Since 2015, OnePlus has been releasing two phones annually. We’ve already welcomed the OnePlus 6, which has been selling for several months now and fans already know that there’s still one more to come this year – the OnePlus 6T.
As you’d expect from a phone that will be announced on October 17th, rumors and leaks of the OnePlus 6T are all over the web. In fact, we know just about everything we need to know about the 6T, apart from pricing and availability across the globe. Still, we also have some leaks about these aspects and we’ll be sharing everything below.
We know that the phone will borrow a few things from the OnePlus 6 while at the same time perfecting others. We also expect to see some new additions to the OnePlus 6T, but there shouldn’t be anything drastic.
OnePlus 6T specs [rumored]
- 6.4-inch 19:9 FHD+ AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 64GB or 128GB or 256GB storage
- Dual 16MP + 20MP main camera
- 25MP front camera
- 3700mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, in-display fingerprint scanner, NFC, etc.
In the build-up to the launch of the 6T, lots of leaked info has been popping up left and right. As per what we could gather, the specs sheet above is what we expect to see on the device. But of course, it’s only after the device goes official that we can verify all of them, so for now take them with a grain of salt.
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OnePlus 6T news
Update [Oct 18]: Memory configurations, price and more details leaked
With the launch date fast-approaching, more sensitive details of the OnePlus 6T have started showing up. The latest in town are memory configurations and their prices as well as the device’s official certification by MIIT. If to be believed, the 6T will be the most expensive OnePlus phone to date, but this kinda happens with every new release.
According to MySmartPrice India, the base model of 6/128GB will be sold at INR 37,999 while the 8/128GB variant will go for INR 40,999. The premium 8/256GB variant will set you back INR 44,999. These figures translate to about $520, $560 and $615. The outgoing OnePlus 6 started selling in India priced at INR 34,999, about $480.
As for the MIIT certification, the device has been cleared with model number A6010, up from A6000 used for OnePlus 6. It has also been confirmed that the 6T, although not unexpected, will come preinstalled with Android 9 Pie. When it arrives, there will be a new Night Mode meant for low-light photography, something that’s probably part of the new UI the company has mentioned before.
Update [Oct 15]: UK carrier availability confirmed
We already know that OnePlus has been selling its devices in the UK via O2, but the Chinese company has just confirmed that it will also bring OnePlus 6T to the region through other carriers, namely EE and Vodafone. This is great for UK fans, but it gets even better as the company further adds that the 6T will also be sold through major retailers Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis, but of course, price details are not yet out.
Update [Oct 12]: OnePlus 6T to get a new UI
OnePlus says the 6T will debut with a new UI and improved navigation gestures later this month. There isn’t much the company is saying about this expected change, but we’ve heard reports that the device will be sold through T-Mobile, so the usual carrier tweaks might be among the new UI changes.
Here’s what OnePlus says about the upcoming UI and navigation gestures in OnePlus 6T:
We’ve got a whole new UI coming up that you will have to experience for yourself to really understand. Our goal was to express the OnePlus design language in our UI, making this the most distinct and intuitive version of OxygenOS yet.
In addition to making navigation gestures smoother overall, OnePlus also says that:
Whenever you swipe up in an app, the application window will follow your finger, making for a more natural experience. It’s also faster in two ways: with a quick flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps. As there’s no navigation bar when using gestures, users weren’t able to double-tap the “recents” button to quickly switch between apps. This new gesture provides a quick and easy substitute. Another thing users couldn’t do with Gestures in version 1 was quickly accessing Google Assistant. That’s why we’ve added a new action: just hold the power button for 0.5s to activate Google Assistant.
Update [Oct 9]: OnePlus 6T will go on sale in India on November 2
Initially, it was thought that OnePlus 6T would be launched in mid-October, but the company has other ideas. An event that will be held simultaneously in New York and New Delhi on October 30th will be used to launch the 6T, but the wait for the device’s availability will go on until November 6th, at least for those in Europe. As for the Indian market, availability begins on November 2nd.
