Just five months later its launch, the OnePlus 6 is today getting a successor. The phone maker today took the wraps off its new OnePlus 6T at an event in New York. The OnePlus 6T brings a series of improvements and a bunch of new features for catching up with the industry trends at pretty much the same affordable price.
The OnePlus 6T, from the exterior, is identical to the OnePlus 6 as we’ve seen with other ‘T’ upgrades. It still has an all-glass body, aluminum edges, and the handy alert slider on the side for switching sound profiles in a jiffy.
The only way you would be able to differentiate between the OnePlus 6T and the OnePlus 6 is the absence of a fingerprint reader on the rear. Instead, it has been relocated under the screen. OnePlus has also bundled a few software tricks for you to get the most out of it as the in-display fingerprint sensor can be configured to quick launch an app when you continue pressing it once the phone is unlocked.
But turn the screen on and you will notice one of the biggest aesthetic highlights of the OnePlus 6T. OnePlus has adopted the new, narrow notch design found on a multitude of other phones. The notch houses a couple of sensors and a selfie camera. Unfortunately, the facial unlock system on the OnePlus 6T still relies on software to authenticate you.
The screen is also now larger at 6.41-inch but OnePlus has kept the resolution same. It’s still a 1080p OLED panel with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The display, though, theoretically is twice more tough than the one found on the OnePlus 6 courtesy of Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6 which promises to protect your phone from 15 one-meter height drops.
OnePlus 6T’s other cornerstone lies in the software as it’s the first non-Google phone to ship with Android Pie. Of course, that’s with the company’s own OxygenOS skin on top. OnePlus hasn’t introduced any major new software features except for more refined navigation gestures, quicker launch times for games, and some camera updates. Apart from that, you will find all the usual OnePlus trappings such as the Gaming Mode, a clean interface, lock screen gestures, and more.
Being a OnePlus phone, the OnePlus 6T doesn’t compromise on the specifications either. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of onboard storage with no MicroSD expansion, and a larger 3700mAh battery which is compatible with OnePlus’ proprietary quick charging technology.
With the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus has also succumbed to the hegemony of the dongle age. As it announced months ago, the OnePlus 6T doesn’t have a standard headphone jack. Therefore, if you’d like to connect any accessories through it, you will have to make use of an adapter.
The aspect where OnePlus’ phones have always fall a tad short is the cameras and the OnePlus 6T probably won’t be the one to alter that. It features the same camera arrangement which houses two sensors on the rear — a primary 16-megapixel f/1.7 lens and another 20-megapixel f/1.7 snapper for depth-sensing. On the front, there’s a 16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera. OnePlus has though added a new mode for clicking pictures in dimly light scenarios. You still have the standard options such as Portrait Mode and Super Slow Motion.
The OnePlus 6T, at launch, will be available in two color and finishes — Midnight Black and Mirror Black and starts at $549 for the base variant which comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage.