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OnePlus 6T Review: Is It Better Than OnePlus 6? The OnePlus 6T has received several new updates. Read on to find out if this is going to be your new phone

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ONEPLUS HAS become synonymous with the word quality. Take any of their phones and you know that they are well made, stable and usable devices that last. I even know of a guy who has been using a OnePlus 2 for the past three years and is still happy with it.

But ever since OnePlus 3 came out, the company went from a one phone per year formula to releasing two phones a year which resulted in the Oneplus 3T followed by the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T.

So, why is 2018 different for them? This year when the OnePlus 6 came out,  everyone expected the OnePlus 6T to be launched soon after. But what could you possibly improve in a few months on a phone that is already so good? That’s where OnePlus’ Never Settle philosophy comes into the picture.

Phone design and specs leaks seem to precede most OnePlus phone launches which means that by the time the phone is actually released, everyone knows everything there is to know about the phone. And it was the same with the OnePlus 6T.

So, in this review, we will be telling how well these new features work.

OnePlus 6T Design

The OnePlus 6T might not look like it has changed much but the devil is in the details. The all-glass OnePlus 6T has an arcing back which coupled with 185g weight, makes it easy to hold and carry.

It has a dual camera which is placed in the centre and is vertically aligned. Unlike the OnePlus 6, the 6T does not have a fingerprint sensor at the back.

The OnePlus 6T has a 6.41-inch display with a significantly smaller notch, thanks to the water droplet design notch display giving you more real estate space. For those averse to the notch, the OnePlus has added a hide notch feature to the phone.  The OnePlus 6T’s  86% screen-to-body ratio is less than what you would find on most phone launched this year, however, this does make the phone more sturdy, especially around the edges.

OnePlus 6T Notch

The OnePlus 6T come with an in-display fingerprint sensor, a feature that’s becoming more and more popular. Overall, OnePlus 6T continues the legacy of a well-made premium device that in terms of build quality and looks can give even the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S9 a run for their money.

OnePlus 6T Fingerprint
The in-display fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6T.

You might want to invest in a good screen guard as the mirror black finish is susceptible to fingerprint smudges and scratches.

OnePlus 6T Display

The OnePlus 6T has a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display with a water droplet notch design. The real estate space on offer is plenty thanks to its 19:5:9 aspect ratio.

OnePlus has used Corning Gorilla Glass 6 on the OnePlus 6T making the display tough and sturdy. The clarity and brightness are unparalleled to any flagship phone in the market and the viewing angles are amazing.

The display of the OnePlus 6T has a resolution of 2350×1080 and a pixel density of 402 pixels per inch. This makes it a sharp and crisp display with functions like night and reading mode along with adaptive brightness.

The notch on the display houses an RGB sensor and the front-facing camera. The earpiece is neatly tucked between the display and the minimal top bezel.

OnePlus 6T has added an extra layer of customisation on its display. Users can not only choose the level of brightness but can also choose between warm and cold display light.

OnePlus 6T Camera

The cameras on the OnePlus 6T haven’t got much of an upgrade. The OnePlus 6T comes with a dual-rear camera setup with a 16-megapixel camera that has optical image stabilisation and EIS along with a f/1.7 aperture.

The primary lens of the OnePlus 6T’s rear camera uses a Sony IMX 519 sensor and the secondary 20-megapixel camera uses a Sony IMX 376K sensor. The secondary camera is good for clicking portrait images, the quality of which have significantly improved from the OnePlus 6.

This is due to the newer algorithms that OnePlus has enabled on the cameras of the OnePlus 6T. The rear camera is capable of capturing videos in 4K at 30/60 fps and slow-motion videos at 240fps (1080p) and 480fps (720p). It also has exceptional HDR capabilities.

OnePlus 6T Rear Camera

The front camera is housed in the notch display of the OnePlus 6T and comes with a Sony IMX 371 sensor and a f/2.0 aperture. The 16-megapixel front camera also has EIS and is capable of video recording at 1080p as well as creating a time-lapse.

The selfies come out crisp and sharp every time and your Instagram stories could have never been better.

Both the rear and the selfie cameras come with bokeh capabilities and offer some of the finest portrait images on an Android phone. The images though are slightly saturated but are vivid nonetheless.

OnePlus 6T Performance and Battery

The OnePlus 6T is a powerful device, not just in terms of hardware but also software. Out-of-the-box the OnePlus 6T comes with OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS with Android 9.0. With minimal bloatware and a fluid design interface, the OnePlus 6T offers a smooth user experience.

This is enabled by Qualcomm’s flagship octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC based on a 10nm architecture and offering speeds up to 2.8 Ghz. There is also an Adreno 630 GPU to satisfy all your multitasking and gaming needs.

To back all that up, the OnePlus 6T comes with 6GB and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM. All this prowess on paper effortlessly translates into real-time usage. The cherry on top is that OnePlus 6T starts at 128GB storage which goes all the way up to 256 GB.

OnePlus 6T Specs

The Oxygen OS on Android 9.0 improves upon a few Android full-screen gestures features and also has a new interface. The themes can be customised with an accent colour in the RGB spectrum.

Apart from this, the OnePlus 6T comes with a gaming mode that has useful features like locking screen brightness and redirecting network data as well as having small floating notifications from apps while playing games.

There is also a Smart Boost on the OnePlus 6T that works for games and apps that require large amounts of input and output data. This is done by storing some data from frequently used apps in the phone’s abundantly large 6GB/8GB RAM.

Usability is also easier with display gestures like the lift to wake, double tap to lock, three-finger screenshot and expanded screenshots.

One Plus 6T Front camera

The phone hs a non-removable 3700 mAh battery with a 5V/4A Dash charging. This is by far the biggest battery that OnePlus has put on one of its phones. It lasts longer than a day and you can always use the Dash charger unit when you are out of juice.

What’s missing is the 3.5mm audio jack. For audio, you get bottom facing speakers with Dirac HD sound. The OnePlus 6T is a dual-SIM device with two nano-SIM slots and has NFC.

Overall, in terms of performance it’s almost similar or slightly higher than what you get on a OnePlus 6, but in terms of battery life, you get way more than what the OnePlus 6 offered. The OnePlus 6 is still one of the best performance phones in 2018 and the OnePlus 6T continues to build on that legacy.

Verdict

OnePlus 6 was the no-brainer phone of 2018 and it still is. The OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, gives you a fancy in-display fingerprint sensor, a bigger battery, and no 3.5mm audio jack.

The OnePlus 6T is the natural progression to the OnePlus 6 and offers things that are modern and up to date with the trends that were developed since the launch of the OnePlus 6.

We wouldn’t say that you upgrade to this one if you are already on a OnePlus 6 unless you absolutely want that new OnePlus phone. But if you were waiting for this one, the OnePlus 6T just like the OnePlus 6 is a no-brainer.

The OnePlus 6T is available in three versions and which are priced at
Rs 37,999 (6GB + 128GB), Rs 41,999 (8GB + 128GB) and Rs 45,999 (8GB + 256GB).

The article has been updated to reflect the price of the phone.

~ENDS~

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