the one minute of recording and post-processing. OnePlus notes that this 16MP sensor is 19% larger than the sensor on the OP5T. The second rear sensor is also a Sony sensor, but at 20 MP also with an f/1.7 aperture, but without OIS. The front camera is a 16 MP Sony camera, which uses Qualcomm’s integrated AI functionality to enable a portrait mode for selfies.
OnePlus is not giving the OP6 an official IP water resistance rating, but is going to promote the fact that they have done additional waterproofing to the device. In our briefing, we were spun an odd tale of how IP ratings are not that important to most users, and how it was better from a brand perspective to reinforce good water safety techniques when using their smartphones. The way in which the waterproofing was presented juxtaposed the nature of OP having technical savvy users and dismissing the technical verification an IP rating would provide.
For storage and memory, OnePlus is segregating the options depending on the color of the model. There will be two initial launch colors, Mirror Black and Midnight Black, with a third limited edition Silk White color coming at a later date. The Mirror Black will be available in 6GB+64GB and 8GB+128GB versions, the Midnight Black will be available in 8GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB versions, and the Silk White will only be available in 8GB+128GB. In our briefing, OP did not comment on the type of memory (likely LPDDR4X), the memory frequency, or the storage type (eMMC or UFS) as the information was not to hand. OP did not confirm how many SIM cards the devices will take but did state that there is no expanded storage option.
On the three colors, as the phones are now glass back and front, the color is bonded to the underside of the glass. The Mirror Black is the reflective model, easily showing fingerprints, while the Midnight Black we were told use a thin black film with thousands of imperceivable small holes to elicit a polished metallic look. It is a little disconcerting to ‘see’ the metal look, but when touching it the feel is clearly glass. The final Silk White color is going to be a definite favorite: we were told that OnePlus uses a thin layer of crushed pearl to create the look, and it makes for a brilliant white – the glass surface is also super smooth to the touch. The goal is apparently to give it a ceramic look but still with the benefits of an all-glass design.
Now that the design is all-glass, we did question OP about wireless charging. We were presented with a similar diatribe to that of other companies about why the phone does not have it: it isn’t as quick as the fast charging method, it requires extra accessories to function, homes/environments are more built to cables than to wireless charging, and it adds to the cost of the device. I feel these arguments are fairly weak, given that wireless charging is not an alternative to wired charging, it is an addition to it – it gives a device extra points for ease of use, and minimal extra cost. The fact that it isn’t as fast as a fast charging method is neither here nor there – wireless charging pads are obviously not the choice for fast charging but allow users to charge phones at desks without dealing with wires. I’m at the stage in my smartphone life where wireless charging is now a feature I want in a device, and I will buy the accessories to do so if I do not have them already. We were told that OP is still open to the idea, if and when the infrastructure for wireless charging is more widespread or it becomes a major customer demand. When asked what percentage of users correlates to such a customer demand, it was said that many factors go into such a decision and a simple number doesn’t do the decision making justice.
Additional features on the OnePlus 6 include a staged slider button, similar to the OP5T, but this time on the right-hand side of the phone rather than the left. This offers three easy volume options: silent, alert, or normal, and can be used with the volume rocker. Along with the position change, the OP6 uses a different notification style for this staged slider, making it less intrusive. The slider is also textured differently to the other buttons on the device to make it more distinctive when fumbling in a pocket to silence the phone.
Software wise, we were told that the OP6 has adjusted the way it loads games such that it can use the GPU to improve loading times. Unfortunately, our rep had no further details on this, although I would assume they meant that the OS was loading pre-compiled shaders, rather than using the GPU to issue kernel calls for loading data out of storage. There is also a data prioritization tool that will adjust the network stack processing of the device and fast-track the data packets from any white-listed application: this is mainly focused on games, and each application will have to be manually added for this feature to work. The idea here is that while games do not require immense bandwidth, forcing the packets through the device faster could assist with latency. The OP6 also comes with a gaming battery saver mode that decreases the screen resolution and detail in order to extend the battery.

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OnePlus: Here's why the notch isn't going away anytime soon

