For years now, the so-called "Xiaomi Fans" look at the Apple world a bit like a fan of Turin's Juventus. But if the real rival was hidden within the Android family? The OnePlus 6T is so much stuff, we should take a look at the competition.
Obviously the reference with the much appreciated / hated / envied Apple is a provocation. But actually, trying this OnePlus 6T, one of the things that came to my mind from "Xiaomi Fan" is that too often the "Chinese Apple" is compared to the original "Apple" even though there are so many houses that orbit the inside the Android universe that are just as "dangerous".
With Samsung's new momentum, Huawei's limelight and Oppo's discovery, Xiaomi needs to look at home and add a new, dangerous opponent: OnePlus!
With this OnePlus 6T, OnePlus didn't want to overdo it, it took the previous model (among other things very well done) and further improved a lot of little things.
Here are my considerations on the OnePlus 6T
To underline the fact that this OnePlus made us sweat since sales were constant and stocks were very tight. He had to arrive before Christmas, then before New Year, then at the Epiphany and then we arrived in February.
Now resigned, we receive the HongKong track that tells us about the imminent arrival of the OnePlus 6T! What an emotion!
We thank then GearBest for providing us with the device and being ready to send us the device as soon as it is available.
We opened the package together, remember?
OnePlus 6T - Design
The OnePlus 6T shows itself in the now common role "Fullscreen" with notch drop. Compared to the solutions used by Xiaomi in the Mi Play and in the RedMi Note 7 this “drop” seems to follow the curves of the display a little more, resulting a little more pleasant.
The dimensions of the device are generous: 157.5 x 74.9 x 8.2 mm and display has a diagonal from 6.41 inches.
The structure of the 6T is robust and i 180 grams everyone feels.
The back cover finish is not exactly original or particular. It is symmetrical but rather anonymous.
No headphone jack, nothing IrDa is….NO NOTIFICATION LED!!!
I dare say ... MINIMAL!
OnePlus 6T - Display
The display is aexcellent AMOLED FullHD + drive from 1080 x 2340 pixels and 402 ppi of density.
Needless to say the blacks are absolute and the colors are lively and saturated.
Unfortunately, also given the presence of a transparent film of non-exalting bill pre-applied by the factory, under direct sunlight the vision is not exceptional.
A couple of extra brightness points would have been appreciated.
Beautiful instead of the ambient display which, unlike that of the Mi8, allows you to see the color time widget.
I worried that this ambient display consumed too much battery I had to change my mind.
The Touchscreen is precise and, given how well the device is armored at performance level, even in extreme multitouch use it does not lose a beat.
OnePlus 6T - Performances
The performances of the OnePlus 6T are simply the best that could be found in the period of the device's release. The Snapdragon 845 (the same as the Mi8) makes the 6T fly also an interface, the Oxygen OS much lighter than our beloved MIUI.
The model I tested has well 8GB RAM memory and this for the benefit of a decidedly responsive multitasking.
OnePlus 6T - Battery
The OnePlus 6T battery is from ben 3700mah, practically 500mah more than the Mi8 (seen Xiaomi that you can ??).
The more time passes, the more I feel sensitive to the concept of "battery dutara", perhaps because I travel more than in the past and, being always around, I have less chance of connecting the smartphone to the battery charger.
Whatever the reason why the battery is so important to me, this OnePlus 6T deserves a nice "EXCELLENT". An abundant day and a half of battery with standard use and full day with stress use. Simply perfect battery.
OnePlus 6T - Camera
The OnePlus 6T is equipped with dual camera from 16 Mp + 20 Mp with F1.7 focal and this allows you to make excellent shots even in low light conditions.
Here are some shots that give you an idea of the quality of the photo sensor. What do you think about the photo quality of this OnePlus 6T?
OnePlus 6T - Camera - Light
OnePlus 6T - Camera - Low light
OnePlus 6T - Camera - Interior
OnePlus 6T - Camera - Close-up shots
OnePlus 6T - Camera - Panorama
OnePlus 6T - Software
Here I had fun, I took a dive into the past.
Leave MIUI for years to benefit from a more STOCK experience
The thing that struck me most is the amount of the notifications I received. It is true that MIUI can be used to solve the "problem of not receiving notifications" but these settings must be made for each single APP. With the OnePlus 6T, on the other hand, you receive notifications of APPs that I didn't even know existed. Once this reactivity is proven it is not easy to go back.
The STOCK experience has been slightly extended and customized through the Oxygen OS ROM. ROM very light but complete and customizable.
The FULLSCREEN display control is facilitated by a series of customizable gesture but that, compared to those of MIUI, they did not convince me. The position of the swipe-up is too inconvenient to go back whether it is activated from the right or from the left.
The Task Manager is another thing that honestly didn't convince me. It is extremely fluid but the aesthetic solution that allows you to see more APPs simultaneously adopted by MIUI is definitely more comfortable.
OnePlus 6T - Connectivity
OnePlus, unlike Xiaomi, immediately aimed at the global market. For this reason, after a few attempts (in my opinion nonsense) of specific devices for each market, he decided to produce a single device compatible with all global networks.
This means, for example, that from any store you decide to buy the OnePlus 6T B20 band for the much discussed 4G connectivity to 800mhz is standard.
At the telephone level there are absolutely no problems and, even in poorly covered areas, the quality in call is definitely good. But the thing that surprised me most is the power of audio in hands-free mode. The power of the speakerphone allowed me, for example, to use the phone in the car without the connection to the bluetooth system. Not a small thing.
OnePlus 6T - Fingerprint reader below the display
This aspect deserves a paragraph to itself because the impact I had with this feature was definitely strange.
I had the monkey a thousand, I wanted to try the reader fingerprints on the screen and this 6T is absolutely the first device I tested with this technology.
But, having received the device and unboxed it, the first tests were disappointing to say the least. I was recording the impression, I tried it and it didn't work. I was recording again, I try it and nothing ...
I'm calling in the newsroom ... it's broken!
Then I read an article about a particular feature of the OnePlus 6T, that is the SELF-LEARNING.
In essence, every time you make a mistake but then write the pin correctly, the reader stores the fingerprint and adds it to the valid ones.
The result is that, if at first the reader's vote was a nice 2, after a few hours of use, the release no longer lost a shot coming to not regret the physical reader in the slightest.
Even for these "find" software that put a bit of patches to a technology that is perhaps still a bit immature, the OnePlus deserves a nice 10!
OnePlus 6T - Conclusions
Dive into the past was an intense experience. To make it I went to the safe side choosing one of the most powerful and appreciated devices in the world. The OnePlus 6T is a extraordinary device, at times it touches on excellence but, as a predominantly Xiaomi user, I realized that probably the perfect smartphone does not exist. There is perhaps the PERFECT FOR ME smartphone, but that's another story.
The OnePlus is a device to advise absolutely at a price that is around around the euro 500. Not a few, but definitely well spent for such a device.
As always I would also like to know your impression on this device. What do you want to see on your Xiaomi? And what's missing?
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It was time I did not try a device with Android Stock experience. And despite the XIAOMI habituation, this OnePlus 6T really liked me a lot.