Best phones with 8GB of RAM — what are your current options?

It wasn’t that long ago that 8GB of RAM was considered a pretty sizeable capacity, even for a computer. Now, phones with 8GB of RAM are a thing – in fact, phones are even starting to offer 10GB of RAM! While that’s arguably an overkill, more RAM is never a bad thing, especially if you plan to keep your handset for several years. More RAM doesn’t necessarily mean you’re totally future proof, but it certainly helps.

If you’re in the market for a phone with 8GB of RAM, you’ll be happy to hear there are already quite a few of them to choose from — check out the five best ones below.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

phones with 8GB of RAM

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 was announced in August and is currently one of the best smartphones you can get your hands on. We here at Android Authority named it the smartphone of the year. It comes with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, although a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

The flagship sports a 6.4-inch display with QHD+ resolution and is powered by the Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset, depending on the region. There’s a dual-camera setup on the back with two 12MP sensors featuring dual aperture and scene recognition. It’s IP68 rated for protection against water and dust, has an 8MP selfie snapper, and packs a massive 4,000mAh battery.

Read next: Best Samsung phones you can buy right now

The handset also comes with the S Pen, which is a signature feature of the Note series. It now supports Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) that lets you remotely control the camera with the button on the stylus. Samsung’s flagship is quite expensive, with the version sporting 8GB of RAM retailing for $1,250.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 516ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810 chipset — depending on the region
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, microSD expansion up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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OnePlus 6T

OnePLus 6t large display

The OnePlus 6T features 8GB of RAM paired with either 128 or 256GB of storage. However, a cheaper variant with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is also available.

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The device sports a 6.41-inch Full HD+ display with a notch and an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 845 chipset and has a dual-camera setup at the back with 16 and 20MP sensors. Other specs and features include a 3,700mAh battery, a 16MP front-facing camera, and Android 9.0 Pie with the popular OxygenOS skin on top.

What makes the OnePlus 6T so popular is its price. The 128GB variant can be yours for $580, while the 256GB model retails for $630. This is a great deal, but keep in mind that the device is missing a few flagship features like an IP rating and wireless charging, to name a few. There’s also no headphone jack on board.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 16 and 20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm, 185g

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Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro in-display fingerprint sensor

The Mate 20 Pro is the best phone in Huawei’s lineup, as well as one of the best phones you can get. It comes with high-end specs, a gorgeous design, and a few extra bells and whistles you won’t find on any of its competitors.

The Mate 20 Pro sports a curved display, a triple-camera setup, and a massive 4,200mAh battery.

The flagship sports a large 6.39-inch screen with curved edges, similar to the ones found on the Galaxy S9 series. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner, a triple-camera setup on the back, and 3D facial recognition. There even a feature called reverse wireless charging on board that allows the phone to double as a wireless charger — learn more here.

The Mate 20 Pro is the class leader when it comes to battery life thanks to its a massive 4,200mAh cell. It’s also IP68 rated for protection against water and dust and supports expandable storage via Huawei’s new Nano Memory standard. The 6GB RAM version of the handset launched with a price tag of 900 pounds in the U.K and 1,000 euros (~$1,145) in the rest of Europe, but you can get it from around 850 euros at the moment — depending on where you buy it. The variant with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and is a bit harder to track down — but you can get the international model on Amazon for around $1,200.

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 8, 20MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

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Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The front of Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro has top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM. It also sports a dual-camera setup on the back, a 6.21-inch Full HD+ display, and 128GB of storage. 

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The phone has an in-display fingerprint scanner, allowing you to unlock it by placing your finger on a specific part of the screen. But in his review, our very own Oliver Cragg said it only worked maybe 40 percent of the time.

Xiaomi’s flagship has an eye-catching design thanks to its transparent back, which allows you to see the internals of the device — kind of. Other specs include a 3,000mAh battery, dual-SIM support, and Android Oreo with the company’s MIUI skin on top.

The Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro was announced in September and is available in a number of European markets. In the U.K., you can currently get it for 480 pounds (~$605), which isn’t a bad deal. 

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro -- one of the best phones with 8GB of RAM

Specs

  • 6.21-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,248 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6mm, 177g

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Asus ROG Phone

Asus ROG Phone display

This is a gaming phone. In addition to high-end specs, which include the Snapdragon 845 chipset and 8GB of RAM, it sports an attention-grabbing design with a customizable RGB logo at the back.

You can get the Asus ROG Phone with a range of accessories.

The phone comes with a range of accessories that improve the gaming experience. These include a TwinView handheld dock with a secondary display and 6,000mAh battery, a third-party GameVice controller with WiGig functionality so you can play on an external display, and more. The flagship even sports a performance mode called X Mode, which raises the minimum clock speed and restricts tasks to the four fastest cores.

Other specs and features of the handset include a 6.0-inch display, a massive 4,000mAh battery, and dual front-facing speakers. The entry-level version with 128GB of space can be yours for $900, while the 512GB variant will set you back $1,100.