In an exclusive interview, co-founder Carl Pei talks about the new OnePlus 6, the future of the company and controversies like its credit card breach.
With sunlight pouring in from a giant sliding door in a suite at Palo Alto, Calif.'s luxury Nobu hotel, Carl Pei sits on a firm grey couch. It's early April and he has a lot on his plate. The company he helped co-found is a month away from announcing the new OnePlus 6 in London. On top of that, nearly a week ago, he caught flak on -- where else? -- Twitter for a tweet.
In an attempt to pre-empt the criticism OnePlus would catch for adding an iPhone X-style notch on its new flagship, Pei wrote, "Learn to love the notch" with a winking emoji. Soon after, he received backlash for its perceived dismissive and condescending tone.
"People didn't understand what I meant and they were quite upset," he said. "That's why I deleted it."
Because the notch can be turned off with a software update, OnePlus fans won't have to gripe too much about it. But his comments are noteworthy because the notch is the most obvious change in the latest flagship phone from a company that breaks the tradition of working with retail distributors and wireless carriers.
OnePlus instead excels at building up its own hype with an active presence on social media and Reddit. It also collaborates with famous French designers, releases limited-edition colors at low inventory and sets up pop-ups with trendy retailers such as Hypebeast and Colette, the iconic streetwear store in Paris. Oftentimes, it's as if each new OnePlus phone launch has the same buildup as the next big underground sneaker drop.
Carl Pei holding the OnePlus 6
Josh Miller/CNET Founded in 2013 when Pei was 24, OnePlus is known for high-end phones packed with the latest hardware and priced more affordably than top-tier alternatives like the Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel phones. Alongside Oppo and Vivo, it's one of three phone makers owned by the Chinese corporation, BKK Electronics.
With no US carrier distribution for nowand a US market share of only 0.4 percent of phones shipped according to the industry analysis company IDC, OnePlus is mostly known among Android enthusiasts. In its early years, word-of-mouth, super low prices (the first One started at $299, or about £180 and AU$320), and controversial promo campaignshelped the company garner a grassroots fanbase made up of passionate loyalists.
But this "cool" factor OnePlus gained in a short amount of time isn't immune to judgement. Bad tweets notwithstanding, its phones have been accused of looking too uncannily similar to its fellow BKK subsidiary Oppo (compare the OnePlus 5and Oppo R11, for instance).
In June 2017, XDA Developers reported that the OnePlus 5 skewed benchmark scores -- a practice not entirely unusual among phone companies. Later that October, the company was found to be collecting an inordinate amount of user data. That was all topped off in January 2018, when the company confirmed that up to 40,000 OnePlus customers had their credit card information exposed due to a November hack.
But these setbacks don't deter Pei. And with the launch set for May 16, the only thing left to do is hope that the risks the company took with the OnePlus 6 will work in its favor instead of against it.
Like it or not, the notch is here

Engraved on the back of the OnePlus 6 is something that hasn't been seen since the first OnePlus One phone in 2014. It's a simple, short descriptor that reads "Designed by OnePlus." But it shows how proud Pei and the design team is, with Pei even proclaiming the OnePlus 6 as the company's "boldest design."

That's not exactly surprising for a co-founder of a company to say. But the OnePlus 6 does look different than past years because of the black notch that sits above the phone's display. A point of contention among phone users, the notch was first implemented by The Essential Phone and the Sharp Aquos S2, but it was the Apple iPhone X popularized the feature. Other Android phones like the Asus Zenfone 5, Huawei P20 and LG G7 have it too.

The notch on the OnePlus 6.
Josh Miller/CNET For Pei, the notch was a practical choice -- one that may be interim but benefits the user nonetheless. It's a kind of compromise that gives a smidge more screen real estate without increasing the overall size of the phone. And if you can't stand the notch, a software update will let you can black out the rest of the top of the screen for a more traditional look.
Until a more elegant solution presents itself, Pei believes this is where the industry is heading, with or without user approval.
"My intention was just to tell them that this is the overall trend," he said. "It's going to happen… but I guess people didn't really understand it that way."
OnePlus 6's design: Not so black and white

To consumers, especially those who aren't privy to the design process of phones, most devices can't help but look the same. This is particularly true for the front of phones, and it's a reason why companies concentrate on the backside to differentiate themselves.
For instance, OnePlus is introducing a white and rose gold OnePlus 6 variant that has crushed pearls mixed into one of its five glass layers. And its two black models each have a subtle design detail in addition to their different finishes.
For the glossy Mirror Black version, there's a barely-there, almost imperceptible drop shadow on the OnePlus logo. As for the Midnight Black matte phone, Pei says that "this design has a secret."
The white and rose gold OnePlus 6.
Andrew Hoyle/CNET This "secret" is the way the light reflects on the phone in a distinct S-shape. It's no earth shaker, but it's eye-catching when you notice it. Throwing in aesthetic Easter eggs isn't completely unusual with phones. In the original Pixel, the glass shade of the silver and blue color variants are tinted yellow for a multicolored sheen known as a dichroic effect. There was no practical reason for it, as there is no practical reason for this S-shape, but it's the small details industrial designers like to put in.
It's such details in the matte variant that draws Pei in, and it's why he chose that version as his personal phone.
"I'm not the flashy type of person," he said, musing over the Midnight Black model. "But it also has a little bit of attitude in strong light."
OnePlus hack: 'I can never promise that it's not going to happen again'

