OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India is Rs. 50,999 that makes it a pricey affair compared to the regular OnePlus 6T model. Is it worth it? Our review.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition price in India is Rs. 50,990 that makes it a pricey affair compared to the regular OnePlus 6T model. Is it worth it? Our review. OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is out and available in India now, and there’s no doubt that the company has been on a roll this year. First, the Chinese company launched the OnePlus 6 in May 2018 which was a ‘smart’ phone with its clever notch and shiny glass back. It received positive reviews across markets, and while people were still busy talking about the OnePlus 6, the company went ahead and launched the OnePlus 6T with some refinements and new features. And just before 2018 end, we have the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Looking at the waterdrop notch, we thought it looked better than the OnePlus 6 with its animated in-display fingerprint sensor which seemed way cooler when unlocked. So much so, we spent a lot of time locking and unlocking the OnePlus 6T to see the fiery-ish animation dance around the fingerprint sensor once again as the smartphone clicked open. We hadn’t even moved on from the OnePlus 6T, and the OnePlus went ahead and launched the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition.
Let’s get this out in the open first. If you buy the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, you will probably never know after that what it feels like to wait as your battery charges upon its dingy charger with a dirty cable. Warp Charge tech, sounds cool, works even cooler. Okay, now back to the review.
At first, we were apprehensive about the McLaren Edition but couldn’t help but swoon slightly at the bright Papaya Orange box it arrived in with shiny letters spelling “Salute to Speed” on the top. Push the sides, and a carbon-fibre design box slides out. Yeah, go ahead take a deep breath!
The new OnePlus 6T variant – OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition – ships in a special box which comes with OnePlus and McLaren brandings all over the box. The retail box offers a hard-styled book which spells back history of McLaren and its racing heritage, and time and time are again slipping out the word ‘speed’ across the book. And finally, on the last page, is the phone placed in a cut-out which looks – well, it looks the same as the OnePlus 6T apart from a few cosmetic changes.
The standard OnePlus 6T is available at Rs. 37,999 while the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is launched at Rs. 50,999, which according to Maths, is Rs. 13,000 more than the standard variant. This begs the question, is the OnePlus 6T McLaren worth the extra buck?
To start with, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is identical to the standard 6T in terms of camera reviews, picture comparisons, benchmark tests, and the new in-display fingerprint sensor, and we will get straight to performance business for the 6T McLaren. For camera samples, and reviews here is the OnePlus 6T review.
Carbon-fibre design looks beautiful
Warp Charge feature is quick
H2 – OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Software and Performance
“There’s no such thing as enough RAM” – OnePlus
Okay, we were kidding there. But when we look at the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, we indeed are reminded that there is no such thing as enough. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition packs in a whopping 10GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage. To get mind blown, know this that the newly-launched MacBook Air, the new Surface Laptop2, and most high-end entry-level gaming laptops have lesser RAM bite than this smartphone.
First, OnePlus has given the 6T McLaren minor software tweaks. The theme is black and orange, and the animation is different for the in-display fingerprint scanner. The 6T McLaren runs on Android 9.0 Pie based OxygenOS 9.0.9 out-of-the-box.
For the 10GB RAM OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, coupled with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC and Adreno 630 GPU, no application seems too far away. Games like PUBG, Fortnite, Real Racing, and Asphalt 9 Legends ran seamlessly. However, we did notice minor latency issues during high-end graphics scenes like crashes and various particle effects like weather or shooting, or during nitro-boosts and crashes during Asphalt 9 races.
Even though there is an enormous amount of RAM present, software optimization seemed to an issue with noticeable frame drops here and there, sudden lags and the only reason that could be happening is that the software optimization is not up to the mark and high-end games are not able to take advantage of the 10GB RAM. However, this can be rectified in future updates.
Software performance during standard tasks like opening apps, browsing, app switching has practically zero lag. To the open eye, the performance during normal usage is almost identical to the standard OnePlus 6T with 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM.
We also performed benchmark tests to see if there were any incremental changes to the results. The McLaren Edition scored 2,424 (2391 on the 6T) on the single-core test and 9,039 on the multi-core test (8918 on the 6T) which is more or less similar to the OnePlus 6T with 8GB of RAM. The smartphone scored 295,825 on AnTuTu benchmark tests (295,797 for the 6T).
