Buying a OnePlus phone is great – it’ll cost you less outright than most other phones with the same specs and you’ll get a clean Android experience in a well-designed piece of hardware. But OnePlus only sells one phone at a time and replaces that phone every six months.
The OnePlus 6T replaces the OnePlus 6. The newer phone looks pretty similar with an all-glass design, but there are some key differences. If you have a OnePlus 6 and want to upgrade or if you want to know how much has really changed, read on.
Read our full OnePlus 6T review.
Price and availability
Both phones have a similar all-glass design. The backs of both are pretty identical except for the fingerprint sensor on the 6. The 6T has an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
The OnePlus 6T has a notch but it’s smaller than on the 6. A small teardrop shape, it’s basically just there to house the single front facing camera, with the earpiece a tiny sliver in the top edge of the phone. The 6’s notch held both of these, so was bigger.
The 6T loses the headphone jack but is slightly taller and fatter than the 6, in part to accommodate a larger battery. Both phones have the same curves, alert slider and power button positioning.
You be hard pressed to tell these two phones apart if it weren’t for the different notches.
Features and specs
When two phones look this similar, you’ll find that most of the differences are in the specs.
Here’s a handy comparison table:
|Specification||OnePlus 6||OnePlus 6T|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo, upgradable to 9 Pie||Android 9 Pie|
|Display||6.28in Full HD+ (2280×1080) AMOLED, 19:9, 402ppi||6.41in Full HD+ (2340×1080) AMOLED, 19.5:9, 402ppi|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor|
|Primary Camera||16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7||16Mp and 20Mp rear camera, f/1.7|
|Front Camera||16Mp f/2.0||16Mp f/2.0|
|Video Recording||4K @ 60fps, Slo-mo 720p @480fps||4K @ 30fps, Slo-mo 720p @ 120fps|
|WiFi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band|
|Bluetooth||5.0 with aptX||5.0 with aptX|
|Fingerprint scanner||Yes||Yes, in-screen|
|Colours||Silk White, Mirror Black, Midnight Black||Mirror Black, Midnight Black|
|Ports||USB-C, 3.5mm Headphone jack||USB-C|
|Waterproof||Usable in light rain showers||Usable in light rain showers|
|Dimensions||155.7mm x 75.4mm x 7.75mm|
As you can see, there are not a lot of differences. Both phones have the same processor, cameras and come in the same two black colours.
The 6T has dropped the 64GB storage option, offering 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, or 8GB RAM with 128 or 256GB. Storage on both phones is non-expandable.
If you’re on the lookout for a OnePlus 6, make sure you check with RAM/storage model you’re buying.
Screen sizes differ with the OnePlus 6T having a huge 6.41in display with a tall aspect ratio of 19.5:9, compared to 6.28in on the OnePlus 6. There’s also a larger 3700mAh battery in the 6T.
Neither phone has wireless charging despite both having glass backs. They also share camera components, though OnePlus claims the 6T can shoot better pictures – it’s unclear how, but our review will uncover if this is the case.
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Both phones run Android 9 Pie – the 6T out the box, and the 6 is receiving updates globally. OnePlus’s version of Android is pleasingly clean and not much is changed, Unlike on the Pixel 3, you can choose to use the old-style Android navigation buttons, Pie’s new gesture system or even OnePlus’ own gestures that are a tad different.
We like the simple app drawer and level of customisation you can make to a OnePlus phone – it works well whether you’re an Android newbie or a seasoned enthusiast.
You may find that if you are looking to buy one of these phones that you have to go for the OnePlus 6T as OnePlus no longer sells the 6.
If you already have the 6 and are looking to upgrade, you probably don’t need to. The only difference is a bigger battery, slightly larger screen and an in-screen fingerprint sensor.
Otherwise you should wait for the next big change in OnePlus design that will probably come just six months after the 6T.