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OnePlus 6T review: 90% of the phone for 60% of the price

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OnePlus releases a new flagship phone every six months, unceremoniously killing its predecessor in the process. Every other launch is a so-called "T" version refresh: an opportunity to release a substantially similar phone with refreshed specs and a few feature changes, and of course introduce a small price increase. That's what we have here with the OnePlus 6T.

With this rapid release cycle, it's tough to break the stigma of feeling like a company trying to extract water from a stone through excessive iteration with small price increases. And yet, the system works. The latest OnePlus phone is always on the cutting edge of specs and hardware trends. The diehard fans get something to look forward to every six months, and casual observers never have to question whether they're getting a "new" phone.

No matter how similar it may be to its forerunner, the OnePlus 6T is here to take over from the current "budget flagship" leader, the OnePlus 6, and therefore deserves evaluation. For just $549, you get a whole heck of a lot of phone — and yes, some new compromises.

Pros:

  • Blazing fast software
  • Full spec sheet
  • Huge high-quality screen
  • Great battery life
  • Above-average cameras

Cons:

  • No headphone jack
  • In-display fingerprint can be slow
  • Horrible haptics
  • No IP resistance rating

Need-to-know details

OnePlus 6T Price & release date

OnePlus 6T India review

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The OnePlus 6T was launched back in 2018, meaning it's no longer the newest phone on the block. OnePlus doesn't actually sell the 6T anymore, with remaining models mostly being renewed/refurbished or international variants.

What does this mean for you? For starters, it means that the OnePlus 6T is much more affordable than when it first came out. The 6T launched with a retail price of $549, but depending on where you shop, you can pick it up for a little over $200. It's possible we'll see additional discounts on the OnePlus 6T during Amazon Prime Day 2020 and Black Friday, but given its age, it doesn't seem all that likely.

Buying the OnePlus 6T in 2020 isn't a terrible idea, but if you have a bit more cash to spend and want to get something more modern, we'd urge you to look at the OnePlus 8. Compared to the 6T, it has better specs, more features, and will be consistently updated for considerably longer.

More of the same

OnePlus 6T Hardware and design

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OnePlus has never been the bastion of great design, and its mid-cycle "T" refreshes are even more ho-hum. That makes it tough to get too excited about the OnePlus 6T's design. The company has graduated from the truly basic hardware of the OnePlus 3 days, but its model of keeping costs down and putting money into high-end specs necessitates basic design.

The 6T feels every bit as solid as a $1000 phone — the design is the only thing that's lacking.

In the same mold as the OnePlus 6, you get a solid and efficient combination of a thick metal frame and excellently-placed glass on the front and back. The back in particular has a beautiful curvature that feels amazing, and in contrast to so many other phones the metal frame actually feels like metal without any extra paint or coating. The Midnight Black model has a lightly textured finish that looks great but is extremely slippery just like the OnePlus 6 — and far more so than the Pixel 3 XL — making me think the Mirror Black may be the better choice if you plan to run without a case.

The supporting cast makes a return, including the excellent physical Alert Slider on the top-right edge and nice clicky buttons for power and volume. There's an adequately loud, if a bit hollow, single down-firing speaker ... and yes, the headphone jack is gone. Like every other company, OnePlus says this was a space savings to make room for everything else — and while it doesn't really bother me, this is likely to be a big hang-up for the target audience for the OnePlus 6T. There's a USB-C to 3.5mm jack adapter in the box (#NeverSettle), but you'll have to buy USB-C headphones if you want to plug in directly. OnePlus will gladly sell you a pair.

It's tougher to excuse the lack of water resistance and horrible haptics when you also lose the headphone jack.

With each generation of OnePlus phone, it becomes tougher to excuse some of the shortcomings as the rest of the industry continues to standardize on many hardware features. The OnePlus 6T has no stated water- or dust-resistance IP rating, which I feel is table stakes for this level of phone in late 2018. It also has the worst haptic feedback of any phone over $200 I've used, which is really saying something. I once again had to disable haptic feedback across the system because it's so shallow, rattly and disappointing — it's also distractingly loud when you're sitting in a quiet room. It's these sorts of little things that remind you that you saved a few hundred dollars on your phone purchase.

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The OnePlus 6T is marginally larger than the 6, but the only real way to distinguish them is by looking at the display. OnePlus increased the overall display size, now up to 6.41-inches, and also increased the usable real estate by shrinking the notch area to just cover the bare essentials. The softly rounded notch holds a dead-center mounted camera, and is flanked by other necessary sensors — it's also accentuated by the earpiece right above. As far as notches go, this one's easy to ignore; and I appreciate OnePlus isn't even trying to hide it with a dark wallpaper in its advertising. There's nothing to be ashamed of here.

This is a great display, and the notch is easy to ignore.

