The OnePlus 5T is selling like hotcakes. Would you buy it?

The OnePlus 5T has just hit the market ready to outshine its predecessor by introducing a virtually bezel-less 18:9 display. Some users were anticipating its arrival, while some didn’t see it coming six months from the release of OnePlus 5. And you? Are you considering buying it?

The OnePlus 5T has been well received by users from day one of its arrival on the market. Just six hours after sales began, it sold out. While we don’t know exactly how many units were sold, OnePlus announced a new record had been made via Twitter:

What persuaded so many people? Probably the fact that the OnePlus 5T has kept the winning hardware of its predecessor and introduced innovations with the display and camera, without a change in price. The OnePlus 5T costs $499 or $559, depending on which model you choose.

It comes with a 6-inch Full Screen AMOLED display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 to 8 GB of RAM, 64 to 128 GB of internal memory and a 3,300 mAh battery. In our review, we gave the OnePlus 5T four and a half stars, a score earned in part by the camera which provides clear results with natural colors.

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To make the display bezel-free, the fingerprint reader has moved to the back. / © AndroidPIT

There is a well-deserved criticism one can level at the OnePlus 5T: the absence of Android 8.0 Oreo. This new smartphone ships with Android Nougat, though OnePlus CEO Carl Pei has said that the update will be available in early 2018. Meanwhile, the OnePlus 5T has already received its first software update, introducing OxygenOS 4.7.2, which optimizes fingerprint and face scanning, gestures, video recording in 4K and overall stability. At least Oreo will arrive soon and the device is still getting updates in the mean time.

Are you convinced by the OnePlus 5T? Will you buy it? Tell us what you think in the poll and the comments below.

 

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OnePlus 5T review: Come for the value, not the excitement

This company never stops moving, and that means we get a fresh look at the latest hardware twice a year.

OnePlus isn’t interested in holding back on specs, features or capabilities to make a big reveal of a new phone just once a year. The scrappy company has settled in on a refresh cycle every six months, with a big release followed by a mid-cycle bump to bring in the latest things it’s been working on. The OnePlus 5T isn’t meant to be an innovative leap of technology that blows your socks off — and honestly, none of its predecessors have been particularly groundbreaking, either.

Nope, the 5T is still about value, simplicity and being tuned for what the Android enthusiast crowd craves from its phones. At $479 there wasn’t much about the OnePlus 5 you could find a flaw with. Now six months later with a bigger screen, new secondary camera, neat Face Unlock feature and a $20 price bump, it’s a pretty easy equation to figure out.

But while the OnePlus 5T hasn’t changed much from its six-month-old predecessor, the rest of the phone market has continued to evolve. Here’s how well the OnePlus 5T holds its ground against an ever-changing Android market in price brackets both above and below.

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About this review

I’m writing this review after one week with the OnePlus 5T. It’s a Midnight Black model with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, being used on the T-Mobile network both in New York, NY and Seattle, WA. After an initial software update to version 43_171110 it was not updated over the course of the review. The phone was provided to Android Central for review by OnePlus.

In motion

OnePlus 5T Video review

Seeing a phone in action is a great way to get a feeling for it as a complete product. For an overview of the OnePlus 5T, be sure to watch our full video review above. After the video, read on for our full take with all of the details!

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Rapid iteration

OnePlus 5T Hardware, display and specs

The best way to describe OnePlus hardware design is “generic, with a little extra.” There’s nothing particularly wonderful, awe-inspiring, attention-grabbing or special about the OnePlus 5T, but the execution of the design is oh-so-good.

There’s nothing awe-inspiring about this hardware, but the materials and execution are excellent.

The slab-like bar of aluminum is pieced together with fantastic tolerance levels, and everything set into the body — buttons, switches, speakers, ports, glass — comes together exactly as you want. This may not be expensive fine-tuned design, but it sure is painstakingly great build quality. The new taller display, smaller bezels and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor just feel a bit more modern as well, befitting a late-2017 phone — even if the one casualty of the move is the removal of capacitive buttons below the screen.

