While some people have suggested that the mysterious 15th January announcement teased by OnePlus might mean the OnePlus 6T has been delayed, it seems that's definitely not the case. Leaked information gave us a possible release window, and now a new leak gives us some clues on what kind of phone to expect. In short, a waterdrop notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner. That's quite the step up from the OnePlus 6.
All we have right now are some pictures of the phone's alleged retail box, posted to Chinese social network Weibo and spotted by PhoneArena. That box has a sketch of the front of the phone, showcasing how the phone might look. The waterdrop notch is especially interesting given the amount of controversy that arose with the meagre notch on the OnePlus 6. It might have been a bit late to make changes, but it wouldn't surprise me if the company decided to minimise the amount of screen it cut off as a result.
While we don't have anything to go on spec-wise, Phone Arena has speculated that this design means the 6T will be taking some cues from the Oppo R17. They are both owned by the same company, after all, and it wouldn't be the first time the companies have seemingly taken inspiration from each other. Similarities would certainly explain why we haven't heard much about the phone so far, since people may not be abe to tell the difference.
The R17 has a lot to offer, with a 6.4-inch Full HD OLED display, a Snapdragon 845 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a triple lens camera system (12MP main with variable aperture, 20MP secondary, and ToF 3D stereo lens), a 25MP AI enhanced front camera, and two 1850 mAh batteries with 50W Dash Charge. Just in case you were wondering what might be on the way.
There's no way to know for sure, however, and it's impossible to tell from these pictures of a grey box. What is clear, however, is that OnePlus is still focussing on the speed aspect of their phones. Even if this box is a fake, the company has focused on that for a while and isn't likely to give it up anytime soon.
Word is that the OnePlus 6T is due for release next month, and if that's the case we'll likely hear a lot more about it over the next few weeks.