This is the first official OnePlus 6 image

This is the first official OnePlus 6 image
This is the first official image of the new OnePlus phone, likely to be called the OnePlus 6.

And yes, it will have a notch, just like the iPhone X, but OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has gone out of his way to explain why notches are good and why the OnePlus 6 has chosen to adopt the notch. In a talk that OnePlus initiated with The Verge, Pei explains that the notch is all about maximizing the screen space and reveals interesting technical details about why most bezel-less phone will have a "chin" bezel at the bottom, at least in the near future.

A notch the OnePlus way


First, Pei says that with the notch “what you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.” Putting things from this perspective, it was an easy choice for OnePlus to adopt the notch and give users the maximum screen space.

But would have the company adopted the notch if it was not for the iPhone X? “Maybe not as fast. But we have access to the roadmaps of all the screen manufacturers, and when they gave us the opportunity to make cutouts at the top of the screen, it just made sense,” Pei said. OnePlus agrees that Apple “accelerates the adoption of things within the industry.” However, OnePlus is also proudly keeping the headphone jack on its phones - the OnePlus 6 will also have a headphone jack - because the company thinks it makes sense (Pei recently ran a Twitter poll and his followers voted overwhelmingly in favor of keeping the headphone jack).

As to the notch, OnePlus could have made it smaller, similar to the one on the Essential Phone, but the company actually wanted to keep key components like the ambient light sensor, LED light and front camera, so the notch is slightly larger. At the same time, OnePlus does not feel it needs to perform the complicated Face ID tactics for face recognition, so the notch will not be quite as big as on the iPhone. Pei actually unveiled the exact size of the notch: 19.616mm x 7.687mm.

Another thing that OnePlus has done is test 1,000 of the most popular Google Play apps with the notch to make sure it works well. After this testing, the company has decided to move the clock to the left to allow more message for taskbar icons. Moreover, OnePlus will also conceal the notch when a video is played, so you don't get the annoying cutout in view.

Gesture-based interface coming to OnePlus 6


There is one other key feature that OnePlus is borrowing from Apple and this time Carl Pei himself openly admits: “We saw the implementation [of gestures] on the iPhone and maybe it would have taken longer if Apple hadn’t done it.”

The company has already rolled out gestures for navigation in OnePlus beta software and we also love the functionality, and not having to deal with on-screen navigation keys. In the current implementation, you swipe up from the central bottom part to go back to the home screen and swipe up from the edges of the bottom part of the screen to go back.

OnePlus 6 will have a bottom "chin"


Another interesting question that OnePlus preemptively answers is about the "chin" bottom bezel on Android phones. The company says that it is almost inevitable, but what it does is more: it explains why.

It turns out that the each display unit has a ribbon to connect to the motherboard of the phone and this component has to be in the bottom of the phone, so even if there is a thin chin, the very design of a display necessitates the chin. What's more interesting is that OnePlus also reveals the way the iPhone X goes around this issue: it has an OLED curved display that actually curves into the bottom edge of the phone, so much so as for the display ribbon to go under the display and avoid the chin. Apparently, no other company has gone to such design lengths to avoid the chin, but also because this makes the phone thicker and more expensive (the OnePlus 6 will also have a tiny "chin" bezel).

Final words


At the end of the day, OnePlus reveals the first official picture of the OnePlus 6, says the phone will have a screen-to-body ratio of nearly 90%, while keeping about the same size as earlier OnePlus phones, and best of all: the new OnePlus 6 will likely be released earlier than the usual June OnePlus release window. 

Pei concludes about the notch: “it’s a very clear decision: more real estate for the user. In conclusion, learn to love the notch.”

What do you think about the OnePlus 6 coming so soon after the 5T and with a notch? Do you like where the company is going?

source: The Verge

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47 Comments

1. haruken

Posts: 303; Member since: Nov 06, 2013

So yeah, One Plus sold their soul to Apple. The only one left with their own identity are Samsung...

9. Kuroki

Posts: 183; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Innovation is dead...

