OnePlus has confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 6 will have a glass back along with five printed layers of Nanotech Coating, a first in the smartphone industry
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In its latest forum post, OnePlus has confirmed that the upcoming OnePlus 6 will have a glass back. The smartphone will also have five printed layers of Nanotech Coating, a first in the smartphone industry. Talking about the rationale behind the use of glass back, Pete Lau, CEO and Founder of OnePlus said, “OnePlus 6's glass design is centered around creating a ‘sense of value’ and ‘premium hand-feel’. We gave a lot of thought to how users should feel when they use the OnePlus 6. The advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling. The way glass transforms under different lighting is a particularly important challenge—the OnePlus design team tested over 70 glass prototypes before selecting the best one.” Since the OnePlus 6 has a glass back, it is possible that the smartphone will support wireless charging. However, this information has not been confirmed by OnePlus.
Design is one aspect where smartphones can distinguish themselves. The Huawei P20 Pro smartphone that has launched in India boasts of quite the unique design with a glass back. In our review of the Huawei P20 Pro we said, “The Huawei P20 Pro shames every other smartphone camera in the market right now, thanks to the Leica branded optics paired with adequately sized imaging sensors. The beautiful colour treatment makes the Huawei P20 Pro a distinctive smartphone, once that you cannot mistake for another.”
Coming back to the OnePlus 6, there is a lot of information that the company has revealed about the smartphone. OnePlus has taken to twitter to reveal information about the design. The tweet has a picture of what appears to be the back of a smartphone with the words, “Designed by OnePlus” written on it. The Tweet reads, “Same expert craftsmanship, new materials #OnePlus6”. In other OnePlus 6 news, it looks like the device will be an Amazon exclusive. Amazon has made a dedicated launch page for the upcoming smartphone. Users can now register to get notified when the device is launched by entering their email ID and as soon as the device is available, they will receive all the relevant information like the price, launch offers, and availability. Amazon usually makes this service available when a device is set to launch in a couple of weeks.
The device will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and will come with 8GB RAM and 256 internal storage. Till now, the brand had only up to 128GB ROM variants. The company has also announced a new community review program under which 15 users will be given early access to the handset for writing an “unbiased and unfiltered” review, which covers every aspect of the upcoming device. After submitting the review, one will also get to keep the smartphone. Interested users can submit an application form to get into the Lab program and submission are open until May 3, 7:30 AM IST.
As per a tweet by the company, the OnePlus 6 could gain IP67 or IP68 certification as well. If this turns out to be true, this will be the first waterproof or water-resistant device by the company. Lau had recently posted the first official camera samples captured from the smartphone. Lau showcased the bokeh performance and daylight shots from the smartphone’s camera, but the meta-data from the images was removed so that no details of the device’s camera setup can be known. The OnePlus 6 is also said to come with gesture support, which could be somewhat similar to the ones seen on the OnePlus 5T. It could allow users to swipe up and hold from the right or left for multitasking, swipe from the left to go back a menu and more. There could also be an added feature of drawing symbols for booting to apps directly.
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