OnePlus 6T Revealed: A Modest Upgrade

The latest from the stables of OnePlus brings significant upgrades albeit with a few tradeoffs

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It’s hard to stand out this year in the uber-competitive smartphone market. I mean, just take a look at Xiaomi’s latest releases. Can anyone really top that at those prices? No, I didn’t think so. At least for now. However, some are still taking jabs at this extremely competitive mid-to-high segment, and the latest one is OnePlus. The company hailed as the bringer of original bang-for-the-buck smartphones. Can their latest flagship stand toe to toe with Xiaomi’s Mi Mix 3 and other offerings? Let’s find out.

The OnePlus 6T was officially unveiled recently in New York on Monday, Oct 29. At first glance, the OnePlus 6T is looking sleek and sexy, albeit now coming with a bit of heft. But that’s a good trade-off considering it now packs a 3700mAh battery that according to early reports is deemed one of the best in its class.

The next obvious change is to use an in-display fingerprint reader that is the trend among Chinese smartphones this year. From having it on the back (original OnePlus 6), you can now unlock the device by simply putting the tips of your fingers atop an area on the screen.

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The notch is smaller too, following design cues from the likes of Oppo. Small like a tear drop, it’s less obtrusive and makes for watching videos a slightly better experience.

The removal of the headphone jack is clearly a big let down, but only if you’re someone who find dongles inconvenient. Still, it’s one thing worth nothing especially if you’re someone who can’t live without it.

As we’ve mentioned on a previous article, the specs are pretty much what you expect for a 2018 flagship. Snapdragon 845, 6GB/8GB of RAM), and up to 256GB of storage. Here’s the 3 configurations you can get for the OnePlus 6T:

6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM with 256GB of internal storage.

Prices start at $549 for the base model. It’s technically the cheapest smartphone you can get officially in the US, since OnePlus is an official partner of major US carriers.

Is the OnePlus 6T worth getting? If you’re coming from the original OnePlus 6 from earlier this year, I think you should pass. The optics on the device is still not on par with other flagships and the removal of the headphone jack might be a factor depending on whose buying it. Don’t get me wrong though, the upgrades are nice. The up-to-date Android Pie with the super-smooth Oxygen OS is still incredible and having in-display fingerprint unlocking feature and a boost in battery life are very much welcome.

It’s just not enough though to sway most users towards OnePlus’s direction, especially now that having a great camera is a must for most people. Still, kudos to OnePlus for keeping their flagship line fresh and up to date. Hope this latest release propels their next one into even better heights.

 

 

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