OnePlus 6 Glass Back Confirmed, Purple Model Teased

The OnePlus 6 will feature a glass back so as to provide users with a premium feel and a "sense of value," the company's co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Pete Lau said Monday. The official's announcement was made on the firm's product forums along with an image that can be seen above and appears to be hinting at a purple OnePlus 6 model. Mr. Lau said the overall aesthetic of the OnePlus 6 will still be in line with the manufacturer's established philosophy of pursuing an "honest design" that's both highly functional and embodies a more general product strategy. In OnePlus's case, that strategy is still meant to encompass premium-grade hardware with relatively accessible prices even as the firm has been increasing the price tags attached to its handsets in recent years.

The curved back and the phone maker's "horizon line" will be returning with the OnePlus 6, with the existence of a glass back panel also pointing to the possibility of the device shipping with wireless charging support, a feature that circumvented every OnePlus-made handset to date. The glass part of the OnePlus 6 equation is also likely what helped the original equipment manufacturer design a product that boasts a degree of resistance to water splashes, with the company already confirming some sort of an IP certificate being part of the upcoming Android package.

Mr. Lau also said OnePlus is continuing to strive toward refining its overall product design that is always targeting to be better than the sum of its part, which is why its true value sometimes lies "in the (seemingly) insignificant details." The next Android flagship from the company is expected to be announced by early May, with OnePlus already confirming it equipped it with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chip and up to 8GB of RAM, as well as a maximum of 256GB of storage space. The OnePlus 6 will be sold on a global level in two or three regular variants, though a special edition of the device themed after Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War blockbuster is also in the works.

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