Alleged OnePlus 7 prototype hints at sliding mechanism, bezel-less design

Alleged OnePlus 7 prototype hints at sliding mechanism, bezel-less design
Last month, a mysterious prototype provided a big hint at what the next OnePlus flagship could look like from the rear. Since then, very few details have leaked out. But today one newly-leaked image showcases what is allegedly the front of a OnePlus 7 prototype placed alongside the OnePlus 6T.

Before we start analyzing the image, it’s worth pointing out that this could easily be a good photoshop job. Because of this, we urge you to take this leak with a big scoop of salt, rather than your typical pinch. 

Commencing with the upper bezel, which is perhaps the most eye-catching design feature, there’s no denying that it’s incredibly thin. Rather importantly, though, this look is technically achievable with current technology. In fact, OnePlus parent company Oppo previously pulled off the design with the Oppo Find X and, considering the too brands often share their technology, a OnePlus smartphone with this design isn’t impossible.

This factor brings us on to the next possible feature, a sliding mechanism. As clearly visible, the protective case that the alleged OnePlus 7 prototype is wearing features cut-outs for the front-facing camera and proximity sensors, despite the area directly below being empty. This would suggest that the device encased includes a pop-out module, similar, once again, to the one featured on the Oppo Find X. If that's the case, however, the OnePlus 7 may not be resistant to water and dust ingress since that's hard to achieve when you have parts popping in and out.

By now, many of you may be thinking that this is simply an Oppo Find X complete with a OnePlus wallpaper. However, there are a few key differences. For one, the power key along the right side of the frame is accompanied by OnePlus’ signature Alert Slider. In addition to this, the speaker grill above the display is both taller and significantly wider than Oppo Find X’s alternative. In fact, the size of the speaker grill hints at a stereo speaker setup on the device.

If OnePlus chooses to stick to its usual schedule, the OnePlus 7 should arrive in May alongside the company's 5G device. This means that it shouldn’t be too long before further leaks start emerging.

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21 Comments

1. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

That on the right isn't 6T. Look closer, that is the 7. Phone on the left is new model that will be introduced with 5G in more expensive class..

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3023; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The right one looks like 6T to me :-/

3. Astalavista

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 12, 2019

How it doesn't look like 6T? What drop is 6T signature. Making 7 with waterdrop notch is a step back. I would prefer the punch hole, cleaner look than a notch and moving mechanism

4. AbhiD

Posts: 496; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Why will they cover up the phone on right if it is 6T? Actually the above comment makes sense. The automated sliding mechanism will be too much expensive for $500-600 price point for the upcoming OnePlus 7. So it's most likely the premium 5G equipped OnePlus phone. And in the end, these could easily turn out to be prototypes that may not make it to production.

6. parasshah100

Posts: 70; Member since: Jan 01, 2016

They didn't cover the the phone, it's a case.

7. Dejan92

Posts: 141; Member since: Feb 06, 2014

It's a case to hide the design.. 7 will not be much different than 6T, only internally. They are going all in on the new more expensive model..

9. BL4NKF4CE

Posts: 108; Member since: Aug 06, 2017

Why will the 7 look like the 6T? They haven’t done that before.

17. mootu

Posts: 1253; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"It's a case to hide the design" Those cases are not used to hide the design, they are used to protect the phones from damge on the production line, they are also used so they can stack multiple phones before boxing. Theres many video's on the net of them being used.

11. baldilocks

Posts: 1412; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

The top bezel if a REAL 6T is NOT that thin. So, yeah, that’s NOT the 6T.

19. cheetah2k

Posts: 2097; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Agreed - most people in here dont have a 6T (i do) and I agree 100% that its not a 6T. I really hope its the 7, because the slider design is weak and probably wont pass a bend test..

12. Zack_2014

Posts: 677; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well the bezels are way too small which isnt the case with 6T

15. hurrycanger

Posts: 1739; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

The case is covering the to bezel though. I didn't see the case at first, but yeah, there is a case. The to bezel of that phone isn't that small.

8. OneLove123

Posts: 578; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

The one on the right is a 6t. Look at the water drop notch.

10. baldilocks

Posts: 1412; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Bezel is way too small to be 6T.

14. worldpeace

Posts: 3023; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Bezels looks big enough, I think you didn't see the case.

5. osterrich21

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Good. Congrats, One Plus, for ditch the the infamous notch!

21. superguy

Posts: 343; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

I hate the notch on the 6. Ditching it on the 7 might be enough to get me to buy it.

13. willardcw4

Posts: 170; Member since: Oct 01, 2011

Both the motorized camera portion and the curved screen would dissuade me from buying this phone. Really hoping it doesn't end up in the model that will be the follow-on to the 6T (e.g. the 7 at the sub-$600 pricepoint).

16. GoTstan

Posts: 370; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Love to see a 1440p screen. Just bc the phone I own has it. I'll buy the 7 if it does, 3.5 be damned. I love the jack don't get me wrong, but an adapter will suffice

20. ZombieHunter

Posts: 259; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

You don't need a 1440 screen just because the manufacturers tell you that you do. Don't fall for the needless so the cost goes up.

18. monoke

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Why the heck curve the freaking screen? That's a gimmick choice. Even Sony is ditching it after only one model.

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