OnePlus 6T test: blurring between mid-range and premium smartphones

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The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has become one of the most successful premium mobile phone brands in recent years. Known for its flagship devices with top-of-the-line specifications at competitive prices, the smartphone maker seems to have lived up to its name with the recently launched OnePlus 6T.

A successor to the OnePlus 6 (review)The T-Edition, which was introduced earlier this year, has been updated several times. Most of the newer changes – higher battery capacity, a new screen format, and an in-display fingerprint sensor – are helpful. For some flagship features, such as For example, IP (intrusion protection) for water and dust resistance, stereo speakers, HDR display, and wireless charging, the phone may have a few rough edges. The OnePlus 6T also eliminates the 3.5mm audio output jack, which is not suitable for users who are used to wired headsets.

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design

The OnePlus 6T looks almost exactly like its predecessor, but has a larger screen, no fingerprint sensor on the back and no 3.5mm audio jack on the bottom. These three are the most noticeable differences between OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T. Although the latter has a larger 6.4-inch screen (compared to its predecessor's 6.28-inch predecessor), the dimensional and overall shape factor change is incremental, as the new format format extends from edge to edge and no Aperture on the front of the screen allows lower chin Removing the fingerprint sensor from the back of a fingerprint sensor in the display makes the back uniform. The bottom panel without 3.5 audio jack now has five holes on both sides of the USB Type C data transfer, charging and audio output ports.

The newer phone looks different and feels similar to the older one. It continues with a design language of glass, metal and glass, which is smooth, but still high quality.

Display and fingerprint sensor

The OnePlus 6T features a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with a total resolution of HD + (2340 x 1080 pixels) stretched in an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9. Unlike the OnePlus 6, the screen of the & # 39; T & # 39; edition has a tiny notch (water droplet) that only the front camera can capture. The handset and sensors moved to the thin bezel above the screen. On the screen is also the optical fingerprint sensor, which sits under the display panel and forms part of it as a biometric recognition module. Although the sensor is not flawlessly fast and accurate compared to traditional sensors, it is better than the previous iteration of the in-display fingerprint sensor seen on Vivo smartphones.

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The screen is bright and lively. In addition to the standard mode, it also supports three preset calibration modes – sRGB, DCI-P3 and adaptive mode – as well as a user-defined mode for switching between warm and cold shades. In most cases, adaptive mode works well to automatically adjust the screen sound to ambient light conditions. Adding the sRGB and DCI-P3 modes makes the screen perfect for perfectionists, too.

Although the screen does not have HDR capabilities, it supports WideVine L1 DRM services, which are required to stream HD video content over OTT (OTT) applications such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Videos, and more. Due to an unconventional aspect ratio, the screen is not fully used by these video streaming services and shows a thick black bar on both sides when viewed horizontally.

Overall, the screen is good, but not class leading. It makes deep blacks and is easy to read in sunlight. A non-optimized aspect ratio reduces the overall benefit, but the problem is not limited to OnePlus 6T. It can be seen on all Android smartphones with unconventional aspect ratios.

camera

The OnePlus 6T has a dual camera module on the back with a 16 megapixel primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor. Both sensors have an aperture size of 1: 1.7 and support autofocus for phase detection. However, the primary sensor also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). On the front there is a 16-megapixel sensor with a aperture of 1: 2.0.

The camera modules are taken directly from the OnePlus 6.

Therefore, the photo and video outputs are similar, ie satisfactory. As part of an upgrade, the OnePlus 6T has two additional modes: Nightscape and Studio Lighting. Night scene shooting is designed to capture better images in low light conditions, and the studio lighting mode enhances portrait photography by balancing the lighting. Night Scape mode is automatically played in low light conditions and illuminates the frame for more detail. This results in balanced shots in low light and less noise. The Huawei P20 Pro (review) and Google Pixel 3 Series (Review) They also have similar night-time photography features, and both of these phones have amazing frames. The OnePlus 6T output is not as good as the other two. Nevertheless, such a mode is always a good improvement in imaging capabilities, especially for a premium mid-range smartphone such as OnePlus 6T.

The OnePlus 6T Studio Lighting Mode for portraiture is a mix of hits and misses. It does not make a big difference to the overall performance. However, it can be improved over time through updates.

performance

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In terms of specifications, the OnePlus 6T has not changed much, except that it has 128GB of internal memory (base model) compared to the 64GB of its predecessor. Although the phones have similar specifications, the OnePlus 6T has around 500 software-level improvements. These would also be transferred to the OnePlus 6 in the future, but the OnePlus 6T will have an advantage by then.

Apart from these differences, the two OnePlus phones look similar in every way, including the new Android Pie-based OxygenOS operating system. New gesture-based navigation, quick-effects transition effects, and a dark design to optimize all apps and open in dark mode have been improved in the latter version.

The OnePlus 6T also features improved game mode and smart boost technology for improved gaming performance. With the new game mode, it's convenient to accept and answer notifications without affecting the gaming experience. The Smart Boost technology works in the background and goes unnoticed until you compare the gaming performance by leaving the OnePlus 6T with any other smartphone with similar specifications. Compared with that LG G7 ThinQ (Review)The OnePlus 6T loads graphics-intensive game titles like PUBG and Asphalt 9 faster and maintains a consistent frame rate.

The power supply to the OnePlus 6T is a 3,700 mAh battery that will run for about two days during normal use. Battery life shortens to almost a day when the phone is being used for energy-intensive tasks, such as running a car. For example, for streaming online videos with maximum display brightness, for graphics-intensive games, or using the smartphone as a hotspot device for Internet sharing, etc. The phone comes with Dash charging technology that reduces the battery from zero to 100 in one hour Percent. The good news is that the charger included with the device supports the charging of Dash. So you do not have to buy one separately. The disadvantage, however, is that the Dash Charge is a proprietary technology that works only with the charger supplied by OnePlus, not with another charger or cable. Although the phone supports charging via other chargers and USB Type-C cables, it does not charge as fast. It takes more than two hours to replenish the battery from zero to 100 percent.

judgment

The OnePlus 6T at Rs 37,999, Rs 41,999 and Rs 45,999 for 6GB / 128GB, 8GB / 128GB and 8GB / 256GB versions is another step in the company's transition from a mid-size flagship manufacturer to a premium brand. Of the three subsidiaries of Chinese BKK Electronics, OnePlus is not at the forefront of innovation. Oppo and Vivo are. Therefore, the OnePlus 6T has neither a radical design change nor a unique feature. It features a water-drop display reminiscent of Oppo smartphones and a fingerprint sensor pioneered by Vivo. However, OnePlus has done a good job of bringing the best of both worlds together on a smartphone that does not cost a bomb yet has modern design, features, and first-rate specifications. These make the OnePlus 6T a worthy smartphone in its segment.

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