OnePlus 6T scores its second post-launch update already, improving Screen Unlock

OnePlus 6T scores its second post-launch update already, improving Screen Unlock
After bringing stable Android Pie goodies to the OnePlus 6 in record time (earlier than the first Nokia device), probably the world’s most ambitious smartphone manufacturer right now is already rolling out its second software update for the all-new OnePlus 6T.

This is a handset that barely went on sale a week ago, naturally running the latest big version of Android out the box while still requiring minor bug fixes and performance enhancements to please early adopters.

The changelog of the OxygenOS 9.0.5 update making its way over-the-air to the OP6T as we speak is short and vague, containing “general bug fixes and improvements”, as well as unspecified “improvements for Screen Unlock.”

Of course, the latter part is of great interest to us and those either owning or thinking about buying the new “flagship killer.” That’s because this is among the very few mainstream high-end phones out there bold enough to implement in-display fingerprint recognition technology. It may even be the most affordable device supporting “Screen Unlock” functionality in a number of major Western markets.

The reason Samsung and many others have hesitated to ditch their conventional fingerprint sensors is that Qualcomm’s ultrasonic technology is not yet ready for primetime. That has forced OnePlus to “settle” for the same optical solution as the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, which is widely considered inferior in terms of speed, accuracy, and reliability.

While that may still be the case, it’s obvious OnePlus is looking to make the greatest lemonade known to man out of these lemons, polishing and enhancing the Screen Unlock method through software tweaks.

The staged OxygenOS 9.0.5 rollout seems to be relatively glitch-free, eyeing a broader expansion by the end of the week. Has anyone already received the update? Is the in-display fingerprint scanner noticeably faster now? Let us know in the comments section below.

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