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OnePlus 6T Review: Impressive Smartphone with In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The OnePlus 6T has only been on the market for a short time. The release of the smartphone was accompanied by a considerable media hype – the opinions on the device were consistently positive. We have taken the extensive reporting as an opportunity to take the highly praised device into our own hands and subject it to a practical test. The following report reveals whether it can live up to the high expectations raised by the reporting.

Design and Workmanship

The manufacturer has opted for an elegant design for the new model. The smartphone is only available in two black versions. Both underline the claim of having chosen a comparatively timeless design. Unlike many other smartphones, the OnePlus 6T is thus largely immune to the latest fashion – albeit not completely, as Notch reveals, for example.

In the matt black version, which bears the name “Midnight Black”, a wonderful reflection effect is created. All in all, the device is very noble and of high quality due to the colouring and the surface design. Also in the mirror-black version, called “Mirror Black”, the device knows how to convince optically. In addition, the device is now also available in the colour variants “Speed Orange” and “Thunder Purple”.

It is also worth mentioning that the device has a glass housing. The choice of material may not be practical, but it definitely benefits the design. However, the phone is excellently finished – all edges are smooth, all transitions look flawless and the device lies very well in the hand. The choice of the best materials can literally be felt.

In summary, it can be said that the tested device is completely convincing both optically and in terms of design. The first impression also arouses curiosity – what such a noble looking device can offer in practice?

Display: Equipped with Tiny Notch

The display measures 6.41 inches diagonally. So it’s comparatively big. The edges on the front are however very small. This size division is also possible by shifting the fingerprint scanner into the display. The device can therefore be unlocked by simply touching the display. This usually works well, but unfortunately not always.

The offered resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels proved to be excellent in the test. Thanks to the achieved pixel density of 402 ppi, all images are displayed extremely sharply.

In addition, the color representation was positively noticed in the test. The smartphone display is surprisingly rich in contrast and presents colours in a correspondingly differentiated way. During the setup you can adjust the color of the display, which is a special feature.

The tiny Notch is also conspicuous. In comparison with the predecessor model, it is noticeable that Notch had to give up a large part of its space requirements. In the tested model, almost only the small front camera protrudes into the screen. The recess is thus considerably smaller than with comparable competitive products. It also conceals three sensors and the loudspeaker required for telephoning, which disappears in the upper edge. In the test, the Notch was barely noticed. If a user feels disturbed by it, however, it can be hidden in the settings – in this case the top edge of the display is blackened so that the notch can no longer be recognized as such.

Camera: Slightly Above Average

The dual camera was taken over from the predecessor model. In addition to a 16 megapixel main camera, a second 20 megapixel camera is used, which is primarily responsible for depth of field effects. A bokeh effect is calculated by software.

In the test, the photos taken with the camera looked consistently high quality. With good visibility and lighting conditions, we did not notice any points of criticism. The resolution was high, the images were sharp and the colors were very detailed. The contrast was high. The bokeh effect was by no means artificial.

If, on the other hand, the light and visibility conditions become worse, the photo quality decreases quite significantly. The worse the conditions become, the more noise becomes visible.

The photos have been compressed for better loading time. Here you can download them uncompressed.

Overall, however, the camera can be rated as slightly above average for this price class. Despite minor weaknesses, it can keep up with the models of more expensive smartphones.

Performance and Operating System

The mobile phone is powered by the Octacore “Snapdragon 845” processor. In theory, this is probably the biggest selling point and we were impressed by it in the test. The OnePlus 6T proved to be extremely fast and powerful. The processor, which clocks at a maximum of 2.8 GHz, is supported by six or eight GB of RAM, depending on the equipment variant selected.

With this equipment even very performance demanding applications – for example complex games – do not pose a problem. In the test we were surprised by the enormous efficiency. Even top models from other manufacturers are unlikely to be able to keep up here.

Bluetooth connectivity, LTE, WLAN and NFC round off the mobile phone’s features. A jack plug is missing, which OnePlus justifies by needing space to accommodate the technology of the fingerprint scanner to be found in the display. Since many users use classic jack headphones, we take the lack of connection as a point of criticism. This is somewhat outweighed by the fact that it comes with an adapter that allows you to continue using jack headphones – but it is more cumbersome to use than simply plugging them in.

