OnePlus is again back with their new offering, the OnePlus 5T, which is the successor to the OnePlus 3T. This is the second phone in their ‘T’ line up of devices. On pen and paper, this is just a minor upgrade over the OnePlus 5. The internals of both the devices has been mostly kept intact. They differ on how they look, and the camera is upgraded.
Coming to the price point, there is a nice surprise: OnePlus 5T costs the same as OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5T, similar to the OnePlus 5, comes with 2 variants: The 6 GB + 64 GB variant, priced at Rs32999, and the 8GB + 128 GB variant, priced at Rs37999.
The lower variant has just one color option: Slate Gray and the higher variant has two color options: Slate Gray and Midnight Black.
Again, it is an Amazon Exclusive device. The early bird sale goes live on 21st November 4.30pm, exclusively for Amazon Prime members. The regular sales start from 28th November onwards. No, there is no invite needed to purchase the OnePlus 5T.
So, these are the highlights for the OnePlus 5T. Let’s check out the device in details.
OnePlus 5T Features:
When we describe a device, the build and display is the first thing we talk about. And here, OnePlus has done a major upgrade over the 5. It chose to keep thinner bezels and increased the display to 6.01 inches, the aspect ratio to 18:9 with an 80.5% Screen to Body Ratio. The display is Fully optic AMOLED.
But even with this large display, the form factor is similar to the OnePlus 5, thanks to the thinner bezels. It doesn’t look like a 6-inch screen device. So, you get the feel of a large screen in a small 5.5-inch sized phone itself.
The physical buttons include the Volume Rockers, Power Button, and Alert Slider. There is no physical home button, and it comes with on-screen navigation. As a result of this, the ceramic fingerprint sensor is now shifted to the back. It is still as efficient as the OnePlus 5. It unlocks your phone in 0.2 seconds. It weighs 162g.
The screen resolution is 1080 x 2160 pixels with 401 PPI.
The display is protected by 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It should protect you from shoulder-height drops about 80% of the times, as claimed by Corning.
OnePlus 5T chose to keep the 3.5mm headphone jack, something very useful for audiophiles out there. But, there’s also another good thing. The USB Type C output now supports audio playback as well. So, you can connect headphones with Type C output. And of course, OnePlus has their own Dash Charger, which claims to charge the device under 1 hour.
The battery capacity is still the same, 3300 mah. Something I disliked the most about this device. Clearly, when you are increasing the overall screen size, the battery consumption will increase compared to the 5, so they should have made some arrangements to include a bigger battery.
In fact, if you take a look, throughout all the years, the battery hasn’t improved much. The OnePlus One had 3000mah battery itself. The OP2 had 3300mah, the OP3 again back to 3000mah, the Op3T to 3450mah, the OP5 had 3300mah and now the OP5T has the same 3300mah battery. So, the battery trend is kinda same with all OnePlus devices.
And we have already seen that the battery isn’t sufficient for a power-hungry device like the OnePlus. On a moderate usage it drains completely at the end of the day, but on a heavy usage, it gives up in the evening only. This is kinda frustrating, as it will affect you a lot when you are out for a long time, or on a trip etc. Their dash charging helps it charge quickly, but that is only when you find a plug point.
Anyways, moving to the camera, the Dual Rear Camera got some improvement. The main rear camera uses a Sony IMX 398 sensor and is a 16MP shooter with 1.12-micrometer pixel size. It has a f/1.7 aperture and focal length of 27.22mm.
The secondary rear camera uses a Sony IMX 276K sensor and is a 20MP shooter with 1.0-micrometer pixel size. It also has a f/1.7 aperture with a focal length of 27.22mm. It has got a dual LED Flash as well.
It can take 4K Videos at 30fps, 1080p videos at both 30 and 60 fps, 720p videos at 30 fps, and Slow motion 720p videos at 120 fps. It supports time-lapse videos.
On pen and paper, it means it will capture more light, and that means it will be able to take better low light shots. I am also keen to see how it performs against the camera giants Samsung Galaxy and the Apple iPhone 8 Plus.
The front camera uses a Sony IMX 371 sensor and is a 16MP shooter with 1-micrometer pixel size and f/2.0 aperture. It can shoot both 1080p and 720p videos at 30 fps and supports time lapse as well.
Now, coming to the processor, it uses the same Snapdragon 835 chipset which powered the OnePlus 5. It is a 10nm octa-core processor clocked at 2.4Ghz. It’s GPU is Adreno 540. It comes with two LPDDR4X RAM variants: 6GB and 8GB.
