The OnePlus 6 will have a glass design, as confirmed by CEO Pete Lau, marking the first time the firm has used glass on its flagship device.
Speaking in a forum post on the firm’s website, Lau says the “OnePlus 6’s glass design is centered around creating a ‘sense of value’ and ‘premium hand-feel.’
“The advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling.
“The way glass transforms under different lighting is a particularly important challenge—the OnePlus design team tested over 70 glass prototypes before selecting the best one.”
A glass first, but not the first
This isn’t the first time that OnePlus has used glass on a phone though, with the OnePlus X which it launched in 2015 available in two variants – glass and ceramic. However, Lau claims the glass finish on the OnePlus 6 boasts a first for the industry.
“The OnePlus 6’s glass back contains five printed layers of Nanotech Coating, a first in the smartphone industry.
“We applied 5 layers of Nanotech Coating instead of 3, even though the degree of separation between each layer is extremely subtle and tough to discern.”
He claims that these extra levels give a different visual finish, although we’ll have to wait to see the handset for ourselves before passing judgement.
We’re still waiting to learn the OnePlus 6 launch date, but it can’t be too far off with the volume of leaks and teasers we’re currently seeing.