OnePlus 5T specs

The only complaint to be had here is just how slippery the body is, which is just a little worse than the OnePlus 5 because it’s slightly taller and heavier. It’s flat across the back with very little texture in the metal, and the edge of the transition to the flat sides isn’t stark enough to get your fingers on. Thankfully OnePlus makes a handful of great thin cases for the 5T, but running this thing naked can be an unsettling experience — it reminds me very much of using an iPhone 6 or 7.

A few corners are cut to hit $499, but none of them are major — plus, you keep a headphone jack.

I still love the physical Alert Slider switch to toggle between three different notification modes, despite the fact that I’ve come to terms with using the software DND modes on my Google Pixel 2. I also like having the 3.5 mm headphone jack, even as I use Bluetooth headphones more and more every month. OnePlus still isn’t willing to pony up the cost of adding a proper water resistance rating to the 5T, which is very unfortunate as we see other cheaper phones, like the Moto X4, include the feature. The same sort of disappointment surrounds the speaker, which is a single down-firing unit that just doesn’t sound great compared to what you get on true flagship phones. It’s these sort of fringe shortcomings that remind you that cost had to be shaved somewhere to get this thing down to $499 retail.

At the same time, OnePlus continues to overdeliver in the spec sheet. A Snapdragon 835 in a sub-$700 phone is still great, and the default configuration of 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is plenty for now and into the future. Nobody needs to spend the extra $60 to get 8GB of RAM (the highest average RAM usage I saw was 5.1GB), but the extra money is worth it for some people just for the bump to 128GB of storage considering the lack of SD card slot. Then again, with the expedience of the upgrade cycle of the typical OnePlus buyer, maybe you’re fine with 64GB considering you plan on moving to a new model in six or 12 months.

This is a display that outperforms the price point.

That processor and RAM becomes even more powerful when you consider that the OnePlus 5T is only pushing a 1080p display. Though the 6-inch 2:1 aspect ratio (2160×1080 resolution) screen is a different size and shape, it looks near-identical to the 5.5-incher on the OnePlus 5. This is still an “Optic AMOLED” screen, which is made by Samsung, and OnePlus isn’t really making any claims of improvement over the predecessor. That’s totally fine with me, particularly at a sub-$500 price point. This display is crisp, colorful and has pretty minimal off-axis color shifting. While it’s not up to the level of the displays in the Galaxy S8+ and Note 8, it wouldn’t look out of place on any $700+ phone.

The one thing I find it’s missing is visibility in direct sunlight, where it lacks the high-contrast mode that kicks in on some other phones for a short period. I also find it reluctant to ramp up the brightness above about 25% when indoors, even when there’s enough ambient light to warrant more from the display. On the other end of the spectrum the display does impress me with how dim it gets in dark rooms — when I move that brightness slider all the way down, it’s very comfortable for my eyes at night (especially when paired with Night Mode).

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More of the same

OnePlus 5T Software, battery life and cameras

This section, where we typically dive deep into the quality of the software and the performance of the phone, is going to be a short one. That’s because as we know the OnePlus 5T is identical internally to the OnePlus 5, and the Android 7.1.2 Nougat software has changed only marginally from its predecessor as well.

So in the name of brevity, please allow me to pull a quote from my OnePlus 5 review:

Instead of changing the basic interface paradigm of Android, OnePlus continues to add value by giving you customization options and just a handful of neat features. Offering simple things like themes, a customizable status bar, new gestures and a couple tweaks throughout the interface all enhance the experience without taking away from Google’s vision of Android in any way. Most importantly, you can ignore them entirely and just use the phone as it comes out of the box, too.

OnePlus 5 review: Keep doing what you do best

OxygenOS is one of my favorite manufacturer “customizations” of Android — and I put that in quotes because OnePlus hasn’t exactly added as much as it’s just tweaked things. There are just some visual, transition and color changes throughout the system, plus a few nice features like Reading Mode, and then some typically unseen customization options throughout the interface. I’m not in love with its choice to go with a primarily white status bar, and its ambient lock screen needs some work, but the most important part about OxygenOS is I can’t find anything that’s annoying or in my way — that definitely isn’t the case on every phone I’ve used this year.

