OnePlus 6T review: Making affordable unbeatable

OnePlus 6T review: Making affordable unbeatable

Curated via Twitter from Mashable’s twitter account….

According to OnePlus, the in-display sensor isn’t made by Synaptics, which built the not-so-good one used in Vivo phones, but it does work similarly, meaning it’s an optical sensor that uses the OLED screen to light up your fingerprint and then authenticate it.

On the OnePlus 6T, the Screen Unlock feature (as OnePlus calls it), unlocks with a fingerprint in 0. 34 seconds, making it noticeably faster than the in-display sensors found other phones, and only 0. 14 seconds slower than the external sensor on previous OnePlus phones.

OnePlus phones gradually get pricier with each release, but not by so much to disgust you; the 6T still costs a good amount less than a Google Pixel 3, iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 or any of the more luxurious and expensive $1,000+ phones like the iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9.

Moving on to the first of a couple of low-light tests (because that’s where the gap between phone cameras is the widest), I have to hand it to the OnePlus 6T for taking a really pretty photo of the good ol’ Empire State Building at sunset.

There’s still work to be done with the cameras to get to the Pixel and iPhone’s level, but they’re close, and OnePlus is improving them with every phone release.

It’s a good start and you need to turn it on if you want to use it for Android Pay, but I hope it gets faster on future OnePlus phones.

Past OnePlus phones have had a fingerprint reader on the front or the back, but the OnePlus 6T is the first model to have the sensor underneath the screen.

Simon Liu, OnePlus’s head of imaging, explained to me though the phone’s using AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes, they’ve tuned it to produce images that are more true to what your eyes see instead of exaggerating colors or contrast to create a more visually-appealing image (*ahem* Google *ahem*).

Shrinking the notch makes the OnePlus 6T look better than other phones, but the Face Unlock feature (fast as it is) is still less secure than Face ID.

I’m not a fan of phones saturating night shots (see how yellow the lights in the building on the right are in the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T photos), but if you’d rather trade that for sharpness, that’s not a bad way to go.

And you guys know me and my comprehensive smartphone camera comparisons (If you haven’t seen them, you should check out our iPhone XS, XR, and Pixel 3 reviews), I literally went to town to see if the OnePlus 6T’s pictures are any good.

I think the OnePlus 6T’s notch is elegant — the best-looking notch on any phone today (the ugliest being the Pixel 3 XL’s canyon-sized one).

Even an iPhone 8 Plus with an A11 Bionic chip consistently benchmarks up to 80 percent faster on single-core operations and 20 percent faster on multi-core than the OnePlus phones.

T-Mobile is the first official partner to sell the OnePlus 6T in its U. S. retail stores, but being able to buy the phone unlocked from OnePlus and bring it to Verizon is the moment Americans have been waiting years for.

With each new phone, OnePlus inches closer towards the pantheon of phones.

The OnePlus 6T continues to embarrass other more expensive Android phones with incredible features and value.

At long last, the OnePlus 6T is the first phone from the company to work on Verizon.

The OnePlus 6T is the first phone from the company to work with Verizon’s CDMA network.

OnePlus told me it wanted to include an in-display fingerprint sensor as far back as the OnePlus 5T, but the tech wasn’t good enough at the time. It is now.

I’ve reviewed every OnePlus phone except the OnePlus One and every time I get the latest model in my hands, I’m awestruck how the company can offer so much for less.

Even Google’s Pixel 3 phones locked up on me here and there, but I didn’t encounter any lockups on the OnePlus 6T.

Didn’t the OnePlus 6 just come out six months ago and set the bar for a value-packed premium Android phone? It sure did!

As someone who has reviewed two OnePlus phones a year for the last few years, I know exactly where OnePlus’s cameras stand in the mobile landscape.

The OnePlus 6T improves on its predecessor and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The OnePlus 6T is the company’s best phone and arguably the best Android phone of the year.

There are phones with higher resolution than the OnePlus 6T’s 2,340 x 1,080 (402 pixels per inch) display, but at this point counting pixels is a thing nobody should be worrying about.