At 6.41-inches with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio you have tons of room to accomplish anything you want, yet the phone's overall size is effectively the same as the Google Pixel 3 XL and smaller than the Galaxy Note 9. The display itself, aside from being positively huge, isn't anything special. This is the same "Optic AMOLED" tech OnePlus has used for years, with particular attention paid to accuracy and customization so you can get a display profile that works for your eyes. The colors, reflectivity and off-axis viewing are all great to my eyes, but when you get up close you can start to see individual pixels — with a 1080p resolution (2340x1080) it's just over 400 ppi, which is the threshold of pixel density you want to see nowadays. Peak brightness is also far better than I expected, getting way brighter than I'd ever want indoors and being manageable outdoors, which is a nice treat.

OnePlus 6T in-display fingerprint sensor

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Underneath the display is the most interesting — and controversial — feature: an optical in-display fingerprint sensor, replacing the traditional capacitive sensor on the back. From a user perspective, things don't change much; these sensors are just as secure and interact with apps the exact same way, but you get a prompt on the screen to place your finger on a defined area instead of reaching to the pad on the back. The problem is how slow and potentially inaccurate the 6T's sensor still is by comparison: unlocks sometimes happen in half a second, but regularly take upwards of 2 seconds. That doesn't seem like a long time, but it really is when you're just sitting there staring at an animation wondering if you need to shift your finger. A typical capacitive sensor will recognize or reject a fingerprint in 0.2-0.4 seconds. Our own Daniel Bader and Harish Jonnalagadda told me they've had issues with how often their fingerprints are recognized, but I thankfully haven't — even still, the slow unlocking is a burden.

In-display fingerprint sensors have come a long way since I used the first commercially-available units, but they still have shortcomings that will annoy, if not outright frustrate, some people. To be clear, this isn't unique to the OnePlus 6T — every other in-display fingerprint sensor this year has faced the same issues, from the Vivo NEX to the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. They're simply slower than capacitive sensors, and that's the trade-off you take for having this sleekly integrated sensor that takes up far less case room (making room for other components, like more battery) than one on the back.

Above average

OnePlus 6T Cameras

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OnePlus didn't make any camera hardware changes coming from the OnePlus 6, nor did anyone expect it to. OnePlus is claiming software enhancements to support the 16MP f/1.7 main and 20MP f/1.7 secondary cameras. The latter has small pixels (1-micron) and no OIS, making it scantly useful in low-light scenes but nicely fills a supporting roll for 2X zoom in good light and applying the portrait mode depth effect. The camera has new algorithms in play that identify common scenes and objects to adjust the camera parameters automatically, and has worked with professional photographers to tune the output for the best possible look.

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The 6T doesn't "wow" you as much as the Pixel 3, but it's incredibly consistent and takes great photos.

Shooting with the OnePlus 6T I was less likely to get mind-blowing photos than with the Pixel 3 XL, Galaxy Note 9 or LG V40, but that doesn't mean this isn't a capable camera. OnePlus has nailed its exposure, white balance and HDR processing to take consistently nice-looking and accurate photos in all scene types, and I really like its color profile. The only gripe here is that those characteristics lead to photos that often look basic or a little bland; but they're fundamentally solid, and in good lighting I never took an outright bad picture.

Flat surfaces are incredibly smooth, which looks great when viewed at full size but leads to some detail loss on items that should have texture or a sharper edge. It's a fine line to walk, and in many cases just comes down to personal preference (or is unnoticeable), but I'd prefer processing that provides a sharper edge and lets various items in a scene represent their actual texture. This really is a pedantic level of critique, but it's these little things that make the difference between the photos you get from the OnePlus 6T and the Google Pixel 3 XL.

Low-light shots continue to be the weak point, even with noticeable software improvements.

OnePlus has tuned its processing to improve brightness and colors while reducing noise in low-light shots, which is appreciated and noticeable even though the end result still lands short of the competition in the next price bracket up. I notice the enhanced brightness in low-light shots, and it comes with an insignificant increase of noise or grain compared to the OnePlus 6 — even though the camera doesn't hesitate to take photos at ISO 1600 to 3200, which is incredibly high for such a small sensor. Low light shots exhibit the same consistently nice white balance, colors and exposure as daylight shots, but again don't "wow" me like higher-end phones. The issue of soft edges and a lack of detail is exacerbated by poor lighting, but again is mostly only noticeable when zooming in on photos — if you don't pixel peep, these shots look good and can easily convince people they came from a more expensive camera.

There's also an altogether new "Night" mode that you can engage manually that focuses specifically on enhancing super-dark scenes. Not unlike what Google and Huawei are doing in the area, OnePlus effectively uses several frames with processing to brighten an image with less noise. Night mode can dramatically brighten a dark scene, and do so handheld, but it isn't a miracle worker. It will bring out extra brightness from a scene without creating a blotchy mess, but it does so at the expense of fine detail — and you can immediately notice how soft (and even blurry) edges are. Sometimes it was useful for scenes that were so dark the automatic mode won't get a usable photo, but I preferred to shoot in auto for everything above horrendous lighting conditions.

