OnePlus 6T Teardown Gives Us a Better Look at That In-Screen Camera

By Holly Brockwell on at

One of the best bits about a new phone release is waiting for the inevitable teardown video, in which someone with more money than us takes it to pieces and shows us the innards.

Well, wait no longer to see the lovely guts of the OnePlus 6T, because the excellently-named JerryRigEverything has done exactly that with the new phone:

Among all the other interesting things we saw on the inside of the 6T, the teardown gives us lots more information about the under-screen camera that makes the fingerprint sensor work.

In-screen fingerprint scanners are the new big thing in smartphones, appearing on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and Vivo phones, among others.

So what did we learn? Well, the camera unit is completely separate from the screen and can be easily removed, plus the screen still works perfectly fine without it. There's also a really interesting bit of the video where they shine a light through the part of the screen that allows your fingerprint to be read, so you can see exactly how it works.

As well as being really interesting to us geeky types, learning more about in-screen fingerprint sensors is useful because at some point, the notch problem will be solved by front-facing cameras disappearing underneath the screen. So far, no one's managed it, because while sufficient light can get through to read finger ridges, it's definitely not enough to produce a clear, colour photo of your lovely face. But that's the way the industry is likely to go, and it's interesting to see where we're at so far.

We also learnt that OnePlus weren't kidding when they said there's no room for a 3.5mm headphone jack in the 6T: that phone is rammed on the inside.

If you were one of those people who bought a transparent landline phone in the 90s, give the full video a watch. It's fascinating to see what goes on inside our black rectangles of joy. [Slashgear]