I’m also happy to see that many apps like YouTube, which didn’t work properly to support the OnePlus 6’s edge-to-edge display and instead chopped content right below the notch, are now working properly.

The 3T was the last OnePlus phone to have a larger battery, jumping to 3,400 mAh from the 3’s 3,000 mAh.

Both of these features have been absent from OnePlus phones, and while it would have been a good to finally see them both, neither is unforgivable.

But unlike other phones that cram more into a glass-and-metal sandwich to justify ballooning prices, OnePlus keeps pushing innovation forward without charging an arm and a leg.

With Verizon SIM cards in the OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS, I tested their LTE download and upload speeds using Ookla’s Speedtest app (disclosure: Mashable parent company Ziff Davis also owns Ookla) and just as I saw when I pitted the OnePlus 6 versus iPhone X, the 6T came out on top.

Arguably the biggest shortcoming for previous OnePlus phones was cellular network compatibility. In the U. S. , the phones only worked on T-Mobile and AT&T, or any network that runs on GSM.

On paper at least, that means OnePlus’ phones are faster than the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

I miss the OnePlus 6’s slightly thinner profile (the 6T is 0. 05 inches or 1. 27mm thicker), and it weighs a tad less, but I got used to the thicker 6T just like I did with switching from my iPhone XS to the iPhone XR during its review period.

While the OnePlus 6 had one of the smaller phone notches, the 6T’s is even smaller.

OnePlus says the display glass is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which is more scratch-resistant than the Gorilla Glass 5 on the OnePlus 6, but I didn’t take knives or keys to the screen to test its durability.

The OnePlus 6T’s screen is bigger than the OnePlus 6’s thanks to a thinner bottom "chin" bezel. And it looks so good.

However, comparing it with the OnePlus 6 and the other phones, we can determine it’s not the best, at least not in this backlit scenario.

The reasons to get an iPhone are different — iOS, iMessage, and the Apple brand prestige are valid ones — but if you’ve got no reason to lock yourself to Apple’s ecosystem, my recommendation for the OnePlus 6T couldn’t be greater.

For the general Android software, OnePlus seems to be leapfrogging Google with better performance and more intuitive gestures.

And lead the new OnePlus 6T phone does.

Of the four photos, the OnePlus 6T seems to be a good middle ground between exposing details from corner-to-corner and color accuracy.

The OnePlus 6T’s Screen Unlock is quick, but not as quick or responsive as the OnePlus 6’s external fingerprint reader.

Like all OnePlus phones, the 6T has fast charging with the included fast power adapter and cable.

Nobody builds a phone with so much bang for the buck like OnePlus.

Nobody builds a phone with so much bang for the buck like OnePlus.

As fantastic as the OnePlus 6 hardware and pricing is, mimicking the best parts of the most popular phones and selling them in your own device can only get you so far.

I also got more failed fingerprint attempts with the in-display sensor compared to on the OnePlus 6.

The performance gap is even larger comparing the OnePlus 6T to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR which are powered by an even beefier A12 Bionic chip.

In its current form, Screen Unlock is vastly superior to anything similar out there, and kudos to OnePlus for accomplishing something Samsung and Google haven’t yet.

Though the height is a hair shorter and the width is identical to the 6, OnePlus has squeezed a larger 6. 41-inch Samsung-made AMOLED display by shrinking the bottom “chin” bezel.

With the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, and the same 6GB (or 8GB, if you splurge) of RAM, and the same OxygenOS 9 (based on Android 9 Pie) system software, the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6 perform almost identically.

Compared to the OnePlus 6, the only thing that’s changed with the cameras is the software that processes your shots.

It’s the same “teardrop” notch used by the Oppo R17, which shouldn’t surprise you since OnePlus and Oppo are backed by the same Chinese electronics giant (BBK) and share supply chains.

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OnePlus 6T review: Making affordable unbeatable

OnePlus 6T review: Making affordable unbeatable

Curated via Twitter from FutureShift’s twitter account….

