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...
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.