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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review

OnePlus, in collaboration with historic British racing brand McLaren, recently launched the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Worldwide. The McLaren’s name is associated with speed and that is the exact rationale behind this partnership as the OnePlus 6T’s slogan is ‘Unlock The Speed’.
Aside from McLaren’s signature Papaya Orange colour being wrapped around the borders of the phone, this special edition bumps up the RAM to a whopping 10GB, and features OnePlus’ new Warp Charge 30 technology, which claims to offer a day’s worth of power in 20 minutes. We have spent the past few weeks with the smartphone and here are our detailed impressions. We have already reviewed the OnePlus 6T in detail so this article will focus mainly on what sets the McLaren Edition apart and whether it is worth the extra money. We definitely recommend you read our OnePlus 6T review before proceeding, if you haven’t done so already.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition design

OnePlus has fully embraced McLaren’s signature Papaya Orange colour scheme, incorporating it not only in the smartphone itself, but in the accessories as well as the meticulously crafted retail box.
The retail box is worthy of an article in itself and the attention to detail is remarkable. Perched on top is a book profiling the brand values and history of both McLaren and OnePlus. Flip through the pages of the book, and the phone reveals itself at the very end, nestled securely in a little enclave.
The box also contains a nifty little surprise. Fire up the McLaren AR application pre-installed on the phone, point the phone at the book, and the pages come alive. All the images turn into videos chronicling the history of both brands. It is very clever and adds to the feel-good factor.
Beneath the book, the box contains a carbon fibre case along with the accessories and requisite documentation. The sizeable Warp Charge 30 unit that ships with the smartphone is finished in Black and Papaya Orange and the thick braided USB Type-C cable is painted the same shade as well. OnePlus’ new Warp Charge technology is said to offer a day’s worth of power in 20 minutes, which we will analyse in detail later on in the review.

Last but not the least, the box contains contains a McLaren logo – called Speedmark – made out of McLaren designed Formula 1 AA-grade carbon fibre, which is said to be the same material used in the McLaren MCL33 2018 Formula 1 car. It looks classy and will be cherished by ardent Formula 1 fans. OnePlus in a statement said that over six Formula 1 cars’ worth of carbon fibre was used to create the Speedmark logos that OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition buyers will receive.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition features a carbon fibre pattern below the glass on the rear panel, and the signature McLaren Papaya Orange colour tastefully wrapped across the bottom of the smartphone. We are glad OnePlus did not go overboard with the orange colour and kept things simple and classy. That said, we feel the company could have painted the lock/ alert slider orange as well, which would have added a nice burst of colour to the side panel.

The position of the power and volume buttons, alert slider, and dual Nano-SIM tray are unchanged, and the phone feels extremely solid in the hand. There is a single speaker at the bottom that delivers loud but harsh and tinny audio. The good old 3.5mm jack is absent, which is sure to disappoint audiophiles. There’s a USB Type-C to 3.5mm dongle in the box, which is also dipped in McLaren’s traditional colours.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition specifications and display

Apart from the presence of 10GB of RAM and the Warp Charge 30 unit, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is identical to the regular variant in terms of specifications. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor running at up to 2.8GHz with integrated Adreno 630 graphics. There’s no microSD slot but the 256GB of internal storage should be enough for even the most demanding users.
The dual-SIM (Nano) OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition runs OxygenOS-based on Android 9.0 Pie. As mentioned above, the smartphone ships with a Warp Charge 30 charger, a braided USB-Type C cable, and a carbon fibre case with the McLaren logo which is of decent quality. There is also a screen protector pre-applied. On the connectivity front, the phone supports dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5 with aptX and aptX HD, NFC, GPS, and GLONASS, and 4G VoLTE.

McLaren Inline2 OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition

The 6.42-inch full-HD+ AMOLED display has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6. It is very bright and has great viewing angles. By default, colours are punchy and some might find them a bit too saturated. OnePlus does offer five screen-calibration modes — Default, sRGB, DCI-P3, Adaptive, and Custom. The sRGB mode renders colours very accurately and the Custom mode allows users to calibrate the display to their liking.

The water-drop notch is not very intrusive and can be masked with with black bands on either side if you want to eliminate it entirely. There is a night mode, which acts like a blue light filter, Ambient Display, which shows a clock, a custom message, and notifications on the lock screen, as well as a greyscale reading mode.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition performance, software, and battery life

The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition has 10GB of RAM vis-a-vis 8GB of RAM in the OnePlus 6T we reviewed last year. The day to day benefits of the bump in RAM were minimal and extremely incremental. We faced no issues with multi-tasking and playing heavy games on the 8GB variant and the experience was much the same here. Resource intensive games like Asphalt 9 did exhibit slightly faster loading times and the smartphone kept almost all apps running in the background.
Benchmark results were more or less the same and there was no discernible difference in battery life either. Just like the 8GB variant of the OnePlus 6T, the McLaren Edition survived a day of moderate to intensive use, with around 20 per cent left in the tank. In our HD video loop test, the phone lasted 13 hours and 30 minutes, just 15 minutes less than the 8GB variant.

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition cameras

Both the front and back cameras are exactly the same as in the regular variants of the OnePlus 6T. The primary rear camera is a 16-megapixel unit with a Sony IMX519 sensor and an aperture of f/1.7. You get optical and electronic image stabilisation with it. The secondary 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor is used only for depth sensing and to speed up autofocus. On the front, there’s a single 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor with an aperture of f/2.0 and electronic stabilisation.
As we noted in our review of the 8GB OnePlus 6T, photo quality in the daytime is very impressive, with above average detail, and sharp focus. Colours appear slightly muted but HDR works well and macros look great, with smooth and consistent background blurring.

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