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OnePlus 6T gets announced with in-display fingerprint scanner

Originally expected to take the wraps off its latest flagship on October 30, OnePlus has unveiled the OnePlus 6T a day earlier. This happened because Apple also announced a press event on October 30, so the company didn’t want to risk sharing the spotlight with Cupertino.

So the often-leak OnePlus 6T went official today, and as expected it comes boasting a waterdrop-shaped notch, an in-display fingerprint scanner and a big battery.

Specs

  • Optic 6.41-inch AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB/8GB of RAM
  • 128GB/256GB of storage
  • Main dual 16MP (f/1.7) +20MP (f/1.7)
  • Selfie 16MP (f/2.0)
  • 3,700 mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with OxygenOS

The main improvement compared to the OnePlus 6 it’s the in-display fingerprint scanner which the company dubs Screen Unlock. According to OnePlus, the technology can unlock the phone in as little as a third of a second.

This is an optical in-display sensor which uses light from the display to illuminate the finger as it’s being read. The reader is secure enough to be used for Android Pay transactions.

There some upgrades in the camera department, mostly software-wise. There’s a new Nightscape mode which is basically a souped-up HDR night mode that takes advantage of visual info from several frames to enhance details. It also reduces noise and motion blur.

Portrait Mode also gets a new studio lighting feature, so users can accentuate certain areas of the shot by controlling the luminosity of that particular area.

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The OnePlus 6T also has one of the biggest batteries we’ve seen in a OnePlus device so far. It of 3,700 mAh variety, as opposed to the OnePlus 6’s 3,300 mAh juice box. The company says this should provide a 23% increase in battery life.

Pricing and availability

At launch, the OnePlus 6T will become available in Mirror Black or Midnight Black. There are three configurations available as follows:

  • 6GB of RAM + 128GB of storage – $549
  • 8GB of RAM + 128GB of storage – $579
  • 8GB of RAM + 256GB of storage – $629

The phone will go on sale in the US in 3 days, so on November 2.In the country, the phone is going to be available via one of the country’s main carriers, T-Mobile.

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As for India, the device will start selling on November 1 on Amazon India. You pre-book it starting now.