OnePlus is going to end 2018 with a bang.
Ever since it was released this past May, the OnePlus 6 has been one of the absolute best values in smartphones we've seen in 2018. The phone's only gotten better thanks to striking new colors and fast software updates, and right around the corner is its incremental successor — the OnePlus 6T.
The 6T likely won't shake up the OnePlus 6's formula too much, but even so, it's already shaping up to be one of the year's most interesting smartphones.
Without further ado, here's everything we know about the OnePlus 6T!
The latest OnePlus 6T news
October 19, 2018 — OnePlus moves its 6T announcement to October 29 due to Apple's press event
Earlier this month, OnePlus confirmed that it'd be holding an event in New York City on October 30 to unveil its next smartphone — the OnePlus 6T. However, with Apple announcing yesterday that it's also holding an event in New York City that same day, OnePlus has decided to shift its event a day early to October 29.
In a message on the OnePlus forums, the company said:
As ambitious and passionate as we all are, we have to acknowledge the reality of this situation. There are no winners here. Over the course of almost 5 years, we have been proud to witness the rise of one of the most passionate and powerful communities in all of tech. But, we have to remain realistic. We have only just begun our journey and cannot afford to let one of the most important products in our history be affected by another great product launch. So after deep reflection, we have decided to move the OnePlus 6T Launch Event in New York City to October 29.
OnePlus says that it spoke with its friends in the tech media to gauge what would it happen if it had an event the same day as Apple, and while doing so, came to the conclusion that Apple's news would take over the 6T unveiling.
Since the change is coming last second, OnePlus notes that it'll "cover any costs" that the press and its fans might incur as a result of the new date.
The OnePlus 6T event is still scheduled to take place at 11:00 AM EDT, so we'll have all the official news right here next Monday morning.
October 19, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T could work on Verizon Wireless
Every year, one of the biggest complaints about OnePlus phones is that they aren't compatible with Verizon's network. No matter how fast they are or how much the cameras have improved, none of this matters for people that rely on Verizon for their cell service.
However, that could be changing this year. According to a report from PCMag, "multiple industry sources" have said that the OnePlus 6T "may" work with Verizon.
Although we won't see the OnePlus 6T being sold in Verizon stores as we will with T-Mobile, the unlocked variant of the phone is said to support LTE Band 13 for use with Verizon's LTE network. This means you won't get any CDMA coverage, but considering how mature Verizon's LTE service is these days, that really shouldn't be an issue.
Verizon compatibility is not confirmed at this point, and unless OnePlus or Verizon makes an announcement in the next few days, it won't be until the 6T's unveiling on October 30. With that said, even if we don't see Verizon support this year, it's still awfully encouraging to hear that OnePlus is even working on this.
October 17, 2018 — OnePlus 6T confirmed to ship with Android 9 Pie
We're about two weeks away from the OnePlus 6T reveal, and if you've been following details on the phone, you'll know that a lot of its info and features have already been revealed. Now, GizmoChina has confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will ship with Android 9 Pie out of the box.
OnePlus CEO Pete Lau confirmed the news on Chinese social network Weibo, and in addition to this, also noted that the Android Pie update for OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 3 devices is being delayed as the company's engineers need more time to perfect everything.
October 12, 2018 — OnePlus teases new gestures and redesigned UI for OnePlus 6T
Leading up to the OnePlus 6T's announcement at the end of the month, some of the OnePlus team took the company's official forums to talk about the improved software experience with OxygenOS on the phone.
Starting first with the UI, OnePlus notes that "a whole new UI" will be present on the phone and that you'll "have to experience for yourself to really understand." OnePlus went on to say, "Our goal was to express the OnePlus design language in our UI, making this the most distinct and intuitive version of OxygenOS yet." Exciting stuff.
Along with that, there's also confirmation that the 6T will ship with revamped gesture navigation.
