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OnePlus 5T review: exactly what OnePlus 5 should have been

OnePlus has made a name in the smartphone industry for the consecutive release of top admirers. Devices with high level specifications at a price that puts the main players to shame. However, when the Chinese giant launched OnePlus 5 at the beginning of 2017, it was the subject of a number of criticisms for not having adopted the current visualization trends. However, the company has taken steps to correct this gap and has launched OnePlus 5T with an updated 18: 9 display to satisfy consumers. So, if I felt that OnePlus 5 was not up to the standards of this year's flagship devices, OnePlus 5T will surely satisfy your cravings. Let's take a look and find out if OnePlus 5T was actually the flagship we deserved in the first place.

OnePlus 5T specifications

Before talking in detail about OnePlus 5T, let's take a look at the specifics of this flagship flagship:

dimensions 156, 1 x 75 x 7, 3 mm
Weight 5, 7 ounces (162 g)
Display 18: 9 optical AMOLED screen of 6, 01 inch, with 1080 x 2160p screen resolution
Processor octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, clocked at 2.45 GHz
GPU Adreno 540
RAM 6 GB or 8 GB
storage 64 GB or 128 GB
Main camera Dual 16 + 20MP camera, with f / 1.7 aperture and dual LED flash
Secondary camera IMX 371 16 MP sensor, with f / 2.0 aperture
Battery 3, 300 mAh, non-removable
Operating system Android 7.1.1 Nougat, upgradeable to Oreo in December
sensors Fingerprint, Accelerometer, G-sensor, Electronic compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient light sensor
connectivity LTE, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Ports USB Type-C charging port, 3.5 mm headphone jack
Price starts at $ 449 ($ 32.99)

What's in the box

The Chinese giant remained faithful to the conventional red and white packages for OnePlus 5T. You don't get many accessories in the package, but pre-installed screen protector and translucent back cover are a good addition to OnePlus . Except for the excitement of seeing OnePlus 5T in the flesh for the first time, there was nothing special about canceling the device. Here's what you find in the OnePlus 5T package:

  • OnePlus 5T
  • Dash type cable
  • Power Dash adapter
  • Screen Protector (pre-installed)
  • Translucent case
  • SIM ejection tool
  • Fast guide

Design and build quality

If you liked all about the build quality of OnePlus 5, then I can, without a doubt, say that you will love the OnePlus 5T even more. I was a big fan of the OnePlus 5 unibody metal construction, carved in anodized aluminum. It has made the device absolutely stunning and truly a premium premium offering. OnePlus 5T not only carries on the same design and material, which is definitely an advantage, but also offers a larger 6-inch Full HD + HD AMOLED display, with an 18: 9 aspect ratio .

The new screen makes the OnePlus 5T a compatriot in the current trend (the reasoning for this launch) while providing a wider screen area to interact with. Since other hardware manufacturers began to include higher screens in their smartphones, I was waiting for OnePlus to make the leap. And finally he did it with OnePlus 5T.

To accommodate the larger display, the Chinese giant has moved the fingerprint sensor on the central back of the OnePlus 5T and it could not improve for me. I had no qualms with the fingerprint sensor positioned in the foreground, but I prefer rear positioning as the sensor becomes easier to access. the perfect placement for the fingerprint sensor, as our index is naturally found at that point. I can simply move my finger in position and unlock the device instantly.

While some of you may not prefer the placement of the new fingerprint sensor as it prevents us from checking notifications when the device is resting on the table. OnePlus now includes another biometric security feature, called Face Unlock, which will be the answer to your problem. But we will discuss this functionality in more detail later.

Furthermore, I would like to commend OnePlus for their efforts to listen to consumer feedback and make their device even better while maintaining the existing goodness. The warning slider on the left and the 3.5mm headphone jack are two positive elements that the OnePlus 5T is going in its favor. also available a USB Type-C charging port and a speaker grille in the lower part, the volume and power control on the right (which are quite tactile!) And the dual lens camera module with LED flash and sensor of fingerprints in the back.

The warning slider on the left and the 3.5mm headphone jack are two positive elements that the OnePlus 5T is going in its favor.


Let's talk about the highlight of OnePlus 5T, the main reason why the Chinese giant has upgraded its flagship device. OnePlus 5 was launched with a 5, 5-inch screen at the beginning of 2017 and users launched themselves into the company for the release of a smartphone with an obsolete display and a copied design (a thought that was forgotten). OnePlus 5T is correcting this serious error by upgrading to a 6-inch optical AMOLED display with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 . It makes us the device in line with the current trend, which could lead to the end of 16: 9 views in the coming years.

