In the image, the top portion of the phone and the cutout that Mr. Pei revealed is 19.616 x 7.687mm in size. The notch houses the OnePlus 6’s front-facing camera, earpiece, and an ambient light sensor, with the firm claiming it’s the smallest it can be without any quality compromises being made.
The OxygenOS running on the OnePlus 6 should still be based on Android 8.1 Oreo but will move the clock to the top left corner of the display, akin to what most smartphones will be doing following the move to Android P whose native clock is positioned in an identical manner.
The OnePlus 6 should also free additional screen space on the bottom by replacing traditional Android system buttons with gestures which are presently being beta-tested by the firm. The OnePlus official admitted the company may not have been as quick to adopt such gestures and notches had it not been for Apple’s iPhone X but said the decision to do so “just made sense” in the context of recent display roadmaps provided by panel manufacturers.
“Learn to love the notch,” Mr. Pei wrote on Twitter earlier today, having previously revealed that the fact the OnePlus 6 has a chin is a design cue that will remain prevalent in the industry going forward.
The firm remains adamant the OnePlus 6 won’t look identical to the OPPO R15 like its last several handsets were inspired by the products from what’s widely believed to be its sister company, having also revealed the device will have a larger screen than the OnePlus 5T.
The OnePlus 6 will also have a headphone jack, according to a recent leak shared by industry insider Evan Blass.
Learn to love the notch 😉 https://t.co/Rd9lkcksJV
— Carl Pei (@getpeid) March 28, 2018