Whenever you swipe up in an app, the application window will follow your finger, making for a more natural experience. It's also faster in two ways: with a quick flick from the bottom of the screen towards the right of your screen, you can change between 2 recently used apps.
Add that together with promised behind-the-scenes improvements to the camera and further focus on making OxygenOS as fast and fluid as possible, and the 6T's software experience is shaping up to be something special.
October 9, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T will launch on November 6
According to The Verge, the OnePlus 6 will launch a week after its October 30 announcement: November 6. The company will hold a launch event in New York City on October 30 starting at 11am ET.
We still don't know pricing, which is the last remaining elusive piece of information we need. What do you think? $549? $599?
October 9, 2018 — OnePlus 6T will feature a 3700mAh battery, pre-bookings now live on Amazon India
OnePlus has confirmed that the 6T will feature a 3700mAh battery, 10% larger than the one in the OnePlus 6. The increased battery capacity was leaked a few weeks ago, and OnePlus is now confirming the same. The phone will also offer the company's Dash Charge fast charging tech.
OnePlus has also opened up pre-bookings for the OnePlus 6T on Amazon India. Customers pre-booking the device will get a pair of OnePlus' Type-C Bullets earphones for free, along with a ₹500 ($6.75) Amazon gift card. The phone itself will be going up for sale in India on November 2.
October 8, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T is launching on October 30
OnePlus has confirmed that it will unveil the OnePlus 6T on October 30. The phone will be making its debut at an event in New York, and OnePlus is set to kick off pre-orders on the same day.
The company will also hold a satellite event in India — its largest market — on October 30, and fans will be able to purchase tickets for the same starting 10:00am IST on October 17.
October 7, 2018 — OnePlus teases Monday announcement on Twitter
The OnePlus 6T is expected to be announced to the world any time now, but we might not have to wait much longer — at least, for an event date. OnePlus tweeted out a tease for fans, telling them to come back in 24 hours for an "exciting announcement".
While we expect said announcement to be an event date for the official unveiling of the OnePlus 6T, there is also a chance that the official announcement of the device. OnePlus has had a busy week of teases, leaks, and the official confirmation that the 6T will lack both a headphone jack and wireless charging, and OnePlus might be ready to show the world one of the most anticipated phones of the year.
Tomorrow is also the day before the Google Pixel 3 event — and the beginning of Pixel 3 pre-orders — so whatever OnePlus announces tomorrow may very well end up being an appetizer before the October 9 feast of new Google products.
October 2, 2018 — OnePlus 6T confirmed to not have wireless charging, better water-resistance
CNET recently sat down for an exclusive interview with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, and during it, a few interesting tidbits were revealed.
Perhaps most importantly, the interview confirms that the OnePlus 6T will not support wireless charging. According to Lau:
We're working hard on this. When we get to the day that the wireless charging can get up to speed of [Dash Charge] without the implication of heat that we expect, then I believe we can integrate the technology.
Lau also commented on the 6T's water resistance, saying that it's the most water-resistant phone the company's made yet. However, in an attempt to save money, you won't find an official IP rating.
Last but not least, Lau confirmed that one of the main reasons the 3.5mm headphone jack was removed was to make room for the in-display fingerprint sensor. He also said that it was "one of the most difficult decisions for us [OnePlus] to make."
October 1, 2018 — Here are renders of the OnePlus 6T in Midnight Black and Mirror Black
Need more OnePlus 6T renders in your life? Lucky for you, WinFuture recently got their hands on just that.
A few new images of the phone show its front and back in both Midnight Black and Mirror Black finishes — two colors that are also available for the OnePlus 6.
Although the 6T's design has already been confirmed in other leaks, these renderes once again show off the waterdrop style notch, the absence of the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and dual rear cameras.
September 28, 2018 — OnePlus begins teasing the 6T
We already know that the OnePlus 6T is coming, but now thanks to a teaser clip on its official Twitter page, OnePlus is ready to start hyping up the phone ahead of its announcement.
