Today OnePlus has revealed its half-generation refresh for 2018: The OnePlus 6T. This summer we thoroughly reviewed the OnePlus 6 and I was extremely impressed – ending up as being one of the best smartphones this year.

The OnePlus 6T is an iterative update to the OnePlus 6, as such, there’s a lot of similarities between the new and former models:

  OnePlus 6 OnePlus 6T
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
4x Kryo 385 Gold @ up to 2.80 GHz
4x Kryo 385 Silver @ up to 1.77 GHz
Adreno 630 @ up to 710 MHz
Display 6.28-inch 2280x1080 (19:9)
AMOLED
6.41-inch 2340x1080 (19.5:9)
AMOLED
Dimensions 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm
177 grams
157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
185 grams
RAM 6GB / 8GB / 8GB LPDDR4x 6GB / 8GB LPDDR4x
NAND 64GB / 128GB / 256GB 128GB / 256GB
Battery 3300mAh (12.7Wh) 3700mAh (14.24Wh)
Front Camera 16MP Sony IMX371,
f/2.0, EIS
Primary Rear Camera 16MP Sony IMX519 1.22µm pixels,
f/1.7, OIS 
Secondary Rear Camera 20MP Sony IMX376K, 1.0µm pixels, f/1.7
Low-light & Depth
SIM Size 2x NanoSIM
Connectivity 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi
BT 5.0, NFC
Interfaces USB 2.0 Type-C;  3.5mm audio USB 2.0 Type-C
Launch OS Android O (8.1) with OxygenOS 5.1 Android P (9.0) with OxygenOS
MSRP
Launch Price
6GB/64GB: ¥3199 / $529 / €519
8GB/128GB: ¥3599 / $579 / €569
8GB/256GB: ¥3999 / $629 / €619
6GB/128GB:  $549 / £499 / €549
8GB/128GB: $579 / £529 / €579
8GB/256GB: $629 / £579 / €629

The OnePlus 6T is still powered by the Snapdragon 845; The OP6 ended up being as one of the fastest devices of the year thanks to OnePlus’ and Qualcomm’s software stack.

OnePlus promises continued excellent performance, and now introduces “Smart Boost”, which seems to be a new RAM file caching system that is currently advertised to work with gaming applications primarily.

In terms of design, the biggest changes of the OnePlus 6T is a redesign of the screen notch. The OnePlus 6T sports a much narrower “teardrop” style notch that houses just the front-facing camera, with the earpiece and sensors being relegated above it now.

The screen is still an AMOLED panel at FHD+ resolution, but OnePlus stretches it from a 19:9 to a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, mostly thanks to a reduction of the bottom chin bezel.

The back of the phone remains largely the same, with the big difference being that there’s no more fingerprint sensor. The OnePlus 6T now sports an under-screen fingerprint sensor on the front, and OnePlus claims it’s the fastest in the industry in terms of unlocking speed.

On the camera side of things, there are no hardware changes, however OnePlus is introducing a new software mode called “Nightscape” that promises to work similarly to Huawei’s night mode or Google’s more recent “night sight”, addressing one of the bigger weaknesses of the OnePlus 6’s camera setup. A positive for current OnePlus 6 owners is that the new mode will also be backported to their devices via a software update.

Settling on no 3.5mm headphone jack

OnePlus notoriously didn’t address this at all in the launch event: The new OP6T no longer offers a 3.5mm headphone jack. While it’s arguable that some of the increased battery capacity, which is now 12% bigger at 3700mAh might have come from a changed internal design, I think it’s more likely due to the 0.4mm thicker design of the new OP6T. The fact that OnePlus doesn’t mention the headphone jack removal in any PR material might indicate they’re possibly aware it’s a mistake that could backfire. Personally I just can’t comprehend why companies are doing this as it’s a very big degradation of device experience with absolutely no benefits.

US availability through T-Mobile

The bigger news about the OnePlus 6T isn’t really the device itself, but the fact that OnePlus now is officially launching the phone in the US, partnering with T-Mobile. Price wise, the OnePlus 6T is just a tad more expensive for its basic model, which is now at a minimum of 128GB, with equal pricing for the higher tier models.

