OnePlus 6T Review: Performance, Quality And Price Leadership Again

OnePlus 6T Battery Life And Review Summary

Since the introduction of Android 8 Oreo, our battery life testing at HotHardware has become a bit of a challenge. Unfortunately, or fortunately as the case may be, Google's mobile operating system is getting more aggressive at killing off tasks that are consuming significant power and haven't had any user interaction. As a result, our usual PCMark Android battery test now fails on some phones, depending on how they're configured.

The OnePlus 6T fortunately decided to play nice this time and stay powered-up and active to complete the test. This was not the case at the time we tested the previous gen OnePlus 6, and in the interest of time we weren't able to update its test score. Regardless, we do have our OnePlus 6T times clocked in here versus other high-end Android phones on the market currently. Take a look...

OnePlus 6T Battery Life Test Results PCMark

The OnePlus 6T and its 3700 mAh battery put up the 3rd best score we've ever recorded in this test, offering nearly 11 hours of battery life. With constantly-on and rather punchy 200 nits display settings, these are impressive results to be sure. The OnePlus 6T is right on part with a Galaxy Note 8 but can't catch our current battery benchmark behemoth, the Galaxy Note 9. Regardless, if you're the type that can't seem to put your phone down, the OnePlus 6T will provide your pocket supercomputer fix over seriously extended up-time and day-long use sans top-off.

Final Review Summary, Pros And Cons

When it comes to charging, OnePlus still didn't see clear to giving us wireless technology with the 6T variant, though again we're still treated again to OnePlus' high current Dash Charger setup. It's easily one of the fastest charging phones we've ever tested, just like its predecessor. And that need for speed has been reported as the reason OnePlus hasn't brought wireless charging to its devices yet, with OnePlus CEO Pete Lau noting that the technology currently is just too slow for the company to justify its integration.

That said, the only other real shortcomings with the OnePlus 6T are again its lack of IP68 compliant water and dust resistance, though it is fairly robust in terms of splash proofing. Well, that and yes we have no headphone jack (in case you don't get the old school reference). Some might be sorry to see this go and I personally would fall into that demographic, though we're getting much closer to a time where wireless earbud technology is on performance parity with legacy analog buds.

Beyond these smallish omissions, the OnePlus 6T is a heck of an Android phone value at its $549 and $579 price points for its 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/128GB storage versions respectively, unlocked. In fact, we can't think of another smartphone brand on the market right now that gives you as much performance and quality for the dollar as the OnePlus 6T and its slightly smaller OnePlus 6 sibling. In the age of the $800 to $1K smartphone, OnePlus' firmly $500 territory price points are as much appreciated as the company's strong focus on premium quality experiences at both the hardware and software level.

We're hopeful that OnePlus will continue to work on the OnePlus 6 and 6T's camera performance as well, and considering the company's excellent track record with Android updates, this could be a reality sooner than later. Either way you slice it though, you can't go wrong with the OnePlus 6T, if you're looking for a larger format power user Android handset. The OnePlus 6T's beautiful 6.41-inch AMOLED display is what greets you when you power the phone up; from there it's a consistently premium experience throughout and we highly recommend it. 

hothardware recommended

  • Quality, premium design
  • Great 6.41-inch OLED display
  • Excellent performance
  • 8GB of RAM, yes please
  • Great battery life
  • Clean Android 9 Pie OS
  • Great value for the dollar
  • Top-notch battery life
  • Not quite IP68 resistant
  • No wireless charging
  • In-display fingerprint scanner sometimes slow with too many rejects
  • Camera performance solid but seems like there's untapped potential

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