OnePlus’ sixth flagship — the OnePlus 5T was made official at a global event in New York. However, it’s been only a couple of months since the Chinese OEM unveiled its predecessor — the OnePlus 5. Hence, the launch is expected to ruffle a few feathers and even entice existing OnePlus 5 users to switch. Therefore, in this article, we discuss what all is new and different on the OnePlus 5T.
Smaller Bezels, Bigger Display, Same Footprint
OnePlus has managed to put a significantly larger 6-inch panel in roughly the same body as the OnePlus 5 on the 5T. To accommodate this change, the company reduced the bezels from each side and stretched the display all the way up to the top. The resolution is still, however, Full HD.
Another nifty new feature OnePlus has added on the 5T is something called “Sunlight Display” which automatically calibrates the screen’s tone depending on the ambiance. Aesthetically, however, there are not any dramatic changes except for the rounded corners and a slightly taller chassis.
New Ways to Unlock
As there’s no room on the front, the fingerprint sensor has been relocated to the rear on the OnePlus 5T. It’s still ceramic and is capable of unlocking the phone in a jiffy. However, you don’t necessarily need to employ it as the 5T can be unlocked with your face as well thanks to the Face Unlock feature. In addition to the bezel-less panel, this is the second key difference between these two siblings.
A New Camera System
The secondary camera sensor on the rear now has a much smaller aperture (f/1.7 vs f/2.6) which, together with the primary sensor, will allow the phone to produce significantly better pictures in low-light scenarios. It’s also no longer a telephoto lens, hence there’s no optical zoom. OnePlus has bundled a technology called “Intelligent Pixel” which merges four pixels captured from the two cameras for curbing the noise levels in your shots. Portrait Mode is available but it now employs software tricks to achieve those depth-of-field effects. The resolution count on both the front and rear camera arrangements have been kept the same, however.
There are literally no alterations when it comes to the internals. Both the OnePlus 5 and 5T are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB RAM, 3300mAh battery and 64/128GB internal storage. The new 5T also retains the standard headphone port as the company proudly revealed a few weeks ago.
No Android Oreo
One of the most disappointing aspects of the new OnePlus 5T is undoubtedly the lack of Android Oreo. Instead, it runs on the dated Android Nougat software. Considering they already have a beta program for Android Oreo, it’s quite baffling that they didn’t preload it on the 5T.
Clearly, there are not a ton of significant upgrades on the OnePlus 5T. Even the price has been kept same. Hence, if you already own a OnePlus 5, I personally don’t see any reason why should you consider upgrading unless, of course, you’re one of those people who went to PVR for watching the live stream.