The Android setting a new benchmark

OnePlus’s high-end, gimmick-free 6T smartphone offers a premium feel with an intuitive interface

OnePlus 6T, from £499
OnePlus 6T, from £499

OnePlus, the ambitious and impressive smartphone upstart – sorry, startup – continues its campaign to be China’s Apple with a triumphalist launch in New York for its latest, the OnePlus 6T. To me, the 6T seems to be less a cult phone and more a high-end, gimmick-free product, so I asked the biggest Android fan that I know, bespoke glasses maker Tom Davies, to assess the 6T.

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“I love this phone,” reported Tom, despite having been a diehard Samsung fan for the past 10 years. Features he picked out were “a more premium feel than Samsung”, face unlock that works whether you are wearing glasses or not, battery life better than any phone he has owned, ultra-easy setup and an operating system that’s “simpler and more intuitive than Samsung. For example, the fingerprint sensor is located in-screen and, as you start grouping apps together, the phone knows what they are and labels the groups for you. It almost feels like I’ve got the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 a bit early.” Which was what I thought, too, but it was gratifying to have it confirmed by a serious Android-ista in the luxury world.

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