Less than half a year after introducing the OnePlus 6 smartphone, Chinese phone maker One Plus is back with the OnePlus 6T.

The new model has more RAM and more storage than its predecessor, but the first thing you’ll probably notice is the new design: the OnePlus 6T has a smaller notch and a bigger, slightly higher resolution display.

It adopts the “waterdrop” style notch popularized by Vivo and Oppo in recent months. You probably wouldn’t be surprised to know that all three companies are owned by the same parent company, BBK.

Oh, and if you’re wondering why there’s no fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone, that’s because the OnePlus 6T has an in-display fingerprint sensor (another feature that’s become increasingly common for Oppo and Vivo phones).

The OnePlus 6T will be available November 1st. Prices start at $549 for a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

 

It will also be the first phone from OnePlus to be available through a US wireless carrier. T-Mobile will offer the phone in 5,600 retail stores around the country. And customers who trade in select phones (including any previous OnePlus phone) will be able to save up to $300 off the Price of a 6T purchased from T-Mobile.

While the official launch date is November 1st, OnePlus and T-Mobile are also holding a pop-up in New York City’s Times Square this evening at 5:00 where customers will be able to buy the phone early.

Folks who want to buy the phone and use it on another carrier can also pick up an unlocked model.

The smartphone features a 6.41 inch, 2340 x 1080 pixel AMOLED display, which is a small step up from the 6.3 inch, 2280 x 1080 AMOLED display used in the OnePlus 6.

Other features for the new phone include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, up to 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a 3,700 mAh battery, and a dual rear camera system that features a 16MP primary camera and a 20MP secondary camera.

The OnePlus 6T will ship with Android 9 Pie software and the latest version of the Oxygen OS user interface.

OnePlus says it considered including the feature in last year’s OnePlus 5T, but determined that it wasn’t good enough yet. The company now says the sensor in the OnePlus 6T is just as secure as a traditional fingerprint sensor, and unlocks in about a third of a second.

While we’ve seen a number of phones with in-display fingerprint sensors from Chinese phone makers in the past, the OnePlus 6T will be the first phone offered in the United States with that technology.

The company says the phone’s display support sup to 600 nits of brightness, features a smaller notch and chin, and features a display density of 402 pixels per inch. There are also five different color profile settings including sRGB, DCI-P3, adaptive, custom, and default.

OnePlus will offer the phone in two colors/finishes at launch. Both are black, but one has a matte finish and the other has a “mirror” or glassy look. Both versions have glass backs.

Like Google, OnePlus is also introducing a new feature designed to help users take better pictures in low-light settings. It’s called Nightscape, and it uses a combination of HDR, detail optimization, multi-frame stabilization, and noise reduction to help users snap better looking pictures at night.

OnePlus says it takes about two seconds to capture an image using Nightscape. And like Google’s Night Sight, since the new technology is software based, it will be available for older phones — OnePlus says it’s coming to the OnePlus 6 via a software update.

A few things the new phone doesn’t have? A headphone jack, wireless charging support, or a microSD card slot. Apparently the definition of the company’s “never settle” slogan is a moving target.

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6 replies on “OnePlus launches the OnePlus 6T with bigger screen, smaller notch”

  1. Ha! Nice dig at “Never settle”. Luckily my OP5 should last a few more years. Is anyone really clamoring for a fingerprint sensor in the display? I’d much rather have the headphone jack.

  2. So they increased the price yet again, and made a narrow improvement of the fingerprint scanner.

    It’s still a slippery, fragile, fingerprint-magnet mess. It still doesn’t have a large battery. It still isn’t IP68 waterproof. It still lacks microSD expansion.

    I don’t care for wireless charging, as fast changing (in the box!) is a much better direction. And the Stock-ish OS and community support are neat (should’ve just gone AndroidOne).

    This device might be “theoretically” better than the OnePlus 5, but practically, that is a better device for the real-world.

    Therefore, I’m with the pitchfork mob on this one: No headphone jack, No Buy!!

  3. Basically an Android version of the I phone XR with about 50% of the support period say 2 years at best vs 5 years for Apple…at a not much cheaper price…so not that good a deal anymore.

    1. $550 for a 128 GB OnePlus 6t vs $750 for a 64 GB iPhone XR, or $800 for a 128 GB model. I’d consider $250 significantly cheaper and a better deal. How much of a better deal depends on whether your blind faith is in Apple or some other technology deity.

      2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security patches is pretty good. I don’t know many people who are using 5-year old iPhones or Androids, at least not without a lot of fairly significant age-related issues (battery or performance), so really that’s just a theoretical issue. If you lease your phone like most Americans/Canadians do, you are getting a new phone in 2-3 years anyway.

      1. “I don’t know many people who are using 5-year old iPhones”
        How about the rest of the world? Or the developing world?

        “If you lease your phone like most Americans/Canadians do”
        Hint: There is life outside of those two countries as well. Like 95% of the world’s population.

      2. Downplaying more years of support like it’s nothing? Even a battery replacement for $100+ dollars if it means the phone works (and is supported) for an additional two years? It’s funny that people dismiss a 2/3 years support vs. 5 or more years support. Only tools buy into the concept that companies like Google can’t make Android work for a 3+ year old phone. It’s a recipe for getting people to buy new hardware. At some point you likely will see some governmental oversight into the practice of this. It’s bullshit and a few lame souls have no problem supporting it. Wow, three years support is so amazing!! Give me a break. Phones should be able to be passed down to kids, sold to others, or shipped to countries where the phones can be used and not put into landfills.

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