OnePlus launched their T variant of the 5 in mid-November. Unlike the 3T which was a mere hardware refresh, 5T have quite big improvements. OnePlus 5T is the company’s most expensive device with best hardware and software (provided by OnePlus) till date. We have already done a detailed OnePlus 5 Review. Even though the number of good things increased coming from 5 to 5T, the price still remains the same. OnePlus finally stretched the display along with an improved camera, a new face unlock feature and above all it still retains the headphone jack. Device lacks wireless charging and water resistance, other than that 5T is a complete flagship device in every other aspect.
T REPRESENT TRUE FLAGSHIP.
We’ve been using this device for around more than a month in order to provide you a good in-depth review of the device. Lets get right to it.
OnePlus 5T shares similar design to its predecessor with a mere big form factor. One thing that immediately pops when you hold the device for the first time is the new 18:9 nearly bezel-less display on the front. While the display looks amazing, it also makes 5T the first device from OnePlus to have a FingerPrint scanner at the back. Regardless to the new placement, its the same ceramic scanner which unlocks the phone in just 0.2 sec. Scanner now supports gestures like Swiping down for notifications.
Rest of the design is same as the OnePlus 5, using the same Aluminium Uni-Body with a slightly elevated camera bump this time. USB Type C, Speakers and Headphone Jack are present at the bottom as usual. Alert Slider and Volume rocker on the left while the SIM tray and power button are present on the right. Buttons are quite tactile which reflects the quality status of the OnePlus. 5T feels premium in hand weighing around just 167gm.
Talking about the biggest improvement, is the new 18:9 6.01 inch Optic AMOLED display on the front with a resolution of 1800 x 2160 pixels (401 PPI). Being just a Full HD display it does not meet the other Quad HD panels in the market but you won’t be able to pin-point much of a difference until you hold the device near your eyes and peep for every single pixel. FHD also consumes less battery and no one dislikes the extra juice.
Media consumption on the 5T is quite fun. Playing games and watching movies on this display provides an amazing immersive experience with deep blacks and saturated colors. It also supports DCI-P3, sRGB or the color tone which can be customized using the slider to the point which suits your need in the display setting. No problem in reading the display under direct sunlight.
Hosting the same husky hardware as its predecessor there is no compromise in the performance segment. Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 coupled with 6GB/8GB RAM (depending upon the model you choose) is the most powerful hardware in the Android segment till date (25 december 2k17) which handles demanding games, apps and heavy multi tasking like a gust.
Our unit was 8GB/128GB model. Through out our review period I personally never saw the OnePlus 5T struggling. RAM management is amazing keeping almost every app and even heavy games in the memory.
On heavy usage it tends toward a warmer side but never to a point of being too hot. Powerful hardware with stock like software allows 5T to rival some of the major flagships in terms of raw performance.
OnePlus 5T runs on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with well known OxygenOS on top of it. Oxygen OS is my favorite skin providing stock like experience with couple of essential features which stock android lacks. Features like re-mapping hardware or software buttons, dark mode, Lift Up display and much more makes handling the 5T fun.
Oxygen OS feels like added cherry on the cake.
As I said before, OxygenOS feels as smooth as stock android in every sense with its sleek animations. Reading mode again made its way on 5T which kindle users will love. A new feature is added, called Face Unlock and believe me its blazing fast. Sometimes it feels like there is no lock screen at all, just lift the phone to your face press the power button and you are on your home screen. However as the OnePlus claimed, its not as secure as a fingerprint scanner but it worked well and we aren’t able to fool it with any photo or video. In low light situations, Face Unlock is a Hit or Miss, we recommend to use the FingerPrint scanner in such scenarios. If you wanna try face unlock on your device then we have written an article on Enabling face unlock feature on any android device.
OnePlus 5T is running on Oxygen OS 4.7.2 and will soon receive an update to Oxygen OS 4.7.4 with couple of Camera and System level improvements. Optimizations for face unlock, sound and vibration are also provided.
Android Oreo is under work and OnePlus claims it will be available for the 5T in the beginning of 2018.
OnePlus 5T exhibits a similar dual camera array as the OP5, however the second telephoto lens is now replaced with a 20Megapixel shooter with f/1.7 aperture. Primary sensor is still the same 16Megapixel sensor from the OnePlus 5. Second shooter mainly focuses on the low light performance and comes into play in extremely dark situations. The 2X lossless is now replaced with a 2X digital zoom.
Under well-lit condition the OnePlus 5T is an excellent shooter that captures crisp images with natural and not so over saturated colors. Portrait mode is available, as it solely depends upon the image processor (since there is no telephoto lens this time). It works well until you encounter a busy background where edge detection becomes a hit or miss. During dark conditions the second 20 Megapixel sensor comes into play which uses an Intelligent Pixel Technology. Results are comparatively better than the predecessor OP5 but still its above average.
4K @ 30fps video can be recorded using the main sensor which is stabilized by Electronic Image Stabilization. Although OIS is absent, the EIS does more than good enough to keep the video stable.
On the front is a 16Megapixel sensor which is more than enough for selfie lovers. However noise peeps in the image under low lit conditions.
Overall OnePlus 5T is an excellent device which you can confidently put in your pocket as a primary shooter.
Bigger screen means more battery consumption however to our amusement 5T provides solid battery life as its predecessor. It packs the same 3300 mAh Li-Po battery which provides more than 5+ hours of screen on time. Through out our review period we played games, browsed through web, watched videos etc and by the end of the day we still got around 15% juice remaining.
Battery optimizations are solid however if you still ran out of juice there is no need to worry as Dash Charge (OnePlus’s own fast charging solution) tops up to 60% in just 30 minutes.
OnePlus 5T with all the witty improvements over the OnePlus 5 at a similar price is an eminent deal. Wireless charging and Water resistance is still not on the list but it’s not something that every smart phone users are looking for.
So OnePlus 5 owners should rush to buy the new model? Answer to this is still a ‘NO’. However if you own a 2nd generation old smart phone and looking for a high-end device, OnePlus 5T is for one of them.
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