The back of the Asus ROG Phone.

Specs

  • 6.0-inch AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 12 and 8MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 76.2 x 8.3 mm, 200g

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There you have it, folks. These are our picks for the five best phones with 8GB of RAM, although there are quite a few others out there to choose from. These include the Oppo Find X, Asus Zenfone 5z, and the Huawei P20 Pro. Then there’s also the Pocophone F1, but the version with 8GB of RAM is exclusive to certain markets and kind of hard to get. Let’s not forget about the Honor View 20 that recently made its debut in China, with the global announcement scheduled for January 22. Which ones would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments.

OnePlus 6 and 6T open beta updates bring app and display improvements

On its forums, OnePlus announced Open Beta 2 for the OnePlus 6T and Open Beta 10 for the OnePlus 6. The OnePlus 6T received Open Beta 1 a little over a week ago, so this is a quick turnaround for the flagship smartphone.

The updates include app and display improvements for both phones, along with bug fixes and system stability improvements. Interestingly, those in India also get a caller ID feature that should help them identify unknown callers.

Editor’s Pick

Before you download the updates, remember that this is beta software. If you’re okay with the quirks that usually come with beta software, you can go here to learn how to install it on your OnePlus 6 or 6T.

If your OnePlus 6 or 6T is already running open beta software, the new update will arrive as an OTA update. We will provide download links once they are available.

In the meantime, you can check out the changelog below:

  • System
    • Improvements for screen brightness control
    • Confirm PIN without tapping √ for app locker
    • Improved color adaptation for navigation bar when using third-party apps
    • General bug fixes and system stability improvements
  • Phone
    • Added the caller identification feature (for India only)
    • Improved UI for Call History
  • Gallery
    • Added create a collection, copy and move photos features
    • New illustrations and design on blank pages
    • General bug fixes and overall experience improvements
  • Launcher
    • Added recommended tools in Toolbox
    • Improved UI for category tags in app drawer

OxygenOS beta 24/22 for OnePlus 5/5T rolling out, fixes audio crashes

OnePlus is delivering a small Christmas Eve present to open beta users of the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5: a new version of OxygenOS beta (based on Android 9 Pie) with a significant bug fix.

The newest OxygenOS betas — version 24 for the 5 and version 22 for the 5T — will appear as an OTA update for those of you who are part of the open beta program.

Editor’s Pick

The updates are fairly large at about 1.7GB but bring a big fix: a patch for the audio tuner crashes present on the previous open betas for the 5 and 5T. This is the only major fix for the update, other than the usual bug fixes and improvements.

This is the official changelog for the new betas:

System

  • Fixed random audio tuner crashes
  • General bug fixes and system stability improvements

If you are currently on the stable Android 8.1 Oreo version of OxygenOS on your OnePlus 5/5T, you can click here to find instructions on how to give the beta a shot. Along with getting to use Android 9 Pie on your 5/5T, you’ll get access to new features before anyone else.

NEXT: How the price of OnePlus phones changed over the years

This week in Android: Only the best of 2018

Huawei Mate 20

It’s the end of 2018 — well, almost anyway — and we’re taking a look back over the year that was. Our resident app expert, Joe Hindy, is breaking down the very best apps of 2018 and the very best games of 2018. Who knew some many awesome new apps hit the Play Store this year? Plus, while we saw some great phones this year, we also saw a few that may have gone a bit unrecognized.

Speaking of underrated phones, our full review of the Huawei Mate 20 is in and it’s still pretty impressive, even when compared to the Mate 20 Pro. This gorgeous phone boasts a triple camera setup and even has a headphone jack. That’s not easy to come by these days, and we appreciate it. Still, with impressive specifications under the hood, this is a mighty capable phone on its own.

We also take a look at the future of messaging, the future of 5G, and the future of OnePlus. We’re very futuristic.

Here are your top stories for the week

Podcast goes here.

XX:XX – The Android Authority year-end survey: Help us become better!

It’s the end of the year, and we want to know how you liked us. What was great? What was not? What can we do better? We’re listening!


XX:XX – 15 best Android apps released in 2018!

2018 was a great year for new apps. Joe Hindy breaks down all the best apps that came out this year, including new browsers and VPNs — you name it!


XX:XX – 15 best Android games released in 2018!

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In addition to the best apps of the year, we also have the best new games released in 2018. Looking for some great time wasters? Look no further!


XX:XX – The most underrated smartphones of 2018

We saw some great phones come out this year, but there were also some phones that flew under the radar.


XX:XX – Huawei Mate 20 review: Packing premium performance for a high price

Our Huawei Mate 20 review is in and speaking of underrated phones, this phone was greatly underrated because of its larger sibling.


Meanwhile, here are some stories we couldn’t cover on the podcast

What is RCS messaging and why is it important?

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A new messaging protocol is on the horizon, but naturally it won’t be completely smooth sailing to get there.


