Settle somewhat

  • Despite the number of compromises it makes, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best smartphones of 2018 given its price point
- Anuj Bhandari

Nov 13, 2018-

Several companies have made it a tradition to launch a new iteration of their flagship smartphones every year. OnePlus is no different, as the Chinese company has been launching its T variant smartphones for two years now. This year too, the OnePlus 6T was launched recently and has made its way to Nepali markets. So, how does this new version hold up? 

 

Display

The display has been one of the 6T’s major talking points. The device features the same Full HD+ Optic AMOLED panel, but its bottom chin has gotten shorter, making way for a taller display. This screen surrounds a notch that looks like a water droplet. This notch is a welcome change for those who dislike the notch bandwagon that almost all smartphones are jumping on. The OnePlus 6T screen is also among the small number of smartphones that is protected by the new Gorilla Glass 6.

 

Design

Ever since OnePlus’ first smartphone, the company has provided top-quality build accompanied by a stylish design. Although the 6T is no different from the 6 in this aspect, it comes with a glass back that looks and feels premium. It still has the useful alert slider on the right and with curved sides, it is easy to hold and navigate. The glass back is shielded by Gorilla Glass 5, but over time, this glass will scratch. So, it’s definitely a good idea to use a case, and luckily, OnePlus includes a silicone case in the box itself.

 

Performance

OnePlus devices have always set a high standard on the performance front with their phones being one of the best performers around. The OnePlus 6T is no different, and even the specs on paper showcase that. With an ample amount of RAM alongside the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, the device flies through everything--gaming, graphics-intensive tasks, heavy usage, the 6T can handle all the work, although it does get warm at times. If you compare it against other flagship smartphones, the OnePlus 6T might edge out the rest as it feels snappier. The OxygenOS also has a hand in making this device a tad bit faster than the rest.

 

Software

The 6T runs on OxygenOS on top of Android v9.0 Pie. While the previous iteration of the T series didn’t come with the newer Android software, OnePlus has definitely attracted more buyers with this inclusion. Plus, following its launch, the 6T has already received a couple of updates that have uplifted the user experience. The OxygenOS 9.0.4, which the OnePlus 6T is currently updateable to, comes laden with features, with all kinds of customisation available. The device is free of any type of lag and the customisation it offers helps to make the phone more user-friendly.

 

Security

The OnePlus 6T is the latest mobile phone to come with an under-display fingerprint scanner. While the traditional fingerprint scanners are a lot faster, this makes the OnePlus 6T more future-proof. With the scanner, users will be able to unlock their smartphone in around 0.34 seconds. I did have some issues while unlocking the phone. However, with prolonged usage, the scanner has adapted to unlock the device in an instant. The OnePlus 6T also comes with Face Unlock, which is one of the fastest around but not as secure as Apple’s Face ID.

 

Camera

The camera optics is one area where OnePlus smartphones have been criticised, as users have had to compromise on photography due to the pricing of the devices. The OnePlus 6T is not as good as the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 or the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, but you have to take the price into consideration. It is cheaper than these other flagship devices, and there are times when it can go neck-to-neck, if compared alongside the competition. The contrast is better and photographs taken at night come out better due to the wider aperture lens. OnePlus is currently cashing in a lot on its Nightscape feature. It has stated that the cameras will take various aspects like HDR, detail optimisation, noise reduction, and multi-frame stabilisation into consideration to take colourful pictures even in dark environments. However, the pictures I took came out with a paint-like effect, and that wasn’t a pretty sight to look at.

When using the Portrait feature, there are times when the 6T comes out on top. However, under artificial light, the skin of subjects comes out with a softer touch. The 16-megapixel selfie shooter also smoothens out the skin of subjects, and some details are lost. 

Hardware

The major complaint about the OnePlus 6T has been its lack of a headphone jack. For years now, the company had taunted companies that ditched the headphone jack. However, OnePlus itself has completely given up on the headphone jack as this removal made way for the under-display fingerprint scanner and a larger battery. But with wireless technology not yet a household feature and the sound quality not being better wired headphones, this choice from OnePlus is really strange.

In terms of storage, the OnePlus 6T comes with 128 GB of memory with no expandable storage support. There is support for an extra SIM card though. There are also two speaker grills on the bottom of the device with only one of the two serving as a speaker. The speaker is loud but it lacks a stereo effect and doesn’t produce that ‘flagship-level’ audio at all.

 

Battery

There is a larger 3,700 mAh battery on the OnePlus 6T. This battery provides around 7-8 hours of screen-time, depending on the usage, which translates to a day of battery life. This battery is chargeable with the OnePlus’ 20W fast-charger. This charger is one of the fastest ones around as it is able to charge the 3,700 mAh battery at a similar time as the OnePlus 6’s 3,300 mAh battery.

 

Conclusion

In conclusion, the OnePlus 6T is one of the best performing smartphones of 2018. However, there are a few compromises the device makes. It lacks a headphone jack, doesn’t have a high-res display, official IP rating and stereo speakers. But you have to take the price into consideration. Flagship devices from Samsung, Huawei and Apple are priced way over Rs 100,000, and the OnePlus 6T is priced Rs. 69,999. For that price all that this smartphone offers is second to none.

Published: 13-11-2018 08:03

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