OnePlus has come out about the new OnePlus 5T smartphone. The phone said to give buyers “A New View” was officially announced at an unprecedented live event today in Brooklyn, New York by OnePlus and its founders. Though today’s launch event was confirmed a mere two weeks ago, the phone has only been in the news for a few weeks beyond that. Despite this, and despite the fact that OnePlus came out with OnePlus 5 (a OnePlus 3T successor) six or so months ago, the event was hyped-up and many including us have been anticipating the new “Flagship Killer.” The company delivered on promises from its teasers, and so it is time to wrap up everything you need to know!
OnePlus 5T is the successor to OnePlus 5, which was first introduced in June of this year. Early reports indicated that there would be no ‘T’ upgrade to the OnePlus 5, but OnePlus changed its mind and has come out with a brand new flagship model for the second half of 2017. This was the case last year with OnePlus 3T, which was a minor upgrade over OnePlus 3. It’s almost like OnePlus is reading Sony, who has had the same strategy for a number of years with some of its Android smartphone lineups. Whether it will prove worth it; we’ll have to wait to find out. But what we do know is, competition out there is tough and this phone will have to be next to perfect in our testing in order to rank against this year’s best.
The OnePlus 5T closely resembles the OnePlus 5 in a lot a ways such as design and hardware components, so we’ll put most of that aside and tell you about the new stuff to expect. OnePlus is again focusing on the essentials, while keeping the price on the more affordable side for a modern-day flagship. Most of which we learned today was already known, but there’s still plenty to share. And for those who have questions even after reading our coverage, OnePlus is expected to hold a handful of pop-up events/stores in major cities that will soon open to the general public.
OnePlus 5T has a 6-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED screen covered in Gorilla Glass 5. Buyers can expect to see vibrant colors and high brightness for improved outdoor visibility on this model. This display panel has a ‘Sunlight’ feature that “adapts automatically to harsh light” to provide a better viewing experience in accordance to surrounding conditions. Though, the biggest difference here is the new aspect ratio, which follows the industry trend for high-end smartphones. No longer present in a 16:9 display, because a taller yet narrower 18:9 panel has taken over. Bezels have been shrunken down on all sides, and the home button, well, it’s gone. Software keys are still here, and the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear side about one-third the way down. The overall screen-to-body ratio has been improved greatly thanks to these changes to the phone.
OnePlus 5T runs an optimized Qualcomm Snapdragon 825 chipset with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. The latter will come with 128GB storage, with the lower RAM quantity variant having 64GB of space. Switching over to battery life, the OnePlus 5T boasts a 3,300mAh cell, the same capacity that was inside OnePlus 5. With software improvements and the Full HD display, battery life should see some improvement and hasn’t been compromised in any way. Best of all, the company’s signature Dash Charging is here to give you a quick charge through a wired USB Type-C connection. No wireless charging is here because of the metal back, but we do have support for dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC.
Camera performance has been improved on OnePlus 5T. The rear sensor is a dual lens comprised of 20MP and 16MP lenses that can capture it all. Rather than using a telephoto lens, the rear cameras both feature an aperture of f/1.7. OnePlus says it will be great at taking low-light photos and be capable of smoother zoom. Portrait mode has been enhanced to perform better as well, and there’s also a dual LED flash. On the front is a 16MP shooter, which proved itself worthy of its cost on OnePlus 5. Thankfully, OnePlus has returned it.
The OnePlus 5T has Android 7.1.1 Nougat (MR1) and skips to the front of the line among those waiting for Android 8.0 Oreo and security patches. For that matter, see our Droid Updates Weekly Series. Google’s Nougat software contains a range of features you should know about including doze on the go, bundled notifications, split-screen multi-tasking, enhanced security, new emojis, and a Vulkan API for better overall graphics performance. Also present will be Android 7.1.1 features including app shortcuts, GIF keyboard support, “professional” emoji, and live wallpaper metadata. The Google Assistant will be on board as well, which uses AI and machine learning to improve with time and use in delivering what you need, where and when you need it. As far as the user interface goes, OnePlus 5T ships with the latest version of OxygenOS. It’s super clean and thus performs like a champ. Plus, there are some really cool features included that no other phones today have, and OnePlus updates the software frequently with bug fixes and all that good stuff.
From a design standpoint, the OnePlus 5T is a premium clad made from metal. It’s slim and lightweight, but looks a lot like the OnePlus 5 from the rear view. It’s slightly curved with rounded sides and looks to be somewhat durable. Included are side-mounted power and volume controls, a bottom-firing speaker, an alert slider, and a 3.55mm headphone jack.
OnePlus 5T will come in Midnight Black. It’ll go on sale beginning November 21 on the OnePlus website in parts of Europe with addition to the US (unlocked). Pricing is just $20 more than the OnePlus 5 was when it first released; the 6GB RAM, 64GB combo at $499 and the 8GB RAM, 128GB option at $559.
OnePlus is selling a bunch of accessories including a replacement USB Type-C cable, OnePlus 5T cases, tempered glass screen protectors, headphones, backpacks, style covers, and various dash chargers to suit all your other needs. We’ll update you with product links shortly.
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