OnePlus 6T announced with an In-display Fingerprint Scanner, Waterdrop notch design, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
OnePlus’ two-phones-a-year strategy has paid off immensely for the company, as seen by their growing success in Europe and India. There’s never a wrong time to buy a OnePlus flagship—you’ll always be getting the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset that’s currently available with huge amounts of RAM at your disposal. Earlier this year, the OnePlus 6 was made official at a time when the flagship smartphone competition included the Samsung Galaxy S9, Asus Zenfone 5Z, Huawei P20, and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S. A little over 5 months later and OnePlus now has to compete with Xiaomi’s POCO F1/Mi 8, LG G7/V40 ThinQ, Sony Xperia XZ3, Google Pixel 3, Razer Phone 2, Huawei Mate 20, and a whole bunch of other devices. The company’s latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6T, has just been announced, and it’s their first device to be sold on an American carrier. Can the OnePlus 6T survive in the competitive field of late 2018 smartphone offerings? Here’s everything you need to know about the smartphone’s specifications, design, software, pricing, and availability.
OnePlus 6T design versus the OnePlus 6
When talking about the new OnePlus 6T, it’s hard not to bring up its immediate predecessor, the OnePlus 6. The two smartphones share a lot of similarities at first glance, but there’s a lot of changes once you take a closer look. Here’s a summary of how the OnePlus 6T’s design differs from the OnePlus 6:
- The OnePlus 6’s notch, already pretty small when compared to the notches of other devices in its time, has been further slimmed down on the OnePlus 6T. There’s now a “waterdrop” style notch area which houses the single front-facing camera and proximity sensor. Above the front-facing camera, you’ll find the earpiece speaker.
- The bottom bezel has been reduced when compared to the OnePlus 6, resulting in an 86% screen-to-body ratio on the OnePlus 6T compared to the OnePlus 6’s 84% screen-to-body ratio.
- The OnePlus 6T has a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display compared to the OnePlus 6’s 6.28-inch display.
- The OnePlus 6T has an all-glass body like its predecessor, but there’s now a layer of Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6 for protection.
- There’s no longer a fingerprint scanner mounted on the rear. Instead, there’s now an in-display fingerprint scanner.
- The 3.5mm headphone jack is gone. In its place is a larger battery (400mAh increase in capacity versus the OnePlus 6).
- There’s no longer a notification LED.
- The power button has been slightly lowered on the right-hand side of the OnePlus 6T to make it easier to reach.
Just like the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T has the volume rocker and SIM card tray on the left, the alert slider and power button on the right, and a single USB Type-C port on the bottom. The device comes in two colors: Mirror Black and Midnight Black. Mirror Black is said to have a thin layer of film underneath the glass to give it a sense of depth while the Midnight Black variant has a matte finish with a 0.1mm-layer of film and a jagged texture to produce an S-shaped line when the phone is reflected under light.
OnePlus 6T Specifications List
|Dimensions & Weight||157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm
|Design & Colors||Glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6)
Midnight Black, Mirror Black
|Storage||128GB/256GB UFS 2.1 Dual-Lane|
|Display||6.41-inch 2340 x 1080 (19.5:9) Optic AMOLED display. 402 pixels per inch. Supports sRGB and DCI-P3. 86% screen-to-body ratio.
In-display fingerprint scanner.
|Battery||3,700 mAh (non-removable)|
|Camera (Image)||Front: Sony IMX 371 (16MP, f/2.0, 1.0μm) with EIS.
Rear (Primary): Sony IMX 519 (16MP, f/1.7, 1.22μm) with OIS and EIS.
Rear (Secondary): Sony IMX 376K (20MP, f/1.7, 1.0μm).
Dual LED Flash
|Charging||Fast Charge (5V 4A)|
|Camera (Video)||Front: [email protected], [email protected]||Ports||USB 2.0, Type-C
Dual nano-SIM slot (international model)
Single nano-SIM slot (T-Mobile model)
|Software||Android 9 Pie-based OxygenOS 9||Audio||Bottom-facing speaker. Audio tuned by Dirac HD Sound. Dirac Power Sound.|
|System-on-chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU (4x 2.8GHz Kryo 385 + 4x 1.8GHz Kryo 385) with Adreno 630 GPU||Multimedia Codec Support||Audio Playback: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
Audio Recording: WAV, AAC, AMR
Video Playback: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM
Video Recording: MP4
Image Viewing: JPEG, PNG, BMP, GIF
Image Output: JPEG
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz/5GHz
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0, with Qualcomm aptX & aptX HD support
Positioning: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
|LTE Features||Supports 5xCA, 64QAM, 256QAM & 4x4MIMO.