Regarding regular day-to-day use, we rarely found any noticeable lags. Multi-tasking was a breeze, and browsing was as satisfactory as a hot knife on butter. The brute force of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 coupled with a ballistic 10GB RAM made sure you never saw lags, ever.
However, the OnePlus 6T standard variant works just as fast, just as smooth with the added bruteness of the 845 SoC and 8GB of RAM or 6GB of RAM. This then seems to entail a boomerang effect which hits the 6T McLaren with its 10GB RAM worth of oomph.
But that is not all. The 6T McLaren is exceptionally responsive, and of course, with the smartphone game heating up considerably, apps will get updates in the future to take advantage of that extra spectrum. But until that happens, that extra RAM does not go anywhere.
H2 – OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Warp Charge
Okay, so this is the exciting part. OnePlus already packs in a 20-watt fast charging brick with the 6T. With the special McLaren Edition, OnePlus packs in something called “Warp Charge 30”. The power brick is shiny and glossy with an added hint of Papaya Orange and of course, faster. The power brick is a 30-watt charger and reiterates the ‘Salute to Speed’ motto. The OnePlus 6T comes with a 3,700mAh battery, and so does the McLaren Edition as well.
OnePlus claims the Warp Charge can recharge the 6T McLaren’s battery to 50 per cent in just 20 minutes. We did not find the same results, but the 6T McLaren charged considerably faster than the standard 6T plugged to its fast charger.
When we conducted tests, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition charged up to 50 per cent in under 25 minutes, so not quite the 20 minutes as claimed, but then there are a lot of factors to be weighed in when charging like background apps, free memory, RAM usage, battery temperature, and such. Anyhow, the Warp Charge 30 is impressive.
The 6T McLaren charges to 99 per cent in under an hour which is very impressive meaning you never actually go on low battery mode, unless you are a heavy user. Battery lasts an entire day on moderate to heavy usage.
H2 – OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Looks, build and design
The OnePlus 6T McLaren is just an ordinary OnePlus 6T on steroids and better clothing. Okay yes, the colour elements could have been better like for example Papaya Orange power button, or only the Papaya Orange coloured sound-mode slider. But even still, we are not complaining.
Build quality is identical to the OnePlus 6T. The front gets a Corning Gorilla Glass 6, and the rear panel gets a curved 3D glass and, on a glance, looks like the 6T. But look closer, and you will find carbon-fibre finish underneath.
The finish is subtle and does not scream at your face, and surfaces on certain angles. The rear set edges get a cascading orange stripe which disappears at the top. Slap on OnePlus’ carbon-fibre design cover and no one knows it’s a McLaren Edition. Well unless they spot the McLaren written underneath, both on the rear back, and on the protective case.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Price
So far, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition has not been a let-down in any way, and then we look at the price. Is the Rs. 13,000 extra tag worth the cash for a smartphone with racing details on the outside, a slightly more significant amount of RAM, and a somewhat faster version of the fast charger? Depends.
If you are someone who is an automobile and tech enthusiast, the OnePlus 6T McLaren is a significant investment to show off to your fellow enthusiasts. If you someone who’s an early adopter of technologies, then the 6T McLaren is undoubtedly a worthy incremental update over the OnePlus 6T. However, if you are someone who is looking to buy a smartphone which will get you through the day with enough charge and has a smooth interface and is a flagship, the OnePlus 6T should work just fine.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: Verdict
The OnePlus 6T McLaren when arrived at our office truly amazed us with the details and the carbon fibre finish, and the unique glass case with a real carbon-fibre shard shaped in McLaren’s logo awed us all. But OnePlus with its Rs. 50,999 tag is dangerously close to other super flagships like the iPhone XR and the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, or the Galaxy Note 9.
We can probably assume that OnePlus could well be thinking of getting out of the image that it has created by manufacturing cheaper flagships and is getting into the super-premium segment of the iPhones and the Galaxy Notes. But even if that is the case, the top-spec OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition still costs a whole Rs. 12,000 lesser than the cheapest variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and more for the iPhone variants starting with the iPhone XR. If OnePlus keeps this on, Apple and Samsung may have very well found the perfect rival to their flagships, and OnePlus again, for the nth time, will rule over as the flagship killer of the premium smartphone market.