Incredibly quick

OnePlus 6T Software, performance and battery life

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The OnePlus 6T runs Android 9 Pie, which is effectively the same software we've been testing on the OnePlus 6 for months. That means you get all of Pie's features, including Google's gesture navigation (as an option), notification changes, battery life improvements, Do Not Disturb changes and a whole bunch of small under-the-hood tweaks.

OnePlus makes a clean, simple, fast and customizable software experience anyone can enjoy.

Having Pie underneath it all is important for the typical OnePlus buyer, but even more so are all of the OxygenOS improvements that OnePlus has added. Things like the gaming mode, reading mode, navigation bar choices, utilities and tools all add value — and do so without getting in the way. The system is also incredibly customizable, with controls to change all of the smallest functions and interface elements if you wish — though that's only if you want to, because the out-of-box experience is simple and intuitive without superfluous tooltips or pop-ups. OnePlus has also kept its own app additions to an absolute minimum, and you can even uninstall most of what it has pre-loaded. That's how every company should do it.

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OxygenOS is so incredibly fast, and never shows signs of slowing down no matter what you throw at it.

OnePlus must have some sort of voodoo in its "OxygenOS" software that makes it incredibly fast. For several generations, OnePlus has consistently had the fastest, sleekest software in the business. And it's pretty easy to figure out why: OnePlus both aggressively cuts back on unnecessary features, apps and other cruft, while also axing or dramatically shortening animations throughout the system. When you lay this simplified, cut-to-the-point software on a Snapdragon 845 and 6 or 8GB of RAM, good things happen.

Yes, it means that sometimes animations can feel abrupt and sudden, but once again this is all done with an eye toward the kind of people who buy OnePlus phones. And honestly, anyone can see the benefit of every single function on your phone happening faster than any other phone. And with ample memory, I never saw any issues with app performance — and my history with OnePlus phones leads me to expect that'll be the case for a year or two down the road.

Having a base of 128GB of storage also gives you plenty of runway to install apps and cache all sorts of media for the next couple of years. Or you can even jump up to 256GB (and 8GB of RAM) for a reasonable $80 surcharge.

Battery life

With a larger 3700mAh battery in tow, I had no worries about battery life on the OnePlus 6T — as I frankly haven't on any previous OnePlus phone. With an efficient processor, lightweight software and plenty of capacity, this phone lasts just as long (or longer than) the competition. I don't make any attempt to ease battery usage on my phone, which means I leave the screen on auto brightness, have all of my accounts and notifications on, use ambient display, stream audio over Bluetooth and don't hesitate to turn on my hotspot when I'm out of the house.

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With this usage and 3-4 hours of "screen on" time in my average day, the OnePlus 6T got through the day with plenty of battery left, often as much as 30%, as I went to bed. It's particularly admirable how little battery the phone uses when it's not actively in use, but there doesn't seem to be anything I can do to drain the battery quickly. On a weekend with less time on my phone, I went to bed with 50% in the tank. That's superb.

Recharging comes at you quickly ... at least, if you use the included 20W charger and USB-C cable (or optional $30 car charger). It fills up the 6T extremely quickly, particularly from 0 to 50%, and does so without heating up the phone or faltering when the phone's in use. I'm still not happy OnePlus doesn't support one of the widely-adopted industry standards, such as USB-C Power Delivery or Quick Charge, meaning you're locked into its own accessories for the best charging experience — but at least its own gear provides excellent charging.

Flagship at a discount

OnePlus 6T Review

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OnePlus has always operated in an awkward middle ground, landing well above the mid-range segment but also well under the true flagship phones. It purports to play in the latter area, but really doesn't — and that's okay, because its value proposition is so much more nuanced than that. The OnePlus 6T once again proves that you don't need to spend nearly a thousand dollars to have one of the top Android phones. For $549 you can get a phone that's built just as well, performs as well, has arguably better software, and has longer battery life than phones hundreds of dollars more.

Flagship phones keep getting more expensive, but OnePlus still offers an amazing phone for $549.

Perhaps the biggest thing OnePlus has going for it with the 6T is the general market shift to more and more expensive phones. With the average flagship phone now costing between $800 and $1000, the "budget flagship" segment the OnePlus 6T occupies has just that much extra breathing room above it. Sure the OnePlus 6T's price increased to $549, but that feels minuscule when Samsung and Google's last two big phones just released at $999 and $899, respectively.

There are also two seriously important improvements this time around that have nothing to do with the phone itself: the OnePlus 6T will be sold by T-Mobile, and unlocked models are certified for use on Verizon. Being able to experience the phone in person and buy it with a regular carrier financing plan from a great carrier like T-Mobile is one less barrier for average buyers to deal with. Knowing you can buy a OnePlus 6T and put a Verizon SIM in it, too, opens up another small (but quite vocal) market opportunity.

