Over the last few weeks, several rumors have suggested that the next OnePlus flagship smartphone might feature a fingerprint reader embedded inside the display. Last week, an alleged OnePlus 6T retail box had been leaked online, revealing a waterdrop notch and an in-screen fingerprint sensor. OnePlus today officially confirmed to CNET that the OnePlus 6T will, indeed, ship with an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus 6T: In-Screen Fingerprint Sensor Officially Confirmed
In an email sent to CNET, OnePlus said, “We unlock our phones multiple times a day and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action. By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.”
OnePlus also told CNET that it was planning to introduce the feature with the OnePlus 5T last year but decided otherwise as “the technology wasn’t mature enough to meet [OnePlus’] standards for delivering a fast and smooth user experience”. Thanks to the addition of an in-screen fingerprint sensor, the OnePlus 6T has a slightly tweaked design compared to the OnePlus 6. OnePlus says that its upcoming flagship is thicker than the OnePlus 6 by 0.45mm and sports a more unibody look as there is no fingerprint sensor on the back.
OnePlus 6T: Launch Date Revealed
Along with confirming the presence of an in-display fingerprint sensor, a screenshot of the OnePlus 6T lockscreen has revealed the smartphone’s launch date. According to the screenshot, OnePlus will be launching the 6T on Wednesday, October 17th. We expect the flagship smartphone to go on sale soon after the official announcement on October 17 in key markets such as India. The OnePlus 6T will also be company’s first flagship smartphone to be sold in the US by T-Mobile.
OnePlus 6T: Purported Specifications, Features
The OnePlus 6T is rumored to debut with a larger 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display with a waterdrop notch similar to the latest F9 series smartphones from OPPO. In terms of design, the upcoming flagship is expected to be very similar to the OPPO R17 Pro, which was launched in China last month. Under the hood, OnePlus 6T will be powered by the same 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core chipset as its predecessor. The smartphone is likely to be identical to the OnePlus 6 in terms of memory as well.
Moving on to optics, rumors suggest the OnePlus 6T will feature a triple-camera setup at the rear similar to the one found on the R17 Pro. In addition to the rear cameras, the selfie camera on the OnePlus 6T will likely be upgraded as well. Connectivity-wise, the OnePlus 6T will support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, NFC, USB Type-C port, and Dual 4G VoLTE. In terms of software, the OnePlus 6T will no doubt ship with the Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box.
Going by all the OnePlus 6T-related leaks so far, it looks like the next OnePlus flagship will not be a mere incremental update over the current OnePlus 6. In some areas, at least, the 6T will be a major upgrade over its predecessor.
OnePlus 6T: Expected Price in India
We expect the OnePlus 6T to be launched at the same starting price of Rs.34,999 as the current OnePlus 6. Similar to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T might be available in three configurations – 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 8GB RAM + 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage. The 128GB and 256GB storage variants of the OnePlus 6 are priced at Rs.39,999 and Rs.43,999, respectively.