OnePlus 6T was launched today at an event in New York
. The smartphone represents the mid-year flagship refresh that the Chinese company has offered for the past two generations, in the form of the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 6T offers several additions over the OnePlus 6 model it succeeds, such as an in-display fingerprint scanner, a larger battery, a larger display, a smaller notch, improved low-light photography, Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box, a better endowed base model, and Smart Boost optimisation. There is a prominent removal as well – the OnePlus 6T foregoes the headphone jack, with users having to rely on the USB Type-C port or Bluetooth for their audio pairing needs.
Like the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T retains a single bottom firing speaker. It also features an all-glass build, like the OnePlus 6, with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection. The in-display fingerprint sensor is claimed to unlock the smartphone in 0.34 seconds, and works with the OnePlus screen protector – the company doesn’t guarantee it will work a third-party protector. The fingerprint recognition is also self-learning, said to make it faster over time when identifying the same fingerprints. The OnePlus 6T’s Smart Boot feature that is said to improve app cold start speeds by 5 to 20 percent by caching frequently used apps – it currently will only work with gaming apps, with additional compatibility planned for the future.
OnePlus is also touting improved low-light photography with a feature called Nightscene. It produces brighter images in low-light, with reduced noise, using a new HDR algorithm across a 2-second exposure, and splicing together the resultant up to 10 multi-frame shots together. It will be made available to the OnePlus 6, which has an identical camera setup, later this week.
As before, users will be able to hide the notch on the OnePlus 6T, with a UI setting. The Gaming Mode introduced in previous versions of OxygenOS also makes its way to the smartphone. The company says that a feature that lets users activate Google Assistant by long pressing the power button will soon make its way to the handset. Apart from the headphone jack, another major removal from the OnePlus 6 on the OnePlus 6T is the missing LED notification light – the company says the ‘lift-up display’ will allow users to conveniently read notifications from the lock screen, negating the need for an LED light.
OnePlus 6T specifications
The dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6T runs OxygenOS-based on Android 9.0 Pie. It sports a 6.41-inch full-HD+ (1080×2340 pixels ) AMOLED display with an 19.5:9 aspect ratio, as well as support for sRGB (100.63 percent) and DCI-P3 colour gamuts. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and said to have a peak brightness of over 600 nits. It features a waterdrop-style notch, with three-in-one ambient light sensor, distance, and RGB sensor, as well as the front facing camera. The OnePlus 6T is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, coupled with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.