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24 hours after the launch of OnePlus 6T and I have come to the conclusion that the latest OnePlus flagship has decided to leave the safety of a niche power plant to challenge the common consumer market. Long ago, it redefined what it meant to be a flagship handset, now it's defining what it means to be a leading manufacturer .

OnePlus OnePlus has put a lot of power behind its Never Settle message. This worked well with the early phones which made some bold choices to stand out for the phones of the time (especially Samsung Galaxy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S) But as the smartphone industry grows more commoditized, the specifications and components used in flagships are more homogenized, and OnePlus hardware selection is growing closer to its establishment.

Balancing with the growth of OnePlu s. Much like it will continue to push itself as James Dean of smartphones (especially now, it has US carrier support with T-Mobile) and will continue to push itself as an edgy outsider is part of the common substance in the smartphone world. Businesses need to grow when they grow, and OnePlus 6T should rightly be seen through the lens.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

Thanks to the six-month product cycle, OnePlus 6T makes no big jump from OnePlus 6. It's a noticeable step up from last year's OnePus 5T, but I think Not that owners of the two phones should consider jumping up. Owners of OnePlus 5 (launched 18 months ago) and OnePlus 3T (2016 vintage) are the likely upgrade, and of course those who are new to OnePlus look at 6T as their first device from Pete Lau and his team. [19659007] Of course I discuss super fans who want to buy everything, but then all manufacturers have … something more than others.

After the logic I could cut and paste the text from OnePlus 6 reviews insert a few sections about the fingerprint reader, new camera software, and hardware decisions that led to the removal of the 3.5 headphone jack and I would be done.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

And essentially the rest of the review is just that. But before I go there, it's worth noting that the attraction of OnePlus 6T (and it's an attractive handset) is that the production of a handset is like making a cake. They all have the same ingredients, but they are all mixed together a little differently, which can lead to completely different results.

So the real difference between 6T and the competition is not the fingerprint sensor – which already stretches from China on Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi phones to name three – but how everything works together. That means that the real star of the show is not the bullet points in the store, it is OnePlus's Oxygen OS .

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

Oxygen OS is based on Android and OnePlus 6T comes with the Oxygen OS version based on Android 9. This is as up-to-date as possible and OnePlus will support 6T with two years of code updates to the operating system, and a further year with security updates. OnePlus 6 also takes up the Android 9 update, and I'm told that it's whatsoever for OnePlus 5 and 5T.

One of the most important aspects of Oxygen OS is that it is rare there. OnePlus has cut as much of the fluff as possible. Yes, it's all the screens and apps needed by Google, but there's no surplus of apps or additional animations or transitions in the user interface. The home screens are uncomplicated and while there is a band of information widgets to the right, it's not overwhelming or intrusive.

Minimal is an advantage, it's also fast. And this is an important argument for OxygenOS. Yes OnePlus can go other manufacturers' route and choose Google's AndroidOne, give a steady experience and let Google take care of the updates, but it's not a route where the operating system can be ignored. It is still technically necessary.

Although there is more workload in creating and maintaining OxygenOS, it means that OnePlus has optimization and control to make its own decisions about what the OS development, its priorities, and when it rolls out to customers. And the decision to go for a fast and consistent experience means that OnePlus can tailor the hardware and software as a package.

It's a good decision and it's shining through OnePlus 6T. This is one of the simplest and cleanest Android experiences on the market.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

There is a fingerprint sensor below the screen. There is a fingerprint sensor below the screen. You tap the stylized fingerprint icon to unlock your device or authorize payments. It works as advertised. Next-

-you want more?

Ok, so this is OnePlus's feature, and it calls it smart unlocking. It was announced as "the first smart unlock in the United States" – be careful that this was a region, not worldwide (as everyone knows, Chinese phones have had this feature for a while) and of course, no other manufacturers have OnePlus & # 39; smart unlock.

But this is the question of commoditization in smartphone space. The time from something that is a unique feature for anyone who has it is less than a year's product cycle that most manufacturers live from. OnePlus is the first to bring this to mainstream, but it will not be the last.

In use, I have not had any complaints about how the feature has been implemented – but remember to record the fingerprint in the direction you want to use it – so keep the phone in your thumb and notice the angle of the thumb. A "rotated" finger will still be recognized, but it may take longer, so why increase workload?

OnePlus suggests a time of one third of a second to register and unlock the device with "tilt to turn on" enabled so the whole process is "fast and smooth." It gives more front screen, meaning you can use the fingerprint sensor while the phone is on a desk – something the rear mounted sensor does not allow.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

OnePlus also pushes the camera heavily alongside Nightscape mode to improve performance at low level. As mentioned, the OnePlus 6 hardware camps, and the software used to enhance image quality, are also sent back. David Phelan has taken a big look at the camera, so I'll look at some of his highlights .

