OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition review
A salute to speed
- Expert craftsmanship inspired by McLaren
- 10GB RAM for ultra-fast performance
- Warp Charge 30 for even faster charging
There is, of course, a price difference, so these three perks need to be high on your wish list if you are going to choose this model. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is priced from £41.75 per month on a 24-month contract, compared to from £33 per month for the standard model.
Carbon fibre and Papaya Orange
We begin with the McLaren inspired craftsmanship and the carbon fibre used in Formula 1. McLaren was the first F1 team to use carbon fibre so it seems fitting that a carbon fibre panel and pattern sits beneath the glass back cover.
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McLaren’s colour scheme makes a nice statement with Papaya Orange accents sitting along the bottom edge and partway up the sides. A McLaren badge appears to shift and move when viewed from different angles and light. You also get to enjoy exclusive themes, animations, icons, and wallpapers.
In particular, there is a McLaren live wallpaper, boot up animation, and a screen unlock animation. This OnePlus phone has a fairly average weight and dimensions at 185g and 8.2mm. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also boasts improved dust and water resistance.
The 6.41” Optic AMOLED display is one of the longest around so widescreen content will look truly awesome. The fine resolution of 2,340x 1,080 pixels equates to 402 pixels per inch. Overall, there is an 86% screen-to-body ratio with just a small camera notch at the top of the display.
Creating the perfect visual appearance you will find several viewing modes, including:
- Reading Mode
- Night Mode
- Adaptive Mode
- Sunlight Display
- Lift Up Display
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has a truly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz processor with 10GB RAM and AIE (artificial intelligence engine). In honesty, not many people will find a use for all that RAM, but video editing and 3D gaming are two areas that will be enhanced by it. The processor also preloads your favourite apps for faster opening, which everyone will appreciate.
Phone Set Up
In-Display Fingerprint Sensor
OnePlus uses new Screen Unlock technology, giving it the fastest in-display fingerprint unlocking on any smartphone. You can also turn on Face Unlock if you want to unlock the phone with a simple glance.
A huge memory
If you have content to bring across from your old mobile, then there is plenty of room with a very generous 256GB internal memory.
Oxygen OS & McLaren theme
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has the Oxygen OS, which is based on the Android Pie operating system. Oxygen OS brings smooth animations and instant navigation, along with a Gaming Mode and gestures where you can make numerous actions without lifting your finger off the screen.
The McLaren Formula 1 orange, grey, and black colour scheme finds its way into the user interface. You will notice this in places such as the App Drawer and Quick Settings menu. The bottom facing speaker isn’t as loud as an F1 car but it performs well with Dirac Power Sound and Dirac HD Sound enhancements.
Camera & Video
Dual Sony sensors
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has a dual camera with a 16MP Sony sensor and a 20MP Sony sensor. Multi-frame processing ensures that your photos look excellent and AI Scene detection automatically adjusts the contrast, saturation, and brightness for you.
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Further camera shooting modes include:
- Portrait Mode
- Night Mode – this uses new Nightscape technology
- Studio Lighting – this uses advanced face detection for superior edge detection, tone shadows, and facial highlights
- 4K video recording
- Super Slow Motion – recorded at 480 frames per second at HD quality
OnePlus has pre-loaded a superb Video Editor app and with this, you can trim your videos, and add slow-motion segments, loops, and reverse effects. The 16MP selfie camera also has several shooting modes including Portrait Mode, Screen Flash, Studio Lighting, Face Retouching, and Smile Capture.
Warp Charge 30
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has the same 3,700mAh battery as the original. However, its come with Warp Charge 30, which is essentially a 30W charger (a 20W charger is supplied with the standard model).
Warp Charge 30 makes a big difference and in only 20 minutes you can get a full days charge. The fully charged battery will last for 2 days, meaning that you are achieving 50% charge during those first 20 minutes.
Another feature that is well worth mentioning is the McLaren Edition’s ability to stay cool when charging. With the battery staying cool, you can for example play games without slowing down the charging process.
Written by: Michael Brown