Mark your calendars, OnePlus fans. The Chinese smartphone maker’s next flagship handset—the OnePlus 6—is slated to make its debut three weeks from today.
OnePlus on Wednesday announced plans to launch the phone at an event titled “The Speed You Need” at the Copper Box Arena in London on May 16, and you’re all invited.
“The OnePlus Community at the event will be the first in the world to try out the OnePlus 6, across a range of experience zones combining style with power,” the company teased in a news release.
The company offered discounted “early bird” tickets today, but it looks like those have already been snapped up. But there’s still an opportunity to snag a ticket, if you want one. Regular tickets will go on sale this Friday at 3:01 p.m. ET for $ 41.
One might question why OnePlus is selling tickets to the event instead of giving them away to fans for free. On that topic, the company said it only has room for about 1,000 attendees and wants to “ensure no one misses out.” Additionally, OnePlus said it plans to give out a “swag bag” that is “worth a lot more than the price of your ticket.” At the OnePlus 5T launch, those who purchased a ticket received a OnePlus backpack, T-shirt, stickers, and a $ 40 coupon for the handset.
If you can’t make it to London, not to worry: OnePlus will livestream the event. PCMag will be at the event in London reporting on all the news.
As for details on the phone, the OnePlus 6 will feature a glass design and “premium hand-feel,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau revealed this week.
“We gave a lot of thought to how users should feel when they use the OnePlus 6,” he wrote in a blog post. “The advantages of glass over metal are manifold: glass communicates a transparent, bright, and pure feeling.” Lau said the company tested more than 70 glass prototypes before selecting one.
The OnePlus 5T earned an “excellent” rating in PCMag’s review. We called it “the best midrange phone out there” but said it’s “too expensive to be an American midrange phone.”