OnePlus sent a cropped image of the smartphone over to The Verge, which shows the notch in all its glory. Needless to say, most Android enthusiasts have not taken too kindly to the design trend, because it reminds them too much of the iPhone X. And if we recall, even Apple fans weren't exactly enthralled with the iPhone X's notched display at the time of its release (or its starting price of $999).
However, OnePlus founder Carl Pei attempted to assuage any concerns over the notch and actually attempted to pitch it as a novel feature for smartphones. He argues that it actually allows for more screen real estate, stating, "What you are essentially doing is moving the entire notification bar up, giving users more content on their screen.”
Granted, the OnePlus 6 notch is smaller than what you'll find on the iPhone X, but it's still a design idiosyncrasy that is going to be controversial. With that said, it appears that the notch is here to stay, as we've seen a number of smartphone OEMs adopt the design, and Google has even made modifications to Android P support these displays.
In other OnePlus 6 news, Evan Blass posted a single image of the smartphone to Twitter, which shows a textured finish (we can't tell if its metal or wood) along with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. We can also see that the OnePlus 6 retains a 3.5mm headphone jack, which is becoming a rarity with smartphones releases these days.
Earlier this week, we provided you with some Geekbench scores that show that the OnePlus 6 will be a speed demon, and the Snapdragon 845 powered device was able to muscle past current Android flagships (including the Samsung Galaxy S9+) in the benchmark rankings. Only the iPhone X scores higher according to our numbers.
(Top image courtesy The Verge)