The OnePlus 6 may have just launched a few months ago, but the OnePlus 6T is already in the works. While we may not have too many details about what the phone will look like or feature under the hood, we are starting to get a better idea of how it will launch in the U.S. — for the first time in OnePlus’ history, its next flagship may have the backing of a major U.S. carrier.
We finally know where and when the OnePlus 6’s successor will be revealed to the world. An update to OnePlus’ website states that the OnePlus 6T release event will be held on Tuesday, October 30, at Pier 36 in New York City. Attendees will get the chance to play with the OnePlus 6T and take home some exclusive goodies, along with some of OnePlus’ Bullets Wireless earphones.
But don’t worry if you’re not able to make it to NYC — OnePlus will also be livestreaming the event, and Digital Trends will be there to keep you in the loop.
The confirmation of the reveal date comes shortly after OnePlus posted an extremely short teaser video on its Twitter page, teasing the release. The video shows a hexagon slowly lighting up, with a “T” in the middle. “Unlock the future” is then shown in a series of smash cuts, ending on a simple “OnePlus 6T” title. It’s exceptionally straightforward and leaves us no doubt that the OnePlus 6T is almost here. The “unlock” likely refers to the consistent rumors that the OnePlus 6T will introduce an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Previously, a release date of October 17 was suggested by a lock screen image of the OnePlus, as first reported by CNET. If that’s the case, invites for the event should be coming out in the near future that will confirm the date.
As if we needed more surety, the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) also recently certified a device from OnePlus. Companies usually request EEC certification shortly before they launch their products, and this would usually signify a close release date.
If there were any doubts regarding the aforementioned release date, a recent tweet from OnePlus should lay them to rest. Early in the morning on October 7, the company’s Twitter account sent out a tweet promising an “exciting announcement’ in 24 hours.
— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 7, 2018
The company had previously taken to its Weibo page, saying it had a new goal for January 15, 2019 — and accompanied this with an image of the OnePlus 6. This wasn’t much to go on at the time, and we speculated this might be a late release for the OnePlus 6T. That now seems unlikely.
According to CNET, T-Mobile will be the exclusive carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T when it’s released. To be clear, that doesn’t mean that the phone won’t also be available unlocked — it just means that it won’t be available from other U.S. carriers. Citing people familiar with the matter, CNET says that the partnership will include the release of a version of the phone optimized for T-Mobile’s network.
The report also notes that the phone is set to come in at $550 — though the price has not been finalized and it could end up costing a little more or less.
While the OnePlus 6T will likely be launched within the next few months, there have been few leaks about the upcoming handset. The latest leak comes in form of a render from SlashLeaks, which shows the phone in a black color — unlike the red render we saw previously.
The back of the OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, is a different beast altogether. The 6T may have a triple-lens camera module. Phone Radar reports the first two lenses are for capturing photo and video, while the tertiary lens is a 3D depth sensor for three-dimensional image mapping.
The triple lens, however, is uncertain at this point. An image from German tech site WinFuture shows the OnePlus 6T without the triple-lens setup. The site claims it’s from a trusted source and the triple lens is not in the cards for the next generation OnePlus.
You’ll also notice that the fingerprint sensor is nowhere to be found on the OnePlus 6T. In an email to CNET, OnePlus confirmed the upcoming flagship will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor. Another thing is missing as well: OnePlus confirmed the upcoming 6T will be the first in its lineup to not have a headphone jack.
Other details about the phone have yet to be released, but it will likely feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor again, along with at least 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Updated on October 8, 2018: The OnePlus 6T will be revealed on October 30.