In a crowded month-plus of phone releases, Android might have saved the best for last. It’s no easy task to follow the Galaxy Note 9, Pixel 3 XL, Mate 20 Pro, and iPhone XS Max, but the OnePlus 6T might just give Samsung, Google, Huawei, and even Apple a reason to be concerned.

The $549 6T is easily OnePlus’s most exciting release since the original One. Back then, it was the company’s invitation-only ordering and premium-specs-for-less promise that made the One such a hyped phone, and for good reason. It might not have had all the bells and whistles of a Galaxy S5 or HTC One M8, but the One was close enough to make some noise.

Four and a half years later, that noise has turned into a sonic boom. As with the 6, the OnePlus 6T is virtually indistinguishable from the premium phones it emulates, with specs, screen quality, physical design, and all-around innovation to match any handset out there:

  • Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.9 x 8.2mm
  • Display: 6.4-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED Full HD 2340 x 1080
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB/8 GB
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Rear camera: Dual 16MP, OIS, f/1.7 + 20MP, f/1.7
  • Front camera: 20MP, f/1.7
  • Colors: Mirror black, matte black

It’s important to note these specs match up extremely well with the OnePlus 6, which received our Editor’s Choice award in June:

  • Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm
  • Display: 6.26 inch 19:9 AMOLED Full HD 2280 x 1080
  • Processor: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6GB/8GB
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Main camera: Dual 16MP, OIS, f/1.7 + 20 MP, f/1.7
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0
  • Colors: Mirror black, matte black, white

But for the first time with a OnePlus phone, the 6T’s awesome specs don’t tell the whole story.

Shrinking notch, invisible fingerprint sensor

The OnePlus 6T is slightly bigger and thicker than the 6 thanks to a larger screen, but it’s not something you’re likely to notice while using it. What you will notice is the notch. That’s because it’s way smaller than on the 6, with a “teardrop” design like the Essential Phone and Mate 20. It’s so small and unobtrusive, in fact, that adding the blackout bar actually degrades the experience. The display is wrapped in Gorilla Glass 6 and comes with a pre-applied screen protector, but I definitely saw a fair number of small scratches on the one I used.

oneplus 6t fullMichael Simon/IDG

The OnePlus 6T has a 6.4-inch OLED display and a tiny notch.

There’s still a slight forehead that creates a bit of visual imbalance with the side bezels, but the smaller notch combined with the skinnier chin and well-rounded corners give the 6T a full-screen feel that few other Android phones deliver.

You’ll also notice that there isn’t a fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6T. That’s because it’s hidden under the glass. We’ve seen this type of technology in other International phones, but the OnePlus has the distinction of being the first U.S. phone to ship with the technology, and as such it will endure the appropriate scrutiny. OnePlus says it unlocks the 6T in 0.34 seconds and is as secure as the traditional sensor on the 6. In my testing, it was lightning fast—when it worked.



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