Having moved its launch date a day earlier to avoid the Apple October event, we've now even less time to wait for the OnePlus 6T. We round up all the confirmed news, rumours and speculation on the new OnePlus phone, which will be announced in New York on 29 October.
OnePlus has confirmed the 6T will be unveiled in New York on 29 October at 3pm BST, then going on sale in Europe on 6 November (fans who can't wait can visit the London pop-up store on 31 October). Expected to undercut some of the top dogs in the Android smartphone market on price, and show them up on the performance and feature front, it's definitely a phone worth waiting for.
- Launching in New York on 29 October
- On sale 6 November (London pop-up store 31 October)
- Expected to be OnePlus' most expensive phone yet, but still comparatively cheap in market
- It will be available in the UK SIM-free and via O2, EE and Vodafone
- There is an in-display fingerprint sensor, but it may use cheaper optical tech
- The screen notch has been reduced, now looking like a small downward-pointing triangle
- The headphone jack has been removed, but a USB-C to 3.5mm adaptor will be supplied in the box
- Wireless charging, though expected, is not likely - it's not fast enough yet, says the company
- This could be the first waterproof OnePlus, but there's little evidence to back up this theory
- Overall design, cameras and hardware is otherwise unchanged from the OnePlus 6
- This is what it looks like (case renders courtesy of Olixar):
Mobile Fun has confirmed the design of the upcoming OnePlus 6T - expected 17 October - with a range of new cases from Olixar. The headphone jack has been removed, there are just two (not three) cameras at the rear, and though it's no secret at this stage the accessory vendor again confirms the inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The design appears to closely follow in the footsteps of the Oppo R17 (despite each side assuring us there's no link), which means we'll also see a reduced 'Waterdrop' screen notch on the 6.4in 19.5:9 AMOLED screen.
When is the next OnePlus phone coming out?
OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will be unveiled during its 'Unlock the Speed' event in New York on 29 October. The event will begin at 3pm GMT, and there will be a live stream for all to watch.
Originally scheduled to launch on 30 October, OnePlus has moved the event to avoid clashing with Apple's October event.
The timing is about right for OnePlus' usual release calendar, with new phones typically announced in June and November.
It's also been confirmed that the new phone will go on sale on 6 November at 10am GMT. If you can't wait until then, get yourself down to London on 31 October to beat the crowds. OnePlus is opening a pop-up store at 12pm BST/1pm CEST at The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, W1K 5LF.
Other pop-up stores will be held in Berlin, Milan, Paris, Amsterdam, Barcelona and Madrid.
As a startup company back in 2014 OnePlus got off to something of a rocky start with its first release in April, but having since got its act into gear the smartphone maker has unveiled two new Android phones every year.
- OnePlus 6 release date: 16 May 2018
- OnePlus 5T: 16 November 2017
- OnePlus 5 release date: 20 June 2017
- OnePlus 3T release date: 15 November 2016
- OnePlus 3 release date: 14 June 2016
- OnePlus X release date: 29 October 2015
- OnePlus 2 release date: 27 July 2015
- OnePlus 1 release date: 23 April 2014
Aside from the OnePlus X, which we can regard as something of a blip given that CEO Pete Lau has already ruled out the possibility of a follow-up device, each autumn release is a 'T' model that is an incremental upgrade on the summer release rather than a full refresh.
Adding weight to the theory that the OnePlus 6T will launch on 17 October is an image that has popped up on Weibo suggesting OnePlus has already sent out invites in India for a launch event on this day.
And a source familiar with the company's plans says T-Mobile will exclusively stock the OnePlus 6T in the US when it launches in October (source).
BUT OnePlus has still not officially confirmed the 17 October launch date, which is edging ever closer. Perhaps we were correct to suspect a November launch after all.
As previously, OnePlus is running a 'Lab' programme in which 10 fans can be among the first to get their hands on the OnePlus 6T and produce an in-depth review for the community. If you want to apply you need to register before 8 October - full details are here.
How much will the OnePlus 6T cost?
OnePlus works hard to keep its pricing low and relatively constant, so we wouldn't expect to see the price rise any higher than the current OnePlus 6's £469 RRP. That's for the 6GB/64GB model, and there's also an 8GB/128GB model at £519.