Huawei poised to spend billions to fix its bad security reputation

Huawei really wants to fix its reputation as a security threat, so it’s going to throw money at the problem.


5G smartphones from LG, Samsung could launch in February, retail in March

In 2019, we get all the 5Gs and LG and Samsung look to be among the very first to use the connection.


Oura Ring 2 review: The early adopter catches the worm

Oura Ring 2 Heart Rate Monitor

This health tracking ring is one of the best sleep trackers we’ve ever used, and that’s just the beginning.


Google ‘Dragonfly’ Chinese search engine allegedly shelved for now

Google was making a search engine for China before its employees kinda freaked out about it. They’re not making one any more.


Honor 10 Lite hands-on: The budget selfie king?

Honor’s latest offering sports an impressive 24MP selfie camera, but unfortunately, that’s where the impressive part stops.


There’s something very fishy about this alleged OnePlus phone leak

In a new leak from OnePlus, we see some new hardware including a larger camera sensor on the back. But where did this photo come from?


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OnePlus 6T update tracker: OxygenOS 9.0.10 rolls out to unlocked variant

Welcome to the OnePlus 6T Android update tracker page. This page covers all major software news for the OnePlus 6T and will be updated regularly with new information.

Editor’s Pick

Since the OnePlus 6T is the first device from OnePlus to launch in both an unlocked and a carrier variant, this is the first time OnePlus fans have had to deal with certain models getting updates much faster than others. This OnePlus 6T updates hub will hopefully help you understand when you’re getting an update and what it will contain.

We recommend you bookmark this page so you can stay up to date with the very latest OnePlus 6T updates.

SEE ALSO: Android 9 Pie update tracker

OnePlus 6T vs T-Mobile OnePlus 6T

There are two versions of the OnePlus 6T: the global, unlocked model you buy directly from OnePlus and the T-Mobile exclusive variant. Both devices look the same and feature the same hardware specs, but there are some notable differences.

You can read the full description of the differences in our summary article here, but the basic differences are listed below:

  T-Mobile Unlocked
Dual SIM Card No Yes
Carrier Locked Yes No
Bootloader Unlock Yes (per T-Mobile guidelines) Yes
Software Updates Source T-Mobile OnePlus
Pre-Installed Apps T-Mobile + OnePlus apps OnePlus apps

OnePlus 6T Latest Updates

OnePlus launched the OxygenOS 9.0.10 update for the unlocked variant of the OnePlus 6T on December 20, 2018.

The update brings the December 2018 security patch and a few bug fixes and improvements. Now, the T-Mobile variant is stuck on the November 2018 security patch while the unlocked variant is up-to-date.

The OxygenOS 9.0.10 update has the following fixes and upgrades:

  • Updated Android security patch to 2018.12
  • Improved Wi-Fi stability for better connectivity
  • Face Unlock improvements
  • Improved Nightscape performance

Consult the table below to see the latest available OxygenOS versions for the unlocked and T-Mobile variants:

  T-Mobile Unlocked
Latest Update Date December 11, 2018 December 20, 2018
Latest Update Version OxygenOS v9.0.1 OxygenOS v9.0.10
Android Base Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie

Previous Unlocked OnePlus 6T updates:

  • December 3, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.7
    • Addition of a special audio tuner for Bluetooth earphones
    • Improved Bluetooth stability for better connectivity
    • Optimized stability for Wi-Fi connection
    • Optimized standby power consumption
    • Fixed display issues for lock screen wallpaper
    • General bug fixes and improvements
    • Improved performance for slow-motion videos
  • November 21, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.6
    • Improved unlocking experience
    • Optimized standby power consumption
    • Fixed issues with adding APN on Verizon network
    • Fixed issues with no notifications from Play Store
    • Optimized image processing
    • General bug fixes and improvements
  • November 6, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.5
    • Improvements for Screen Unlock
    • General bug fixes and improvements

Previous T-Mobile OnePlus 6T updates:

  • December 11, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.1
    • Updated camera app
    • Updated in-display fingerprint sensor algorithm
    • Fixed Google Play Store download notification issues
    • Optimized face unlock
    • Optimized hidden Wi-Fi AP login UI
    • Optimized unlock speed with live wallpapers
    • Improved audio quality
  • November 20, 2018: Update to OxygenOS 9.0.0
    • Google monthly security updates
    • Various bug fixes and system improvements

If you’ve received an update we’ve missed, hit the comments below or Tip us!

It looks like OnePlus won’t have the first Snapdragon 855 phone after all

  • OnePlus has reportedly confirmed that its 2019 flagship will not be the first to offer the Snapdragon 855 chipset.
  • OnePlus attributed the mistake to a miscommunication.
  • We may still see a OnePlus phone launch earlier than usual in 2019, however.

OnePlus made tech headlines yesterday when it announced that it would launch the first phone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

It came as a big surprise, because Samsung is usually the first to adopt Qualcomm‘s newest flagship chips. Now, it seems like the Chinese manufacturer’s claim was actually in error.