4 out of 5

It's easy to argue that the $250+ price difference between the OnePlus 6T and the competition excuses its few shortcomings. Its display isn't on the exact same level as the competition, the camera doesn't reach Google or Samsung's heights, it doesn't have water resistance, the haptics are crude, its speaker isn't outstanding, and the design is ho-hum. But those are all extremely marginal differences in the grand scheme of a smartphone. Those are all little things that, for most people, make up maybe 10% of the phone experience. The rest of the OnePlus 6T, the remaining 90%, matches or exceeds the competition — its spec sheet, performance, software, hardware quality and battery life are all top-notch. If you feel the same, the math works in favor of OnePlus; you get 90% of the phone for about 60% of the price.

Andrew was an Executive Editor, U.S. at Android Central between 2012 and 2020.

95 Comments
  • Yep, they ****** the dog on this one with the in display sensor and headphone jack removal. Honestly didn't even read the rest of the review after reading how slow the new sensor is. Why make two things worse just to have this new "feature"? Sincerely, Happy OP6 user
  • Because without in display fingerprint, the phone would even more boring than it is now. It's not just this, smartphones in general are pretty stagnant... If it wasn't for the lack of headphone jack and in display fingerprint, what would there be to talk about? There's no question it was a bad move though, they've removed one of the best fingerprint sensors In the industry for the sake of a gimmick. Sincerely, Jaded OP5 user
  • I get that it's the leap and bound forward to have this awesome new feature. Probably that mixed with the T-Mobile exlusivity were the "big bang" they were hoping for to attract new customers, other than the old faithful. But cooooome ooooonnnnn. Why hasn't Samsung gone with this new sensor?? Cause it still sucks! One Plus, sorry, but you just aren't apple yet.
  • I'd rather use this in-display fingerprint sensor than the rear fingerprint sensor Samsung used on the GS8 and Note 8. I mean, this thing isn't terrible. It's just not quite as good as the current well-placed capacitive ones.
  • What's wrong with the GS8 and Note 8 FPS?
  • I believe it was the awkward position of the fps. They improved it in the 9s
  • It was in a really awkward location that was tough to reach, especially without smudging the camera lenses. Those sensors were just as slow (or slower) than the in-display fingerprint on the OnePlus 6T when you factor in how long it took to reach them. Thankfully the Galaxy S9/S9+ and Note 9 have sensors in proper locations that are easy to use.
  • I will be definitely adding the 128gb version with 8gb of ram OnePlus6T to my rotation as a backup to my industry leading #Note9 November 9th.
  • Now that OnePlus has a phone that is capable of being used on Verizon that is one major hurdle that users don't have to worry about any longer. At this point it seems that if OnePlus were to add a QHD display (I can tell the difference between 1080p and QHD), add wireless charging, made the camera Pixel level quality, had updates that came out the same day as Googles (security and OS updates), IP68 and had a normal marketing budget then the phone would be the price of Samsungs, Pixels and iPhones. No way OnePlus could do all of those things and keep the price low. They wouldn't make any money. I could be wrong but as they address weakness the price goes up. Its a matter of time before price may be something they can't use to differentiate themselves from the competition. I hope I am wrong. Those things are still enough for me to not get one for myself.
  • I think they'll continue to compromise on display density, wireless charging, and water resistance to keep the price below flagships. And I think those are the right compromises. But I think they screwed up by removing the headphone jack and going with the in-display fp sensor. Headphone jack is an easy win vs. pretty much all of the high end competition (Samsung being the notable exception for now) and doesn't add too much to the cost of the phone. And the in-display sensor is just a gimmick for now until they are as good as a normal one and it's probably a more expensive component. If they would have went with a regular fp sensor they might have been able to add wireless charging and keep the price the same.
  • I'd be happy with the water drop notch and rear capacitive FP sensor as well as IP rating. They could keep the in display FP sensor and waited until the 7. It would've costed about the same
  • I'm happy that they've dropped the rear fingerprint as I've never had a under screen fingerprint sensor and it looks cool. I do mind loosing the headphone jack but I hated the notch, when I got the LG G7 I found no issues when I could hide it. Now I've order the 6T and the notch is smaller. So I don't have a headphone jack nor IP67/8 phone soon I think the phone has much more qualities then negatives so I'm up to suffer without them and I probably won't miss them like the non-notch phones. Innovation is what Samsung, Apple and many others miss out on. Huawei are the main people with OnePlus on innovation and OnePlus is cheaper so yeah :)
