On Monday, CEO Pete Lau kicked off the event to launch the latest offering in the OnePlus lineup with much fanfare in New York. With virtually every detail of the device having been leaked in the past few weeks, either by the company itself, or the rumour mill, the event had precious little to surprise the very vocal, and very active OnePlus community.
For the uninitiated, the device, called OnePlus 6T following the company’s tradition will have a series of upgrades over its predecessor flagship released earlier this year.
Some of the salient features discussed in the event are:
Adopting a body design similar to the one introduced in OPPO R17, OnePlus’s sister company, it should pacify the users who are not too fond of the regular notch. A tiny waterdrop shaped notch is present on the top which houses the front camera and sensors, while the thin bezels at the bottom house the antenna. Result? 86% of screen to body ratio and a notch that doesn’t end up being an eyesore.
Biometrics under the hood
This is the feature around which the marketing strategy has revolved for the device. The fingerprint scanner has been brought back to the front and you can now ‘Unlock the Speed’ using a sensor embedded within the screen itself.
No headphone jack
A trade-off for some, disappointment for others. This feature, or lack thereof, was announced by the CEO himself. Using the argument that most of the users have already switched to wireless headphones, it was the right time to get rid of the beloved port in favor of more tech and innovation.
The device packs in a 3700 mAh battery, resulting in 23% more battery life than OnePlus 6 which had a 3300 mAh power source.
Improved and optimised UI with full-screen gestures and new animations.
Claims of a better lowlight shooting mode with 4 level of filters to get the best results.
To get the most out of the device while gaming or performing resource-intensive tasks.
Things seem to be pretty much the same in specifications. The Oneplus 6T comes with a 6.4-inch OLED display boasting a 1080*2340 resolution and protected by Gorilla Glass 6. On the software front, it comes with the usual Oxygen OS but based on Android 9.0 (Pie). A 16 MP and 20 MP shooter on the rear and one 16 MP on the front. It is powered by top of the line Snapdragon 845 and comes with a USB Type – C port and sadly no IP rating even this time.
Considering their growth in price with each successor that is launched, this time was no different. The 6T is more expensive than the 6
The entry-level model comes with 6GB of RAM and 128Gigs of memory and there is no 64 Gigs model.
The announced prices are as follows:
6GB RAM + 128GB ROM: $549 (INR 37,999)
8GB RAM + 128GB ROM: $579 (INR 41,999)
8GB RAM + 256 GB ROM: $629 (INR 45,999)
Two color variants to be available currently, Midnight Black and Mirror Black.
US customers can avail an exchange deal with TMobile for up to $300 off.
Oneplus also revealed some accessories during the launch:
An Explorer Backpack for $99
Bullet wireless earphones for $69
and Bullet headphones for $19.99
Having noted the facts of this new model by the OnePlus, let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Also, if you reside in India, you may purchase it on amazon.in.