Owners of OnePlus phones keen to get the latest features fastest will be aware of the Open Beta program. New Android versions and the latest Oxygen OS enhancements are tested there before being rolled out to everyone. Now, the first of these betas for the OnePlus 6T has dropped.
Don’t expect a massive overhaul — it’s still Oxygen OS on top of Android 9 Pie — but it does include support for migrating data from iPhones and some upgrades for the phone app. Read MoreOxygen OS Open Beta 1 for the OnePlus 6T is now available for download was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
OnePlus is something of a Cinderella story in the smartphone world. It seemed to appear out of nowhere, releasing a phone with numbers that matched the best the likes of Samsung and HTC had to offer – and did it at half the price. The OnePlus One went viral in a way few products do, and the rest is history (well, as much as four years can be “history”). OnePlus just keeps improving on that formula, most recently with the excellent OnePlus 6T, which I’ve had a chance to use for the last few weeks. Read MoreThe Oppo R17 Pro and OnePlus 6T are twins separated at birth – but why? was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
It’s pretty easy to find smartphones and other gadgets with IP dust and water resistance ratings these days. Often times, we purchase water-resistant devices without even knowing it. But if you’re using a device from OnePlus of a smartphone that didn’t have an excessively-high price tag, there’s a good chance that won’t do too well if exposed to water or moisture. Sure, most smartphones which lack an official IP (ingress protection) rating will be just fine if they get a little wet from a few drops of rain, but you’ll be lucky if they survive an accidental dip in the pool or a drop in the toilet (yes, most water damages smartphones are from toilet drops).
That’s where’s Liquipel come in with its Liquipel Watersafe Technology. A few years back, Liquipel developed its Watersafe nanocoating which can be applied to smartphones, smartwatches, tablets and other gadgets, creating a water-resistant barrier which blocks liquid from coming into contact with a device’s circuitry, dramatically reducing the chance that an internal component will fail after it’s been submerged into water. Liquipel doesn’t claim that its nanocoating is a substitute for an official IP certification, but it does offer a “you break it, we fix it” guarantee.
To put the Liquipel Watersafe Technology to the test we dug up a OnePlus 6 and mailed it to Liquipel’s facility. The nanocoating process only takes roughly 20 minutes. The device is placed into a proprietary machine that applies a liquid repellent substance to electronics and fabrics. Once the vacuum process is complete, the Liquipel formulation is injected and transforms from a liquid to a gas as it enters the chamber. To complete the process, a plasma is introduced that decomposes the liquid repellent’s molecules and polymerizes them to themselves.
The company managed to apply the coating to our OnePlus 6 within 24 hours of receiving it and shipped it back with express 2-day shipping. Once we got it back, we decided that the best way to test it out was by dunking the OnePlus 6 in a bucket of water and leaving it there for 30 minutes (make sure you watch the video). The OnePlus 6 managed to survive being submerged in water for 30 minutes, but that’s not uncommon since corrosion of the phone’s circuitry typically happens when water evaporates while the phone dries out. The only issue we did identify was a muffled speaker which was easily remedied why shaking the phone a few times and then turning on some music so that the speaker’s vibrations could push the remaining water out of its audio chamber.
One thing that the Liquipel coating can’t really protect against is water of moisture build-up in the cameras of your phone, but that’s typically not an issue unless you drop the phone into water that’s a few feet deep. We didn’t have any moisture build-up in the camera of our OnePlus 6, but that’s something to be aware of if you’re considering the Liquipel treatment for your device.
Our initial plan was to test the phone after 24 hours to see if it was still functional, but we pushed that back to 72 hours since we were not able to find any issues after the first day. As promised by Liquipel, after three full days, the OnePlus 6 was working perfectly. The phone’s two speakers produced crisp audio when listening to music or taking a call, the 3.5mm headphone jack didn’t have any issues and the USB-C port on the bottom had no issues charging or connecting the phone to a computer.
At $60, the Liquipel treatment isn’t necessarily cheap, but it’s definitely not too much to ask for a product that will keep your device safe from water and moisture. The price also includes the return shipping costs, Liquipel’s screen protector coating and a case for your device. If you have a OnePlus or any other device that doesn’t have an official water resistance rating, the Liquipel Watersafe Technology is one of the only real options out there if you’d like to keep your device alive if it’s accidentally submerged in water, so $60 is certainly not too much to pay for peace of mind.
It has taken OnePlus a bit longer than expected to bring Android 9 Pie to the OnePlus 5 and 5T, but the wait is over — if you’re willing to use beta releases, anyway. Open Beta 22 for the OnePlus 5 and Beta 20 for the 5T are now available, which are based on Android Pie.
Here’s the full changelog for the Open Betas:
Updated system to Android™ 9.0 Pie™
Brand new UI for Android Pie
Brand new navigation gestures (this is only for 5T)
Updated Android security patch to 2018.11
Optimizations for background app process handling
Do Not Disturb mode
New Do Not Disturb mode with adjustable settings
UI Improvements for emergency rescue
Optimized UI for speed dial and calling interface
Now able to assign a specific SIM for a specific contact or group of contacts when using dual SIM
Added support for more apps (Telegram, Discord, IMO, Uber, OLA) in parallel apps
Now able to switch dynamically to your current location
Display more suggestions when the search function is used
Fixed an issue that prevented the app from refreshing when the location is changed
Fixed an issue that resulted in some users being unable to find certain locations
The software experience should be roughly identical to that of the OnePlus 6T, since that phone is already running Android Pie. Read MoreAndroid 9 Pie arrives on the OnePlus 5 and 5T with Open Beta 20/22 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
Since we all enjoy a good unboxing, we thought we’d share the official OnePlus 6T McLaren edition unboxing video. While the video simply gives you a visual overview of what you’ll find inside the box, traditional unboxing videos for the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will likely be showing up soon as well.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition was officially unveiled today, sporting all the of the features that have been revealed in the leaks over the past few weeks. While the basic spec of the phone are in line with the original OnePlus 6T, the McLaren edition packs in an additional 2GB of RAM. To be clear, this isn’t the first device on the market with 10GB of RAM, but it’s definitely the most affordable. OnePlus 6T McLaren edition will go on sale in North America for $699 and €699 over in Europe, making it $120 more than the regular OnePlus 6T and the most expensive device OnePlus has ever featured in its lineup. That being said, it’s still substantially cheaper than most other flagship smartphones which range from $800 to $1,000.