OnePlus 6T. It's coming. pic.twitter.com/Wrdt9sCdIs— OnePlus (@oneplus) September 28, 2018
The short clip is just 5 seconds long and features the tagline "Unlock the Future" along with the OnePlus 6T logo.
There's not much else to see, but with the hype train starting, an official reveal should be coming soon.
September 26, 2018 — OnePlus 6T appears in a bunch of new renders
Earlier this month, we got our first render of the OnePlus 6T showing off the top rear portion of the phone. Now, thanks to @OnLeaks and MySmartPrice, we have full device renders of the 6T that shows what it'll look like from every angle imaginable.
As expected, the 6T's body shares a lot of similarities with the Oppo R17. There's a large 6.4-inch display around front with a tiny waterdrop style notch at the very top. Around back is a dual camera system, glass construction, and no fingerprint sensor. This time around, OnePlus is hiding it underneath the display.
The 6T is said to be a bit thicker and wider than the 6, coming in at 157.5 x 75.7 x 8.2mm compared to 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8mm.
Are you liking what you're seeing?
September 19, 2018 — OnePlus 6T teaser video airs in India, shows off dual rear cameras
OnePlus has started airing a OnePlus 6T teaser video in India that shows off the back of the upcoming phone. A render from earlier today revealed that the device will have dual rear cameras — and not three like previously rumored — and the video further reinforces that. The commercial features OnePlus' India ambassador Amitabh Bachchan, and also references the in-display fingerprint sensor.
Amazon India is also building up interest for the device by opening up a "Notify Me" page for the OnePlus 6T ahead of the rumored October 17 launch.
September 19, 2018 — OnePlus 6T render confirms dual rear cameras, logo also teased
Thanks to the folks over at WinFuture, we now have our very first render of the upcoming OnePlus 6T. The render admittedly doesn't reveal a lot of the phone, but even so, it does manage to confirm a couple of key details.
First of all, it would appear that OnePlus will be sticking with two rear cameras on the back. On that same note, the cameras are also in the exact same position as they are on the OnePlus 6.
Along with this, we can also see that there's no longer a fingerprint sensor below the camera lens. OnePlus already confirmed that the 6T will be its first phone to use an in-display sensor, so we're now seeing how all of that will come together.
Last but not least, WinFuture also shared the 6T's official logo. There's nothing particularly exciting about it, but here it is for your vieiwng pleasure.
September 13, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T will not have a headphone jack
Yep, you read that correctly. As confirmed by OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei in an interview with TechRadar, the 6T will not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Having a headphone jack on its phones is something OnePlus has adamantly bragged about for the last few years, so why is the company now deciding to remove it? First of all, Pei notes that by removing the headphone jack, more features can be crammed into the 6T.
Some of that space is likely going to the in-display fingerprint sensor that was already confirmed by the company, and along with that, Pei says battery life is being improved, too. We don't have raw numbers, but it's said that the improvement will be "substantial enough for users to realize."
Another reason for the jack's removal is timing. Per a survey that OnePlus conducted earlier this year, 59% of its users already have some sort of wireless earbuds. Furthermore, Pei expects that number to now be higher following the release of the Bullets Wireless.
OnePlus expects some backlash from its community, and like we've seen from Apple, Google, and others, a 3.5mm-to-USB-C dongle will be included in the box so you can continue to use your old wired headphones.
What do you think about the 6T not having a headphone jack?
September 10, 2018 — OnePlus confirms in-display fingerprint sensor for OnePlus 6T
Less than a week since the OnePlus 6T retail box leaked, OnePlus has confirmed to CNET that one of the main features shown there — specifically the in-display fingerprint sensor — will be present on the phone at launch.
In an email sent to the publication, OnePlus said:
We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action. By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.
