OnePlus 6 release date, specs and price: Silk White model will be available next week

THE LONG-AWAITED OnePlus 6 is now official, following its launch last week, and thanks to the huge amount of spoilers and leaks building up to the grand unveiling, the latest OnePlus flagship has few surprises in store.

As expected, the OnePlus 6 is the firm’s biggest smartphone yet thanks to its enlarged 6.2in display. However, it’s the same size as its 5T predecessor thanks to its, er, iPhone X-style notch.

Elsewhere, you’ll find a Snapdragon 845 CPU, upgraded dual 16MP and 20MP cameras and an all-new glass design, which will be made available in Midnight Black, Mirror Black and Silk White colour options

We’ve rounded up everything you need to know about picking up the handset below. You can also check out our OnePlus 6 review.

– 6.2in 2280×1080 Full Optic AMOLED 19:9 display
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
– 64GB, 128GB or 256GB storage
– Dual 16MP (f/1.7) and 20MP cameras with OIS, Advanced HDR
– 16MP front-facing camera with ‘Portrait Mode’
– Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
– Android 8.1 Oreo with OxygenOS
– USB-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
– Cat 16 LTE support
– Midnight Black, Mirror Black, Silk White colour options

Release date
The OnePlus 6 in Midnight Black and Mirror Black is now available from the firm’s official website. The “limited edition” Silk White version will be available to buy from June.

The OnePlus 6 will be made available in Midnight Black (8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB configurations), Mirror Black (6GB/64GB, 8GB/128GB) and Silk White (8GB/128GB). The 64GB model OnePlus 6 will set you back £419, while the 128GB and 256GB cost £519 and £569. respectively.

O2, the exclusive UK high street retailer of the OnePlus 6, has also started taking orders. Prices start from £40 a month with a £19.99 upfront cost, a tariff that bags you unlimited minutes and texts and 4GB data.

Latest news
1/6/18: OnePlus had promised that the Silk White version of the OnePlus 6 would be available to buy this month, and a listing at its online store confirms it’ll arrive in five days time on 5 June. At launch, the company said the iridescent model would be made available in “limited quantities”, but it’s not yet clear how many will be made available.

30/5/18: We’ve been here before with Windows 10, and now it seems that OnePlus’ Face Unlock feature can also be bypassed using a photograph. So says Twitter user Twitter @rikvduijn, who posted a video (below) showing shows the phone being unlocked by a black and white photo of his face, held in front of his friend’s face. According to the savvy Twitter user, OnePlus is investigating the issue.

I printed my face to unlock my OnePlus 6 for the lulz… it worked ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

8:07 PM – May 29, 2018
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29/5/18: OnePlus has reportedly been forced to remove the ‘always on display’ feature from the OnePlus 6 after it caused battery issues. While there’s no official the company, Reddit users have noted that the handset shipped with this mode still present in the software, before the option was removed in OnePlus’ launch day update. While there’s no official word from the company yet, a OnePlus customer service rep confirmed that “always on display on OnePlus 6 was removed due to battery saving concern.”

22/5/18: OnePlus has, as promised, released an update for the freshly released OnePlus 6 that will remove the Apple iPhone X-style notch at the top of the new device’s screen – along with a number of other new features and improvements.

The patch will enable users to blank out the entire top section of the screen, if the notch bothers them that much, while the time, battery life, notifications etcetera will shift down a line.

However, there’s more to the update than just that. OnePlus has introduced a slow-motion recording mode to the camera that enables 720p resolution at 480 frames-per-second (yes, four hundred and eighty) or 1080p at a mere 240 frames-per-second.

The camera will also support quick capture in portrait mode and support for more actions for recently deleted files in the OnePlus 6 Gallery.

Users will also find the OnePlus Switch app that is intended to help users transfer data from previous OnePlus smartphones to their shiny new one.

And, if you can’t wait for the update to arrive OTA, you can always download the files manually from the OnePlus website.

18/5/18: The OnePlus 6 made its debut just two days ago, but its already been put well and truly through its paces courtesy of JerryRigEverything (below).

The notorious YouTuber carried out a number of durability tests on the OnePlus flagship. The scratch test saw the handset’s Gorilla Glass-protected chassis start showing signs of damage at level 6, with deeper marks appearing at level 7, which is pretty much to be expected. The notch, which controversial, didn’t pick up any nicks however, nor did the handset’s rear-mounted camera or fingerprint scanner.

The OnePlus 6 also stood up well to the burn test, lasting around 20 seconds its pixels permanently died. The metal frame of the OnePlus 6 is also hard enough to resist from bent, with JerryRigEverything noting that the test didn’t result in any cracks or kinks even with an impressive amount of force being pushed onto handset.

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