OnePlus 6T launch event began in New York with the founder Pete Lau taking the stage to show off its flagship smartphone. Lau called the OnePlus 6T's launch in the US the "biggest step" in the company's history. The company announced a partnership with T-Mobile in the US, which is big news for the US market. OnePlus 6T is the successor to the OnePlus 6, which was launched earlier this year in India. Kyle Kiang, OnePlus' North America head took to the stage to talk about the smartphone. He said OnePlus has become the number 1 premium smartphone brand in India. OnePlus 6T will be available in two colours -- Mirror Black and Midnight Black.
The OnePlus 6T price is the thing that most people are waiting for because a lot else about the phone has either been announced by OnePlus or can be guessed easily. Much of the focus before the event has been on the fact that the OnePlus 6T is going to ship with an in-display fingerprint reader. OnePlus is calling this technology "Screen Unlock". This is something we have seen before on phones from Vivo, which is owned by the same parent company as OnePlus. The company said it tried this technology on the OnePlus 5T, but it didn't ship that tech in the previous phone because it "wasn't ready". OnePlus 6T can apparently be unlocked in 0.34 seconds via Screen Unlock, the company claims. The company says these fingerprints are stored on device.
OnePlus 6T has a new low-light photography mode called Nightscape, which allows people to capture better details from photos shot in poor lighting conditions, OnePlus claims. Nightscape is coming to OnePlus 6 via a software update starting later this week, the company announced. OnePlus has also improved the portrait photography mode on its new smartphone, the company said. It has a new portrait mode called Studio Lighting.
OnePlus also promised the best gaming performance at the launch event, with PUBG Mobile loading up to 20 percent faster. The company also said that OnePlus 6T has 23 percent better battery life than the OnePlus 6. OnePlus also claimed that its software system is one of the most stable among Android manufacturers. The company claims that switching between recent apps is smooth and it showed of new gestures to accompany this.
All of this is being revealed at the OnePlus 6T event, which you can watch live below.
OnePlus 6T ships with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and three variants -- 6GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage, 8GB RAM with 128GB storage, and 8GB of RAM with 256GB storage. OnePlus 6T features a dewdrop style notch, which leaves space only for the selfie camera at the top. The smartphone doesn't feature a headphone jack, which makes this the first OnePlus phone to ship without this feature. OnePlus 6T also features an in-display fingerprint reader. The smartphone has a dual rear camera setup, with a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 20-megapixel secondary sensor, both of which have f/1.7 aperture. The camera supports OIS and EIS and 480 fps slow-mo videos. The OnePlus 6T has a 16-megapixel front camera too. OnePlus 6T features a 6.41-inch display with a waterdrop style notch. It has a 19.5"9 aspect ratio. The smartphone weighs 185 grams.
On the software front, OnePlus 6T ships with OxygenOS based on Android 9.0 Pie. OnePlus has also mentioned that it will have tweaks to the UI and introduce new gestures to perform certain actions. We can also expect camera improvements via software tweaks. All of this and more will be revealed during the launch event. Unfortunately, the OnePlus 6T won't feature wireless charging or an IP rating for water and dust resistance. OnePlus also announced that the Bullets headphones will now be available in the USB Type-C variant. There's a new colour variant for the Bullets Wireless headphones. The company also unveiled a new OnePlus Explorer Backpack. There will be seven OnePlus cases for the OnePlus 6T. Bullets Wireless cost $69. Bullets Type-C will cost $20. OnePlus Explorer Backpack will retail at $99.
OnePlus 6T US price is $549 (roughly Rs. 41,000) for the 6GB RAM 128GB storage variant, $579 for the 8GB/ 128GB variant, and $629 for 8GB RAM/ 256GB storage variant. The India price is not expected to be announced at the event and at the moment, it is expected to be around Rs. 40,000. The smartphone will be available from November 1 in North America and November 6 in Europe.
We also know that OnePlus 6T launch in India is going to be accompanied by some nice launch offers. This includes a cashback of Rs. 5,400 via Reliance Jio and Rs. 2,000 via ICICI Bank and Citi Bank. The phone will also be sold offline via Reliance Digital stores in India.
Has OnePlus 6T removed the best features of the OnePlus 6? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.