OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition launched in India: Why it is a total Overkill
OnePlus a few days back announced that they would be launching something in collaboration with McLaren F1. Which made us believe that a special edition OnePlus 6T was on the corner. Yesterday, a first-ever smartphone partnership between OnePlus and McLaren, the F1 giants from Surrey, England resulted in a Special Edition OnePlus 6T McLaren edition.
In a sentence, OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is a mad supercharged version of the OnePlus 6T with a fancy design.
The device features an insane overhaul of 10 GB of RAM onboard and a supercar speed charger, “Wrap Charge” which claims to give a days power in 30 mins. Although, other than these two major changes and some design changes on the back the McLaren edition is similar to the normal OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Specifications
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition looks and is proportioned exactly similar to the standard OnePlus 6T, at 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm with the same form factor. The most notable visual difference is the back of the device. The rear of the device has a Carbon fiber-like design under the glass layer. Logos of both the companies are placed on the back of the device in silver color.
McLaren associated with Papaya orange color as one of their legendary colors back when McLaren was on the winning ways in Formula 1. So OnePlus has incorporated that with a subtle orange band running along the phone’s bottom. The iconic color is incorporated into accessories like the Papaya Orange Type-C cord. You also get a Carbon fiber textured back cover inside the package.
What’s new Internally?
The Smartphone only comes in one version, which features a 10GB RAM and 256GB internal storage which is not expandable. This device is the first on the OnePlus lineup to feature 10GB RAM onboard, OnePlus 6T normal edition featured 8GB of RAM at best.
The new device also has a new battery technology which according to the companies claims will give you a full day’s power in 20 minutes. Which the company has named the Wrap Charge. Which is essentially charging your smartphone with a 30W charger at insane speeds, treating the McLaren name right. This system is similar to that of Oppo’s Super VOOC charging.
What is the same?
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, similar to the OnePlus 6 and the 6T. You have the same teardrop notch with a 6.41-inch AMOLED display (2340×1080) as that of the OnePlus 6T. The camera unit hasn’t got an upgrade, with a 16-megapixel primary camera with an aperture of f/1.7 which is coupled with a 20-megapixel secondary lens.
The front of the device has a 16-Megapixel wide-angle selfie camera, a 3700mAh battery and one of the best in the industry in-display fingerprint scanner.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition runs on Oxygen OS 9 based on Android 9.0. OnePlus offers one of the fastest and bugfree updates for Android on their smartphone lineups.
Why the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is an Overkill
The smartphone is launched at a price tag of $699 worldwide and in India for Rs50,999 exclusively on Amazon. Considering OnePlus 6T start at INR 37,999 for the base version with 6GB of RAM. The smartphone has no real upgrade rather than some clever gimmicks here and there but is the INR 13,000 price tag justify the stuff you get on the special edition OnePlus 6T McLaren edition? I can honestly say, I am not convinced unless you really want to show off your carbon fiber and glass smartphone with a pointless 10GB RAM which in no way is necessary for a smartphone in this day and age.
Unless you are a die-hard Mclaren F1 fan and simultaneously would like a clean user experience on Android, I really think you should give this device a pass. Considering how clean software on the 6T is and smooth running the normal device is, I can’t see a reason for you to buy a smartphone just for a 10GB RAM upgrade unless of course, you are a fan.