If you just bought a new OnePlus 6T in Mirror Black or Midnight Black, you might have wished you hung in there long enough for the Thunder Purple. OnePlus is at it again. It all began with the OnePlus 3T Midnight Black edition. Back then OnePlus claimed it went through 30 iterations before it zeroed in on the perfect matte finish. The company also tied up with the legendary Parisian retailer – Colette, for a limited edition.
It’s now become a habit. We saw two brilliant special editions for the 5T and the 6. The first was the all-white Star Wars edition in a sandstone finish with a textured red slider. And then came the Avengers Edition with its ultra-cool Ironman case. OnePlus followed that up with a special Red edition of the OnePlus 6T that played up its svelte all-glass form. And now within a few weeks of the device’s second flagship release for 2018, OnePlus has just unveiled a phone that will make heads turn.
The Red Edition of the 6 had our attention largely due to the light play. It’s the same with the Thunder Purple that truly embraces any form of light. You can spot an S pattern from some angles that almost plays out like a stroke of lightning. The back of this device transitions from black to a deep purple that’s not too excessive for the modern gentleman.
The Thunder Purple variant comes in just one hardware variant – 8GB of RAM coupled with 128GB of Internal storage. It’s powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor that we first saw on the OnePlus 6. It features the same gorgeous teardrop notch that has stretched the screen: body ratio to 85.6%; the display (1080 x 2340 pixels / 19.5:9 aspect ratio) now stands at 6.41-inches. This is a notch that most notch haters can ignore too.
OnePlus has made a couple of key upgrades to the 6T over its predecessor. There’s an ‘in-display’ fingerprint sensor that is embedded under the bottom half of the display. OnePlus calls this the ‘Screen unlock’ feature and it has knocked off the sensor that was earlier placed on the rear of the device. We also enjoyed using the Nightscape mode on the dual rear cam (16MP + 20 MP), its new fix for low-light images. The 6T snaps up to 10 multi-frame shots with high dynamic range and then puts them together to create the perfect image. Battery life has also been improved thanks to a 3700 mAh battery. We found a visible difference over the OnePlus 6 in our tests.
The Thunder Purple edition is a great excuse to consider the OnePlus 6T. It’s great to see the gradient pattern slowly emerging as a discernible design trend in the smartphone space and add some stunning new colours to the mix. OnePlus opts for a matte finish for the Thunder Purple. Thankfully this device is not a fingerprint magnet.
The OnePlus 6T Thunder Purple edition costs: Rs 41,999 (8GB/128GB). There’s a Rs 1,500 cash back on all purchases made with HDFC Debit and Credit Cards.