5 Things we might see in the upcoming OnePlus 6T

5 Things we might see in the upcoming OnePlus 6T
By now, we are fairly convinced that despite the lack of leaks and rumors, OnePlus is to release an enhanced version of the OnePlus 6 this fall. It's pretty much certain that said device will be called the OnePlus 6T, and similar to it progenitors from recent years, it will likely be bringing a slew of improvements in a key areas.

This is exactly what happened with the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 5T, meaning that those who have held off on the OnePlus 6 might be presented with many more reasons to jump on the bandwagon and get the affordable flagship device.

While we haven't heard any specific rumors as to what the OnePlus 6T might improve, there are a few key things we'd love to see OnePlus throw in. Here follows...


1. No notch, pop-up camera


A wild recent rumor claims that OnePlus could go the Vivo Nex and Oppo Find X way in a sense that it would ditch the notch in favor of a traditional full-screen display and adopt a pop-up front camera. You might think that these two China-based smartphone makers might have little to do with OnePlus, but you'll be wrong -- Vivo, Oppo, and OnePlus are all owned by BBK Electronics, and R&D collaboration between the different brands isn't unheard of. No matter what they are trying to convince you, Oppo and OnePlus often share designs and whatnot, and the rumors that the OnePlus 6T could be styled after either the Oppo Find X or the Vivo Nex are suddenly not that unsubstantiated.

Now, a no-notch, regular display with super-slim bezels all around and a pop-up camera opens up yet another can of worms. Phones with pop-up cameras haven't been available worldwide and no one can really tell if such intricate moving mechanisms would endure continuous everyday wear and tear. We love the looks of full-screen, no-notch devices, but the camera problem is still present.

Suffice to say we'd be perfectly happy if the OnePlus 6T retains the same general design as the OnePlus 6 and doesn't come up with such a motorized camera. It's ok, we will understand.


2. Wireless charging


This feature is certainly on everyone's minds after OnePlus fullyy embraced glass. Seeing that the OnePlus 6 is perfectly suited to support wireless charging, we have a gut feeling that this could be one of the highlights of the autumn refresh of the handset. It just makes so much sense that OnePlus would want to improve this aspect of its flagship phone in order to tick off yet another feature that the much more expensive Galaxies and iPhones of the world support.

Now, we are aware that wireless charger is quite slow and can't really hold a candle to its wired alternative. That's especially true with OnePlus' bespoke Dash Charging solution, which is super speedy and tops off your device in no time. Still, although it's slower, wireless charging shouldn't be viewed as a replacement of traditional charging but more of a complimentary solution that enables you to trickle-charge your device without having to deal with the likes of wires and such.


3. Actual water resistance protection


Officially, the OnePlus 6 is merely splash-proof and not as water-resistant as iPhones and Galaxies due to the fact that it has no ingress protection certification, which puts a stick in the wheel of progress for the company. However, teardowns have revealed gracious amounts of gaskets and rubber seals to shield the precious innards of the handset from the destructive effects of water. This means that the OnePlus 6 is much more water-proof that you might be led to believe, but anyhoo, dunking your phone in water just for the sake of it is something we'd strongly advise against as water damage wouldn't be covered by warranty.

Still, we'd wager that OnePlus will be stepping its game and would  score a proper ingress protection certification for the OnePlus 6T, be it IP67 or IP68. This would bring a peace of mind to would-be adopters of the improved phone and would bring it on par with its biggest rivals out there.


4. Beefier battery


Back in 2016, the OnePlus 3T scored a nifty 400mAh battery increase over the preceding OnePlus 3 without making any changes to the design of the handset itself. Now, how did this happen? Pretty simple, actually -- the voltage of the juice tank was increased from 4.35V to 4.4V, which enabled the OnePlus 3T to boast a 3,400mAh battery in comparison with the 3,000mAh battery of the OnePlus 3.

Although the OnePlus 5T didn't score a larger battery than the OnePlus 5, we could speculate that the OnePlus 6T could score a battery with a slightly increased nominal voltage, and ergo, increased capacity. Of course, a slightly increased capacity will be great for end-users and will further help the device solidify its position as one of the more efficient and longer-lasting Snapdragon 845-powered smartphones out there.


