OnePlus launched its 6T smartphone in New York on Monday. The launch happened one day earlier than previously announced, to avoid the clash with the Apple event on Tuesday. The most remarkable thing about the event is that the Chinese company successfully managed to enter the US market officially against the odds. OnePlus products were not directly marketed in the country before, though they were available online. Even during that time, the company enjoyed a certain popularity among buyers in the US because of its high-end features and mid-range prices. However, for a smartphone to have a real market presence in the country, it has to reach the mainstream American customer and this happens only when it has a distributor there and has support from a major telecommunication company.
OnePlus 6T has both these: it is distributed all over the US by T-Mobile and is supported by Verizon networks. It is a big achievement for the company as the climate is not very favorable for Chinese business firms in the country. This happens at a time when Chinese companies like Huawei and ZTE are asked to close shop and pack up. OnePlus has managed to convince T-Mobile that the device will not contain any pre-installed carrier apps that cannot be deleted. It will be easier for 6T now to compete successfully with brands like HTC, Sony and LG, on the twin advantages of its price-range and features.
The device has a 6.41 inches AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,340-pixel resolution, 6-10GB RAM, 128-256GB internal storage. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor. There are two rear cameras (16 MP and 20 MP) and a 16 MP front camera. For connectivity, the device has options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, GPS, NFC, and USB 3.1. It has a 3,700mAh battery. The operating system is Android 9 Pie. 6T comes with an in-display fingerprint reader, and it will be the first smartphone to come to the US with the feature. The phone will be available in stores on the 1st of November. Pricing starts at $549.