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OnePlus 6: OnePlus’ new smartphone to feature glass back with 5-layer nanotech coating

The glass back will feature five printed layers of nanotech coating, which the company claims is a first in the smartphone industry.

tech Updated: Apr 24, 2018 10:01 IST
Marcia Sekhose
Marcia Sekhose
Hindustan Times
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OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in the latest forum post confirmed that the company’s new smartphone, OnePlus 6, will sport glass back panel. The announcement follows the recent teaser that had hinted at a new in-house design for the new flagship smartphone.

The glass back will come with five printed layers of nanotech coating, which the company says is a first in the smartphone industry.

“The phone has five layers of Nanotech Coating instead of three, even though the degree of separation between each layer is extremely subtle and tough to discern as the additional layers give the back of the device a stronger impression of depth,” OnePlus said in a note.

OnePlus also explained why it went ahead with a glass back panel for its new 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,” the company said.

Earlier, OnePlus posted a teaser indicating at a new in-house design for the smartphone. The teaser image triggered speculation that the company might embrace ceramic design for OnePlus 6.

“Same expert craftsmanship, new materials,” read a company tweet, accompanied by a possible OnePlus 6 wrapped in what seemed like a glossy ceramic body.

Now, smartphone companies such as Essential and Xiaomi have used ceramic backs on their flagship phones to enable wireless charging. But if we are wrong about the ceramic bit, the OnePlus 6 probably has a glass back similar to the iPhone X and Galaxy S9+.

OnePlus was highly expected to introduce wireless charging last year with OnePlus 5T, but that was not to be. For all we know, it may not happen this time either.

OnePlus 6 Design

However, the company is taking giant leaps in terms of design, the biggest so far being the iPhone X-like notch display design on the OnePlus 6. As OnePlus has always favoured performance over design, it would be nice to see a radical change in appearance happening on one of its smartphones.

The OnePlus 6 will also have antenna lines running on the sides.

OnePlus 6 specifications

On the hardware front, OnePlus is so far confirmed to run Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 processor. Latest flagship smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 and Asus Zenfone 5Z are powered by the same processor. OnePlus 6 will also be big on memory with an 8GB RAM plus 256GB storage variant. It will also retain the 3.5mm headphone jack.

The alert slider on OnePlus 6 is expected to come with new functionalities and a different placement. The company has also teased iPhone X-like gestures for the smartphone.

OnePlus 6 camera samples

The OnePlus CEO took to Chinese social media platform Weibo to show off the OnePlus 6’s camera samples. Pictures shot in bright daylight highlight the smartphone’s capability to capture intricate details, sharpness and colours. The smartphone is expected to continue with a dual-camera setup but with improved specifics and new features.

There is still quite a few left to be known about the OnePlus 6, but we have a basic idea based on extensive leaks and rumours. The expected specifications include a 6.28-inch QHD+ display, 6GB of RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo and a 3,450mAh battery.

OnePlus 6 India launch

The OnePlus 6 will come to India after its global launch, which could be as early as the first week of May. OnePlus 6 will be available online exclusively via Amazon India, and registrations have already begun on the e-commerce site. Customers can register for the ‘notify me’ function for OnePlus 6 on Amazon India, and accordingly receive latest updates.

(The story has been updated with OnePlus’ note on the design for OnePlus 6).

First Published: Apr 23, 2018 17:52 IST