Supercar brands teaming up with smartphone manufacturers is nothing new. Lamborghini, Porsche, and Ferrari have been doing it for years.
While I think its cool, lately it hasn’t really struck me as particularly interesting.
However, McLaren’s collaboration with OnePlus is different. Mostly, because this isn’t just a branding job.
The McLaren OnePlus 6T actually has a feature that as far as I know, no other phone has. Something that OnePlus refers to as “warp charging”.
According to OnePlus, “warp charging” allows the McLaren OnePlus 6T to receive a full day’s worth of power in just 20 minutes of charging from its special charging brick.
On top of that, this version of the OnePlus 6T comes with a whopping 10GB of RAM which I believe is another first for a smartphone.
The ironic thing is that when it comes to the actual branding, it is pretty subtle. The smartphone has a carbon fiber back with a small McLaren logo at the bottom and very faint McLaren “Papaya Orange” accents.
Though there are a few extra goodies that come with the phone such as a limited edition coffee table book, a carbon fiber phone case, and a plexiglass plaque with a genuine piece of McLaren carbon fiber inside of it.
I think the whole thing is pretty dope. The only downside is that the special edition phone will set you back $699.
Unfortunately, they McLaren only released two press images of the phone. Luckily, OnePlus sent one of the limited edition phones to Lew at Unbox Therapy so you can check out that video below to get a better look at the McLaren OnePlus 6T and see everything it comes with.
You can also check out the press release below for more info. Would you spend $699 on it? What do you think about supercar brands collab’ing with smartphone manufacturers? Let us know in the comments below.
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- McLaren and mobile phone company, OnePlus, to unveil the new OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition at the “Salute to Speed” event at the McLaren Technology Centre
- The OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition is a harmonious combination of speed, technology and beauty, and is the company’s fastest handset yet
- Available in Western Europe and North America on Thursday, December 13, with availability in India, China and the Nordics soon after; US price is $699 (CAD $929)
McLaren, the racing technology brand and creator of luxury high performance sports and supercars launched today, December 11, together with mobile phone company, OnePlus, the superfast, ultrapowerful OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition handset. The new device marks the start of a long-term partnership that celebrates a shared passion for speed.
The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition is a combination of speed, technology and beauty. Inspired by the desire to constantly challenge existing standards, OnePlus and McLaren have introduced an intricate design combined with a powerful and versatile experience.
Unmatched speed is at the heart of the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition, with new technology including Warp Charge 30, OnePlus’ new charging standard. Warp Charge 30 takes fast charging to new heights, offering a full charge in just 20 minutes. Thanks to new Integrated Circuits in both the charger and the phone, as well as finely tuned power management software, 30 watts of power flow to the handset without slowing down, even when the device is being used or is generating excessive heat.
A powerhouse of multitasking, whether it’s high-end gaming, filming in 4K at 60 fps, photo-editing on the move, or rapidly switching between apps, the OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition doesn’t slow down because it features a colossal 10 GB of RAM.
The signature McLaren color, Papaya Orange, races around the bottom edge of the device before fading into black. The pattern underneath the glass back of the phone is based on McLaren’s use of ground-breaking carbon fibre, the technology at the heart of all McLaren cars since 1981 when it was introduced to Formula 1, before being integrated into all McLaren road cars in 1993. Light streaks across the McLaren logo, illuminating and disappearing in an instant. The Warp Charge 30 power unit includes a Papaya Orange braided cord cable.
OnePlus and McLaren have taken the unboxing experience to a new level. Encased in the box is McLaren’s logo, the iconic Speedmark, recreated in McLaren-designed F1 AA grade carbon fibre. With the device comes a book celebrating the history of both companies, and with the OnePlus 6T McLaren edition, people can enjoy exclusive software animations, tuned to McLaren’s unique style and history.
The device will be available in Western Europe and North America on December 13, with availability in India, China and the Nordics soon after. The OnePlus 6T McLaren edition costs $699. (CAD $929)