This is that time of the year when OnePlus unveils the improved “T” version of their flagship devices. In June, OnePlus 5 hit the stores, and just six months later (just like the last year), we have a much-improved version OnePlus 5T. Unlike the last year’s OnePlus 3T, OnePlus has added some serious upgrades to their new phone.
When I first heard of the OnePlus 5T, all I could think of was a phone with some minor spec improvements. But when I looked at the actual phone, I must say, I am impressed.
Some would say that the new phone isn’t a completely reinvented OnePlus 5; well, that’s kind of right. But it was an entirely reinvented phone, why would they call it OnePlus 5T?
The difference is there on OnePlus 5T and it’s not negligible. This time, the company has tried not to play around with the specs. Rather, the new phone gets a new larger display with no physical buttons. The fingerprint scanner is moved to the back and is in the shape of a ring; which doesn’t look bad either.
The dual cameras are also better and we can now say that they are good enough to compete with Note 8 and Galaxy S8’s cameras. The front camera is kind of unchanged but the rear camera has been improved in a few ways.
The dual cameras are still 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel 2x lens (still no optical image stabilization though). The cameras are now even quicker to snap the photos; the details are better and image quality looks pretty impressive.
While it’s quite a smart move from OnePlus’s end, it really pisses off the early buyers of OnePlus devices. And now that they have made a trend out of it, it’s definitely going to cannibalize their products.
The original OnePlus 5 was sold for $499 for the 64GB variant (and 6GB RAM). The $559 variant had 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The new OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01-inch AMOLED display having 401 ppi (2160 x 1080) which, on the books, isn’t very sharp but to real eyes, isn’t that bad. The viewing angles are great; the display is bright and colors are vibrant. In fact, the display is even equipped with a wide color gamut DCI-P3 which really enhances the contrast on the display.
As told earlier, the specs on the device remain the same. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip and a slightly improved 3300 mAh battery. The difference is negligible when it comes to the battery but the company says that the OnePlus 5T would last just as much as the OnePlus 5, i.e. one full day.
Still, no wireless charging with your OnePlus device but you do get the fastest charging through Dash Charge technology that can juice up your phone from 0-60 percent in just 30 minutes.
Face Unlock: More Impressive stuff
This was unexpected but the new OnePlus 5T phone comes with a face unlock technology. It’s not like Apple’s Face ID but more like S8’s Face Unlock. OnePlus 5T scans your face and unlocks it after recognizing your face. It’s not yet known how secure it is but according to the company’s spokesperson, it’s not impenetrable. The face unlock is a faster way to unlock a device but the fingerprint scanner is still a better bet for Android Pay.
Two new software
The OnePlus 5T still runs Oxygen OS 4.7, which is a slightly tweaked version of Stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat. However, an update to Android Oreo will also roll out in the future. The Oxygen OS is very stable and I haven’t faced any issues with it even on my OnePlus 3T.
There are two new software features that are worth mentioning: The first one is the parallel apps which allows you to keep two instances of the same app. This means you can have two WhatsApp, two Snapchat, and so on. The other is the reading mode which turns the screen monochrome.
OnePlus 5T will be available in two different variants like its predecessor. The 64GB/6GB version will be on sale for $499 while you can get the 128GB/8GB variant for just additional $60.
OnePlus is going in the right direction
OnePlus has been emerging as a powerful startup that’s bringing on impressive phones, twice a year, now. Their hunger to deliver the new and the best is what makes them truly special.
The company saw that the latest trends in the smartphone industry are bezel-free displays, face recognition, and dual cameras and they have come up with all that in their OnePlus 5T. My best wishes are with OnePlus for their tremendous progress!
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