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OnePlus 6T: Removing the headphone jack was a tough decision, says CEO

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Speaking in his native Mandarin, OnePlus' founder and CEO Pete Lau exudes a reserved persona, despite being only weeks away from unveiling the OnePlus 6T phone.

Donning a black button-up and bespeckled navy blazer, he goes on to compare his feelings to when your own child is about to be born.

For starters, the phone may finally achieve mainstream recognition in the US by launching with T-Mobile, which is the company's first US carrier deal.

Finally, the OnePlus 6T beats out two established players, Apple and Samsung, by delivering an in-screen fingerprint sensor to a wide US audience.

Add on the fact that OnePlus is launching in October -- a month earlier than usual -- and it's easy to understand why Lau's feeling eager.

He's an engineer at heart, having worked at the Chinese device maker Oppo for 15 years.

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