According to Engadget, Chinese versions of the slide deck used by CEO Pete Lau show that OnePlus would be “among the first” manufacturers to use the new chipset. However, the English version used during Lau’s address boldly stated that OnePlus would be “first” to offer the processor.

A OnePlus spokesperson later confirmed the error to the outlet and said the brand would be “one of the first” to use the chip, rather than the first.

Editor’s Pick

The change is a pretty big deal, because it means that OnePlus hasn’t quite pulled off a massive upset over the likes of Samsung. It’s still noteworthy to see the brand being among the first to use the chipset however, as it suggests we’ll be seeing a new phone launch sooner than we traditionally expect from OnePlus. The company usually launches its first handset of the year in May or June.

The news also comes after OnePlus revealed in a press release that it’s teaming up with the EE network to be “first to release a 5G commercial smartphone in Europe.” The Chinese brand didn’t reveal a release date beyond 2019, but said the new phone would be powered by a Snapdragon 855 chipset.

NEXT: Snapdragon 855 vs Exynos 9820 vs Kirin 980

Your OnePlus 6T should sound great thanks to this audio tech

The back of the OnePlus 6T.

  • The OnePlus 6T may lack a headphone jack, but OnePlus has delivered a few audio enhancements anyway.
  • The brand enlisted the help of Dirac to offer two audio tuning solutions.
  • These audio optimizations are also available on earlier OnePlus devices.

The OnePlus 6T is one of the best bang for buck smartphones of 2018, offering plenty of horsepower, and an in-display fingerprint sensor. But you won’t find a headphone jack here, which leaves the OnePlus 6 as the last OnePlus phone with the 3.5mm input.

But the company is perhaps hoping to soften the blow with news that it has once again teamed up with Dirac to deliver “two breakthrough digital audio solutions” on the new phone. The duo confirmed that the OnePlus 6T features Dirac HD Sound and Dirac Power Sound.

Dirac HD Sound is used to optimize sound for earphones, including the OnePlus Bullet earphones. The Dirac website says this tech corrects “impulse and magnitude frequency response” in order to provide better quality audio. The Swedish firm claims that this is better than equalizer-based solutions that apparently try to mask poor-quality audio playback.

Meanwhile, Dirac Power Sound is a set of technologies for the speaker that delivers “natural and pure sounding music even at high volumes.” Other claimed benefits include better bass, and “overall sound quality improvements.”

Editor’s Pick

It’s not the first time we’ve seen this tech on a OnePlus phone though. A Dirac representative confirmed that the two optimizations are also available on the OnePlus 6 and “a few previous versions” too. The representative added that these enhancements are custom-tuned for each phone. This obviously won’t bring the 3.5mm standard back to the OnePlus 6T, but you should theoretically be getting a similar level of audio fidelity via USB Type-C.

Want to know more about Dirac’s audio tuning tech on OnePlus phones? Our own Robert Triggs had an in-depth look at the optimizations following the OnePlus 6 launch. Have you made peace with the move to drop headphone jacks? Give us your answer in the comments section.

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We asked, you told us: The OnePlus 6T was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse

It might already be November 10, but it doesn’t feel that way after the #phonepocalypse that we just had last month. While we knew to expect big announcements from Google, OnePlus, Huawei, and LG, unveilings from Razer, Samsung, and Nokia kept us on our toes.

While there were still some phones announced in October that we didn’t include in this poll, these seven flagships were some of the heavy hitters unveiled in that 31-day period. So we asked, which handset was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse?

What was your favorite phone from #phonepocalypse?

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Results

This was a tight race, but the results aren’t all that surprising. Coming in first, we have the OnePlus 6T with 31 percent of the vote. The Huawei Mate 20 / Mate 20 Pro and Google Pixel 3 / 3XL come in second and third place with 28 percent and 19 percent of the readers voting for it.

While we thought that the OnePlus 6T would be in the top three phones from #phonepocalypse, we didn’t expect it to come in first due to the amount of dislike for the removal of the headphone jack. Seemingly, the smaller teardrop notch and in-display fingerprint sensor were enough to bring it into the lead.

But let’s not forget the other players in this week’s poll: the LG V40 ThinQ, Nokia 7.1, Razer Phone 2, and Samsung Galaxy A9. The V40 didn’t do that well this week with only 10% of the votes despite it retaining a headphone jack and a large battery. At the end of the day, it shows that customers do want a good software experience, and that’s something a lot of people don’t find on LG’s phones.

No one anticipated the Nokia 7.1 and Samsung Galaxy A9 to get many votes, but it is shocking that the Razer Phone only received four percent of the vote. This might show that most buyers want their phones to do more than just focus on gaming.