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Exactly as was the case with the OnePlus 3T in 2016, this review comes out in the shadow of a big impending software update. We know OnePlus [already has an Android 8.0 Oreo build for OnePlus 3 and 3T owners, and that beta program will open up to the 5 and 5T by the end of 2017. Unfortunately, that means we’re still looking at “early 2018” for a stable Oreo release. And while it’ll certainly be released ahead of most manufacturers, OnePlus definitely won’t be the first with Oreo and it’s a bit disappointing as other companies like Sony, HTC, Samsung and Essential either have phones already with Oreo or in open beta testing.

OnePlus 5T Face Unlock

Face Unlock

This isn’t Face ID, and it sure isn’t high security, but damn it works well.

The only exciting software addition on the OnePlus 5T is Face Unlock. Unlike more advanced versions of this feature, Face Unlock on the 5T simply uses a little software and the regular 16MP front-facing camera (the same unit as the OnePlus 5). After a quick scan of your face, the software identifies 100 data points that make your face unique and each time the screen turns on it attempts to match those up with whoever is holding the phone. This is absolutely the fastest implementation of a front-facing camera-based unlocking method, easily beating what Samsung and Google have on their latest phones. It unlocks the phone before you have a chance to think about unlocking the phone — it’s great. Even with the fingerprint sensor being in a very comfortable place to reach, Face Unlock is so fast it can easily open your phone before your finger can get back there.

The system is obviously far less secure than what Apple is doing with Face ID, and definitely less secure than the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. I certainly wouldn’t use this method if you’re traveling or in other situations where your phone could be easily stolen. But it’s secure enough for most people in most situations, and because it’s so lightning quick I expect more than a few people will turn it on and stick with it most of the time.

Performance

OxygenOS flies on the OnePlus 5T … but then the same software flies on the OnePlus 3T as well. It’s very clear that this software isn’t exactly taxing the Snapdragon 835 and 6 (or 8, in my case) gigabytes of RAM. Jumping between apps all day doesn’t produce a single hiccup, and app performance has been great as well. I haven’t noticed any excessive amount of background apps being killed off, nor have I had any unusual crashes or hangs from apps or the operating system itself.

The way OxygenOS does its transitional animations you can feel like things are a tad slower than, say, a Pixel 2 — but they’re simply slow on purpose. If you’re the type of person that cares about transition animation speed, you can freely change it in the developer settings — but it’s more of just an acquired taste than an actual problem with the system.

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Battery life

Battery life remains unchanged from what I saw in the OnePlus 5. A 3300mAh battery is right on average with what we’d expect to see for a phone with a 6-inch display run by a Snapdragon 835 processor, and with the slim OxygenOS software it all equates to solid — but not spectacular — battery life. A typical full weekday left me with about 20% battery in the tank when heading to bed after 17 hours with 3-4 hours of “screen on” time. That’s nearly on par with what I get out of the Pixel 2 XL, though I have found the OnePlus 5T hitting “Battery saver” (15%) in the evenings of some heavier usage days more frequently than Google’s phone.

You’ll get through a full day, and probably have a bit left in the tank when you’re done.

The OnePlus 5T does a darn good job at conserving power when it’s just sitting there with the screen off, which is once again a testament to OxygenOS being relatively light and simple. I can only imagine that the Oreo update will help further.

Dash Charge remains a fantastically quick charging solution, provided you buy another wall charger and perhaps a car charger to complete your set and know you have the fast charging everywhere you go. It’s still a bit annoying that OnePlus hasn’t managed to get this technology into its own mobile battery packs, or get some cross-compatibility with Qualcomm Quick Charge, but if you plan to stick with OnePlus it’s worth getting its proprietary chargers.

