OnePlus 5T Review
OnePlus 5T: Making a stand in the smartphone market is already quite complicated. Muscle to enter the same arena – if not to the higher stage – does not happen often. OnePlus has resisted this trend over the last three years with its high-specification and low-cost phones.
The broader clamor was justified when the phone cost only £ 229 at a time when the flagship iPhone 5s of the season was selling for £549 and could compete on the specifications.
The OnePlus 5T at £449 is a five-month-old upgrade to the OnePlus 5, just like the 3T was a year ago. In 18 months, there have been four flagship devices from a company that had previously only 2 (the mid-range OnePlus X being its other device).
The new OnePlus 5T is great – a vast, crisp screen and dazzling performance – but it comes from a company that is dangerously close to boring its fans and seems to have no more ideas, even if it’s not the case.
We have been using the OnePlus 5T for a few days before it was launched on November 16th.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY OF THE ONEPLUS 5T
OnePlus 5T will cost £449 (N215,000) in the UK for the 6GB RAM / 64GB storage model, going up to £499 (240,000) for the 8GB RAM / 128GB version. It will go on sale Nov. 21.
These, pleasantly, are the same price points as the OnePlus 5 and means that the 5T price is very competitive. If you are looking for value, you are in the right place.
Phones with the same specifications simply can not compete with OnePlus on the price. The Moto Z2 Force costs £ 719, the Samsung Galaxy S8 at £ 669 and the HTC U11 £ 599.
With this step in the language of design, OnePlus managed to make its price even better than at the beginning of the year.
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DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
Do not pretend here; the OnePlus 5T naturally looks like the OnePlus 5. Yes, the front is more attractive with the lack of glasses (and fingerprint sensor), but the phone itself is mostly unchanged next to the new screen 18: 9.
It is a little bigger than the OnePlus 5 to accommodate the new screen, measuring 156x75x7.3mm. It will not fit properly in an old case, but you would not want the fingerprint sensor to be in the back. Fortunately, it’s swift, easy to use and now circular.
The back looks different, with two cameras and a OnePlus logo. It charges via USB-C (and it’s an excellent but exclusive Dash Charge Charger) and retains a headphone jack, but comes without a headset.
There is no waterproofing, nor any form of wireless charging. We do not care too much about the latter, but the first is something that the OnePlus 5T lacks compared to almost all the other flagship Android products this year. So, there are some sacrifices to reach the price.
It’s a phone that we find ridiculously slippery. It is so slim, and the back is not sticky, so we saw it slamming in a case almost a must. This is a shame because the cases do not show the excellent build quality below. However, this is not a problem specific to OnePlus.
It’s also definitely a two-handed phone. The lack of glasses is pretty but makes the phone harder to hold. Only the clumps will be able to reach their thumbs at the top of the screen, and to send us SMS with one hand is impossible.
But for £ 449, wow, what a looker. And he has the specifications to match.
CHARACTERISTICS AND SPECIFICATIONS OF ONEPLUS 5T
Unlike the 3T, the ONEPLUS 5T does not get a noticeable bump compared to the previous generation regarding necessary specifications. But with a Snapdragon 835 and 8 GB of RAM in the version we tested (and a 6 GB ideally suited to the cheaper model), this will not be a problem for all the needs of your smartphone.
Like the OnePlus 5, the 5T is also the fastest phone we’ve used in addition to Pixel 2 this year. This year’s iPhones are also ridiculously fast with Apple’s new A11 Bionic chip.
The display is modified with a 6.01-inch AMOLED optical panel that uses a resolution of 1080 x 2160 to create the 18: 9 aspect ratio. It takes a whopping 80.5 percent of the front of the apparatus.
The only changes are the display, the placement of the fingerprints, the sensors of the camera and the new function of unlocking the face. The latter runs stupidly quickly but is less secure than Apple’s Face ID, and is similar to the same functionality on the Galaxy S8 – deceived by a 2D image.
The installed camera is now two Sony sensors. The main one is 16Mp with f / 1.7 aperture while the secondary one is a 20Mp with f / 1.7 aperture. This is an upgrade from OnePlus 5, whose secondary camera was an f / 2.6 telephoto lens.
With an improved aperture, OnePlus claims that the 5T is its best phone for low light photography. We are testing it again and will publish the results in the full review, including how it handles 4K video at 30 fps, but some tests seem positive compared to its predecessor.
The secondary camera is a 16Mp sensor with f / 2.0 aperture and is pretty decent in daylight.
For all the hype around the cameras OnePlus 5, the results were apparently behind the S8 and GooglePixel, and now behind the Pixel 2. There is a full evaluation coming, but it may be that the 5T will not be the phone up the range to choose if you want the ultimate smartphone camera, despite its relentless social media campaign “Shot on OnePlus.”
So far the call quality has been solid, and it’s good to see OnePlus plowing with the dual SIM slot as standard, but there is still no expandable storage.
It’s a disappointment that the 5T does not come with Android Oreo. It is on Nougat 7.1.1, but we are optimistic for 8.0 Oreo in the months to come.
Oxygen OS, the business interface, continues to improve. OnePlus pushes you to install his new font ‘OnePlus Slate’ which sometimes plays with a cartoon without a vibrator. We still prefer the other option, “Roboto”, Google’s favorite font.
The changes to Android stock are thoughtful and unobtrusive. Sweeping up for apps is better than an app tray, while the notification swatch is familiar but entirely customizable.
Unlike the previous OnePlus phones, the navigation buttons are now exclusively software features, because the lower bezel can no longer accommodate the capacitive buttons on each side of a fingerprint sensor.
The upper bezel still has room for a camera, and this is how you can set up the unlocking of the face. It’s less secure than the biometric sensor or a simple PIN code, but it’s the fastest unlock we’ve ever seen on the phone.
With Google, Nokia and Motorola OnePlus deliver a clean and simple version of Android that is only better.
If you like a bit of Samsung flash style on your phone, but it might not be for you – the 5T is incredibly fast but partly because of its lack of animations. Everything is very austere and clean for the process to be as fast as possible.
The OnePlus 5T is no surprise, both in its existence and the fact that it is very similar to OnePlus 5. It recalls that 2017 was the year when each company quickly produced a phone with a screen 18: 9 to make sure the bezels do not look old-fashioned on the store shelf.
But OnePlus is not on many shelves because of its online retail approach, and its many vocal base fans who bought the five will be bored by the 5T. Maybe OnePlus needed to update its design language quickly to follow up the broader market where it is still a breach.However, for all these points, the OnePlus 5T is perfect. It is at least £ 100 cheaper than similar handsets, and sometimes nearly £300 less. If you buy into the design and the price but can accept it will probably be replaced in six months, so it’s a great choice.