According to a Giztop leak the OnePlus 6T will cost $569 in the US. The listing may be no more than a bunch of rumours cobbled together, but it is very much in line with what we expect, promising a 6.4in (2340x1080) AMOLED display, a light-sensitive in-display fingerprint sensor, the Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 5630, 6/8GB of RAM, 64/128/256GB of storage, a triple rear camera, 25Mp selfie camera and a 3,500mAh battery.
New features in the OnePlus 6T
The 'T' models are typically tweaked versions of the previous release - usually with a processor bump, and in the 5T we also saw the introduction of an 18:9 display. But the OnePlus 6 is already running the latest processor, and it already has an 18:9 display with dual-camera at the rear. Realistically, where can the company go with the next model?
Well, although we think it offers serious bang for your buck, there is room for improvement.
In-display fingerprint scanner
This isn't a secret anymore, having been officially confirmed by OnePlus: there will be an in-display fingerprint sensor in the OnePlus 6T.
"We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action," OnePlus told CNET. "By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them."
OnePlus hinted to us during the OnePlus 6 launch that the new glass back might allow it to add wireless charging at some point in the future. All the main competitors have wireless charging, so it's time for OnePlus to join the trend.
However, the company has since suggested that wireless charging is just not fast enough, and it won't add the feature until it is.
The OnePlus 6 has improved water-resistance, but it's not fully waterproof. We'd like to see IP68 waterproofing, in line with rivals.
Given that OnePlus has confirmed it is dropping the headphone jack, adding waterproofing should be easier.
When OnePlus added a notch screen to its OnePlus 6 it had no way of knowing just how much it would upset fans. In the end the company promised to allow the notch to be removed through a software tweak, but we think the next step will be a reduced screen notch.
Above is an image of the Oppo R17, and despite both companies claiming there is no link between its devices, it's probable the OnePlus 6T will end up looking a lot like this.
Original rumours on the OnePlus 6T pointed to a triple-lens setup at the rear and a pop-up dual-camera at the front. That's not going to happen.
What's visible in all the leaked rumours is more of the same: a dual-camera at the rear and a single selfie camera. If OnePlus hopes to keep down costs - a difficult task given the new inclusion of an in-display fingerprint sensor - this makes sense.
Here's some photographic evidence, courtesy of WinFuture, revealing the new OnePlus phone in Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
CEO Pete Lau has also leaked this photo via Weibo, demonstrating how good is the OnePlus 6T at night shots:
We think this rumour unlikely, and don't expect to see any Snapdragon 855 smartphones until 2019, but there are whispers that the success of the OnePlus 6 will encourage Qualcomm to release the 855 early for the upcoming 6T.
OnePlus and Qualcomm are long-term hardware partners, but are they so friendly that Qualcomm will release an early batch of the 7nm Snapdragon 855 for the OnePlus 6T? We think the Snapdragon 845 is a much more likely choice.
OnePlus has upgraded its Bullets Bluetooth-enabled earphones to use USB-C rather than a 3.5mm jack (though you probably still won't get a pair in the box). This isn't hugely surprising, given that the company has also said it feels the time is right to take the plunge and ditch the 3.5mm jack, which will free up space inside the other body for other tech, allowing it to do such things as improve battery life.
OnePlus says the 6T will have a 3.5mm- to USB-C adaptor in the box, which is some comfort.
A price list for official OnePlus 6T accessories has leaked, giving us an idea of what to expect:
- OnePlus Nylon Bumper Case Black OnePlus 6T - €26.95
- OnePlus Bumper Case Ebony Wood OnePlus 6T - €31.95
- OnePlus Bumper Case Karbon OnePlus 6T - €31.95
- OnePlus Protective Case Sandstone OnePlus 6T - €21.95
- OnePlus Protective Case Karbon OnePlus 6T - €26.95
- OnePlus USB-C Bullets Earphones Black - €19.95
- OnePlus USB-C to 3.5mm Jack Adapter Cable - €8.95
OnePlus 6T specification rumours
- Glass front and rear with aluminium frame
- 6.4in Full-HD+ (1080x2280, 19:9) Optic AMOLED touchscreen with reduced 'Waterdrop' notch, Gorilla Glass 6
- In-display fingerprint scanner
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- Adreno 630
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64/128/256GB storage
- Dual-lens rear camera, single selfie camera
- 3D Face ID recognition
- USB-C 3.0
- 3840mAh battery, Dash Charge
- Android 8.1 Oreo with Oxygen OS 5.1.8
- Available in black, red and white