Update [Oct 2]: No wireless charging!
When OnePlus switched to a glass design with the OnePlus 6, many expected to see wireless charging incorporated, however, this didn’t happen. Now, OnePlus recently killed any hopes of wireless charging support in the 6T by confirming that this technology won’t be part of the device. On the brighter side, the company says it still working on a future where wireless charging is better than Dash Charge. OnePlus also says there will be better water resistance, but still no IP6X rating for cost-saving reasons.
What many won’t be happy about is the decision to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, which OnePlus says was made in order to make room for the in-display fingerprint scanner.
Update [Oct 1]: With only two weeks between now and the launch of the OnePlus 6T, what looks like the device’s official images have leaked online thanks to German publication WinFuture. The phone’s Mirror Black and Midnight Black finishes are the subjects of the latest leak, the same color options that are also available for the now-discontinued OnePlus 6.
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Of course, we already know about the design of the phone’s display notch, but these images add more weight to previous reports, further confirming the waterdrop-style notch, just like the Oppo R17.
Update [Sep 28]: OnePlus has officially started teasing the upcoming OnePlus 6T. There’s not much we can pick out from the short video other than the tagline “Unlock the Future” along with the device’s logo.
OnePlus 6T. It's coming. pic.twitter.com/Wrdt9sCdIs
— OnePlus (@oneplus) September 28, 2018
Update [Sep 27]: Thanks to a collaboration between leaker OnLeaks and MySmartPrice India, we have renders of the OnePlus 6T showing off the device in all angles. The renders have a video that accompanies the images, and from what we can gather, the 6T will ditch the rear-mounted scanner in favor of a front-mounted unit. The back also has a dual-lens camera and not three as some rumors have suggested. The renders can also confirm that there won’t be a 3.5mm audio jack, but the USB-C port is present.
Update [Sep 19]: It seems folks at OnePlus can’t wait for the day to come. The company, in partnership with Amazon India and Amitabh Bachchan, is already building up hype for the device in India, but we only hear about the device’s name as well as see a section of the back. It is the latter that is of importance here, and some will be disappointed to learn that it doesn’t look like the OnePlus 6T will come with a tri-lens camera as some rumors have suggested.
This video showing a dual-lens camera on the back corroborates images that had leaked earlier today, implying that there won’t be a tri-lens camera on the back of the 6T. The images and video also show that there’s no fingerprint scanner on the back of the device, adding more weight to the rumor that the 6T will come with an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Update [September 13, 2018]: OnePlus 6T is turning out to be an interesting device. Not only will it be the first of its kind to enter the U.S. market through a carrier, but it will also be the first in the market with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Now, the company has dropped a major bombshell by revealing that the 6T will ditch the 3.5mm audio jack.
This was made in a statement to Tech Radar, which will essentially bring to an end what has been one of the company’s selling points in comparison to other flagship handsets. Like other companies that did away with this feature, OnePlus 6T will ship with a 3.5mm-to-USB-C dongle inside the box so that you don’t have to ditch your current headphones.
OnePlus 6T price and availability
OnePlus 6T will be launched on October 17, the company has already confirmed. What, however, remains unknown is when fans from various markets across the globe will be able to buy the phone, but it shouldn’t be long after the device goes official.
As noted, a report by CNET says the OnePlus 6T will be sold through T-Mobile in the U.S. The report says the device’s October launch on T-Mobile depends on successful “technical approval” from the carrier, something that could take any path.
As for pricing, it’s likely to see a hike from the current $530 charged for the base model of the OnePlus 6, with the same CNET report putting it at $550, a $20 price difference compared to the current model. It’s only a couple of weeks before the phone goes official, so it shouldn’t be long before we get to verify some of these speculations.
We’ll keep this post updated. Meanwhile, what do you think about the design of the OnePlus 6T? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.