After the confirmation that the Pixel 3XL would be a phone that lacked in a few hardware features (and had a giant notch), the phone nerd community was on to something else. And then there leaked information that the One Plus 6T would have an under glass fingerprint scanner, 6GB/8GB of RAM, and a tear drop notch. After that, the nerd community lost their minds. Especially when it was rumored the phone may work on Verizon. But now that the phone is here, should you as the average every day user care about this phone, or should you leave it for the nerds?
Let’s start with the specs; 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 6.41 inch Optic AMOLED display, 3700 mAh battery, up to 256 GB of internal storage, and running the latest Android 9.0 software. All this for under $700 (for the topped out model).
Now let’s compare that to two other competing android phones, starting with the Note 9. The note 9, which also have a 6 or 8 GB of Ram version, have a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display, 4,000 mAh battery, up to 512 GB of internal storage, running last years Android 8.1 software, starting at $1000.
The Pixel 3XL has 4 GB of RAM, 6.3 inch OLED display, 3430 mAh battery, up to 128 GB of internal storage, running Android 9.0, and starting at $899.
Looking at these three phones, they all have the latest Snapdragon 845 chip. The Pixel 3XL have the better camera of the 3, the Note 9 the better display and larger battery of the 3, and the One Plus having the under glass fingerprint scanner, the fastest fast charger, and priced less than the other two.
For the average consumer, the differences between the specs of these phones are minute. The display quality is subjective, and with phones allowing you the ability to make adjustments, screen quality is not going to be the deciding factor. For most people the deciding factor is the price. And the One Plus 6T is priced just right. The problem is that both the Pixel and the Note people know, the One Plus they don’t. So is the One Plus 6T a phone for the average consumer?
Yes, this is a phone that works both for the nerds and the average consumer. If this phone had another name on the back, ie HTC. LG, Motorola, or even Google, we are talking about a phone that would be getting a lot more attention. The specs are what you want for a flagship phone, with the horses to handle playing intense games like Fortnite. The display and look that scream flagship, and the cool factor of the under glass fingerprint scanner that will turn heads. Though the under glass fingerprint scanner may be slow, the phone makes up with its super fast face unlock. Oh, and let me repeat that price again. You will be able to walk out of the store with a phone that has 8GB of RAM, 128 GB of storage, and a display and camera to compete with the best of them, for $650. And this is what the average consumer is going to care about.