Say hello to OnePlus’s most advanced smartphone to date.
The OnePlus 6T has arrived, and similar to past T models, it retains most of what made its predecessor great while adding a couple of new features and slightly increasing its price.
We were already quite enthralled with the OnePlus 6 from earlier in the year, and the 6T aims to offer an even better experience for about $20 more.
Need some help deciding if this is the phone for you? Here’s everything you need to know about the OnePlus 6T!
The latest OnePlus 6T news
November 1, 2018 — The OnePlus 6T is officially on sale!
Just a few days after it was announced, the OnePlus 6T has exited the pre-order stage and is now available for purchase.
If you live in the United States, you can buy the phone from both OnePlus’s website and through T-Mobile. While T-Mobile is only selling the 128GB + 8GB RAM model in Mirror Black for $579, you can drastically lower the price by trading in an eligible phone, buying it on a monthly installment plan, and then get a total of $300 back in bill credits.
Alternatively, OnePlus’s website has all available models with prices starting at $550 for the 128GB + 6GB RAM configuration and going up to $629 for 256GB + 8GB RAM.
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The OnePlus 6T is a great piece of tech, but is it something that you should spend your hard-earned dollars on?
If you’re in the market for a flagship smartphone experience but only want to pay a fraction of what Samsung, Apple, and Google are charging, the 6T delivers on almost every front. It’s outfitted with top-of-the-line specs, a pair of fantastic rear cameras, and one of the best software experiences that you can currently find on Android.
The lack of an IP water resistance rating and removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack could be dealbreakers for some, but if you want the most bang-for-your-buck in the $500 – $600 price range, you’ll be hard-pressed to do much better than the OnePlus 6T.
OnePlus 6T review: 90% of the phone for 60% of the price
Check out the specs
Every single year, OnePlus packs its smartphones with the very latest and greatest specifications it can get its hands on. With the 6T, that’s no different.
Some of the highlights this time around include the Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 – 8GB of RAM, 128 – 256GB of storage, a 3,700 mAh battery, and Android 9 Pie available right out of the box.
OnePlus 6T specs: 6.41-inch display, 3700mAh battery, 128GB base storage
OnePlus removed the 3.5mm headphone jack…
All that glitters is not gold, and for some potential buyers, the 6T will no longer be a viable option once they realize that the phone does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.
OnePlus was one of the few remaining brands that continued to outfit its devices with the legacy port year after year, and for die-hard fans, this has the potential to be a deal-breaker.
…But there’s now an in-display fingerprint sensor
On the upside, the removal of the 3.5mm jack allowed OnePlus to equip the 6T with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Similar to phones like the Vivo NEX, the 6T’s fingerprint sensor has been removed from its backside and now lives underneath the display. Just hold your finger on the new fingerprint icon on the screen, the sensor will ID you, and then unlock your phone.
While it’s certainly a cool party trick and the first big phone in the U.S. to ship with the feature, it’s not quite as fast or reliable as the OnePlus 6’s fingerprint sensor.
The notch is even smaller
The OnePlus 6T follows in the OnePlus 6’s footsteps by having a notch at the top of its display, but this time around, the notch is considerably smaller.
OnePlus adopted the “waterdrop” style for the 6T’s notch, and while there aren’t any functional changes that come with this, it does make the front of the phone look a lot cleaner and doesn’t cut off as much screen real-estate as the 6’s notch.
Nightscape and Studio Lighting come to the 6T’s cameras
Google recently wowed us with its new Night Sight feature for Pixel phones that drastically improves low-light photos, and in an attempt to build its own version of that feature, OnePlus ships with the 6T with its take on this called “Nightscape.”
Nightscape is described as being perfect for “capturing low-light urban environments with improved clarity, less noise, more accurate color reproduction and better dynamic range.”
Also new is Studio Lighting. OnePlus says it worked with photographer Kevin Abosch on this feature that’s “been fine-tuned to recognize faces and adjust the lighting accordingly to simulate professional lightning. In other words, it’s OnePlus’s take on the iPhone’s Portrait Lighting.
There are just two launch colors
At launch, the OnePlus 6T is only available in two colors — Midnight Black and Mirror Black. These are the exact same finishes that were available for the OnePlus 6, with the former featuring a matte finish while the latter has a glossy coating.
It’s entirely possible (and very likely) that OnePlus will offer additional colors later on down the road, but for the time being, you need to choose between black and black.