If you focus on the US, you might think that OnePlus is still a small fry. It's ranked twelfth in phone shipments in the US according to IDC data, which is far behind Apple and Samsung.
But being a high-volume phone maker isn't the company's modus operandi to begin with, and OnePlus considers itself to be doing well in the global sense. Revenue doubled in the last year to 1.4 billion. In the last quarter of 2017, 48 percent of premium Android phones in India (as in, phones that cost more than $400) were OnePlus phones.
That growth, however, comes with its fair share of problems.
Josh Miller/CNET In November, OnePlus was targeted by "a malicious script" that sniffed out its customers' credit card info, according to OnePlus' statement. A cursory poll initiated by a OnePlus forum user later reported 375 cases of fraudulent charges made after a recent OnePlus transaction.
It took until January for the issue to be brought to OnePlus' attention, and by that time the credit card information of 40,000 customers were already exposed.
Offering its apologies, OnePlus assured users that it moved its payments to a third-party site, conducted an in-depth security audit, set up an advisory panel of outside experts and offered one year of credit monitoring. But Pei acknowledges this can only cover so much.
"We were actually targeted by hackers for the credit card breach," said Pei. "I can never promise that it's not going to happen again."
Months before the hack in October, OnePlus was also caught mining the personal data of its users. Pei defended OnePlus' actions, stating it was to "better understand general phone behavior" and optimize the phone's OS.
But after more user criticism, OnePlus said it would pull back its data collection, allow users to opt out of usage analytics and delete all the data the company had collected before implementing the opt-out feature.
Fast forward to today and Pei assured that user privacy is still a priority, perhaps even more so now that the General Data Protection Regulation will take effect soon. GDPR is a European Union-wide piece of legislation that will be enforced on May 25. It sets stricter security requirements on companies when it comes to data collection and privacy.
"We lost a little bit of trust," said Pei about OnePlus' reputation following the incidents last year.
No interest in VR or AR

In addition to facing these challenges in one of the most competitive industries, OnePlus has to futureproof its own relevance at the same time. That means parsing through what's real and what's hype.
For instance, Pei believes the phone industry's interest in augmented reality, VR and artificial intelligence technology is overhyped -- at least for now. It also isn't ready to leave the headphone jack behind just yet, though OnePlus launched its first pair of wireless earbuds so the option is available if people want it.

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There are, however, things worth investing in. Pei confirmed OnePlus is setting down roots for 5G technology, for example, and the OnePlus 6 is its first Gigabit LTE capable phone. Qualcomm also included OnePlus as one of its partners to produce some of the first 5G flagship phones for 2019.
"Our business model has never changed," said Pei. "We wanted to create the best Android flagship smartphone and sell it at a fair price."
Josh Miller/CNET In the US, OnePlus is continuing to develop carrier partnerships. Although Pei didn't get into much specifics on that either, he did say "progress is going well."
To break through the phone industry is an arduous task. But to break through and survive five years later is especially impressive. Though it's hard to predict what will happen down the line for any phone company, OnePlus' one-track goal of making one to two affordable but high-performing phones is working in its favor -- much to the surprise of nearly everybody.
Being the top phone company would be the ideal, of course. But neither OnePlus nor Pei is in any rush to try. And just like the hypebeast cool it tries to mirror, the kind of appeal that's effortless, it's not even on Pei's mind to be number one, two or three.
"Being number three is not something we're actually focused on," said Pei. "The reasons why we're able to be successful is because we're so focused on only having one product...OnePlus equals flagships, the best flagships."
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OnePlus 6 specifications: More expensive, more swagger

One more time.

There's nothing particularly exciting about the spec sheet of the OnePlus 6, and that's perhaps the point. While everyone fretted that OnePlus would position its latest phone as a high-cost flagship to contend with the Galaxy S9s and iPhone Xs of the world, the price has jumped only modestly, in conjunction with its overall feature set.

  • Operating system
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
    OxygenOS
  • Display
  • 6.28-inch Optic AMOLED, 2280x1080 (19:9 aspect ratio)
    Gorilla Glass 5
  • Processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core
    Adreno 630 GPU
  • Storage
  • 64GB (Mirror Black)
    128GB (Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White)
    256GB (Midnight Black)
  • RAM
  • 6GB (Mirror Black)
    8GB (Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White)
    LPDDR4X
  • Rear camera 1
  • 16MP (IMX 519), 1.22-micron pixels, ƒ/1.7
    OIS, EIS
    Dual LED flash
  • Rear camera 2
  • 20MP (IMX 376k), 1-micron pixels, ƒ/1.7
  • Rear video
  • 4K @ 60 fps, 1080p @ 60FPS
    720p @ 480FPS slo-mo (max values)
  • Front camera
  • 16MP (IMX 371), 1-micron pixels, f/2.0
    1080p 30FPS video
  • Battery
  • 3300mAh
    Non-removable
  • Charging
  • USB-C
    Dash Charge
  • Water resistance
  • Splash resistance
    No IP rating
  • Security
  • One-touch fingerprint sensor
    Face unlock
  • Connectivity
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, 2x2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, aptX HD
    USB-C (2.0), NFC
    GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
  • Network
  • 4xCA, 256QAM, DL Cat 16, UL Cat 13
    FDD-LTE Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
    TDD-LTE Band 34/38/39/40/41
    TD-SCDMA Band 34/39
    HSPA Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
    CDMA Band BC0/BC1
  • Dimensions
  • 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75 mm
  • Weight
  • 177 grams
  • Colors
  • Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Silk White

Pricing chart

The OnePlus 6 now comes in three storage sizes, with a new 256GB option (paired with 8GB of RAM and only available in Midnight Black) pushing the phone above $600 for the first time.

