Immediately, OnePlus is saying its latest flagship smartphone and lifting the evaluate embargo. The OnePlus 6T is a mid-cycle replace to the OnePlus 6, so whereas the specs have not moved a lot, you do get loads of upgrades. There is a new design with a teardrop digital camera notch on the entrance, an even bigger show, a brand new baseline of 128GB of storage, and an even bigger 3700mAh battery. Most apparently, there’s now an in-display optical fingerprint reader, which makes the 6T the primary US-bound smartphone with this new fingerprint tech.

Talking of US gross sales, OnePlus can be making progress on the service entrance. That is the primary OnePlus system that can land in brick-and-mortar shops within the US, because of a take care of T-Cell. The telephone can be licensed to be used on Verizon, so when you will not discover one in a Verizon retailer, you possibly can deliver a 6T in and Verizon will activate it.

There’s some unhealthy information, although, and that is the elimination of the headphone jack. It’s essential maintain a dongle helpful if you wish to use wired headphones, however that is softened a bit as a result of OnePlus truly delivers on the area financial savings promise—this new telephone boasts a battery that has 400mAh extra capability than the OnePlus 6. The OnePlus 6T begins at $549 for the 128GB model with 6GB of RAM. The OnePlus 6 began at a decrease $529, however that was for 64GB, so you possibly can’t fairly name the brand new worth a straight improve. In reality, the upper tiers of the OnePlus 6T are the identical worth as its predecessor: an 8GB/128GB config for $579 and an 8GB/256GB model for $629.

In comparison with the $900ish price ticket of flagship telephones with comparable specs, OnePlus’ $549 worth level gives lots of buffer room. And after spending a while exploring its attention-grabbing new options, it is onerous to argue with the worth proposition of the OnePlus 6T.

Design and construct high quality

Groupthink is robust within the Android ecosystem, with seemingly everybody constructing telephones with edge-to-edge notched shows, all-glass our bodies, and scooping out the headphone jack. If we should go down this design path, then the OnePlus 6T is the very best execution of the concept to date.

The 6T sports activities a brand new “teardrop” notch that minimizes the area taken up by the digital camera cutout, and the curves on the aspect look nice. The middle of the teardrop homes the 16MP entrance digital camera, and the brightness and proximity sensors are hiding within the left nook of the teardrop. Above the digital camera is an earpiece speaker that’s built-in into the sting of the glass. All in all, it is a very compact setup that’s a lot smaller than the big-notch telephones that simply appear out to emulate the iPhone X.

SPECS AT A GLANCE: OnePlus 6

SCREEN
2340×1080 6.41″ (402ppi) AMOLED

OS
Android 9 Pie

CPU
Eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4 2.8GHz Kryo 385 Gold cores and 4 1.8GHz Kryo 385 Silver cores.)

RAM
6GB or 8GB

GPU
Adreno 630

STORAGE
128GB, or 256GB

NETWORKING
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.zero, GPS, NFC

BANDS
(NA/EU model)GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzTD-SCDMA: 34, 39WCDMA: 1, 2, four, 5, eight, 9, 19CDMA: BC0, BC1LTE: 1, 2, three, four, 5, 7, eight, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 34, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66, 71

PORTS
USB 2.zero Kind-C

CAMERA
Rear: 16MP important digital camera, 20MP secondary cameraFront: 16MP digital camera

SIZE
157.5 × 74.eight × eight.2 mm

WEIGHT
185g

BATTERY
3700mAh

STARTING PRICE
$549

OTHER PERKS
NFC, fast charging, in-screen fingerprint sensor, mute change

If there’s any tradeoff you make right here, it is the dearth of stereo audio system. There’s only one bottom-firing speaker on the 6T, and the highest earpiece would not pull double-duty as a media speaker. The underside speaker is loud sufficient, so I feel the compactness tradeoff is value it. Cellphone audio system by no means sound adequate to play music by means of anyway, so for the bleeps and bloops of your notifications and ringtones, or the occasional fast YouTube video, the 6T’s single speaker is okay. The earpiece is loud sufficient, too.

With the tiny notch and simply the smallest trace of a backside bezel, the 6T presents an even bigger 6.41-inch AMOLED show in about the identical dimension physique because the OnePlus 6. The show appears nice, with none of the grainy blemishes which have plagued some OLED panels up to now. When you’re choosy about your shade, you possibly can decide from a number of show shade presets or set your individual white level. The notch is sufficiently small to permit for 4 notification icons on the left and round 5 standing icons on the suitable. If you find yourself having too many standing icons, OnePlus has a helpful “icon supervisor” for the standing bar, so you possibly can cover the standing icons you do not care about.

You’ll hope telephones would get higher yearly, however with the OnePlus 6, OnePlus threw in a giant downgrade with a transfer from a steel again to a glass one. Usually this might include the advantage of wi-fi charging, however that wasn’t added to the OnePlus 6. Issues have not modified a lot right here with the OnePlus 6T. The again continues to be glass, and there is nonetheless no wi-fi charging to justify the change to glass.

My “midnight black” model is not simply plain, shiny glass. It has a silky semi-gloss end that does not present fingerprints or gather pores and skin oil, which is healthier than the standard glass end. It additionally appears fairly scratch resistant. The again has this bizarre property the place it typically displays mild in an “S” form throughout the again. This was apparently on objective. OnePlus’ advert copy says the telephone has an “anti-glare coating and a skinny, textured multi-layer movie that creates the distinctive S form.” It appears effective.

With no fingerprint reader on the again, there’s not a complete lot occurring. You get the standard dual-camera setup, an LED flash, and an engraving for the OnePlus emblem and “Designed by OnePlus” textual content on the backside. The edges are steel, and along with the standard quantity, energy, and USB-C port, OnePlus’ trademark three-position mute change returns.

Itemizing picture by Ron Amadeo

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