OnePlus 6T review: Bigger battery, in-display fingerprint scanner, Oxygen OS make it worth the price
The 6T bears a striking similarity to the 6 though the dimensions are slightly different.
Rs 41,999 (8GB+128GB)
OnePlus has a pretty good thing going. They’re still the leaders in India’s premium smartphone market (Rs 30k +) with a 30% market share according to recent reports by Counterpoint data. They concentrate on one device at a time — but they actually launch two devices a year. So the OnePlus 6 launched in May 2018 and they’ve just followed it up with the 6T. The ‘T’ edition is not that different actually but it exists because of OnePlus’ philosophy to Never Settle. The ‘T’ edition today, the inevitable 7 that follows early 2019 and so on, will keep the company on the cutting edge.
The 6T bears a striking similarity to the 6 though the dimensions are slightly different. It has three main upgrades: screen, indisplay fingerprint and larger battery. Since we’re firmly on the path to the bezelless screen, the 6T has a much smaller, way less obtrusive, waterdrop-style notch. It’s the same kind of notch you’ll see on phones from Oppo, Vivo and Realme. You can hide the notch completely, and calibrate the screen to different profiles (sRBG, DCI-P3, adaptive or custom). This is a screen for everyone. The in-display fingerprint is an optical scanner made by a company called Goodix. It’s the same hardware used in the Vivo NEX. Once you register a fingerprint, a small section of the screen lights up to show you exactly where you need to place your finger to unlock. There’s also a customizable unlock animation on the screen. It’s clever because the unlock animation is what illuminates the ridges of your fingerprint for it to be read by the optical scanner. We found it to be accurate and fast. Not quite as fast as the capacitive scanner on the 6 but pretty close. And you get the blazing fast face unlock too, though it’s not as secure as the fingerprint scanner.
The 3,700mAh battery (up from 3,400mAh on the 6) is a good upgrade - combined with various software optimizations, it gives you roughly 20-30% better battery life. On most days, we would still end up with 40% battery life remaining and you can only manage to drain it fully with about 8 hours of screen on time. And if you ever need a boost, 20 minutes of charging with the Dash Charge adapter and signature red cable will easily get you through the rest of the day.
Smaller upgrades worth mentioning are the new base storage of 128GB (6/128GB is the entrylevel OnePlus now), improved camera performance (plus new modes like Night and advanced bokeh) and various smaller software enhancements (including battery optimisations). It’s worth mentioning that Oxygen OS remains our favorite implementation of Android (even over and above what Google does on their Pixel phones) because of three powerful reasons. First, it’s just the fastest around with no lag even after years of use. Second, there’s no bloatware at all. Third, it offers high levels of customization (including full screen gestures, quick gestures, ways to launch Assistant, ambient notifications, different fonts/accent colours, system-wide themes and so on).
There are a few things you will miss out on though: wireless charging, IP certification (though it still retains a degree of resistance to liquid) and the headphone jack is gone too. Luckily a USB C to 3.5mm adapter is included. The company is also selling high-quality USB C earphones for Rs 1,490. The price is higher than before because there’s no 64GB version. And there’s increased competition in the space too — Poco F1 with Snapdragon 845 starts at just Rs 21k (if you’re willing to do without the premium design, Oxygen OS and brilliant amoled screen). Overall though, OnePlus 6T should have no trouble at all maintaining their lead with the 6T — it’s almost everything a premium flagship should be — minus the eye-watering price.