5. Android P out of the box


Given that Android P has received its last developer beta a few days ago, we are in the last stage of its pre-release state. Actually, we are just weeks before Google releases the official Android P gold master version to compatible devices.

Now, we expect OnePlus to announce and release the OnePlus 6T sometime in November, meaning that Android P would have been available for 2-3 months, which sounds like an ample amount of time for the company to develop its own Android P version of OxygenOS.

But, as all things in life, what sounds like an awfully-long amount of time for us could be merely a brief moment for OnePlus' software engineering team. Thus, we'd hope the OnePlus 6T launches with Android P 
out of the box, but we wouldn't count on it.


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27 Comments

1. theunspoken

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 06, 2017

Just make the front like the galaxy s8 and higher, no notch

9. S4NDY

Posts: 225; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Double chin is out, notch and/or chin or pop up camera is now hot.

2. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 919; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The phone will be a beast!

3. Zylam

Posts: 1813; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The mechanical camera system to me is the most pointless solution. The Find X was destroyed by Zack as we all saw. Adding additional weak points and removing waterproofing is ridiculous. The notch is perfectly fine, it's just the butthurt anti Apple people who have issues with it. Everyone else just moves on with life. Held off on the 6, interested is seeing the improvements the 6T brings.

7. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I cringed at Jerry wrecking the Find X.

26. cheetah2k

Posts: 2198; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Yep, it was brutal. The inclusion of the pop-up definitely reduces the core strength of the phone... meh..

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

For me, it has nothing to do with anti-Apple sentiment. I have the OnePlus 6 and while I like the phone in general, the notch still bothers me a lot. So when a phone would come out that solves the notch problem with a mechanical camera AND has water resistance (and keep all the other things I would in a phone), I would trade in my OP6 in a heartbeat. Hell, I would even choose a phone without a selfie camera, just to get rid of the notch.

18. sun0066

Posts: 263; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

well said , adding mechanical " things " will make the phone more prone to break ups

20. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 919; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

I wouldn't say waterproofing is essential though?

22. perry1234

Posts: 632; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I found Vivo Nex S solution to be better though...I think that should be the way to go, if at all, instead of what Oppo went with.

4. Ali888

Posts: 88; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

So Peter you want water resistance with a mechanical part?

8. peter.k

Posts: 75; Member since: Jul 05, 2017

Of course not, these are self-contradicting! I'd pick real IP68 any day of the week.

5. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Bigger battery would be nice. That's about it. The design and form factor is nice as is. Notch can be hidden for those folks who are allergic to it.

14. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Hiding the notch doesn't work since it will screw up Android Auto and the rounded corners would be asymmetrical.

6. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Same size as vivo next would be great. This might be my 2nd OnePlus since the original.lol

10. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

no stupid notch, please

11. harigrg33

Posts: 188; Member since: May 20, 2013

People will always have a reason to complain about one thing or another.

13. LoveHater

Posts: 234; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Nope ,,, I have never seen someone complaining about bigger battery.

24. jjface

Posts: 224; Member since: Jun 07, 2017

too thick too heavy

15. Poptart2828

Posts: 348; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Pop up camera any day if it gives me a screen as gorgeous as the oppo find x. I don't care about water resistance since I've been taught from an early age never to mix electronics with water.

16. taz_chaz

Posts: 135; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

front dual speakers would be great

17. andrewc31394

Posts: 284; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

1) Bigger battery 2) Improved camera (maybe make better use of the 2nd sensor) 3) better speaker 4)actual waterproofing (ip67 or ip68) 5) better amp/dac for the headphone jack Android P i don't consider an improvement because the 6 will get it fairly quickly already

23. asirfaysal

Posts: 98; Member since: Jul 19, 2016

Same as my wishlist

19. 36dbldz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Dual eSIM would be great and it having all US carriers

21. GoodShepherd

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 2018

Oneplus already has very fast charge.. So wireless charging is not a deal breaker. Rather increase the battery size

25. carex

Posts: 13; Member since: Feb 23, 2017

The only thing STOPPING ME IS WIDE ANGLE LENS .....MAKE IT OPTIONAL and better use telephoto same goes to LG Phones

27. wesley.

Posts: 208; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

No notch, Android P from the start and 3700mAh battery and Oneplus can have my money. Even better if the battery is 4000mAh.

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