Is the OnePlus 6T a downgrade?

OnePlus is the king of the hill right now. With flagship prices soaring to eye watering levels, OnePlus has positioned itself perfectly by providing an amalgamation of a flagship like experience and a reasonable price point. OnePlus launched the OnePlus 6 back in May 2018. It is a terrific phone and practically misses out on none of the essentials.

The OnePlus 6T is the successor to the OnePlus 6. It is supposed to be better at everything. That’s what successors are supposed to be, right? Presenting to you the showdown of the century.

OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 6T

Here’s how the OnePlus 6T is better than the OnePlus 6-

Better Battery Life

The OnePlus 6T has a bigger 3700 mAh battery. This translates to better battery life than the OnePlus 6’s 3300 mAh unit. OnePlus 6 gives you better than average battery life, but the 6T takes it a step further, making it a complete powerhouse.

In-Display Fingerprint Sensor

The OnePlus 6T has a fancier in-display fingerprint sensor, which is clearly the future of biometrics on smartphones. It is extremely futuristic and OnePlus has paved the way by being the first mainstream device to feature this technology.

Smaller, Better Notch

The OnePlus 6T has a smaller tear drop notch compared to the bigger notch on the OnePlus 6. As far as being bezel less is concerned, the OnePlus 6T is closer to being truly bezel less when compared to it’s predecessor.


Not to say that these aren’t significant upgrades, but it appears that OnePlus opted to sacrifice a lot of must-have, essential features to provide fancier but less utilitarian features.

Here’s where the OnePlus 6 still trumps the OnePlus 6T-

A Headphone Jack

It’s crazy that OnePlus, famous for listening to their community, dropped the headphone jack supposedly in favour of the in-display fingerprint sensor.

Notification LED

In the quest for a smaller notch and a higher screen to body ratio, OnePlus decided to shrink the notch. The new, smaller notch might look better but it simply does not have the room for a notification LED.

More Value for Money

OnePlus 6 got a significant price cut when the OnePlus 6T was unveiled, making it even better value for money. Moreover, OnePlus 6’s base variant is cheaper with 64GB storage compared to the 6T’s 128GB storage base variant, which makes the OnePlus 6 a better value proposition for someone who doesn’t need a lot of storage on their phones.

Traditional Fingerprint Sensor

The OnePlus 6T features an in-display fingerprint sensor. There is no denying that this is the future and OnePlus is headed in the right direction. However the OnePlus 6’s rear mounted fingerprint sensor is both faster and more accurate. Another minor advantage is the ability to unlock your phone without pressing the power button first, something which is required on the OnePlus 6T.


With all this said, allow me to clarify that the OnePlus 6T is still an amazing phone. It is undoubtedly my favorite phone of 2018 and if I were to quit Tech today and buy a phone for long term use, it would have to be either of these phones.

But it is hard to disagree that there still exist a lot of ways in which the OnePlus 6 trumps the OnePlus 6T. The headphone jack is probably the most glaring aspect out of them. Maybe the OnePlus 6T is more of a ‘sidegrade’ then. If you are in the market for buying any one of these, be sure to consider the differences in both the phones and weigh in on what matters more to you. I would probably pick the OnePlus 6T just for the longer battery life but I know a ton of people who would go the other route just for the headphone jack.

It’s a good world we live in, with so many good options in the industry to choose from. At the end of the day, whichever of the 2 you go with, I can personally guarantee that you’re not going to be disappointed.

Rohan Bhateja
Rohan Bhateja

Vagabond who loves technology, ranting and brooding.