Should you buy the OnePlus 6T?

By | 5th November 2018

Best answer: If you already have a OnePlus 6 or even a 5T, you probably don't need to upgrade just yet, but for anyone else looking for a new flagship-tier phone, the OnePlus 6T is an excellent choice.

OnePlus: OnePlus 6T ($549)

Who's the OnePlus 6T for?

OnePlus has always touted its devices as "flagship killers," offering top-tier performance and specs at a much lower price than the competition. While other phones like the Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone X climb past the $1,000 mark, the OnePlus 6T stays below $600, even for the upgraded model, and boasts a Snapdragon 845 chipset and up to 8GB of RAM.

The 6T is for people who want a flagship Android experience and don't mind compromising a bit to reach a much lower price. You won't get water resistance or wireless charging, nor are the cameras quite up to par with more expensive phones like the Note 9 and Pixel 3. In exchange, you get one of the cleanest forms of Android — arguably better than even Google's own software experience — along with a sleek, futuristic design and blazing fast performance.

What if I already have an older OnePlus device?

If you're already rocking a OnePlus 6 or even a 5T, then don't worry. The overall experience of the OnePlus 6T is almost unchanged, save for a few minor improvements like the smaller notch, larger battery, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Given the company's semiannual release cycle, the OnePlus 6T isn't really meant for OnePlus 6 users, and some of the 6T's newer features like Nightscape are even being made available for older devices.

The 6T is for people who want a flagship Android experience and don't mind compromising for the lower price.

If, however, you're coming from a OnePlus 5 or older, this is a great time to upgrade, especially if you're already a T-Mobile customer or have been considering switching. T-Mobile is running an excellent trade-in deal, giving $300 in monthly bill credits, along with the upfront trade-in value, for any previous OnePlus device, and that includes the OnePlus One.

Buy the 6T if you're a Verizon user who's been longing after a OnePlus phone

The 6T is an extremely significant launch for OnePlus, not just because it's being sold in stores in the U.S. through T-Mobile, but because it's the first OnePlus device to finally support Verizon's CDMA network. While Verizon won't carry it officially, you can buy a 6T directly from OnePlus and pop in a Verizon SIM with full network support.

Our pick

OnePlus 6T

$549 at OnePlus

Unbeatable for the price

The OnePlus 6T is easily the best flagship-tier phone under $600, combining clean and fast software with futuristic features like an in-display fingerprint sensor. Unless you already have a recent OnePlus device, it's more than likely worth buying.