OnePlus 6T announced with premium specs and in-display fingerprint reader

OnePlus just announced its second smartphone of the year, the OnePlus 6T, at an event in New York. The device matches up with recent leaks and features a very small notch, top-end specs, and an affordable price when compared against the 2018 flagship competition. For the first time ever, the company is partnering with a US carrier (T-Mobile) for direct sales instead of limiting the 6T to online purchases. This device is also compatible with and certified for use on Verizon’s network, which is another first for OnePlus. At launch, it will be sold in mirror black and midnight (matte) black.

The 6T features a 6.41-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 2340×1080 (402ppi) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. For the first time in a OnePlus phone, the 6T includes an in-display fingerprint reader. The company calls its version of this technology “Screen Unlock.” OnePlus claims it’s the fastest-performing implementation of in-display fingerprint authentication yet.

OnePlus highlighted the small notch of the 6T, and also mentioned that the “chin” of the front has gotten smaller compared to other Android smartphones that are moving towards all-screen designs. Behind that screen, the OnePlus 6T has a 3,700mAh battery, which is a slight improvement over the 6.

The 6T has a dual-camera setup with 16MP and 20MP sensors and an aperture of f/1.7 for the primary lens. It offers optical image stabilization, and OnePlus is introducing a new Nightscape feature that’s meant to help improve low-light photography, which has been a weakness of prior OnePlus phones. A new Studio Lighting feature, developed in collaboration with photographer Kevin Abosch, similarly aims to produce more flattering portraits.

In terms of performance, OnePlus claims the 6T will continue to offer a fluid, lag-free software experience. The company has a team dedicated to maintaining a rock-solid user experience for its devices. OnePlus also made a point to say that it will outperform other flagships — Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9, in particular — with smoother, more consistent gaming. (The display resolution of the 6T is significantly lower than that of the Note 9, however.)

The 6T ships with the company’s OxygenOS running on top of Android 9 Pie. OnePlus has its own take on full-screen gestures, which is probably a good thing since Google’s approach has received some criticism.

OnePlus has rooted its reputation in delivering speedy, powerful Android smartphones at a value price point. The OnePlus 6 from earlier this year was perhaps the best example of that yet, and as is tradition, the company is now replacing it with the 6T and trying to improve upon the 6 with newer technologies and some slight spec bumps.