It looks like OnePlus has permanently switched to a marketing strategy which involves launching two phones a year. As it is with each year, the T-series OnePlus device from the company happens to have only a few incremental hardware updates while the internals and most other features remain the same. The OnePlus 6T, in many ways, is the same as the OnePlus 6 smartphone. However, on closer inspection, we realize something quite interesting.
The Big Changes
There was no actual need of pushing out the OnePlus 6T, although people are definitely going to be buying this new device as much as they were the OnePlus 6. The biggest omission, it would seem, is that the OnePlus 6T has done away with the headphone jack to fit a slightly bigger battery in its place. OnePlus fans have now been officially invited into the world of dongles.
The other big change is the in-display fingerprint sensor, which happens to be slower than the physical sensor that OnePlus had installed on the back. This is OnePlus’ own admission, and it seems that there was no real reason to bring the fingerprint reader under the display until the technology had matured enough.
The OnePlus 6T runs the OxygenOS 9.0.4 on Android 9 Pie, making it one from the short list so far, of devices running Android 9. It’s not entirely a stock Android experience – the device ships with a few bundled apps, but they can all be uninstalled so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for the user.
Since it is a near stock experience that that the OnePlus is offering with OxygenOS, the device is zippy from the get go. The OnePlus 6T never skips a beat and looks like its always capable to do what you need it to do.
Apart from this, we can see that the OnePlus 6T has embraced the recent trend of waterdrop-style notches giving the phone a slightly higher screen-to-body ratio while pushing the earpiece right to the top of the phone.
A lot of compromises have been made to make the phone a bit different than the already incredible OnePlus 6 and the result has been that in some ways the phone has deteriorated. The real rub here is that everything that the OnePlus 6T can do, the OnePlus 6 does better – like unlocking faster with your fingers. The 6T does seem to offer better battery life, but it’s done that by sacrificing the headphone jack.
At Rs 35,000, the OnePlus 6 offers the same performance, the same camera, the same display, same software, and a faster fingerprint scanner. Of course, the OnePlus 6 is no longer available for purchase and users will only have to settle with the OnePlus 6T, which is quite ironic since OnePlus prides itself on the tagline ‘Never Settle’.
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