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OnePlus 6T Launch: In-Display Fingerprint Unlock, Tiny Notch, No Headphone Jack

The long-awaited OnePlus 6T has finally launched 11 PM SGT today, 29th October 2018. The OnePlus 6T is wildly different from the OnePlus 6 launched in May earlier this year, both on the outside and within. The OnePlus 6 was wildly successful, selling 1 million units in three short weeks, and was especially popular in India.

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The headline feature on the OnePlus 6T is the new Screen Unlock, which uses a unique in-display fingerprint sensor for convenient unlocking especially when the device is set on a surface. This technology reads the finger with a sensor and light-emitter combination to detect light bouncing off individual ridges. With an unlock speed of 0.34s, OnePlus boasts that this technology is the fastest in-display unlocking in the world. A self-learning algorithm learns the fingerprint for unlocking that gets quicker and more responsive, while storage information is stored on device for security. OnePlus claims this technology is as secure as the OnePlus 6.

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At 6.41 inches, the Gorilla Glass 6-clad 19.5:9 AMOLED display is colour calibrated for sRGB and DCI-P3, along with options for custom colour and an adaptive mode. The notch and chin has been greatly reduced from the OnePlus 6, allowing for a more immersive display. The display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340p, retaining the 402 ppi pixel density from the previous OnePlus 6. While still vaguely present, the antennas on the chin on the OnePlus 6T are able to support more global bands with 233 carriers in 74 countries.

Two finishes will available: Mirror Black, like ceramic models before, and Midnight Black, which is more metallic. OnePlus sticks to industrial design on these phones, focussing on a slim and light form factor, which it delivers with these glass-and-metal devices. Despite the glass back, wireless charging is still not available on the One Plus 6T.

Dual cameras adorn the rear of the OnePlus 6T: a 16-megapixel and a 20-megapixel unit, both with f1.7 aperture lenses. It is able to support 480fps slow-mo. On the OnePlus 6T, the company has focussed on low-light photography, with a new Nightscape feature that allows users to capture images in low light conditions with short exposures of two seconds. It features a new low-light HDR algorithm that focusses on multi-frame stabilisation, noise reduction and detail optimisation. Studio lighting for portraits have also come to the OnePlus 6T, a similar feature found on most flagships.

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The OnePlus 6T is powered with a flagship-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, with Adreno 630 graphics, a combination found on thousand-dollar-plus flagships like the Note 9 and Pixel 3. The phone will be available in two configurations: one with 6GB of RAM with 128GB of storage, and a higher tier with 8GB of RAM with 256 of storage. OnePlus has also targetted the gamers with a new Smart Boost feature that uses RAM for storage space, allowing for faster load times and frame rates. The device also sports a large 3,700 mAh battery with OnePlus Fast Charge at 5V 4A.

With Oxygen OS on the surface, powered with Android 9.0 Pie, the OnePlus 6T gives a well-designed, detailed software experience. OnePlus claims greater stability and a lower failure rate for its particular blend of Android. Navigation Gestures 2.0 makes a debut on the OnePlus 6T, with faster and more optimised gesture navigations on the device.

In terms of accessories, the OnePlus Bullets earphones will now be available in USB Type-C termination, with a high-quality Cirrus Logic DAC on board. Bullets Wireless would also be a great pair with the phones, and will be available in a new red fifth anniversary edition.

The OnePlus 6T launches at USD 549 (SGD 758) for the 6/128GB version that is unique to the Mirror Black finish, USD 579 (SGD 800) for the 8/128GB available in both Mirror Black and Midnight Black, and a top-tier USD 629 (SGD 869) version at 8/256GB exclusively available in Midnight Black.

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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