OnePlus 6 UK release date, price and specs: Will the OnePlus 6 launch earlier than expected?

 

OnePlus is known for its affordable smartphones – and “smart” is the operative word. They’re sleek, stylish, highly functioning, all without breaking the bank. There’s ample precedence here; we adored the OnePlus 5T, praising its gorgeous new design, all-display front, lengthy battery life, and lightning quick performance, although at £449, it’s hardly what you’d call a steal – at least compared to previous entries.

Given our predilection for OnePlus flagships, we’re buzzing for the brand’s next big release. Nothing’s set in stone just yet, but there are a few interesting tidbits circulating the rumour mill. We will be updating this page as and when more information comes to light.

Most recently, a source has suggested to GizmoChina that the OnePlus 6 will be with us as soon as March. Given the only recent release of the OnePlus 5T, that feels a touch unlikely, but stranger things have happened.

Here’s everything else we know about the OnePlus 6 so far.

OnePlus 6: Rumours

The rumour mill is just heating up, although the company’s founder Carl Pei did crop up on Reddit to ask one user where they preferred the fingerprint reader. This, you’re aware, is hardly concrete stuff, but it’s not the first time Pei’s treated social media as a focus group; a recent Twitter poll clarified that, yes, the bulk of people do think headphone jacks are a good idea. The landslide win suggests to us the OnePlus 6 handsets will indeed be sporting them.

And a fresh rumour indicates that iPhone X-style facial recognition could come to OnePlus’ – currently hypothetical – OnePlus 6. According to a reliable source, Android marvel reports that the OnePlus 6 could have a similar facial unlocking system to Apple’s newest flagship.

Not to leave things at that, the source also suggests that the OnePlus 6’s front-facing camera setup will be equipped with an infrared light and 3D camera, to help detect specific facial features and measure depth.

More recently, a source told GizmoChina that the phone would sport the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. This is no surprise, and even if it’s pure speculation, it’s hard not to assume this will be the case. OnePlus, after all, always chases down the newest processor it can, and the Snapdragon 845 will be just that when the OnePlus 6 emerges.

As far as other features go, our money’s on the dual lens camera making a reappearance, given it factored into the success of the OnePlus 5T. Whilst it’s not off the cards that the OnePlus 6 might get an upgrade to a 2k screen, it’s uncertain; the rumour’s been around for several generations now, with considerable downsides of 2k (it’s expensive, drains battery, and is all wholly unnecessary for non-VR users) suggesting the OnePlus 6 won’t see this upgrade.

OnePlus 6: Release date

There aren’t masses of continuity here, making predictions a tad tricky. The OnePlus One launched in April 2014, with its successor emerging in July 2015. The OnePlus 3 followed suit, launching in June 2016, with the 3T and 5T launching in November 2016 and 2017 respectively.

GizmoChina, again, reports that the phone is set for a March 2018 release date. Colour us sceptical on that one – it just feels too soon after the OnePlus 5T – although such a move would make it more competitive with the Samsung Galaxy S9, which has been confirmed for a February reveal.

June 2018 still feels more likely to us, but watch this space.

OnePlus 6: Price

Again, there’s an element of unpredictability here, as recent years have seen OnePlus’ prices surge. Initially, the brand prided itself on making smartphones financially accessible, with the OnePlus One costing a paltry £229.

There’s trouble brewing, too; Pei suggested on a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) that he’d consider manufacturing a smartphone that costs over $800 (£600). “[W]e don’t believe in selling products at a loss,” he explained. Makes sense, that.

That being said, we can’t imagine the price soaring far above the OnePlus 5 and 5T’s £450 price tag, although nor can we imagine it being much lower. Taking a punt, we’d proffer an estimate of around £500-£550. We will, of course, be updating this page as and when more information about the OnePlus 6 becomes available, so stay tuned.