Supports up to DL CAT16 (1Gbps)/UL CAT13 (150Mbps) depending on carrier.
|LTE Bands – NA/EU||FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41/45
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
|LTE Bands – CN/IN||FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/66
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
OnePlus 6T specification changes from the OnePlus 6
If you compare the OnePlus 6T’s specification list with the one from the OnePlus 6, you won’t find many differences. Here are the most important changes:
- The OnePlus 6T has a 400mAh larger battery than the OnePlus 6.
- The OnePlus 6T ships with Android 9 Pie-based OxygenOS 9, though the OnePlus 6 has received a stable update to OxygenOS 9.
- The OnePlus 6T supports band 13 and is certified for use on Verizon Wireless in the United States.
- The OnePlus 6T has a 6.41-inch display with an 86% screen-to-body ratio versus the OnePlus 6’s 6.28-inch display with an 84% screen-to-body ratio. It also features Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for better durability.
- The OnePlus 6T has an in-display fingerprint scanner.
- The OnePlus 6T no longer has a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Just because the OnePlus 6T only sees a minor specification bump in certain areas doesn’t mean you’re missing out on anything. The device still has the fastest Qualcomm silicon that’s currently available—the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845—, up to 8GB RAM, up to 256GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage, fast wired charging (previously called “Dash Charge”), and the clean OxygenOS software experience. Although the camera sensors remain unchanged from the OnePlus 6, our camera comparison review (Part 1 and Part 2) showed that OnePlus is able to stay competitive with the very best even while costing less. But even if the camera hardware is unchanged, there are a few new camera features on the OnePlus 6T so you aren’t missing out on the latest smartphone camera trends.
OnePlus 6T’s new camera features
Since the Huawei P20’s industry-leading Night Mode was unveiled, smartphone companies have been working around-the-clock to introduce their own offerings. Google has been working on their own algorithm for years using their prowess in computational photography, and we’ve already seen just how amazing the Pixel 3’s Night Sight can be. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 also has its own night mode which is coming to previous Xiaomi flagship devices. Now, OnePlus is introducing “Nightscape” in the OxygenOS camera app which is designed to take photos of “low-light urban environments with improved clarity, less noise, more accurate color reproduction and better dynamic range.”
OnePlus also worked with photographer Kevin Abosch to add Studio Lighting on the OnePlus 6T to “adjust the lighting accordingly to simulate professional lighting.” This camera effect was popularized on smartphones by the Apple iPhone X, so it’s no surprise to see OnePlus offer their own take on the feature. Automatic scene detection of common images like faces, text, food, and night scenes has also been added. Increased competition has also led OnePlus to improve their existing camera features like HDR and Portrait Mode by increasing “clarity, dynamic range, and edge detection.”
Lastly, the OnePlus 6T is able to record 4K videos at up to 60FPS, slow-motion video at up to 480FPS in 720p, uses OIS and EIS for videos from the rear cameras, and EIS for videos from the front-facing camera. The updated OnePlus Camera app now has a shortcut to Google Lens built-in.
What’s new in OxygenOS 9
For those of you who are already familiar with OxygenOS 9 (mostly those who own the OnePlus 6), we’ll offer a brief summary of the new features. For those of you who aren’t as familiar with OxygenOS, we’ll summarize the features it offers.
- All Android 9 Pie platform features: Google’s gesture navigation, horizontal recent apps screen tied to the stock OnePlus Launcher, and Adaptive Battery just to name a few.
- New gesture added to OnePlus’ fullscreen gestures. Now you can swipe up from the bottom and to the right to quickly switch to your last app.
- Smart Boost: “improves app cold start speeds by 5 to 20 percent by storing data from frequently used apps in the phone’s RAM.” It is “currently applied to gaming apps” with additional improvements planned for the future.
