No matter how you feel about iPhone X’s notch, the design element is slowly getting ubiquitous with Android smartphone makers also embracing it. Asus announced its flagship Zenfone 5 series quite recently at the MWC 2018 and two of its models had the notch with the display wrapping its three sides. The next player in this line seems to be OPPO that has released a teaser image of the OPPO R15 and R15 Plus smartphones. If OnePlus’ history is anything to go by, this OPPO R15 will end up being the upcoming OnePlus 6.
In the teaser image released on OPPO’s official Weibo account, a device with an iPhone X-like notch can be seen along with the phones’ names – R15 and R15 Plus – mentioned at the bottom. Unlike previous models, this device features thinner bezels on all the sides while a slight chin seemingly stays. The top bezel, too, has been reduced significantly with the essential sensors, front-facing camera, and the earpiece now housed inside the notch.
An image of the two devices from OPPO had leaked a while back with a slightly different design, especially the bottom bezel. The phone was seemingly inspired heavily from the iPhone X with trimming all the bezels further towards the edges, including the bottom one, while a notch could be seen on the top. An alleged image of the OnePlus 6 had also leaked a couple of days sporting a design similar to what can be seen in OPPO’s teaser.
Given both OPPO and OnePlus are owned by BBK electronics and their history of sharing design and technology, we can assume the R15 could end up being the OnePlus 6. The previous iterations of the OPPO R15 were eventually launched as the last two OnePlus flagships with some minor tweaks. The OnePlus 5 wass inspired by the OPPO R11, while the newer OnePlus 5T takes inspiration from OPPO’s R11s. Moreover, OnePlus has been announcing its flagship just a few weeks after OPPO launches its R series smartphones leading us to make such assumptions.
Based on the deep connection both companies share and the last two instances, it is likely that OnePlus 6 may also borrow OPPO R15’s design. With the teaser out now, OPPO is expected to make the two phones official in the coming weeks to be followed by the OnePlus 6.
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