“OnePlus 6T McLaren edition comes with a distinctive Papaya Orange outline at the back, which gives it a look reminiscent of ignition”
Growing up, most of us were fascinated by F1 cars and there were few brands more recognisable and appealing than McLaren. Now, OnePlus has tied up with the popular automobile brand to launch a special variant of its OnePlus 6T (review) flagship, called the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. We managed to get our hands on the limited edition of the phone and here is our unboxing experience and first impressions.
With limited edition variants, unboxing itself is usually a special experience. We were not let down by the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition retail box as well. When we talk about McLaren, there is a certain expectation that automatically comes along with the name. The brand is known for elegant car designs. OnePlus has adopted the same theme with the packaging for the phone, as the handset comes in a patterned black box with McLaren and OnePlus branding on top. The sides contain the inscription “Salute to Speed” and the box itself has a sturdy and premium feel to it.
Within the box, there is a separate container for the phone and the rest of the accessories are neatly placed beneath this container. Diving in to the accessories first, the Warp charger and charging cable are both coloured in McLaren’s iconic Papaya Orange and black colours. For the uninitiated, the 30W Warp charging technology claims to charge your phone up to 50 percent in around 20 minutes. This is a deviation from the company’s standard Dash charging technology, which was supported by the regular OnePlus 6T.
Apart from the charging bits, there is a McLaren medallion, SIM ejector tool and standard documentation in the box. You also get a special note from OnePlus CEO and cofounder Pete Lau, because why not. There is a carbon fibre protective cover for the phone as well. Unlike Apple, the company has chosen to include the USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the retail box for now.
Inside the box, you’ll also find a small box with important facts about both these companies and this collaboration. This rounds up the neatly put together packaging of the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition.
OnePlus 6T McLaren edition comes with a distinct Papaya Orange outline on the back panel, which gives a look reminiscent of ignition. The patterned back underneath the glass is further blessed with the McLaren branding in the lower half.
Just like the regular variant, the OnePlus branding is right in the middle below the camera module. For better or for worse, the rest of the phone design is identical to the original OnePlus 6T. The Optic AMOLED panel measures 6.41-inches, and still comes with a waterdrop notch design.
Coming to the software, the company has added a nice theme to the Oxygen OS, again with Papaya Orange and black as primary colours. However, the rest of the operating system is similar to the regular variant. On hardware side, the McLaren edition comes with a massive 10GB of RAM paired with 256GB storage.
You still get the Snapdragon 845 SoC under the hood to take care of processing needs. In terms of optics, the camera module is exactly the same as the regular variant. This means, the dual camera setup consists of two 16MP sensors with f/1.7 aperture. For selfies, there is a 16MP camera up front with f/2.0 aperture. The fingerprint sensor, just like the regular OnePlus 6T, sits below the display of the smartphone. Have a closer look at the phone with the design gallery embedded below:
Overall, the additional RAM and storage should help the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition be a great fit from a long-term perspective. As we have just spent limited time with the phone as of now, we were not able to test the company’s claims regarding charging speeds. For more details on this aspect, stay tuned in to our website.
Photos by Raj Rout