After what seems like a lifetime of rumours and speculation, despite the fact the OnePlus 5T launched less than six months ago, we finally know what the OnePlus 6 has to offer. Even though we've seen all the leaks and rumours that spoiled things ages ago, it's nice to finally get some confirmation of what's to come.
If you paid attention to the leaks then there won't really be any surprises, but there were a few things that were either wrong or not mentioned, to let's run down what you'll get if your head online and swap your existing device for a OnePlus 6.
The slogan for this launch is 'The Speed You Need', and speed is what this hardware seems to be offering, with a choice of 6GB or 8GB of RAM, packed with a Snapdragon 845 chipset (octa-core, up to 2.8GHz) and an Adreno 630 GPU. That's alongside 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB storage options, and as with all older OnePlus devices there's no option for expandable storage. According to OnePlus the new hardware offers 30 per cent better performance, while using 30 per cent less power, and offers an overall 10 per cent improvement on the battery life.
The phone itself is the same size as the OnePlus 5T, but manages to squeeze a large 6.28-inch AMOLED screen inside, which comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio, 2280 x 1080 resolution, and 402 ppi, all covered in Gorilla Glass 5. That means the phone has an 84 per cent screen/body ratio, which means the OnePlus 6 has included the notch that's divided the smartphone community since the iPhone X burst onto the scene. As rumoured the phone also has a glass back, but OnePlus has confirmed that this is a design choice, and the phone will not have wireless charging.
Camera-wise the back of the phone features a dual-lens system, set vertically above the fingerprint scanner this time in a similar fashion to the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and LG G7. That camera system has one 20MP and 16MP lens (both f1.7), optical image stabilisation, the ability to record 4K video at 60 FPS, andsuper slow-motion video (480fps at 720p, 240fps at 1080p) with the option to record as much as a minute of footage before you slow it down. The front camera is 16MP, and comes with portrait mode if you want to make sure you have the perfectly bokehd selfie.
There's also a 3,300 mAh battery (with Dash Charge 2.0 fast charging offering "one day's power" in after 30 minutes), a headphone jack, USB-C, and a single speaker. The OnePlus itself also has a Face Unlock system and dual-SIM support that lets both SIM cards access 4G networks. OnePlus has also said the 6 is water resistant, but made it clear that the phone doesn't have an IP rating so it's not a good idea to deliberately expose it to water and test that feature out. Not that it ever is.
Software-wise, the OnePlus 6 runs Android 8.1, with OnePlus's OxygenOS on top, tough the company has been keen to stress that it's goal is to keep everything as close to stock Android as possible. That's probably going to help with future Android updates, since Google did announce OnePlus as one of companies it had partnered with for 'Project Treble' - designed to improve the speed at which Android updates roll out. In fact the OnePlus 6 will be compatible with the Android P Preview, which will be available to download from the OnePlus website in the coming days.
'The Speed You Need' is also relevant to the OnePlus 6's lifespan, with the company's ultimate goal being to ensure the phone doesn't slow down or lag over time. They promise that it will perform the same as it did right out of the box, throughout its entire lifespan. That's hardware and software, including the battery, meaning there will be no throttling here.
The OnePlus 6 will go on general sale on 22nd May and is available in two colours: Mirror Black, and matte Midnight Black. Prices starting at £469 for the 6/64GB Mirror Black model - just £20 more than the launch price of the OnePlus 5T. The 8/128GB model will also be available for £519 in Mirror and Midnight Black, while the 8/256GB model will cost £569 and will only be available in Midnight Black. Anyone desperate to get their hands on them early can head to one of the pop-up stores opening across the world on 21st May, one of which is in London.
OnePlus is also releasing a limited edition Silk White model on 5th June, which will only be available with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Like the other two, it will cost £519.
The only confirmed way of getting your hands on a SIM free OnePlus 6 is to buy it directly from OnePlus, either from its online store or in one of its May 21st pop-up stores. If you buy from the OnePlus website, however, the company will give you a free pair of Bullets Wireless headphones. If you'd rather go through the mobile networks, you don't have much choice. O2 had exclusive rights to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, and it this trend is confirmed to be continuing with the 6.
We'll let you know what sort of deals are on offer as and when we get them.
Update: It's been confirmed that anyone getting the phone from O2 can pre-order and get their handset a day early (21st May), with contract prices starting at £40 a month. Other deals mentioned so far include £20 up front and £40 a month for a 4GB data plan, and £20 up front and £46 a month for an 8GB data plan.