Oneplus 5T Hands-On: Improved Camera, New display, Same Price
Just months after the launch of OnePlus 5, the Chinese smartphone brand has launched their newest flagship offering. OnePlus have announced OnePlus 5T today in a launch event in Brooklyn, which honestly what we all expected 1+5 to be.
Perfect Android Smartphone?
OnePlus 5T features the newest display trend on the smartphones of the full-view display. The device has a 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display made by Samsung, no OLEDs here. The display is vivid and representation of colours is fantastic as expected from an AMOLED display.
Although some might feel that the increased size on the 5T would be an issue the phone is good to grip thanks to the 18:9 ratio and just the right amount of bezels on the sides by 2017 standards. The phone features a 1080p display rather than a 2K display similar to other flagship devices, but thanks to a great AMOLED display you won’t be noticing any issues if you aren’t keeping count.
The chipset on the OnePlus 5T is the same Snapdragon 835 SoC on the OnePlus 5 and is also available in the similar two options of 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM and 8GB RAM with 128GB ROM, similar to the Oneplus 5.
The device is a premium industrial built anodised Aluminium design. Curved edges and bezel on top and bottom. The buttons on the device feel pretty solid and good to use. OnePlus said they weren’t going to develop something until they are certain the can deliver the best to their customers and OnePlus 5T is just that. No non-sense crazy bezels but what looks elegant and works best. You also get the crowd favourite 3.5-mm jack at the bottom, which seems to be a fast fading option on smartphones.
Although the screen is the biggest change from the Oneplus 5 to the OnePlus 5T that is just not what all this flagship is all about. The OnePlus 5 was a pretty solid device which is not an old device and hence is very similar to the newly launched 5T. Thanks to the Full-view display the fingerprint scanner could no longer be at the front and is moved to the back of the device just above the OnePlus logo.
This might not sit well with many people but is still placed in just the right position when you hold the device. As an alternative, OnePlus has also developed the “Face Unlock” feature. Mind you there is no Hi-Tech sensor scanning your face similar to the iPhone X but the front camera spotting over 100 facial points to recognize you, and it’s mighty fast. The system can’t be easily fooled too but OnePlus feels it’s not the most secure way hence for Android pay and other purchases still require the fingerprint to run.
New slightly tweaked Dual-camera setup
OnePlus have made minor upgradations to the dual-camera setup at the back of the device. The 5T combines a 16-megapixel lens with a 20-megapixel lens with both the lenses featuring an aperture of f/1.7 which improves the device’s low-light camera performance. We will have to test as to how the secondary lens works under low-light conditions but until yet there is a noticeable difference but nothing major.
Portrait mode on the device is similar to the OnePlus 5 and works well. On a low, you do not get front portrait mode similar to the Pixel 2 and iPhoneX. Although the device does a pretty good job both in light and low-light conditions it is definitely not the best camera smartphone out there. That will be a war between iPhoneX and the Google Pixel2 until something incredible comes along.
So is it worth it?
The OnePlus 5T might make you feel enraged if you own a OnePlus 5, but safe to say you are not missing out on anything major other than the new design. But for the people looking to shift to major flagship device without setting a $1000 hole in your pocket, OnePlus 5T has to be the device you go for.
OnePlus 5T is elegant, beautifully designed and thanks to the Oxygen OS gives new stock experience without all the bugs and the issues of the stock Android.