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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition vs OnePlus 6T: How they differ?

12 December 2018 5

Finally after a streak of leaks and rumors the Chinese flagships killer OnePlus wraps off the cover from the much awaited 6T McLaren Edition. The special edition was in limelight ahead of the announcement. The company highlights the device prowess with 'salute to speed' tagline. The tagline confirms apart from having visual changes the company is cooking to enhance the performance as well. It was pretty much on the cards when OnePlus and McLaren join hand for the special edition.

Like always whenever a new smartphone is announced everyone is keen to know whether they should go for the latest OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition if they already own the latest OnePlus 6T. The 6T is still amongst the latest phones so it will be an interesting battle between the 6T and the latest 6T McLaren Edition. Like most of the special editions, the 6T McLaren Edition isn't a brand new phone instead it brings few additions on board to standout amongst the crowd and also differentiates itself from the standard 6T.

Without any further delay, let's find us how the 6T McLaren Edition stacks up against the standard 6T. We are hopeful this comparison will help you better understand the differences and similarities between the two devices on the basis of design, display, hardware, price, battery, and other aspects. Starting with the design differences.

74.8 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
74.9 x 157.5 x 8.2 mm
6.41 inches - 2340x1080 px
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One of the most prominent differences between the two devices is indeed on the basis of design. From the front-facing side, you will find both the phones are similar with full front-facing display and an ultra-thin waterdrop notch at the top of the display. On the rear side, you will find both have different design language. The chassis on the 6T is made up of aluminum with glass covering the rear side. The device is available in three colors including Mirror Black, Midnight Black, and Thunder Purple.

The Mirror Black variant comes with a glossy finish, the Midnight Black comes with matte finish whereas the Thunder Purple comes with a two-tone finish. On the other hand, the 6T McLaren Edition comes with a carbon fiber pattern. OnePlus utilizes the carbon fiber which McLaren utilizes for their formula cars. The rear bottom comes with McLaren's signature Papaya Orange color.

Last but not the least you will find the McLaren logo on the rear bottom. The dual rear cameras are aligned vertically in the center with LED flashlight below it pretty much similar like the standard model. Both the phones lack 3.5mm headphone jack instead comes with USB-C port for connectivity and charging. The fingerprint scanner is embedded under the glass on both the devices.


In the display department, both the phones have similar display panels. Both the 6T and 6T Mclaren comes with 6.41-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 19.5:9 and the pixels density is 402 pixels-per-inch.

Both have OLED display panels so you don't have to worry about deep blacks, contrast ratio, and deep blacks. The display panel on the 6T is rated amongst the best so you can expect similar quality from 6T Mclaren edition as well.


Both the phones are packed with the Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset. Being the special edition the 6T McLaren Edition comes only in one configuration whereas you can grab standard 6T in three configurations. The 6T McLaren Edition features 10GB RAM with 256GB storage. On the other hand, the 6T base variant has 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, the standard model has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. Last but not the least top of the line model has 8GB RAM with 256GB storage.

The 6T McLaren Edition is the company's first phone with 10GB RAM which means the company lives with its promise of salute to the speed. The 6T McLaren Edition is one of the fastest Android flagship phones. However, it won't be helpful unless you utilize the phone to the fullest.

For those who like to have more sheer power then the 6T McLaren Edition is a better option. Otherwise, as a daily driver, the 6T is already amongst the best. As OS both the phones are running on the Oxygen OS based on the Android Pie. The Oxygen OS is considered as one of the most optimized OS for performance with almost stock feel.

Specs OnePlus 6T OnePlus 6T McLaren
Display 6.41-inches 6.41-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2340 pixels 1080 x 2340 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB 10GB
Storage 128,256GB Non-Expandable 256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 16+20MP 16+20MP
Front camera 16MP 16MP
USB Type-C Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No No
Battery 3,700mAh with 20W charger 3,700 with 30W Warp charger
OS Android Pie with Oxygen OS Android Pie with Oxygen OS

The OnePlus 6T is the T model that's why OnePlus didn't bring new cameras setup instead the company focuses on the software goodies to enhance the capturing experience. One of the most highlight aspects of 6T is new Night Mode which ensures great capturing capabilities even in low-light scenarios. It was certainly one of the weakest aspects of OnePlus 6 but the company tries to resolve it with the 6T.

Both the rear cameras on the 6T are main sensors, the primary sensor is a 16MP module whereas the secondary sensor is 20MP. Both the sensors aperture size is f/1.7, features optical and digital image stabilization. The results are pretty good in stable lightening conditions but the device still lags behind in low-light conditions. The cameras setup on the 6T McLaren edition is similar like the standard variant without any extra addition. Up front the selfie snapper is 16MP.


So far OnePlus marketed their charging tech as Dash Charging but due to recent legal issues with Bragi regarding the Dash branding. The company ditched the name and now introduced Warp Charge with the latest 6T McLaren Edition. The best thing is OnePlus gives Papaya Orange paint job to the special edition charging cable, it looks quite striking.

The newly announced Warp Charge 30 comes with 30W charging capabilities. The 6T McLaren Edition has 30W special charger with McLaren logo. On the other hand, the standard 6T features 5V/4A charger whereas the 6T McLaren Edition has even better 5V/6A charger. According to OnePlus, the new charger will charge 6T McLaren Edition from 0 to 50% in just 20 minutes whereas the 6T requires 30 minutes for the same charging. The battery cell on both the devices remains 3,700mAH.

Price and availability

The OnePlus 6T base model with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage was announced at $549 whereas for the UK customers it costs £499. The 8GB RAM variant with 256GB storage was announced at $629. As expected the 6T McLaren Edition is even more expensive. The company confirms its availability for the US and UK markets from December 13th at a price tag of $699/£649 respectively. So if you like the new finish and 2GB RAM you will have to pay $70 more.

Retail Box

The retail box shipped with the 6T McLaren edition is slightly different. The standard variant comes with red color accessories and White retail box. On the other hand, the special edition comes with a special booklet regarding OnePlus and McLaren. The accessories have Orange paint job which differentiates it from regular accessories.


The first prominent change of 6T McLaren Edition is its carbon fiber rear with McLaren logo and Papaya Orange color. In terms of performance, the 6T McLaren Edition has 2GB extra RAM. For new paint job and Carbon fiber rear, you will have to pay $70. However, if you are looking for something special with the top of the line performance the 6T McLaren Edition is a pretty good option.

The 6T McLaren edition brings stylish rear design and performance boost. In the end, we would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding the 6T McLaren Edition vs 6T in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more comparisons.

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I'm not looking into this McLaren Edition any seriously. It's just that they have pumped up a few specs here or there. Mostly it's kind of an advertisement partnership.


Thanks for this timely comparison. The specs table gives all the answers I need. Heard so much about the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition was always curious to know why it costs so much.


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