Hello, Friends! Today I’m going to take a look at OnePlus 5T Review. The OnePlus 5T is here and this time OnePlus is not holding back any punches. The smartphone looks and feels like it through 2017 flagship with almost everything that one would expect from a smartphone in this day and age. What is everything as perfect with the OnePlus 5T as it seems to be let’s find out-
Design & Built: –
OnePlus has latest flagship smartphone and one thing that probably no other phone in this range can match. Last year, when the OnePlus 5 was launched people complained that the phone didn’t look like a true flagship even though it was priced like one and the OnePlus 5T fixes that with a beautiful bezel-less display that just looks amazing. I mean look at that screen Optic AMOLED with a full HD plus resolution and other fancy specs that we expect from a flagship smartphone these days.
It’s sleek, slim and all-metal unibody design. Which those who don’t like glass smartphones will appreciate and it feels well made. I’ll just say it would be nice to see this distinctive company return to distinctive designs. The anodized aluminium chassis is a little sleek in the hand but it’s also thin stylish and comfortable to hold.
Now, around the device, you solve all the same bits and pieces including the alert slider which is one of the unique features OnePlus has over any other phone in the market today.
The back side of the phone, eagle-eyed OnePlus founds might also spot that the Camera bump now blends more smoothly into the body of the phone which is a nice bit of additional polish. On the left side, you have volume buttons and the Alert slider. On the right side, you have a power button and the SIM card slot. There is not expandable storage which is not a problem on 128GB version but the 64GB version can feel a little bit tight if you’re crazy about taking photos and videos.
Fingerprint Scanner: –
To slim down the bezels enough to get a high screen to body ratio, OnePlus had to move the fingerprint sensor to the back. This fingerprint reader might be in a location that some people don’t find ideal but it is still one of the fastest fingerprint readers out there. Just tap on the ceramic sensor and you’ll be able to get the phone unlocked in fractions of a second.
Face Unlock: –
There is another way of unlocking the device and it is the Face Unlock and it’s kind of scary quick. Just have your face data be put into the phone using the outline in the settings and then when you’re looking at the phone at least the camera should recognize that your face is in front of the phone when you hit the power button it’s going to basically unlock straight into the UI. The angle of recognition also seems to be pretty wide so I could have the phone wake up away from my face and the slow move in you can tell exactly one it recognizes that my face is in front of it. The security of the face unlock is a little bit questionable for some users but at least OnePlus does put a disclaimer that Face Unlock is not as secure as passwords or fingerprint scanner.
The speaker experience is much improved but that is not saying a lot. Considering the old one wasn’t amazing and it was pretty tinny though it’s not as loud as the 5 and those stereo speakers are conspicuously absent. There’s some bass now and clear pleasant highs. Now, there is also a 3.5mm headphone jack and the sound is pretty good but you have an audio file and you want high fight DAC audio it’s not on here.
The OnePlus 5T has 6-inch Optic AMOLED display is the biggest change in this phone. It features an 18 by 9 aspect ratio with much smaller bezels on the top and bottom. Weirdly enough, the side bezels are a little bit thicker but you’re not really gonna notice it in real life use. The screen looks amazing. The 5T has at 1080p screen resolution but it has plenty of details and bright punchy colours. Blue tones are noticeably better than OnePlus 5. It has a bright and vivid display with good viewing angles. The display is bright and the sunlight legibility definitely not a problem.
The OnePlus has shiny new Stock wallpapers in clean UI are a great fit for this expensive colourful display. And for what it’s worth the jelly scrolling problem that some users complained about at the OnePlus 5 has been banished from the newer model.
Media consumption on this phone is a whole other immersive experience. Games work great with this display and the ones I play most often scale up perfectly well to fit the screen and every game works flawlessly on the OnePlus 5T. Even watching videos on this thing is an amazing experience there’s no notch and app scale up perfectly. Well, YouTube video supports inch out to fill the whole screen and Netflix also scales up utilize the full display. Basically, almost every app works flawlessly with this display.
The new screen is the main centrepiece of the 5T and this is definitely worthy of deep blacks and saturation galore protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and also one of the best Ambient displays in the industry.
The dual camera array around the back looks similar but the secondary telephoto lens is gone replaced with a 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture lens.
The whole point of the second camera now is to improve low-light photography. An area where the OnePlus 5 was just an average performer now OnePlus uses a kind of pixel binning combining data from groups of pixels on the sensor to produce clearer sharper shots in very low-light. For the most part, it works okay and is a noticeable improvement over the OnePlus 5. Although I’ve got a question why you need a second lens to do this, as opposed to just sourcing a single sensor that’s good in both daylight and low-light.
One other benefit of the second camera is Portrait Mode which makes a return on the 5T and works okay most of the time though not as well as more expensive rivals.
