“The OnePlus 6T is a landmark smartphone for the brand as it marks several firsts for the brand, including an in-display fingerprint scanner and missing 3.5 mm headphone jack”
The OnePlus 6T (review) was finally launched globally last night in New York. One of the most anticipated launches of the year, the smartphone marks several firsts for the brand, and is a major upgrade over the OnePlus 6 (review). Zack Nelson, popular for the YouTube channel – JerryRigEverything, has already put the flagship through his rigorous durability test and the 6T braved it all like a champ.
As usual, the YouTuber put the 6.41-inch Gorilla Glass 6 display through his Moh’s Scale test. Surprisingly, while Gorilla Glass 6 is expected to be tougher than last generation Gorilla Glass 5, it still develops scuffs at level 5 and deeper scratches at the level 6. One of the major upgrades in the OnePlus 6T is the in-display fingerprint scanner, which uses the light from the display to recognise the fingerprint. Nelson scratches the glass above the sensor pretty aggressively, yet the fingerprint scanner was able to recognise and unlock the phone with the same accuracy, which is a win for the brand.
The YouTuber also put the display through his standard heat test by putting an open flame from a gas lighter directly against the display panel. Surprisingly, the AMOLED panel lasted all of 30 seconds and more against the flame without having the pixels die as there was no visible cue for the same. This could be the Gorilla Glass 6 at play here, however, the oleophobic fingerprint-resistant layer on the glass evaporated during the heat test. Nelson then picked up the razor to reveal that the sides, physical buttons and notification slider are all metal, more specifically anodised aluminium.
The razor also left marks on the frosted glass panel on the rear, however, the marks vanished when wiped off with a soft cloth. This led the YouTuber to test the rear panel against Moh’s Prick and the marks left by level 4, 5 and 6 were all present even after wiping with the cloth. So, while daily use items like coins and keys might not affect the panel, pocket lint and sand might. It’s safer to slap on the provided frosted case on the OnePlus 6T to keep it pristine. Lastly, the razor failed to leave any mark on the camera lens as well as the LED flash module, which was surprising.
The smartphone will be launched in India tonight in Delhi at 8.30pm IST. The handset’s 6GB + 128GB, 8GB + 128GB, and 8GB + 256GB variants are priced at $529 (~Rs 40,000), $579 (~Rs 42,500), and $629 (~Rs 44,000), respectively in the US. It’s expected that the Indian pricing will be a tad higher.
|Octa core (2.8 GHz, Quad Core + 1.8 GHz, Quad core)|
|6 GB RAM|
|6.41 inches (16.28 cm)|
|1080x2340 px, 402 PPI|
|16 MP + 20 MP Dual Primary Cameras|
|Dual LED Flash|
|16 MP Front Camera|
|USB Type-C port|