34. MINDoSOUL

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

OnePLUS 5T: "Never Settle" OnePlus 6: "Settle For The Notch" OnePlus 6T: "Always Settle" ...... Bye Bye OnePlus :(

40. Darckent

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 17, 2016

Innovation is only dead for the Apple sheep like Huawei,one plus,LG and all the other Apple copycats I'm waiting for the Vivo apex

47. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

innovation is only dead for the chinese companies. Samsung and LG still leading the world

22. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

why are we surprised? they blatantly copy apple each year, they have always had a notification slider, and has never included microsd support (which is a pro and con, because people will put garbage sd cards in there and then blame performance issues on the company). its basically the iphone for android, an idroid if you may... i suggest this or the pixel to anyone wanting to swtich from apple

36. wmq42

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2018

That's not true that they never shipped with SD card support, OnePlus X boasted this feature. Though I must admit that it was their experiment and off-the-main-line model.

45. bucknassty

Posts: 1305; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

alright... i forgot about the x probably just as fast as they did...

41. Trex95

Posts: 2358; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Samsung can’t copy iPhone X notch cause Apple will sue Samsung.

2. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

Stock Android, flagship specs, affordable price Sorry haters. Make Nexus phone great again. only OnePlus able to do it

5. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

And still 401ppi. pfffffffff..

8. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Flagships have HDR screen, ingress protection 67 or 68, stereo speakers and high end screen . Cpu, gpu and ram only does not make it flagship

14. UglyFrank

Posts: 2190; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Tbh the OnePlus 5T screen is probably one of the best available. It is a new generation Samsung AMOLED screen as is rated for amazing sunlight legibility

16. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

Is it?, the problem with OnePlus is i can't test or see their devices anywhere, my only problem with screen is PPI. I might order 6 and then see, if i don't like it i can return it within 2 weeks.

25. Fred3

Posts: 390; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

It comes with a higher price also and if they did go that route and raise the prices even more people will complain. You can't get all the high end specs with a price lower than $500. The company would be out of business in no time.

26. ramdroid

Posts: 126; Member since: May 21, 2016

Dude don't say haters. Don't go there, that's stupid. It never had flagship built or features or camera or screen or or.. That's the truth. And that's why it used to be cheap (not anymore) And people don't like the notch, another truth. It's not a girls high school fight here to call others haters and we already know that oneplus 6 is the same design as oppo R15.

3. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

TOPNOTCH. ehehe!!

4. Cat97

Posts: 1766; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The sooner the release, the better !

6. surethom

Posts: 1610; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

It was Essential that started the Notch not iPhone, the essential phone just had a much smaller notch.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3091; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Yet companies bothered to copy Apple’s notch. Go figure.

30. NateDiaz

Posts: 1082; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

"iPhone X was being developed well before the Essential PH1 made its first public appearance" - Evan Blass And all these notches look similar to the one on the X so stop being a troll.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4767; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Well, at least they kept Jack.

13. GreenMan

Posts: 2694; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

iClone... I don't like displays with rounded edges and notches are icing on the cake. But then again; I've a mild OCD! Oh well, G'Day!

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

what's uglier than the notch is a finger print scanner in front. Why can't people just embrace the notch?

19. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Because it's ugly af. It's impractical when it comes to notifications, even more so because the time is moving to the left. And in full screen apps/games, it gets in the way. So developers have to change their apps, so that 'extra' real estate isn't used anyway so I rather have some bezel.

17. Lanx1998

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 06, 2017

I am praying for Pixels. I hope Google does not follows the blind herd of notch loving companies. Otherwise we'll be only left with S9 and Note9 with the most balanced design and if you want Pure Android experience then you are most probably left with nothing except Xperias.

23. Fred3

Posts: 390; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Hopefully the Pixel 3 screens look like the Pixel 2XL's

18. Sparkxster

Posts: 1178; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I think as more people use phones with notches the dislike for them will come down. Either they will love it or hate it. I don't mind the notch on OnePlus 6.

20. talon95

Posts: 984; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Why couldn't they put the camera and sensors in the rounded corners and the speaker against the body? That would have consolidated everything into a thinner band and into places that are already radiused and unused. Try harder.

21. Zqhtpro

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 28, 2018

"Learn to love the notch".....

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