After years of releasing affordable, stylish Android phones, the OnePlus is now pushing boundaries with the OnePlus 6T, the first smartphone to sport an in-display fingerprint sensor in the U.S. The OnePlus 6T’s magical sensor works like a charm and makes us wish other smartphones would add this option in addition to facial recognition.
But the 6T also doubles down on value: the base storage increases from 64GB to 128GB on this version, while the price ticks up just $20 from the OnePlus 6.
The $549 entry-level 6T remains about half the price of other flagship phones with edge-to-edge displays and cutting-edge specs, and you don’t even have to sacrifice great photos or solid battery life to save all that money.
And a new carrier partnership with T-Mobile widens the availability of the 6T, which will make OnePlus more competitive with the likes of Google, Samsung and even Apple.
This is one of the best smartphones with few downsides. Also, be sure to check out our face-off between the OnePlus 6T and Galaxy S10.
OnePlus 6T Release Date and Price
The OnePlus 6T went on sale on November 6, 2018. Its price starts at $549 / £499 for the 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage in the Mirror Black color.
The same storage and color but with 8GB of RAM will cost you $579 / £529.
Midnight Black versions of the phone have 8GB of RAM and cost £529 / $579 or $629 / £579 depending on whether you go for the 128GB or 256GB versions.
In the US, T-Mobile is the exclusive carrier if you don’t want to buy the phone outright.
In the UK, it’s a touch easier to buy the OnePlus 6T as it’s available through O2, EE and Vodafone, as well as from Amazon, Carphone Warehouse and John Lewis. Currently the phone isn’t available in Australia.
It’s worth noting also that there’s a newer handset called the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, which comes with 10GB of RAM, faster charging and a different color and pattern on the back.
This all comes at a premium though, with the McLaren Edition retailing for $699 / £649.
However, if you want any version of the OnePlus 6T you should act fast, as it’s starting to sell out and we doubt new stock will arrive once the OnePlus 7 has launched.
OnePlus 6T Display and Screen Size
- Huge 6.41-inch AMOLED in a relatively easy to hold phone
- 2340 x 1080 resolution, 402 pixels per inch
- Fantastic in-screen fingerprint scanner makes it feel futuristic
The display is where lots has changed from the OnePlus 6 – that was the first OnePlus phone to lose most of its bezel and adopt a notch at the top of the display.
It’s a similar affair here, but now the notch has been shrunk down to what’s referred to as a teardrop design.
It takes up relatively little space, meaning there’s more screen at the top left and right of the device.
The display is a 6.41-inch AMOLED screen, but as the body of the phone isn’t as large relative to the screen size it doesn’t feel like a big-screen phone when it’s in your hand. It’s a 19:5:9 aspect ratio, so it’s a longer screen than on some other phones.
On paper it’s an 86% screen to body ratio – that isn’t as high as some of the alternatives on the market, but it’s not something you’re likely to notice in day to day use.
The resolution is 2340 x 1080, with 402 pixels per inch, and the picture quality is gorgeous.
The AMOLED technology makes the colors pop, and we’re big fans of the picture quality you can get from a relatively low-resolution device in 2018.
Perhaps the biggest upgrade of all is how you unlock the OnePlus 6T, and that’s by using the fingerprint sensor that’s now embedded in the screen.
This is a new technology that we’re starting to see on more and more smartphones, including the Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 Pro, Oppo Find X, Vivo Nex, Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
It means a fingerprint scanner can go on the front of your phone, where it’s easier to hit, without taking up space that could be used for more screen.
It took us a while to get used to unlocking the device by holding our finger on the display, but once we did get used to it we found it to be secure, fast, and a joy to use.
We did have the odd issue where it didn’t immediately register our fingerprint, and we do find the scanner on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro to be a tiny bit faster; however, the vast majority of the time it worked well enough, and we were perfectly happy to use it to unlock the phone.
You can also have Face Unlock enabled at the same time, and when you’re using both technologies the response time is a near-instantaneous response, with one of the methods allowing you to unlock your device quickly and easily.
Longer Battery Life
The OnePlus 6T is the first time OnePlus has increased the battery capacity in years. The 3T was the last OnePlus phone to have a larger battery, jumping to 3,400 mAh from the 3’s 3,000 mAh.
Despite displays getting larger, OnePlus has stuck with a 3,300 mAh battery since the OnePlus 5.
The 6T has a 3,700 mAh battery which is 12.1 percent larger than the 6’s. However, a 12.1 percent bigger battery doesn’t mean it lasts 12.1 percent longer.
In fact, because of more power-efficient processors and better software tuning, OnePlus says the 6T lasts up to 20 percent longer than the 6. I can’t confirm that claim, though.
In my nearly week-long use of the OnePlus 6T set up as my daily driver with my typical torrent of emails and notifications flying in, I managed to get around the same battery life as on the OnePlus 6 — a day to a day and a half.
I’m sure you could make it to two full days on a single charge if you’re super conservative in your usage and display settings, but that comes at the cost of your sharing-way-too-much-on-Instagram-Stories habit (something I refuse to curb).
Like all OnePlus phones, the 6T has fast charging with the included fast power adapter and cable.
In practical terms, it means 30 minutes of charging gets you an additional 60 percent charge, which is still the fastest I’ve seen on a phone.
The lack of wireless charging is less concerning when you can “top off” the phone so quickly.
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OnePlus 6T Camera Improved, But not Amazing
OnePlus didn’t make any tweaks to the camera hardware in the 6T. Like the 6, the new model sports a dual-lens rear shooter with a 16-megapixel and 20-MP lens and a 20-MP front-facing lens.
But the company made some software enhancements to boost photo quality, particularly in portraits and at night.
A new Night mode, which you can select from the lower menu in the camera preview, lengthens the exposure time to capture more detail in low-light settings.
Unfortunately, that exposure doesn’t do much to enhance the quality of a low-light image, as you can see in the below comparison of the same spooky Halloween display lit colorful lights and a street lamp.
With Night mode activated, the shot is brighter overall but also looks overexposed, so you lose detail and contrast. The image isn’t much better without Night mode but looks slightly less grainy.
Hitting the Bottom Line
You won’t find a better smartphone for this price.
Other companies are making ultra-pricey flagships with an emphasis on artificial intelligence that just can’t compete with the iPhones and Galaxies on the market (ahem, LG, and HTC).
There is now a glut of overpriced smartphones that don’t differentiate themselves in any meaningful way.
OnePlus has taken the opposite approach, a more thoughtful one that takes into account what features people actually want and how much they want to spend.
An in-display fingerprint sensor seems gimmicky at first, but it’s so fast and convenient that I turned off the device’s facial-scanning feature. Apps load smoothly and quickly.
OnePlus has tweaked Android Pie, but without annoyances or bloat.
Frequently Asked Questions
QUES: Is the OnePlus 6T waterproof?
ANS: No. the OnePlus 6T is not water-proof as we do not have an IP-Rating. Ingress Protection, or I.P, is a certification that shows if water or dust can penetrate devices.
QUES: Is the OnePlus 6T Dual-SIM?
ANS: Yes, the OnePlus 6T has dual-SIM (or SIM+eSIM). Always double-check your specific model before purchase as it can vary per region and operator.”
QUES: Is the OnePlus 6T 4K?
ANS: No, the OnePlus 6T resolution of (2280×1080) is not considered to be 4K. 4K is typically defined to be 4096×2160 (2160p) or 3840×2160 (UHD) resolution on handsets, but it has more variations for Cinema and Televisions.
Is the OnePlus 6T a 5G phone?
ANS: No, the OnePlus 6T does not work on 5G NR networks.