Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has built its reputation on offering the latest specs for a cheaper price than comparable devices from Apple, Google and Samsung.
The company’s latest device, the $549 OnePlus 6T available online and from T-Mobile nationwide on Nov. 1, is no exception to this formula. This time, however, the device has added a few tricks that not just put it on equal footing to the iPhone XR, Galaxy S9 and Google Pixel 3 but actually help it stand out.
First the basics.As one would expect, the 6T runs a speedy Qualcomm 845 Snapdragon processor, has a large 6.41-inch AMOLED display (up from the 6.28-inch display on the OnePlus 6) with dual rear cameras on the back and a single shooter on the front similar to its predecessor. The front camera has actually seen its notch cutout reduced, making the phone seem more like a full display than other “notched” phones such as the iPhone XS, Pixel 3 XL, LG V40 and the company’s 6.
Thanks to the larger size, OnePlus has upped the battery to 3700 mAh to improve the phone’s battery life. The company’s fast charging can still give a roughly 50% charge in half an hour when using OnePlus’ included cable and power adapter.
The phone runs the latest Android 9 Pie software with just a few OnePlus tweaks and supports the latest LTE networks from AT&T, T-Mobile, and yes, for the first time, Verizon. It can be bought unlocked online—though, in another first for the company, it will also be available in the U.S. at T-Mobile stores and on the carrier’s website.
Three different models will be available with varying storage capacities. The $549 model will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, a $579 model will come with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage and a $629 version will include 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Power users will appreciate the additional RAM when it comes to gaming or heavy multi-tasking.
Black is currently the only color offered, though, depending on the model, you will have the option of a glossy, shiny “mirror black” or a matte, smooth “midnight black.”
The three models will be available on the company’s website, though T-Mobile will only be carrying the $579 model in “mirror black.”
A new feature adds a new trick to a familiar device
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