Our clearest look yet at the OnePlus 6T – triple camera and in-display fingerprint scanner in tow
If you've been following OnePlus closely over the years, you probably know that the designs they do are often "borrowed" from Oppo phones. I say borrowed, and not stolen, because Oppo is actually the parent company of OnePlus, so sharing designs between devices is nothing out of the ordinary.
The two most recent examples are the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 6, both of which look strikingly similar to two Oppo phones – the Oppo R11s and the Oppo R15, respectively. But this trend goes way back. For example, the original OnePlus One shared many common traits with the Oppo Find 7, while the OnePlus X is almost a carbon copy of the Oppo Mirror 5.
With this in mind, and with mounting evidence supporting the existence of the OnePlus 6T, we recently took a look at the Oppo R17 – the phone that is most likely to "donate" its design to the next OnePlus phone. Surely enough, our suspicions were confirmed when a supposedly legit OnePlus 6T box leaked online, showing an illustration of the phone, complete with a small "water drop" notch, and most exciting of all – an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Taking all of this into consideration, we can say we have a pretty good idea as to what the OnePlus 6T will look like, here it is:
OnePlus 6T render based on preliminary information about the device
All signs point to the OnePlus 6T and the Oppo R17 sharing many design traits, including the water drop shaped notch, which seems to be there to accommodate for a single front-facing camera, as well as the in-display fingerprint scanner. Although many people are sure to be irked by the notch, it is much smaller than that of the OnePlus 6, and many of our readers seem to prefer the drop shape over iPhone-style notches. Seeing as how on the 6T, the notch is literally there to house the selfie snapper and nothing else (the earpiece is actually above the camera, embedded in the bezel itself), it only makes sense for it to be this small. We don't really mind the design, however, we'd also like to note that the OnePlus 6T will likely have a bit of a chin. Nothing offensive like on some other Android phones, pretty much on par with the bottom bezel of the OnePlus 6.
Will the OnePlus 6T have three cameras?
The OnePlus 6T may have three cameras on the back
One of the unanswered questions still surrounding the OnePlus 6T is how many cameras will it have. The Oppo R17 is available in two models – a base version with two cameras on the back and a Pro model with a triple cam, Huawei P20 Pro style. If the pattern that OnePlus has been following over the years is anything to go by, we'd say that the OnePlus 6T may be a triple camera phone. We think this may be the case, because in the past, OnePlus has always borrowed the design and specs from top-end Oppo phones, and even upped the ante in terms of specs.
The OnePlus 5T, for example, borrowed the design and size of the Oppo R11s but doubled the RAM to 8GB, beating even the Oppo R11s Plus, which comes with 6GB of RAM. The OnePlus 6 followed the same pattern, looking like the Oppo R15, but offering more RAM. With this in mind, we'd say there's a good chance that the OnePlus 6T inherits the triple camera of the Oppo R17 Pro.
The triple cam setup on the R17 Pro consists of a 12MP sensor with a f/1.5 lens, a 20MP sensor with a f/2.4 lens, as well as a supplementary, third camera, which is tasked with depth measuring time-of-flight (ToF) duties.
What do you think of the OnePlus 6T thus far? Do you mind the notch? What about the cameras? Would you rather have a triple cam setup with improved depth measuring, or are you alright with "just" two? Tell us in the comments below!
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