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The OnePlus 5T is a powerful smartphone that improves on its predecessor in small ways that help it to retain its relevance. We review to find out if it’s worth your money.

OnePlus is one of those beguiling companies that seem to promise impossibly wonderful things.

Flagship products at budget prices. The assiduous elegance of an iPhone at the attainable cost of a midrange Motorola.

It’s a company that constantly flirts with the “too good to be true” label, sometimes delivering on its lofty claims and at other times failing to live up to its own hype.

Key Features

  • Review Price:
  • 6.01-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
  • Snapdragon 835
  • 6/8GB RAM
  • 64/128GB storage
  • Dash Charge
  • 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear cameras
  • Android 7.1.1

OnePlus 5T – Design

Reduce the bezel area and position the fingerprint sensor differently in OnePlus 5 and you will find yourself holding the new OnePlus 5T. Yes, you read it right.

The major design difference in both the devices is the larger display and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.

The all-new OnePlus 5T comes with a seamless aluminium unibody with rounded edges, just like its predecessor.

The smartphone is available in Black colour option and its rear panel comes with an anti-fingerprint coating layer which makes it smudge-free.

Despite being slightly heavier than the OnePlus 5, the smartphone looks pretty sleek and its slightly contoured sides offer a firm grip to the user.

One of the major design changes and the USP of the device is its bezel-less display.

The OnePlus 5T features a 6.01-inch AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The front panel of the smartphone only consists of the screen and the 16MP front camera. With this new smartphone, the company has ditched its pill shaped fingerprint sensor placed on the display.

Now the rear of the device consists of a circular fingerprint senor along with dual rear camera setup and OnePlus branding. Other than this, the placement of all the buttons remains the same.

The power button is located on the right with the SIM card tray, while the volume rockers are there on the left. The bottom of the smartphone is home to the USB Type C, speaker grille and the 3.5mm audio jack. We were already impressed with the design on the OnePlus 5 and we can say the same is the case with 5T.

OnePlus 5T – Screen

For the price, you won’t find a better display. The OnePlus 5T uses a Samsung OLED. It’s a big, bright 6-inch panel with a slightly odd 2160 x 1080 resolution.

This is classed as FHD+, but really it just adds extra pixels to the top so you don’t lose any sharpness with the elongated screen.

This resolution doesn’t match the quad-HD panels used by some of the competition, even at this price-point, but the OnePlus 5T’s screen is sharp enough so you won’t be able to distinguish individual pixels. There’s also no support for HDR or Dolby Vision.

OnePlus 5T – Performance

The OnePlus 5T is powered by Qulacomm’s flagship processor Snapdragon 835 and comes with 6GB and 8GB RAM respectively.

In terms of storage, the device offers 64GB and 128GB internal storage, which can be expanded further by adding a microSD card.

There were no issues with the performance of the smartphone. Be it gaming or watching videos, multitasking or using heavy apps everything seemed like a cake walk.

You can run a large number of apps simultaneously, without noticing a single second of lag and switch between apps with ease. The smartphone also comes with App Priority, which increased the launch speed of your favourite apps, while keeping apps you rarely use from taking up too much memory.

If you are a hardcore gamer, then the handset also offers a Gaming DND mode, which enables the users to play their favourite games without being bothered by unnecessary notifications.

Despite its aluminium design, we didn’t face heating issues with the smartphone. We ran multiple benchmark tests on the smartphone and it scored 174252 in the Antutu test and 1954 and 6622 in Geekbench single core and multi core tests respectively.

OnePlus 5T – Software

The version of tweaked Android OnePlus uses on its phones is still one of the best out there. It’s light, looks a lot like stock Android but adds in a load of genuinely thoughtful and useful additions.

OnePlus 5T runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system out-of-the-box topped with a layer of Oxygen OS 4.7. The company has announced that the smartphone will soon receive Android 8.0 Oreo update. However, the company recently rolled out the Oxygen OS 4.7.1 update that bought better 4K recording, improved accuracy for screen off gestures, face unlock and some bug fixes.

‘Face Unlock’ is a key new feature on the 5T. It’s a self-explanatory security measure that’s sort of like Face ID on the iPhone X. Even though it’s not as tech-fuelled as Apple’s offering – Face Unlock only uses the front-facing camera, not an array of dedicated sensors – it works surprisingly well.

Another new software addition is Parallel Apps: this allows you to create secondary versions of apps like LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook for your work profiles. It’s a neat trick, especially if you use for phone for both personal and work reasons – or if you have a secret second identity.

OnePlus 5T – Battery life

When the OnePlus 5T first leaked it was rumoured the new 18:9 display would be complemented by a much bigger battery. Those rumblings didn’t come to pass though, and the 5T ships with the same 3300mAh cell as its predecessor.

A huge battery like the ones used in both the Huawei Mate 10 and HTC U11+ would of been great, but the OnePlus 5T is still impressive when it comes to endurance. Even though the screen is larger, I have been getting similar battery performance to the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5T – Camera

The other change which differentiates the OnePlus 5T with the OnePlus 5 is its camera. Although the company has kept the pixel count the same, it has played with the aperture this time.

OnePlus-5-5The OnePlus 5T boasts of a dual rear camera setup same as the OnePlus 5, but this time the company has swapped the OnePlus 5’s telephoto lens with a secondary camera, equipped with a large f/1.7 aperture that focuses on low-light photography.

When shooting in low light, the phone automatically switches to secondary camera in order to deliver some great shots. The images captured during low light turned out to be really nice and there was no visible noise. Apart from that, the images taken in bright light or day light were also crisp and sharp with ample amount of detailing. This time the company has also revamped its camera app.

Users now have to slide up, in order to access various shooting modes such as portrait, Pro mode, slow motion, time lapse and other. Similarly, like the OnePlus 5, the smartphone delivers good results when it comes to bokeh effect.

Just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T also sports a 16MP sensor that offers pretty good selfies.

Our Verdict

The OnePlus 5T will appeal to all those planning to spend up to Rs 35,000. The smartphone comes with a starting price tag of Rs 32,999 and offers all the essential and high-end specifications that one is looking for. It has a bezel-less display, face unlock feature and a better camera for low light photography.

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