The phone’s available for purchase now
If you’re interested in buying a OnePlus 6T it’s available for purchase right now with pricing starting at $549 for the model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Along with that, you can get 8GB RAM + 128GB storage or 8GB RAM + 256GB storage for $579 and $629, respectively.
The 6T is being sold through OnePlus’s website, and for the first time in the U.S., it’s also being offered directly through a wireless carrier — T-Mobile, specifically.
T-Mobile’s only carrying the 128GB + 8GB RAM model in Mirror Black, but if you trade in an eligible phone and buy the 6T on a monthly installment plan, you can get $300 back via monthly bill credits.
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Hear the savings.
Right now you can pick up the Ultimate Ears Boom 3 for just $129.99 at Amazon, which is a savings of $20. This is a recent release from Ultimate Ears, and our pals at iMore say it’s one of the best they’ve heard. It offers an immersive 360-degree sound with deep and accurate bass and can play for up to 15 hours per charge. It’s durable and waterproof, making it the perfect companion for your weekends at the beach, your time spent camping, and any other place you may want some music.
The new Magic Button can be used to play, pause, and skip songs with just a touch. This is the first price drop we’ve seen on this speaker, so if you’re in the market for one, don’t miss it!
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The Ecobee 4 is the best smart thermostat for multiple zones overall. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to set up and use, and best of all comes with a remote sensor in the package.
- $249 from Amazon
- $249 from Best Buy
Even homes that need multiple zones usually only have a single thermostat.
The Ecobee 4 was designed and is sold for people who want to adjust the temperature of the room they are in, not the room the thermostat is in.
A fix for those hot or cold spots
If your home is like most, you have a single source to heat and/or cool it. That also means you have a single spot on the wall where you set the temperature that makes you feel comfortable and rely on that to do the job no matter which room you happen to be in. That’s great for a lot of us, but not every room in your house can be the same temperature all the time. The advent of the smart thermostat has changed thing, and now you can be comfortable no matter which room you’re in by using remote sensors to create multiple zones.
After setting up the zones, you’ll be able to heat or cool things based on a pinpoint location instead of adjusting the whole-house temperature until you feel comfortable. Depending on your situation, it may not be the most economical way to stay warm or cool enough, but it’s by far the most convenient. I know, because this is my situation in a nutshell — I work in my basement office and my thermostat is in the living room. Now I don’t have to adjust the temperature of the single largest room in the house to change it in my small office.
Reasons to buy
- Comes with a room sensor
- Amazon Alexa built-in
- Full integration with Google Assistant, Alexa, and HomeKit
Reasons not to buy
- No internal battery
- No automatic programming mode
There are several ways to heat and/or cool a home. You might have multiple sources of heating or cooling, like window unit air conditioners and electric line-voltage baseboard heaters, and those are using multiple zones by their very nature. Set each unit for the desired temperature and they each work independently. But the most popular way to maintain the temps is with one source and one point of control — a heat pump or other type of furnace or central air unit and a wall-mounted thermostat to control it.
That means the temperature you set is maintained at the place you set it — the wall thermostat. When it gets too warm there the AC can turn on; when it gets too cool the heat can. And either will stay running until the right temp is reached.
That’s great if the room you’re in has the thermostat, but what if you’re trying to get cozy in the den while the thermostat is on the wall in another room? You can try to adjust the main thermostat up or down a couple of degrees, but if one room is much larger than the other, this is often futile — it takes a lot longer to change the temps in a bigger room, and while it’s happening you keep getting warmer or cooler and overshoot what you wanted.
The Ecobee 4 also includes extras like Alexa built-in and HomeKit integration.
I work in a basement office in my home, and with the thermostat upstairs in the living room I was constantly chasing the temps. If I got too hot in the summer, by the time the living room cooled down my office was too chilly, and the reverse was true in the winter. Putting a room sensor in my office changed everything, and now I can be comfortable where I’m working, while I’m working.
If you’re in a similar situation and looking to buy a new smart thermostat to fix it, you should buy the Ecobee 4. You’ll find a high-quality and feature-packed smart thermostat and a room sensor in the box and it only takes a few minutes to get everything programmed. Tell the thermostat where you’ll be during the day and night, and it will use the temperature it reads from the right sensor to adjust things. You’ll stay comfortable and won’t be trying to chase the right setting at the right time to get there.
Alternatives to the Ecobee 4
Nest also sells a room sensor and they work the same way. The difference is that the Ecobee 4 includes a sensor in the box, has Amazon Alexa built-in to the main thermostat and is HomeKit compatible. A Nest Thermostat E and extra room sensor are comparably priced, but having Alexa built-in adds considerable value and it’s doubtful that Nest will ever see HomeKit certification.