Device USD EUR GBP CAD 6/64 $529 €519 £469 $699 8/128 $579 €569 £519 $769 8/256 $629 €619 £569 $839
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OnePlus Confirms Where You Can Buy Your New OnePlus 6







Although the world’s geekerati have this Wednesday marked in their diaries for the launch of the OnePlus 6 in London, the real challenge will not be getting a ticket to the event. It will be getting a hold of the latest handset as quickly as possible.
Luckily, OnePlus has confirmed some of the earliest retail opportunities.
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The Shenzhen-based company will have a number of ‘pop-up’ stores appearing around the world less than a week after the launch of the OnePlus 6, allowing the hardcore fans to get their hands on what is shaping to be one of this year’s most powerful handset.
This isn’t the first time OnePlus has leaned into pop-up sales - after all it does create a lot of online buzz and social media traction from a very small number of handsets - so it should come as no surprise that it is happening. Naturally OnePlus are pushing the fact that you have to be ‘fast’ to get a hold of the handset, and using that ‘speed’ to cross promote the specifications of the smartphone.



London will not only host the launch even on the 16th May, but will also be home to one of the pop-up stores (it’s at Kachette, 347 Old Street, and is open from 12 noon). Other major pop-ups will be found in Berlin, Milan, Paris, and Utrecht, with the full list available at OnePlus’ website.


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OnePlus copied the iPhone X, but it also improved Apple’s design in one important way















Like most other smartphone vendors out there, OnePlus has a history of copying Apple’s iPhone designs. The notion of Android vendors copying Apple’s iPhone designs is obviously nothing new. But last year’s OnePlus 5 is notable because it was one of the most blatant iPhone copies we had seen in quite some time. In a nutshell, the OnePlus 5 was an iPhone 7 Plus that ran Android. I mean, look at this thing. Not only did it sport the same design, OnePlus even copied elements of Apple’s software design, such as the camera UI. That was particularly ironic, because the OnePlus 5 also copied the iPhone 7 Plus’ dual-lens rear camera and used the second lens for the exact same features as Apple’s iPhone: Optical zoom and a portrait mode effect.
In 2018, OnePlus dialed things back a bit. Sort of. Yes, one of the first things you’ll notice about the newly announced OnePlus 6 is that it has a notch cut out of the top of the display, and it’s shaped just like the one on the iPhone X. The OnePlus 6 is one of dozens of Android phones that copy the iPhone X’s display design, though — you can see 20 Android-powered iPhone X copycats all in one place right here. There are a few other ways the OnePlus 6 takes inspiration from Apple, but there’s also one important way that this phone improves upon Apple’s iPhone X design

For the first time ever, we found a group of people who love Apple’s iPhone design even more than Apple fanboys: Android phone designers. In 2018, Android handset designers around the world apparently decided to take the year off. Why bother putting all that time, effort, and money into designing your own phone when Apple can do all the heavy lifting for you? We’ve seen countless iPhone copycats over the years, but we’ve never seen quite so many Android phone makers all copy Apple at once.
The new OnePlus 6 wouldn’t have a notch in its display had it not been for Apple’s iPhone X. That said, we’ve seen some Android phones out there that are complete iPhone X copycats from top to bottom. The OnePlus 6 might have the iPhone X’s notch, but it’s one of the tamest examples we’ve seen among Android phones that swiped Apple’s display design. The rest of the phone doesn’t look like the iPhone X at all. Actually, it sort of looks like someone slapped the front of the iPhone X onto the back of the LG G7 ThinQ… which is a phone that also stole Apple’s iPhone X display design, so I suppose one might say the OnePlus 6 simply looks like an LG G7 ThinQ.
There is one other way OnePlus might have taken inspiration from Apple, actually, and it’s a bit bizarre. Smartphones with glass backs have existed for years, but Apple didn’t switch to a design with an all-glass back until 2017 when it added wireless charging support to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. This was a design decision born of necessity since current wireless charging technology doesn’t work efficiently through aluminum.
Purely by coincidence, I’m sure, OnePlus decided to adopt a new design for the OnePlus 6 this year that also uses a glass back. What’s so bizarre about that? Well, OnePlus decided to switch from a metal back to a more fragile glass back on the OnePlus 6… but it didn’t add wireless charging support to the phone.
That particular decision was a bit odd, sure, but the end result is a new flagship smartphone that looks fantastic. And there’s one thing in particular about the OnePlus 6’s design that I actually believe to be a big improvement over Apple’s iPhone X. It’s something I’ve discussed several times in the past here on the site: The size.
The 5.8 inch display measurement on the iPhone X is somewhat misleading. Yes, the phone’s beautiful OLED does in fact measure 5.8 inches diagonally. But the iPhone X’s excessively narrow aspect ratio of 19.5:9 means the total surface area of the display isn’t very large at all. In fact, the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus actually has a bigger display than the 5.8-inch iPhone X.
OnePlus’ display on the OnePlus 6 measures 6.28 inches diagonally, and it’s sooooo much better. The aspect ratio is about the same at 19:9, but the added size makes all the difference in the world. The iPhone X can feel a bit cramped at times, and fonts can be a bit small on some pages. Meanwhile, everything is crystal clear on the OnePlus 6’s nice big display.
As I’ve mentioned a few times on the site — most recently in a post titled “2018 might be the first year I don’t buy a flagship iPhone” — this is going to be a tricky year for me and countless other iPhone users out there who are in the same boat. Finding the right balance between screen size and overall phone size is tough.
Apple’s upcoming “iPhone X Plus” is expected to have a 6.5-inch screen, and I think that’s going to make the phone too large to be used comfortably with one hand. There will supposedly be a 6.1-inch iPhone model as well, and it might end up being the perfect size. But that model will have an LCD screen instead of OLED, less impressive specs, and maybe even a “chin” bezel at the bottom (which would be a deal-breaker).
The OnePlus 6 is a great size with its 6.28-inch display. It’s narrower and a bit shorter than the iPhone 8 Plus, so it’s a bit more comfortable to use with one hand. I still wouldn’t mind a phone that’s a tiny bit narrower though, and the 6.1-inch iPhone will likely fit the bill. Now it’s just a matter of waiting to find out exactly what the tradeoffs will be for people who opt for Apple’s upcoming mid-range iPhone model.
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OnePlus 6 Official Wallpapers Now Available: Download

