Whether it’s an Android phone or iPhone, if you’re on the market for a premium phone you’ll have to splash out upwards of $1,000. OnePlus, the Oppo-backed Chinese smartphone maker has been making flagship Android phones at a competitive price for years.
The company just released its most recent addition to its hardware lineup, the OnePlus 6T at a press event in New York. What’s is interesting is the phone, which has significant upgrades costs almost the same as its predecessor – just $20 more.
The T version is a refinement of last year model, but this year it doesn’t feel that way since OnePlus added significant changes to the phone. Here’s what the OnePlus 6T has to offer. In terms of performance, the specs sheet is pretty similar to its little brother. Inside, there’s a Snapdragon 845 processor 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage. Not bad, pretty decent specs considering the price point.
The display has been increased to 6.41-inches from the 6.28-inch Amoled. The startup phone maker could squeeze more real estate screen thanks to a much smaller notch than the OnePlus 6, the less obtrusive I’ve seen so far. The teardrop-shaped notch doesn’t house any sophisticated piece of technology like Apple’s TrueDepth camera system introduced in the iPhone X.
However, you have more screen to body ratio thanks to the tiny notch. Now 86 percent of the phone is all screen, up to 82 percent on its predecessor. Google should take note from OnePlus when it comes to putting notch on their phones, the Pixel 3 XL got the ugliest and deepest notch so far.
OnePlus has moved the fingerprint scanner from the back of the phone to the display. Now the fingerprint sensor lives underneath the screen. A technology that companies have been working on for years, it seems that it’s finally ready for mass production.
2019 will be the year of in-display fingerprint scanners as 2017 was the year of edge-to-edge displays. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting close though.
The fingerprint scanner should work in about a third of a second, according to the company. If you find it slower than the OnePlus 6, you can still use a PIN or your face to unlock the phone.
OnePlus has parted ways with the 3.5mm headphone jack. You’ll find a USB Type-C connector and two speakers at the bottom. For those who don’t embrace wireless headphones yet and prefer regular wired headphones, there’s a USB Type-C to 3.5-millimeter headphone port dongle in the box.
Despite, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei asks fans on Twitter whether or not they like headphone jacks for the last three years. As you can see the results (almost 90%) have been pretty favorable to keep the headphone jack. And yet the company found a way to remove it. My take here is those polls are pure marketing strategies, they don’t really care about your opinions.
The removal of the headphone jack gives us a larger 3,700 mAh battery, which should pack enough juice for heavy users. More and more companies have followed suit since Apple removed the headphone jack on the iPhone 7. Rumors are suggested that South Korean giant company could also kill the headphone jack on its upcoming Galaxy S10.
In terms of camera, nothing has changed hardware wise speaking. We still got the same double rear cameras system vertically aligned in the upper middle of the phone. The company has made some tweak in the software though for better edge detection in portrait modes, noise reduction and brighter pictures at night with its new “Nightscape” feature. But there’s definitely plenty room for the company to improve if it wants to compete against other premium smartphone cameras.
The OnePlus 6T will be available in just two finish – Midnight Black and Mirror Black and ship with Android’s new software, Android Pie, overlaid with the latest version of OyxgenOS. Pre-orders open November 1, starting at $549 for the 6GB/128GB model. The 8GB/128GB and 8GB/256GB models cost $579 and $629, respectively.
OnePlus is making its way to the States. For the first time, the OnePlus 6T will be available through a US carrier. The company has made a deal with T-Mobile and will be selling the phone starting November 1 at 6:00 am ET.
Note: These are stock photos from the company’s official website.
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