If you already have a Nest thermostat though, you’re better off buying a room sensor to add to it. You’ll see the same functionality (if your model has the option, be sure to turn off occupancy-sensing for best results) without having to buy extra equipment you don’t need. And if you’re one of the few people who live in a home with a single source and multiple thermostats, you’ll want to buy a Nest Thermostat E to replace each of them after checking compatibility.
Nest Thermostat E
If you don’t want Alexa or HomeKit integration
$175 at Amazon
Maybe you don’t want or need HomeKit and Amazon Alexa integration. If so, the Nest Thermostat E and a room sensor will solve your multi-zoning woes when it comes to comfort.
Nest has been a reliable pick for anyone wanting a smart thermostat since its inception, and the “E” series provides most of the features you’ll find in the more expensive models at a considerable saving — including the ability to work with a Nest Room Sensor. If you would rather not have Amazon Alexa integration and know you’ll never use HomeKit for a smart home platform, you’ll find the multi-zoning functionality to be equal to what the Ecobee 4 offers.
Also, if your existing setup uses multiple thermostats (and is Nest compatible) buying a Nest Thermostat E to replace each can save a good bit of money over buying multiple Ecobees.
Nest Temperature Sensor
Required to use with a Nest Thermostat E
$40 at Best Buy
Pair with a Nest Thermostat for multiple zoning.
If you already have a Nest Thermostat or plan to buy Nest products instead of our top pick, you’ll need to pick up at least one Nest Temperature Sensor to create a multiple-zone heating and cooling system..
We think the Ecobee 4 is the best smart thermostat for multiple zones overall. You get the convenience of having a multi-zone heating or cooling system without buying any extra equipment, have Amazon Alexa built into the thermostat itself, and it’s more future-proof with the addition of HomeKit support. If you already use Nest products or would rather not have ALexa and HomeKit support, the Nest Thermostat E and an additional pruchase of a Nest Temperature Sensor offers the same functionality at a similar price.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Jerry Hildenbrand is Mobile Nation’s Senior Editor and works from a Chromebook full time. Currently, he is using Google’s Pixelbook but is always looking at new products and may have any Chromebook in his hands at any time. You’ll find him across the Mobile Nations network and you can hit him up on Twitter if you want to say hey.
Daniel Bader is the Managing Editor of Android Central. As he’s writing this, a mountain of old Android phones is about to fall on his head, but his Great Dane will protect him. He drinks way too much coffee and sleeps too little. He wonders if there’s a correlation.
Something for everyone.
Amazon currently has a wide assortment of AmazonBasics products on sale for up to 20% off their regular price. When it comes to products, the AmazonBasics brand has just about everything you can think of, and this wide-ranging sale makes the already low-priced items even more affordable. It’s no secret that we think AmazonBasics products are worth purchasing for many reasons, and we aren’t alone on that one. Many of these items have 4 and 5 star ratings, some based on more than 15,000 reviews.
This sale has a little bit of everything in it, from 4-port car chargers to camping chairs, microfiber sheet sets, smartphone repair kits, and even scissors to help with all of your holiday wrapping needs. You can also grab a new dish set to serve all your Thanksgiving company and get some new flatware as well.
There’s really no better time than right now to start preparing for the holidays, and when you can save on popular everyday essential items, you should pounce at the opportunity. All of the AmazonBasics products are manufactured, sold, and distributed by Amazon, which allows them to keep the costs low and pass the savings on to you. The company launched the brand back in 2009, and now it spans more than 27 different categories with thousands of different product offerings.
Amazon just launched its Black Friday hub with some early deals that are already live, and odds are over the next few weeks we will see them continue to ramp up. There’s no reason to wait until the big shopping day, though, because things get crazy, deals sell out fast, and the last thing you want to do is miss out because you waited too long.
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Brighten up your back yard.
Amazon has the Mr Beams Wireless LED Ultra Bright Spotlight on sale today for $19.61. That saves you $7 off its average price and is within two dollars of the lowest it’s ever been there before.
This spotlight offers 300 lumens of ultra-bright light across 400 square feet with minimum power consumption, which makes it one of the brightest wireless spotlights available for purchase. Its integrated motion sensor will turn on and off the light automatically as needed to help save on electricity, plus it’s weatherproof so you won’t have to worry about it being damaged by rain or snow. It comes with mounting hardware for installation and is simple to put up on your own without an electrician or handyman.