OnePlus also shared a screenshot of the 6T's lock screen, and as you can see, an icon near the bottom of the display will show users where to put their finger to unlock the phone. Similar to devices like the Vivo X20 Plus UD and Vivo Nex, the 6T uses an optical scanner under its screen that views your print, matches it with one that's been set up, and unlocks your phone.
In-display sensors have typically been slower than traditional ones on the front or back of a device, and if that's the case with the 6T, at least we'll also have Face Unlock as an unlocking option, too.
September 4, 2018 — Retail box reveals an in-display fingerprint sensor and "waterdrop" notch
Our first big OnePlus 6T leak has finally arrived!
A retail box for the phone recently appeared in a few photos online, and while the phone itself isn't anywhere to be seen, the packaging actually confirms a couple key details about it.
Thanks to an outline of the 6T inside the box, we can see that it adopts a very similar design compared to the Oppo R17 that was announced in mid-August. As such, we've got a phone with very slim bezels, a tiny chin at the bottom, and a waterdrop style notch at the top.
This outline also shows a fingerprint near the bottom center of the display — suggesting that the 6T will be the first OnePlus phone to adopt an in-display fingerprint sensor.
August 17, 2018 — OnePlus 6T to launch on T-Mobile in the U.S. in October
A new report from CNET surfaced today, and if you've been waiting for more juicy details on the OnePlus 6T, there's plenty for you here.
OnePlus phones in the U.S. have always been sold exclusively as unlocked handsets through OnePlus's website, but with the 6T, OnePlus will be launching the phone on its first carrier partner in the States — T-Mobile. The T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T is said to be "optimized for T-Mobile's network" and will work beautifully with the Un-Carrier's 600Mhz band.
Pricing for the OnePlus 6T is said to be about $550 (a slight increase from the $529 OnePlus 6) and it'll launch at some point in October.
August 14, 2018 — The new Oppo R17 is likely the phone the OnePlus 6T will be modeled after
If you've been following OnePlus for a while, chances are you know that its parent company is Oppo. OnePlus typically uses Oppo phones as references for its own hardware, and this year, the reference device for the OnePlus 6T will likely be the all-new Oppo R17.
While the 6T won't be identical to the R17, the phone's biggest features will likely carry over — including the waterdrop notch at the top of the display and all-glass back.
The R17's notch is one of the smallest we've ever seen, and should this make its way to the 6T, it'll be a big win for the phone's design. The display below that measures in at 6.4-inches, and to not much surprise, retains a resolution of 1080 x 2280 Full HD.
Where will I be able to buy the OnePlus 6T?
Like previous OnePlus phones, we're certain that the OnePlus 6T will be sold unlocked on OnePlus's website.
However, new this year in the U.S., OnePlus has apparently secured its first carrier partner.
In addition to selling the phone unlocked, OnePlus will also sell the 6T via T-Mobile. The unlocked variant will work just fine on TMO, but by having the phone sold directly through the carrier and available to purchase via monthly financing, this should hopefully get the 6T in more people's hands than previous OnePlus devices.
When will the phone be released?
According to a report from CNET, the OnePlus 6T will launch this fall — sometime in October, to be exact.
Seeing as how the OnePlus 5T went on sale November 21 and sales for the 3T opened up November 28, we have no reason not to believe OnePlus will shoot for an October launch. It's not uncommon for OEMs to move up launch dates by a month or so compared to previous releases, and seeing as how the next-gen iPhones will be announced on September 12 and the Pixel 3 will be unveiled on October 9, OnePlus appears to be slotting itself in nicely with those big-name launches.
How much will the 6T cost?
Per that same report, the OnePlus 6T will cost $550.
In typical OnePlus fashion, that's a minor price hike compared to its past releases. Here's how the $550 OnePlus 6T will compare to previous OnePlus phones:
- OnePlus 6 — $529
- OnePlus 5T — $499
- OnePlus 5 — $479
- OnePlus 3T — $439
- OnePlus 3 — $399