The Oppo R17 offers a glimpse as to what the OnePlus 6T might look like

While it can be fun to look at OnePlus as an underdog in the smartphone space, it's important to remember that its parent company is Oppo — one of the largest phone manufacturers in the world. OnePlus phones often take a lot of inspiration from Oppo handsets that come out before them, and should that pattern continue this year, the recently announced Oppo R17 looks like an excellent foundation for the OnePlus 6T.

At first glance, the Oppo R17 impresses with its design. The back of the phone has a stunning multi-color paint job that appears to shift hues based on how the light hits it, and around front, we've got a large 6.4-inch 2280 x 1080 screen with one of the tiniest notches we've ever seen.

There's still a chin at the bottom of the display, but it's also so small that most people likely won't be offended by it.

Under the hood, the R17 is packing a Snapdragon 670 processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB of internal storage, and a 3,500 mAh battery.

There's still no word as to when the OnePlus 6T will be announced or how much it'll cost, but should OnePlus use the R17 as inspiration for the handset, upgrade its internals with more powerful specs, and keep the price around the $530 marker of the OnePlus 6, we could be in for a real treat later this year.

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Less of a notch and more of a widow's peak? If the OnePlus 6T has wireless charging, it will definitely be my next phone. Here's hoping!
  • See, if you must have a notch, that's how you do it. Small and unobtrusive. Not a big honking zit like the Pixel 3 XL is rumored to have.
  • Exactly citizen coyote. But in reality, having a very thin upper bezel is better than a dumb "notch".
  • I like it.
  • I'll never purchase a OnePlus device until it gets wireless charging, IPXX rating, and decent cameras.
  • It has a surprisingly good camera for the money now. Much better than decent. But basically you're saying you want a $1,000 OnePlus?
  • While I agree with you on the wireless - to me the techniques of waterproofing are much more important than the certification. The certification is extremely expensive, and only means that they paid a lab for testing. To me the teardown showing decent waterproofing is far more important than then the certification.
  • A few years from now (and I hope soon!) we'll be laughing at the silliness of notched screen phones and how most of us got suckered into buying those
  • People are buying them willingly. I understand why you don't like them, but that it what is available for certain phones.
  • It is a bit funny to see Google being left behind to bite the dust by Chinese companies that are using google software on their phones! The pixel phones look like bricks compared to mid end Chinese brands! In an era where a cellphone has become not only a fashion statement but a wearable gadget too, no Korean or American company is going to be able to beat the likes of Xiaomi, one plus, oppo/vivo by 2019. Chinese brands are the new Apple/Samsung. Long live human ingenuity!
  • That's really possible. I like it a lot
  • But again, if you are going to have a small chin on the phone, put the camera in that and get rid of the notch. I don't understand, why these phones have a notch at the top and a chin.
    I get it, they have put the internal stuff somewhere, but that is a job the engineers should be figuring out.