According to OnePlus, the in-display sensor isn’t made by Synaptics, which built the not-so-good one used in Vivo phones, but it does work similarly, meaning it’s an optical sensor that uses the OLED screen to light up your fingerprint and then authenticate it.

On the OnePlus 6T, the Screen Unlock feature (as OnePlus calls it), unlocks with a fingerprint in 0. 34 seconds, making it noticeably faster than the in-display sensors found other phones, and only 0. 14 seconds slower than the external sensor on previous OnePlus phones.

OnePlus phones gradually get pricier with each release, but not by so much to disgust you; the 6T still costs a good amount less than a Google Pixel 3, iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 or any of the more luxurious and expensive $1,000+ phones like the iPhone XS and Galaxy Note 9.

Moving on to the first of a couple of low-light tests (because that’s where the gap between phone cameras is the widest), I have to hand it to the OnePlus 6T for taking a really pretty photo of the good ol’ Empire State Building at sunset.

There’s still work to be done with the cameras to get to the Pixel and iPhone’s level, but they’re close, and OnePlus is improving them with every phone release.

It’s a good start and you need to turn it on if you want to use it for Android Pay, but I hope it gets faster on future OnePlus phones.

Past OnePlus phones have had a fingerprint reader on the front or the back, but the OnePlus 6T is the first model to have the sensor underneath the screen.

Simon Liu, OnePlus’s head of imaging, explained to me though the phone’s using AI to recognize people, objects, and scenes, they’ve tuned it to produce images that are more true to what your eyes see instead of exaggerating colors or contrast to create a more visually-appealing image (*ahem* Google *ahem*).

Shrinking the notch makes the OnePlus 6T look better than other phones, but the Face Unlock feature (fast as it is) is still less secure than Face ID.

I’m not a fan of phones saturating night shots (see how yellow the lights in the building on the right are in the Pixel 3 and OnePlus 6T photos), but if you’d rather trade that for sharpness, that’s not a bad way to go.

And you guys know me and my comprehensive smartphone camera comparisons (If you haven’t seen them, you should check out our iPhone XS, XR, and Pixel 3 reviews), I literally went to town to see if the OnePlus 6T’s pictures are any good.

I think the OnePlus 6T’s notch is elegant — the best-looking notch on any phone today (the ugliest being the Pixel 3 XL’s canyon-sized one).

Even an iPhone 8 Plus with an A11 Bionic chip consistently benchmarks up to 80 percent faster on single-core operations and 20 percent faster on multi-core than the OnePlus phones.

T-Mobile is the first official partner to sell the OnePlus 6T in its U. S. retail stores, but being able to buy the phone unlocked from OnePlus and bring it to Verizon is the moment Americans have been waiting years for.

With each new phone, OnePlus inches closer towards the pantheon of phones.

The OnePlus 6T continues to embarrass other more expensive Android phones with incredible features and value.

At long last, the OnePlus 6T is the first phone from the company to work on Verizon.

The OnePlus 6T is the first phone from the company to work with Verizon’s CDMA network.

OnePlus told me it wanted to include an in-display fingerprint sensor as far back as the OnePlus 5T, but the tech wasn’t good enough at the time. It is now.

I’ve reviewed every OnePlus phone except the OnePlus One and every time I get the latest model in my hands, I’m awestruck how the company can offer so much for less.

Even Google’s Pixel 3 phones locked up on me here and there, but I didn’t encounter any lockups on the OnePlus 6T.

Didn’t the OnePlus 6 just come out six months ago and set the bar for a value-packed premium Android phone? It sure did!

As someone who has reviewed two OnePlus phones a year for the last few years, I know exactly where OnePlus’s cameras stand in the mobile landscape.

The OnePlus 6T improves on its predecessor and pushes mobile innovation further with choices like a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor.

The OnePlus 6T is the company’s best phone and arguably the best Android phone of the year.

There are phones with higher resolution than the OnePlus 6T’s 2,340 x 1,080 (402 pixels per inch) display, but at this point counting pixels is a thing nobody should be worrying about.