OnePlus 5T camera viewfinder

Cameras

Not a single thing about the main 16MP camera on the OnePlus 5T has changed from the 5. But OnePlus knows what it can get out of it, and thought it was good enough to hold onto — to counteract that, it put its effort into switching up the secondary camera. The new 20MP sensor sits behind the same focal length and f/1.7 aperture as the main camera now, putting a quick end to the telephoto lens idea from before.

The camera is one part of the experience befitting the 5T’s price.

Camera performance is the one area where the OnePlus 5T feels spot on with its price: better than the cheap phones out there, but not as good as the top-tier flagships. In decent-to-good lighting, the 5T exhibits all of the same characteristics we’ve seen before: solid but unspectacular dynamic range, accurate colors and some areas where details get a bit over-smoothed by the image processing. The 5T tends to be accurate rather than punchy, which is fine with most of us, but when that’s paired with questionable metering, weak dynamic range and an HDR mode that doesn’t feel like it adds enough to the scene it leads to some photos coming out bland.

In anything resembling good lighting I never got a bad shot, and I even got a few great ones that could convince you they were from an $800+ phone, but the average shot out of the 5T is just … well, average by flagship standards. They didn’t “wow” me in the same way that the Pixel 2 XL does with just about every photo I take.

If you would like to download the original full-resolution versions of these camera samples, you can do so with this Dropbox link!

Why bother with this secondary camera if the main camera so often does a better job with low light photos?

Now let’s talk about low-light photos. OnePlus tuned this secondary camera for very low light (under 10 lux, which is quite dark), and so the camera only engages automatically in those situations — you can’t switch to it manually. I found it really hard to take a photo that was dark enough to engage that secondary camera, which honestly makes sense. A 20MP sensor with 1-micron pixels and no OIS supporting the lens just isn’t a recipe for success in bad lighting, even if you do some processing that combines adjacent pixels to cut down on grain. And so, many of the photos both I and our own Daniel Bader caught with that second sensor were as bad as we expected them to be. Grainy, with some odd colors and weird artifacts where the software attempted to smooth things out. I actually took some solid low-light shots with the main camera — in fact, none of the camera samples above were taken with the secondary camera, because each time I took a shot with it I chose to reposition a bit for some more light and take it with the main camera instead for a better result.

It begs the question — why would OnePlus bother with this secondary camera at all if the main camera so often does a better job with low light photos? Some 90% of the shots you take with this phone will make no use of the secondary lens, turning it into this vestigial thing hanging around reminding you that its inclusion took away from potential improvements to the main camera. Yes, it enables a Portrait Mode — which doesn’t seem to have improved since its introduction, and is worse than the Pixel 2 XL’s — but I don’t think that this software-based bokeh and what end up being relatively poor low-light shots are worth what we had to give up in the main camera. If the removal of those two features could free up resources to make any improvement in photos from the main camera thanks to a larger sensor or OIS, it’d be immediately worth it.

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Should you buy it?

OnePlus 5T Bottom line

With a few price increases, OnePlus has worked itself up into a somewhat odd price level. At $499 the OnePlus 5T sits about $200 above the “budget” phones people so often look at when they’re trying to save some money, but also $2-300 underneath the true flagship phones of the same size. It seems unlikely that someone considering buying a Moto G5 Plus for $299 outright will all of a sudden choose to spend $200 more for a OnePlus 5T; so the market instead consists of potential flagship phone buyers who are enticed by the call of a top-of-the-line phone for hundreds of dollars less.

The OnePlus 5T offers an exceptional value at $499, or even at $559 for the top-end model.

For this potential buyer, the OnePlus 5T delivers just as its predecessors did. It has the same type of hardware, build, form factor and screen quality as the top-end phones today, and a slate of specs to match. Sure it doesn’t have the nice-to-have whizz-bang hardware features or extras like waterproofing or great speakers, but something had to be trimmed somewhere and these are great non-critical areas to cut costs. The camera won’t blow you away, but it’s good enough for this money and it’s capable of a fantastic shot now and then. And even at this lower price, you get excellent software that’s in many ways better than what Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei are doing — and it all flows at a breakneck pace.