As I said above, I was very happy to see the brand new 18: 9 display on the OnePlus 5T. Well, to keep it concise, the screen looks absolutely gorgeous and it was a compelling experience to disarm the device for the first time. I immediately extracted OnePlus 5T from the box, turned it on and realized that all the extra space on the screen was worth it.

The screen looks absolutely gorgeous and it was a compelling experience to disarm the device for the first time.

The device feels quite sturdy in the hand, but it took me a couple of minutes to get familiar with the higher screen. I saw an IPS display on my device for a couple of years and the brightness and contrast of the AMOLED screen caught my eye.

I also noticed that several users, especially those with smaller hands, they may have to face some problems to reach the top of the 6-inch display . However, notifications can be verified using fingerprint gestures that are common on Android devices.

I also went ahead to test the theory that there was a difference between the OnePlus 5T faceplates and those made public on stage during the launch event. The observant people were absolutely right, the 2D renderings painted the screen almost unframed in a wrong light and the device has blackened side frames. This, however, is not a bargain and OnePlus 5T looks like an elegant transformation of OnePlus 5.

User interface

The main reason why I was an Android user for the longest time the wide range of customization possibilities offered by Google's mobile operating system. But this is not the only reason. Android open-source, which allows hardware manufacturers to make changes to the operating system as they see fit. Here are the steps of OxygenOS OnePlus, which surely one of the best custom Android ROMs.

OnePlus has certainly added its own touch to Android via OxygenOS, but has kept the ease of accessibility and the minimalist stock feeling of the operating system. The Customization options that I like to use on my OnePlus 5T are the dark theme, fingerprint gestures and the shelf page on the left. But I hate the fact that OnePlus has shipped their latest Android Nougat smartphone in tow, especially when Oreo came out in the last three months. I expected to see the last taste of Android on the device, which my own disappointment for the OnePlus 5T software part.

One of the many new features that OnePlus has added to OnePlus 5T, following consumer feedback, Parallel Apps . This app allows you to duplicate some of the known social networking and messaging apps, so you can easily access multiple accounts on the device . This function will be very useful for consumers who plan to use dual SIM, with social accounts for each of them, on their device.

My favorite feature of the OnePlus 5T, however, must be the functionality Newly added "Face Unlock" that lets you unlock your device using only your face (obviously!). yet another example of OnePlus that participates in the new trend of facial recognition and I went to the city to play with this new feature.

Although OnePlus has adopted the existing "Trusted Faces" smart lock in Android, it has made significant changes to its operation to make it safer and more efficient. But the highlight of this facial recognition feature that crazy fast and unlocks the phone the moment you look at it . You just need to press the power button and the OnePlus 5T jumps directly to the home screen after recognizing your face, leaving your jaw highly in contact with the ground. It was fun to play with the Face Unlock feature, but I found some negative quirks about the same.

You just need to press the power button and the OnePlus 5T jumps directly to the home screen after recognizing your face, leaving your jaw highly in contact with the ground.

When using Face Unlock, you should remember that the function works using only the front camera and does not use luxury hardware like the iPhone X, so not the perfect implementation of the function. Even OnePlus states that Face Unlock is "less secure" than the fingerprint and password lock . I also noticed that Dace's unlock function failed to recognize my face in conditions of differential or dark lighting. However, I suggest you try this feature to be stunned when it is released in milliseconds.


Qualcomm has not released any new high-end or flagship chipsets since the Snapdragon 835, so of course OnePlus 5T has the same internal specifications as the OnePlus 5. powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, providing the device with all the powers it needs to offer a quality experience.

And OnePlus 5T lives up to expectations, as I haven't noticed any considerable delays or frame drops while using the device in the last few days. You can choose between the 6 GB or 8 GB RAM variant (I had the latter), but the performance should be similar throughout. No waiting periods or heating problems were observed when playing heavy game titles such as Asphalt or Into the Dead 2.

