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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.
OnePlus says it’ll
only make T devices when technology has progressed enough and it’s imperative
to improve on a handset before the next generation and the OnePlus 6T is the
embodiment of that rationale, as it feels like a genuine step up from the
OnePlus 6, which launched earlier this year
There aren’t any
eye-catching, must-have new features, but this is more than a stepping stone on
the way to the OnePlus 7.
design that's premium in the hand
choose from Midnight Black and Mirror Black
in-screen fingerprint scanner, and no headphone jack
OnePlus has embroidered
its design credentials a good deal in the last couple of iterations of its
flagship phone, and the OnePlus 6 felt like the culmination of lots of hard
work – a great-looking device that didn’t skimp on some of the essentials, as
older phones in the series did.
The OnePlus 6T isn’t
much different to that – in fact, there are only a few changes – but those
changes are worthwhile, and well implemented.
The body is glass on
both the front and back of the device, and you’ve got the choice of two colors:
mirror black or midnight black. That’s right: you can have any color you like
as long as it’s black, as Henry Ford famously said – although in fairness to
OnePlus the reflective choice does look quite different to the matte version.
The phone feels
comfortable to hold, and it’s easy enough to grip – with dimensions of 157.5 x
74.8 x 8.2mm it’s not a large device.
The rear of the phone
is relatively clear, as the fingerprint scanner has moved – more about that in
the display section below – so now you’ve just got the two-sensor camera and a
small flash below it. Otherwise the back of the phone is empty, which
contributes to that comfortable feel in the hand.
On the right-hand edge
of the phone is a power on button, which is one of your options for waking the
device – the other is a double tap on the screen - and above that is the signature
OnePlus slider that allows you to mute your phone with a quick flick.
This is something you
also get on iPhone devices, but not many Android alternatives have it, and it’s
something we find particularly useful when we want to quickly mute our device.
On the left-hand edge
of the device is the volume rocker, which is easy to reach. On the bottom of
the phone is the USB-C port, flanked by two speakers for stereo audio.
One of the big talking
points surrounding this phone concerns something you won’t find on
the bottom of the device – OnePlus has dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack, a
decision that has upset a lot of OnePlus fans who want a physical way to plug
in their headphones.
includes a 3.5mm to USB-C adapter in the box so you can still plug in your
wired headphones, while it also encourages you to use Bluetooth headphones as
an alternative. We don’t see this as such a big problem these days – after all,
several other brands have already axed the jack – but it’s something that’s
likely to put off some fans of the brand.
It’s an especially odd
decision considering the company has been making much of the fact that it’s
included the headphone jack on every device while rival companies have dropped
it. If you already own Bluetooth headphones it’s unlikely you’ll find this a
problem, but it’s not going to sit well with everyone.
6.41-inch AMOLED in a relatively easy to hold phone
1080 resolution, 402 pixels per inch
in-screen fingerprint scanner makes it feel futuristic
The display is where
lots has changed from the OnePlus 6 – that was the first OnePlus phone to lose
most of its bezel and adopt a notch at the top of the display.
It’s a similar affair
here, but now the notch has been shrunk down to what’s referred to as a
teardrop design. It takes up relatively little space, meaning there’s more
screen at the top left and right of the device.
The display is a
6.41-inch AMOLED screen, but as the body of the phone isn’t as large relative
to the screen size it doesn’t feel like a big-screen phone when it’s in your
hand. It’s 19:5:9 aspect ratio, so it’s a longer screen than on some other
The resolution is 2340
x 1080, with 402 pixels per inch, and the picture quality is gorgeous. The
AMOLED technology makes the colors pop, and we’re big fans of the picture
quality you can get from a relatively low-resolution device in 2018.
Perhaps the biggest
upgrade of all is how you unlock the OnePlus 6T, and that’s by using the fingerprint
sensor that’s now embedded in the screen.
This is a new
technology that we’re starting to see on more and more smartphones, including
the Oppo Find X, Vivo Nex, Huawei Mate 20 Pro. It’s something Samsung is
experimenting with too, and it means a fingerprint scanner can go on the front
of your phone, where it’s easier to hit, without taking up space that could be
used for more screen.
You can also have Face
Unlock enabled at the same time, and when you’re using both technologies the
response time is near-instantaneous response, with one of the methods allowing
you to unlock your device quickly and easily.
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