Last year the rather impressive OnePlus 5 was followed by the even better OnePlus 5T – which makes us think that the OnePlus 6 that launched back in May is going to get its own upgrade soon. Nothing is official yet, but it seems likely that another handset is incoming.
Here we've compiled everything we know about the OnePlus 6T so far: what it is, how powerful it might be, and when you can expect to get your hands on it. Read on to find out whether the OnePlus 6T could be your next smartphone, when it eventually launches.
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OnePlus 6T: release date and price
One of the most recent OnePlus 6T rumours – supplied by inside sources speaking to CNET – claims that the OnePlus 6T is going to appear in October. The same report suggests that in the US, the phone will be a T-Mobile exclusive if you want it with a contract, though an unlocked global version will also be available.
That's a little earlier than last year – the OnePlus 5T appeared in November, following the OnePlus 5 that showed up in June.
Compare that to this year, when we had the OnePlus 6 in May: so a month earlier for the main flagship, and (probably) a month earlier for the follow-up phone. It makes sense that the OnePlus 6T would show up in October, maybe near the same time as the two Google Pixel 3 phones.
As for the price, CNET's contacts are saying $550 is the rough figure. That follows the $479 OnePlus 5, the $499 OnePlus 5T, and the $529 OnePlus 6, which sounds about right – just a little pricier than the OnePlus 6. In the UK, that phone starts at £469, so the OnePlus 6T might just scrape under £500.
OnePlus 6T: design
In terms of design, the jump from the OnePlus 5 to the OnePlus 5T wasn't a major one. As a result, we're expecting the OnePlus 6T to look a lot like the OnePlus 6 – think a screen in the region of 6.3 inches, and a distinctive display notch.
Of course there will be tweaks here and there, otherwise there's not much point in OnePlus releasing another phone. Last year one of the tweaks was to make the OnePlus 5T screen significantly bigger, but considering the OnePlus 6 already sports a 6.28-inch screen, it seems unlikely its successor will go much larger.
The OnePlus 6 was the first in the line of handsets to sport a glass back, and it seems like a good bet that the OnePlus 6T will follow suit. What we might see is a bump in resolution, because the 1080 x 2280 pixels sported by the OnePlus 6 isn't up with the best Android flagships of 2018.
OnePlus and Oppo are actually owned by the same manufacturer, so the Oppo R17 might give us some idea of what the OnePlus 6T might look like: note that smaller notch and a distinct lack of bezels. The Oppo R17 also features an in-screen fingerprint reader on the front – will the OnePlus 6T follow suit?
OnePlus 6T: specs
The OnePlus 6T won't have massively different specs to the OnePlus 6. The Snapdragon 845 chipset is still the processor of choice for top-end Android handsets, and that's going to remain the case until 2019.
For three phones in a row now, OnePlus has offered 6GB or 8GB options for the RAM, and that's unlikely to change with the OnePlus 6T – it's certainly too early for 16GB inside a smartphone, so 6GB and 8GB should be the options again.
The top-end storage level might get a bump to 512GB from 256GB, bearing in mind that OnePlus doesn't usually include a microSD card slot inside its phones: the amount of storage you buy to begin with is the amount you've got to live with.
If there are any specs boosts they might come in the camera department, if OnePlus has managed to improve on the 16MP+20MP dual-lens rear-facing camera on the OnePlus 6. It would certainly give users a reason to buy the OnePlus 6T.
OnePlus 6T: features
The OnePlus 5T wasn't just an upgrade on the OnePlus 5 – it completely replaced it, becoming the new OnePlus flagship after the old one had only been in the job for half a year. With that in mind, it's not surprising that most are expecting the upgrade over the OnePlus 6 to be a slight one.
We've mentioned screen resolution, and camera quality, but OnePlus might decide to add wireless charging and proper waterproofing on a OnePlus phone for the first time (the OnePlus 6 is only rated as "splash resistant").
It's possible that the battery will grow a little bigger, and that we'll see a different set of colour options than we saw with the OnePlus 6. Considering that phone was part of the Android P beta program, the OnePlus 6T might well come out rocking the full Android 9 Pie software, with the OnePlus OxygenOS on top.
Even if the OnePlus 6T is a relatively minor upgrade from the OnePlus 6, it's still going to be the best phone OnePlus has ever put out. If you're after something that's a significant step up from everything that's gone before though, you'll need to wait for the OnePlus 7 to arrive at some point next year.