The OnePlus 6T specs may land the first 3D-sensing phone camera and fastest charging, here's why

The OnePlus 6T specs may land the first 3D-sensing phone camera and fastest charging, here's why
One of the world's largest phone makers, Oppo, announced the R17 not long ago, with one of the most minimalistic, "water drop" style notches around, and the first phone with Corning's Gorilla Glass 6. It just released the Pro version, too, with the same tiny notch and in-display finger scanner, but a triple-camera setup.

Say what you will about the notch copycat ways of Chinese phone makers, but there is also a rather visible trend for interesting ideas to increasingly come from the likes of Huawei, Oppo, Vivo or Xiaomi lately. Triple-camera P20 Pro and slide-out Oppo Find X mechanisms come to mind. What we have on the R17 Pro, however, is not your grandaddy's tri-camera set, like on the P20 Pro, but rather a sensor tasked with depth measuring time-of-flight (ToF) duties. 

Why on the rear camera? Well, the tech is different than the 3D structured light face-reading kits on the front of phones like the iPhone X or Find X. What could a ToF camera do at the back? It can help with gesture navigation, and create augmented reality (AR) experiences, like trying on new clothes in the virtual domain, or rearranging the furniture. In addition, the main 12MP lens of the R17 Pro sports a variable aperture, like on the Galaxy S9, and with exactly the same f/1.5-f/2.4 specs.


Why are we paying so much attention to a phone that you'd likely only be able to import? Well, it's not only because of the unique 3D stereo ToF camera, but rather because tipsters in the know say that this will be the basis for the upcoming OnePlus 6T. Despite the PR people protests, it's pretty much established that OnePlus, Oppo and Vivo are under the same holding company, and even use the same conveyor belts to assemble their goods. The OnePlus brand is established as the Trojan horse to take on the Western market without triggering all the backlash that the current trade and spy war with China would entail for a humble local manufacturer.

OnePlus 6T specs 



Thus, if the OnePlus 6T is indeed based on the R17 Pro, it could be the West's first phone with 3D depth-sensing rear camera, in addition to the 25MP AI selfie kit at the front. The upper midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset will probably be replaced with a flagship 845, as is the OnePlus' habit, while the 8GB RAM/128GB storage combo is likely to stay the same.

Thus, we may be looking at a largish, 6.4-inch AMOLED handset from OnePlus with a stellar screen-to-body ratio, and a two-pack battery that will employ new Dash fast-charging technology. Dash Charge is an offshoot of Oppo's VOOC charging, and would, in this case, allow the combined 3700mAh of battery power to be charged 40% in just 10 minutes. 

Oppo calls it Super VOOC charging, OnePlus may call it Super Dash, but it will basically be the same 50W charging premise. Huawei, which is currently at the top of the fastest charging rates pyramid, is expected to introduce 40W charging with the Mate 20 Pro, but OnePlus 6T might very well get it beat in that department. To recap, these might be the expected OnePlus 6T specs, based on what the R17 Pro carries:

  • 6.4" OLED display with waterdrop notch and 1080x2340 resolution
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset with 8GB RAM/128GB storage combo
  • 12MP main camera with variable f/1.5-f/2.4 aperture + 20MP secondary camera + TOF 3D stereo camera
  • 25MP front camera sensor with AI enhancements
  • Dual 2x1850mAh battery with 50W Dash Charge (40% in 10 minutes)

OnePlus 6T expected price and release date


Coming a year after the OnePlus 5T means a November release, when most of the big boys are done and dusted with their fall flagships, so the 6T will have every chance to make a big splash it OnePlus prices it right. The R17 Pro runs for the equivalent of $620 even in China, so OnePlus might have to cut some corners to land a 6T with 8-series Snapdragon at that price or lower, and it remains to be seen which ones. 

Alternatively, since T-Mobile is said to be the first US carrier picking the 6T officially, we might see some subsidies thrown its way when it lands, too. We only hope that the unique 3D-sensing camera on the back with 7-layer lenses, the in-display fingerprint reader, and the 50W charging speeds remain unscathed, as these will make a unique proposition out of the 6T, at what will likely be a price hard to beat.

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10 Comments

1. pecapello

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

What do you mean by "first" ? Because as far as I can remember the Sony ones had that dinosaur filter that looked crazy. Wasn't it AR ?

2. ullokey

Posts: 184; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

My xperia xz1 compact can also take 3D scans of faces and objects

3. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Sony XZ2/XZ2 compact, and XZ2 premium already have this feature and had it first.

5. Daniel.P

Posts: 127; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

Sony has a time-of-flight camera sensor announced, but it's not yet on Xperias, you have to physically move around to map an object with 3D Creator. Here we have the first ToF 3D-mapping sensor in a rear triple-camera setup on a phone.

4. DFranch

Posts: 558; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

They could keep the SD 710 as far as I'm concerned. The 710 looks like the performance/battery life chip right now.

6. Elsickness

Posts: 9; Member since: Aug 24, 2016

What's the deal with dual 1850 mah batteries? How does this make it better? And if it's that great why isn't Samsung and LG and Apple using this tech?

7. hallihallo.87

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Fill a big bottle with water and then 2 with half of the size with the same flow on each. I 'll guess that it's a way to spare the battery(ies) and still charge fast. iPhone X has 2 batteries as well.

8. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Phonearena got it all wrong. It is still a single 3700 mAh physical battery unit, it is just that their charging technology artificially creates two sections within and charges them individually and in parallel. It results in massively faster charging with an equally capable charging brick that supplies crazy 50 watts to keep up with the demand.

9. p51d007

Posts: 705; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Once released, just wait about 45 days to get one. Oppo releases the OnePlus phones without really testing the software (and sometimes the hardware!). Don't be the eager beaver...set on it a month and wait for the major bugs to get squashed.

10. Taphius

Posts: 106; Member since: Aug 20, 2018

Lidar in a phone. Nice

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