Since it’s wireless, you’ll need four D batteries to keep it powered. None are included with your purchase however, so you may want to add some to your order before checking out. At Amazon, over 3,300 customers left a review for this spotlight resulting in a rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars.
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There’s never a shortage of deals available, but sorting through all of them can be difficult at times. We’ve handpicked all the best tech, and everyday essentials discounts that you can take advantage of right now and brought them to one central location. From light bulbs to Lego, these are today’s best deals.
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Apple Adding iPhone 5 and Additional Macs to Pilot Program Allowing Repairs of Select ‘Vintage’ Products
Normally, an Apple product becomes vintage once five years have passed since it was last manufactured, meaning that Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers (AASPs) will no longer repair or service the product.
In late January, however, Apple launched a pilot program that permits Apple Stores and AASPs to continue servicing select vintage products, subject to parts availability. The program started in the United States and Turkey with the Mid 2011 iMac and expanded worldwide with the 2012 MacBook Air in August.
Now, Apple is further expanding the program to include the iPhone 5, which became vintage on Wednesday. In an internal document, Apple says Apple Stores and AASPs worldwide are authorized to continue servicing the CDMA variant of the device through October 31, 2020, and the GSM variant through December 30, 2020.
Apple’s internal document, obtained by MacRumors from multiple sources, also outlines other soon-to-be vintage iPhones and Macs that will also be added to the pilot program at various dates throughout the remainder of this year:
Effective November 30, 2018:
- iPhone 4S
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012)
Effective December 30, 2018:
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Retina, Late 2012)
- MacBook Pro (13-inch, Retina, Early 2013)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Mid 2012)
- MacBook Pro (15-inch, Retina, Early 2013)
- Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
If parts are unavailable for a specific repair for these vintage products, Apple Stores and AASPs are instructed to decline service. This is a pilot program to begin with, so it is subject to change or end at any time.
The exact reason for the pilot program is unclear, beyond Apple apparently having a surplus of service parts for these specific vintage products. Apple’s internal document states that inventory of service parts will not be replenished, so repairs under the pilot program are certainly not guaranteed.
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Mophie today launched the long-awaited Juice Pack Air case for the iPhone X, nearly eight months after it received Qi certification for the accessory. The case comes in two colors — Black and Navy — and is being sold for $99.95. The Black Juice Pack Air can be ordered today and will ship in 1-2 business days, but at the time of writing the Navy is out of stock.
Juice Pack Air is a Qi case for iPhone X, and can store battery to recharge the smartphone while on the go. There’s a built-in 1,720 mAh battery that Mophie says extends the life of iPhone X to a total of 30 hours. With Qi support, you can place the Juice Pack Air on any Qi-compatible mat to refuel the accessory as well as the iPhone X.
Like other Juice Packs from Mophie, the Juice Pack Air for iPhone X has high-impact protection, a low-profile design, and a LED status indicator on the back of the case to see how much battery is left. Compared to previous iterations, the Juice Pack Air for iPhone 8/7 has a 2,525 mAh battery and the iPhone 8 Plus/7 Plus accessory has a 2,420 mAh battery.
Rumors about the launch of the Juice Pack Air began circulating in March of this year, when Mophie applied to the Wireless Power Consortium to gain Qi certification for the charging case. With the clearance, the Juice Pack Air became the first Qi-certified iPhone X charging case.
Since the application, Apple has now launched three new iPhones: the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR, but Mophie Support on Twitter confirmed that the new case is only officially compatible with iPhone X. One user asked about a Juice Pack Air Battery Case for iPhone XS and XS Max, and Mophie Support tweeted back, “We’re always coming out with new products and power solutions for your favorite devices. Stay tuned for updates by signing up for our newsletter.”
Those interested can purchase the Juice Pack Air for iPhone X on Mophie.com today.
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Nvidia on Its Lack of macOS Mojave Drivers for Newer Graphics Cards: ‘It’s Up to Apple to Approve Them’
Nearly six weeks after the release of macOS Mojave, web drivers for Nvidia graphics cards released in 2014 and later remain unavailable for the latest operating system, resulting in compatibility issues. This includes Nvidia graphics cards based on its Maxwell, Pascal, and Turing architecture.
While some customers have expressed frustration towards Nvidia, a spokesperson for the company informed MacRumors that “while we post the drivers, it’s up to Apple to approve them,” and suggested that we contact Apple. We followed that advice, but Apple has yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.
