OnePlus 6 versus OnePlus 6T: which should you buy?

When a brand releases a new smartphone, the newest device is typically the one you should buy. It usually features better specs, a new design, and features that the only one won’t have. But that’s not necessarily the case with the new OnePlus 6T. The new flagship smartphone from OnePlus is basically a OnePlus 6 with a few minor tweaks that’s accompanied by a higher base price. While the higher price is justified by the fact that the phone’s base model comes with 128GB of RAM, an in-display fingerprint sensor and a smaller notch at the top of the display, there are a few drawbacks.
Unlike the OnePlus 6, the new OnePlus 6T does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Over the years, OnePlus has used the 3.5mm headphone jack as a key selling point for its phones, mocking Apple for removing it from its iPhones and ridiculing every Android OEM that has followed in Apple’s footprints. Of course, OnePlus has justified the omission of the 3.5mm headphone jack by claiming that most users now rely on Bluetooth headphone to listen to their music and that the extra space was needed to fit a larger battery into the phone.
And then there’s the in-display fingerprint sensor which replaces the rear-mounter sensor of the OnePlus 6. While this technology is new and exciting, it also doesn’t perform as well as a regular fingerprint sensor does. Those who have used the new OnePlus 6T claim that the in-display sensor isn’t as reliable as the one on the OnePlus 6 and often forces users to scan their fingerprint 2-3 times before it unlocks the device.
So, is the OnePlus 6T the right device for you? In most cases, we typically suggest the newer device, but we’re not sure if that’s the right call this time around. While the new OnePlus 6T may have a cooler-looking notch and larger battery, the 3.5mm headphone jack and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor on the OnePlus 6 are compelling reasons why you might want to buy that phone instead.
Which of these two phones would you rather own?

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OnePlus 6T

OnePlus 6

Price
$549 / $579 / $629
$529 / $579 / $629

Screen size
6.41 inches
6.2 inches

Resolution
1080 x 2340
1080 x 2280

Density
402ppi
402ppi

Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

RAM
6 / 8GB
6 / 8GB

Storage
128 / 256GB
64 / 128 / 256GB

Battery
3,700 mAh
3,300mAh

OS
Android 9.0
Android 8.0

Rear camera
Dual cameras: Standard, 16 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, OIS, PDIF, Depth sensor, 20 MP (16 MP effective), f/1.7, 25mm
Dual cameras: Standard 16MP, f/1.7, 1.22µm Pixel size, 20 MP depth sensor

Front camera
16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm
16 MP, f/2.0

Bluetooth
v5.0
v5.0

NFC
Yes
Yes

Dimensions
157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2 mm
155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm

Weight
185g
177g

Water Resistance
No
No

Wireless Charging
No
No

Special features
In-display Fingerpring Scanner, Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W
3.5mm headphone jack, Fingerprint Scanner

 
 

OnePlus 6T, a small upgrade to an already amazing smartphone

October has been a busy month if you’ve been keeping a close eye on all the new smartphones that have been announced. The new OnPlus 6T may be the last new device we see this month, it’s also one of the most compelling. All the basics of the OnePlus 6T are the same as the original OnePlus 6. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, you get 6 or 8GB of RAM, 128 or 256GB of storage, a 6.4-inch display and the same 16MP/20MP dual camera and 16MP front-facing camera that you get on the standard OnePlus 6.
But there are a few differences as well. The most noticeable is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack. OnePlus has switched over to audio over USB-C, but the company claims to have a good reason. The port was removed to make room for a new 3,700 mAh battery which is 12% larger (I don’t think anyone will be complaining about that) and to allow the display’s bottom bezels to be reduced even further. OnePlus has also reduced the size of the notch on the top of the display, making it one of the best-looking notches we’ve seen to date. The final tweak is the new in-display fingerprint sensor which replaces the rear-mounted sensor on the OnePlus 6. Unfortunately, the phone doesn’t have an official IP dust and water resistance rating and wireless charging is nowhere to be found.

Naturally, all these minor tweaks are also accompanied by a bump in price. The base model OnePlus 6T with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage costs $549. While that’s lower than pretty much any other flagship device on the market, it is $20 more than the OnePlus 6. If you want 8GB of RAM with the same amount of storage, you’ll pay $579 and 256GB of storage with 8GB of RAM will cost you $629. 
The OnePlus 6T goes on sale November 1 through the company’s website, but US customers will also be able to purchase the phone directly from T-Mobile. OnePlus has sold its phone through several service providers in Europe on the past, but this is the first time that it has managed to snag support from a US service provider. T-Mobile is also throwing in a $300 discount if you trade in any OnePlus smartphone when you purchase the OnePlus 6T.

What’s your take on the new OnePlus 6T?

Nokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350

Most of Nokia’s recent Android devices have been very good, but the Nokia 7.1 is especially a good deal. For $349, you get a Snapdragon 636 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, and a 5.8-inch 2280 x 1080 screen with HDR support. Now the device is officially on sale in the United States from a handful of retailers.

