OnePlus’ next flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6, will be launching in Q2 2018. There is little information that we know about the device at this time. For starters, we’ve learned that it will feature the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip. It’ll very likely launch with Android Oreo on board (meaning it supports Project Treble). Finally, there is evidence that the OnePlus flagship will adopt a 19:9 notched display according to a leaked benchmark and the latest OnePlus 5T firmware.
Today, we have additional information to share on the upcoming OnePlus 6. According to our trusted source, the device will be the first from the company with Gigabit LTE connectivity (Cat. 16). Thus, not only will the device be a physical powerhouse with the latest Snapdragon, it will also be the fastest OnePlus device in terms of data throughput.
||Cat. 16 (1000 Mbps)
||Cat. 12 (600 Mbps)
||Cat. 12 (600 Mbps)
||Cat. 6 (300 Mbps)
||Cat. 6 (300 Mbps)
Table comparing OnePlus smartphone LTE data speeds
What exactly will this mean for potential owners of the new device? It means that in countries which offer better 4G availability and average speeds, your device will be better suited to utilize the peak download/upload speeds. We’re not quite at the point where 5G is a thing—the OnePlus 6 won’t support 5G, but a potential successor with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+Snapdragon X50 Modem will. Indeed, OnePlus and Qualcomm are already known to be collaborating on such an effort.
That said, the OnePlus 6 achieving theoretical Gigabit LTE throughput should not be seen as outdated in light of the (upcoming) advancements in 5G technology. Rather, the device is taking advantage of the best connectivity technology that is both currently on the market and actually useful for day-to-day, today and in the near future.
For more reading on Gigabit LTE vs. 5G, I recommend you read this excellent piece by Robert Triggs from AndroidAuthority.
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Come comment on this article: OnePlus 6 will likely have a display notch based on OxygenOS firmware
The OnePlus 5 was released with OxygenOS 4.5 on top of Android 7.1 Nougat. In November, it received its first Open Beta build based on Android Oreo, and OnePlus rolled out the stable Android 8.0 Oreo-based OxygenOS 5.0 update in December.
Now, the company has released OxygenOS Open Beta 6 for the OnePlus 5. The notable change in the new Open Beta build is that it is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. Android 8.1 brings few on-the-surface changes, so it’s not a major update over Android 8.0. However, it does have under-the-hood improvements such as the addition of the Neural Networks API.
Apart from Android 8.1 Oreo, the new Open Beta build brings other improvements as well. OnePlus has implemented a new auto pick up gesture in the Phone app: users can now answer incoming calls by raising the phone. There are more clock styles for Ambient Display, and the security patch has been updated to the February security patch. Also, there are new optimizations in gaming mode, that include power saving and pausing adaptive brightness. OnePlus Switch now has support to migrate application data, which is a useful feature that will make it much easier to switch between devices. Finally, there are the usual bug fixes and improvements.
Here is the full changelog:
- Updated system to Android 8.1 Oreo
- New auto pick up gesture – Answer an incoming call by raising the phone
- General bug fixes and improvements
- Added more clock styles for ambient display
- Updated Android security patch to 2018-02
- Added new optimizations in gaming mode for immersive gaming experience including power saving and pausing adaptive brightness
- Added support to migrate application data, allowing you to switch between devices seamlessly
OnePlus 5 users can now install the Android 8.1 Oreo-based OxygenOS Open Beta 6 by either updating to the beta OTA (if they are already running the latest Open Beta), or by flashing the full Open Beta ROM. It should be noted that once users migrate to the Beta path, they will continue to receive Open Beta OTA updates, which means they will no longer receive Official Stable OTA updates. Moving back to the Official OTA path from the Beta Path will require a full install and a clean flash, which means that users have to do a full wipe of their data and cache.
As a reminder, the OnePlus 5 was released in June 2017 with a high-end list of specifications. It has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 system-on-chip, 6GB/8GB of RAM paired with 64GB/128GB of storage, 5.5-inch Full HD (1920×1080) 16:9 AMOLED display, dual 16MP + 20MP wide-angle + “telephoto” rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and a 3300mAh battery. The phone shares its internal specifications with its successor, the OnePlus 5T.
The OnePlus 5/5T is one of the best Android devices you can buy for the money, but that doesn’t mean the phone is without its faults. One of the stranger issues owners have had to deal with since launch was the phone’s inability to to stream Netflix, Google Play Movies & TV, and Amazon Video in full HD 1080p.
It’s a weird bug, one that has to do with the phone’s lack of hardware support for Widevine DRM (Widevine Level 1). OnePlus is now asking owners of their devices to mail them into their offices if they’d like to get HD streaming up and running.
So why can’t a simple software update fix this? That’s because of the way Widevine DRM works, requiring a key-box to be installed at the factory — hence sending the phone in to be modified by OnePlus themselves. It’s not clear whether or not new devices purchased from OnePlus’ website will have the same issues with HD video playback on Netflix and Amazon Video, but we certainly hope not.
OnePlus says they’ll cover the shipping costs in North America, Europe, India, or China, with the entire process taking around 5 business days. That means you’ll have to find a spare device laying around if you don’t want to be without cell service for a week.
To get the process started, simply contact OnePlus’ support team at the link provided below.
via OnePlus Forums