OnePlus 6T release will take place tomorrow in New York
There’s just a few hours to go until OnePlus finally reveals the new OnePlus 6T to the world.
This latest flagship will get its grand unveiling in New York later today with the big reveal taking place at around 3pm GMT.
There’s a huge amount of excitement surrounding this device with it expected to feature a swathe of improvements over its OnePlus 6 predecessor.
But there’s also some changes that fans of this brand may not be quite so happy about.
So, with the launch taking place in less than 24-hours, here’s six things you may love and loath about the OnePlus 6T.
THINGS TO LOVE
The OnePlus 6T looks set for a bigger battery
All signs point to a much bigger battery arriving inside the OnePlus 6T.
The current flagship is no slouch when it comes to power but the 3,300mAh battery found inside this phone could get bigger and last even longer in the next generation 6T.
OnePlus recently confirmed that one of the big things their users have asked for is improved battery life.
We’ll have to wait and see just exactly what the changes are but things are certainly looking positive for a longer lasting future.
The end of the rear fingerprint scanner
With the demand for bigger edge-to-edge screens growing, smartphone makers have, until now, been forced to push the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone.
This has never been something we’ve been fond of and it seems this vital sensor is making a welcomed return to where it belongs.
Huawei’s latest Mate 20 Pro was recently unveiled and includes a fingerprint reader under the screen.
Now OnePlus seems to be next with this technology.
OnePlus 6T release will see the end of the rear fingerprint scanner
The Chinese manufacturer has been pretty vocal about what is coming to the 6T and emphasised the phone’s fingerprint sensor will be housed under its display.
OnePlus said: “We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action.
“By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.”
You can get one straight after launch
If you like what you see tomorrow it seems you won’t have long to wait to buy one.
OnePlus has confirmed that in major cities across Europe, people can try and buy the new OnePlus 6T ahead of it going on general sale.
“It’s always exciting to see so many passionate people coming to our pop-ups, and we’re always working to make the OnePlus experience better in every way, from our devices through to our events,” said OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what people think of the OnePlus 6T.”
Here’s where to buy a OnePlus 6T
In Europe the OnePlus 6T pop-ups will land from 12pm BST / 1pm CEST on 31st October in:
London – The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, W1K 5LF
Berlin – Bechstein Supermarkt, Holzmarktstraße 66, 10179
Milan – Torneria Tortona, Via Tortona, 32 – 20144
Paris – Fnac, 26-30 Avenue des Ternes, 75017
Amsterdam – Art’Otel Amsterdam, Prins Hendrikkade 33, 1012 TM
Barcelona – Fnac, Centro Comercial El Triangle, Plaça de Catalunya, 4, 08002
Madrid – Barrio de Salamanca, Calle de Montesa, 39
If you miss out on this the phone will be officially available from November 5.
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THINGS FANS MAY LOATH
The price looks set to be higher
With a bunch of new technology tucked inside the OnePlus 6T it seems inevitable that prices may rise.
Now a new leak from Mobile Fun suggests prices will start from £499 – £30 more than the OnePlus 6.
Although this price may not be popular it’s worth noting that Mobile Fun says the new phone will only come with two memory sizes of 128GB and 256GB with no 64GB model going on sale.
If true that may justify the higher starting cost.
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There’s no headphone port.
OnePlus was always a big supporter of the headphone port but it seems things are changing on the 6T.
Speaking to TechRadar, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said: “When we started OnePlus, we set out to make the best possible smartphone, but making a great phone doesn’t mean putting every component available into the device.
“You’ve got to make decisions that optimise the user experience, and understand that at times things that provide user value can also add friction.
“By removing the jack we’ve freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product.”
That extra space could be for the fingerprint technology and a bigger battery.
However, if you love your wired cans and don’t want to have to use an adaptor then the OnePlus 6 could be the better option.
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The next OnePlus phone could be even better
It’s fairly obvious that phones get better each year but there could be some big advancements coming soon.
5G is the future of mobile devices and OnePlus says it’s committed to this technology.
OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei has announced the company’s intention to be one of the first smartphone manufacturers to deliver commercial 5G smartphones.
OnePlus’ R&D teams began 5G projects in 2016, and were officially joined by Qualcomm in 2017.
The two companies have worked closely together to research 5G hardware and network architecture.
This led to a landmark in August 2018, the OnePlus R&D team successfully established a 5G connection to Qualcomm’s laboratory based in the United States.
Speaking about the news Carl Pei, co-founder of OnePlus, said, “As OnePlus is at the forefront of technology and innovation, we hope to continue breaking barriers and be the first to release a phone which supports 5G.”
This could mean next year’s OnePlus 7 is the one to watch out for.