Beyond internal specifications, the Nokia 7.1 comes in two premium finishes — Steel and Blue. Read MoreNokia 7.1 now available in the United States for $350 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children's books

Some of Google Home’s best features are the ones that are just for fun, like playing the “I’m feeling lucky” game show, listening to different animal sounds, and asking for interesting facts. Google is expanding on that repertoire with storytelling sound effects for certain Disney stories. Parents in the US can activate the new feature by saying “Hey Google, let’s read along with Disney.” Their Home device will then listen along and play appropriate sound effects and music for the chosen story, which can be selected from a library of 11, with more to come. Read MoreGoogle Home can now add sound effects and music to story time with certain Disney children’s books was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Deal Alert] Anker Nebula Mars II projector with Android is $370 ($130 off) on Amazon

The Nebula Mars II is Anker’s latest portable projector. It’s big, bright, and can run Android apps. The Mars II normally retails for $499.99, but from now until November 6th, you can get it for $369.99 on Amazon.
The Nebula Mars II has a projection brightness of 300 ANSI Lumens, and a resolution of 1280 x 720. It runs Android 7.1 with the Aptotide app store (no Play Store, unfortunately), and you can easily sideload APKs. Read More[Deal Alert] Anker Nebula Mars II projector with Android is $370 ($130 off) on Amazon was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now just $700] Samsung's international Galaxy Note9 drops to $770 on eBay ($230 off)

Update 1: 2018/10/29 12:29pm PDT

Even with those band issues to keep in mind, the Note9 for $770 was a pretty solid deal. Still, if you were on the fence about picking one up, you

If you’ve been eyeing a Galaxy Note9, then you might be interested in this deal. Over on eBay, you can pick up a 128GB dual-SIM Note9 (Exynos variant) for just $769.99, which is a good drop from the last time we saw this deal. Read More[Update: Now just $700] Samsung’s international Galaxy Note9 drops to $770 on eBay ($230 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Here are all the devices that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ [Continuously Updated]

It’s definitely hard to keep up with all the different quick charging technologies. Most flagships use Qualcomm Quick Charge, some (like the Pixels) use USB-PD, and a few others use custom tech like OnePlus Dash Charge. Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 is over a year old at this point, but for one reason or another, most devices have stuck with QC 3.0.
Without further ado, here is the list of all the hardware that uses QC 4/4+:
Razer Phone (4+)
ZTE Nubia Z17 (4+)
BQ Aquaris X2 (4+)
BQ Aquaris X2 Pro (4+)
Smartisan R1 (4+)
HTC U12 Plus (4+)
LG G7 ThinQ (4)
CAT S61 (4)
Xiaomi Mi 8 (4+)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Explorer Edition (4+)
Xiaomi Mi A2 (4+)
Pocophone F1 (4+)
LG V40 (4)
Razer Phone 2 (4+)
ZTE Axon Pro 9 (4+)
AGM X3 (4+)
Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro (4+)
Qiku N7 Pro (4+)
With our latest update, we see more phones from familiar names: LG’s V40, the Razer Phone 2, ZTE’s new Axon Pro 9, the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro and Mi A2, and the Pocophone F1. Read MoreHere are all the devices that support Qualcomm Quick Charge 4/4+ [Continuously Updated] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Let's talk about comments on Android Police

Android Police has a fantastic community. The comments on our articles and YouTube videos are almost always filled with great discussions, and the live back-and-forth with viewers on our weekly Twitch shows is enjoyable. The amount of interaction we get on most of our posts is unparalleled for a site of our size, and we are very grateful for that. That being said, we want to address some negative things we’ve observed as that community has grown, and explain what we are going to do about them. Read MoreLet’s talk about comments on Android Police was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Sony is killing off Xperia Themes on the XZ3 — and probably more phones in the future

Depending on your perspective, it’s either a smart move or extremely unfortunate that Sony is reducing the amount of proprietary software it puts on its phones. But whether you love Sony’s mobile skin or you’re more of a stock Android fan, the stripping down continues with the loss of Xperia Themes on the Xperia XZ3 devices due to “low usage.” 
In a support page on its website, Sony stated that while the theme function is gone on the XZ3, users can still download and choose wallpapers from the Google Play Store. Read MoreSony is killing off Xperia Themes on the XZ3 — and probably more phones in the future was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Fix coming] Hilarious Pixel 3 XL bug adds a second notch to the side of the screen

Update 1: 2018/10/29 10:18am PDT

Google just reached out to let us know that not only is the company aware of this highly anomalous behavior, but that a fix should be “coming soon.” If you

The notch on the Pixel 3 XL is probably one of the most derided smartphone features in history, or, judging by our comments section, the worst thing to ever happen in the history of the universe. Read More[Update: Fix coming] Hilarious Pixel 3 XL bug adds a second notch to the side of the screen was written by the awesome team at Android Police.