The sensors include Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor etc. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 and has NFC support. It supports Dual 4G VoLTE Nano Sim Slots.
On the software front, it is not coming with Android Oreo. As of now, it is launching with Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Android Oreo will be available for this device by the end of this year.
So, these are all the features which come bundled with the OnePlus 5T.
OnePlus 5T Full Specifications:
Announced: November 2017
Current Status: Available
Release Date: 16th November 2017
Dimension: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
Build: Anodized Aluminium
No of Supported Sim: 2
SIM Type: Nano Sim
Colors: Slate Gray, Midnight Black
Display Type: Optic AMOLED
Screen Size: 6.01
Screen To Body Ratio: 80.5%
Resolution: 1080 X 2160 pixels
Screen Density: 401 ppi
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Chipset Details: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 10nm Chipset
CPU Cores: Octa Core
GPU: Adreno 540
Battery: 3300 mah
Rear Camera: 16
Rear Camera Features: Sony IMX 398 sensor, 1.12-micrometer pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, focal length of 27.22mm. Dual LED Flash
Secondary Rear Camera: 20
Secondary Rear Camera Features: Sony IMX 276K sensor, 1.0-micrometer pixel size, f/1.7 aperture, focal length of 27.22mm.
Video: 4K Videos at 30fps, 1080p videos at 30 / 60 fps, 720p videos at 30 fps, Slow motion 720p videos at 120 fps, Time lapse
Front Camera: 16
Front Camera Features: Sony IMX 371 sensor, 1-micrometer pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 1080p and 720p videos at 30 fps, Time Lapse
Secondary Front Camera: Nil
Secondary Front Camera Features:
Alert Types: Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Technology: GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G Bands: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2
3G Bands: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G Bands: LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)
Speed: HSPA, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
Ambient Light Sensor
OnePlus 5T Honest Opinions:
First things first, the price of OnePlus 5T is similar to OnePlus 5. So, theoretically, if both the phones are available at the same price, then OnePlus 5T is definitely an upgrade as the camera got a better sensor, Screen got an overhaul. In fact, those who purchased OnePlus 5 within the last few days or weeks are going to get angry on OnePlus for sure.
But, think again, is it a worthy upgrade over the 5?
Nope, it is not.
The processor remains same, the chipset remains same, the hardware almost remains same. The battery remains same. So, if you have the OnePlus 5 with you then don’t think you are outdated yet. The OnePlus 5T runs on the same hardware under the hood. And there’s absolutely no reason to upgrade.
Coming to the camera, it has got a decent upgrade and will be now able to take better shots.
But, even after all this, I am not impressed with it. Producing an entirely new device with just this minor upgrade isn’t justified. OnePlus should have worked on this and made a major comeback with their OnePlus 6 instead.
Even with the updated design, I am not satisfied at all. The best-designed OnePlus device is still the OnePlus 3. It was original and looked attractive. Since then, I am not happy with their design outputs. This 5T design does not look smart at all.
As of now, as the price remains the same, I would definitely recommend someone to grab the OnePlus 5T over the 5 due to these upgrades. Here’s my honest opinion regarding the device.
Don't get me wrong, if I stop comparing, and just look at what it is offering, the device is still a good buy. OnePlus still delivers the smoothest Android Experience ever, it is the fastest Android device in the world. And now the display and camera improved further. So, I will still recommend it to someone new to OnePlus. But old users strictly don't update. It lacks the OnePlus charm. Everything (or at least most of the thing) is pretty much old. Not at all worth upgrading.
- 6-inch Display within 5.5 inch form factor
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack Present
- Upgraded Camera will deliver the best Low Light shots.
- Oxygen OS provides the Smoothest Experience
- Latest Hardware Snapdragon 835 under the Hood
- Battery is a bit on the lower side.
- Fingerprint sensor shifted to the Back, a bit inconvenient.
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OnePlus 5T Alternatives:
When I think of alternatives to OnePlus, the first device that comes to my mind is the Mi 6. It is available at a cheaper price under Rs25000, and runs on a similar processor, has better battery life, and uses a respectable camera as well. You will miss the stock android feel though. Unfortunately, it is unavailable directly at any Indian stores. You need to import it from China.
The other alternative I can think about is the Honor 8 Pro. It has got a better battery and has the Dual Camera as well. It is currently priced at Rs26999.
All the other alternatives that run on the same processor are costlier than the OnePlus 5T. 🙂
Thank you for reading my post on OnePlus 5T full specifications. I hope I was able to clear all your doubts regarding the device and I am sure you have decided whether to purchase the phone right now or wait for their next iteration.
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