The OnePlus 5T isn’t an industry-leading phone with the latest features that other companies will have to scramble to match. But it’s still an exceptional value in an Android market that’s getting surprisingly expensive at the top-end. The OnePlus 5T is a wonderful phone at $499, or even at $559 for the higher-spec model. At that price you can look past a couple hardware shortcomings and less-than-stellar cameras, because you just saved $200, $300 or even $400 off of leading phones from the “big name” companies while getting what is mostly the same — or in a couple cases, a better — daily experience.

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OnePlus 5T hands-on: A good thing gets even better – Hardware reviews

OnePlus has, as in the previous year, followed up with a small upgrade of its current smartphone. The new OnePlus 5T aims to convince new customers with a more modern look and a slightly different camera. We have already received the new OnePlus smartphone for testing, and these are our first impressions.

 

OnePlus 5T release date and price

The OnePlus 5T is new, but in terms of price, things stay roughly the same with just a slight hike. The smartphone costs $499 in the variant with 64GB memory and 6GB RAM. If you want more memory, namely 128GB and 8GB RAM, you have to fork out $60 more and pay $559.

OnePlus 5T design and build quality

The OnePlus 5T looks very familiar from behind at first glance – clearly, the appearance has only been slightly changed compared to its predecessor. The chic aluminium surface, which has been painted in three coats, has a nice surface and is relatively resistant to fingerprints. A new feature on the back of the 5T is the ceramic fingerprint sensor, which has has been moved from the front—because the edges of the display have been significantly slimmed down. The front of the smartphone is completely unadorned, only the front camera and the narrow grille above the earpiece interrupt the black glass surface, which is slightly bent at the edges.

Compared to the OnePlus 5, the 5T has only slightly increased in size, 2 millimeters in width and one in length—despite a 0.5 inch diagonal increase in screen size. The weight has increased by 9 grams. The camera protrudes from the housing, but the transition is a bit more fluid than with the OnePlus 5, and the processing of the new OnePlus 5T is excellent and offers no cause for criticism.

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The rear of the OnePlus 5T offers space for the camera and the fingerprint sensor. / © AndroidPIT

The characteristic sandstone surface of the first OnePlus smartphones is long gone, but OnePlus offers fans of the 5T a smartphone case with this rough texture. There are also sleeves in carbon and wood look as well as a bright red silicone cover that feels very comfortable. Unlike the OnePlus 5 covers, the OnePlus 5T covers all the edges and buttons of your phone, except for the slider, for better protection. The delivery package includes a transparent cover that does not look like much, but reliably protects the smartphone from damage. 

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OnePlus offers many different covers for the 5T. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 5T display

The OnePlus 5T’s display shows the biggest difference to the previous model. The diagonal has grown from 5.5 to 6 inches and the aspect ratio has been changed to the more fashionable 18:9. The resolution of the AMOLED panel is 2,160 x 1,080 pixels, the corners are minimally rounded. The standard setting of the display is characterized by very strong colors. The sharpness is fine, but some other top smartphones can do it a bit better. The typical OLED blue cast is hardly pronounced in the OnePlus 5T.

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The 5T’s display is larger and longer than the OnePlus 5. / © AndroidPIT

The OnePlus 5T software offers a whole host of options for customizing the display. Five full picture modes are available in the System Preferences. The Adaptive Mode, in which the display dynamically adapts the display to the external conditions, is highly recommended. OnePlus now calls the automatic adaptation to particularly bright light Sunlight Display. Reading mode, which is easy on the eyes, can be set for selected apps and the intensity of the night mode can be regulated. So there are many possibilities to satisfy every taste.

