OnePlus 6T was launched today at an event in New York. The smartphone represents the mid-year flagship refresh that the Chinese company has offered for the past two generations, in the form of the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 5T. The OnePlus 6T offers several additions over the OnePlus 6 model it succeeds, such as an in-display fingerprint scanner, a larger battery, a larger display, a smaller notch, improved low-light photography, Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box, a better-endowed base model, and Smart Boost optimisation. There is a prominent removal as well – the OnePlus 6T foregoes the headphone jack, with users having to rely on the USB Type-C port or Bluetooth for their audio pairing needs.
OnePlus 6T: Specifications, Features
At the heart of the core hardware inside the OnePlus 6T sits the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The phone has the same dual-camera setup that we saw in the OnePlus 6. This means the primary camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor with an F1.7 lens. The secondary camera too gets F1.7 lens but paired with a 20-megapixel — but physically a smaller — sensor. While the hardware is the same, OnePlus says that the OnePlus 6T should click better low-light photos, better portraits and better selfies due to new image processing algorithms. On the front, there is a new 20-megapixel image sensor.
There are three key areas in which the OnePlus 6T differs significantly from the OnePlus 6: bigger battery, fingerprint sensor under the display and size of the display. The OnePlus 6T comes with a 3700 mAh battery, its OLED screen has a waterdrop notch and a size of 6.4 inches and the fingerprint sensor in the phone is embedded under the screen. The OnePlus 6T weighs 185 grams and is marginally thicker and longer than the OnePlus 6.
The OnePlus 6T also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack, making OnePlus join the ranks of Apple, Google and others that no longer include this port in their top phones. OnePlus had earlier announced the Bullets USB-C wired earphones. These earphones cost Rs 1,450 and are compatible with the company’s new flagship phone.
In India, OnePlus is the top premium phone brand for the last six months, according to market research firm Counterpoint. But in the latest quarter, its market share came down. In the Q2, 2018, the company had a share of 40 per cent in the segment of the market where phones cost Rs 30,000 or more. But in Q3, 2018 this share is now 30 per cent, with Samsung, which is second on the list, nipping at OnePlus heels with the market share of 28 per cent and Apple closing fast with share its share at 25 per cent.
It is possible that the OnePlus 6T may help OnePlus fend off the challenge in a better way, from companies like Samsung as well as from Xiaomi Poco and Huawei Honor that are putting pressure on OnePlus from below with phones like the Poco F1.
OnePlus 6T specifications
Display Size: 6.41 inches, AMOLED with 2340 x 1080 pixels
Aspect Ratio: 19.5:9
Display Resolution: 2340 x 1080 pixels
Front Cover: Corning Gorilla Glass 6
Dimensions: 157.5*74.8*8.2 mm
Colours: Mirror Black/Midnight Black
Software: OxygenOS based on Android 9.0 Pie
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Battery: 3700 mAh
Rear camera: 16MP+20MP with f/1.7 aperture on both
Front camera: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
Weight: 185 grams
OnePlus 6T price, availability
The OnePlus 6T price starts at $549 (roughly Rs. 40,300) in the US for the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage Mirror Black variant, with the 8GB+128GB Mirror Black and Midnight Black variant priced at $579 (roughly Rs. 42,500), and the 8GB+256GB Midnight Black variant priced at $629 (roughly Rs. 46,200). The company has yet to announce the OnePlus 6T price in India, though that should be disclosed at India launch event tomorrow, which begins at 8:30 pm IST. We already know, thanks to pre-bookings on Amazon India, that the OnePlus 6T India availability begins on November 1. The smartphone will go on sale via Reliance Digital outlets in addition to OnePlus’ own offline stores, while pop-up events will also be held on November 2. It will be available in Midnight Black and Mirror Black colour variants.
In North America, the OnePlus 6T will be made available in the United States and Canada. In the US, it will be available with T-Mobile from November 1, across 5,600 stores. In Asia, it will be made available in India, Hong Kong, and Mainland China. In Europe, it will be made available in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.