OnePlus 6T: Everything we know

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The OnePlus 6 may have just launched a few months ago, but the OnePlus 6T is already in the works. While we may not have too many details about what the phone will look like or feature under the hood, we are starting to get a better idea of how it will launch in the U.S. — for the first time in OnePlus’ history, its next flagship may have the backing of a major U.S. carrier.

Design

It’s just days before the OnePlus 6T will be officially introduced to the world and, of course, a new leak shows the upcoming flagship in all its glory. The leaked photos, courtesy of Slash Leaks, provide more than a glimpse though: They also appear to confirm some details about the phone that have been up for debate for months.

If the photos are to be believed, it looks like we will definitely see an in-display fingerprint sensor on the upcoming OnePlus 6T. That’s not too much of a surprise since CNET received confirmation via OnePlus earlier this year, but it lends a bit of credibility to the new photos.

WinFuture

Unfortunately, it looks like an earlier report from WinFuture may also be true. While earlier reports stated the OnePlus 6T would have a triple camera setup, WinFuture said it wasn’t in the cards. The newly leaked photos also show a dual camera module on the phone so we wouldn’t get our hopes up for the triple camera array. It also looks like the 6T will have a dual, not triple, camera sensor on the back. And yes, there’s a teardrop notch on the front of the phone.

Release date and price

It looks like OnePlus is a little worried about the power that Apple has over the news cycle. While the company was originally set to unveil the OnePlus 6T in an event held on October 30, the company is now moving that event to October 29 — and that’s because of the fact that Apple has announced its own event for October 30. According to an email from OnePlus, the move was to avoid being overshadowed by Apple. Attendees will get the chance to play with the OnePlus 6T and take home some exclusive goodies, along with some of OnePlus’ Bullets Wireless earphones.

But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to New York — OnePlus will also be livestreaming the event, and Digital Trends will be there to keep you in the loop.

The confirmation of the reveal date comes shortly after OnePlus posted an extremely short teaser video on its Twitter page, teasing the release. The video shows a hexagon slowly lighting up, with a “T” in the middle. “Unlock the future” is then shown in a series of smash cuts, ending on a simple “OnePlus 6T” title. It’s exceptionally straightforward and leaves us no doubt that the OnePlus 6T is almost here. The “unlock” likely refers to the consistent rumors that the OnePlus 6T will introduce an in-screen fingerprint sensor.

The same report lists the OnePlus 6T at $550, however that appears to be an estimate since there will likely be multiple configurations. Weeks before the official OnePlus 6T announcement, a report from WCCFTech states pricing for the phone will range from approximately $516 to $611; this rumor comes from a source with a mixed track record and is likely a conversion from foreign currency and may not reflect final U.S. pricing.

Availability

Over the past several years, OnePlus has locked onto a winning formula by creating a high-spec’d, gorgeous smartphone that comes in at hundreds of dollars less than other flagships. And while the company has developed a loyal fan base, it looks like the smartphone manufacturer plans to become a household name in the U.S. with the release of the OnePlus 6T.

First up, OnePlus may partner with a major carrier for the first time with the OnePlus 6T. According to CNET, T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T when it’s released, and the company will sell an optimized version for the magenta network. Such a partnership would not only provide T-Mobile customers with more financing options, it would put the OnePlus 6T in thousands of stores across the U.S.

There’s also a rumor, courtesy of PC Mag, that the OnePlus 6T may be the first of the company’s handsets to work on the Verizon network. If it does indeed have LTE Band 13 and is certified by Verizon labs, that means the OnePlus 6T will be available to Verizon’s 150-million subscriber base in addition to AT&T and T-Mobile’s networks.

Camera

The camera on the OnePlus 6T looks like it may get a big upgrade as well. Rumors suggest the phone will have a dual sensor with 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses. The selfie cam reportedly comes in at 16 megapixels.

According to GSMArena, a OnePlus representative revealed the camera app will have a dedicated night mode that works with the upgraded hardware. While details are scarce, the source says night mode photos will have “ample clarity and sharpness, with a good dark-to-light contrast, and negligible noise.”

Software

While many new flagships are still shipping with Android 8.1 Oreo, it looks like OnePlus may be one of the first to break the mold with its upcoming OnePlus 6T. According to GSMArena, the OnePlus 6T will be one of the first to ship with Android 9.0 Pie.

And it’s not just Pie for OnePlus 6T owners either. The same report states OxygenOS, the custom skin that runs on all OnePlus handsets, is getting a major makeover for the 6T. And this isn’t just a major makeover, it appears the OnePlus 6T may feature all new gestures as well as a more refined overall UI. Since OxygenOS has always been one of the best Android skins, it will be interesting to see exactly what the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has in store.

Specifications

Other details about the phone have yet to be released, but it will likely feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. A leak from mid-October states the OnePlus 6T will come in three configurations. The least expensive option will feature 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage while an 8GB option will be available in both 128GB and 256GB storage configurations as well. Granted, this information comes from a source with a mixed track record, so we definitely wouldn’t take it as gospel until additional sources come forward.

In addition to flagship-level specs, OnePlus appears to confirm the upcoming 6T will have an in-display fingerprint sensor. The same rumor suggests the phone will have a less expensive optical fingerprint sensor as opposed to the ultrasonic sensors that are beginning to make their way to high-end smartphones.

Updated on October 26, 2018: Leaked press photos of the OnePlus 6T appear days before launch event. 

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