OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition watches the smartphone and performance car maker team up, with a handset that packs in a huge amount of RAM and new fast charging technology.

1. A striking design and even faster charging

It sees OnePlus follow in the footsteps of Huawei and Oppo, who have previously teamed up with Porsche Design and Lamborghini to produce limited edition smartphones.

The difference with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is that it's comfortably cheaper than its rival, car-branded smartphones - making it a more attainable special edition device.

While there are a couple of new additions on the McLaren Edition, much of this handset is the same as the standard OnePlus 6T


2. OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition release 

Date and price

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition release  date and price
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition release  date and price


The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition release is set for December 13 in Western Europe and North America, with availability in India, China and the Nordics soon after.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price is set at 49,492 Indian Rupee, which is 4,955 Indian Rupee more than the 8GB + 256GB top-spec configuration of the standard OnePlus 6T.

Considering the price of Huawei's Porsche Design and Oppo's Lamborghini edition handsets, the price increase for the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is relatively modest, although the upgrades provided here were relatively minimal.
 

3. Design and display


The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition design has the same dimensions as the standard 6T, at 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm - and the general form factor is the same.

There's the all-screen front, power / lock, volume, and mute slider on the sides, USB-C port on the base and no headphone jack, although you do get an orange box in 3.5mm adapter.

The difference here is the color, with McLaren's editions 'Papaya Orange' wrapping around the bottom edge of the handset and then fading to black as it travels up the side of the phone.

It makes for an eye-catching design statement, and one which we are particularly fond of.

There's also an awesome McLaren logo on the rear, and under the glass, on the back of the handset, OnePlus has worked in a carbon fiber-like pattern around the camera block, similar in look to that of the material McLaren uses in there race cars.

When it comes to the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition display, you still get the same 6.41-inch Full HD display with the water droplet notch at the top as the regular 6T.
 
It's bright, clear and houses an in-display fingerprint scanner under the display, allowing you to unlock the handset with your finger through the screen. 

 

4. Power and performance

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

 

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has 10GB of RAM, and it will be the first globally available smartphone that packs this much amount of RAM. It's not the first smartphone to pack 10GB of RAM though - the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 beats it there, but it's not as worldwide available.

While increasing RAM improves multi-tasking, heavy lifting tasks and helps devices avoid performance bottlenecks or stuck, smartphones do have an upper limit of how much it can do.

Some of the best performing flagship smartphones from 2018 pack just 4GB of RAM ( such as the iPhone XS, XS Max, Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and Samsung Galaxy S9) and our depth reviews of these phone show there are no performance flaws.

The likes of the Galaxy S9 Plus (6GB) and Galaxy Note 9 (8GB) do pack in more RAM, but it's only Xiaomi and OnePlus currently having the 10GB RAM mark.

With 4GB still very common in flagship smartphones, the 10GB of RAM in the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition doesn't make a major difference on-screen from its daily usage.

Alongside all that RAM is having Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset, which let the OnePlus 6T Special McLaren Edition will be able to handle any heavy task you do at it.

where, the Android 9 pie Oxygen OS operating system is slick, fast and fluid on your fingers, but from our initial usage we did not feel any fast performance.

We will, of course, put the OnePlus 6T Special McLaren Edition through its tests in order to an in-depth review process, where we'll see if the extra RAM makes any difference. 
 

5. Battery And Camera  

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

With the same size display, same chipset, same design and same size battery, we expect the battery life of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition to be on par with the standard 6T.

This means that it should last for a day, as we have found in our 6T review that the battery "was giving you a solid day of use with a charge - and often we found ourselves in the tank with a little extra. "

Whether or not an extra battery residue will be seen to eat extra 2GB RAM inside the 6T McLaren edition - but this is something we will learn in our deepest review.

Although the McLaren edition is a little Hungarian, but its sleeves have Ace. OnePlus calls it Warp Charge 30, and it will take your handset up faster than any of the firm's charging tech.

OnePlus Claims You will be able to get a one-day power with a charge of 20 minutes with War Charge 30, which is an improvement over the 30 minute dash charge claim we saw with OnePlus 6 and 6T.

The traditional red charging cable is also out, instead of the McLaren version, there is a papaya orange, corded cable.

As we mentioned earlier in this hand-on look in the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, this stock shares many specs with 6T, and includes its cameras.

On the rear, you will get a 16MP + 20MP dual camera setup, while 16MP is a selfie snapper on the front. You know how they review our In-One-OnePlus 6T.


6. Box and book

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review
 
A special edition handset is not complete without its presentation box, and the OnePlus 6T McLaren version is no different.

Slide the black box, with its carbon fiber texture effect, papaya is out of orange sleeves, and open it and you are greeted by a book called cellute to speed. Pull it out and keep it aside for a moment, and it will reveal the goodies from the bottom.

A charging block, charging cable and 3.5 mm adapters have finished in all orange, with a carbon fiber effect case and a card with a message from OnePlus CEO and founder Pete Lau.

Under the matter is the treatment of the final special edition, the McLaren Speedmark logo made of carbon fiber used in the firm's Formula 1 car. It's attached to the glass, so you can show it to friends at home.
 
Although back to the book, and once you flip through the pages giving details of McLaren and OnePlus History, you will reach the final page where the OnePlus 6T is a McLaren version.


Our Verdict

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is an eye-catching smartphone that has a lot of flagship features, which makes standard 6T better with even more RAM and even faster charging.
 
Its price is high, but the price does not increase, where we see from automotive-branded handsets, and its price points mean that it still underlines many major flagship phones.

This is a special edition handset, which means that it will be available in a limited number, but if you want to catch it in the OnePlus 6T McLaren version, it will not disappoint you.