OnePlus 6T hands-on: first impressions

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OnePlus today launched its new smartphone, the eagerly anticipated OnePlus 6T, at an event in NY. OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei was in New Delhi to announce that the OnePlus 6T will be available starting November 1.

Although the OnePlus 6T has suffered - or benefited from, depending on you look at it - multiple leaks to date, we're now getting some new and interesting information about the device from OnePlus's rescheduled hardware announcement. Almost 200,000 customers have already brought theirs to the Un-carrier - paying full price up front - before we even started carrying them. Wow!

OnePlus has finally unveiled its latest new smartphone to the world - the OnePlus 6T.

The retail price of the OnePlus 6T starts at $549 and will be on sale starting at 5:00PM on October 29, exclusively beginning at the T-Mobile Times Square Signature Store. The remaining variants are the same - 8GB RAM / 128GB storage and 8GB RAM / 256GB storage. The company will be live streaming the event, and you can catch the live stream below. The successor to OnePlus 6 features 6.4-inches Optic OLED screen and in-display fingerprint scanner feature named "Screen Unlock" that unlocks the device in just 0.34 seconds.

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OnePlus 6T runs OxygenOS-based on Android 9.0 Pie.

After its launch on May 21, OnePlus 6 was available for sale at Amazon India as well as OnePlus online store, but now it is not available anywhere.

Although the camera setup on the OnePlus 6T is the same as that on the OnePlus 6 - a 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel rear setup and a 16-megapixel front camera - the new phone has software implementations that claim to improve night shots, selfies and portraits. The phone comes with a 6.41-inch full-HD+ (1080x2340 pixels ) AMOLED display, with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The cashback will be credited to the Amazon Pay account by November 6 and the free pair of Type-C Bullets earphones can be ordered separately with a coupon code. And while the two phones come across as very similar from the specifications and features, there are some small changes in the new phone that justify its status as an update. It comes with OIS/EIS support and Nightscape mode, that is introduced to enhance low-light photography without flash. Low-light performance has also been improved. Apart from the headphone jack, another major removal from the OnePlus 6 on the OnePlus 6T is the missing LED notification light - the company says the "lift-up display" will allow users to conveniently read notifications from the lock screen, negating the need for an LED light. The front camera also supports EIS, and can recording 1080p video at 30fps and 720p video at 30fps.

This is the first smartphone from OnePlus that comes loaded in-screen fingerprint sensor. The 6T also loses to features - a physical fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.