/Hands on: OnePlus 6T Review

Hands on: OnePlus 6T Review

Sticking to a 6-month launch cycle, OnePlus updated the to 6T. Apart from iterative refinements, OnePlus makes some bold changes with the new OnePlus 6T like eliminating the jack and capacitive rear-mounted fingerprint reader. (हिंदी में पढ़िए)

The OnePlus 6 wasn’t particularly feature loaded phone, but it too ushered in some controversial changes (Read: the Notch) that were accepted overtime. Can the same be anticipated for the OnePlus 6T? We have had some initial experience with the phone and have jotted our observation and first impressions in the following OnePlus 6T Review.

OnePlus 6T Box Content

  • USB Type-C to 3.5mm audio jack connector
  • Translucent case cover
  • Pre-installed screen protector
  • Type-C cable
  • Fast charging adaptor

OnePlus 6T Specifications and Price

Model OnePlus 6T
Display 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio

86% screen-to-body ratio

Gorilla Glass 6

Processor 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 Octa-core processor, Adreno 630
RAM 6GB/8GB
Internal Storage 128/256GB
Software Android 9 Pie based OxygenOS
Primary Camera 16MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.7 with Dual LED flash; 4K video at 60fps + Super Slow Motion
Secondary Camera 16MP f/2.0; 1080p at 30fps
Battery 3700 mAh battery with One Plus Fast Charge
Others Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4GHz- 5GHz dual band, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS,GLONASS,NFC USB Type-C, In-display fingerprint sensor
Dimensions 157.5x 74.8 x 8.2mm ; 185g
Price  $549 – 6GB + 128GB (India price expected around Rs. 37,999)

$579 – 8 + 128GB

$629 – 8 + 256GB

ALSO READ: 7 New OnePlus 6T Features – Is it better than OnePlus 6?

OnePlus 6T Design and Build

OnePlus 6T doesn’t look or feel very different from the OnePlus 6. There are a few notable differences, though, and the most prominent one is its tine water-drop notch that houses the selfie camera and lets the 6T retain 2 to 3 more icons on the status bar compared to the OnePlus 6.

Moving on to the back of the phone, there is no fingerprint sensor and the under-display fingerprint sensor that replaces it makes the 6T a hair thicker. The back panel is neat and will be available in multiple finishes.

The bigger battery housed within makes 6T a tad heavier, but that’s something we could get used to.

The OnePlus 6T is a solid and well-designed phone, just as the phone it succeeds.

OnePlus 6T Display

The OnePlus 6T has a marginally bigger 6.4-inch AMOLED screen(19.5:9) with Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) resolution. Apart from the obvious changes in the cut-out at the top, the display quality felt the same as what we have experience on the OnePlus 6.

You can hide the notch from display settings, switch between different color profiles and avail the light-on-eyes reading mode. The display is also shielded by Corning’s latest Gorilla Glass 6.

OnePlus 6T In-display Fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock

One of the biggest highlights of the 6T is its in-display fingerprint sensor. Just like Vivo, OnePlus is using an optical-type sensor on the 6T. And the performance remains similar to what we had on the OnePlus.

Based on our initial testing, the in-display fingerprint sensor appears to be similar to the one we experienced on the Vivo V11 Pro, but we will need to keep using it for a bit more to have a clearer idea. It’s still clearly slower and less consistent than the fingerprint sensor on the back, which makes us wonder if this transition will be smooth for OnePlus fans.

The face unlock is fast, reliable and convenient, if not as secure as Apple’s Face ID.

OnePlus 6T Performance and Software

Through the last six months, we have admired, relished and even gotten used to flawless performance on OnePlus 6. Its seemingly simple ability to quickly and dependably yield desired results is what made the phone supremely attractive.

And there is no reason to believe that OnePlus 6T would be any different. After all, it has all the wherewithals at its disposal – there is Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset, light, and fast Oxygen OS, and the base 6GB RAM variant now has 128GB internal storage.

To make better use of all the free RAM, OnePlus has added a new feature, Smart Boost, that caches data of frequently used apps in the RAM to reduce app launch time (5 to 20-percent). OnePlus says the Smart Boost enhancements will be visible in apps that need a large amount of input/output data.

The Oxygen OS remains one of our favorite software skins. It retains stock Android appeal while adding meaningful customization options. The new Oxygen OS version further adds swanky animations to further uplift the experience.

OnePlus 6T Camera expectations

The OnePlus 6T retains the same camera hardware as the 6. There is 16MP selfie camera up front and a 16MP + 20MP camera combination on the rear.

The company has, however, worked on its camera software to improve imaging experience. The OnePlus 6T has a new night mode, nightscape, that can automatically lower ISO, keep the shutter open for longer, and negate handshakes using AI. OnePlus 6 had the propensity to generously bump ISO in lowlight shots, resulting in softer images and the nightscape could help fix lowlight photography. Or it could turn out to be gimmicky.

OnePlus further adds super slow motion video recording (1080p @240fps), and claims to have improved its HDR algorithms. Of course, we will need some more time to evaluate the camera experience.

OnePlus 6T Battery

As stated above, the OnePlus 6T has a bigger battery (3700mAh). Considering that the battery backup was already quite impressive on the 6, there is no reason to be skeptical about the battery backup.

And even though OnePlus no longer uses the term ‘Dash Charge’, the 6T uses the same tech and can charge just as fast as the OnePlus 6.

OnePlus 6T Quick Review – is it better than OnePlus 6?

The OnePlus 6T is an upgrade to the OnePlus 6 but doesn’t necessarily supplant it. The bigger battery and water drop notch are added perks, but there are bound to be users who’d rather have the audio jack and more consistent capacitive fingerprint sensor. Besides, the software enhancements of OnePlus 6T will be eventually passed on to the OnePlus 6.

We will need to spend more time with the phone to judge how much of an impact these changes have on user experience. But yes, it’s quite clear the OnePlus 6T will be extremely tough to beat. There simply aren’t many alternatives that come close.

Pros

  • Fast performance
  • Ergonomic design
  • Good quality AMOLED display
  • Front fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • No water resistant certification
  • No Audio Jack
  • No LED notification light