OnePlus 6T features a fingerprint-on-display reader, a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a 6.41-inch display. It will go on sale Nov. 1.
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OnePlus launched the next version of its flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6T, today at a press event in New York. The phone will feature an in-screen fingerprint scanner, a Snapdragon 845 processor and a 6.41-inch display. It goes on sale Nov. 1 and starts at $549 and £499 (Australia pricing has not been announced, but that converts to about AU$774).
Every year, Chinese phone maker
further refines its formula for delivering a top-notch Android smartphone at a competitive price. The latest edition, the OnePlus 6, picked up a CNET Editor's Choice in May 2018 on the strength of its excellent cameras, speedy performance, slick design and starting price of $529 -- less than the Google Pixel 2 XL, Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus or Apple iPhone X.
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This year, OnePlus will deliver a mid-cycle "T" upgrade that has intriguing new features including a fingerprint scanner that's buried beneath the phone's rumored 6.4-inch AMOLED display. The scanner part has been confirmed, but many other specs -- such as the display's size and technology -- have not been announced.
OnePlus effectively co-opted the supply-chain rumor mill that made a cottage industry out of subverting the carefully choreographed product announcements of secretive companies like
. In fact, publishing its own teasers, Q&As and in-depth features about upcoming
has become a hallmark of OnePlus' marketing strategy. (OnePlus founder Pete Lau recently confirmed several details about the forthcoming 6T in his interview with CNET's Lynn La.)
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And yet the leaking persists. In addition to the wealth of sanctioned information we have about the OnePlus 6T, industry sources and industrious leakers have filled in the gaps with purported photos and renders. And German retailer Otto has now filled in even more details, mistakenly publishing the following list of specs, as spotted by GSMArena:
As we count down the days to the official introduction on Oct. 29, we'll continue to collect the best news and rumors about the OnePlus 6T here. So check back often.
Editors' note, Oct. 29: This post was originally published on Oct. 16 and will continue to be updated with news and rumors about the OnePlus 6T.
Confirmed: The OnePlus 6T launches Oct. 29
Back on Oct. 8, OnePlus announced that it would unveil its new phone at Pier 36 in New York at 11 a.m. ET on Oct. 30. Then, a few weeks later, Apple invited media to a special event scheduled for 10 a.m. ET on that same day. Ouch.
The upcoming OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint reader, the company confirmed to CNET. A few Chinese manufacturers have experimented with the technology before -- the Vivo X21 and Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS are two examples -- but the OnePlus 6T will be the first widely available phone with the feature in the US.
OnePlus told CNET that it originally intended to introduce the technology on last year's OnePlus 5T. Because "the technology wasn't mature enough to meet [OnePlus'] standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience," however, it was delayed until the 6T.
In September, OnePlus released OxygenOS 9.0 with
. Since then, the company used its own forum to reveal an even newer user interface for the upcoming 6T. New features include an advanced "Do Not Disturb" mode, new navigational gestures and a new shortcuts for toggling between recently used apps and summoning the Google Assistant.
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Report: In the US, only at T-Mobile (and maybe Verizon)
T-Mobile is expected to be the exclusive US carrier partner for the OnePlus 6T, and it will be optimized for T-Mobile's new 600 megahertz spectrum band network, according to several people familiar with the launch plans. That noted, PCMag reports that the 6T may also work on Verizon's network -- the first OnePlus phone to do so. And OnePlus will also sell an unlocked global version that's compatible with AT&T, T-Mobile, and other international carriers' networks.
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Rumor: The OnePlus 6T will have a mini-notch
In September, a user on the Chinese social media site Weibo published photos of an alleged OnePlus 6T retail box. A sketch of the phone on the box shows a handset that's nearly all-screen -- with a tiny teardrop notch on top for the front camera and a slim bottom bezel.
Doubling down on the industry-wide trend of hiking phone prices annually, OnePlus has the highest rate of increase of all major manufacturers. The price of the OnePlus phone has increased by about 33 percent in the US and 43 percent in the UK. We have no reason to think OnePlus will change its gameplan with the 6T, which we expect to cost between $550 and $570 (£420 and £435, AU$770 and AU$800). That noted, according to German retailer Otto, the price may be even higher -- closer to $660.