We’re taking OnePlus’ “never settle” motto to heart and thinking about the OnePlus 6
OnePlus has completely disrupted the market with its series of excellent but affordable smartphones. The recently released OnePlus 5T continues in that tradition – and the company even managed to stop the flow of price rises, retailing the handset for the same £450 price as its OnePlus 5 predecessor.
As you might expect, there’s not much to say about the OnePlus 6 yet. But we’ve got to start somewhere, and at the very least there are some interesting discussion points…
OnePlus 6: Rumours
There aren’t really any rumours yet. The closest we’ve come to one is OnePlus founder Carl Pei asking a Reddit user where they prefered the fingerprint reader. I mean, it’s interesting that he’s open-minded on the topic, but it’s hardly the basis of a convincing rumour.
Other than that, we’re expecting the OnePlus 6 to stick with the dual lens camera, given the success of the model on the OnePlus 5T. Rumours of a bump to a 2K screen have been doing the rounds for several generations now, and once again they’re in full flow here. In support: most flagship phones hit that level, and if you want a device for VR, it’s a sensible strategy. The case against: it’s more expensive, hits battery and isn’t that helpful for 95% of smartphone use cases.
We think they’re sticking with the headphone jack though. Carl Pei once put the idea to his Twitter followers in an informal poll, and it was roundly defeated.
Do you like headphone jacks?
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) October 25, 2016
OnePlus 6: Release date
The OnePlus One launched in April 2014. The OnePlus 2 was July 2015, and the OnePlus 3 appeared in June 2016. The OnePlus 3T and 5T bucked the trend with launches in November 2016 and 2017 respectively, but they were incremental updates.
With that in mind, July 2018 seems pretty likely to us.
OnePlus 6: Price
This is where it gets a bit tricky.
The series has undergone some serious price hikes since its debut in 2014, jumping from £229 to £450 in three years.
It could get worse. In a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything), Pei suggested the company could consider making a smartphone that costs over $800 (~£612). “Costs are increasing YoY, we only make flagship products, and we don’t believe in selling products at a loss,” Pei explained.
With these two factors in mind, you’d be foolish to bet on the price dropping below £450 – but it may not go too much higher, as the company clearly still plans to undercut. With that in mind, I’d predict a handset that costs around £500-£550 when it launches – but as ever, we’ll be updating this piece when we know more.
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