OnePlus released its newest flagship, the OnePlus 6T, at an event in New York today. The phone is not a major departure from its predecessor, the OnePlus 6, but it has some interesting upgrades. So what’s new?
Under the screen fingerprint sensor
OnePlus ditched the rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint sensor in favor of under-the-screen fingerprint sensor. A new feature also allows you to assign app shortcuts to the fingerprint sensor. One can keep pressing the fingerprint sensor after the phone unlocks to make a customizable shortcut bar appear. Moving one’s finger to one of the apps opens it.
In my week’s usage of the phone, I found that the sensor is faster than the one in the Vivo X20Plus UD. The sensor didn’t require any extra pressure to unlock the phone. However, it’s not as fast as a traditional fingerprint sensor or OnePlus’ own face unlock system.
Upgraded battery, waterdrop notch, and the demise of the headphone jack
The OnePlus 6T packs a 3,700mAh battery up from a 3,300mAh of the OnePlus 6. It also has opted for a waterdrop notch to increase the display size slightly at 6.41-inch from its predecessor’s 6.28-inch. The aspect ratio has also changed marginally, from 19:9 to 19.5:9.
The departure of the headphone jack in the OnePlus 6T is disappointing. CEO Pete Lau justified the removal by saying it accommodates the in-display fingerprint sensor. The trade-off might not sit well with some of the company’s loyal fans, though. To add to the ire, the OnePlus 6T’s box won’t contain USB-C earphones.
Software camera improvements
The OnePlus 6T camera has the same sensors as the OnePlus 6, with a few software enhancements. The company claims that the new phone takes better portrait mode photos. It has tweaked the algorithm to detect faces better and tune the lightning to make people stand-out in portrait photos.
The company has also introduced a nightscape mode to snap pictures in the dark. In this mode, the camera takes a photo with high ISO (the camera sensor’s sensitivity) and a longer exposure time. After taking the picture, the algorithm calculates the natural shakiness of the hand, and uses that to adjust the image.
OnePlus takes pride in considering itself a leader in speedy smartphones. To further enhance the experience, the company has introduced a boost mode that will pre-load some of the most used apps to the RAM. Right now, only gaming apps can take advantage of this.
Overall, the device feels like the OnePlus 6 wearing a new hat. The OnePlus 6T will be available from November 1 starting at $549.
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Published October 29, 2018 — 15:57 UTC