Although you might think that the benchmarks will not give you a complete idea of ??the device's performance, especially when OnePlus has previously been accused of benchmark fraud. However, it was concluded that OnePlus 5T without any benchmark enhancement software and performance mode . So I would say that the numbers you see below are quite surprising and comparable to the most (expensive) flagships released this year. Here I have enclosed the result of AnTuTu and Geekbench so that you can check the results by yourself:

And, oh my God, watching movies and games on OnePlus 5T is a lot more fun with the new 18: 9 screen. The higher screen gives you such an immersive experience that it would be hard for you to look at your smartphone with a 16: 9 screen conventional. While some apps like YouTube, Asphalt, Netflix and others have been updated for this trend screen size, there are still numerous apps that will have to make the change soon. I can't wait for that day to arrive quite impatiently.


As we had already seen with OnePlus 3T, the Chinese giant would have to make significant changes to the rear camera module in the successor OnePlus 5. And we got an unexpected mix of double cameras on the back of the OnePlus 5T, which continues to exceed my expectations.

OnePlus 5, if you remember, had two rear cameras with a primary 16 MP sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary telephoto lens. It allowed the device to capture beautiful shots with the infamous bokeh effect, thanks to the depth data collected by the second sensor. This configuration produced some large-scale shots and still does so with the use of software, but the user community was more inclined to better performance in low light conditions.

Therefore, OnePlus has maintained the primary 16 MP sensor but has replaced the secondary telephoto lens with a standard 20 MP sensor with f / 1.7 aperture, allowing the OnePlus 5T to capture more light at input . It has greatly helped us improve poor light results, as can be seen in the examples of cameras attached below:

Compared to its predecessor, images taken with OnePlus 5T in low light conditions exceeded my expectations and exceeded the OnePlus 5 by a mile. OnePlus 5T was able to capture more details, produce better colors and make photos more presentable. But in a couple of strange photos, I noticed an environmental noise, something that could have been avoided if the 5T camera came with OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) in tow.

Compared to its predecessor, images taken with OnePlus 5T in low light conditions exceeded my expectations and exceeded the OnePlus 5 by a mile.

Note : OnePlus has already stated that the 5T generally captures photos using the main sensor, without any help from the secondary one. If you shoot in low light and the available light is less than 10 lux, only the secondary 20 MP camera will come into play. It has also been said that the device uses Intelligent Pixel technology to produce incredible low-light shots.

Replacing the secondary telephoto lens with the standard f / 1.7 aperture camera has also changed the way you click on portrait photos on the OnePlus 5T. Portrait photos are no longer enlarged and cropped like they were on OnePlus 5. Instead, OnePlus 5T captures portrait shots without further clipping, which is preferable in my opinion. However, you can still magnify the subject 2 times with the tab available in the Camera app.

Moreover, the front camera of OnePlus 5T also carries a 16 MP sensor with f / 2.0 aperture and quite capable . The selfie shot with the front camera pop and decently accurate color reproduction. The embellishment feature adds another level to the aforementioned experience, placing the OnePlus 5T selfies among one of the best in this price range.

The dual camera rear configuration on OnePlus 5T also can record 4K video at 30 fps and 1080p video at 60 fps. Although any of the rear lenses missing OIS, the software-based EIS is doing a pretty decent job in video stabilization . The selfie camera, on the other hand, can only record 1080p or 720p video at 30fps.

Telephony and audio

The strength of the OnePlus 5T, along with the higher display, will surely be the presence of the headphone jack in 2017. Even when other phone manufacturers show courage by removing the 3, 5 mm jack, OnePlus gets stuck for its guns and what's right for consumers.

The Chinese giant has retained the 3.5mm headphone jack, making it easier for users to enjoy their favorite music on the go. Has decided not to give up the 3, 5 mm jack because nobody wants to take the dongles with them to listen to music and recharge your device when needed. They focus on OnePlus to make this decision.

While the audio quality of the headphones can be considered good on the OnePlus 5T, the device is a beast when it comes to playing music through its speaker. THE' speaker becomes extremely noisy, but still manages to provide a clear listening experience, without cuts or cuts at the highest levels. OnePlus is also busy providing a good number of volume steps (a lot of people jump on this), so the speaker doesn't get too loud or soft when you press the volume buttons.

As for the quality of audio calls, OnePlus 5T fits quite well in this segment too. I did not notice any hiccups in sending or receiving phone calls since signal reception was good and constant. The audio levels on the headset were not too powerful and the noise cancellation was quite good, but I suggest you use headphones for better sound and longer conversations.

I did not notice any hiccups in sending or receiving phone calls since signal reception was good and constant.