- Gaming Mode improvements: Notifications can be shown as heads-up notifications.
- Face Unlock: uses facial recognition software to unlock your phone.
- Gaming Mode: Reduce unwanted distractions when gaming.
- Reading Mode: Shift the color to avoid blue light and block notifications when reading.
- Earphone mode: automatically resume music, answer phone calls by connecting a Bluetooth device, hear incoming caller ID via earphones, and more.
- OnePlus Switch to easily transfer your app data, launcher layout, and more from older OnePlus devices to your new device
- Built-in audio tuner with multiple equalizer presets
- Alert slider with ring, vibrate, and silent modes.
- OnePlus’ fullscreen gestures: swipe up from the bottom left or right to go back, swipe up from the bottom center to go home, swipe up and hold from the bottom center to open recent apps overview, and long-press on the power button to open Google Assistant
- Offscreen gestures: double tap to wake or draw letters on the display to control music, open the camera, record a video, toggle flashlight, open the OnePlus Launcher’s Shelf, or launch an app
- Other gestures: flip to mute incoming calls, swipe with three-fingers to take a screenshot, answer calls automatically by raising the phone to your ear
- Night mode to reduce eye strain at night.
- Hide notch feature to darken the status bar area.
- Per-app fullscreen display customization.
- Ambient display with multiple clock styles and lift to wake.
- Screen calibration settings (sRGB, Adaptive, DCI-P3).
- Customizable accent colors
- System-wide dark theme.
- Scheduled power on/off.
- App locker with fingerprint support.
- Parallel apps for cloning certain social apps in case you need multiple account support.
Although OxygenOS is considered a pretty clean software build, you can see that it has a lot of additional features that aren’t available in stock Android.
OnePlus 6T Pricing
The OnePlus 6T will be available in 2 different RAM/storage variants, though the availability for each depends on the color model. Also, devices sold in India and China have different LTE bands than models sold elsewhere (refer to the specifications posted earlier.) The T-Mobile model is single-SIM, and T-Mobile will exclusively carry the 8GB RAM + 128GB storage Midnight Black model. If you’re interested in learning more about the OnePlus 6T’s support for T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless in the United States, check out this article.
Here’s a summary of the pricing for each model:
|OnePlus 6T Mirror Black (6GB RAM + 128GB storage)||549||37,999|
|OnePlus 6T Mirror Black (8GB RAM + 128GB storage)||579||41,999|
|OnePlus 6T Midnight Black (8GB RAM + 128GB storage)||579||N/A|
|OnePlus 6T Midnight Black (8GB RAM + 256GB storage)||629||45,999|
In the box, you’ll get the following items:
- USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter
- Translucent phone case
- Fast Charge Type-C cable and Power Adapter
- SIM tray ejector
- Quick Start Guide
- Safety Information
The device comes with a factory-applied screen protector.
OnePlus 6T Accessories
OnePlus will again offer a selection of first-party cases to accompany their new flagship smartphone. Here’s a table with the prices for the cases you can buy with the phone.
|OnePlus 6T Karbon Protective Case||24.95|
|OnePlus 6T Sandstone Protective Case||19.95|
|OnePlus 6T Karbon Bumper Case||29.95|
|OnePlus 6T Ebony Wood Bumper Case||29.95|
|OnePlus 6T Nylon Bumper Case (Black)||24.95|
|OnePlus 6T Nylon Bumper Case (Blue)||24.95|
|OnePlus 6T Silicone Protective Case (Red)||19.95|
The Bullets Wireless earphones announced with the OnePlus 6 can also be used on the OnePlus 6T as well. And because there’s no longer a headphone jack, the company has also released wired Type-C Bullets earbuds.
OnePlus 6T Availability
The OnePlus 6T will be available starting November 1st in the United States on OnePlus.com. It will be available in the following regions, though regional availability will differ:
OnePlus 6T Regional Availability
- Hong Kong
- Mainland China
- North America
- United States
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom
For all the latest OnePlus 6T-related discussion and developments, be sure to check out the XDA forums for the device.
A correction was made to this article on 10/30/18 to note that the OnePlus 6T does not have a second, bottom-firing speaker. Rather, OnePlus has added a faux speaker grille on top of the microphone hole to match the speaker grille on the bottom left side.