Phones are getting really expensive this year and sadly some of them will make you broke with their $1,000 pirice point. Most of these phone have slow support from their OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturer). If you are going to look at the iOS side, iPhones are much more expensive reaching nearly PhP 100,000 in the Philippines. So, what can be the best option for us budget conscious folks? This is the OnePlus 6T. For only over $500 or Php 31,990, is this the best phone to get? Read on.
OnePlus 6T specs:
- 6.4-inch AMOLED display, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5×9 ratio
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6
- Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core processor
- Adreno 630
- 128 GB internal memory
- 6/8 GB RAM
- Rear cameras:
- 16 MP, f/1.7, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
- 20 MP, f/1.7, AF
- 20 MP, f/1.7 front camera
- Fingerprint (under display)
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
- Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
- accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass
- USB 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- USB On-The-Go
- Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)
- 3700 mAh battery
- Price: Php 31,990 (6GB/128GB model)
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Looking at the OnePlus 6T, there not much difference on its design as compared with the previous OnePlus 6. The noticeable difference is the water drop notch and the lack of a physical fingerprint scanner in favor of a under screen fingerprint scanner.
We have the mirror black version and it is the only color option available in the Philippines as of this writing. As expected, it is very slippery and hoards so much smudges. We have the 6GB/128GB model here. Digital Walker, the sole distributor of OnePlus phones in the country, will be bringing the higher end 8GB/128GB internal storage option. Our gripe is the omission of the audio jack in which the company said to give more room for the battery. Honestly, its a bit a disappointment but the goof thing here the company has included a 3.5mm jack to USB Type C dongle in the box.
AMOLED is a the choice of OnePlus for their display. It is still the same as the previous model. The 6.4-inch display looks stunning and can withstand the harsh outdoor sunlight. Though it is not as legible as the Galaxy Note 9 outdoors, it is still great to look at.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Oxygen OS, the company’s skin on top of Android 9.0 Pie is actually pure vanilla Android UI with a couple of OnePlus tweaks. It does not have any bloats and redundant apps which we like a lot. Customizations are very minimal. If you are an Android purist, you will love this phone a lot.
As to software updates, OnePlus is diligent with major Android software uodates. OnePlus 6 and older models are currently on Android 9.0 Pie beta program. We are expecting Android 9.0 Pie update on older models this January. It goes the same with the OnePlus 6T when it updates to Android Q next year.
The Snapdragon 845 chipset is fast enough to handle all multistasking and heavy gaming. It does not heat much as well after extensive use. So far, this is the fastest and smoothest Android phones we’ve reviewed.
OnePlus has been showcasing improvements on their camera espcially in night photography. Nighscape is OnePlus night mode on their dual cameras. We are really impressed with the photos we’ve taken. Although it is not as stunning as we’ve seen in Huawei Mate 20 Pro but shots are close with the Apple iPhone Xs and Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
Check out some of our sample shots below:
Indoor and Low Light (with and without Nigthscape)
This is not the first time that we’ve reviewed a phone with an under screen fingerprint scanner. We’ve seen that already with the Vivo X21 and Vivo V11. We understand that this tech is still new and unlocking time takes longer than the usual ones. With the OnePlus 6T it is faster but has its own downs like you can’t unlock it in a dark environment. We prefer Face Unlock actually over the fingerprint scanner.
4G/LTE is very stable and reliable matching up with the usual speeds. WiFi reception is exceptionally great while calls are clear with no issues.
Another improvement on the OnePlus 6T is the battery. From 3,300 mAh battery of the previous model to 3,700 mAh, its 20% increase of battery capacity. We managed to get a little over 6 hours of screen on time with about 20% left. Not bad considering we are heavy smartphone users. Despite having a glass back, there is still no wireless charging in which for us it okay. There is still fast charging wall adapter included in the package which can charge up to 40% in 30 minutes.
The OnePlus 6T is the best Android phone you can buy right now. Although it is not perfect like there are better phones out there with better camera, better in low light photography (Huawei Mate 20 Pro), faster in terms of software updates (Google Pixel 3). But only OnePlus 6T does everything decently for half the price of the flagships. In the Philippines, it costs only Php 31,990. For that, we give our #FTARecommended seal of approval for any smartphone buyer looking for a flagship phone.
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