The OnePlus 6T is now official – and it is shaping up as the company’s most important phone yet. As previous OnePlus models, the 6T stands out with an impressive specs sheet. It comes with a better display, a better camera, a bigger battery, and a more refined design – all at a decent price. But what truly makes the OnePlus 6T special is that it is the first of the company’s phones to launch through a US carrier, namely T-Mobile.
Bigger display, smaller notch
As expected, the OnePlus 6T comes with a notched display, but the notch itself is one of the smallest in the industry. It only houses the front-facing camera, while the earpiece slit rests above it. For those who like numbers: the OnePlus 6T has a 6.41 AMOLED display with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels (402ppi). This is the largest screen on a OnePlus phone so far, but the resolution hasn’t been changed. In other words, display sharpness won’t be industry leading, but sticking to 1080p resolution instead of jumping to 1440p should help with overall performance.
In-display fingerprint scanner
Before we dive into under-the-hood hardware specifics, we must highlight the OnePlus 6T’s outstanding feature – its in-display fingerprint reader. That’s right: the phone has an actual fingerprint reader built seamlessly into the display – and it unlocks the phone in as little as a third of second, OnePlus claims. The sensor appears to be of the optical variety, meaning that light from the display illuminates your finger as it is being read. This is the same technology utilized in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. However, the OnePlus 6T will be the first phone launched in the US with this feature on board. The reader can be used for Android Pay transactions, in case you’re wondering.
Processor and memory
Hardly a surprise, the OnePlus 6T comes with the best Snapdragon chip available right now: the Snapdragon 845. This is the same chip powering many of this year’s Android flagship devices, including the Galaxy S9, LG G7, and Sony Xperia XZ3.
The biggest camera upgrade in the OnePlus 6T comes in the form of a feature called Nightscape. Long story short, it is an advanced HDR night mode that uses visual information from several frames to enhance detail while reducing noise and motion blur. Nightscape photos take 2 seconds to capture, according to OnePlus – longer than a regular shot, but the results should be worth it. Nightscape mode will come to the OnePlus 6 in a week’s time.
As far as specs go, the OnePlus 6T has a camera similar to that of the OnePlus 6, combining a 16MP f1.7 main camera with a 20MP secondary one. It has both OIS and EIS to stabilize shots and can take slow-motion videos at 480fps.
Battery and charging
OnePlus 6T price and release date
Thankfully, Good guy OnePlus is sticking to its roots. The OnePlus, with all its high-end specs and features, will come at a very aggressive price starting at…
- $549 for the 6GB+128GB model
- $579 for the 8GB+128GB model
- $629 for the 8GB+256GB model.
This is a developing news story. More information will be added as it becomes official.