OnePlus has confirmed it’s working on an all-new flagship smartphone, reveals a expected surprise

OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has already confirmed that the Chinese-based company would be releasing a new smartphone during 2018, and while the name was never mentioned, everyone is confident that the OnePlus 6 is a likely arrival in late June.

OnePlus 6 will be powered by the top-of-the-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, OnePlus has confirmed. Elsewhere, OnePlus looks set to follow a growing trend amongst Android smartphone manufacturers and incorporate an iPhone X-style notch into the edge-to-edge display.

Leaked imaged shared by AndroidCentral reveals a OnePlus-branded handset with an edge-to-edge display stretches across the entire front of the smartphone – broken only by a small notch in the top bezel to house the front-facing camera and speaker. The notch design is purportedly confirmed by code included in the latest Android 8.1 Oreo beta firmware shared by OnePlus this week.

According to the beta software, the internal codename for the OnePlus 6 is “enchilada”. According to XDA Developers, the latest OnePlus software beta includes an image named “screendecor_up_img_enchilada_1″ which allows developers to test apps to ensure they work with the cut-out in the display.

OnePlus seems to be following the crowd when it comes to notches, it’s unclear whether the Chinese start-up will also follow the example of the vast majority flagship smartphones on the market and ditch the 3.5mm headphone port. Fortunately, it sounds like the universal headphone port could be here to stay.

OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei this week tweeted about the controversial design to ditch the 3.5mm jack. Pei posted: “Headphone jack demand stable YoY as per my Twitter followers. You’d expect it to decrease, no?”

It seems unlikely OnePlus’ co-founder would tweet a survey showing huge support for the headphone port, only for the company to remove it from its next phone a few months later. Regardless of whether the OnePlus 6 follows this trend, it certainly seems like it will be a handset to be reckoned with.

The OnePlus 6 purportedly scored an overall score of 276,510 on AnTuTu benchmark – a significant step-up from the previous flagship from the company, OnePlus 5T, which scored 212,558. If the leaked benchmark score is accurate, OnePlus 6 will be faster than the Samsung Galaxy S9, which clocked-in at 241,470 in the AnTuTu test.

Read: Rumor: OnePlus 6 will offer category 16 4G LTE gigabit speeds (1,000Mbps)

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