Noteworthy comments

Here are some of the comments from this week’s poll. As you might imagine, it was hard for everyone to come to a consensus on which phone was the best:

  • OnePlus 6T > Huawei Mate 20 / 20 Pro > LG V40 > Galaxy A9 > Pixel 3 / 3 XL > Nokia 7.1 > Razer 2
  • The Mate 20 Pro might be a little beastlier than the 6T, but dang it all if I can’t have TWO 6Ts and a couple of sets of headphones for the price of the Mate 20 Pro. There isn’t THAT much of a difference to warrant the price. There just … isn’t. 
    Editor’s Pick
  • The slider phones are my favorites. The best phone is the Mate 20 Pro but money for value wise is the 6T
  • Nokia 7.1 : The notch finally made it to Nokia 😥😢Pixel 3/XL : 4GB Ram in 2018 ? On a 800 bucks flagship ? 😞 Plus the notch on the XL is purely 🤮 but nice stereo speakers. 🐼What happened to Panda ? “Not pink” is the same color as Apple’s “Just gold”🤬 buy yeah the best camera in the businessLG V4O : Amazing phone, killed by the Notch 🤮Razer phone 2 : Great phone, RGB light, Tough build quality, and finally decent photography 💯Samsung A9 : the camera layout is the only attraction here, and Pixel Proved than anything more of an optical zoom nearly useless 🤷

    Huawei Mate 20/P : The K980 was, at least to me, the main attraction of the phone, as the first 7NM cpu on an Android, and among the fastests of 2019. But it can barely keep up with the S845. So it’s a big NO. Plus there’s a NOTCH here too ,🤮

    6T : a great phone, Nice Waterdrop Notch, maybe the best UD fingerprint in the business. Probably still the best bangs for the bucks. 📱💰

That’s it for this week, everyone. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below.

OnePlus 6T review: Fundamentally great

The OnePlus 6 is one of my favorite Android phones ever. The hardware is simple and streamlined, providing a blank slate for its incredible software. The OnePlus 6 nails the fundamentals first, before adding complexity to the system.

The OnePlus 6T is largely the same, with a few key differences. The changes the 6T makes are few and far between, but its improvements are big ones — as is its one new downside.

It’s impossible to review the OnePlus 6T without consistently comparing it to the OnePlus 6. While this review will focus on what’s new with OnePlus’ new flagship, it will also compare it to the last device, which is less than six months old.

Read our full OnePlus 6T review to find out more.

OnePlus 6T review notes: I’ve been using the OnePlus 6T on Project Fi’s network in the U.S. and Canada for 11 days. Our OnePlus 6T is running Android 9.0 Pie and OxygenOS version 9.0.4 on the October 2018 security patch. We’ll refrain from adding review scores until we can put the device through our full suite of tests.

The OnePlus 6T review unit was provided to Android Authority by OnePlus.

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OnePlus 6T review: Design

I’ll be upfront: I like the design of the OnePlus 6 a bit more than the OnePlus 6T. While there isn’t a huge differential between the two, it’s the small things that give the OnePlus 6 the edge for me. The 6T is a bit thicker, with a more defined curve to pack a bigger battery. OnePlus says users will enjoy the curve in their hand more than the flat design of the OnePlus 6. Personally, I’m not one of those people, but the 400mAh of extra battery capacity makes this design change just about worth it.

The display of the OnePlus 6T has a slightly smaller bottom bezel than the OnePlus 6, but honestly, the delta is hardly noticeable. The biggest physical change seen on the front of this device is the new teardrop-style notch.

OnePlus 6T vs OnePlus 6

While the OnePlus 6’s notch was quite small in its own right, the 6T reduces the notch even further, resulting in an obstruction hardly larger than the single front-facing camera. OnePlus managed to shift the earpiece into the frame of the device, allowing for a noticeably reduced notch. I didn’t think this would make that big of a difference, but it was definitely noticeable while watching fullscreen content.

Related: Best OnePlus 6T cases and accessories

On the bottom of the device you’ll find a USB Type-C port and two speaker grills. Sadly only one of the grills is real. I really would have loved to see stereo speakers on this device, and the fake speaker grill seems like a pretty major waste of space. I suppose we’ll have to hope for one in the OnePlus 7.

I don’t buy OnePlus’ reasoning for removing the headphone jack.

OnePlus has also removed the headphone jack, apparently to increase battery capacity and make the sound chamber bigger. I don’t really buy this reasoning. I understand we now live in a world where the headphone jack is as good as dead in mobile devices, but it’s frustrating having one less company keeping it alive.

OnePlus 6T screen outside

OnePlus 6T review: Display

The OnePlus 6T sports a 6.41-inch optic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 and a pixel density of 402ppi. If you’re worried that 1080p isn’t good enough, don’t. You probably won’t notice the difference between 1080p and 1440p unless you’re watching content specifically tailored for that resolution, and almost all mobile content looks great in 1080p.

The phone also offers a variety of different screen calibration modes upon setup, including system default, sRGB, DCI-P3, Adaptive mode, and a user-defined custom calibration profile. I left it on default, but you can always toggle these modes on and off if you want to try a different setting.

