OnePlus has come out with a new variant of its OnePlus 6T – the McLaren edition, which as the name indicates is inspired by the legendary Formula One racing team and manufacturer of luxury cars. And while the phone might look exactly like the OnePlus 6T that was released a few weeks ago, there is more to it than just a big name association, and a higher price tag (it starts at Rs 50,990). So what exactly is new about the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, and what are you getting for those extra bucks. Here you go:
A subtle touch of McLaren design
Yes, the phone might look exactly like the OnePlus 6T from the front – same OLED display, same in-display fingerprint scanner and same drop-sized notch. But turn it around and you will see the changes. The back of the phone is glass, but there is an orange border (papaya orange, in McLaren tradition) rising from its lower part and fading out near the top. And look closely at the glass back and you will see the carbon fibre weave beneath it – again typically McLaren. The charging cable (which is braided) is also orange and the charger has McLaren written on it. No, it will not scream “McLaren” at you, but is subtly classy.
Some really memorable RAM
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is the first phone in India to come with 10 GB of RAM (the 6T had 6 GB and 8 GB variants). That’s right, it has got more RAM than most notebooks do. Some will wonder if any device needs that much RAM in the first place but we think it not only ensures that the device will always run smoothly but will also be future proof – it is only a matter of time before app developers figure out a way to make use of all that RAM on devices. Until then, you can be rest assured that whatever happens to this device, the chances of it slowing down or not being able to handle multiple apps and tasks is remote!
Some seriously fast charging
OnePlus phones have been known to have very fast charging – the company’s Dash Charge technology is famous for giving almost a day’s usage in half an hour of charging – but with the McLaren edition, the brand has taken things a step further. The phone comes with what OnePlus calls Warp Charge, delivering a full day’s charge in twenty minutes. To deliver this, the device comes with a 30W charger in the box.
Only lots and lots of storage
Unlike the OnePlus 6T, which had 128 GB and 256 GB storage variants, the McLaren edition comes only with a 256 GB variant. Yes, it still does not have support for a memory card, but with the McLaren edition, you are never likely to miss out on storage space.
Of course, there are still some gaps in the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition – there is still no stereo sound, no wireless charging or high-quality dust and water resistance (it can survive mild splashes, but nothing beyond that). But also present are its strengths, including a blustering fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a very good pair of dual rear cameras (with OIS) and one of the fastest face unlock systems we have seen, not to mention Android 9.0 with OnePlus’ clean, smooth Oxygen OS on Note of it. There is no doubt that the OnePlus 6T remains one of the best flagship devices around, offering a premium design and hardware at a price that remains very affordable. And if you are a Formula One fan who loves speed, then its McLaren edition is something you will love. It is not uber flauntable but it certainly is super fast!