  • You've got great eyesight, congratulations. To address your points: 1. I for one don't feel like I'm compromising when I switch from my Note 9's display to my OnePlus 6. As a matter of fact, I've switched my N9 to 1080 because I can't tell the difference and battery life is better that way. 2. As far as the camera, I can get equally good pictures from my OnePlus 6 than from my Note. Of course, there is some that aren't amazing but for the most part I get great shots with it and I don't feel like I'm sacrificing anything. 3. Then updates, really they have been absolutely awesome with the speed of them. One of the few manufacturers to actually be issuing them practically as fast as Google releases them. 4. Granted the IP rating is not there and it could be important if you want to swim with your phone but it does have water resistance in its build as pointed out by YT's JerryRigEverything's teardown video. Enough to where I dont worry about using it in the rain or around water. Interestingly, neither Apple, not Samsung, nor Google will cover water damage to their water resistant phones. Bottom line: There is no phone at this price point that I'd rather have and I'd even rather have it over others that are almost twice as much. (Pixel for one and IPXs for another).
  • I think you're right. Regarding the price I acknowledge OP has raised about $50 each year, however the competition is raising prices as much as $200 from last year's offerings so even if OP becomes a $800 phone in 4 years, by then the competition will all be (unfortunately) north of $1000
  • The price did not go up at all really. The 8gb ram models are the same price as the 6. The only reason the base model price went up 20$ is because it is now 128gb of storage instead of 64gb. So it is basically the same price as the 6.
  • Well, finally got the Verizon thing solved, and that’s great news, but without a decent IP rating and stereo speakers I’ll have to pass and see if those shortcomings are corrected with the OnePlus 7, as prices creep up every 6 months. Also, as long you’re going to have a glass back, you really should offer the option of wireless charging.
  • So should I upgrade to the OnePlus 6?
  • From what device?
  • Galaxy S7 lolol. That's my Android device, I main an iPhone X nowadays. But I was really being sarcastic as it sounds like the 6 seems better than the 6T.
  • Sure. I think it would be worth it from an 7 but probably not an iPhone X
  • No, the battery on the OP6 is way too small these days and they are up to 2.5 years old in some cases. Not a good match.
  • Pretty unappealing to me... I didn't get the 6 because, for me, it involved too many compromises... Now they've added no headphone jack,a worse fingerprint reader and Android 9 to the list... I might go with Moto next, there dealing with iFixit will deserve my attention if it pans out... Or I'll just continue with the phone I've got forever.
  • Why is adding android 9 a bad thing exactly?
  • Two seconds to register a fingerprint? If you can't do something right, don't do it at all. I think Samsung is finally learning that and 1+ should as well.
  • Be sure to read the entire paragraph there. It's not 2 seconds every time — it's often just as fast as a capacitive sensor — but there are cases where it takes that long. It's a downside, but it's not like you're dealing with that every time.
  • I don't think that matters at this point, really. I get you're trying to defend the articles contents, but we all know this sensor is inferior in every way to the standard sensor, which is the issue here. Also, unless I'm mistaken, the screen needs to be turned on first, then use the sensor. That automatically makes it consistently slower and NEVER as fast as the standard sensor.
  • You don't need to turn the display on yourself. There's nothing you need to do to "wake" the finger print sensor that you don't already do. Picking the device up wakes the sensor automatically. Something you have to do no matter what phone you have.
  • I'm not defending anything, I just want people to understand the reality of what it's like to use the fingerprint sensor in the real world. Yes this sensor has a wider range of time to accept a fingerprint. But some people really do like the front placement, and if you take OnePlus at its word, this was how it got a bigger battery in there. The screen doesn't have to turn on first to recognize. It's active as soon as you pick up the phone, and it turns on as it scans and unlocks.
  • So it won't work with the phone lying on a table? You have to pick it up first?
  • SMH,ppl don't investigate before trash talking, there is an option that makes Fps works without the screen turned on.
  • I'm not talking trash. The in display sensor is inferior than the standard sensor...if it's almost as fast as the regular sensor most of the time, then it's simply not as good. That's all I'm saying. I prefer the sensor on the front, like the oneplus 3. But not when it's going to be this inconsistent or slower than what they had.
  • If you want to use your phone on a table without picking it up, you can turn on "tap to wake" and the phone's screen will come on whenever you tap it — at that point, the fingerprint sensor is enabled. The fingerprint sensor is also enabled if you have ambient display turned on and a notification comes in, lighting up the display. Really, this is not a problem in any way shape or form. The fingerprint sensor is no less accessible than one that's on the back that requires you to pick up the phone 100% of the time to use it.
  • And how often do you actually use your phone without lifting it off the table after you unlock it? I can think of very few scenarios that would be more advantageous to leave it on the table for the entirety of that session after unlocking the phone, rather then picking it up. I know, I get it, we are REALLY nitpicking here. Well at least I am. And so are many others who won't be buying this phone because of that. But day to day usage, it's a step, in my opinion, in the wrong direction. And for those that say "if you don't like it don't buy it", people will always speak there minds, so that statement is getting old. This is also how companies (I would think especially Oneplus, being fan focused) gain feedback.