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OnePlus offers many options to customize the display. / © AndroidPIT

 

OnePlus 5T special features

The OnePlus 5T comes with a new feature, face detection to unlock the phone. This is basically as per usual with Android devices and although special sensors are not on board, OnePlus has apparently optimized the software considerably. With Advanced Facial Recognition, more than 100 points in the face are recognized and used to allow only the right person access to the smartphone. In the test, face recognition with the OnePlus 5T works excellently and almost lightning-fast. Even in the evening, the smartphone is reliably unlocked almost instantly, even when the lighting on the sofa is dimmed. Only when it really gets really dark does the front camera and thus the recognition reach its limits. But the OnePlus 5T doesn’t get confused with hats, large headphones or a scarf. Apple’s Face ID doesn’t work much better on iPhone X either. Respect OnePlus, good work!

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The front camera works extraordinarily fast in face recognition. / © AndroidPIT

If you don’t want to unlock your OnePlus 5T with your face, you can alternatively use the fingerprint sensor. It sits on the back, but works perfectly and quickly. However, the round sensor is only minimally submerged in the housing and thus does not always feel comfortable. It’s easier to use a cover in this case.

OnePlus 5T software

Whoever thought that OnePlus was delivering the 5T directly with Android 8.0 Oreo was mistaken. OxygenOS 4.7.1 runs on the smartphone, which is based on Android 7.1.1 nougat. An update to a new version is already announced, but without date.

The operating system comes, as usual and loved by the fans of OnePlus, as an almost naked Android without bloatware and useless gimmicks. The look is chic and modern, the Google Assistant is available as language support. With App Priority, the frequently used apps on the OnePlus 5T are supposed to start very quickly. However, given the power of the smartphone, this shouldn’t be a problem anyway.

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OxygenOS is tidy and free of Bloatware. / © AndroidPIT

 

OnePlus 5T performance

The OnePlus 5T has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8 GB RAM—there’s not much more you can do with a smartphone. The technical platform is identical to the OnePlus 5, which means that the performance of the T-model is also at the same level as its predecessor. That’s not bad, on the contrary, because both OnePlus smartphones run brilliantly and show no weakness in performance. Nevertheless, the 5T doesn’t have the leap in speed that most new top-of-the-range smartphones have compared to their predecessors. This is also reflected in the almost identical benchmark results.

OnePlus 5T Benchmarks

 
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3DMark Sling Shot Extreme 3.622 Points 3.372 Points
3DMark Sling Shot 4.242 Points 4.183 Points
3DMark Ice Storm Extreme 40.813 Points 40.144 Points
Geekbench 4 Single Core / Multi Core 1.956 / 6.701 Points 1.960 / 6.667 Points
PCMark Work 2.0 6.738 Points 6.640 Points
PCMark Storage 4.845 Points 4.536 Points

So anyone who already owns a OnePlus 5 doesn’t need to worry: The revised successor is no faster than the previous flagship. For pure performance reasons, the OnePlus 5 does not need to be discarded in favor of the T-model.

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With its mono loudspeaker on the underside, the OnePlus 5T doesn’t shatter glass when it comes to sound. The sound is fine, but not outstanding. The smartphone does not come with headphones, so the OnePlus fan has to bring a headset with him. In the end, OnePlus customers continue to enjoy access to the headphone jack. The OnePlus 5T has three built-in microphones, which are used to suppress ambient noise, among other things.

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OnePlus holds onto the good old jack plug. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 5T camera

The OnePlus 5T has a front camera with a 16MPl sensor from Sony (IMX371) and an aperture of f/2.0. at first glance, the selfies don’t look bad but tend to overexpose in bright light. The sharpness of the image should also be slightly better.

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Other smartphones can do slightly better selfies than the OnePlus 5T. / © AndroidPIT

More exciting is the main camera on the back, which has two lenses but is no longer equipped with different focal lengths like the OnePlus 5, but instead the second sensor, a Sony IMX376K, is supposed to provide better images in poor light conditions. The resolution of the low light sensor is 20MP. The main Sony IMX398 sensor has 16MP, the aperture is f/1.7 on both sides, and whether the camera is a significant improvement on the OnePlus 5 is still to be found out in our upcoming extensive test of the 5T. The camera app looks tidy and at first glance comparatively simple, but also has a Pro mode with manual adjustment options.

