In a surprise move, OnePlus has decided to confirm the existence of the OnePlus 6T instead of making us guess until launch day. Not only that, it’s confirmed one of the handset’s biggest upgrades – an in-display fingerprint sensor.
OnePlus spilled the beans to CNET, even providing a screenshot of the OnePlus 6T’s lockscreen. The image contains the new symbol being used for the under-display scanner. The 11 am time and 17 October date might be clues as to when the smartphone is making its debut.
Having an in-screen fingerprint reader handy means the OnePlus 6T will have a more unibody look since the rear scanner has disappeared. It also means the end of having to pick up the handset to unlock it, making the process more convenient for users.
OnePlus is calling the technology ‘Screen Unlock.’ It’ll be paired with Face Unlock so folks can choose whether they want to open their phone using their face or their fingers. The company also dove into how the system works.
How OnePlus 6T In-Display Fingerprint Scans Work
When a person touches the designated scanning area of the OnePlus 6T’s screen, a sensor array switches on the display to light up their finger. An optical sensor and AI processor then reads the fingerprint to complete the unlocking process.
This sounds like it might take some time, but we’ll have to wait and see just how fast or slow the OnePlus 6T’s fingerprint tech is after it arrives. The option has forced the company to reposition some internal hardware and make the device 0.45mm thicker.
Interestingly, OnePlus admits it wanted to adopt in-display sensors with the OnePlus 5T last year. It seems the technology wasn’t mature enough at the time, hence the delay. Plus, the brand now has a carrier deal with T-Mobile in the US so it can make inroads as the first widely available phone in the country with an under-display scanner.
The OnePlus 6T might be priced at around $550 (roughly Rs 39800) when it arrives in October. We’ll keep an eye out for more leaks till then.