OnePlus 5T comes loaded with the standard connectivity options you would expect to see on most flagship devices nowadays. The device supports dual SIM, so it is possible to install 2 nano-SIM cards, but it is not possible to replace one for a MicroSD card since OnePlus 5T does not support memory expansion. Includes the LTE support for over 30 network bands, with speeds up to 600 Mbps and the latest Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac which also supports MIMO 2 2 .

The device includes also Bluetooth 5.0, with support for aptX and aptX HD . It means that you will be able to connect more than one pair of headphones to the OnePlus 5T. You can also use the device to complete contactless transactions, thanks to the inclusion of NFC support. Last but not least, the device includes GPS support, Russia's GLONASS, the Chinese navigation system BeiDou and even Galileo in Europe.

Battery and recharge

Battery life is one of the main factors that can distinguish the device from the leading devices of other hardware manufacturers. OnePlus 5T includes a 3, 300 mAh non-removable lithium ion battery pack, which is the same size as the OnePlus 5 . On paper, it looked like the battery wouldn't be enough to handle the taller 18: 9 display, but it looks like OnePlus is using some sort of sorcery to optimize the device. To my surprise, the OnePlus 5T battery lasted me longer than the OnePlus 5 on average or high daily usage.

The OnePlus 5T battery lasted me longer than the OnePlus 5 with average or high daily usage.

Starting the day at 100%, OnePlus 5T lasted a full day for me and does not need to be connected until the end of the day. I still had about 20 percent charge after using the device for work, social media and media consumption . One of the main reasons why the battery lasts a full day even after the introduction of a higher display could be due to OnePlus's decision to stick to the 1080p AMOLED panel. Not yet upgraded to QuadHD like its competitors, but I don't mind if I can get a little more juice from my battery.

While the battery performance of the OnePlus 5T is quite impressive, you don't even need to worry about charging the device. The super-fast recharge, which of course one of my favorite features of OnePlus devices, has also been continued on OnePlus 5T. If you're short on time, Dash Charging can help you increase your device from 0 to 75% in just 35 minutes . You will be deeply impressed by the reloading of the dash once you have seen the speed of the device through the charging process like a Nascar driver.

OnePlus 5T crushes its 2017 flagship competitors?

OnePlus launched its flagship 2017 device, OnePlus 5, in the middle of the year, when the bezel-less trend was gaining notoriety. There weren't many smartphones with a huge 18: 9 display, so the Chinese giant skipped anyway and played it safe with their initial launch. However, with most of the frameless 18: 9 display flagships, users soon began to appreciate the larger screens and wanted their next device to include one of these, with 18: 9 proportions.

Therefore, the Chinese behemoth has finally embraced the trend and updated its smartphone to now include a higher 18: 9 display, making the OnePlus 5T one of the best flagship devices of 2017. It includes the most powerful mobile processor, a dual camera system , face Unlock and an elegant build quality. All this at prices starting at $ 499 / Rs. 32.999 and this makes it surprising. Honestly, if you're looking for a flagship phone in Rs. Price range between 30 and 40,000, OnePlus 5T is child's play . There is the decent Nokia 8 at $ 479 / Rs. 36.999, but the splendid 18: 9 display and the elegant design of the 5T are missing. There is also Mix 2 for $ 499 / Rs. 35.999 with an extraordinary 18: 9 display, but the 5T only has better cameras. Take it? OnePlus 5T only in a separate league. In fact, it competes with the flagships at much higher prices out there and even better some of them. We wrote an article about the best alternatives OnePlus 5T, but honestly, if you ask me, I would say that there is no alternative worthy of the OnePlus 5T.

If you are looking for a flagship phone in Rs. Price range between 30 and 40,000, OnePlus 5T is child's play .


  • Spectacular 6-inch AMOLED optical display
  • Improved photography in low light conditions
  • Fluid and fluid user experience
  • Long lasting battery performance
  • Face Unlock works fast
  • The Dash Charging a God sent


  • Not running Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box
  • The secondary rear camera is not always activated

Buy OnePlus 5T (starting at $ 499 / Rs. 32.999)

OnePlus 5T review: exactly what the OnePlus 5 should have been

Of all the flagship devices launched this year, OnePlus 5T must be my favorite just because it gets almost everything right. You may need to shell out around $ 1000 to afford many of the major 2017 devices, but OnePlus, which includes all the same top-notch interiors, available at a reasonable price.