The new OnePlus 6T smartphone was announced by OnePlus on Monday, but I’ve had the device for a few days, so I can tell you about it.
OnePlus had planned to announce the OnePlus 6T on Tuesday, but Apple announced it would hold an event on the same day, leading OnePlus to reschedule to prevent being overshadowed. It must have been a difficult decision for OnePlus, but the company had some big announcements that would have been likely to play second fiddle to Apple’s event had it kept its plans.
Apart from announcing the OnePlus 6T, OnePlus also said its new device would be carried and sold by a US carrier — T-Mobile — for the first time in its history. That’s a major deal for the company, as smartphone popularity in the US is often dictated by availability in carriers’ stores.
That’s not to say OnePlus phones aren’t popular. Though a lot of Americans have most likely never heard of them, for release after release, crowds of people line up outside pop-up stores to buy the newest OnePlus phone. I went to the OnePlus 6 pop-up store a few months ago, and while there was a line down the block, most passersby didn’t know about OnePlus.
The OnePlus 6T is also the first OnePlus phone to be compatible with Verizon, the largest carrier in the US. As usual, it’s also compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.
The OnePlus 6T will start at $550 and be available to buy from T-Mobile and from the online OnePlus store on Thursday.
For T-Mobile customers in New York City, the Times Square T-Mobile store will sell the OnePlus 6T three days before its official release, starting at 5 p.m. on Monday.