The display of the OnePlus 6T is also technically brighter than the OnePlus 6, but again the delta is hardly noticeable. The screen looks good in nearly all situations, and it doesn’t have much trouble in direct sunlight. OnePlus also offers extra features like reading modes to help you use the screen more comfortably in the evening and before bed.

OnePlus 6T cameras and back

OnePlus 6T review: Performance

OnePlus’ phones are all about being fast and smooth, and the 6T delivers on this promise. OxygenOS has been one of the most lightweight versions of Android for a while now, offering a few extra features and optimizations to make OnePlus’ phones feel fast. I never saw any significant frame drops during my time with the device, and things like Gaming Mode help give an extra boost of performance when you need it.

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In benchmarks, the OnePlus 6T performs admirably, even beating out the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 in our testing.

We put the 6T through Geekbench 4, AnTuTu, and 3DMark benchmark tests. You can see the results below.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

Geekbench 4 gave the OnePlus 6T a single-core score of 2,368. In comparison, the OnePlus 6 scored 2,454, and the Galaxy S9 scored 2,144. The OnePlus 6T achieved a multi-core score of 8,843, while the OnePlus 6 scored 8,967, and the Galaxy S9 scored 8,116.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

The OnePlus 6T scored 4,697 in 3DMark, while the OnePlus 6 and Galaxy S9 scored 4,680 and 4,672, respectively.

OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark
OnePlus 6T Benchmark

Finally, the OnePlus 6T scored 292,266 in AnTuTu, compared to the OnePlus 6’s 262,614 and the S9’s 266,559.

OnePlus 6T back outside

OnePlus 6T review: Hardware

OnePlus doesn’t skimp on hardware. The 6T runs the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 as the last generation, with 6 or 8GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage to boot. It’s interesting that the company would maintain the same core specifications as the OnePlus 6, but it improved on a few other departments instead to keep the device worth buying.

You’re trading a headphone jack and some thickness for more battery, an in-screen fingerprint reader, and a smaller notch.

OnePlus bumped the battery capacity in the OnePlus 6T from 3,300 to 3,700mAh, which it says should increase battery life by about 20 percent. Technically this is only a 12 percent capacity increase, but software improvements in RAM management help boost the 6T’s total screen-on time.

I frequently got around eight hours of screen-on time, some of the best battery life I’ve ever had in a smartphone. 

OnePlus 6T Battery Life
OnePlus 6T Battery Life

This is some of the best battery life I have ever had in an Android phone,  and the OnePlus 6T doesn’t even have a monster battery like the 4,000mAh Razer Phone 2 or 4,200mAh Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Software adjustments aiding in RAM management are being pushed to the OnePlus 6 as well, so its battery live should improve too.

OnePlus 6T fingerprint reader

Probably the most highly marketed addition to the OnePlus 6T is the in-screen fingerprint reader. This optical reader shoots light up at your finger to read your print. It completely replaces the fingerprint reader on the rear of the device and works for logging into secure apps, as well as unlocking the device.

Unfortunately, this scanner is often rather slow and sometimes inaccurate, though it’s definitely much better than first-generation readers in phones like the Huawei Mate RS. The technology still seems to need another generation to mature before it is as seamless as traditional fingerprint readers. OnePlus says this should get better over time, learning your fingerprint as you use it. I haven’t found this to be the case during my 11 days with the device, but I hope the success rate gets better after a few software updates.

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As mentioned before, the OnePlus 6T jettisons the headphone jack, replacing it with a fake speaker grill. This move doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but OnePlus said it needed that space for a bigger battery and larger sound chamber. OnePlus also said it had been planning this move for a while and thought now was the right time. User polls would strongly suggest against that, but it is what it is.

OnePlus 6T camera app

OnePlus 6T review: Camera

The OnePlus 6T has two cameras on the rear — one 16MP main shooter with a f/1.7 aperture and OIS, and a secondary 20MP shooter primarily used for depth sensing. The front-facing camera is 16MP.

OnePlus hasn’t actually updated the camera hardware in the OnePlus 6T, but it made some adjustments to its processing and portrait algorithms, as well as adding a new Night Mode setting. The OnePlus 6’s camera wasn’t exactly bad, but it seemed a bit desaturated and soft compared to its competitors. This remains true here, though I definitely noticed better color and sharpness in better lit scenarios.

OnePlus 6T Sample Photo

While photos are definitely flatter than other mobile cameras on the market, I personally prefer this kind of processing to overly punchy, highly saturated sensors. Sharpness is good but not overdone like many mobile cameras right now.


The 6T struggles pretty badly in dimly lit scenarios. To reduce noise, the sensor will add a lot of smoothing, which makes images pretty muddy. To get around this, OnePlus has added a new “Night” mode, which takes a long exposure to increase sharpness and dynamic range. If you were hoping this mode would magically turn night into day like Night Sight on the Pixel, you will be sorely disappointed. This mode definitely aids in sharpness a little bit, but it’s hardly noticeable.

