OnePlus 5T Improves Upon Its Predecessor With Larger Screen and Better Camera
After weeks of speculation, OnePlus has revealed the OnePlus 5T which addresses some of the problems with the original phone and helps the company live up to its reputation as a “flagship killer.”
The original OnePlus 5 was a pretty good value in the face of the more expensive Galaxy S8 and the thousand dollar iPhone X, but it wasn’t as good in comparison to the value offered by previous OnePlus phones. The 5T, which, like the standard OnePlus 5, starts at $499, represents a much better value.
The biggest improvement the 5T offers over the original model is the screen size. The 5T offers a six-inch 1080p AMOLED display with minimal bezels. The screen isn’t quite as impressive as the one on the iPhone X, but it’s also half the price. The fingerprint scanner which normally appears on the front of OnePlus phones has been moved to the back to make room for more screen.
Speaking of the phone’s back, since the entire thing is made of aluminium, there is no support for wireless charging which is a bit disappointing. Considering the other upgrades offered in the 5t, we would have liked OnePlus to add wireless charging, but that likely would have driven the cost up a bit.
One thing that OnePlus did borrow from Apple is the facial unlocking feature. OnePlus says its version of the software makes use of “over 100 biometrics” to ensure the phone is secure. Personally, we prefer to simply use the fingerprint scanner, but that is purely a matter of preference and its nice that OnePlus, unlike Apple, is offering customers a choice.
In terms of internal hardware, the 5t is identical to the original OnePlus 5, but that’s not a bad thing. The OnePlus 5 was one of the most powerful smartphones on the market featuring a Snapdragon 835 processor, six to eight GB of RAM, and 64 to 128 GB of storage. The 3,000mAH battery should last awhile even without the convenience of wireless charging.
One area that the OnePlus 5 did lag behind on is the camera. The OnePlus 5T does make use of the same 16MP/20MP setup, but increases the lens aperture which should make for better pictures in low-light conditions.
In terms of OS, OnePlus’s Oxygen OS is still based on Android Nougat 7.1, but it does offer some interesting features. Parallel Apps allows users to have two copies of an app on the same phone making it easier to login to multiple accounts. There are some new home screen customization options.
The OnePlus 5T will be available on November 21st from oneplus.net. The six GB version with 64GB of internal storage will cost $499. The $559 model will offer eight GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
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