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 OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6T review

 Even by the standards of the previous product refresh timeline of OnePlus, OnePlus 6 (Review) has a very short life. Exactly five months after its launch, it is already out of stock and effectively dead, making the OnePlus 6T name predictable. The company has told us in the past that it is not interested in sitting around and is waiting for a predetermined time if it has new technology to ship, and we want this to mean that it can offer competitors products Never wants Looks new and new. This is an approach that has worked well so far, and one is not expected to upgrade with every single release. 

In the past, sequential models have generally meant moving to a better processor, delivering better cameras, or adopting new industry trends or standards. This time, it's all about a new fingerprint sensor and smaller notch - oh, and the company's first partnership with a US carrier, which is probably the biggest reason for whipping up a new model soon. The OnePlus 6T, Rs. 49,999 - with a new fingerprint reader and a small notch - is perhaps the company's slightest refresh in terms of hardware, but may be the most important in terms of use and strategy, and as OnePlus develops global player.

We are also telling how the company is removing the features. Does acquiring a powerful new global player mean losing a startup that already haunts tech-savvy users forever? We've got a lot of questions, and we're going to dig up the answers.

OnePlus 6T design and display

The OnePlus 6T feels somewhat new in terms of keeping up with the trends, but not much has changed in the last five months, so the differences between this phone and its predecessor are subtle. First, the chunky notch has been replaced with a slight 'waterdrop' dip for the front camera. This is exactly what we have seen on Oppo F9 Pro (Review), Vivo V11 Pro (Review) and Realme 2 Pro (Review), all from companies that are under BBK Electronics umbrella like OnePlus. . The earpiece is designed in the seam where the front glass meets the metal rim of the phone, and does not cause discomfort.

The biggest aspect of this notch design is the death of the popular multi-color notification LED, which has been a OnePlus staple until now. The disadvantage is somewhat offset by the ambient display feature, which lightens the OLED screen to display information, but it is not always turned on, so you cannot tell at a glance if there are alerts for you.

The screen is slightly larger than the OnePlus 6, at 6.41 inches compared to the earlier 6.2 inches. If you place the two phones next to each other, you'll notice that the "chin" under the new model has been reduced, making the very thin border around the screen look almost the same all around. The corners have very wide curves, and unfortunately some UI elements and fullscreen apps look as if they are cut awkwardly.

OnePlus will ship this phone with a pre-applied screen protector as it cannot guarantee that the aftermarket will allow the in-display fingerprint sensor to work. We are not fans of this, as it is not sized to perfectly match the curves of the screen and the knot, and is really different from the sleek look of this phone. When we looked at it from an angle, we noticed a strange crosschat pattern on the protective film, although it was not distracting when looking at the screen head-on. It also scratches and smudges way too easily picked up to our liking.

This brings us to the biggest new feature of OnePlus 6T - its in-display fingerprint sensor. OnePlus says it has experimented with this technology for over a year, and has also developed prototypes of the OnePlus 5T, before finally deciding whether it is still good enough to ship was not. We will have more details about how well this works later in the review.

The base variant will only be available in mirror black and the top-end will only be available in midnight black at launch. If you choose the middle version you will have both options. Silk White appears to have dropped from the launch lineup. The textures are unchanged, so the Midnight Black finish still has a light feel and an S-shaped pattern when held under light. Given the history of the company, we fully expect additional colors or special editions that will be released over the lifetime of this device.

Other than the loss of the notification LED, there is no 3.5mm audio jack. This would be the most controversial feature (or lack thereof), to be given a vocal defense of the analog standard of OnePlus and ribbing to its rivals in recent times. According to the company, the in-display fingerprint sensor required large batteries and hardware to be adjusted. It has a grille in place for symmetry, but is not a real speaker. This seems like a missed opportunity, given that most premium phones today can deliver decent stereo sound.

Apart from those things, the OnePlus 6T looks similar to the OnePlus 6. The bullet-shaped bump for the dual rear cameras is exactly the same as that criticized in the past. The power and volume buttons, alert slider and dual nano-SIM tray are also unchanged, and there's nothing wrong with them.

