OnePlus is known to release special editions of its flagship smartphones and the latest OnePlus 6T has got the same treatment in India. After unveiling the OnePlus 6T Mclaren edition globally on Tuesday, the company took the wraps off the same phone in India the next day. Officially, the phone will retail for Rs. 50,999 which is way higher than the priciest OnePlus 6T variant (8+256GB ~ Rs. 45999).
At its heart, the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is the same model that was launched back in October. The big difference in hardware is the 10GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. This makes it the first OnePlus smartphone to feature 10GB of RAM memory. Another big addition is Warp Charge 30. This is the new 30W charging from the company and promises a day’s usage in just 20 minutes. Considering how we are already big fans of the Dash Charging tech from the company, this takes fast charging to a whole new level. The remaining specs are the same as the regular 6T model.
Coming to the exterior, the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition features the iconic Papaya Orange color accents on the phone’s back. The accents continue to the sides as well and slowly fade away. Note that the orange accents pop out nicely only in certain lighting conditions. So, it’s not like the accents are extremely bright. Further, there’s the McLaren logo near the bottom half of the back of the device to reveal its true identity. Apart from the orange accents, another big highlight of the McLaren edition is the carbon fiber texture that runs underneath the glass back. At certain angles, the texture really pops out well. It’s quite reflective as well, similar to the Mirror Black model of the regular 6T.
The exterior design additions are pretty subtle and on first glance, you could easily mistake the OP6T McLaren edition as the regular version, especially if you don’t look at the bottom half of the back. But what makes the McLaren edition really worth the money (if you are a McLaren fan), is the goodies that come inside. In the box, there’s an acrylic desk piece with McLaren carbon fiber logo, a carbon fiber case, and an AR-enabled Salute to Speed high-quality book that highlights the motor racing and smartphone history of the two manufacturers. Even the power cable and brick have McLaren design elements. The power cable, in particular, is special because it comes in the same iconic papaya orange color and has a braided cable design. Even the USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter has the same color. The power brick too features the McLaren logo as well as orange accents.
There are certain McLaren inspired elements in the software as well. In certain parts of the phone, like the settings menu, the phone comes in papaya orange accents. Overall, if you are a McLaren fan, you are in for a treat.
For others, it’s really going to be hard to justify the additional cost.
However, it’s worth noting that the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is still way cheaper than OPPO’s Lamborghini edition or Huawei’s Porsche design edition. So, if you ever wished to get hold of performance automaker inspired flagship edition, this might be your cheapest bet.
Full OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition hands-on images below!
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