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.
Glass backs are prime for wireless charging
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.
Some reassurance about the water resistance would be nice
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.
Is it high time OnePlus cut the cord?
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.