The OnePlus 5T has been officially unveiled during a special event in New York and after weeks of teasers and speculation, we know exactly what upgrades have been made and how much it will cost you.
The main upgrade and the biggest selling point of the phone is the impressive new display which is 6.01-inch with a 1080 x 2160 resolution giving it an 18:9 aspect ratio and 80.5% screen to body ratio. This puts it in the same league as many of this year’s leading flagship phones such as the Galaxy S8, LG V30 and iPhone X. The AMOLED panel means colours should be punchy, and it’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
Due to the larger screen and slightly bigger body, the fingerprint scanner has been relocated to the rear of the device. The physical home and navigation keys are now missing. This is a common design among most Android phones so it is neither good nor bad in our opinion.
What should be an insignificant feature, is the 3.5mm jack. Thanks to Apple this has now become a selling point for phones, and thankfully there is one with the OnePlus 5T.
The OnePlus 5T features dual cameras on the rear and an improved portrait and low-light photography modes.
Both cameras have the same focal length and aperture, allowing the phone to capture more detail when shooting in portrait mode and removing the cropping required when using two sensors with different focal lengths.
The OnePlus 5T also has improved EIS (electronic image stabilization), providing smoother, cleaner video with less camera shake.
OnePlus are also advertising face unlock alongside its rear-facing fingerprint scanner. OnePlus claims it’ll work if you’re wearing a scarf or pulling a funny face, and unlocks the phone in 0.4 seconds. This has been a feature on other Android phones before and has been even more insecure than the iPhone X implementation, we would assume it is the similar tech as previously used.
Most of the other aspect stay the same, which is not a bad thing, as they are all flagship specifications. You get the latest and best Snapdragon 835 chipset and then either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – depending on which model you decide to pick up.
Unfortunately, it will be launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat but the Android Oreo update will arrive in early 2018 for the OnePlus 5T, with an open beta available from late 2017.
Most impressive of all is the price tag, you can buy the OnePlus 5T for the same price as the original OnePlus 5 at a bargain £449 and you can pre-order it from today with O2. Shipping should start on 22nd of November.