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The OnePlus 5T’s main camera has been optimized for low-light use. / © AndroidPIT
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Portrait shots have their own mode with bokeh effect. / © AndroidPIT

OnePlus 5T battery

Like almost any current smartphone, the OnePlus 5T has a built-in battery that can’t be replaced without completely disassembling the phone. This is regrettable from an ecological and economic point of view, but it is unavoidable at the moment for stylish, slim enclosures. The battery has a capacity of 3,300 mAh and should easily last a day. OnePlus adds a dash charge charger to the 5T, which quickly refills the battery.

OnePlus 5T technical specifications

Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
Weight: 162 g
Battery size: 3300 mAh
Screen size: 6.01 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 2160 x 1080 pixels (402 ppi)
Front camera: 20 megapixels
Rear camera: 16 megapixels
Flashlight: Dual-LED
Android version: 7.1.1 – Nougat
User interface: Oxygen OS
RAM: 6 GB
8 GB
Internal storage: 64 GB
128 GB
Removable storage: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Number of cores: 8
Max. clock speed: 2.45 GHz
Connectivity: HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0

Early Verdict

The OnePlus 5T leaves a very good first impression. The display is very attractive and the 18:9 format provides a modern, contemporary look. The facial recognition release is a practical addition and works perfectly. The performance and features are beyond all doubt—this was already the case with the OnePlus 5 without the addition of “T”. It’s a pity that the OnePlus 5T is not shipped with Android 8.0 Oreo. In the complete test, we will focus on the revised camera and the battery life.

OnePlus 5T hands-on – Android Authority

Some smartphone manufactures make a single flagship device each year. Loyal customers will often wait for Google, Samsung, Apple, and others to announce their best and brightest before even thinking about upgrading to anything else. In the case of OnePlus however, flagship launch events are becoming a bi-annual occurrence.

The OnePlus 3T seemed to come out of nowhere when it launched last year, and offered a pretty substantial spec upgrade over the original. This came with a price upgrade as well, though. While the OnePlus 3 launched at just $399, the company asked $40 more for the newer T variant. A lot of users felt betrayed by a sudden upgrade from the phone they had waited eagerly to purchase, but OnePlus saw it as an opportunity to offer the best hardware experience available to the market.

See also: OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T: quick look

This time, it’s not about the speed. Qualcomm still hasn’t released a processor newer than the Snapdragon 835, so there wasn’t much for them to work with. In 2017 it’s all about the screen, though. Join us as we go hands-on with the OnePlus 5T.

The biggest difference on the design front is the screen. It’s essentially the entire reason the company decided to build this revision. It features a 6.01-inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD+ resolution and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The panel looks just as good as the OnePlus 5‘s with nice and punchy colors. It doesn’t have the highest pixel density out there, but the OnePlus 5T’s display will be fine for most people.

It doesn’t have the highest pixel density out there, but the OnePlus 5T’s display is going to be fine for most people.

That aspect ratio adds a new sleekness to the device that helps it compete with other flagship options on the market. One interesting thing about this display is that it’s slightly rounded on the corners. Most probably will only notice it isn’t perfectly angular like the OnePlus 5 if they’re really looking. This is different from phones like the LG V30 and Pixel 2 XL, which have much rounder corners on their displays.

Because the screen is taking up so much room on the front of the phone, OnePlus moved the fingerprint sensor to the back. I personally like rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, but it’s not everyone’s preference. OnePlus says its sensor is the fastest out of any other sensor on the market, and will recognize your print within .2 seconds. We’ll have to spend more time with the device to see if that’s actually the case.

OnePlus has also introduced a new face unlock feature which uses the front-facing camera to recognize you and unlock your device in an instant. This method was extremely fast during our hands-on time, though it didn’t recognize me 100% of the time. OnePlus said this would get better eventually, but we’ll have to spend a little more time with the feature to get a better sense of its capabilities.

Face unlocking was extremely fast during our hands-on time, though it didn’t recognize me 100% of the time.