OnePlus gloated about this feature quite a bit, mentioning how its two-second exposure was much shorter than most other night modes on the market. While this is technically true, it takes about four or five seconds to fully process, which is still pretty long.

OnePlus 6T selfie
OnePlus 6T selfie

The front-facing camera on the OnePlus 6T is a bit soft. In both standard mode and portrait mode it tends to smooth out skin. This could look good in some circumstances, but here it just looks artificial. It’s also even more desaturated than the rear camera and tends to wash faces out.

OnePlus 6T Portrait Mode
OnePlus 6T Portrait mode

Portrait mode, on the other hand, is quite good. Cutouts are generally solid, though accuracy can be hit or miss at times. In the examples above, you can see how the camera had trouble with the subject’s ears when photographed against a similarly-colored wall. Even so, I’m happy with the sharpness in this mode.

Specialized portrait modes are coming, but have not yet materialized, so we’ll have to wait and see how well they work.

OnePlus 6T night mode
OnePlus 6T night mode

Finally, we get to night mode, which OnePlus designed to help with dynamic range and sharpness in dimly-lit scenes. This definitely seems to be the case, and it is actually quite good at preserving highlights. The mode will also give you more detail where night scenes would generally be a bit smudgy, which is nice to see. This is effectively the same result as Google’s HDR+ mode which takes almost no time to process though, so I really think they should just add this processing into the default auto mode.

Check out our full gallery below to see a wide variety of samples from our review period, or you can pixel peep them in full resolution here!

OnePlus 6T screen outside

OnePlus 6T review: Software

OxygenOS is my favorite skin of Android ever. It hasn’t changed much since the OnePlus 6, but I don’t really care. The 6T launches with Android 9.0 Pie, with some updated navigation gestures to make the phone a bit easier to use, and some background optimizations.

The first improvement is something called Smart Boost, which takes advantage of the extra RAM OnePlus  crammed into the device to store key app data in memory, allowing them to open between five and 20 percent faster. Because two of the three models OnePlus offers have 8GB of RAM, there is plenty of extra memory to be had. Even the 6GB model likely handles this fine.

OxygenOS is my favorite skin of Android ever.

Smart Boost works on apps selected by OnePlus — primarily a selection of gaming apps, though more optimized apps are planned for the future. It would be nice to see some kind of system-wide or user-selected app data storage, but that probably won’t happen. Either way, it’s a clever way to utilize unused hardware.

OnePlus has also updated its Gaming Mode by allowing for transparent floating message notifications. Gaming Mode has traditionally blocked all incoming notifications and messages to allow for a distraction-free experience, but OnePlus now allows for more customization around what gets through.

Besides those changes, there isn’t a lot new here. Android Pie offers updates too numerous to explain in this review, so we suggest you head over to our dedicated Android 9.0 Pie review to see what all the fuss is about.

All of these software tweaks and improvements will be coming to the OnePlus 6 as well.

OnePlus 6T specs

  OnePlus 6T
Display 6.41-inch AMOLED
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
402ppi
19.5:9 screen ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8GHz
GPU Adreno 630
RAM 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X
Storage 128GB/256GB
UFS 2.1 2-LANE
Cameras Rear cameras
Main: 16MP, f/1.7 aperture
Secondary: 20MP, f/1.7 aperture
OIS & EIS
Video: 4K resolution video at 30/60fps

Front cameras
Main: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture
EIS: Yes
Video: 1080P video at 30fps

Audio USB 2.0 Type-C
No headphone jack
Bottom-facing speaker
Dirac HD Sound
Dirac Power Sound
Battery 3,700mAh battery
Non-removable
Fast Charge (5V 4A)
IP rating N/A
Sensors In-screen fingerprint sensor
Hall
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Ambient light sensor
Electronic compass
Sensor hub
Network LTE: Supports 5xCA, 64QAM, 256QAM & 4×4 MIMO,
up to DL CAT16 (1Gbps)/UL CAT13 (150 Mbps) depending on carrier support

NA/EU: FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41/46
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
CDMA: BC0/BC1GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

CN/IN: FDD LTE: Band 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/1213/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/66
TDD LTE: Band 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Band 34/39
UMTS(WCDMA): Band 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
CDMA: BC0/BC1
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

Connectivity Wi-Fi: 2×2 MIMO, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.0, support aptX & aptX HD
NFC
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galile
WLAN
SIM Dual nano-SIM slot (single on T-Mobile model)
Software OxygenOS based on Android 9 Pie
Colors Mirror Black, Midnight Black
In-box USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter
Screen protector (pre-applied)
Translucent phone Case
OnePlus Fast Charge Type-C cable
OnePlus Fast Charge power adapter
SIM tray ejector
Quick start guide
Safety information

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OnePlus 6T price and availability

The OnePlus 6T is available now from OnePlus.com and T-Mobile in the United States. This is actually the biggest news of the entire launch, as this is the first time a OnePlus device has been widely available in the United States through a carrier.

