Oneplus 6t Review: Trivial Changes Hamper A Great Phone

Never missing an opportunity to spread the good word, not only did OnePlus push out the 6T just in time to mark its fifth anniversary, but it also released a tantalizing “Thunder Purple” edition shortly afterwards, followed by the limited McLaren Edition with a whopping 10GB of RAM.

It wasn’t like the company needed this extra marketing ammo; the 6T brought exotic features like an in-display fingerprint reader and dewdrop notch to the West. It’s also the company’s first ever tie-in with a US carrier, available on T-Mobile.

The biggest question was whether the OnePlus 6T would make a fitting successor to my previous main phone, the OnePlus 6. Back in May, I concluded that the 6 was a very compelling package tagged with an attractive price. It’s a hard act to follow. I’ve since switched to the 6T, and while it does offer some upgrades, there are some new trade-offs, too.

When it comes to notches, the smartphone world has reached a new level of minimalism. Alongside the punch hole design, you can even go all-screen if you don’t mind switching to a pop-up front camera. In the 6T’s case, however, it’s gone for the dewdrop notch — and I’m still a sucker for it. It simply looks more natural than punching a hole in the corner of the screen.

This dewdrop is also a vast visual improvement over the wider notch on the OnePlus 6, and so far, I haven’t found any trade-offs in terms of user experience — the new proximity sensor and earpiece work just fine. Both the body and the 1080p AMOLED screen are actually slightly longer –

Despite its flaws, the 6T is a no-brainer for those seeking a stylish flagship Android phone, especially if you have budget in mind. It’s also a much better deal than the latest flagship iPhones. But is it worth upgrading from a OnePlus 6 to a 6T? Unless you’re eyeing on the McLaren edition for its unique looks and 10GB RAM, you might want to see what OnePlus has planned for later this year.

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