OnePlus 6T is one of the few hotly anticipated smartphones as we enter the last leg of launches remaining for 2018. Post the new iPhone's that are set to launch on October 12 followed by Google's Pixel 3 on October 9, all eyes will be set on what is supposed to be an incremental update to its flagship smartphone, OnePlus 6. To recap, the OnePlus 6 was announced in May this year while the OnePlus 5T was launched in November last year. As evident, OnePlus has shortened its product launch cycle which is why we will get the OnePlus 6T early this year.
In an email interview to CNET, OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor which they're calling the "Screen Unlock" feature. OnePlus has also shared a screenshot of the lockscreen with CNET which depicts a symbol for unlocking the phone via fingerprint sensor.
We have seen companies like Vivo, Xiaomi, Huawei and Oppo integrating this tech into their flagship smartphones. And not just flagships, Vivo was first to introduce the in-display fingerprint sensor for commercial usage in the recently launched the V11 Pro in India which is priced under sub-₹25,000.
Interestingly, the screenshot shared by OnePlus has the phone's date set to October 17. Now, this might be a coincidence or a sly OnePlus hinting at the launch date.
OnePlus told CNET that the in-display fingerprint sensor is an additional way of unlocking the phone other than the Face Unlock. Upon being asked why the in-display fingerprint sensor is being launched with the OnePlus 6T and why wasn't it introduced with the OnePlus 6, OnePlus revealed that their in-display fingerprint technology was not refined enough and wasn't as efficient as it is today.
Due to the presence of a fingerprint sensor under the display, the OnePlus 6T is a tad bit thick by 0.45mm. OnePlus also said that because the back just houses a camera module, it looks and feels more unibody-like.
Previous rumors have indicated at a "waterdrop" notch based design on the front just like we saw on the Oppo R17 Pro and a triple-camera setup on the back.