OnePlus 6T seems to be very well built. We had a mirror black review unit and it was not very slippery. This phone looks great other than Smoothy.

OnePlus 6T specifications

  Soon after the launch of OnePlus 6, it should come as no surprise that there are no major changes to the specifications. We still have the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor running at 2.8GHz with integrated Adreno 630 graphics. The base variant now has 128GB of storage with 6GB of RAM, next step up you get 8GB of RAM with increased storage and the top-end variant has the same 8GB of RAM with 256GB of storage.

The screen size increase is mainly along the vertical axis, taking the resolution from 1080x2280 to 1080x2340. The lower part of that area is now on the rung, but if you wish, you can mask it with black bands on both sides. The battery capacity is also 3300mAh to 3700mAh. This is always good, but it comes at the cost of a slight weight gain from 177g to 185g.

There are no changes in camera hardware. OnePlus buys megapixel counts, apertures, sensor sizes, and even specific model numbers of sensors it buys from Sony, and they are all similar to the OnePlus 6. There is also unaffected connectivity, with dual-band Y: 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5 aptX and aptX HD, with NFC, GPS, and GLONASS, and with LTE VoLTE and carrier aggregation (although more 4G bands are now supported). Sensors include a hall sensor, gyroscope, e-compass, accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

Gorilla Glass is 6 for physical safety, but OnePlus does not claim any dust or water-resistance rating. There is still no wireless charging as the company believes "it's too slow", which is a bit disappointing. A very minor tingle is that you only get USB 2.0 transfer speeds through the Type-C port. Another long-lasting OnePlus Quikr refuses to offer a microSD card slot, although with a minimum of 128 GB onboard, this may no longer be a problem.

OnePlus now refers to its Dash Charge feature as Fast Charge, thanks to legal disputes over the name. The box in our review unit still had the Dash Charge logo on the charger and is as heavy as it has been for a few generations now. You get a translucent plastic case with your phone, as well as a screen protector already installed in the phone. The only new thing to see in the box of OnePlus 6T is the 3.5mm dongle from USB Type-C in the company's signature red.

OnePlus 6T will underline OnePlus's OxygenOS 9 UI with Android 9.0 P. The security patch was a November 2018 release at the time of the review. OnePlus prides itself on the many customizations that go into Oxygen, including five screen calibration modes, reading modes, gesture shortcuts, UI customization options, and performance tweaks. There are systemwide Android navigation gestures if you want to completely free all screen real estate, or you can have Google's stock Android-style swipeable home button if you wish. More tweaks and improvements such as UI animations are promised for future updates.

The ambient display screen shows a clock, a custom message if you want one and your notifications. Other features include parallel apps for running two examples of some apps, a blue light filter called night mode, and the theme and accent color of your choice. There's an app locker setting that lets you protect any app with a PIN, and there's a very unnecessarily hidden location within the app drawer that lets you remove some app icons out of sight - But until people do not have this facility.

Improved game mode now allows incoming messages to appear politely to not interrupt the game. As before, you can prioritize network bandwidth and system resources to run the game optimally while suppressing interruptions. There is also a new Smart Boost feature that permanently places apps in the phone's RAM so that they load faster than storage. It is currently an initial implementation and only works for games. It is on by default and you can turn it off from within the OnePlus Labs section of the Settings app, but there are no other controls and you cannot decide which app to promote the least, so tell it The difficulty is how effective it is.

OnePlus 6T Battery and Performance :

The general performance is much higher than we would expect from a flagship-class phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor. Apps and games loaded very quickly and we had no reason to complain with day to day usage. Our review unit was the Medium version, which had 128 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, and we were curious to see how the base version with the 6 GB RAM works with the Smart Boost feature. The back of this phone was quite hot when it is fast charging and when using the camera, but not so much that it becomes uncomfortable to hold.