Android 9 is used as the operating system in the highly customized version OxygenOS. This operating system impressed in the test by its intuitive operability. Pure android may be superior.

wdt_ID Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
1 Moto X Force 11,0 7,3 42,0
2 Neffos C5 Max 4,4 2,1 0,0
3 UMi London 0,0 0,0 7,3
4 Gigaset GS160 3,4 0,0 11,0
5 Sony Xperia XZ 46,0 20,0 59,0
6 Kodak Ektra 9,6 0,0 35,0
7 Huawei Mate 9 32,0 14,0 60,0
8 Huawei Nova 10,0 3,6 22,0
9 BQ Aquaris X 9,6 3,5 22,0
10 Neffos X1 11,0 3,9 22,0
Smartphone OpenGL Manhattan OpenGL Car Chase T-Rex
wdt_ID Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
1 Moto X Force 1.348 0 0
2 Neffos C5 Max 284 6.816 4.361
3 UMi London 0 2.827 1.951
4 Gigaset GS160 161 3.710 2.333
5 Sony Xperia XZ 2.416 0 0
6 Kodak Ektra 1.023 15.606 9.343
7 Huawei Mate 9 2.688 29.138 13.288
8 Huawei Nova 461 13.637 8.091
9 BQ Aquaris X 847 13.986 8.335
10 Neffos X1 481 9.294 5.486
Smartphone Sling Shot Sling Shot Extreme Ice Storm Unlimited Ice Storm Extreme
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 4.115
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.892
3 UMi London 2.475
4 Gigaset GS160 2.600
5 Sony Xperia XZ 5.550
6 Kodak Ektra 3.975
7 Huawei Mate 9 6.431
8 Huawei Nova 4.594
9 BQ Aquaris X 4.889
10 Neffos X1 3.183
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone AnTuTu Score
1 Moto X Force 22.297
2 Neffos C5 Max 37.569
3 UMi London 22.297
4 Gigaset GS160 29.251
5 Sony Xperia XZ 33.943
6 Kodak Ektra 84.997
7 Huawei Mate 9 139.020
8 Huawei Nova 63.206
9 BQ Aquaris X 66.149
10 Neffos X1 45.024
Smartphone AnTuTu Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 2.719 2.618
2 Neffos C5 Max 1.063 1.563
3 UMi London 685 1.146
4 Gigaset GS160 820 1.298
5 Sony Xperia XZ 3.585 3.271
6 Kodak Ektra 2.167 3.731
7 Huawei Mate 9 3.270 4.519
8 Huawei Nova 1.433 2.661
9 BQ Aquaris X 1.444 2.279
10 Neffos X1 1.205 2.164
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 2.803
2 Neffos C5 Max 2.697
3 UMi London 2.162
4 Gigaset GS160 1.794
5 Sony Xperia XZ 4.569
6 Kodak Ektra 5.869
7 Huawei Mate 9 7.316
8 Huawei Nova 3.325
9 BQ Aquaris X 3.461
10 Neffos X1 2.914
Smartphone Score
wdt_ID Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core
1 Moto X Force 1.115 4.376
2 Neffos C5 Max 602 2.468
3 UMi London 371 1.064
4 Gigaset GS160 535 1.493
5 Sony Xperia XZ 1.626 3.872
6 Kodak Ektra 1.648 4.053
7 Huawei Mate 9 1.934 5.998
8 Huawei Nova 830 3.004
9 BQ Aquaris X 921 4.495
10 Neffos X1 731 2.738
Smartphone Single-Core Multi-Core

Battery Life

The built-in battery has a capacity of 3,700 mAh. It is therefore larger than the battery used in the predecessor model. In the practical test it lasted comparatively long even with intensive use of the device. The battery life is more than fourteen hours for intensive use. Average users should therefore make do with one battery charge for at least a whole day.

With such values, the OnePlus 6T slightly outperforms its price class. So we are satisfied with the battery life.

wdt_ID Smartphone Score
1 Moto X Force 549
2 Neffos C5 Max 0
3 UMi London 248
4 Gigaset GS160 442
5 Sony Xperia XZ 391
6 Kodak Ektra 293
7 Huawei Mate 9 505
8 Huawei Nova 317
9 BQ Aquaris X 553
10 Neffos X1 345
Smartphone Score

Result of the OnePlus 6T Review

All in all, the OnePlus 6T offers enormous performance at a comparatively low price. Not only technically, but also optically it knows how to impress. The image is clouded by the camera, which weakens in poor lighting conditions, and the fingerprint sensor, which may be innovative, but in some cases does not function quite so well.

If you are looking for a powerful, nice to look at and suitable for everyday use device that is not quite as expensive as the current flagship smartphones of other manufacturers, the OnePlus 6T* is very well advised. The price/performance ratio is considerably better than with many other smartphones – even though the price of OnePlus has risen in recent years.

OnePlus 6T

Design and Workmanship
Value for Money

The OnePlus 6T Offers High Performance and Good Value for Money.

Simon Lüthje

I am co-founder of this blog and am very interested in everything that has to do with technology, but I also like to play games. I was born in Hamburg, but now I live in Bad Segeberg.

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