OnePlus 6T hype machine turns up to 11 with in-screen fingerprint sensor video teaser


Even before confirming the (unsurprising) official marketing name of the company’s next “flagship killer”, OnePlus wanted the whole world to know the 6T would introduce a new unlocking method.

Dubbed Screen Unlock, this is not entirely groundbreaking, having made its commercial debut at the beginning of the year on a handset manufactured by Vivo, which just so happens to have the same parent company as OnePlus.

Still, you could consider the OnePlus 6T one of the first “mainstream” devices to implement in-display fingerprint recognition technology, beating a number of big companies to the punch for a feature widely expected to become standard in the not-too-distant future.

Clearly, OnePlus is relishing this moment of glory, trying to divert attention away from its divisive enlistment in the jack-killing movement at every available opportunity. We’ve seen the company’s co-founders hyping the upgrade in various interviews and official forum “deep-dives”, as well as multiple short and vague Twitter teasers, so naturally, the time has come for a full-on YouTube video preview of the game-changing functionality.

Unfortunately, instead of perhaps showing off how the new in-screen biometric sensor works or even how it’s incorporated into the massive AMOLED panel of the unreleased OnePlus 6T, the 30-second clip tries (a little too) hard to make this seem like the greatest tech innovation of the modern era.

Basically, the fingerprint-on-display method of unlocking a phone’s screen is presented as evidence of humanity’s continuous quest for a “better way”, alongside the discovery of fire, Egyptian pyramids, the invention of trains, planes, cars, the first Moon landing, and other similarly huge breakthroughs. 

That’s certainly a bit of a stretch, but at least as far as OnePlus is concerned, we’re sure the closing statement in the video is as true as ever. This company is “not stopping now” when it comes to pushing its competitors and forcing them to offer more for less. Or at least more for more. Weirdly enough, that October 17 announcement date is still not etched in stone.

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6T
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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6 Comments

1. rouyal

Posts: 1583; Member since: Jan 05, 2018

Haha! Did OnePlus really compare a smartphone gimmick to major achievements in human history? Calm down Oneplus!

2. Cat97

Posts: 1976; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I have to say, I hate the rear-placed fingerprint sensor on my OnePlus 6. Never use it, it's there for nothing, I just prefer using the Smart Unlock feature with my smartwatch. In general, rear-placement of fingerprint sensors was one of the stupid ideas that only Android makers would get away with. And they said "that is the place where your index finger in naturally resting" in order to fool people, but they conveniently forgot that phone is 'naturally resting' with its back on a hard surface most of the time. Side-placed fingerprint sensor would have been 10 times better and also easily achievable.

3. gamehead unregistered

Smaller companies doing what bigger ones arent...and for less. Shame

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1367; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Sometimes it’s due to I absolute to reproduce enough in time to meet demand. It’s easy to manufacture 1 million at launch with a new feature and see unnoticeable fail rate. It’s hard to manufacture a new feature into a device that’s going to sell in 10s of millions on first week and make sure failure rate is at a minimum. Basically it’s all about production ability.

4. perry1234

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

I really want to like this phone. But, man the removal of headphone jack for a battery that is 400 mAH bigger and an in display fingerprint scanner , that tradeoff still seems off to me. Also, Carl Pei said , and I quote(with approximate accuracy): I don’t want IP Rating on OP6T because it is unfair for everyone to pay $30 just because a few people want to go swimming with their phone. I would think of it the other way, almost like an insurance company. I would not mind paying $30 for a phone when I have the peace of mind (and the warranty to support it) that my phone has some resistance to accidental liquid damage. Anyway, OnePlus has also increased its price in magnitude greater than $30 before. Why not just go for it , give most of the users what they ask for , an IP Rating ?

5. LEEDAQ

Posts: 193; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

eh..... if a phone this big cannot have the 3.5mm is a total fail to human history

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