zepedropaulos, Nov 2, 2018 : Hello everyone, First of all, I cannot start without giving a big shoutout to OnePlus, for giving me this opportunity of reviewing this new device, and having it before anyone else. I hope I fill all the expectations, theirs and yours. I also wanna make this a commune process where we can all share our thoughts, so feel free to ask anything about the device, I’ll be happy to answer. Without further ado, let’s begin: The OnePlus 6T LAB Review. The Unboxing: I am an unboxing-o-phile. The whole experience start with the reception of a package in the mailbox, cut off the plastic, and get to see what’s inside. This time it was a white, soft-touch, box with the OnePlus red logo standing in the middle. The box is closed by some kind of magnets which makes this whole unboxing even more satisfying. Prepare yourselves, this will be a box-ception: inside the first box, we get the actual device box, another box with some accessories and the Bullets Type-C earbuds and a small box with a phone stand and a red microfiber OnePlus branded cleaning cloth. OnePlus was kind enough to include three of their beautiful first-party cases - the red silicone, the black nylon and the sandstone (my personal favorite, although the red one + the black phone is an amazing combo). Inside of the actual box, as soon as you slide the top out, there’s the OnePlus 6T in all its glory - I was a little bit disappointed that they’ve ditched the red on this box, it was that splash of color that you’d expect from OnePlus, nonetheless it still looks great - and it gives you already a tip, by a sticker, about the in-screen fingerprint reader. OnePlus does think of everything, the inside of the box is covered in a soft padding that protects the phone during shipping. The device is laying in a plastic tray that gives you the opportunity of “clicking” the phone out of it. You pop out the phone, and a fingerprint-like-drawing shows up right in the middle, just as asking you to slip your finger in there to take that little box out. Boxception continue as inside of it you will find a case - it is just a normal black TPU silicone case but it’s a nice touch of OnePlus to include a case, and also a pre-applied screen protector - holding the box with the SIM ejector tool, safety information and the coolest quick-start guide ever that is also a poster when you turn it around. Oh! Of course and some OnePlus stickers with some cool sayings, I’ll be rocking the “Proud Member” one on my laptop. And then, below it, is just the usual (super) fast charging power brick and the USB-A to Type-C charging cable. Ah, yes, and the 3.5mm to type-C adapter due to the all-new removal of the headphone jack. RIP. And that basically sums up the unboxing experience of the OP6T. This is not, at all, my first OnePlus unboxing, I remember the hype of unboxing my OP2, and the pleasure it gave me, and that hype and pleasure still got to me on the 6T. Well done OnePlus. Getting into The Design: There’s not much differences from the previous model, the OnePlus 6, here. It is still the same glass and metal “sandwich” uni-body, with, in my case, this gorgeous MirrorBlack finish that gives you a cool reflection in an S shape. ‘Tho, is a fingerprint magnet, that for sure, but nothing that one of those amazing cases from before won’t solve. But, if you are one of those who hates rocking a case and/or just hates fingerprint on the back of the device, you should probably go for the Midnight Black version which has a crazy matte black glass finish which is unique by OnePlus. Nevertheless, the company still didn’t incorporate wireless charging, nor any kind of IP rating, although it states that the device will survive to some splashes, rain or an eventual drop in a puddle. The 6T is a tiny bit thicker than its older brother which you can’t barely see it but you can feel it on the first time you hold it. It kind of makes it even more comfortable to hold that the 6, it has a more pronounced curved on the back that makes it super ergonomic to the hand. It is also, half a millimeter taller that the 6 but is super not noticeable. Although is basically the same body, there are three big changes on it, in my opinion. The first and more obvious one, the lack of a physical (exterior at least) fingerprint sensor. That’s because OnePlus include it beneath the screen, calling it Screen Unlock. We will get more into it in a specific topic of this review. So, stay tuned. The second change is, the removal, the lack, the death of the headphone jack. I am really sad about this one, I really think that OnePlus could have got the space to include it on the 6T. Specially knowing that most of its community does prefer having the jack. Ok, it does include the adapter in the box, and the sound through the Bullets Type-C is pretty good, but there’s nothing like having the jack and, not being worried to have another (little, lost-able) piece of hardware, and specially, there’s nothing like being able to charge your phone and listen to music at the same time. (Of course you can tell me that we can use bluetooth earpieces but, in my opinion, we still don’t live in a truly wireless perfect world.) I think that OnePlus opted more for a trend than listening to the costumers. The third, and last change is, of course, the notch. On the 6T we get an all new design of the notch, we passed from a “normal”, but tiny notch, to a “teardrop” shaped notch. I think that, if we really have to have a notch, be like this one. It is elegant, it is small, and it still holds it purpose - to accommodate the front facing camera. And with that, the earpiece was moved to the frame of the phone, and, unfortunately, we lost the notification LED. That might look like a tiny little thing, but for me was a big bummer, it probably bothered me more than the fact of not having a headphone jack. And I’m pretty sure that, for the LED, OnePlus could have really find the space to put it. We can go more deep into it on the software analysis, where we can talk about the always-on display. All in all, the design is great, it is a well built device, with good materials and a premium feel. I love that this phone has a differential design that makes people ask “What phone is that?”, in an era where all phones are starting to look all the same. And that fingerprint scanner on the screen is definitely a conversation starter. And that’s all for today folks, meet me here tomorrow for the next topic of this review!