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Despite their age, the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T both receive a software update

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Despite their age, the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T both receive a software update
Even though the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T were both released in 2018, this past August both models finally received the update to Android 11 that owners were promised years ago. Most of them probably didn't expect to receive any more updates once they installed one in September that brought power optimization to the two models to prevent overheating. However, OnePlus has surprised them with an update to OxygenOS

They are over three years old but the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 6T both received a new software update

No, this is not an update that contains any new features that you might have been longing for. In fact, the only items found on the official changelist are the November security update, bug fixes, and stability improvements. Yes, it is nothing to jump up and get excited about except to note that smartphones that are over three years old are receiving a software update.

Following the merger with Oppo, OnePlus tweaked its update schedule starting with 2020s OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. Starting with last year's models, all of the manufacturer's handsets will receive three years of Android updates and four years of security updates. That adds an additional year for both types of updates.

The OnePlus Nord and the Nord CE will both receive two Android updates and three security updates. Starting with the N10 and N100, the Nord N-series will get an additional third year of security updates but remain stuck at just one Android update.

If you own the OnePlus 6 or OnePlus 6T, you should soon receive the update to OxygenOS although it first will be disseminated to a limited number of users. After OnePlus determines that there are no bugs caused by the update, it will be pushed out to remaining units via a broader rollout.

Speaking of OnePlus, the company announced last week that "OnePlus' next-generation new products will be the first to be equipped with a new generation of Snapdragon 8." That comment came from OnePlus CEO Pete Lau and while he didn't mention it by name, we would assume that he is talking about the upcoming OnePlus 10 and OnePlus 10 Pro. The latter model is expected to be equipped with a 6.7-inch QHD+ display that updates 120 times per second (120Hz refresh rate).

To save battery life, OnePlus is expected to use an LTPO backplane to allow for a variable refresh rate that drops down depending on the content on the screen. Emails and texts don't require a 120Hz refresh rate although games, animations, and scrolling will be buttery smooth. Consumers might be able to select a model with either 8GB or 12GB of memory.

The camera array on the back of the phone is rumored to feature 50MP, 48MP, and 8MP sensors and will include a Macro camera for extreme closeups. We could see a 5000mAh battery charged with keeping the lights on (no pun intended) and while there is some talk of 125W fast charging, the OnePlus 10 Pro could end up with 50W charging instead.

Why OnePlus only recently had its new phones tested for water resistance

On par with most high-end phones, the OnePlus 10 Pro will probably sport an IP68 rating. This allows the device to be submerged in nearly 5 feet of water for up to 30 minutes and emerge unscathed. You might recall that before the OnePlus 8 Pro, the company did not pay for its phones to receive the necessary tests to receive an IP rating.

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Not testing their phones to receive an IP rating might have allowed OnePlus to save money thus making its phones more affordable, but OnePlus' Lau also pointed out that these tests are conducted in labs and controlled environments and might not reflect real-world performance.

OnePlus has sure come a long way since its early days when buyers jonesing for a OnePlus handset had to have an invitation to buy one.

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OnePlus 6 specs
  • Display 6.3 inches 2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera) 16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3300 mAh
  • OS Android 11 OxygenOS UI
OnePlus 6T specs
  • Display 6.4 inches 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Dual camera) 16 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 8GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3700 mAh
  • OS Android 11 OxygenOS UI

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