OnePlus 6T unveiled with in-display fingerprint sensor, $549 starting price

Shawn Knight

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OnePlus at an event in New York City on Monday announced the OnePlus 6T, the company’s second-half flagship for 2018.

The handset packs a 6.41-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels and a teardrop notch that’s covered in Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 845 SoC, Adreno 630 graphics, up to 8GB of RAM and your choice of 128GB or 256GB of onboard storage.

As OnePlus previously shared, the handset features an in-display fingerprint sensor. The company says it takes about a third of a second for the scan to take place and the phone to unlock although in testing, TechCrunch found it was closer to one second or longer. Notably, you have to place your finger in a specific position on the screen; the entire screen isn’t a giant fingerprint reader, as some might assume.

To make room for the embedded fingerprint reader, OnePlus had to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.

Around back is a dual camera array with a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 519 main sensor and a 20-megapixel Sony IMX 376K secondary sensor. Both feature an f/1.7 aperture lens. Up front, you get a single 16-megapixel Sony IMX 371 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture lens.

The 3,700mAh battery with Fast Charging technology is respectable in this day and age. OnePlus claims the handset can last "through a day's work with battery life to spare" although the specs list doesn't explicitly state expected battery life. Notably, however, there is no wireless charging so you'll still need to rely on a wire for juice. Also lacking is proper waterproof resistance certification, features you'll more than likely find on more expensive flagships.

It ships running OnePlus’s OxygenOS running atop Android 9 Pie.

Pricing starts at just $549 for a model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. That’s not quite in the mid-tier range but it’s far more affordable than most other flagships. Look for it to ship on November 1.

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GregonMaui

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No headphone jack? Dealbreaker.

I can already see the stupid Samsung commercial with someone wearing wires all over the place (instead of just using wireless headphones, dah)

Seriously, for $549 with a snapdragon 845 and somehow they blow away Samsung with an 845 or an Exynos. Pretty serious specs.
 

fl21289

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And T-Mobile is offering it for 50% with Trade in! I'm so in. Time to upgrade my Galaxy S7. No more flagships for me.
 

yRaz

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And T-Mobile is offering it for 50% with Trade in! I'm so in. Time to upgrade my Galaxy S7. No more flagships for me.
Thank you, sir! I did not know about the T-Mobile deal. I've been using low endish phones.on T-Mobile for awhile and am finally getting sick of the compromises you have to make. Ive been eying this for awhile and now, at 275, it is well within my budget
 

p51d007

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Wait a few weeks to get one. Every Oppo OnePlus has had "out of the box first production run" bugs. Both hardware & software. About 4-5 weeks, the next batch from Oppo will go out to OnePlus.
Removed the LED notification, but did increase the battery size, but, the in screen fingerprint sensor?
I don't get it? With the one on back, you touch it, and it unlocks the phone and turns the display on.
I get it, that it is a display, but now, you have to physically turn the screen on, touch the screen on for a
longer amount of time, to unlock it. That's going backwards, to me.
 

Sausagemeat

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But how good is the camera? Camera means more to me than most other specs on my phone and I’ve noticed a lot of these budget devices are lacking quite heavily in this area.
 

tipstir

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No headphone jack? Dealbreaker.

I can already see the stupid Samsung commercial with someone wearing wires all over the place (instead of just using wireless headphones, dah)

Seriously, for $549 with a snapdragon 845 and somehow they blow away Samsung with an 845 or an Exynos. Pretty serious specs.
My friend you don't need head phone 3.5 mm jack today. You got bluetooth stereo head phones you can wear. No need to have corded phone. The phone is wireless already. That's the push today. You can get usb c 3.5 mm if you must do 3.5 mm.
 

tipstir

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I could get this but my second Moto Z2 Force isn't working would make a good trade in since it's under warranty with T-mobile. My fears is the OnePlus 6T how durable is this phone. I can drop my Z2 it won't shatter. I sure this phone would. But I can save on my lease with this phone and bring my lease down to $24 save $6 bucks a month. Weighing in this phone over Z2 Force shatterproof