OnePlus was one of the better companies when it came to delivering the latest Android updates in a timely manner, but things change. According to a post on the OnePlus forum, the 2018 flagship duo, the OnePlus 6 and 6T, will be getting the boost to Android 11. However, it will definitely be a wait.
An open beta will launch in a few months
If you’re waiting for Android 11 to launch on your OnePlus 6 or 6T, then you may as well hunker down. OnePlus said on their forum post that they will be launching an open beta for the software version at the end of August- that’s four months out. Not to mention that it’s only a beta.
OnePlus will have to gather user data, compile it and make changes to the software before it can even think about launching a stable version. This means that it will be a while after that before we will start seeing the official update roll out. We might see the update arriving out sometime in the late fall if not winter.
For context, OnePlus just recently released the Android 11 update to its OnePlus 7 Pro, 7T, and 7T Pro. By the time the OnePlus 6 phones receive their Android 11 updates, folks might be getting ready to update their phones to Android 12.
The OnePlus 6 phone is still a good offering today
2018 might seem like a lifetime ago, but we shouldn’t forget that OnePlus gave us two compelling phones that year. The OnePlus 6 launched back in May of 2018. It had a glass build, which used Gorilla Glass 5. The screen was a 6.26 inch, 1080p+ AMOLED display that still looks great today (if you don’t count the notch).
Powering it is the Snapdragon 845 SoC with the Adreno 630 GPU. It had between 64GB and 256 GB of storage and 6GB and 8GB of RAM. The OnePlus 6 had a 16 MP main camera with a 20 MP wide camera. It was good to record up to 4K at 60fps. Keeping the lights on was a 3300 mAh battery.
The OnePlus 6T was a slight improvement
As for the OnePlus 6T, there is a fair amount of similarities between it and its older sibling. For starters, they both have 1080p displays, however, the 6T shrunk its notch down to a tear-drop shape. That screen is slightly bigger at 6.41 inches, and it used Gorilla Glass 6. It retained the same processor and storage options as the OnePlus 6.
Some of the key differences lie in the software and battery. The OnePlus 6T launched with Android 9 Pie, whereas the OnePlus 6 launched with Android 8 Oreo natively. This is why it’s weird that it’s going to be getting the Android 11 update late along with the OnePlus 6. As for the battery, the OnePlus 6T saw an almost 11% boost in size with a 3700 mAh battery.
OnePlus pushing Android 11 for its 2018 flagships may entice people to look into those devices if they want to save a bit of cash. Keep a lookout for the beta and updates to drop later on in August.