As speculated and teased by OnePlus itself in the past few weeks, the OnePlus 6T has now been made official at an event held in New York. The latest flagship was originally supposed to get unveiled on October 30th but due to Apple’s own launch event, OnePlus re-scheduled the event for a day earlier.
The OnePlus 6T is the second flagship of the year from the company like it has been the trend in recent years. It is an improved version of the OnePlus 6 and brings a bunch of changes. The biggest change included in the latest offering is the introduction of the in-display fingerprint scanner referred as Screen Unlock. It means there is no traditional fingerprint scanner on this smartphone and a user will need to tap on the display to unlock the device. OnePlus is claiming it to be the world’s fastest in-display fingerprint scanner with an unlock speed of 0.34 seconds.
In terms of the design, it is pretty much same as the OnePlus 6 except for the waterdrop notch at the top. This allowed OnePlus to offer slightly taller 6.41-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) Optic AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Under the hood, it has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor coupled with 6GB and 8GB of RAM. There are 128GB and 256GB of internal storage options with no support for microSD cards like all previous OnePlus flagships.
There are no changes in the camera department as the back panel features a 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear camera setup with f/1.7 aperture. On the front, it has a 20-megapixel selfie shooter with f/1.7 aperture. It comes with a new mode called Nightscape which is basically a night shot modes. It is said to allow users to click better night or low-light shots and with a faster image processing. This mode will also be coming to OnePlus 6 via an OTA update this week.
The whole package is powered by a 3700mAh battery with support for 5V/4A fast charging. It will be running the latest OxygenOS based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. It will be coming with improved gestures support for switching between apps, going back to the home screen, and launching apps.
The OnePlus 6T has been priced at $549 (about Rs. 40,288) for the 6GB and 128GB model, $579 (about Rs. 42,490) for the 8GB and 128GB model, and $629 (about Rs. 46,159) for the 8GB and 256GB model. The color variants include Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
In other noteworthy announcements, OnePlus has partnered with T-Mobile for direct sales in the United States. This is the first time it is happening as OnePlus phones were restricted to online sales until now. The best part is that T-Mobile will also be offering up to $300 off on the purchase of the OnePlus 6T if you trade-in any of the eligible devices shown in the screenshot below.