OnePlus had introduced its new flagship, the OnePlus 6, yesterday, and if you’ve wanted to get your hands on the wallpapers that get included on the phone, well, you’re in luck. The OnePlus 6’s official set of wallpapers popped up on Hampus Olsson’s website, a person who designed them for OnePlus. If you check out the gallery down below, you will be able to see all of those wallpapers, though keep in mind that they are compressed, if you’d like to get them in their full size, click the download link / banner which is located below the article. That link will take you to Mr. Olsson’s website, where all of these wallpapers are available in 2K, 4K, and Never Settle versions, same as last year.

As you can see, these are abstract wallpapers that look well on AMOLED displays, such as the one included in the OnePlus 6. Mr. Olsson played around with quite a few colors in order to create these wallpapers, and if you’re into such designs, well, there are five wallpapers for you to choose from. Having said that, OnePlus had introduced three variants of its new flagship, Midnight Black, Mirror Black, and Silk White models have been announced by the company. All three of these phones are made out of metal and glass, though they do offer somewhat different designs, which results in a different in-hand feel. A Mirror Black variant of the phone comes with a back cover which reminds us of ceramic, and it is reflective, while the Midnight Black version sports a matte look, even though it also comes with a glass back. A Silk White model offers a slightly different feel, and it is probably the grippiest of all three variants, though it will also go on sale later on, on June 5, while the other two models will become available on May 22.
The OnePlus 6 is fueled by the Snapdragon 845 64-bit octa-core SoC, while it sports a 6.28-inch fullHD+ Full Optic AMOLED display. The phone comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, depending on the model, and it is available in 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage flavors. A rear-facing fingerprint scanner is also a part of this package, as is a 3,300mAh battery. 16 and 20-megapixel cameras are placed on the back of the phone, while you will find a single 16-megapixel camera on its front side.










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Opinion: Don’t Buy The OnePlus Bullet Wireless Hype, Expect $69 Earphones



OnePlus unveiled the OnePlus 6 earlier today and in doing so tried to ‘surprise’ everyone by announcing two products. The “two new products” confirmation came through at the start of the event with a view to OnePlus trying to add to excitement and anticipation to what the other product could be. However, unlike its other non-phone product launches, the second product is once again looking like it will be a disappointment, and more hype than anything else. First thing’s first, the other product OnePlus announced today is a new pair of earphones, the OnePlus Bullet Wireless. It is difficult to really isolate what the main selling point is although OnePlus did debut these earphones as if they had literally just invented the headphone. And this is not even an exaggeration as here are a few quotes made during the event prior to the actual unveiling

We will only create products if we can do better than what is out there
This is the reason we have not offered you a wireless audio product yet.”

