OnePlus 6T was a big design upgrade over the predecessor OnePlus 6 and other older OnePlus phones. The upgrade spanned from new notch design to unique in-screen fingerprint scanner. With its next generation OnePlus 7, the company is set to make radical changes in the design department.
Despite backlash from users, OnePlus did proceed with a notch screen with OnePlus 6. Later, it altered the design to include a smaller notch, also known as teardrop notch. OnePlus also rolled out a software update to allow users to hide the notch on the phone. According to the latest leak, OnePlus 7 may do away with the notch altogether.
The leaked image of alleged OnePlus 7, however, does not reveal where the phone will house the front-facing camera. It’s being speculated OnePlus may use motorised pop-up selfie camera just like Vivo Nex or Honor Magic 2-like sliding top panel.
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After Apple embraced notch screen on its iPhone X, Android players joined the bandwagon with their own versions of notch and full-screen phones. Since then there have been different iterations of the notch, ranging from boatshaped notch to Google’s wobbly notch on Pixel 3 XL.
Samsung just recently introduced its own version of cut-out display – Infinity V and Infinity-O. Some companies are also trying to do away with the notch by using punch-hole camera such as Honor View20 and Samsung Galaxy A8s.
What we already know
OnePlus has already confirmed it will launch a 5G version of next flagship phone. OnePlus 7 with 5G is set to launch in certain European markets this year. The 5G model, however, will be more expensive than the normal one.
“It’s hard to know because there’s a lot of specifics still to look at, but it’s likely in the neighbourhood of $200-300 more,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau said last month.