Overall, the OnePlus 6T is a good iterative update. To me personally the OnePlus 6 was a star phone for 2018; the fact that the 6T compromised on the headphone jack is going to have some people want to avoid it. I do look forward to the new “nightscape” camera mode, as computational photography becomes ever more important in the smartphone space.

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  • arvindgr - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    Still USBv2..? Are we leaving in Rock....? Reply
  • Ranguvar - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    Word in r/oneplus is that this is finally USB 3.0.

    OnePlus 6 was definitely USB 2.0 though.
    Reply
  • Flunk - Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - link

    What do you do where you'd use more than 480mbps bandwidth on a regular basis? I'm genuinely curious, because I hear this complaint a lot but no one has ever been able to explain why. Reply
  • ikjadoon - Friday, November 2, 2018 - link

    Full system backups (not the halfway ones you get “in the cloud”), transferring bigger files (USB is not going away on laptops/PCs) like videos (upload speeds suck), faster charging while connected, etc. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    F that thing. No modern flagship phone is complete unless the ENTIRE back is covered in camera lenses. It needs like 50 of them to compete. Just shrink that battery to make room and be sure to keep the thickness below 4mm or it sucks! All of those lenses would give it the Anandtech-approved "premium feel" as well since the back would be made of glass. Reply
  • sonny73n - Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - link

    Phone camera is a marketing gimmick. Sure it’s convenient sometimes when you need a snap shot but the tiny phone camera lens can no way be compared to a point-n-shoot’s, let alone a DSLR’s, quality wise. Only thing it’s good for is selfie taking.

    And the annoying bump. Ughh... They make the phone as thin as possible with the camera bump so you can install a thick case on.
    Reply
  • Flunk - Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - link

    Most people don't own point and shoot cameras anymore. So despite the fact that you might be correct it appears that most people don't care. Reply
  • Gunbuster - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    Every time a new no jack phone comes out I do this search: "USB Type-C phone dock headphone jack"

    Seems like the market should be able to figure this out by now...
    Reply
  • Dragonstongue - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    remove the 3.5mm jack and "all" they could put in there was 3700Mah battery and yet others such as Redmi 5 Plus have a 3.5mm jack AND 4000Mah battery....LOL.

    granted 3700 is "decent" compared to "some" to use that as a reasoning why they could increase battery to this size is ridiculous especially for the sheer size of these phones, others are around this same level roughly ranging from 2800 to 3800 battery size, then there are others such as OUKITEL K10000 that truly blow the doors off the "we could only fit in X size by removing things BS" wording

    if they can fit in a 10,000Mah battery then the "leaders" such as samsung, LG, Motorola and the like can "just as easy" do the same darn thing at least they (the big makers) could support all the "bands" we use in north america unlike many of the "china brands" that do not always support all bands we have need of for the various big 4 providers (telus, bell, rogers, shaw and whatever in the US)

    As for PeachNCream saying cover phone in cameras, shrink thickness to below 4mm and reduce battery size or it sucks...douche lol.

    already these phone makers are prioritising making as thin as possible, covering in cameras and glass, removing things and not really "helping" battery size...imagine battery size if they made as thick as they used to make them (which vast majority of people were perfectly fine with because they did not "shatter" from a little bump) they probably would all have 6000Mah+ battery size with plenty of room for 3.5 jacks, cameras and the like.

    the ONLY reason they do this (IMO) is planned obsolescence and to make sure battery gets hot so people replace phones sooner then need be (wears out much sooner or breaks for no reason because they are not nearly as durable as they once were). welcome to the throw away "modern" world we live in.
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  • PeachNCream - Monday, October 29, 2018 - link

    I will not accept fewer than 50 cameras on a phone and it MUST be less than 4mm thick. I don't care if they have to omit a screen, battery, and SoC to do it. Phones need to compete with one another on a new feature and the number of cameras your phone has will clearly define your social standing among others when you whip it out at Starbucks. I don't want people looking down at me for only having a paltry three or four cameras on the back as I'm no mere peasant! Reply

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