  • I agree, you're being incredibly nitpicky here. I use my phone while it's flat on a table several times a day. When it's sitting on my desk, I just tap the screen and open it up to check a notification or do a quick check of an app. On most phones, that involves swiping up and swiping my pattern to unlock. On the OnePlus 6T, that process is faster. Big deal? Not really. But it's a thing. I think it's pretty crazy to not buy the 6T simply because of the in-display fingerprint sensor. Like I said, it's not as consistently fast as the capacitive sensors we're used to — but it's nowhere near bad enough to consider it a deal-breaker as if it didn't have a fingerprint sensor at all.
  • But for me, with the phone sitting on a table and doing a quick check of an app or notification, happens far less, or really ever at all, compared to just picking up the phone. So yes, that's kind of a bigger deal to me as I don't get that functionality out of as much as your or the next person that uses it that way. I even preferred having the FPS on the front like my OP3 had, for those rare table occasions and I think it was just easier to access overall. But again, it was instantaneous when you touched it. No fiddling around with moving the phone or turning the screen on first or relying on ambient display to show a notification. Obviously a dedicated sensor on the front is likely NEVER to happen again in any flagship phone (so sad). You have your way and I have mine. I haven't used the phone, but I know it would be a slight step back from what I have now, and that makes it a deal breaker to me. (and many others if you search the forums a bit)
  • Thank you for clarifying that it doesn't have to be turned on. I get there have to be tradeoffs here and there (believe me, I'm a fan of OnePlus), but to make something that they were great at, worse, doesn't make sense to me.
  • A little sensitive huh? What's he defending? He's stating the characteristics of the sensor that some here are having trouble comprehending, if you don't like it don't get it.
  • Any photos of the notch hiding setting in action? This notch is fairly minimal but still ugly AF and will result in cropping of media so I'd like to see how they handle hiding it if you choose. The fingerprint reader may as well not even be in there. At that speed and inconsistency I wouldn't even use it. Can't believe they removed the headphone jack and one of the fastest fingerprint sensors in order to use this slow under screen scanner. Definitely settled with form over function there. It's very much a gimmick that will get headlines but is not very useful. Overall I am thinking the OnePlus 6T is a pass. Hopefully the OnePlus 7 gets rid of the notch and either brigs back the old fingerprint sensor or drastically improves the new one.
  • MKBHD has a review of it and he toggles the hidden notch if you want to check it out.
  • It doesn't crop media, unless you're trying to look at 19.5:9 media ... which chances are, you aren't. The notch hiding is dead simple: it just turns on a black bar the same height as the notch, and puts the status bar and notification icons in it.
  • Andrew, I just want to make sure I'm understanding correctly. The 6T puts notification icons in the blacked out area if you hide the notch? This sounds like a much better implementation than the Pixel 3 XL which puts them below the blacked out area. Would there be an issue with burn in with the 6T's icons being white on black?
  • Yes, the side areas next to the notch become black, and the icons go grey/white. The reason why the Pixel 3 XL doesn't do this is that its notch-hiding setting isn't really a setting and isn't actually designed to be used by normal people using the phone. Its notch-hiding option is a Developer Setting, which is designed to make the phone emulate a phone that doesn't have a notched screen for purposes of testing apps. That's why the icons don't go into the black area. There's no more of an issue with burn-in whether the icons are white or black, really. Every phone with an OLED screen has some sort of semi-permanent status bar icons and manages just fine.
  • Thank you sir!
  • The sensor in the 6T actually isn't that bad, it's pretty good and new optical sensors are even better. You capacitive fingerprint sensor purists have to let it go.
  • Could someone comment on OnePlus's commitment to updates? How's its support been for the OP4 and 5? Is it likely to get Android Q and R? Security updates? Thanks.
  • The OnePlus 4 has never received any updates, but I suspect that's mostly because it doesn't exist... The 5 is currently on the August security patch, and I suspect it will (unfortunately) be updated to Android 9 before years end. The 6T will definitely get Q and most likely get R, if Android is still a thing then. Nice username.
  • Its actually on October security patch…
  • What in the hell is your problem with android 9? Android Pie is fantastic when you skin it right. Google messed up on the pixels going to gesture heavy but Oneplus implementation if pie is stellar.
  • They've gotten a lot better. The OnePlus 5T, now 2 generations & 18 months old, is slated to get Android 9 Pie. Whether or not it gets Q is still up in the air.
  • Well, the OP3 and 3T from 2016 will receive Pie. That's definitely something
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  • As an occasional outdoor person I'd just mention that I think in 2018 water resistance should be a lot more than 10% of the spec. Cases may give some protection for ridiculously fragile glass backs but they can actually worsen water resistance by capillary action, pulling rain water to where it can do most harm.
  • When I buy a phone, I don't want 90% of a phone. I want 100%. Give me all the top specs. If OnePlus moved into the premium market then I may consider purchasing one. Otherwise, forget it. I'll get 100% of a phone elsewhere.
  • Some people will want 100% and be willing to pay for it. But not everyone wants a $900+ phone.
