OnePlus 6 will likely have a display notch based on OxygenOS firmware

Android is in a strange place at the moment. Both Apple and Android manufacturers copy each other to varying degrees, but there’s been a sudden and drastic change on Android’s part since late last year. Simply put, the iPhone X has been shamelessly copied by virtually every manufacturer that isn’t named Samsung. OnePlus is apparently the latest to follow this trend with its upcoming OnePlus 6, ripping off both the notch and rear camera setup. Ironically, both of these features are arguably the weakest part of Apple’s new flagship. So much for originality.

OnePlus just released OxygenOS Open Beta 4, which is an Android 8.1 Oreo build for the OnePlus 5T. Within this firmware, XDA Developers found mentions of “enchilada” along with “cheeseburger” and “dumpling” in the Settings APK. This means that “enchilada” is most likely the code name for the OnePlus 6 and falls in line with previous OnePlus handsets like the OnePlus 1 (code-named bacon), OnePlus 5 (code-named cheeseburger) and OnePlus 5T (code-named dumpling). Having the code names for the OnePlus 6, OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T together in this firmware makes sense as the latter two will be getting Android 8.1 Oreo and the former will probably launch with it.

What does this have to do with a notch? Well, an image within the firmware (screendecor_up_img_enchilada_1) clearly shows a notch for “enchilada” and was likely used by OnePlus to test apps. This evidence follows leaked images of an alleged OnePlus 6 (above) and benchmark screenshots.

The Huawei P20’s firmware files have the same kind of image and that device is most likely rocking a notch as well. We won’t know for sure until the OnePlus 6 is revealed, but the accumulated evidence is fairly definitive.

What do you think about Android’s sudden embrace of the notch? I think it’s akin to the loss of the 3.5mm headphone jack – another Apple decision that never should’ve been emulated.

Source: XDA Developers

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