The OnePlus 6T may not seem like a big change over its predecessor, but there are differences that change the way it works. However, there are also a couple of key omissions, which a lot of users may have needed or wanted. One of these is the 3.5mm jack, which was done away with in the interest of better design, a bigger battery and a larger screen. The second, which isn’t being spoken about as strongly, is the omission of the notification LED.
OnePlus recently hosted an AMA (Ask Me Anything) on its forum, where it answered questions on the new OnePlus 6T. One of these was about the omission of the notification LED, despite OnePlus having had it on all of its phones leading up to the OnePlus 6T. The little light at the top of the phone helps users know when there is an unread notification even while the screen is off.
According to the responses, OnePlus believes that the improvements to the ambient display mode justify the removing of the notification LED. Functions including picking up your phone or tapping the screen to trigger the ambient display are suitable substitutes for the notification LED, as is the function that wakes the screen on receiving new notifications.
While these do work, a constantly blinking LED does serve its own purpose without needing your hands. However, given that we tend to reach for our phones a few times per hour or may have a smartwatch, the need for a notification LED is admittedly less that it was a couple of years ago. Furthermore, the smaller notch means its harder to integrate more components into the space, and the notification LED seems to be something that was deemed unnecessary.
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OnePlus 6T specifications and features
The OnePlus 6T is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC, has a slightly larger 6.41-inch full-HD+ AMOLED screen, and sports a 3,700mAh battery. In the photography department, it comes with a dual-camera setup at the back – a combination of 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor. Up front is a 16-megapixel camera for selfies, video calling and face unlock. The OnePlus 6T runs Android 9 Pie with OxygenOS UI on top. The phone is priced from Rs 37,999 onwards in India.