The new OnePlus 6T has just been launched, so for this weeks Appy Friday, we’re giving you a rundown on this new £499 Android smartphone.

A new more affordable alternative to the £1000 phones from Apple and Samsung has just sprung onto the market this week. The OnePlus 6T has launched and features a Samsung OLED panel 6.4-inch screen, with 2340 x 1080 pixels. As is fairly normal now, it does have a notch at the top of the screen (for a camera), but this one just has a small teardrop-shaped notch so isn’t too obtrusive.  Because it’s so much smaller, the space around it is much more usable for all your notification icons.

Performance is great on this phone with its Snapdragon 845 chipset (the same as a Samsung Galaxy S9) and 6GB or 8GB of RAM depending on the version.

The camera on the OnePlus 6T has a 16-megapixel main sensor which is supported by a 20-megapixel secondary camera which helps when using zoom and for taking portrait shots with a blurred background. It also has decent low light capabilities.

The design of the 6T is quite nice with a curved glass back with aluminium sides. There are multiple variations of the 6T you can either have a glossy glass or micro-perforated matte glass. You can also get OnePlus cases which come in a range of colours like red and black nylon.

The fingerprint scanner is quite unique as it is in the screen on the 6T rather than a scanner pad. The in-screen fingerprint scanner is surprisingly reliable and quick. This device also has facial unlock as a feature but you don’t have to use this.

Battery life of the OnePlus 6T is pretty good but it doesn’t have wireless charging or a headphone jack.

So, that was this weeks Appy Friday. The OnePlus 6T is a great smartphone for the price and has some great features. Let us know what you think of this smartphone and whether you’ll be trying it out as an alternative to all the £1000+ smartphones.