After months of leaks and rumors, OnePlus has today introduced its sixth flagship phone with the launch of the OnePlus 5T in New York. The smartphone builds upon its widely acclaimed predecessor by adding a couple of new industry trends including the new edge-to-edge panel on the front and a facial recognition feature unapologetically inspired by its friend in Cupertino.
OnePlus has managed to encase a huge 6-inch AMOLED panel in roughly the same footprint of the OnePlus 5. To accommodate this, the corners are now curved which, as you’d guess, yields a more comfortable grip for handling the slightly taller phone. However, apart from that, there are no aesthetic refreshments which isn’t particularly a bad thing. The resolution has also not been upgraded either. It’s still a 1080p panel and carries the same pixel density, however, due to the 18:9 aspect ratio, it’s termed as Full HD+ instead of the usual Full HD.
In addition to that, OnePlus has included support something called “Sunlight Display” which automatically calibrates the screen’s tone depending on the ambiance. This seems similar to what we saw on the OnePlus 5 as well. Stretching the display to the edges almost meant the fingerprint sensor had to be relocated to the rear. And thank God, there’s still a standard headphone port available.
If scanning fingers isn’t your thing, you can also just stare at the phone. The OnePlus 5T comes with a whizzy new Face Unlock feature that employs over 100 identifiers for distinguishing various faces. However, you can’t use for authenticating purchases as it’s not secure enough. Since it’s only gathering data from the front camera without any additional sensors, it’s not as powerful as Apple’s Face ID. We’ll talk more about it in our upcoming review, hence stay tuned.
As you would expect from a OnePlus product, specifications of the OnePlus 5T substantially outweigh its relatively affordable price tag. It is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6/8GB of RAM, 64/128GB of storage which can’t be expanded and a 3300mAh battery. Obviously, it also supports the company’s proprietary Dash Charge quick charging technology.
The camera system has been reworked as well. For starters, the main setup is significantly different than that on the OnePlus 5 — a regular 16-megapixel shooter coupled with another 20-megapixel lens which now puts low-light photography in the front seat. It’s no longer a telephoto lens, hence the optical zoom option is gone. Equipped with an aperture of f/1.7, OnePlus says the new arrangement will let the phone produce dramatically better pictures in low light scenarios. OnePlus has also bundled a technology called “Intelligent Pixel” which merges four pixels captured from the two cameras for curbing the noise levels in your shots. OnePlus says it has, through software, updated the Portrait Mode too for reducing noise. On the front, you will find an unaltered 16-megapixel f/2.0 sensor.
The OnePlus 5T, unfortunately, still runs on Android Nougat (7.1.1) out-of-the-box with, of course, the company’s own custom skin on top. Considering they already have a beta program for Android Oreo, it’s quite baffling that they didn’t preload it on the 5T. It will retail at $499 in the United States for the 6GB RAM variant and $559 for 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. OnePlus 5T will be available to purchase in a couple of days across various regions. You can read about India-specific details right here.
Commenting further on the launch, OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau, stated “The feedback on the OnePlus 5 has been very positive, but there were some areas where we saw room for improvement to create an even better user experience, We love nothing more than offering our community the latest and greatest technology and a user experience to beat expectations. Once again, we’ve worked hard to refine every last detail.”
OnePlus 5T Specifications
- Dimensions: 156.1*75*7.3mm; Weight: 162g
- 6-inch Full Optic AMOLED Display, 1080p (1080 x 2160 pixels) resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Fingerprint sensor
- Android Nougat (7.1.1), OxygenOS
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU
- 6/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64/128GB internal storage
- 3300mAh battery, Dash Charge
- Rear Camera: 16-megapixel, f/1.7, 27.22mm + 20-megapixel, f/1.7, 27.22mm, dual-LED flash
- Front Camera: 16-megapixel, f/2.0, 20mm
- USB Type-C, Bluetooth 5, NFC