Update [January 11, 2019]: This morning, I received an email from Avechi Kenya confirming the availability of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition in stock. As we already noted, the phone is going for Sh 79,999. Original article continues below.
Avechi Kenya has a share of its own issues, but it’s still the one place I know that has been selling OnePlus phones in the country for a couple or so years now.
With that said, car racing-cum-OnePlus fans in the country will be glad to know that the McLaren Edition of the OnePlus 6T is available via the retailer, although I’m still amazed at how quick they were able to get it in stock considering it is a limited edition.
You are getting mostly the same phone as the standard OnePlus 6T that has been selling through the same retailer for some time now, but the McLaren Edition has several upgrades over its counterpart in addition to the new paint job that stamps the automotive company’s signature logo on the back and Papaya Orange color along the bottom edge of the phone in a finish OnePlus now calls Speed Orange.
Tagged “Salute to Speed”, this variant of the 6T should indeed be a speedster thanks to the monstrous 10GB RAM the phone packs allied to 256GB of non-expandable storage. The speed story doesn’t just end with the processing unit, but there is also much superior fast charging technology dubbed Warp Charging, which is rated 30W compared to the 20W of its counterpart.
With this charging technology, OnePlus says the 3700mAh battery unit in the McLaren Edition needs only 20 minutes of charging to get from 0 to 50% full. Apparently, this should be enough to last you a full day, but of course, it all depends on how you use the phone.
As for the rest of the specs and features, it’s everything that you get on the standard 6T, as seen below.
- 6.41-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED display screen
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
- 6GB, 8GB, or 10GB RAM
- 128GB or 256GB storage
- Dual 16MP + 20MP main camera
- 16MP front camera
- 3700mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, under-display fingerprint scanner, fast battery charging technology, 4G LTE, etc.
The standard OnePlus 6T has three variants that combine 6GB RAM to 128GB storage, 8GB RAM to 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM to 256GB storage. The McLaren Edition has 10GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Apparently, Avechi Kenya has all four variants of OnePlus 6T, but as noted earlier, the fact that the newly launched McLaren Edition has limited availability means you shouldn’t get too excited here. Do make sure you verify that the retailer truly has the device in stock before making the payment just to be safe.
Speaking of which, the base model of the 6T goes for Sh 61,999; the 8/128GB variant can be had for Sh 64,999; the 8/256GB variant goes for Sh 69,999 while the McLaren Edition will set you back Sh 79,999.
Once again, I’m amazed at the record time it has taken the latter to arrive in Kenya. We reached out to Avechi Kenya to confirm the availability of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition and we’ll update this post when they get back to us.