For many reasons, this iteration of OnePlus 5 renders the best value for money in the market; when compared to other flagship smartphones. However, there is a few little compromise to ponder. From no QHD display; stereo speakers to expandable memory; but the overall device will definitely not going to disappoint you. Let’s dig deep to learn more about its specs and features in our in-depth OnePlus 5T review.
What We Like:
- Flagship power at affordable price
- Premium look with headphone jack
- Face unlock and fingerprint reader
What We Don’t:
- Display still ‘only’ full HD
- No expandable storage
- Arrives with older Android 7
Highlights Of OnePlus 5T Review:
- The main highlight of the new OnePlus 5T is its 18:9 screen.
- The secondary rear camera is optimized for low-light photography.
- Battery life and general performance are great.
No doubt this flagship phone is aesthetically designed with premium looks and other alluring features. To have a brief look at its peculiarities; read on the highlights of the OnePlus 5T review below:
The OnePlus 5 has barely been out five months, but it already has a successor: the OnePlus 5T.
This quick launch round shouldn’t come as a wonderment to anyone accustomed with OnePlus, but it’s, however, a bit of a punch in the teeth to anyone that lately chose up a OnePlus 5. I think I would be ok with the progress if it were just a phone to go beside the 5, but the 5T efficiently supersedes its now out of stock ancestor.
Timing aside, the OnePlus 5T is a predictably great phone. That is because it takes everything that made the OnePlus 5 one of my favorites of 2017 and appends in an 18:9 display, reduced bezel, and slightly improved the secondary camera.
- Review Price: £449
- 6.01-inch FHD+ AMOLED display
- Snapdragon 835
- 6/8GB RAM
- 64/128GB storage
- Dash Charge
- 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear cameras
- Android 7.1.1
I really like the 5T’s industrial aluminum unibody design, even if it’s substantially the equivalent of the OnePlus 5’s. The sides are finely curved; it’s not too vast, and it’s fragile.
Unlike with the 5, the 5T is only available in the Midnight Black hue, though I wouldn’t put it past OnePlus to release gold or somewhat lighter black version later down the line. There’ll also presumably be a combination of some deep fashion house at some point.
The most significant design change is that the fingerprint scanner now sits below the rear camera sensor, rather than on the phone’s front.
The fingerprint scanner has been propelled to the rear because the front of the phone has been extensively redesigned. Gone is the thickset bezel around the display; gone is the home button and gone are those capacitive keys that surrounded it. Instead, you’ve got an 18:9 aspect ratio, 6-inch design covering almost edge-to-edge.
Having a 6-inch display in a body that’s only a hair taller than the 5.5-inch OnePlus 5 is an impressive achievement and real selling point for the 5T.
Screen changes aside, the rest of the OnePlus 5T is very casual. You’ve still got that good alert-slider on the left for instantly turning the phone to silent mode, and the other buttons are as clicky and palpable as ever. The frequently rare headphone jack resides on the phone’s bottom next to the regular downward-firing speaker, and Dash Charge allowed USB-C port. You’ll also find a dual-Nano SIM tray on the 5T’s side. I’d have favored a microSD slot in OnePlus 5T review test, or a hybrid slot, but at least there’s a fair amount of base storage here.
The most prominent selling point of this device over the OnePlus 5 is apparently the display, so it only looks fair that we cover that in a bit more detail.
The OnePlus 5T is using a 6″ 1080p Optic AMOLED panel from Samsung with a Diamond Pentile arrangement, and I have had very few problems with it. The lowest brightness setting gets down to just 2.1 nits, which is dark enough that I can’t see it at all outside, but I’m happy the setting exists since I love to read in bed at night.
Some features of the display will be standard, while others have been updated to align with the updated OxygenOS look. For instance, the 5T’s variant of an Ambient Display is elementary on the eyes and serves up a classic readout of any notification that comes through. The one objection that could be leveled against this feature is that it wasn’t turned into an Always on Display, a la Samsung – after all, this is an AMOLED screen.
Another characteristic that has been a pick is the Reading Mode, rebounding once again from the OnePlus 5. It makes the display black and white, but with a color temperature that goes for the satisfactory reading of websites, apps, and even e-books.
I’ll gladly take the ultra-competitive price and battery life over higher resolution.
I’m genuinely really charmed with this display. You might say that OnePlus should have added a 2K display since the technology is now pretty regular in flagships, but I’ll cheerfully take the ultra-competitive price and battery life over the higher resolution.
In case you’re in need of a recall, the OnePlus 5T is trekking a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6/8 GB of RAM, and 64/128GB of storage. These are still the master of the line parts, even six months after the launch of the OnePlus 5, so you’re not blowing out on the cutting edge this time around either. Candidly, the OnePlus 5T is amazingly chic for a phone in this price range and is perhaps the best bang-for-your-buck available.