  • This is true. I just wish OnePlus came out with a budget device and a premium device.
  • It is high end specs. It's missing a headphone jack, wireless charging, and ip rating (which is really an unnecessary nicety unless you are frequently around water and clumsy as ****). The rest of the device is high end for a cheaper price. It has a 16 mp and 20 mp rear sony based camera, pretty decent optical amoled screen (slightly dimmer than the super amoled on an s9) a snapdragon 845, 16 mp front camera, 8 gigs of ram and comes standard with 128 gigs of storage (it can go up to 256 and sit at 350 dollars cheaper than the pixel 3 XL). While the camera isn't as good as say the pixel 3 XL is it still good enough.
  • I'm still running a Galaxy S6 and will probably wait to see the S10 come out, but in my opinion this is the most interesting phone option to actually come out this year. Yes, it has compromises (as I hate notches and desire a headphone jack, SD card, not giant size) but this seems pretty darn cool to me for the price. I don't mind that "tear drop" and honestly that's a good amount of onboard storage, and it does include the stupid headphone dongle lol. The in-screen fingerprint sensor actually appeals to me too, and the battery life is sounding awesome. Verizon support is a win for me too. Definitely interested in longer term reviews on this.
  • you can't get the camera right, you won't compete with iphone, pixel and huawei
  • OnePlus isn't really competing with those ... it's offering a different value proposition at a far lower price.
  • The pixel ain't competing with anyone dude, nobody buys that crap.... just nerds with a specific need The phone for price is good, 128 standard storage, quick os, in screen fingerprint sensor, dash charging.... For about 400 bucks less than the XS and Note 9 That's a good look to me, regardless of what's left out. They aren't targeting nerds, they want new people who don't wanna spend alot on a phone. And give them credit for innovation in 2018, first to do the In screen sensor and that's huge, some of us hate the back sensor... Pixel is garbage IMO ya'll paying for little to nothing, no innovation, just some "awesome camera" basically crap hardware...One plus is doing what Google should have done before....
  • Agreed. The Pixel line was a huge letdown this year. I'd rather have a slower than usual fps than a bathtub sized notch or minimal RAM. All for the sake of a camera that might be .05% better. That being said I'll sit tight with my OnePlus 6 rather than get a 6t.
  • $550 is too much to spend to be a beta tester for in-screen Hardware/Software. Put the fingerprint reader back on the back where it belongs -- where it works --- and put the headphone jack back while you're at it. Otherwise, great device.
  • How is it a beta tester if there's been multiple other phones released with in display finger prints? It's not the first device with one. Sure the technology needs to improve some but it's better than beta.
  • You're not beta testing anything. The technology works as intended and is consistent. It may not be as fast as a modern capacitive sensor, but that doesn't mean it's beta.
  • and apparently it learns your fingerprint so it gets faster :)
  • I was curious about the phone, then saw they removed the headphone jack... Why is it $100 Android phones come with headphone jacks and flagships do not? Hopefully Samsung and LG do not fall into this same trap moving forward.
  • I thought the same thing myself. Like why/how does removing his tiny, legacy, USEFUL jack do anything but hurt the end user. I honestly don't care for Bluetooth headphones, I like traditional headphones and for people who still use aux cords in their cars, one is almost necessary to play them fire bangers. We can honestly blame apple and Moto and HTC for all following this stupid trend that tickled down to almost every manufacturer but LG and Samsung.
  • Because the market has shown people will buy phones even without headphone jacks. And people who buy phones of this price and higher are more likely to have Bluetooth headphones. Inexpensive phones have fewer internal restrictions because they have lower specs, and people in that price bracket are typically more tied to inexpensive wired headphones.
  • I have BT headphones but that doesn't mean I don't want a legacy jack too.l (BT headsets have lag sometimes and run out of battery in inopportune moments). And eventhough I've bought a phone without a jack (IPX), that doesn't mean I don't want one. It means the phone had other options I liked so I bought it anyway (begrudgingly). I sure hope these manufacturers don't take the fact people still buy them to mean we don't care.
  • Fewer internal restrictions like the huge battery in the G6 Play?
  • Fewer internal restrictions in that they're typically a tad thicker/wider than they'd "need" to be, are made out of thinner exterior materials, have fewer internal components, etc.
  • I really like this phone phone a lot. Especially since it supports worth T-Mobile and will likely have the 600mhz band. However my only hang up is the Haptic feedback. I know you said it was terrible, but is it the same, worse, or better than the 5/5T?
  • Basically the same.
  • It's crazy to think that a headphone jack is now considered a feature. Even crazier that it's a feature relegated to mid-range and budget phones. What a deal! You pay $300-$500 more, and you lose a feature. I read these things, and I'm more glad I bought my 16:9, no notch Android One Moto X4 with a headphone jack proudly included.
  • How is this great battery life? Pixel 3 and 3XL have similar screen on times and you guys said it was meh?
  • Because with the same amount of screen-on time, I have maybe 30-40% battery left on the OnePlus 6T, versus 15% on the Pixel 3 XL. The OnePlus 6T's battery life is the best of any phone I've used this year, right next to the Galaxy Note 9. I'm told the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is similar or better.