We are sure everyone is most curious about the in-display fingerprint sensor. In short, it is not good as a standard. It will be entertaining for a while and is great for showing off, but it is a bit frustrating in day-to-day use. To activate the sensor you need to wake up the OnePlus 6T; You cannot touch it as you can be used. Fortunately, there are options to trigger the ambient display feature with a tap or when you pick up the phone, and you can use the sensor when the screen is activated. Then, you have to be conscious about where and how you are placing your finger. With no physical limitations to the sensor's limitations, you'll have to focus on the (very good jointly) animation on the screen and wait until it's done.

OnePlus says it waited until the technology was good enough, and the response time is 0.34 seconds. We cannot measure it properly, but we believe that this is the best case because in our experience, there was almost always a noticeable pause when unlocking this phone. After being used for near-instantaneous unlocking, the extra beat was disappointing. We also had to turn our fingers again and again.

If you continue to hold your finger after unlocking the phone yourself, you can pop up a shortcut bar, which is a neat touch. You can have up to six shortcuts, and should not contain an app; They can be contacts, message threads, tasks, map points, playlists, camera modes, folders, and even sections of applications. It is super convenient, and is a good way to combine the capabilities of a fingerprint sensor and touchscreen.

If you're an aesthetic purist you'll appreciate the cleaner of this phone without a standard fingerprint sensor, but in terms of functionality we don't really consider it an upgrade or improvement. There is still face recognition though, and it works quite well. In fact, it was extremely sensitive and our face was raised at arm's length, often while we were still fiddling with the thumb on the fingerprint sensor, which also means that if you plan to use the shortcut bar If you were making it then it will interrupt your flow.

The screen is very bright and the colors, especially red, appear very saturated. It makes the scenes very pop, no matter what you're doing. Some people may find everything a little exaggerated and fatigued, while others will like it. We found that the videos were enjoyable. A good portion of the material is lost due to curved corners and notches, but this is true for all such phones. The single mono speaker is very loud and clear but the experience is still disappointing compared to other top-end phones.

The performance of the OnePlus 6T is similar to that of the OnePlus 6, when side-by-side tests were performed under similar conditions, with little difference in hardware. Our AnTuTu score of 294,802 on the OnePlus 6T was slightly lower than the OnePlus 6, which scored 295,646. However, we should note that OnePlus 6T had become abnormally hot while running this test. Geekbench on the OnePlus 6T gave us 2,378 and 8,775 marks in single-core and multi-core tests respectively and PCMark's Work 2.0 test gave a score of 9,021. As a graphics benchmark, we got an amazingly 52fps in GFXBench's 3.1 view of Manhattan and 31fps in Car Chase's view, as well as 4,716 points in 3DMark's Slingshot Extreme Test.

We played PUBG and Asphalt 9: Legends. There is enough power on tap for both these heavy games. Both ran very smoothly, but once again the phone got a bit hot. The game mode was kicked off automatically for PUBG, but it didn't take much effort to manually add the asphalt to the list. We have also spent a fair amount of time for HD video streaming which is easily handled by OnePlus 6T.

Battery life is very strong. With a good bit of gaming and about two hours of video streaming, with normal usage through the day, we were able to go from morning to night without dipping below 15 percent. Our HD video loop test ran for a very respectable 13 hours, 45 minutes. Dash Charge, or Fast Charge, as it is now called, is still a tremendously valuable feature - in just ten minutes, we were able to get from zero to 17 percent, and it reached 65 percent in 40 minutes. OnePlus says that an OTA update will be available to OnePlus 6T buyers as soon as they set up their phones, and the improvements it will make are improved power consumption in standby, so your experience may be better than ours.

OnePlus 6T Cameras

OnePlus has missed a very current trend, which is the addition of a third (or fourth) rear camera. Instead, we obtain the same hardware as the outgoing model. The primary rear camera is a 16-megapixel unit with Sony IMX519 sensor and f / 1.7 aperture. You get optical and electronic image stabilization with it. The secondary 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor is used only for deep sensing and for sharpening autofocus - you don't get the low-light advantage of OnePlus 5T (review) or OnePlus 5 ₹ 25,999 (review) zoom lens. Is now more. On the front, there is a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with f / 2.0 aperture and electronic stabilization.

