The OnePlus 6T is Going to Cost More, and the In-Display Fingerprint Scanner is to Blame

By Tom Pritchard on at

Now that the expected launch event is about two weeks off, we're starting to hear more and more about the OnePlus 6T - from official and unofficial sources alike. This latest news is the former, with the company's CEO revealing a few new secrets when speaking to CNET. In short, the 6T is going to cost more than the OnePlus 6, and it's all because of the in-display fingerprint scanner.

Pete Lau wouldn't say how much the phone is going to cost, but he did reveal that the phone wouldn't be the same price as the OnePlus 6 - contrary to some rumours that claimed they'd be the exact same price. In short, it's because the in-display scanning technology (officially referred to as 'Screen Unlock') isn't cheap, but the company thinks its serious enough to warrant bumping up the price. It's also one of the reasons why the company ditched the headphone jack. In addition to using the extra room for a larger battery, that is.

Lau also confirmed there will be no wireless charging on the 6T. OnePlus is still holding out for improvements to the technology that will allow it to include wireless Dash fast charging, as well as trying to avoid the increase cost, thickness, and heat associated with the technology. It's something the company is working on, however.

Finally Lau revealed that like its predecessors, the OnePlus 6T will not have an IP water resistance rating. Apparently issues at hand include the extra cost of getting their devices certified, and the fact that "the number of users that are taking their phone to go swimming are few and far between." Lau sees it as an unreasonable expense for those who will keep their phones dry all the time. The phone will still be water resistant, more so than the 6, which is something, it just doesn't have that certification backing it up. Not that it matters either way, since almost no phone company will honour their warranties if water damage is involved.

The OnePlus 6T is currently expected to launch on 17th October, which means we won't have long to see all this in action - and find out the price. [CNET]