  • The fact that you aren't locked into the sh*tty pill gesture and horizontal currently running apps makes this phone 1000% more desirable than the Pixel 3s. At least I HOPE you're not locked into that horizontal switch apps thing - that's brutally bad.
  • I want to have a fps in the back AND the front. And even though I use wireless headphones I still like having the headphone jack in case I need to plug into an aux somewhere. Also, an IPS rating would be nice too. I'm glad that the notch is smaller but I hope it goes away entirely soon.
  • Samsung is working on that to do under display cameras/sensors and at that point everyone will move there.
  • You criticise the sensor on the front for being slow but wholly fail to mention how much more user friendly it is to have the sensor on the front rather than hidden and inaccessible on the back. A lousy placement. Especially if a wallet case is used. Perhaps Sony got it right when they put the sensor on the side. Until they made the mistake of listening to people like you ego do not need to protect their phones and put it on the back.
  • Any word if Always on Display has been brought back?
  • Why did they remove it? EVERY OLED needs it. No excuses.
  • it is def there.
  • The s5 was $650 at launch, s9 $720. That's an 11% increase. If you want to count the s9+ at launch of $840, that's a 30% increase. The OnePlus one was $300 at launch, and now OnePlus 6t is $549. That's an 83% increase. Another way to look at it, the S5 was MORE than DOUBLE cost of the OnePlus one. The s9 is 31% more than the OnePlus 6t. So while the OnePlus line is still cheaper,the price ratio of the OnePlus lineup vs Samsung flagship has diminished significantly. I am excluding the note as it's not really a competitor here
  • Great points, but I think that you can easily see how the OnePlus One was a bit of an outlier compared to the OnePlus 2 onward, considering the OP 2 was $400. The price increases haven't been so steep if you exclude the OnePlus One data point, which I think would be valid when you consider it was the company's first phone. $400 OnePlus 2 -> $550 OnePlus 6T, that's 38% increase // $650 Galaxy S6 -> $720 Galaxy S9, that's 11% increase Things are a bit closer there, eh? I think that's a better representation of what we're looking at here. There's also the real apples-to-oranges angle of this ... Samsung was already in a pretty mature place with the Galaxy S5 (and especially S6), multiple generations into its flagship series, whereas the OnePlus One was the first phone OP had shipped. Things shifted more quickly for OP than they could for Samsung, and Samsung even kept its prices lower since the prevalence of the Note line filled a higher price point above the Galaxy S series.
  • Ok let's skip the OnePlus one then and move to the OnePlus 2. Not quite sure where you got the $400 price from. The base 16/3 gb OnePlus 2 was $329. The 64/4gb model was $389. But the 16/3 gb at $329 is a more direct comparison because the base OnePlus one which sold for $300 was also 16/3 gb. So factoring in the $329 price, sure it changes things but not by much but at the time, a flagship price of $650 was nearly double. When compared with the OnePlus lineup, the OnePlus 6t is 67% more than the OnePlus 2. That's quite a significant jump still. And much more than the 11% jump from s5 to s9. The s5 at $650 lines up with the iPhone price at the time, Samsung's major competitor back then, and arguably even now, so Samsung didn't keep the price low just because of the note. P.s. link to OnePlus 2 price for reference: https://m.androidcentral.com/oneplus-takes-wraps-new-oneplus-2
  • You are aware storage and ram prices are vastly different as are display now ya? These phones are now 128 gigs storage and 6 gigs of ram stock with bigger displays, better cameras etc.
  • I would never buy a phone with a notch (Pixel 3XL looking at you), but I could live with this tear drop one. Lack of wireless charging and IP rating are acceptable, but lack of headphone jack is a deal breaker.
  • They did at least include the dongle in the box. It also support the higher end bluetooth audio stuff.
  • Didn't get Oneplus 6T yet, but lacking of the 3.5mm jack is disappointing.
  • If I'm going to cut corners to get the best processor. Why would I get this instead of a Poco F1? I had a OP3T but I was always after the best SoC I could get for as little money as I could pay. Let's be honest with each other most of us are trashing out phones in 1 1/2 to 2 years. Why pay more for something that instead going to out last your current laptop or TV?
  • Well the Poco f1 is essentially the new OnePlus one. Near flagship specs, great price. The OnePlus lineup lost the price advantage to boost profit margin. The specs of the OnePlus one are no where near 83% better than the f1, which is the price difference between the two. The f1 btw is the identical price to the OnePlus One.
  • I'd probably have upgraded my 5T if the 6T had wireless charging, if the 7 or 7T doesn't have it I'll be looking for other alternatives.
  • Don't get me wrong, I love my 6T it's still my only phone but I wouldn't suggest anyone but it in 2020 for a couple reasons. Very dim screen in sunlight.
    Single mono speaker instead of stereo speakers. And there mono speaker isn't even good for a mono speaker.
    Spend a few extra dollars and get a OnePlus 7T
    It's fixed those problems and adds a substantially better camera and 90hz.
  • I also am a 2 year owner of a 6T, and I can't imagine a $250-$300 phone would perform better than this. Considering Motorola phones are usually best in class and I my get 1 guaranteed software upgrade, I would say this is as good or better value.