I’m also happy to see that many apps like YouTube, which didn’t work properly to support the OnePlus 6’s edge-to-edge display and instead chopped content right below the notch, are now working properly.

The 3T was the last OnePlus phone to have a larger battery, jumping to 3,400 mAh from the 3’s 3,000 mAh.

Both of these features have been absent from OnePlus phones, and while it would have been a good to finally see them both, neither is unforgivable.

But unlike other phones that cram more into a glass-and-metal sandwich to justify ballooning prices, OnePlus keeps pushing innovation forward without charging an arm and a leg.

With Verizon SIM cards in the OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR, and iPhone XS, I tested their LTE download and upload speeds using Ookla’s Speedtest app (disclosure: Mashable parent company Ziff Davis also owns Ookla) and just as I saw when I pitted the OnePlus 6 versus iPhone X, the 6T came out on top.

Arguably the biggest shortcoming for previous OnePlus phones was cellular network compatibility. In the U. S. , the phones only worked on T-Mobile and AT&T, or any network that runs on GSM.

On paper at least, that means OnePlus’ phones are faster than the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL as well as Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

I miss the OnePlus 6’s slightly thinner profile (the 6T is 0. 05 inches or 1. 27mm thicker), and it weighs a tad less, but I got used to the thicker 6T just like I did with switching from my iPhone XS to the iPhone XR during its review period.

While the OnePlus 6 had one of the smaller phone notches, the 6T’s is even smaller.

OnePlus says the display glass is made from Corning Gorilla Glass 6, which is more scratch-resistant than the Gorilla Glass 5 on the OnePlus 6, but I didn’t take knives or keys to the screen to test its durability.

The OnePlus 6T’s screen is bigger than the OnePlus 6’s thanks to a thinner bottom "chin" bezel. And it looks so good.

However, comparing it with the OnePlus 6 and the other phones, we can determine it’s not the best, at least not in this backlit scenario.

The reasons to get an iPhone are different — iOS, iMessage, and the Apple brand prestige are valid ones — but if you’ve got no reason to lock yourself to Apple’s ecosystem, my recommendation for the OnePlus 6T couldn’t be greater.

For the general Android software, OnePlus seems to be leapfrogging Google with better performance and more intuitive gestures.

And lead the new OnePlus 6T phone does.

Of the four photos, the OnePlus 6T seems to be a good middle ground between exposing details from corner-to-corner and color accuracy.

The OnePlus 6T’s Screen Unlock is quick, but not as quick or responsive as the OnePlus 6’s external fingerprint reader.

Like all OnePlus phones, the 6T has fast charging with the included fast power adapter and cable.

Nobody builds a phone with so much bang for the buck like OnePlus.

Nobody builds a phone with so much bang for the buck like OnePlus.

As fantastic as the OnePlus 6 hardware and pricing is, mimicking the best parts of the most popular phones and selling them in your own device can only get you so far.

I also got more failed fingerprint attempts with the in-display sensor compared to on the OnePlus 6.

The performance gap is even larger comparing the OnePlus 6T to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR which are powered by an even beefier A12 Bionic chip.

In its current form, Screen Unlock is vastly superior to anything similar out there, and kudos to OnePlus for accomplishing something Samsung and Google haven’t yet.

Though the height is a hair shorter and the width is identical to the 6, OnePlus has squeezed a larger 6. 41-inch Samsung-made AMOLED display by shrinking the bottom “chin” bezel.

With the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, and the same 6GB (or 8GB, if you splurge) of RAM, and the same OxygenOS 9 (based on Android 9 Pie) system software, the OnePlus 6T and OnePlus 6 perform almost identically.

Compared to the OnePlus 6, the only thing that’s changed with the cameras is the software that processes your shots.

It’s the same “teardrop” notch used by the Oppo R17, which shouldn’t surprise you since OnePlus and Oppo are backed by the same Chinese electronics giant (BBK) and share supply chains.

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