As a result of the lack of web drivers, external GPUs with an Nvidia graphics card released in 2014 or later have compatibility issues with any Mac running macOS Mojave. Likewise, any Mid 2010 or Mid 2012 Mac Pro upgraded with 2014-or-newer Nvidia graphics is incompatible with the operating system.
Nvidia warns that affected customers who upgrade to macOS Mojave may experience degraded rendering and performance on that version, according to discussions on the Nvidia Developers Forums and MacRumors Forums.
macOS Mojave requires a graphics card that supports Apple’s graphics framework Metal, but until updated web drivers are released, many newer Nvidia graphics cards such as the GeForce GTX 1080 are incompatible with the operating system. In the meantime, some users have downgraded back to macOS High Sierra.
Nvidia’s Quadro K5000 and GeForce GTX 680 are already Metal-capable and compatible with macOS Mojave, according to an Apple support document.
macOS Mojave is compatible with any MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro, Mac mini, and Mac Pro released in 2012 or later, in addition to Mid 2010-Mid 2012 models of the Mac Pro with a Metal-capable graphics card.
Nvidia graphics cards based on Kepler architecture, which Apple offered in various Macs between 2012 and 2014, are fully compatible with macOS Mojave. Apple has since switched to AMD as its dedicated graphics card provider.
There is some debate as to whether Apple, Nvidia, or both companies are to blame for the lack of web drivers, which are usually released within a few days after a major macOS release. If we learn any new information, we’ll share it.
Related Roundup: macOS MojaveTags: Metal, Nvidia
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Apple’s 2019 iPhones will come equipped with an upgraded Face ID camera system, according to a new note to investors from often reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
According to Kuo, next-generation iPhones will feature a new flood illuminator that will improve Face ID by lowering the impact of invisible light from the environment. Kuo believes the upgraded sensor will be included in all 2019 iPhone models, which he has previously said will again consist of two OLED iPhones and one LCD iPhone.
We believe that Apple will raise the output power of the flood illuminator VCSEL to lower the impacts from invisible lights of environment in order to improve the Face ID user experience. The higher power VCSEL with higher ASP needs increased requirements of design and production, increased materials for array design, and longer testing times. Therefore, the VCSEL supply chain can add higher value.
Kuo’s note also suggests a Time of Flight (ToF) 3D camera will be introduced in iPad models in late 2019 or early 2020, and could expand to the iPhone in the second half of 2020. He continues to believe that Apple has no plans to adopt ToF in 2019.
According to Kuo, a ToF 3D camera would allow for 3D models to be captured via the iPad and then edited with the Apple Pencil for an “all-new productivity experience.” On the iPhone, eventual ToF support will allow for new AR experiences and improved photo quality.
We give a greater than 50% probability that the new iPad in 4Q19/1Q20 may adopt ToF (our previous forecast that the 2H19 new iPhone will not adopt ToF remains unchanged). We believe that 3D modeling captured by ToF and then edited by an Apple Pencil on an iPad will create an all-new productivity experience for design applications in a totally different manner from computers.
We estimate that ToF will likely be adopted by the new iPhone in 2H20 at the latest. The iPhone’s adoption of ToF will create the new AR experience and improve photo quality. We expect that Apple’s ToF design may adopt the higher-than-1,000nm wavelength VCSEL (vs. current Face ID’s 935-945nm) for better system design and user experience.
A time-of-flight camera system is designed to determine the distance between objects by measuring the time-of-flight of a light or laser signal between the camera and the subject at each point in the image.
Kuo previously said he does not believe Apple is ready to implement this kind of camera system in the iPhone because it would not create the “revolutionary AR experience” that Apple is aiming for. Kuo believes that for the AR experience Apple wants, the company would need 5G connectivity, augmented reality glasses, and a more powerful Apple Maps database.
Though new iPhones are a good year away, we’ve been hearing rumors for months. We’re expecting upgraded A13 chips in the upcoming devices, and there have been rumors of either a reduced notch or no notch at all, which could be a component of the improved TrueDepth camera system.
Rumors have also suggested Apple is considering a triple-lens rear camera system for at least some 2019 iPhone models, but it’s not clear how that meshes with rumors suggesting a ToF implementation is off of the table for the 2019 lineup. A triple-lens camera could still provide benefits to photo taking, such as 3x optical zoom and better performance in poor lighting conditions.
Related Roundups: iPad Pro, 2019 iPhonesTag: Ming-Chi KuoBuyer’s Guide: 11″ iPad Pro (Buy Now), 12.9″ iPad Pro (Buy Now)
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