We finally have something that’s worth bringing to the world.”
Sounds like something amazing, right? Well, in reality what they announced was a $69 pair of headphones. That is it. Yes, the price is good, but a good price does not make a good product. In fact, the opposite is usually much more true and especially when it comes to an audio product as there are limitations in mind with audio products due to a compromise on the quality of the materials and hardware. Unlike other products and markets, audio still primarily remains a hardware thing. And on that note there was very little of substance when it come to the Bullet Wireless with OnePlus not provided any actual specs. The website listing doesn’t either and so the frequency response, signal-to-noise ratio, and so on, are all unknown, conveniently. Although the page listing does confirm Bluetooth 4.1 is in use – which by today’s standards is below par. After all, the new OnePlus 6 comes with Bluetooth 5.0.
Instead of the actual specs OnePlus has opted to focus much more on very select and questionable features. For example, according to OnePlus “the really cool part” is they are magnetic. Though, not quite sure why this is so cool as it’s certainly not groundbreaking due to the number of earphones that already come with magnet support. Arguably, it is usually the cheaper options that mostly tout this feature as high-end audio products normally focus more on the actual quality of the sound as “the cool part.” Which is another point to note, as like the hardware, the announcement from OnePlus only barely touches on the sound quality and does so more as an afterthought than the main selling point. For example again, OnePlus states due to the inclusion of Qualcomm aptX support along with “powerful hardware”, these earphones “are tuned to deliver the best possible audio experience.” If this is not just marketing spiel, than what is? No actual detailed information on what it means beyond the soundbite. Although the company has said the design makes use of an “energy tube” approach to essentially funnel sound to the ear. This funneling supposedly helps to make it sound better though it remains unclear why channeling alone increases quality compared to volume. Again, better and quality in audio land are highly contentious issues and especially nowadays where most companies try to compensate on quality through artificial tweaks. Making things sound better than they actually are.
What is more interesting is these are built upon the standards set out “with the critically acclaimed Bullets V2.” This is a point to note as “critically acclaimed” suggests these are somehow at the pinnacle of audio reproduction which is very far from the truth. In fact, most reviews of the Bullets V2 specifically comment on the quality in respect of the very cheap price. In other words, for the money they are good quality. That is not the same as saying they are good quality. While you might be getting a lot for what you pay for, you are only getting what you pay for. This is not too far from what I found with the original ‘Silver Bullets’ from OnePlus released back in 2014. Here’s a direct quote from that summary of the company’s first foray into the headphone market.
After using the Silver Bullets solidly for almost a week the issue is that they feel like two different products. The first is the OnePlus earphones and with that in mind there is this issue of the ‘expectation of quality’. In reality, this is the company’s first proper aftermarket accessory and it should have hit with some force. But that is not the case. If you just focus on the fact that these are OnePlus then they are overall disappointing. The product feels cheap and lacks all the touches we have come to know from OnePlus and the One. The sound quality is good but in an average way with no particular excellent or worthwhile features. The control panel is poor, lacks the tactile clarity and quite often annoys more than it does its job.”
Which probably sums up OnePlus’ audio ambitions fairly adequately and quite likely will be an apt description for the new Bullet Wireless. If you focus on the price alone then you are probably getting a good product for the money. But to think of these as a game-changer or as “something that’s worth bringing to the world” then, no. Just, no.
Skipping passed the price-to-quality ratio, the Bullet Wireless also come with some, not a lot, of additional features. One of which is Google Assistant integration. Yes, this is useful, though, this is now as commonplace on headphones, as headphones themselves. Then there is the added magnetic feature which is one of the few things OnePlus made a push with during the announcement. In short, these earphones offer a ‘magnetic resume’ feature which stops playback when they are ‘snapped’ together and resumes playback when they are unsnapped from each other. There are two things to note about this. Firstly, this is not that useful of a feature, and there are far better implementations of the same feature. For example, earphones which pause/stop the music when taken out of the ear and resume when inserted back in the ear. So the OnePlus implementation is nothing new, noteworthy or as good as existing solutions. What is probably more pertinent though is the second point, as according to the OnePlus announcement on the Bullet Wireless, this feature only works with OnePlus-branded phones. Here’s the direct quote.
The earbuds magnetically snap together to prevent tangles, and when used with a OnePlus 5/5T or 6, clipping them together will automatically pause music. Unclipping them will then resume the music, exactly from where it was left, and unclipping them will also answer an incoming phone calls.”
So, it would seem that unless you own a OnePlus phone (and a recent one at that) this feature is redundant with the magnetic quality simply reverting back to just being a way to store the earphone when not in use – something offered by a number of manufacturers. Which again, is not quite the same as one of the main selling points and “the really cool part” OnePlus claims. Last, but not least, is the feature OnePlus now seems destined to talk about forever – Dash Charge. For those new to this, Dash Charge is the company’s own fast-charging solution and offers owners of a OnePlus phone ‘a day’s power in half an hour.’ While that statement itself is fairly questionable on a false marketing stance, the technology has now migrated over to these earphones where OnePlus reckon five hours (of the total eight hours available) of power can be gained in a charge as quick as 10 minutes. On the surface this is probably the only feature worth noting with the headphones, and even then it is only partially worth noting. For example, is OnePlus claiming a full (eight hours worth of power) is achievable in around 16 minutes of charging? In theory, that is what the company is saying though in reality it is not what the company has said. Which raises the question of whether or not you will actually get five hours of usage from a 10-minute charge. In addition, there is the issue of whether this is actually a needed feature or not. While all headphone makers are now speeding up the time it takes to get a charge for their products, this is not the same issue as with smartphones – as the demand placed on this product is not the same. Those who have zero battery left on a phone will need a substantial amount of battery available for their phone to run for any reasonable amount of time as it is such a resource-demanding product. Headphones are not, and typically speaking people only need enough battery to get them through a commute or their next gym visit. Neither of which will be five hours. This is one of those arbitrary numbers that has been suggested by OnePlus as a marketing angle, not something that actually matters. Full charge time, yes it matters. One-hour’s worth of charge, yes it matters. But from a marketing perspective neither of these chime with ‘ten minutes.’
Wrap up
So are the Bullet Wireless earphones actual competition for Apple’s AirPods, Google’s Pixel Buds, or Samsung’s Gear IconX, or for that matter, the wealth of personal audio products from actual top tier audio brands. No, of course they are not. Even their price clearly argues that OnePlus does not consider them to be of that caliber. As while the company does always look to undercut the competition, the OnePlus 6 is proving that heightened quality does come at a higher cost. Which is the main point being argued here, if you are in the market for a new pair of headphones then at $69 these might not be a bad option. Though, even at that price they will not be the best option for the money. There will be, and are, better options already available that won’t get the same media coverage that these OnePlus-branded earphones will. The takeaway, don’t believe the hype with a $69 pair of earphones – they are $69 for a reason.
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OnePlus 6: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly



The OnePlus 6 is now official and with it OnePlus has now entered the 2018 smartphone market alongside other flagships. While the phone isn’t a whole lot different on the design side of things compared to the OnePlus 5T it is different in some respects visually and it comes with all-new hardware on the inside, as well as new software in the way of the Android P beta that will be available for the device. Like every new top-end smartphone from a well-known and popular brand, the OnePlus 6 has lots to love about it, but there are also some things which could benefit from a change. There are always instances in which a device could be improved and the OnePlus 6 is no different in this regard. That said it might not be as easy as one might think to distinguish some of the bad and ugly things about the phone from the good things.

