tech2 News Staff 16 May, 2018 22:17 IST
The expected variants based on past leaks are an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage variant and might come in two colours—Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
OnePlus is launching the OnePlus 6 today at 9.30 pm (IST) in London. After countelss leaks over the last six months, Chinese phone maker OnePlus is all set to officially unveil the phone in front of global media and partners at an event in London. There's news of a special limited edition OnePlus 6 that'll don an Avengers badge, a result of a key partnership with Marvel to promote the latest Infinity War film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe.
According to reports, the phone is expected to come with a notch at the top (tsk tsk where have we seen that before?). By the looks of the leak, the display of the phone might be close to bezel-less, but there seems to be a narrow strip at its chin.
At the back, the smartphone may have a rear dual camera setup, as is the case with most flagships in 2018. The expected resolution is 16 MP+ 20 MP.
Speaking of the leaked specifications, the phone might come packed with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 SoC and will sport a 3,300 mAh battery.
The expected variants based on past leaks are an 8 GB RAM and 256 GB internal storage variant and they might come in two colours—Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
While there are umpteen options to catch the live event such as YouTube, you can also keep a track of our LIVE blog to get the latest updates on the new flagship from OnePlus.
Camera: The most used feature on a smartphone The OnePlus 6 includes OIS, which helps improve low-light performance. The main camera is a 16 MP unit, but by itself, it's not ideal for low light. For low light, you need larger pixels, so the sensor is now 19% larger, says OnePlus.
Gorilla Glass 5 protection The phone is just as resilient to being dropped as the previous versions, says OnePlus.
Why glass? It's more practical than metal: Better transmission of radio waves. It's more malleable: Easier to mould. OnePlus also picked glass over ceramic because ceramic is heavier and more brittle.
Simplicity, comfort, quality The tenets of OnePlus design. Lau is discussing the phone's "immaculate" design and the balance of its camera placement. The rear glass features a skin underneath it, which creates a 3D effect, a sense of depth, says OnePlus.
Freebies for attendees
All attendees will get a free pair of Bullets Wireless when they buy a OnePlus 6 from the OnePlus Store.
Pricing and release date
Midnight Black and mirror black variants will be available from 22 May. Silk White from 5 June.
The price? $529 (around Rs 35,000).
6/64 GB: $529
8/128 GB: $579
8/256 GB: $629
OnePlus 6 camera comes with dual image stabilisation and 16 MP primary camera
Camera: Dual image stabilisation, 16 MP primary camera which comes with 19 percent increase in sensor size to assist with low light photography #OnePlus6— Tech2 (@tech2eets) May 16, 2018
Portrait mode is speedier, new effects on Portrait mode. Selfie camera portrait mode to get activated soon pic.twitter.com/F8mfJzbOmC
New video editor
Crop, add filters and add background music to videos
Unlike other smartphones (read: Samsung) that can capture a slow-motion video for a fraction of a second. The OnePlus 6 can shoot HD 480 fps videos for one minute, and you can select which moment you want slowed down.
Portrait mode is faster than ever before, says Lau. A secondary camera captures distance, helping the main camera focus on the subject.
The mode now supports more effects like orbs, hearts and stars, which affect the blurred out lights (bokeh).
A software update in a few weeks will bring portrait mode to the selfie camera.
Camera: The most used feature on a smartphone
The OnePlus 6 includes OIS, which helps improve low-light performance.
The main camera is a 16 MP unit, but by itself, it's not ideal for low light. For low light, you need larger pixels, so the sensor is now 19% larger, says OnePlus.
"Every fraction of a second counts", says Lau. For this, they've introduced 'Gaming Mode'. This time around, this mode will improve performance by limiting background processes and prioritising network traffic.
Burst processing and caching for app launch helps apps launch faster. The phone keeps track of frequently used apps and keeps part of the code in RAM to improve startup time.
Overdraw reduction is also a new feature in the OnePlus 6. It'll help prevent excessive GPU usage and improve performance.
Oh, and they're still testing their OS on the OnePlus 3.
The phone has brilliantly fast Face Unlock, says Lau. It unlocks instantly and takes you directly to the main screen. No swiping necessary. (In yer face, Apple!)
This is easily among the fastest chip available to Android smartphone makers, both in terms of raw performance and cellular speeds. It also supports fast charging (a day's power in half an hour.)
