OnePlus 5T, the brand’s second iteration of their 2017 flagship was launched yesterday. For obvious reasons, it is being pitted against its own younger sibling, the OnePlus 5 to see if the new one is any better. Although it might seem that very few is changed, OnePlus has pulled of some noteworthy changes in the ‘T’ model this time around. Let’s take a look at the 3 major differences between OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5.
Just looking at the display, one can notice that it’s the biggest difference between the two phones, both aesthetically and technically. The OnePlus 5T fits a huge 6-inch display in the same footprint as of the OnePlus 5. It has achieved this in a similar fashion as most 2017 flagships have, by cutting off the extra bezels. The display is still AMOLED but the resolution is now Full HD+ at 2160 x 1080 pixels, up from the Full HD resolution of OP5. This display also gives the phone a new look on the front and it seems to align well with this year’s trend of bezel-less phones.
The OnePlus 5T packs in an improved rear camera than the previous one. Technically, only one camera has been tweaked from the dual camera setup, the other one stays the same. The company claims that they have improved the secondary 20MP rear camera to allow better low-light photography. Previously, aperture of the secondary camera was f/2.6 but now it’s down to f/1.7.
This means that now both the sensors will take in more light and result into even better low-light pictures than the OnePlus 5. While clicking portrait pictures from the rear, the phone will now result into uncropped pictures unlike previously. Front cameras on both the phones still stay the same though.
Software features & Face Unlocking
The OnePlus 5T runs on Oxygen OS 4.7.7 but the OP5 is still on the version 4.5.7. Both are built on Android 7.1.2 Nougat and might get an Oreo update soon. Although we might see the same operating system in the OnePlus 5 that currently runs in the 5T, the new OS offers some cool new tricks. The most important new feature being ‘Face unlock’. You can unlock the OP5T just by looking at it but it also has the fingerprint sensor as a fall-back. It is yet to be tried how well the Face unlock works in real life. But going by this video, it seems that unlocking through your face in the OP5T is real quick. Apparently, X times faster than the iPhone X.
Is the OnePlus 5T a worthy update to the OnePlus 5?
— Pricebaba (@Pricebaba) November 17, 2017
To be honest, the OnePlus 5T should have been the OnePlus 5 in the first place. It has all the right elements to be the flagship killer at the price it will retail, just as OnePlus intends it to be. Nevertheless, those looking for a phone in this price range, it is arguably the best one out there. And for OnePlus 5 users, you already have a beast with you, just that it has some extra bezels. We also see that launching a T update after a flagship seems to be a formula now for OnePlus. We wonder if fans would skip the OnePlus 6 in lieu of 6T next year?