The only other spec improvement offered by the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is its new Warp Charge 30 which promises to deliver “a day’s power” in just 20 minutes of charging. This 20 minutes connected to the new charger actually deliver a 50% charge to the phone’s 3700mAh battery while keeping the phone cool while charging.
From a design standpoint, the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition sports a few visual tweaks which include a carbon fiber texture below the rear glass, McLaren’s Papaya Orange highlight along the bottom and side edges and the same color applied to the braided charging cord. The phone also comes with a unique box which includes a McLaren booklet and a little plaque with the McLaren Speedmark logo in F1 AA-grade carbon fiber.
Are you willing to pay the McLaren tax to own the most powerful device OnePlus has ever made?
With the launch of the of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition right around the corner, we finally have the last missing piece to the puzzle — its price. After sharing official press images of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition a few days back, @IshanAgarwal24 has now revealed the phone will make its debut for €699 & €709 (right around $800) in markets across Europe, making it the most expensive OnePlus device in history. The €10 price variation from country to country is in line with what OnePlus’ pricing for its other devices (likely due to differences in VAT between countries).
Since the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition features 10GB of RAM and an upgraded fast charging technology, we were expecting it to sell for at least €50-60 more than the €589 variant of the OnePlus 6T which comes equipped with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. To us, the €110 premium for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition seems a bit excessive considering that OnePlus only charges a €30 premium to upgrade from 6GB to 8GB of RAM.
Despite the phone’s high price tag, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will likely sell quite well. Will you be forking over the cash to be among the few to own a smartphone with 10GB of RAM?
The most expensive OnePlus phone EVER, as I told you weeks ago! BTW, There is usually a 10 Euro difference in prices between different European countries, hence, €699 & €709. Hope you understand. I like this phone though! :)#OnePlus6T#SaluteToSpeed pic.twitter.com/2L9pm1xkYb
— Ishan Agarwal (@IshanAgarwal24) December 10, 2018
In a series of interviews yesterday, The Verge was told by OnePlus CEO Pete Lau that his company was simultaneously working on both an upcoming 5G and 4G phone, though the former was expected to cost “$200 to $300 more” than its 4G counterpart. According to UK carrier EE, OnePlus’ 5G phone is set to come to the carrier next year.
The Verge’s compound interview (which is a pretty good read, you should just check it out for yourself) also reveals that Qualcomm’s president, Cristiano Amon, thinks OnePlus’ pricing is a bit higher than what consumers may expect from other OEMs when 5G devices land. Read MoreOnePlus will launch its first 5G phone in Europe next year, may cost up to $300 more than 4G version was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
At the Qualcomm’s Tech Summit, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau announced on stage that the company would be “the first” to launch a smartphone powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 855 (presumably the OnePlus 7). The news came as a big surprise since OnePlus devices typically hit the market in early summer. With Qualcomm leading the charge with the first Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the company would either have to make dramatic changed to its product launch cycle or the launch of the Snapdragon 855 would be coming later than expected.
In the end, neither of those scenarios will play out. As it turns out, Pete Lau’s statement was slightly off due to a translation blunder. The slides for the presentation should have read “among the first” instead of “the first,” which dramatically changes what we momentarily thought would be a significant shift for OnePlus. Unfortunately, the PR team at OnePlus made things worse by sharing the false news to its social media channels.
Several hours after Pete Lau’s on-stage mistake, a spokesperson from OnePlus confirmed that Lau has misspoken.
“We appreciate the opportunity to clarify that we will be one of the first to have access to, and use, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, and apologise for the miscommunication.”
Mistakes like this are inevitable, but we’re sure that the folks at OnePlus aren’t taking it lightly. At this point, we don’t know when OnePlus’s Snapdragon smartphone will hit the market, but we’re excited to see what the company has in store for us with the OnePlus 7 and any other devices it releases in 2019.
OnePlus has been known to deliver handsets which offer incredible performance and specs without too much of an impact on your bank account, but the company plans to take things to the next level with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. The latest rumor claims that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will be equipped with a mind-boggling 10GB of RAM will likely cure your storage anxiety by giving you 256GB of internal storage.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is said to the results between McLaren and OnePlus, with the former lending a hand to help design and market the smartphone. While the phone’s 10GB of RAM may set it apart from the regular OnePlus 6T, most of the phone’s other specs should remain the sale. The device is expected to feature the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6.4-inch display and 16MP cameras on the front and back of the phone.
OnePlus is expected to officially unveil the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition in London on December 11th and in Mumbai on December 12. Pricing details are still not available, but expect to pay at least $659 for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition since the OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage currently sells for $629.
OnePlus and @McLarenF1. Forever in pursuit of speed. Experience the #SalutetoSpeed on December 11. https://t.co/inqbUCRYcK pic.twitter.com/Q7HGBqmZtw
— OnePlus (@oneplus) November 27, 2018
We all know that 10GB of RAM on Android is more RAM than you’ll ever need, but I’m sure more than a few of you will be enticed by the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. Are you planning on buying this new device once it’s made available or will you be waiting a few more months to pick up a 2019 flagship device?