OnePlus has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. It’s the successor to the OnePlus 5 which was announced earlier this year but features an improved design with a larger display and slimmer bezels than its predecessor. There’s also some internal upgrades which we’ll get to a bit later.
Starting with the design, it’s largely similar to the existing OnePlus 5. However, the 5T opts for a 6-inch Full HD+ (2160×1080) 18:9 screen over the 5’s 5.5-inch 1080p 16:9 panel. this means OnePlus was able to fit more screen into a smaller body, a trend we’ve seen so far this year from manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple, Google, and even LG. To accommodate the new OLED display, OnePlus moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the device where many users will likely find comfortable to rest their finger.
Overall, though, the design of the OnePlus 5T hasn’t changed very much. It still uses a matte aluminum body with dual cameras mounted to the top left corner, a USB-C port and headphone jack on the bottom (thankfully), and volume/power buttons with a volume slider to quickly activate do not disturb modes. Really, one of the only things design-wise that’s changed about the 5T is the display. But hey, I’m all for minimal bezels regardless of how they come about.
Of course, there are some differences between the OnePlus 5T and 5. The front-facing camera can also let you unlock your phone with your face, similar to how Samsung and LG do it on the Galaxy S8 and V30. Of course, it’s in no way as secure as Apple’s Face ID in the iPhone X since it strictly uses your front camera, but it should provide a quick way to get into your phone regardless. OnePlus says it takes just 0.4 seconds to recognize your face.
There’s also new cameras. On the back, the 5T features a dual-camera system which improves on the OnePlus 5’s array by giving the secondary lens an f/1.7 aperture. It still utilizes a 16MP and 20MP setup respectively, however. The secondary lens, particularly, uses what OnePlus calls Intelligent Pixel Technology to improve low-light photography and absorb more light. When light is low, the phone will automatically switch to this lens to compensate. The company also improved its portrait mode to be more precise in post-processing and made some changes to the way it handles video stabilization. Cameras are a major focus for OnePlus so let’s hope this handset performs as they say it does in real-world usage.
Inside, the OnePlus 5T is nearly identical to the OnePlus 5. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 6 or 8GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage, Dash Charging, a USB-C port, and Bluetooth 5.0. OnePlus, fortunately, decided to upgrade the battery within the phone to 3,500mAh over 3,300mAh in the 5 which should get you some added endurance on the day-to-day.
Additionally, the 5T will ship with OxyngeOS based on Android Nougat but will receive an upgrade to Oreo early next year.
The OnePlus 5T costs slightly more than the OnePlus 5 at $499 for 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. For 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, it’ll cost $559. OnePlus says it’ll go on sale starting November 21st.