The Good
First things first, the design. The OnePlus 6 may not have a design which is completely different from the last phone that OnePlus put out, but it does come with a design that has a refined visual style and enough changes to set it apart from the previous handset. Whether you like the Midnight Black, the Mirror Black, or the White with Gold trim the most, the OnePlus 6 does have a stylish look about it that will make it an eye-catching product. It’s using materials like metal and glass (metal for the frame and glass for the back on all three color variants) which help to give the phone a premium look and feel, and though it does come with a notch which is not going to be to everyone’s liking, the display on the OnePlus 6 is big and bright, providing a lot of screen real estate for users to interact with the many features that are capable of being used on an Android device these days.

The OnePlus 6 also comes with a dual camera setup on the back, comprised of a 20-megapixel main sensor and a 16-megapixel secondary sensor. The sensors used are no doubt going to allow the OnePlus 6 to produce some great shots, but perhaps the better part about the camera is the added ease of use for functions like the zoom. With the OnePlus 6, OnePlus moved the Alert Slider to the right-hand side of the phone, and part of the reasoning for this is that OnePlus designed the slider to have an additional function of providing the user with a way to zoom in and out on subjects when using the camera so they don’t have to touch the screen for this purpose. No matter how you look at it this is a pretty useful improvement especially if you hate having a dirty screen that’s been gunked up by fingerprints and smudges. Granted, the display will still get smudges from regular use, but less so by cutting out some interaction that has to be made with it, and as the camera is a main selling point of the phone it’s likely that many of the consumers who buy it will be using the camera quite a bit, which could have led to increased amounts of touching the screen for zooming in or out. OnePlus obviously had the foresight to counteract this by simply switching sides for the Alert Slider and adding a function to it, not to mention it’s probably easier to use the slider for a zoom function than pinching to zoom on the screen.
The phone also comes with options in the way of model variations beyond the three color choices. More specifically, there are options for three different amounts of storage, the first being 64GB which also comes with 6GB of RAM, and this is just the base model. There are also options for 128GB of storage and 256GB of storage, both of which come with 8GB of RAM, and to boot all of these models will cost less than $650. The 64GB version will be $529, the 128GB version will be $579, and the 256GB version will be $629, so for less than a Google Pixel 2 XL with 128GB of storage, or a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus with just 64GB of storage, you could pick up a OnePlus 6 with 256GB of storage and more RAM than either of those phones, with the same processor as the Galaxy S9 Plus and a very similar sized display, complete with a fingerprint sensor, the latest Android software, and quite a few other features. Whether or not you’re a fan of OnePlus there’s no denying that it’s offering up some pretty good value here with top-tier specs. Now, storage won’t be a huge importance for everyone, but if you tend to store a lot of apps, games, and media then you’ll want as much storage as you can get as it tends to fill up faster and faster these days, especially with the growing size of some app or game APKs and the increasing quality of images and video that smartphones are putting out. Then there’s the factor of the phone performance slowing down just a tad if you have loads of things installed on it, so the larger amount o RAM is definitely a benefit here too. Any way you look at it these are good options, and they’re points worth highlighting on OnePlus’ latest device.
The phone also continues with the use of Dash Charge to get “a day’s power in half an hour” so users are going to be able to expect decent battery life out of the phone, and that’s always a good thing about any product that runs off of a battery. With smartphones battery life is probably the single biggest concern for the majority of smartphone owners, and while the technology of the battery itself hasn’t changed much through any of OnePlus’ devices or any from other manufacturers for that matter, the charging technology has steadily improved over the last few years and the OnePlus 6 sticks with this focus.
The Bad
Just as the OnePlus 6 has quite a few good things about it, there are also some bad things which could have been improved upon. The notch is sure to be a pain point for many consumers. It won’t bother everyone and some will actually like it, but it has already received negative attention and this is something that OnePlus should have perhaps left out, opting instead to have a more minimal bezel on the top and bottom like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus. The inclusion of the notch is not only proof that OnePlus is following a trend that too many manufacturers are hopping on board with, but it also presents the problem of developers having to design their apps and games to fit the design of the displays with notches. Yes, you can “hide” the notch on the OnePlus 6 just like you can on other devices that have it, such as the LG G7 ThinQ and the ASUS ZenFone 5, but you aren’t “really” hiding it as the notch is still there physically, the software simply offers a feature which blacks out that extra space next to the notch to make it appear as if the phone has that slim bezel up top. This is better than nothing for those who don’t care for this design choice, but the phone would be better without it entirely. That said, this is one of the smallest notches of any of the devices that come with one, so perhaps that’s one silver lining.
Once again OnePlus has also chosen to leave out wireless charging. Despite the phone having a decent capacity battery and fast charging capabilities with Dash Charge, this system still requires the user to plug the phone in, and even though wireless charging may end up being a bit lower than this method, some users prefer to have the option of charging the phone without cables, yet it’s not an option here. OnePlus firmly believes that using the USB Type-C cable and its Dash Charge technology is a better method than wireless charging, and adding wireless charging may have caused OnePlus to have to add additional money onto the end cost of the phone, so the company has its reasons for leaving it out. However, it’s 2018 and numerous other manufacturers are adding it to their flagships without too much of a compromise. The OnePlus 6 should have it too.
The Ugly
If there’s anything about the device that could be considered ugly it would have to be the time at which the device is coming to market, halfway through the year is only a couple of weeks away and the device launches officially on May 22, which is next week Tuesday. More to the point though is that OnePlus may very well release a revised version of the OnePlus 6 later in the year, with minimal upgrades and just a handful of small changes. Though there’s no evidence of this just yet, this has been OnePlus’ device release strategy for the last couple of years and there’s no reason to suggest that things will change until OnePlus itself confirms it’ll stick to one major flagship per year, which would give people more time to enjoy the device they’ve just purchased, without potentially alienating those who hopped on the initial version only to feel snubbed six months later when a slightly better version is launched. Other than this, there’s not too much to dislike.
Wrap Up
Love it or hate it, OnePlus is a company that knows what it’s doing to some degree with its hardware. It’s fairly active on its own forums providing users with updated information about the status of new software, or fixing bugs or device issues, something which it has learned over the years, and you have to give OnePlus some credit for sticking with top-tier hardware through every iteration of its flagship smartphone, even if that hardware was also available in flagships from other brands. OnePlus has also been pretty decent with its design choices, and even with the notch the OnePlus 6 is a pretty good looking phone, particularly in the Silk White model with the Gold trim, though the notch still could have been left out. On top of all that the storage and RAM options are certainly enticing and they’ll be available at some pretty decent prices for the available amounts of space and memory, and that shouldn’t be overlooked. Are they more expensive than OnePlus’ first and second phones which were both available for around $450 or less? Of course they are, but they’re also using better hardware and giving users more room to store things, and by comparison, the 256GB model at $629 is hard to ignore when you consider the Galaxy S9 Plus at its price for less than half that amount of storage. It’s not a perfect phone, but then what phone is? There aren’t any, not on a whole for every single customer. That said the OnePlus 6 is surely perfect for some, and in that sense OnePlus has delivered here.
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The OnePlus 6 is the best Android phone with a notched screen yet







