The OnePlus 5T, successor of the already popular OnePlus 5 has finally launched after most of it was already leaked prior to the launch. OnePlus had a lot of expectations to live up to with the 5T and the company seems to have nailed it with this one. Let’s have a look at what the phone has to offer to live up to its title.
Display and Design
Unlike the OnePlus 3T which didn’t see major cosmetic changes as compared to the OnePlus 3, the 5T sports a couple of design changes. The phone looks different from the OnePlus 5 yet feels similar. The OnePlus 5T rocks an aluminium chassis with signature OnePlus traits like the alert slider on the left edge. The biggest change to the phone is on the front – the all-new bezel-less display. Finally! OnePlus has ditched the extra bezels found on the OP5 for a more modern looking 6-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display having a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display rocks an 18:9 aspect ratio and reproduces a crisp pixel density of about 402PPI. Even after this enhancement, footprint of the phone stays exactly the same as that of OP5.
Performance and Storage
Contrary to last year’s upgrade, the OnePlus 5T manages to retain the same processor as found on the OP5: the Snapdragon 835 chipset by Qualcomm. For multi-tasking and tackling almost any application you can throw at it, the phone features 6GB of RAM. You can also opt for the massive 8GB RAM variant coupled with some extra internal storage. The 6GB base variant will ship with 64GB of internal storage whereas the 8GB variant will rock 128GB of internal memory.
Camera and Software
For the shutterbugs, the company has improved its dual-rear camera setup comprising of a primary 16-megapixel sensor having an aperture of f/1.7 and a new 20-megapixel sensor having the same aperture. With the help of this new sensor, the phone will be capable of capturing better low light images. With the higher resolution telephoto lens, the phone will also be able to capture uncropped portrait images. Up front, the latest offering from OnePlus features a 16-megapixel sensor coupled with some neat software enhancements. The phone can now also unlock using the front-facing camera, however, the feature will be restricted to unlocking the device for now unlike Apple’s FaceID which can be used for payments as well.
On the software front, the 5T runs OxygenOS built over Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and should get a taste of Oreo in the coming months. Since OxygenOS is so close to stock Android, we had expected to see Oreo out of the box.
Connectivity and Battery
First-off the spec-sheet, the phone will rock a 3.5mm headphone jack. Yes, that’s right! When all major smartphone makers are opting for a Type-C connector at the expense of the headphone jack, OnePlus has decided to retain the port. The phone also keeps the Type-C port which it introduced with the OnePlus 2 with the capability to fast charge with the company’s proprietary Dash Charge Technology. Since the phone sports a metal build, it does not support wireless charging but Dash Charging totally makes up for it. Since the company decided to jump the bezel-less display wagon, it left no room for the fingerprint sensor on the front, which is now located on the back. As for cellular connectivity, the phone offers support for more 4G LTE bands, dual-band WiFi connectivity and Bluetooth 5.0. To keep the show running, the phone feeds off a 3,300mAh battery on board the device.
Price and Availability
Coming to the most important aspect – the price. Surprisingly and fortunately, the phone is priced exactly the same as OnePlus 5, which is totally awesome. The phone will set you back Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB/64GB internal storage variant while the 8GB/128GB variant will cost you Rs. 37,999. It will be exclusively available on Amazon India starting November 21, 2017. What are your views on this smartphone? Are you a OnePlus 5 user, is this phone worth an upgrade? Do let us know in the comments section below.