OnePlus CEO interview suggests that the 6T will cost more than the 6
The CEO of OnePlus, Pete Lau, has just completed an interview with CNET about his company's impending launch. This event will release the 6T, which is the increasingly traditional upgrade to a mid-year flagship debut. Lau revealed a number of new points about the phone. These include the fact that the 6T will cost more than the 6 on release.
This may be due to the inclusion of Screen Unlock, or in-display fingerprint authentication, in a OnePlus product for the first time. Lau also stated that this feature is also the reason that the 3.5mm headphone jack had to go in this phone.
The OnePlus 6 cost between US$529 and $629 at launch, depending on what RAM and storage configuration (6GB and 64GB to 8GB and 256GB) the buyer wanted. So, what are prospective customers getting for even more cash than this? They may get a phablet with a teardrop notch, which is likely to run Oxygen OS based on Android Pie (9.0) out of the box.
However, according to Lau, they will not get wireless charging or IP certification. The CEO apparently wants nothing to do with the former until it can charge at the same rate as OnePlus' own USB-C-supported propietary charging system. As for the latter, he and the company decided that it was not worth the increase in production costs.
Can the OnePlus 6T's appeal survive the lack of these two premium features? Our upcoming review may be able to tell!