The OnePlus 6T might be a gradual update over the OnePlus 6 as both phones share a similar design, but there are two key areas where the 6T innovates that are worth your attention: the first is the in-screen fingerprint scanner and the second is quite simply a bigger battery. And that's important.
The new OnePlus 6T comes with a 3,700mAh battery, the largest OnePlus has ever put in one of its phones and considerably bigger than the 3,400mAh cell used in the 6. So is there any big difference in battery life that you should care about?
To understand this, we turn to our proprietary battery life test and the results show that indeed there is.
Battery life (hours)
OnePlus 6T9h 52 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 68h 10 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 5T8h 51 min (Excellent)
OnePlus 59h 18 min (Excellent)
Huawei Mate 2014h 26 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS Max9h 34 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XS8h 37 min (Excellent)
Apple iPhone XR11h 1 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy Note 98h 56 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S9+8h 5 min (Excellent)
Samsung Galaxy S97h 23 min (Good)
Google Pixel 3 XL7h 39 min (Good)
LG V40 ThinQ6h 21 min (Average)
LG G7 ThinQ6h 32 min (Average)
The OnePlus 6T scores a very respectable 9 hours and 52 minutes, more than most flagships of 2018, and certainly one of the highest scores for a phone with an AMOLED screen.
The two phones the 6T loses to in our battery test are the incredible Huawei Mate 20 (not the Pro, which has a more average battery life) and the iPhone XR, both devices with more power-efficient LCD screens.
The other part of the battery equation is the time it takes to fully recharge a phone from 0 to 100%. The OnePlus 6T comes with the signature OnePlus fast charger and the red USB-C cable in the box, so you don't need to pay extra for that (cough, Apple, cough).
Charging time (minutes)
Huawei Mate 2098
Apple iPhone XS Max209
Apple iPhone XS185
Apple iPhone XR192
Samsung Galaxy Note 9109
Samsung Galaxy S9+105
Samsung Galaxy S9107
Google Pixel 3 XL123
LG V40 ThinQ109
LG G7 ThinQ107
In the charge test, we see that the OnePlus 6T again excels and recharge in no time. It took it just an hour and 25 minutes to reach a full charge, meaning that you could forget to charge the phone overnight and still plug it in for a few minutes in the lunch break, and you will still get enough juice to get through the day. So this makes the OnePlus 6T one of the best phones in 2018 in terms of battery life and marks the excellent work from the OnePlus team on optimizing battery performance.
Meanwhile, we are actively working on our detailed OnePlus 6T review. Stay tuned for that, it's coming up soon!
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