Anyway, all the camera swapping is handled automatically in brighter conditions the phone uses the main camera. When it gets darker it swishes to the secondary camera and for the main camera, it’s still a 16-megapixel Sony sensor behind in f/1.7 lens. It still takes decent photos in most conditions just like the OnePlus 5 did. The big trade-off this time is that you no longer have a dedicated telephoto camera. At first, I have mixed feelings about this but the more I use the OnePlus 5T the more seems like a reasonable compromise.
In darker conditions, the OnePlus 5 would switch to a digital zoom to crop of the main sensor. Anyway, because the old telephoto camera was just so weak in low-light they’ve been a handful of other camera improvements too like the redesigned camera UI that takes advantages of the taller screen. And enhancements to OnePlus’s electronic image stabilization for video which was already pretty good on the OnePlus 5.
Front Camera: –
Around the front, it’s a familiar high megapixel selfie experience a 16-megapixel Sony sensor behind a f/2.0 lens which is decent if a little lacking in low-light. There are, of course, a few things that you don’t get when you’re paying just $500 for a flagship tier phone. The OnePlus 5T still lacks water resistance, there’s no optical stabilization in either camera which is the traditional way to improve low-light shots.
Performance & Memory: –
The OnePlus 5T is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 which clocked at Octa-Core up to 2.45GHz processor and coupled with 6GB or 8GB RAM and 64GB or 128GB internal storage which translates to amazing real-world performance.
The phone absolutely blazes through everything high-quality games like Asphalt 8 run without any hiccups. There’s no slowdown in opening and closing apps even when you have about a thousand open.
Software performance is almost perfect, responsive to a fault. OxygenOS is one of my favourite versions of Android. OxygenOS 4.7.1 on top of Android 7.1.1 powers this internals and continues to be my favourite customization for Android. It blends smart features from other phones with original enhancements to give you a device. You can customize completely, from accent colour to notification LED without sacrificing the speed that makes it feel so much more expensive than it is. I love the customizable dashboard on the left that that can become whatever you want through widgets. I love that there’s a full menu to help you customize the navigation button and what they do, you can set up double tap commands long press etc. I love also the power user features like parallel apps for more than one account on social media.
The Oxygen OS 4.7.1 brings numerous tweaks to the launcher like new easier to reach folders and updated widgets and their new gestures for that rear-facing fingerprint scanner as well like a swipe down from the notification shade or a long press to take photos in the camera app. The on-screen keys can be customized to with the option to hide them behind a swipe up gesture and take full advantage of that giant 18 by 9 display and the new parallel apps feature lets you run multiple instances of apps like WhatsApp, Facebook or Twitter to keep your work and personal accounts separate. Besides, the sprinkling of new features you get everything that was great about the OnePlus 5t software a clean, fast Android experience as a joy to use.
The OnePlus 5T has a 3300 milliamp-hours battery. I was able to get 5 hours of screen on time on average on days when I was listening to a lot of music through Bluetooth earbuds getting navigation done and also using mobile networks but on a day that I was just using Wi-Fi for the majority of the time. I was able to get over 6 hours of screen time which is really impressive.
Of course, the high-quality accessories that come with the phone include the Dash charging cable and the plug adapter which help to get the phone back up to speed in no time.
The OnePlus 5T is as a well-balanced phone as you’re gonna find at this price point and really great value for $499 or even 569 dollars. It performs pretty well in pretty much every other area and it’s a super fast phone with great multimedia experience. It has an excellent design with the 18 by 9 great display. The camera performance is also great and the battery life is good. So, in my opinion, except the water resistance and wireless charging, this is an excellent flagship phone which is a winner of this year.
|Indian Buyers||Buy Now||Price|
|OnePlus 5T||Rs 32,999|
|OnePlus 5T||Coming Soon||$ 499.00|
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / LTE / HSPA|
|SIM||Dual (Nano, Dual Standby)|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm|
|DISPLAY||Type||Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 2160p, 18:9 aspect ratio (401 PPI)|
|Protection||2.5D curved glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|CAMERA||Rear||Dual (Main; 16-MP, f/1.7, Sony IMX398, 1.12μm pixel size, Secondary; 20-MP, IMX376K, f/1.7, 1.0μm pixel size), Dual LED flash, PDAF|
|Front||16-MP, f/2.0, 1.0μm pixel size, IMX371|
|Video||4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@30fps, 720p@120fps|
|Features||Geo-tagging, Face detection, touch focus, HDR, Panorama|
|PROCESSOR||OS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat, Oxygen OS 4.7|
|Chip||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-Core up to 2.45GHz Cortex-A53|
|MEMORY||Internal||128GB, 8GB RAM or 64GB, 6GB RAM|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, Proximity, G-Sensor, Ambient Light, RGB, Sensor Hub|
|CONNECTIVITY||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi direct, Hotspot|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 Reversible Connector|
|Others||Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, NFC|
|SOUND||Speaker||Loudspeaker & 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|BATTERY||Li-Po 3300 mAh|