That's good. Very similar to the last model, but with mild but noticeable differences. It is still effective in a variety of conditions and light levels. But the benefits are that it is now better at night shots and portraits.

I have tested portrait mode only with one subject, my dog ​​and oh boy, she would not really sit still. Nevertheless, the results were reasonably impressive and managed to capture her best side (she says) and artificially veil the background. Of course, it's mostly designed for people, not pooches, but it's pretty good.

In lower light it's pretty decent, but like most camera tones, the more light turns the result – it's the difference between only usable and hello to this.

Nightscape mode looks like the long exposure Huawei had on P20 Pro earlier this year, which is great to pick out details, the human eye can only look weak in the dark. It's effective and even surprising as it lights up dark scenes, but it can also make the photos look a bit strange, or at least very different from how you saw the scene.

The full OnePlus 6T camera overview can be found here .

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

OnePlus 6T is a handset of its time. While there are some subtle differences, the basic shape matches other flagship devices from other manufacturers. The scope for innovation if you want to be seen as a common handset in the mass market is quite narrow. OnePlus has decided to settle in that place, but pushes the envelope as far as possible.

Yes, I'm upset that the 3.5 mm headset connector has been lost to accommodate fingerprint sensor and larger battery. It might have been on the device, but it would have increased the thickness of 6T (which is already slightly thicker than 6) and added 14g of weight – the irony that the protective case in the package contains 25g and a few more millimeters are not lost on me – but the fashionable flagship trend is USB-C or wireless, and OnePlus 6T will be seen as a flagship.

And let's be clear, OnePlus has delivered a flagship handset to a lower price than those who like Samsung and Apple. Compromises have been made in a number of areas to allow it, especially the camera's hardware is not as refined as the higher price competition, it's just a mono speaker for audio output, and it's still missing wireless charging.

Are these deals -breakers? As with any smartphone, you have to weigh up and down. I'm pretty sure the OnePlus 6T fan base will be happy with 6T, while those looking for the ultimate handset will be disappointed. But for your average consumer on high street, OnePlus 6T is the awesome "very good smartphone."

Now read how OnePlus rewarded its community as Apple forced a massive change to the OnePlus 6T team …

Disclaimer: OnePlus delivered a OnePlus 6T for review .

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24 hours after the launch of OnePlus 6T and I have come to the conclusion that the newest OnePlus flagship has decided to leave the safety of a niche power plant to challenge the common consumer market. Long ago, it redefined what it meant to be a flagship handset, now it's defining what it means to be a leading manufacturer.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

OnePlus has put a lot of power behind its message about "Never Settle." This worked well with the early phones that made some bold choices to stand out for the phones of the time (especially the Samsung Gala xy S5 and Apple iPhone 5S). However, as the smartphone industry grows more commoditized, the specifications and components become used in flagship more homogenized, and OnePlus hardware selection grows closer to the establishment.

It must be balanced with the growth of OnePlus. Much like it will continue to push s I myself, as James Dean of smartphones (especially now, the American carrier support with T-Mobile) and will continue to push itself as an edgy outsider, it's part of the usual drug in the smartphone world. Companies need to evolve as they grow, and OnePlus 6T is right to be seen through the lens.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

Thanks to the six-month product series, OnePlus 6T does not make any big jump from OnePlus 6. It's a noticeable rise in recent years, OnePus 5T, but I do not think that owners of the two phones should consider a jump up. Owners of OnePlus 5 (launched 18 months ago) and OnePlus 3T (2016 vintage) are the likely upgrade, and of course those who are new to OnePlus look at 6T as their first device from Pete Lau and his team. [19659044] Of course I discuss super fans who want to buy everything, but then all manufacturers have … something more than others.

After that logic, I could cut and paste the text from OnePlus 6 reviews, add a few sections about the fingerprint reader, new camera software, and hardware decisions that led to the removal of the 3.5 headphone jack and I would be done.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

] And essentially the rest of the review is just that. But before I go there, it's worth noting that the attraction of OnePlus 6T (and it's an attractive handset) is that the production of a handset is like making a cake. They all have the same ingredients, but they are all mixed together a little differently, which can lead to completely different results.

So the real difference between 6T and the competition is not the fingerprint sensor – which already stretches from China on Vivo, Oppo and Xiaomi phones to name three – but how everything works together. That means that the real star of the show is not the bullet points in the store, it's OnePlus Oxygen OS.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

Oxygen OS is based on Android and OnePlus 6T ships with the Oxygen OS version based on Android 9. This is as up-to-date as possible and OnePlus will support 6T with two years of code updates to the operating system, and a further year with security updates. OnePlus 6 also takes up the Android 9 update, and I'm told that it's whatsoever for OnePlus 5 and 5T.

