OnePlus 6T release and why this is the update we've all been waiting for

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The excitement surrounding the new OnePlus 6T continues to grow with the Chinese technology firm revealing more about its new flagship on an almost daily basis.

This latest mid-range phone looks set to be packed with some significant upgrades including a bigger battery and smaller teardrop-style notch at the top the OLED display.

However, perhaps its most radical change will arrive in the form of an embedded fingerprint scanner under the screen.

OnePlus has been pretty vocal about the decision to include this new technology with a video, posted on YouTube, even giving a glimpse of how it will look.

Ever since the trend for edge-to-edge screens began, smartphone makers have been forced into placing this security sensor on the rear of the phone.

Although most of us have now got used to this design decision, it's never been as convenient as having the sensor on the front.

Apple was clearly so against the rear-mounted scanner that they ditched the concept entirely with Face ID now the only way to access the latest iPhone X, XS and, soon to be released, XR.

Many companies have teased the concept of a fingerprint sensor under the screen and some experts were expecting Samsung to have mastered this way of unlocking the device.

But it now seems OnePlus will be one of the first big smartphone manufacturers to bring this to market.

How well it works is yet to be seen but it's sure to be a hugely popular addition it performs like current security methods.

In a recent interview, an engineer for OnePlus told CNET: "We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action.

"By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them."

Although the OnePlus 6T looks to be packed with updates there is one thing that won't be making an appearance anymore.

Carl Pei, one of OnePlus' co-founders, recently revealed the newest hardware from the Chinese firm will not arrive with a headphone jack.

Such a move will surely disappoint many of the OnePlus faithful, but Pei emphasised the move was made to allow for "new technologies" inside the product.

He also insisted the device would benefit from better battery life as a result.

Pei told TechRadar: "By removing the jack we've freed up more space, allowing us to put more new technology into the product.

"One of the big things is something our users have asked us for, improved battery life.

"We're adding an adapter to the box, allowing you to use your 3.5mm headphones normally."

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