OnePlus 6T was launched in India on Tuesday at an event at the KDJW Stadium in New Delhi. The smartphone was first unveiled globally on Monday at an event in New York. A mid-cycle refresh, the OnePlus 6T succeeds the OnePlus 6 that was launched in May this year. It has some new features compared to its predecessor, as well as a controversial removal – there is no headphone jack on the OnePlus 6T. OnePlus 6T users will have to utilise the USB Type-C port or Bluetooth connectivity for audio connectivity. Differences between the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6 include the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor, a larger display, a smaller display notch, a larger battery, Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box, improved low-light photography (though this will be making its way to the OnePlus 6 via software update), a new feature called Smart Boost for faster app-load times, as well as a base model that has twice the storage compared to the OnePlus 6’s base model. Apart from the headphone jack, another controversial removal is the LED notification light, though the company explains this away by touting the Lift-Up Display feature that will help users spot notifications.
The rear fingerprint scanner has been removed and the new in-display scanner lets OnePlus return to putting fingerprint readers on the front of the phone. OnePlus claims this is the fastest in-display reader in the industry with an unlock time of about .34 seconds. Typically in-display scanners aren’t quite as fast as traditional fingerprint readers and it sounds like this will still be the case.
While not quite as impressive as the first two changes, OnePlus has also improved the brightness on its displays for better viewing outdoors. Also yes the headphone jack is gone. OnePlus says this allowed them to increase the size of the resonance chamber on its internal speakers, as well as make room for a few other components without having to increase the phone size much. Whether you buy this argument or not is up to you. We’re not particularly happy to see the jack gone, but it’s a trend that’s becoming increasingly common and so not much of a surprise.
OnePlus has paired 3,300mAh batteries with its phones since the OnePlus 5, so it was overdue an upgrade here. The OnePlus 6T packs a 3,700mAh battery that should easily make it through a day or more. Our own David Imel has tested the phone for a few days and found that getting to eight hours of screen on time is easily possible. The OnePlus 6 already had been pretty decent battery life, but better battery performance is always welcome. The company’s fast-charging also makes a return here, allowing you to quickly top off your phone in the event you run a little low.
The OnePlus 6T 8GB and 128GB of storage variant will be sold in T-Mobile stores and available for all the expected T-Mobile financing options. This move is great because it means people finally have a way to try out the brand in a carrier store before taking the plunge.