Just recently we had the 2018 flagship from OnePlus, the OnePlus 6, for a test in the editorial office. Now the successor, the OnePlus 6T, which has been in stores since November 6, 2018, has kindly arrived for a review.
Unboxing the OnePlus 6T
There are two boxes in our test box. One contains the OnePlus 6T including charging cable, power plug, user manual, translucent case, jack adapter and SIM card key.
In the other box, OnePlus has included three different cases, a holder for the back and a pack of earphones.
Specifications of the OnePlus 6T
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core 4 x 2.8 GHz and 4 x 1.8 GHz
- GPU: Qualcomm Adreno 630
- Display: 6.41 inch Optic AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 6
- Display resolution: 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, 403 ppi
- Camera: 16MP + 20 MP main camera, 16 MP front camera
- Connectivity: 2G / 3G / 4G / WLAN, GPS, Glonass, Baidoo, Galileo, NFC
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, fingerprint sensor, proximity sensor, brightness sensor, compass
- RAM: 6 or 8 GB
- ROM: 128 GB or 256 GB, not expandable
- Navigation: GPS
- Battery: 3700 mAh, Li.-Ion., Permanently installed, quick charge via Dash Charge / Fast Charge, no wireless charging
- SIM: Dual SIM, Nano SIM
- Special features: waterproof, despite the lack of IP certification
- Size: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
- Weight: 185g
Appearance of the OnePlus 6T
The housing on the front and back is protected by Gorilla Glass 6. In our case, we are holding the “Midnight Black” version in our hands, the back of which is not as slippery as the “Mirror Black” version. The display has a screen protector attached at the factory. At the top in the middle of the display is the notch that houses the front camera. This is a little smaller than the previous model.
In the top view there is the alert slider on the right side and the power button directly below it. In the top view on the left is the SIM card slot and underneath the volume rocker.
The mono speaker and the port of the USB type C charging cable are installed at the bottom of the smartphone. OnePlus does not have a jack connection like in the OnePlus 6 here. However, there is an adapter in the package.
The dual rear camera is located in the middle of the back of the OnePlus 6T. The fingerprint sensor, which was still to be found here on the OnePlus 6, has moved under the display of the successor.
Operating system of the OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T comes with Android 9 Pie and after an update during setup, a security patch from January 2019 and the in-house interface OxygenOS 9.0.12. The OnePlus 6T gets Android updates for 2 years and security updates for 3 years.
Setting up the OnePlus 6T
During the setup by specifying your WiFi network, you add a PIN and your fingerprint. The sensor is located at the bottom under the display. The sensor lights up green during use. You also add your face for face unlocking.
Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 6T can also be controlled with gestures. When the display is switched off, you can draw a V to activate the camera flash, tap twice to wake up the device, an O opens the camera and two lines drawn with an arrow can change tracks while listening to music. Furthermore, a screen calibration can now be carried out in order to adapt the colors. You also adjust the font size and font. The OnePlus Slate font is recommended here.
As in the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T also has a gaming mode. This prevents the gamer from being disturbed by calls or notifications while playing. Furthermore, the network use of other apps can be restricted here while playing.
All Google apps are available on the OnePlus 6T’s home screen.
Display of the OnePlus 6T
The Optic-AMOLED display of the OnePlus 6T measures 6.41 inches with a screen diagonal of 162.6 mm. The display format is 19.5: 9 and represents 403 pixels per inch. The resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels. In addition to the standard and sRGB colors, the OnePlus 6T also supports DCI-P3, which can be selected in the screen calibration via the settings. The notch on the upper, central edge of the display is only drop-shaped and is dubbed a “Smaller Notch” by OnePlus. The front camera as well as the proximity sensor and the ambient light sensor are located in the notch. The notch can be hidden in the settings using the “Notch Display” option. A notification LED like its predecessor is not available on the OnePlus 6T.
We will not go into the settings themselves in this report, as they are structured in the same way as on the OnePlus 6.
Telephone quality / sound quality
The sound and the understanding when telephoning were without any abnormalities. The call quality normal and good. As with the OnePlus 6, OnePlus only installed a mono loudspeaker running downwards in the successor 6T, which unfortunately only plays music interspersed with noise and scratching at full volume. In the settings, however, there is the option of using the audio tuner to adjust the sound when using headphones.
OnePlus 6T’s camera
The front and dual rear cameras are the same as on the OnePlus 6 and all use Sony sensors. The 16 MP front camera offers an f / 2.0 aperture, the dual rear camera with 16 MP and 20 MP each offers an aperture value of f / 1.6.
The main sensor has electronic and optical image stabilization. However, the camera software has been improved.
A better brightness gain has been added in Nightscape mode. The photos themselves are also very good in backlight. In the settings you can also specify that if the camera detects a smile, it will trigger it.
With the front camera you can also achieve good selfies, which can then be improved with a beauty retouch.
If you open the camera you will find the options Google Lens, Video, Photo, Portrait and Night above the shutter button. If you drag the options up using the small arrow button, the pro mode, time lapse, panorama, slow motion and the camera settings appear.
Battery of the OnePlus 6T
In contrast to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T “screwed” the battery again. A 3,700 mAH battery is now built into the device. This can be quickly recharged using Fast Charge and USB Type C. According to OnePlus, a charging time of 30 minutes is enough to get through the entire day. Wireless QI charging is not available despite the glass back. According to OnePlus, the battery has improved by up to 23 percent compared to the OnePlus 6. External tests when watching a video showed a runtime of 16 hours (6T) compared to 13 hours for the OnePlus 6. With normal, occasional use, a battery life of up to 40 hours can be achieved.
AnTuTu results of the OnePlus 6T
Total: 298443, CPU: 93755, GPU: 128788, UX: 64887, MEM: 11013
Conclusion of the OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T is a stylish smartphone that is slightly larger than its predecessor. Nevertheless, it still feels good in the hand. The performance is mega – one click and the device reacts and carries out the actions. Unlocking using face ID worked in seconds. The fingerprint sensor reacts a little too slowly for me personally for this price range (4 seconds). The camera is just as good as its predecessor. In return, however, the battery life has improved significantly. It is a shame, however, that OnePlus does not offer wireless charging and has removed the jack plug and the notification LED. One of the main points of criticism is the lack of stereo speakers. This should actually be included in the price range.
The OnePlus 6T is available in the 6 GB / 128 GB memory version at a price from 538 euros at Idealo. The version in the memory variant with 8 GB / 256 GB is available from 625 euros.