[First Impressions] OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Much More Than Just A Color Variant, True Speed Indeed

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

OnePlus 6T has been a resounding success for OnePlus and they already have the Thunder Purple Edition gathering a lot of interest and buzz. In this scenario, the company has launched a new variant in partnership with McLaren racing. This new variant is not just a OnePlus 6T in a new color. There is much more to it than meets the eye. There is a lot of subtlety and thought that has gone into this one with a clear emphasis on speed. Let us look at this device in detail today.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is a combination of speed, technology, and beauty. Inspired by the desire to constantly challenge existing standards, OnePlus and McLaren have introduced intricate design with a powerful and versatile experience. This has been done in multiple ways. While other brands just launch color variants as limited edition releases, OnePlus and McLaren have worked beyond the exterior on this one.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition In the Box

In the Box

OnePlus and McLaren have taken the unboxing experience to a new level. Encased in the box is McLaren’s logo, the iconic Speedmark, recreated in McLaren-designed F1 AA grade carbon fiber – the same material used in the McLaren MCL33 2018 Formula 1 car. Over six F1 cars’ worth of carbon fiber were used in the production of the Speedmarks. OnePlus and McLaren also collaborated on a book celebrating the history of both companies. The two pioneers have included some surprises in the pages… And on the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, people can enjoy the exclusive software animations, tuned to McLaren’s unique style and history.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Display

Coming to the design aspect, the primary design of the OnePlus 6T is intact and has been maintained. A slim frame, smart-arc, and delicate craftmanship together help create the unique light feel in hand. The smart-arc backing and horizon line are crafted at the micron-level to perfectly fit the contour of your hand, improving comfort and grip. The device looks and feels extremely premium. The phone has the all glass crafting that OnePlus moved to with the OnePlus 6 earlier this year. The customary alert slider and power button sit on one side of the frame and the volume rocker sits on the other. In an important move the company has done away with the headphone jack and the physical fingerprint scanner. The horizon line that has been a customary part of the design is still there. The OnePlus 6T is on par with the flagships of this year in the design department. Looks and feels good.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Bottom

In the McLaren Edition, the signature McLaren color, Papaya Orange, which was inspired by the speed of light, races around the bottom edge of the device before fading into the black. The pattern underneath the glass back of the phone is based on McLaren’s groundbreaking carbon fiber, echoing the look of one of the most innovative materials ever to grace racing. While light streaks across the McLaren logo, illuminating and disappearing in an instant. The Warp Charge 30 power unit includes a Papaya Orange braided cord cable. In fact, the whole product package is color co-ordinated with McLaren in mind. There is even a McLaren certification logo on the packaging.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Top

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition comes with a massive 10 GB of RAM in a true ‘Salute to Speed’. A powerhouse of multitasking, whether it’s high-end gaming, filming in 4K at 60 fps, photo-editing on the move or rapidly switching between apps the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition doesn’t slow down. Together with McLaren, OnePlus is the first company to release a smartphone packing 10 GB of RAM globally. This is the first internal addition that this limited edition packs

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Rear Camera

Unmatched speed is at the heart of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with new technology including Warp Charge 30, OnePlus’ new charging standard. Warp Charge 30 takes fast charging to new heights and never leaves people wanting, offering a day’s power in just 20 minutes. Thanks to new Integrated Circuits in both the charger and the phone, as well as finely tuned power management software, 30 watts of power flow to the handset without slowing down even when the device is being used, or generating excessive heat. Warp Charge restores 50% of OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition’s 3700 mAh battery in just 20 minutes.

OP6T McLaren Edition Dual Camera

The in-display fingerprint sensor, combined with other features such as Face Unlock, provides additional unlocking options for a fast and smooth user experience based on individual preferences. I can vouch for the fact that the Face Unlock is really fast and in most cases exceeds expectations when it comes to unlocking the phone when you look at it. The face registration is also smooth and easy to set up.  The other options like pattern/pin unlock are also there to compliment these options. The unlock part is one area where I have no complaints at all. Easy to setup and very fast to unlock the phone.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Side View

OnePlus claims that this is their most power efficient and comfortable-to-view display that features an impressive 86% screen-to-body ratio. It is a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display that supports 2340 x 1080 resolution at 402 pixels per inch. It has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio  and is made with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 . In my regular usage, the display is very crisp  and sunlight visibility is excellent with great viewing angles.  I tried prolonged gaming sessions, streaming videos and a lot of outdoor activity as well, the display ticks all the right boxes. The very small teardrop notch also helps the display greatly to make it immersive. The notch is just big enough to hold the front camera and the earpiece has been moved into a small slit on the top of the screen. The new aspect ratio also means that the phone is thinner but taller than the OnePlus 6. Having said that, it is extremely comfortable to hold and grip.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Packaging

This limited edition packs a lot of design elements and solid internals aligned to deliver speed. The Warp Charge technology that it packs adds even more speed in the charging department and takes the whole experience to a new level. This great value added special edition is getting launched in India tomorrow. It will be interesting to see the pricing of this phone which is much more than just a color variant, True speed indeed even in the internals.

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