For the 6T special edition, OnePlus has teamed up with F1 Automotive giant McLaren – an entity that shares its passion for and is equally obsessive about ‘Speed’. This time the changes aren’t all cosmetic. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition will be the first global phone to ship with 10GB of RAM, and it also brandishes OnePlus’ new and improved Warp fast charging technology. So, we were naturally quite excited about the new special edition. Did it match up to our expectations? Well, Let’s discuss in our OnePlus 6T McLaren edition review.
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Photo Gallery
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: What’s in the box
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: New design
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: performance
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Warp Charging vs Dash Charging
- OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Verdict with Pros and Cons
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Photo Gallery
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: The Box Packaging
The best part about any special edition is, of course, the packaging. The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Box is designed in the carmaker’s uniform Carbon Fiber and Papaya Orange theme. The first thing that greets you when you open the carbon-fiber-texture lid is a coffee table book titled ‘Salute to speed’. It details milestones in McLaren’s inspiring journey while drawing parallel Analogies in OnePlus success.
There is more to it than meets the eyes. When viewed via the viewfinder of the “Salute to Speed” app on the phone, you will see that the images on the leaves come to life in short videos and more. A slick AR trick, we must say.
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The Box also includes a handcrafted real carbon fiber McLaren Speed mark logo encased in a glass. Other than that, you get a familiar Carbon Case cover with Mclaren branding, braided Papaya Orange charging cable, and the Black color 30W Warp Charger.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: The New Design Changes
The McLaren Edition gets a subtle Papaya Orange line racing through the bottom edge. This is a gradient that runs under the edges of the glass panel and not on the metal frame. Then there is the additional reflective McLaren branding close to the bottom.
Underneath the back glass, there is carbon fiber texture, which is finer than what we had on the OnePlus 6 Marvel Avengers Edition.
But you will only be able to appreciate these changes if you dare to live without a case. The bundled Carbon Fiber case is quite customary. Which is to say, it’s comparable to other Carbon case covers in the past and nothing as fancy as the case cover bundled with the Star Wars and Avengers Editions in the past. The Carbon Fiber obscures all that’s captivating about the new McLaren edition. Once Planted in the case, what you get is a look very close to the Mirror Black OnePlus 6T.
On the inside, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition gets a set of slick wallpapers, a McLaren Theme under Display settings, and a new McLaren Boot animation.
In our opinion, bringing the charging adaptor and cable under the purview of the new theme was a smart move. The Red and white vanilla accessories have been the same for a while and the new color (and more powerful) charging adaptor and the improved braided cable are bound to compliment that special edition feel.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Performance Improvements
As expected, the additional 2GB RAM on the McLaren Edition doesn’t make a noticeable difference to the performance. The OnePlus 6T remains blazing fast as ever and the Oxygen OS is still one of our favorite custom interfaces.
Just if you are curious, here’s how the McLaren Edition performed against the regular OnePlus 6T (8GB RAM variant) at benchmarks.
|Benchmark Standard||OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Benchmark scores
10GB RAM/ 256GB storage
|OnePlus 6T Benchmark scores
8GB RAM/ 128GB storage
|Geekbench 4.0 Single-Core||2429||2356|
|Geekbench 4.0 Multi-Core||8992||8890|
|3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan)||3816||3775|
|3D Mark Sling Shot Extreme (OpenGL ES)||4718||4705|
Other than that, the camera performance, audio output, and all other aspects remain the same. And you can switch to our OnePlus 6T Review to read our take.
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OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: 30W Warp Charging VS 20W Dash Charging
The magically fast Dash charge has consistently remained one of the highpoints of OnePlus experience for the last few years. The improved and rebranded Wrap charge is touted to deliver a days charge in 20 minutes of charging. We put these claims to test.
For the test, we started charging the McLaren edition and the regular OnePlus 6T simultaneously from zero percent. You can check the charging progress in the table below. The conclusion is that the Warp charge takes a ~15% lead over regular OnePlus Fast Charge (Dash Charge) in the first 20 minutes and maintains this lead thereafter.
While charging McLaren Edition and Regular OnePlus 6T up from 50 percent, the Warp charge is still faster and gains a lead of around 5% in 20 minutes.
|Time||30W Warp Charge||20W Dash Charging|
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition Review: Should you buy it?
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition with its subtle refinements looks awesome and is strictly meant for hardcore McLaren or OnePlus fans. It breaks the 50K barrier, which still sounds unusual for a brand that found its footing in delivering economically priced flagships, but then again it’s still cheaper than other Automotive limited edition phones around.
If it’s value for your money that you are looking for, the other OnePlus 6T models are equally capable and the McLaren Edition won’t make a world of difference. But if you are a McLaren or OnePlus fan, or were looking to buy the 256GB storage variant, you may consider spending that extra 5,000 bucks (3,500 if you key in the bundled case) for this limited edition.
- Intriguing aesthetics
- Warp charging
- No Audio Jack
- No LED notification light