Midnight Black and Silk White are the variants available
'Downsides to using ceramic, but with glass we were able to replicate the feeling of ceramic' says @getpeid Corning Gorilla Glass 5 has been used in the construction. Midnight Black and Silk White are other variants pic.twitter.com/bcR3648ifL— Tech2 (@tech2eets) May 16, 2018
Phones start fast and become laggy. OnePlus notes that their phones don't suffer from this. Lau talks about how they're optimising software to ensure this happens.
The phone is available in Midnight Black, Mirror Black and Silk White.
The Midnight Black edition is matte finished, which is very surprising. The finish also featured a subtle 'S' shape in certain lighting conditions.
The Silk White option features pearl powder to create a sparkly effect.
Gorilla Glass 5 protection
The phone is just as resilient to being dropped as the previous versions, says OnePlus.
It's more practical than metal: Better transmission of radio waves.
It's more malleable: Easier to mould.
OnePlus also picked glass over ceramic because ceramic is heavier and more brittle.
Simplicity, comfort, quality
The tenets of OnePlus design.
Lau is discussing the phone's "immaculate" design and the balance of its camera placement.
The rear glass features a skin underneath it, which creates a 3D effect, a sense of depth, says OnePlus.
That was a really quick rundown of the specs of the OnePlus 6
That was a really really quick rundown of the specs, a minute to be precise, but we are still to know the price of the #OnePlus6. ‘Fastest flagship experience that OnePlus has ever created’ says @getpeid pic.twitter.com/VXJ7EtgFmN— Tech2 (@tech2eets) May 16, 2018
The fastest flagship we've ever created
The phone features the largest display OnePlus has yet created.
The front looks almost exactly like any number of notch-toting iPhone X clones.
The notch is small, but it also doesn't have Apple's Face Unlock hardware.
OnePlus hasn't mentioned any IPXX rating for the OnePlus, which likely means its not certified. However, they do claim that it is splash and water resistant in "daily use".
Bullets Wireless earphones will come with Google Assistant support.
.@oneplus Bullets Wireless earphones will come with @google Assistant support. The magnet works like a power switch, separate the earphones to turn them on, answer calls. It's backwards compatible too. 10 mins of Fast Charging will get you 5 hours of listening time pic.twitter.com/aRE7gkCb6f— Tech2 (@tech2eets) May 16, 2018
All the specs in 1 min
Available, 5 June
The OnePlus Bullets Wireless will go on sale at $69.
$175 headphones vs Bullets Wireless: The musicians who're testing them seem more impressed.
"I'm getting more of the mids and the bass."
Energy Tube for enhanced sound
Whatever that is, Lau claims that it will help improving the sound by directing the flow of the sound signal.
10 min for 5 hrs of listening time
Yes, you heard that right! That's more battery life than most wireless buds on the market.
The Bullets Wireless can be charged via USB-C.
Sadly, there's no mention of a charging case yet.
The buds are magnetic, so they clap together when they're around your neck.
Interestingly, you combine the buds to turn them off and separate to turn on.
Better yet, separating the sets answers calls and resumes music.
That's actually quite awesome!
Bullets Wireless announced
Joining the wireless EarPhones bandwagon is the Bullets Wireless, the first product of the day (We all know what the second one is, don't we?)
The earbuds are made from aluminium. The battery rests on the neck and supports fast charging. The set also supports Google Assistant.
"We don't believe in following trends"- Lau
The secret to success?
"The key lies in focus."
Most beloved smartphone brand
Lau points to a PCMag report that says that OnePlus was the most valuable smartphone brand.
"It validates our mission," says Lau
Only two things matter, says Lau
1. Having a great product
2. Word of mouth
Two new products
Lau: "We're launching not just one, but two new products."
OnePlus founder Pete Lau is on stage.
Photos shared by Pete Lau show impressive dynamic range of the OnePlus 6 camera.
Nimish Sawant also attended the launch of Honor 10 in London yesterday, so here' a quick round-up of the flagship that OnePlus 6 will be going up against.
Here's the friendly neighborhood not-so-spiderman Sheldon Pinto dishing out some free and very relevant life advice in case you're lusting after the OnePlus 6. Make a cup of tea and wait for the T.