OnePlus is a company that, historically, hasn’t been known for adventurous smartphone designs. And while much of the OnePlus 6 merely iterates on the same rather staid, minimal hardware language, there is one part that stands out: this is the first Android phone with a screen notch I haven’t felt repulsed by.
Now, I don’t mind screen notches, in theory. The iPhone X manages to incorporate one well, particularly owing to the fact that the rest of the screen bezel around the phone is equally thin. Which is to say, there isn’t a chin.
The OnePlus 6 does have a chin - and there are reasons for that - but I think it incorporates that element far better than, for example, Andy Rubin’s Essential Phone.
The Essential PH-1 is a bit of an eyesore from the front, and for a couple of reasons. First, the PH-1’s notch is weirdly deep - it extends substantially farther down the phone vertically than any other notched screen I’ve seen. Second, the chin is… large. It’s easily a few millimeters more substantial than the OnePlus 6’s chin, but the real visual issue is the shape of the PH-1: it is very, very rectangular. It makes the chin stand out in a way that is impossible to ignore, and as a result, really kind of ruins the borderless aesthetic the notch aims to achieve in the first place.
The Essential PH-1's chin is... hard to ignore.
It also doesn’t help that the PH-1’s LCD display has pretty poor viewing angles and mediocre brightness, further tarnishing the look of the whole thing.
The OnePlus 6 on the other hand, is the closest I’ve seen any Android phone get to the iPhone X - and part of that is down to a little visual trickery. Unlike the unapologetically squared-off Essential Phone, the OnePlus uses a larger radius to round off the corners of its phone along the top and bottom than it does the sides.

This gives the phone a much more “rounded rectangle” look, and makes the top and bottom edges appear slightly curved. OnePlus also uses a much larger radius to round the corners of the screen, which makes it blend in more seamlessly with what chin is there. The bright and vivid OLED panel looks good at any angle, and gives the phone that "pop" appearance - like the content is about to jump right off of the screen. Top it off with the optional gesture navigation to eliminate the soft keys to get the complete full-screen effect, and it's hard not to just stare at this thing sometimes. And no, none of this is spoon-fed OnePlus marketing spin: they honestly didn’t even talk to me about the chin when I was briefed on the phone, and I’ve been using a review unit on my own for a few days now.
So, while the OnePlus 6 does indeed have a chin, it’s easily doing the best job of pulling off the look of any Android phone yet. Chins on phones with screen notches are annoying, but they seem like what we’re getting for now, and OnePlus has, I’d argue, actually done it well. I hope you’re taking notes over there, Google.
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