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First Look: The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Has More RAM Than Your PC, But is That All?

By: Vishal Mathur


Last Updated: December 12, 2018, 10:19 IST

First Look: The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Has More RAM Than Your PC, But is That All?

The India availability of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition smartphone will be announced later today.

It is sorted then. Your next phone will surely have more RAM than most PCs or laptops that you may own or use. And why wait for the future, when that future can be today. OnePlus has announced a special edition of its latest smartphone, and it is called the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition. This phone has, wait for it, 10GB of RAM. But that isn’t its only party piece.

In terms of the design, the phone looks similar to its other OnePlus 6T siblings. That is in terms of the size and the overall dimensions. However, the back panel is layered with carbon fiber beneath the glass—something that has otherwise been a fixture of very premium phones thus far. There is also the McLaren inspired orange accent colour frame around the phone, as well as the McLaren branding on the back. The McLaren logo, when light reflects off it, gives you the illusion that it is moving around. This has the exact same dimensions as the standard OnePlus 6T (157.5mm x 74.8mm x 8.2mm) and also weighs the same (185 grams).

OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition-2

OnePlus has made this one of the very few phones thus far to pack in as much as 10GB of RAM. This comes at a time when most phones now offer 6GB or even 8GB RAM options. If you are really intent on doing resource intensive tasks on the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, such as perhaps editing multiple streams of 4K videos, this could pretty much be on the ball without kicking out other apps running in the background.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition also introduces the new Warp Charge 30 charging technology, which is could become the standard in its upcoming phones. The Warp Charge 30 charges more than 50 percent of the 3,700mAh battery in just 20 minutes. There are new Integrated Circuits in both the updated charger and the phone, as well as updated power management software, which handles 30 watts of power flow from the charger to the phone—all this to keep the charge consistent and reduce heat emission. The power cable, which is also in McLaren's Papaya Orange colour, is braided and feels significantly more robust and industrial than most other charging cables.

Incidentally, the Warp Charge feature only works on the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, and if you are to use the Warp Charge charger with any other OnePlus 6T phone, it will default to the fast charge speeds. The new hardware and power management software in the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition phone enables the even faster charging capabilities, and the other phones don’t have the same hardware or software.

The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition otherwise is pretty much your default OnePlus 6T, on the specifications sheet. This is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, a 6.41-inch Optic AMOLED display (2,340 x 1,080 resolution), and the dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel cameras at the back. This special edition phone will only be available in the 256GB storage variant, while the other OnePlus 6T phones are available in 128GB and 256GB storage options, with 6GB or 8GB of RAM.

This is not the first time OnePlus has made a special edition phone. Before this, there was the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Edition and the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition. Both phones had a tweaked version of the Oxygen OS running on them, with additional themes, colour palettes and wallpapers. And that is the same with the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, which gets a new black and orange theme to go with the outer personality of the phone as well as a special animation for the in-display fingerprint sensor.

OnePlus has confirmed that the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will retail in the US for $699 (around Rs50,000) and in Europe for €699. The company will confirm the India pricing as well as the availability details later today, and this is all set to take the mantle of the most expensive phone that OnePlus has ever made. And for McLaren fans, it makes all the more sense.

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