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Here’s everything we know about the OnePlus 6 smartphone so far


We’re just weeks away from the official launch of the OnePlus 6. The latest OnePlus flagship promises to be a showstopper, featuring a gorgeous design and the specs to match. While we have yet to learn all the details, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of leaks and rumors give you a sneak peek at the upcoming OnePlus 6.

Specifications

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OnePlus smartphones usually have the best available technology at the time of release, packaged inside a phone that’s cheaper than the competition. The OnePlus 6 is all set to be the same. Using the social network Weibo, Lau wrote the OnePlus 6 will have the Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage space. This is the first time OnePlus has featured such a large amount of internal memory.The OnePlus 5T maxes out at 128GB.

The next day, Lau also took to the OnePlus forum to confirm the same specs for the device. He went on to explain this specific hardware was chosen for the OnePlus 6 in order to create a user experience that’s both fast and smooth.

And while we definitely the specs Lau provided, a TENAA certification shows that the OnePlus 6 will feature 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. Since the discrepancy is pretty significant, we’re assuming the TENAA certification is for one variant of the upcoming OnePlus 6.

For the software, Android 8.1 Oreo with OnePlus’ Oxygen 5.1 skin is expected.

And if we can believe the TENAA certification posted on SlashLeaks, the OnePlus 6 will ship with a 6.2-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080. The same certification also states the OnePlus 6 will feature a 3,300mAh capacity battery.

A source speaking to GizmoChina said the OnePlus 6 will have a feature that eluded all major smartphone manufacturers in 2017, the on-screen fingerprint sensor, though the most recent leak seems to suggest otherwise. The OnePlus 5T introduced an 18:9 aspect ratio screen with minimal bezels, and shifted the fingerprint sensor from below the screen to the rear. Chinese smartphone brand Vivo was the first to release a phone with a working onscreen fingerprint sensor. This is important because Vivo, OnePlus, and Oppo are all part of the same family, as these three brands are all owned by BBK Electronics, a massive Chinese tech corporation. Sharing technology between them is certainly possible.

Camera

While the OnePlus 5T offers a good no-frills camera, should we expect the same from the upcoming OnePlus 6? Well, rumors seem to suggest we should actually see massive camera improvements on the upcoming OnePlus 6.

If a purported TENAA certification is to be believed, the upcoming OnePlus 6 will feature a dual camera with 20 and 16 megapixel lenses. This matches up with the earlier GizmoChina post that featured photos taken by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau.  Sound familiar? That’s probably because the company used the same megapixel counts on the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. That doesn’t mean we should expect the same camera experience on the upcoming flagship, though.

While the lenses may be the same as their predecessors on the upcoming OnePlus 6, we expect to see improvements to the camera software. Although Lau’s photos don’t provide a ton of details, we can venture a few guesses about what to expect.

First and foremost, it looks like OnePlus will improve upon its portrait mode for the upcoming phone. In one of the tulip photos, you can see nice even color and a pretty impressive background blur. Granted, there is some feathering when zooming in on the photo. Other photos appear to show zoom improvements; one image shows an up-close image of a stained-glass window with crisp details.

While the photos on Lau’s Weibo account provide some details, there’s one glaring omission: Low-light photos. This omission appears to have been addressed in an April Vogue India cover shoot with Bollywood actress Aditi Rao Hydari. The cover photo was shot on the OnePlus 6 using natural light in RAW mode. While capturing a perfect, fairly low-light shot on a smartphone is no small feat, shooting in RAW allows for extensive photo editing via Photoshop.

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