The only other major design change is the dual-camera setup on the back. The bump that houses those sensors is just a tad more pronounced than the OnePlus 5, but it is noticeable. I asked OnePlus about the change, and the company said expanding the screen-to-body ratio left less room for the camera components, so it had to make the bump slightly larger. This wasn’t an issue for me, but it is there, in case you have a raging hatred of protrusions sticking out of your phone.

Speaking of the camera, some changes have been made here as well. The first lens is the same 16MP sensor from the OnePlus 5, but the secondary telephoto lens has been replaced with a 20MP f/1.7 sensor that uses groups of four pixels to capture more light for better performance in the dark. This change is going to be very controversial.We know many were very fond of the telephoto lens. OnePlus says they made this change because a lot of customers couldn’t tell the difference between optical and software zoom. I don’t buy this argument, but we’ll have to wait for the full review to see how the new sensor stacks up.

One new feature present in the camera is quick shot. While many phones now have the ability to quick-launch the camera app with the double tap of a button, the OnePlus 5T will launch the camera and immediately snap a photo. This is great for those who want to get a picture of something the moment it happens, and really speeds up the whole process from launch to shot.

If you’ve seen a OnePlus 5, the rest of the body essentially looks exactly the same. The headphone jack, speaker grill, and USB Type-C port are all in the same place. The aluminum body feels just as familiar. The biggest update here is really the screen, and for many that’s a worthy upgrade.

The software experience on the OnePlus 5T is same as you would find on the OnePlus 5. It maintains the vanilla Android look and feel while adding nifty features like reading and gaming modes. These modes have also been expanded to change the contrast of the screen to fit what you’re doing, allowing for a better experience tailored to the task at hand.

Out of the box, the 5T runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, but OnePlus has promised an update to 8.0 Oreo in Q1 2018, with a beta coming by the end of this year. If you happen to own an older OnePlus device, the company says the 3T and 5 will receive official Oreo builds by the end of this year.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 5T features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and 64 or 128 GB of storage. The 6/64 GB model will cost $499, while the 8/128GB model will cost $559. Yes, that is $20 more than the price of the OnePlus 5, but we think the updated design is worth it.

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What are your thoughts on the OnePlus 5T? Is it a worthy upgrade? Should the company have waited for the OnePlus 6 in order to keep its OnePlus 5 customers happy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

OnePlus Won’t Take Away The Ease Of 3.5mm Audio Jack On OnePlus 5T

Right from the newly launched Google Pixel 2 phones to iPhone 8, all the shiny new flagships have abandoned the 3.5mm audio jack on their smartphones. Not many users are happy with the OEMs decision of leaving the universal audio jack on the devices and coming up with alternative audio connectivity like wireless earphones or USB Type-C headphones.

OnePlus, today, posted an image on Facebook and Twitter that makes a big deal about the presence of 3.5mm headphone jack on it. The company emphasised on the fact that its upcoming flagship will retain the 3.5mm audio jack, which has been stripped by the other manufacturers.

The image posted by OnePlus highlight the fact that all the devices by the company are complete with 3.5mm audio jack. The OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X, OnePlus 3, OnePlus 3T, and OnePlus 5, all of these phones have featured 3.5mm audio jack. The whole point of having an audio jack is that it is convenient for the users to plug in any regular headphones on the go. The image posted by OnePlus comes with a tagline – “What do our phones have in common?” That tagline is just to tickle the readers, as the answer is too obvious.

With the image posted on the official Facebook page of the company, we are now sure that the OnePlus 5T won’t let go of the 3.5mm audio jack. We are pretty sure that many users or potential buyers would be happy to see a flagship retaining the audio jack, unlike many others.

Expected to launch on November 16

The OnePlus 5T is expected to debut with a 9:18 display and bezel-less design. Regarding other specifications, the upcoming phone could come powered Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, dual-camera setup, and more. The teaser poster for the OnePlus 5T was recently leaked online, and it shows the launch date on November 16. The company is yet to confirm this information, but most of the reports are also suggesting the launch date to be in the middle of this month



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