You can walk into any of the 5,600 T-Mobile stores throughout the United States and buy the device today, though it will only be available in the 8GB and 128GB model for $579. Keep in mind the T-Mobile variant is a different SKU, meaning you’ll likely get software updates a bit slower than if you bought the device directly from OnePlus.

Check out our dedicated article here to see the differences between the unlocked and T-Mobile models.

The pricing of the OnePlus 6 is as follows:

  • 6GB RAM /128GB Storage— $549
  • 8GB RAM /128GB Storage— $579
  • 8GB RAM/256GB Storage — $629

Global pricing and availability can be found right here.

OnePlus 6T screen on windowsill

OnePlus 6T review: Final thoughts

Starting at $549, OnePlus’ latest flagship is still one of the best deals you can get on a smartphone right now. No other manufacturer has perfected the marriage of hardware and software quite as well as OnePlus, and even Google is still having issues optimizing its vision of Android for its hardware.

It’s impossible to review the OnePlus 6T without comparing it to the OnePlus 6. The two devices are so similar, there is no way I can recommend upgrading to the OnePlus 6T if you already own a OnePlus 6. Both phones have almost the exact same specifications, save the battery and in-screen fingerprint reader. The 6 will even get all the software improvements in the 6T.

If you’re on something like a 5T or older, very few devices offer the speed and power of the OnePlus 6T for under $600. This phone is even more of a steal if you take advantage of T-Mobile’s trade-in deal to get the 8GB and 128GB model for just $279. That’s basically robbery for a device of this quality.

As usual, you won’t be disappointed with OnePlus’ new phone. It doesn’t have specialized features like an S Pen or a 40MP camera, but it nails the fundamentals to a higher degree than nearly any other device in the Android ecosystem. If you’re looking for the best value on a U.S. carrier right now, the OnePlus 6T is it.

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We asked, you told us: You want the OnePlus 6T over the Google Pixel 3

This week’s poll wanted to find out if the new OnePlus 6T could compete against the big boys, as we pit it against the also-new Google Pixel 3 (and the XL).
It was a simple question: which is better?

It’s an interesting comparison because the two approach the task of being the perfect Android smartphone quite differently.

There are similarities between the two. Neither have a headphone jack, both are all-glass, both come with Android 9.0 Pie, and both utilize the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC.

From there though, they’re very different phones. The battle becomes the Pixel’s camera and tight Google integration, versus the value and increasing refinement of the OnePlus 6T.

Google Pixel 3 XL vs Pixel 3 screen

 

The 6T now has the in-display fingerprint sensor, and it is has a much smaller notch. It also uses Oxygen OS which is a well-liked skin over stock Android. The 6T also boasts more RAM – double what you can get in the Pixel. No wireless charging either, which the Pixel does have.

But the OnePlus 6T camera isn’t a game changer. It’s good, sure, but it’s not as stunning as the Pixel 3. And at this point, I’m going to trust that Google’s camera software will advance further than OnePlus over the coming months and years.

So how does this matter to you, and how did you vote? Well, you guys climbed out from everywhere to vote on this one – more than 60,000 votes giving us great insight this week.

OnePlus 6T or Google Pixel 3?

It’s a huge win for the 6T – breakout the champagne OnePlus!

It’s a huge win across the board for the OnePlus 6T. The votes ranged from as strong as 64% in favor of the 6T in the straight shootout, but that was a little softer when we gave more options. The ‘neither’ option picked up a few votes, often from folks wanting to point out they need a headphone jack. Which is fair enough, and that saw the Mate 20 and Samsung Galaxy devices mentioned heavily in the comments.

oneplus 6t tmo

But why did the 6T beat out the might of Google? Most of the comments agreed it’s simply a value case – OnePlus keep offering some of the best value even seen in what is now a flagship device. OnePlus phones keep getting better, even if they don’t get every decision right.

Meanwhile, the Pixel 3 isn’t cheap and has a deeply polarizing notch at the XL size, but did win votes for the camera and well regarded daily driver aspects, particularly the smaller size non-XL.

Here’s what you guys said:

  • The price for value makes sense. OnePlus 6T has a water drop notch, Pixel 3Xl has airport notch. Both lack 3.5mm jack. But OnePlus 6T has in-display fingerprint scanner and bigger battery and faster charger.
  • Pixel 3 for its camera, but otherwise, the OnePlus 6T blows it away. That said, I’m happy with my Note 9 with microSD card slot, headphone jack, & stylus, so neither of those would be a perfect fit for me.
  • OnePlus isn’t a flagship killer anymore. It is the Flagship.
  • OnePlus 6 (NOT the 6T, because of the boneheaded move to drop the headphone jack) with the Google Cam APK installed.
  • Rephrase the question to put the price difference in play. I want the Pixel 3 XL but I can’t afford it, not taking away anything from Oneplus 6T.

That’s it for this week gang! And thanks for all your votes. Here’s a hint for next week… keep thinking about your favorite Android smartphone of the year. We’ll be wanting to know. That’s all I can say, for now!