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OnePlus 6T launches with in-display fingerprint sensor

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OnePlus 6T launches with in-display fingerprint sensor

Here’s everything you need to know about the device, including the OnePlus 6T’s specs, release date, and price, plus details of the pop-up stores where you’ll be able to buy the OnePlus 6T first.

OnePlus 6T price and release date

The OnePlus 6T has the highest starting price of any OnePlus yet, but at £499, it’s still seriously good value for what you’re getting. That £499 gets you 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, with £529 upping that RAM to 8GB. Spend £579 and you’ll get 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM. Unfortunately, though, storage is non-expandable.

It’s available in two colour schemes: Mirror Black and Midnight Black. The Mirror Black option is glossy, while the Midnight Black model has a slightly lower-key matte finish. We imagine some more eye-catching schemes will appear in the near future.

It’s also been confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will go on sale in Europe at 9 am UK time on Tuesday, November 6. You can, however, pre-order the handset right now.

  • London – The Music Room, 26 South Molton Lane, Mayfair, W1K 5LF
  • Berlin – Bechstein Supermarket, 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

OnePlus 6T Midnight Black and OnePlus 6 red

OnePlus 6T specs, features and camera

As expected, the OnePlus 6T’s headline feature is its in-display fingerprint reader, dubbed ‘Screen Unlock’, which is apparently capable of unlocking the handset in 0.34 seconds.

“It all starts with a new optical fingerprint module, which houses a small lens that can accurately register your fingerprint as it presses down on the cover glass,” wrote OnePlus CEO Pete Lau in a blog post that went up at the start of October.

“The screen is used as a light source to enhance the outline of your fingerprint, enabling the sensor to accurately read its exact dimensions and shape. We use a dedicated ‘Trust Zone’ found in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 to store your fingerprint information, which serves as an isolated virtual space for the sake of confidentiality.

“Whenever Screen Unlock is used, your fingerprint is compared to the information stored in the Trust Zone to ensure authenticity and actively defend against false patterns.”

You can, however, also unlock the handset with your face.

OnePlus 6T notch closeup

There’s a dual camera setup around the back, combining 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors, as well as optical image stabilisation and a pair of new photography features. These are called ‘Nightscape’, which is designed to improve pictures taken in low light conditions, and Studio Lighting, which is like OnePlus’ answer to Portrait Mode on the Google Pixel 3 and iPhone XS.

Around the front is a 16-megapixel selfie camera with electronic image stabilisation.

The OnePlus 6T also features a 6.41-inch, 2340 x 1080 AMOLED display with a pixel density of 402ppi, and notch haters rejoice! The chunky notch that featured on the OnePlus 6 has been replaced by a much smaller ‘waterdrop’-style one, and you can also choose between sharp and rounded screen corners.

Under the hood is a Snapdragon 845 processor, Adreno 630 GPU and a 3700mAh battery.

If this all sounds familiar to you, it’s because it’s pretty much exactly what we expected from OnePlus ahead of today’s launch. There has been at least one small surprise though. The 6T will offer a feature called Smart Boost which, according to the company, can help boost load times for games by up to 20%, by closing other apps that you don’t use very much.

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