Back when OnePlus first introduced the OnePlus One in 2014, it was the start of the company’s mantra to “Never Settle” and introduced their flagship killer.

Fast-forward to 2018, OnePlus has released their latest smartphone, the OnePlus 6T which has great specs and features without the premium price tag of other smartphones on the market.

Design & Hardware

The OnePlus 6T has a metal and glass body that feels really solid when you hold it but the company didn’t include wireless charging or a specific water-resistant rating.

The display is a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED screen with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2340 x 1080. The screen does have a teardrop notch which is less noticeable compared to other phones with notches. You can easily hide the notch in the settings.

New for this year is the addition of an in-display fingerprint sensor. The fingerprint sensor is great when it works but I found that sometimes it wouldn’t recognize my finger and I would use Face Unlock instead.

It’s being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with either 6 or 8GB of RAM. The model I tested had 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. I had no issues in terms of performance and everything felt fast and fluid.

In terms of battery life, the OnePlus 6T has a 3,700 mAh battery with OnePlus’ fast charge technology (which gives you a full day of battery in 30 minutes).

The OnePlus 6T also has a USB-C port and no headphone jack. The right side of the device is where you’ll find the alert slider and power button. The left side of the device has the volume buttons.

In the box, you get the OnePlus 6T, USB-C to 3.5mm adapter, screen protector (pre-applied), clear phone case, USB-C cable, power adapter and manuals.

The OnePlus 6T is available in two colours, Mirror Black and Midnight Black.

Pricing for the OnePlus 6T is as follows:

  • Mirror Black – 6GB of RAM/64GB of storage – $719 CAD/ $549 USD
  • Mirror Black – 8GB of RAM/ 128GB of storage – $769 CAD/ $579 USD
  • Midnight Black – 8GB of RAM/ 128GB of storage – $769 CAD/ $579 USD
  • Midnight Black – 8GB of RAM/ 256GB of storage – $839 CAD/ $629 USD

The original OnePlus 6 started at $699 CAD and went up to $769 CAD and the OnePlus 5 was $649 CAD and $719 CAD. So the OnePlus 6T is more expensive than previous models but not a huge price increase between versions.

The OnePlus 6T is available now from OnePlus’ website.

Software

The OnePlus 6T is running Android 9 Pie with the company’s Oxygen OS. The interface looks like mostly stock Android but OnePlus has made some tweaks to make it even better.

Some features in Oxygen OS include a Gaming Mode which will reduce or block notifications, lock the screen brightness and redirect network data to gaming apps.

Smart Boost will help apps open faster from a cold start by 5 to 20% and currently works in games but will be compatible with other apps in the future.

Android 9 Pie also brought navigation based gestures, meaning you can navigate Android without a home button and use swipes instead.

OnePlus also included display gestures, so you do stuff like drawing a V when the screen is off to turn the flashlight on or other letters to open specific apps.

Camera

The OnePlus 6T has a dual-camera setup with one 16-megapixel sensor and one 20-megapixel sensor, both with Optical Image Stabilization. The front-camera is 16-megapixels.

Photos taken on the OnePlus 6T look great and have quite a lot of detail. Video also look good and can record 4K video at up to 60 fps or slow-motion video at 240 fps.

OnePlus has also included their own night mode called Nightscape which will recognize night scenes and make images brighter and more vivid. Nightscape did work well but I found the Pixel 3 XL’s Night Sight to be better.

There’s also a Portrait Mode on OnePlus 6T and Google Lens integration within the camera app.

Final Thoughts

The OnePlus 6T is a great device that offers features to more expensive Android smartphones but for less. It also offers solid performance, basically stock Android and a good camera.

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • Cheaper than similar specced Android smartphones
  • Great camera
  • All-day battery life
  • Quick performance
  • The in-display fingerprint sensor is good when it works

Cons

  • More expensive than previous models
  • Fingerprint sensor needs refinement

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