The OnePlus 6T will be the company's first phone officially backed by a US carrier

The OnePlus 6T will be the company's first phone officially backed by a US carrier
The OnePlus 6 is technically compatible with T-Mobile, but it's not specifically optimized for any US networks

OnePlus is about to go where fellow China-based smartphone manufacturers haven’t been able to recently. Just like last fall’s 5T, the OnePlus 6T is expected to be released five short months after the company’s previous high-ender. Only this time, a major US carrier should throw its weight behind the relatively inexpensive device.

“People familiar with the launch plans” say OnePlus and T-Mobile’s exclusive retail agreement is a done deal, although “technical approval” could still cause a bit of a delay. Either way, a “standard” unlocked global version of the 6T is likely to make its commercial debut sometime in October through the manufacturer’s official e-store.

The “tentative” plan is to price the new phone at $550, which would be only 20 bucks or so higher than the retail cost of a 6GB RAM/64GB ROM OnePlus 6 configuration. But everything could still change. Or at least that number.

Otherwise, recent history suggests the design will be “borrowed” from Oppo and Vivo’s latest flagships, while the specifications may not be radically altered compared to the OP6. The OnePlus 5T, for instance, jumped from a 5.5 to a 6-inch AMOLED screen, retaining the processor, memory, battery, and camera features of the OnePlus 5.

It’s definitely worth pointing out that the OnePlus 6 is already compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T’s GSM networks. But a “specific” version of the OnePlus 6T is reportedly in the works, with special T-Mobile optimizations, including support for the “Un-carrier’s” super-advanced 600 MHz Extended Range LTE technology.

We’re guessing T-Mo will handle sales of this “specific” OnePlus 6T model itself, presumably both on and offline, although today’s report does not explicitly confirm that detail.
 
Earlier this year, Huawei came close to signing a similar support and distribution deal with AT&T and Verizon, but the carriers backed out under alleged pressure from US government officials. Odds are OnePlus will not be deemed a national security threat due to the company’s smaller size and lack of interest in businesses like telecommunications and networking equipment.

source: CNet

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26 Comments

1. jacure619

Posts: 45; Member since: Aug 16, 2018

That would be great!

9. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Why do we need it? It's a cheap Chinese phone

10. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 762; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Why do you care about what other people spend their money on? Perhaps you don't like options, but you don't get to decide what options are available for everyone else.

12. boomski17

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

You know what is also a cheap Chinese phone, an iPhone.

13. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

It's American phone

14. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

Last time I checked Foxconn was located in China and maybe iPhones are assembled in US but manufactured in China

16. threeline

Posts: 320; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

Aren't most phones made in China anyway.

17. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Except Samsung phones are made in Korea, which is why it is and always will be the best in the world. We should ban these chinese companies from littering the world with their garbage.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Lmao. Samsung made smartphones are from six countries : Vietnam, China, Korea, India, Brazil and Indonesia. 50% of Samsung smartphones are made in Vietnam and 8% of mobiles are made in Korea. Keep some knowledge about your favourite brand. ;)

20. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Who cares about blasting bomb phones

21. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

You cared. :)

2. andrewc31394

Posts: 302; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

2 things. First, I do hope T-Mobile doesn't brand this phone all over and throw in a billion bloatware apps (I especially hope software updates won't be delayed because they're going from OnePlus to T-Mobile for approval now). And two, I hope the price is consistent with the OP website.

3. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

I get that it's the oems decision and right. But what is up with oneplus, oppo and vivo releasing their phones at this cycle? Less than 6 months and there's already a new one out. It's completely uneccessary

5. Fred3

Posts: 582; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Every phone company release another phone in a 6 month radius except for Google and IPhone(except in 2016). How is you blind to this? Sound bias with a superman cape on

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Is it? Are you against innovation or new products? I think it's great to refresh often.

11. AbhiD

Posts: 856; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Who doesn't do it ? Samsung does Galaxy and Note, Huawei does Mate and P, Sony does it, LG does G and V series, Xiaomi does Mi and Mix series, only apple doesn't do it.

22. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

What I meant to say to all of you is one plus-6 then 6t. Oppo f7-f9/r15-r17. Vivo x20-x21 in just a couple of months per year. I am obviously not talking about the other variants of the oem but its successor

23. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Speaking of which, s and note are different variants targeted for different audiences, same goes for huawei's p and mate, lg's v and 10, xiaomi's mi and mix which is more apparent since they released the mi mix2s a few months before they launched the mi8.

4. D34ever

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Great news. I'm very impressed with OP.

7. KickRocks

Posts: 283; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I might picked this up over the P3XL, REALLY not impressed with that big, XTRA large notch. I know 1=6 has a notch but its less intrusive IMO. October should be interesting

8. ZombieHunter

Posts: 268; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

The notch can be hidden with a simple flip of a switch. The AMOLED screen basically makes the black blend in with the bezel.

15. gjkiii

Posts: 41; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

I wonder if the updates will come to the phone slower because Tmobile is going to optimize it for their network

19. Sparkxster

Posts: 1245; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Good for OP! Hope to see similar deals with Xiaomi, Oppo,Vivo, Meizu, and Huawei even though Huawei's first attempt didn't pan out.

24. Joosty

Posts: 490; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Picking this up!!!

25. baldilocks

Posts: 1545; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Wouldn't do me much good on T-Mobile. Just glad it works on AT&T.

26. tokuzumi

Posts: 1961; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

This will be huge for OnePlus. Having a physical device in a brick and mortar store will really help sales. While OnePlus has a great online marketing presence, it is nowhere as good as someone who can hold one in their hands at a store, and not have to wait a few days for one to ship.

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