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A OnePlus designer shows off what the 6 could have looked like

The OnePlus 6 that might have been. (Source: OnePlus)
The OnePlus 6 that might have been. (Source: OnePlus)
Hao Ran, a OnePlus employee, has shared one of its designs for its early 2018 flagship. It exchanges the glass rear panel normally found on this phone (the 6) for a more original backing made of wood. This render's non-optical fingerprint sensor and logo were also picked out in gold, which went well with the phone's alternative finish.
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Hao Ran is an industrial designer who has taken to spilling the odd insight on OnePlus' esthetic development process. He has already revealed that the OEM was considering a version of the 7T (one of its latest phones) finished in a bright, glossy golden color. Now, this employee's Weibo account has been updated with an early direction for how the 6 was intended to look.

This image would have made for an outstanding phone in 2018, as most Snapdragon 845-powered devices from that year had glass rear panels. However, this one is depicted as having one made of wood with a narrow vertical grain in a "canvas blue" shade.

It is somewhat ironic for this retroactive leak to be posted now, as OnePlus is never likely to consider such a finish again: its new "electronic CMF" ethic means that its future devices may be encased in novel forms of glass with color-shifting qualities.

This possible version of the OnePlus 6 also had a rear-facing fingerprint scanner and logo in a shade of gold also found in real-world white color SKUs of this phone. These devices have also proven attractive enough in terms of software updates: it has already received 1 new stable and 1 new beta build based on Android 10 in January 2020.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-01-19 (Update: 2020-01-19)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.