OnePlus says the camera software has been changed, but the most notable new feature, called Night Mode, is also coming for the OnePlus 6. In this mode, the camera takes up to 10 frames in two seconds, and combines them to control noise and maximize the resulting image quality. Processing is supposed to take only a few extra moments, but we found ourselves sometimes waiting for 8–10 seconds. Night mode made little real difference to shots taken at night in varying degrees of darkness. In some cases, distant objects were more specific. In others, the noise and the rash were reduced, but it was a keen eye to overcome differences and that too only 100 percent on the big screen.

Photo quality in the day was very impressive. We were able to convey fine detail on distant objects, and there were no problems with parts of a frame. The OnePlus 6T worked well even when we were shooting under direct sunlight. HDR is set to automatic by default but you can override it. There is hardly a shutter lag, and everything works smoothly.

The colors were just a little muted, but the focus was always sharp and to the point. The macros looked great, and the background blurring smoothly, exposing our themes effectively. In fact, we often preferred it to have an effect created by portrait mode, which was sometimes a bit aggressive and artificial. Talking of artificiality, edge detection was not always accurate and some portraits were strangely lost on the phone screen. They were perfectly fine with the gallery app later on, which makes us think that there is some additional post-processing a bit after taking shots.

Night shots in standard mode were sometimes quite noisy and lacking in detail, and motion blur was a real problem due to prolonged exposure. Our samples were very bright, which came out in great detail, but many of them looked as if very aggressive sharpness and noise reduction filters were applied. With a steady hand and good ambient lighting, the results were quite good.

You get a fairly comprehensive Pro mode up to 240fps at 720p with live histograms, bokeh shape filters, time lapse mode, panorama mode and slow-motion video. Video recording goes up to 4K at 30fps or 60fps, although you are limited to ten minutes or five minutes of recording on a stretch respectively. If you are shooting at 60fps, warn that your footage will look too dark. The videos were fairly smooth, and we did not see any focused prey on tracking moving objects in the dark. Like with stills, the video quality is much better in daytime than night.

Should you upgrade it or not?

For all the new features of the OnePlus 6T, there are some significant disadvantages. Certainly, the Waterdrach Note is now in fashion, and the in-screen fingerprint sensor is great for showing off, but none of them necessarily represent any improvement on the functionality, usability, or power of the OnePlus 6OnePlus 6T is good for what it does, but it's not a clear cut - it's not that one was even needed. If the OnePlus 6 remained available, we would likely recommend the new model.

At several points over the past year, particularly when intensifying the hype around its product launch, OnePlus has pushed the message that its community, which is made up of very outspoken fans and early adopters, is at its most Is an important asset. When the OnePlus 5T launched, co-founder Carl Pei credited the community for the company's commitment to maintain the 3.5mm audio jack. When we had a chance to speak with representatives of OnePlus before the OnePlus 6 launch, they made a point to let us know that the phone's notch was designed to accommodate a notification LED as the community got this feature Like and it sets OnePlus apart. Somehow, given its preoccupation with still power users and tech enthusiasts, OnePlus has now found the "courage" to dig into these features. While they may seem extremely trivial to some, they indicate a change for the company. As it grows we will continue to see its trajectory.

Prices have risen again with this generation but are still quite reasonable. The base model has seen the most increase and is now priced at Rs. 37,999. We wonder why OnePlus did not keep the 64 GB storage option. The middle version does not understand that you should consider getting 2GB more RAM for just an additional Rs 4,000, and it will not make a huge difference in day-to-day life. The top tier version is still very good value, though.

OnePlus has made a good run in the last five years at its "flagship killer" price point without much competition, but now it is facing heat from the Asus Zenfone 5Z, and more importantly, the Poco F1. The excellent Google Pixel 2 XL is now priced at Rs. 45,499, and potentially available in the market at a price close to the OnePlus 6T. OnePlus 6T seems like a great deal compared to the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, Google Pixel 3 Series and Samsung Galaxy 9 Series. It's just not as exciting as we are used to.

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