OnePlus is the company which has a certain rhythm of launching their devices. To be precise, every year they put two devices out on the market. Much like Apple’s S series of phones, T brand is made to improve and refine the user experience of their immediate predecessor. OnePlus 6 was already a great phone, and 6T aims to further enhance it with a larger display, smaller notch, bigger battery, and new fingerprint technology. But is it enough to take on the direct rivals in flagship market, Huawei Mate 20 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S9, iPhone XS Max and Galaxy Note 9?
For this device, OnePlus decided to take a new direction in design, but it’s still quite distinct and recognizable. Due to a bigger display, the phone looks slightly bigger and it’s a tad heavier, but outside of that, it’s still a good old OnePlus device. The signature feature for OnePlus devices, a physical alert switcher, is still there and it’s functional as always and immensely satisfying to use. For those of you who don’t know what it’s about, it’s the bottom that lets you toggle between silent priority and loud mode, and that lets you check the state of your phone without waking it up. At the bottom of the case there’s and USB-C port, but for some reason for the first time there is no conventional 3.5mm headphone jack. We can only guess why OnePlus decided to remove it from 6T. Our best guess is it was done to make the room for the large new battery or digital fingerprint sensor components.
The 6T teachers the biggest display we’ve ever seen in a OnePlus phone. With 6.41 inches, it’s well suited for all kinds of activities, be it gaming, photography, or watching videos. Like the previous model, the 6T supports the full DCI-P3 wide color gamut, with options to change color spaces to standard RGB or monochrome among others. It also features AMOLED panel, which gives great contrast and deep black color.
Much like Google Pixel phones, the T series of phones came in the unusual time. Under the hood of the 6T is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, which is an undeniable flagship, featured in every top billing phone, but it’s a matter of a day before it will be supplanted. Qualcomm’s upcoming Tech Summit scheduled for early December, and there we will see the successor of 845 chipsets, and soon after a new line of phones which will be featuring those chips. But at this moment, the OnePlus 6T is more than worthy of its flagship label.
Supreme specs also mean supreme performances, and OnePlus 6T doesn’t falter in that department, providing a great platform for video streaming, multitasking, or gaming. Speaking about gaming, this device has a dedicated gaming mode with augmented performances. Not only it lets you manage calls and notifications, but it also limits the background network usage of other apps. Additionally, it optimizes CPU, GPU, and memory performance whenever you launch a game.
Concerning the software, OnePlus is among the manufacturers that actually deliver the promise about a fast and reliable operating system, with frequent and fast Android updates. This device runs an improved version of Android 9.0 Pie experience out the box with OnePlus’ OxygenOS overlay on top.
The camera hardware seems to be identical to that of its predecessor. There’s a dual 16/20-megapixel snapper with a quite wide f/1.7 aperture and PDAF (phase detection autofocus), along with OIS (optical image stabilization) and enlarged 1.22µm pixels on that main 16-megapixel lens. There’s also a 16-megapixel front-faced camera which leverages EIS (electronic image stabilization). It’s a promising hardware setup, albeit one we’ve all seen before, so the good question is, what’s new here? Well, the HDR and low light shooting capabilities are greatly improved, and some new settings are added too. One of them is Auto Nightscape Detection, which detects the low light and activates the photo mode for that ambient.
The OnePlus 6Т has a 3700mAh battery, which is comparable but not in a favorable way to power packs found in Huawei P20 Pro or Mate 20 Pro. Nonetheless, it’s clearly built to handle about 36 hours of frequent use, which might be stretched to whole two days. The great feature concerning the battery is Fast Charge, formerly known as Dash Charge. It is so far the best fast charging standard out there, and the company elegantly expressed the merits of this feature in the tagline “a day’s power in half an hour”.
With all said, the OnePlus 6T is the most accomplished phone we’ve ever seen from the company, and a bunch of new features, including an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a larger battery, add up to make this one of the best phones you can buy right now.