One of the most important aspects of Oxygen OS is that it is rare there. OnePlus has cut as much of the fluff as possible. Yes, it's all the screens and apps needed by Google, but there's no surplus of apps or additional animations or transitions in the user interface. The home screens are uncomplicated and while there is a band of information widgets to the right, it's not overwhelming or intrusive.

Minimal is an advantage, it's also fast. And this is an important argument for OxygenOS. Yes OnePlus can go other manufacturers' route and choose Google's AndroidOne, give a steady experience and let Google take care of the updates, but it's not a route where the operating system can be ignored. It is still technically necessary.

Although there is more workload in creating and maintaining OxygenOS, it means that OnePlus has optimization and control to make its own decisions about what the OS development, its priorities, and when it rolls out to customers. And the decision to go for a fast and consistent experience means that OnePlus can tailor the hardware and software as a package.

It's a good decision and it's shining through OnePlus 6T. This is one of the simplest and cleanest Android experiences on the market.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

There is a fingerprint sensor below the screen. There is a fingerprint sensor below the screen. You tap the stylized fingerprint icon to unlock your device or authorize payments. It works as advertised. Next-

-you want more?

Ok, so this is OnePlus's feature, and it calls it smart unlocking. It was announced as "the first smart unlock in the United States" – be careful that this was a region, not worldwide (as everyone knows, Chinese phones have had this feature for a while) and of course, no other manufacturers have OnePlus & # 39; smart unlock.

But this is the question of commoditization in smartphone space. The time from something that is a unique feature for anyone who has it is less than a year's product cycle that most manufacturers live from. OnePlus is the first to bring this to mainstream, but it will not be the last.

In use, I have not had any complaints about how the feature has been implemented – but remember to record the fingerprint in the direction you want to use it – so keep the phone in your thumb and notice the angle of the thumb. A "rotated" finger will still be recognized, but it may take longer, so why increase workload?

OnePlus suggests a time of one third of a second to register and unlock the device with "tilt to turn on" enabled so the whole process is "fast and smooth." It gives more front screen, meaning you can use the fingerprint sensor while the phone is on a desk – something the rear mounted sensor does not allow.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

OnePlus also pushes the camera heavily alongside Nightscape mode to improve performance at low level. As mentioned, the OnePlus 6 hardware camps, and the software used to enhance image quality, are also sent back. David Phelan has taken a big look at the camera so I'll look at some of his highlights.

That's good. Very similar to the last model, but with mild but noticeable differences. It is still effective in a variety of conditions and light levels. But the benefits are that it is now better at night shots and portraits.

I have tested portrait mode only with one subject, my dog ​​and oh boy, she would not really sit still. Nevertheless, the results were reasonably impressive and managed to capture her best side (she says) and artificially veil the background. Of course, it's mostly designed for people, not pooches, but it's pretty good.

In lower light it's pretty decent, but like most camera tones, the more light turns the result – it's the difference between only usable and hello to this.

Nightscape mode looks like the long exposure Huawei had on P20 Pro earlier this year, which is great to pick out details, the human eye can only look weak in the dark. It's effective and even surprising to illuminate dark scenes, but it can also make the pictures look a bit strange, or at least very different from the way you saw the scene.

The full OnePlus 6T camera overview can be found here.

OnePlus 6T (image: Ewan Spence) Ewan Spence

OnePlus 6T is a handset of its time. While there are some subtle differences, the basic shape matches other flagship devices from other manufacturers. The scope for innovation if you want to be seen as a common handset in the mass market is quite narrow. OnePlus has decided to settle in that place, but pushes the envelope as far as possible.

Yes, I'm upset that the 3.5 mm headset connector has dropped to make room for the fingerprint sensor and the larger battery. It might have been on the device, but it would have increased the thickness of 6T (which is already slightly thicker than 6) and added 14g of weight – the irony that the protective case in the package contains 25g and a few more millimeters are not lost on me – but the fashionable flagship trend is USB-C or wireless, and OnePlus 6T will be seen as a flagship.

And let's be clear, OnePlus has delivered a flagship handset to a lower price than those who like Samsung and Apple. Compromises have been made in a number of areas to allow it, especially the camera's hardware is not as refined as the higher price competition, it's just a mono speaker for audio output, and it's still missing wireless charging.

Are these deals -breakers? As with any smartphone, you have to weigh up and down. I'm pretty sure the OnePlus 6T fan base will be happy with 6T, while those looking for the ultimate handset will be disappointed. But for your average consumer on high street, OnePlus 6T is the awesome "very good smartphone."

Now read how OnePlus rewarded its community as Apple forced a massive change to the OnePlus 6T team …

Disclaimer: OnePlus delivered a OnePlus 6T for review .


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