Update [Dec 12]: OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is here
We knew that OnePlus is bringing a McLaren edition of the 6T, but most people are obviously looking for the availability and price details of the phone, which we have for you.
The renowned luxury carmaker and the smartphone flagship killer came together for what is now the latter’s most expensive ever piece of hardware yet, but it is also the most affordable compared to other smartphones made in partnership with luxury carmakers. The McLaren OnePlus 6T is mostly the same device as the model that’s already launched, however, it has its own perks that separate it from the rest of the 6T fraternity.
In addition to the McLaren-inspired cosmetics, this special edition 6T has a whopping 10GB RAM allied to 256GB of non-expandable storage and supports the company’s new Warp Charge 30W fast charging technology that promises 50% charge of the 3700mAh battery with just 20 minutes of charging. That’s super fast, really!
OnePlus says the new technology will also keep the phone cool during charging as well as keep charging it faster even when in use.
If you are in the U.S. and Western Europe, the McLaren OnePlus 6T is available beginning December 13th. Those in India, China, and the Nordics will get it soon after. Prices in the U.S. and Europe are $699 and €699 (£649 in the UK), respectively.
After months of rumors, OnePlus 6T has now been launched. The phone picks up from where the OnePlus 6 left off by improving on the design and performance, battery capacity and photography while still managing to keep a very affordable price tag. What’s even more interesting is that the 6T becomes the first smartphone to enter the U.S. market bearing an in-display fingerprint scanner. Furthermore, the phone is the company’s first to be sold through a U.S. carrier, T-Mobile, meaning it will be available for financing.
What makes OnePlus 6T an even more interesting proposition for those in the U.S. is that it supports Verizon Wireless, the first of its kind from the company. Pop a Verizon SIM card into the 6T and you are good to go. It’s as simple as that! When done, you’ll be able to enjoy the Big Red’s primary LTE band as well as things like Wi-Fi Calling and VoLTE. For those who would like to join Verizon, simply grab the 6T and walk into a Verizon store for activation. This makes the phone a big deal for the U.S. market given Verizon is the biggest network in the country. In total, OnePlus says the 6T is compatible with up to 233 carriers in 74 countries across the globe. Well done, guys!
OnePlus 6T specs
- 6.41-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ Optic AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 6GB or 8GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB storage
- Dual 16MP +20MP main camera
- 16MP front camera
- 3,700mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, In-display FPS, Face unlock, etc.
OnePlus is known for churning out devices that boast massive raw power for efficient performance that remains stable over a long time. This is exactly what the OnePlus 6T aims to offer. The phone packs the best performance hardware you can expect in any 2018 smartphone and to ensure it matches the latest standards, the 6T comes preinstalled with Android 9 Pie out of the box. The OxygenOS skin running on top of Pie has become a darling for many because it doesn’t get into the way of what should be a great experience, only adding things that are actually supposed to be there.
Besides rocking such top-end specs, the 6T also comes with what the company calls Smart Boost, which is a technology that temporarily turns the devices RAM to storage in order to speed up load times, something that should be handy for gamers. As noted earlier, you get a fingerprint scanner under the display which OnePlus says it only needs 0.34 seconds to unlock your phone. If that’s not enough, you also get support for face unlock, although it still uses the selfie camera, meaning it is yet to be as secure as Apple’s 3D Face ID.
With the display screen having grown bigger, OnePlus saw it fit to increase the battery size to 3700mAh, something that was warmly applauded by those attending the launch event in New York City. The phone comes with OnePlus Fast Charge technology that has proven time and again that its one of the best. You still get a USB-C port, but the 6T becomes the first from the company to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack, although you’ll find a USB-C to 3.5mm dongle inside the box.
Although you are getting just about the same camera hardware as OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T comes with software-based tweaks that give it an edge over the former. One of the features is known as Nightscape, which is basically a version of Google’s Night Sight that is meant to improve the camera performance in low light conditions, and the other is Studio Lighting, which is basically what it sounds like. For OnePlus 6 users, don’t worry much because the feature will be rolled out via a software update.
Like OnePlus did try avoiding bringing up the notch on stage but eventually did, so have we. It’s still there, although with a much better take on the design and size. The teardrop-style design looks awesome and it’s now way smaller than the one used on OnePlus 6 and quite minute when compared to the gigantic notch on the Google Pixel 3 XL.
Price and availability
OnePlus 6T was unveiled on October 29 in the U.S. and became available in the country through T-Mobile. The base model goes for $549 while the 8/128GB variant can be had for $579. To get your hands on the high-end 8/256GB variant, you’ll need $629, however, it is only the middle model that will be available on T-Mobile, but of course, you can always grab another configuration from the official OnePlus store and activate it on the Magenta carrier.
While T-Mobile became the first to open OnePlus 6T sales on the very same day it was launched, a wider availability in the U.S. begins on November 1st. This is the same day the phone will be available in India, but those in Europe will have to wait until November 6th, which is when local pricing will be revealed.
OnePlus 6T has a tempered glass screen protector joining the out-of-the-box plastic version that quite wasn’t some people’s preferred choice. Of course, tempered glass offers much better protection than plastic, even so, you still get the screen protector at a decent price of just $20.95.
Devices eligible for trade-in at T-Mobile
At T-Mobile, you can also get over $300 off the price of the 6T by trading in an eligible device. Long-term OnePlus fans will be glad to know that they can trade-in any OnePlus smartphone, all the way from OnePlus One to OnePlus 6. If you have an iPhone 6, iPhone 8 Plus or any iPhone released in between these two, you can trade-in your device for a new 6T. The story is the same for owners of the Galaxy Note 5, Note 8 and the entire Galaxy S6, S7 and S8 series.
LG, Motorola and Google owners are not left behind either, where users of the LG V20, V30, V30+, G6, and G7 ThinQ; Moto Z2 Force, Moto Z2 Play, and Nexus 6; and Google Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL can also trade-in their handset for a new OnePlus 6T via the Un-carrier.