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| May 19, 2019

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REVIEW: OnePlus 6T

Derek Reilly

The latest and greatest OnePlus phone is a handset that, if you’re in the market for a new phone, should be one you definitely check out, as long as you don’t already own the OnePlus 6. It’s an amazing phone for the price that you pay, even if that price is creeping up with every edition. We’ve been playing with OnePlus 6T for a while now and below is what we thought of it.


Now some may say that it’s too close in specs to the OnePlus 6 and the only real change is that we are losing the headphone jack for the in-display fingerprint screen unlock but let’s look at the finer details. The notch on the OnePlus 6T has been upgraded to a smaller teardrop design so you are loosing much less screen real estate when compare to the OnePlus 6. 


We mentioned the in-display fingerprint screen unlock which, is very impressive tech to have in any smartphone but is still a little slow for us and the target area is also a little on the small side in our opinion.

When using the fingerprint reader, the area around the built in scanner lights up to maximum brightness which, when used in dark environments can be very jarring and almost a little annoying. Hopefully this is something OnePlus will allow users to dial down in future updates. 


Another change is the 12% increase in battery capacity. Now the OnePlus6 was by no means small in this department and we pretty much always got to the end of the day, not needing to connect our Dash charge cable so, with this increase, it just makes it even better. One thing we would have loved to have seen introduced with this upgraded model is wireless charging but we guess that would have added just a little bit too much to the overall cost of the device.


Audio performance from the speakers is unfortunately still not a strong point for OnePlus at the moment and we really hope the introduce a stereo speaker set up like many other flagship devices are incorporating these days.


When it comes to the 6T’s camera, it’s definitely an impressive shooter but can’t really compete with the best of the best just yet. The hardware is the same as the OnePlus 6 but the software updates have helped to make it slightly better. This includes the new Nightscape mode which was pushed in software updates to the older model also but still a really cool feature. It’s interesting giving your phone to someone who doesn’t know that they have to hold still for a few seconds, but we love some of the shots we get from it. 



A sample photo from OnePlus’s latest ‘Nightscape’ photo mode
Testing the 8X digital zoom capabilities of the camera


As expected, OnePlus’s software is still really good. It’s a lovely balance of useful extras that you don’t get on stock Android and those you wouldn’t want to loose. Gestures, like any changes, take some getting used to and with such a tall narrow phone, it probably is the way to go with screen navigation.


In the end, the OnePlus 6T is definitely a handset you should think of picking up this if you’re in the market for a new phone and aren’t willing to cash out the circa €1000 most other flagships are looking for. It’s one of the best phones out there and for the money and it’s going to be hard beaten at this price point. It’s not enough of an improvement if you already own the OnePlus 6 but then again those owners won’t be looking for an upgrade. Prices on OnePlus Ireland’s site start at €549 and range up to €629. 

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In the end, the OnePlus 6T is definitely a handset you should think of picking up this if you're in the market for a new phone and aren't willing to cash out the circa €1000 most other flagships are looking for.

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