OnePlus has started rolling out two updates for the OnePlus 6T, a new stable build of OxygenOS, and the very first Open Beta build for the device. On the stable side, OxygenOS 9.0.10 is rolling out as we speak, while the OxygenOS Open Beta 1 is also hitting the phone. You will, of course, not see the Open Beta update unless you’re running beta software on your device. Both of these updates are rolling out already, but it’s a staged rollout, so it may take some time for them to arrive to your device, maybe even up to a week or two, it all depends. Having said that, let’s see what’s new in the stable update.
OxygenOS 9.0.10 is hitting the OnePlus 6T, but it doesn’t really bring any new features, just a lot of improvements, and it updates the phone’s Android security patch to December 2018. As far as improvements are concerned, the company has improved Wi-Fi stability on the phone, for better connectivity, and in addition to that, Face Unlock has been improved as well. The last entry in OnePlus’ changelog says that the Nightscape performance has also been improved by OnePlus, which in theory means that you should be able to get even better images in low light. Now, for those of you who are running a beta build of OxygenOS on your OnePlus 6T, a changelog is somewhat longer, as a new feature or two have been added to the table. This update also brings Android security patch for December 2018, while it also ads the toast message when parallel apps are unavailable due to data corruption. On top of that, OnePlus has added call history for incoming calls from unknown numbers, and optimized UI for spam messages and calls. On top of all that, the OnePlus Switch app now supports migrating data from iPhones, which will certainly be handy for iPhone users who decide to convert to the OnePlus 6T. If you’re not running OxygenOS Beta yet, you can flash beta software, but only if you know exactly what you’re doing as you can brick your phone. All the necessary instructions are included in the second link above.
The Story So Far
The OnePlus 6T was introduced back in October, and since then, the phone had received quite a few updates, for its stable channel, as the company just launched the beta program for the device. The company released a number of improvements for the phone, as we’ve seen Screen Unlock, Face Unlock, and Nightscape improvements on several occasions thus far. The OnePlus 6T is the company’s flagship, and it will stay that way until the OnePlus 7 or OnePlus’ 5G-enabled smartphone don’t arrive, as both are expected to launch in mid-2019. The OnePlus 6T is currently available in four variants, Mirror Black, Midnight Black, Thunder Purple, and McLaren Edition. The first three are regular variants with different paint jobs, while the latter is a special edition handset which not only brings a different pattern on the back, and different accents, but it also ships with more RAM and faster charging than the rest of the OnePlus 6T phones. That being said, it’s also quite a bit more expensive than the rest of the pack, and most people would agree that it’s not worth skipping on the regular OnePlus 6T variant in order to get the McLaren Edition one, unless you’re a true Formula 1 fan or something of the sort. The OnePlus 6T is actually quite similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 6, on the inside, though it does look quite a bit sleeker due to a much smaller notch, and thinner bottom bezels. It’s also worth noting that the OnePlus 6T does not include a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, instead it comes with an in-display one, while it also doesn’t have a 3.5mm headphone jack. Many people would agree that a regular capacitive unit on the OnePlus 6 is a better option, though, as it is both more accurate and faster than the in-display one on the OnePlus 6T. Considering that both phones have identical camera features, same processor, same RAM and storage (not counting the McLaren Edition), the OnePlus 6T is not exactly a huge upgrade over the OnePlus 6T, not to say that it’s not worth the asking price, quite the contrary.