There is no denial that OnePlus makes one of the best Android devices but overtime their philosophy of being a flagship killer smartphone maker has sunk like the Titanic. When the first OnePlus came out, the agenda was clear – a premium device with flagship specs at an affordable price but with time and all the money going into advertising, OnePlus has become just another smartphone brand. Yes sure they have a cult following and most first-time OnePlus buyers come back to buy another OnePlus device but with rising prices and the same set of features, it’s not a game changer anymore. Also, a lot of competition has emerged with devices like Poco F1 Phone, Asus Zenfone 5z etc and not to forget at INR 51,000 (6T McLaren edition) you can get real flagship and feature-rich devices from the likes of LG, Samsung etc.
To all those calling it an overkill and asking me if we really need 10GB RAM in a smartphone. My answer is NO!
My phone has 4GB and my laptop has 8GB and I’m really happy with the performance. pic.twitter.com/FR2z7iunNw
— Nikhil Chawla (@nikhilchawla) December 13, 2018
Yesterday when I tested the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition at the launch event in Mumbai I felt that for a phone that is above 50K, it lacks the following features to be in the league of 50K flagship devices –
- IP68 Dust & Water Resistance – All flagship devices by Samsung, LG, Apple, Huawei come with IP68 Dust & Water Resistance that the OnePlus 6T lacks. In fact, the LG G7 not only comes with IP68 Dust & Water Resistance but is also INR 11,000 cheaper than the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition.
- Wireless Charging – Just like IP68 Dust & Water Resistance, Wireless charging has become a new norm for flagship devices. In fact, Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with Wireless Reverse Charging that not only lets you charge your Mate 20 Pro wirelessly but also charge other devices from it.
- QHD+ Display – A lot of people had ridiculed Apple for giving a 720p display on the iPhone Xr. Honestly, OnePlus deserves the same name and shame for making an INR 51,000 device that lacks a QHD+ display. Both the G7 and S9 have it and are still cheaper than the 6T McLaren edition.
- Better Camera and Audio – OnePlus has done absolutely nothing about its camera and speakers, whilst the competition has gone ahead manifolds. We sincerely hope OnePlus team works on the cameras and get on par with the competition. Fyi, Pixel 2 is the best camera phone money can buy under 50K.
- IR Transmitter – IR transmitter is something that is not a necessary feature but its very handy to have. For a device that is 50k, we would have loved to have this nifty feature.
- Notification Light – Recently, I learnt that people make their buying decision based on if a smartphone has a notification light or not. Well, OnePlus could have surely added one and got a new set of customers.
Here are the real flagship devices you should consider instead of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition –