After making us wait for long and juggling between dates, the much-awaited OnePlus 6T is here. OnePlus launched the new flagship device yesterday at an event in New York.
The new smartphones seem to be contradicting statements made by the company’s heads. Almost a year back, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau backed the existence of headphone jack and its missing from the new device. Then it was Carl Pei, the company’s co-founder, who stressed upon the significance of the notification LED in the OnePlus devices and look at the OnePlus 6T, it has sacrificed the notification LED. Anyway, let's get to the point.
As anticipated, OnePlus 6T doesn't hold much of a bombshell, rather all of the new features were already leaked and we knew about them. Many of the expected features like wireless charging and waterproof IP rating are missing from the final release and is indeed disappointing.
Apart from this, OnePlus has first time partnered with a US carrier for direct sales in the region. T-Mobile, the wireless network giant, will be selling 128GB/8GB configuration model, while OnePlus 6T can also be used on the Verizon’s network. To add more value to their association with the OnePlus, T-Mobile is offering buyback offers which will let the customers exchange their old phones to lay their hands on the OnePlus 6T. With old OnePlus devices, a maximum of $300 can be availed.
Body: Front/back glass, aluminum frame
Software: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Display: 6.41-inch OLED screen, 2340x1080 (402ppi) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio
Memory: 6/8 GB RAM with 128 GB and 8GB RAM with 256 GB
Chipset: Octa-core, Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
Front camera: 16 MP with Auto-HDR
Rear camera: Dual-camera setup with 16MP and 20MP sensors
Connectivity: Dual SIM, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Battery: 3,700 mAh
To add more juice to the smartphone, OnePlus has undoubtedly added a larger 3,700mAh battery, but it has also made it a little thicker and chunks of few grams are also added to it. With this, the smartphone is better to grip in hand and can be handled more comfortably.
On unboxing the box, you thoroughly get a feel of a premium handset that comes with a screen protector, which most of the companies don’t add. So, all in all, OnePlus 6T is much similar to the OnePlus 6 in terms of overall look. And the build is sturdy as always.
When we are talking about the display of the device, the first thing that strikes my mind is its in-display fingerprint sensor, which isn’t a surprise for us, but for the US audience, it’s something that wants to experience.
As per the company claims, the in-display fingerprint sensor of the OnePlus 6T has been tested with 300,000 unlocks and no deterioration was reported as such. The fingerprint sensor is designed to work in wet conditions and even through screen protectors.
OnePlus has labeled the technology as the “Screen Unlock,” and stated it to be the fastest-performing implementation of in-display fingerprint authentication.
However, there still remains some uncertainty over its accuracy and consistency, which fluctuated a couple of times. Also, its animated electrical sphere which the company added to read the thumb impression miss fired.
OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch OLED screen with a high resolution of 2340x1080 (402ppi) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display has been infused with sRGB and DCI-P3 color modes. With refinement in the OLED screen and a bunch of other features has only polished the OnePlus’s image as one of the top smartphone manufacturers.
One more significant change that the company has brought along with the new device is the teardrop-shaped notch, which was first flaunted in the Oppo F9 Pro smartphone. It may seem like an obstruction to the full body screen, but you can hide it with the notch hiding option.
Being upfront, the new smartphone offers the same range of specifications that were earlier packed in the OnePlus 6. On the 8GB RAM variant, the smartphone flawlessly shuffled between multiple tasks.
The company claims that OnePlus 6T will continue to churn out a smooth and lag-free software experience. On top of that, the new device aims to outperform Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9. You take gaming or usual surfing; OnePlus played out to be a consistent player.
On the specifications front, OnePlus 6T runs on OxygenOS besides Android 9 Pie out-of-the-box. The latest Android version is complemented by Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845, which works along the Octa-core processor.
As of now, OnePlus 6T is available on mirror black and midnight (matte) black shades and comes in three storage variants.
If you are looking for a smartphone to co-op up with your intensive day, OnePlus 6T should be your pick. You do gaming, make calls, watch videos, surf the internet or anything else, the smartphone will survive a full day.
Much like other domains, the camera of OnePlus 6T stand to be the same. With the dual-camera setup of 16MP and 20MP sensors and an aperture of f/1.7 for the primary lens, the picture quality stands to be excellent (same goes for the OnePlus 6 users). To add some sense of a new smartphone, OnePlus has included a new Nightscape feature that claims to assist while clicking pictures in the low-light mode, which was apparently missing in its predecessor.
Another feature that is being added is the new Studio Lighting, which is crafted in collaboration with photographer Kevin Abosch. This feature is intended to produce more flattering portraits.
Besides, the additional changes are in the form of better edge detection in portrait mode, new de-noise algorithms, and improved scene detection.
A handful, but indeed there. First comes the wireless charging, which has become standard among all the flagship devices. The reason behind eliminating such an essential feature from the flagship device is still unknown to me.
Then comes its speakers, which produces some decent sound in a quiet environment, but is awfully inadequate for a flagship device. Surprisingly, even after enveloping two speakers at the bottom, we are not pleased with the sound quality.
The lack of proper water resistance certification is another very significant aspect which we were sincerely expecting. After flaunting glass black backside, we were disappointed with its exclusion from the final product.
If you are expecting some surprising turnaround in the DNA of the OnePlus 6, you will only disappoint yourself. OnePlus 6T is just a reworked model with some honeyed elements to make it new. Still, the new smartphone can give run for money to many of the high-priced smartphones in the market.
A remarkable device at an super-affordable price.
Where to buy: MSRP $549.00
Jack of all trades. Covering the journalism field, Vikram writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better. Breathe it!!
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