I never observed any retardations on this phone in my two weeks using it for OnePlus 5T review, which is really a view to behold. Apps launch thunderbolt fast, and multitasking is a fantasy. This is presumably due to the lightweight quality of Oxygen OS, sufficient RAM and the Snapdragon 835, but OnePlus is plausible defaulting to a rapid animation speed as well. I couldn’t find any settings enabling me to adjust the animation speed, but they seem about twice as speedy as something like the Pixel 2.
There aren’t many better spec phones on the market right now, save something like the Razer Phone which has the same 8GB of RAM as the $559 5T, a 1440p display, and a bigger 4,000 mAh battery. Still, at almost $150 budget it is difficult to analyze these devices head to head. If you want raw power; you’re not going to find something desirable in the Android space unless you wait a few months for the next Qualcomm-powered devices to arrive.
As discussed before, the headphone jack is still a thing in the OnePlus ecosystem, which most users will be glad to hear – using headphones on this device is a nice but conventional affair. One famous spot is the built-in speaker, which gets pleasingly loud without enhancing it in any one aspect. There’s no official IP certification, so just be cautious if using the 5T to play music near the pond or sink. Nonetheless, this phone did a stable job than most, giving loud audio that was still clear enough.
One aspect of this device we were primarily concerned about is battery life. The 5T uses the same 3,300 mAh battery as the OnePlus 5, and we were troubled the larger display would use more juice when doing the OnePlus 5T review. Thankfully, our results have turned out pretty high, resulting in about five and a half hours of screen-on time on average. Josh, in particular, was able to get a few days of 7.5 hours SoT, which is a bit rare for a regular user like him.
While this isn’t ground-breaking power performance by any means, it is quite a satisfying result for a screen this large, especially with no change in battery capacity. Sticking with 1080p definitely helped in this case, and the quality of this AMOLED display is good enough that I wasn’t left longing for higher resolution either. This just goes to show that you don’t have to have all the most cutting-edge features to make a great device.
The OnePlus 5T comes with a 3,300mAh battery, which the firm claims endure a full day on a single charge – a claim we found to be entirely justified.
We were disquieted initially that the OnePlus 5T might grapple in the battery department during the OnePlus 5T review; with it employing the same-size power gear as the OnePlus 5 while claiming a bigger screen, but fear not – the 5T is a solid performer.
It doesn’t go above and beyond the competition – a full day of usage from a single charge is par for the course these days – but we were regularly plugging in around 11 pm with 20% left in the tank after taking it off charge before 7 am each day.
Regular periodic usage during our OnePlus 5T review time included a couple of hours of Spotify streaming; an hour of gaming, a healthy dose of email and social media action and several phone calls throughout the day.
We ran our 90-minute Full HD video experiment on the OnePlus 5T; with screen brightness at max and accounts syncing over Wi-Fi in the background. From 100% of charge, the 5T lost 12% during the test, which puts it in the middle of its flagship rivals.
The camera on the OnePlus 5 is once again a dual-array; coupling a 16MP main lens with a 20MP one. There’s a notable change to the secondary camera, however. It no longer has a telephoto lens, opting instead for a f/1.7 aperture to match the primary shooter. That makes for a unique setup, with a secondary camera devoted to low-light situations rather than field-of-view enhancements.
In customarily lit situations, the OnePlus 5T is proficient of snapping some truly excellent photos. Colors were consistently rich and vibrant without being oversaturated, with fresh detail and sharp focus. I would have no issue carrying the OnePlus 5T as my first camera. But it’s still not really on the level of Samsung and Google.
Even without a telephoto lens; the OnePlus 5T once again gives a background-blurring portrait mode. However, with almost all of the work being done by the image processor now; the results are hit-or-miss. Like the 5; the 5T often had problems with penetrating busy backgrounds; to the point where subjects often seemed artificially mitigated near the edges; as if facial beautification had been implemented. (I checked the settings—it wasn’t.) Portraits I took were adequate, but many of them looked over-processed to the point of looking unnatural, particularly when compared to the images produced by the Pixel 2.
In low-light situations, the camera did better than its predecessor, but it was still outpaced by the Note 8 and Pixel 2 XL. The photos I took didn’t really show whatever avail the new secondary lens is reckoned to bring in OnePlus 5T review; (in most cases, in fact, low-light pics were caught by the primary camera). For my money; I’d rather have an optical zoom or a wide-angle lens than a low-light one.
In normal low-light situations, the OnePlus 5T (left) performed decently with the primary camera. Here, it captured a photo as good as the Note 8’s (center), but the Pixel 2 XL (right) grabbed more light, detail, and color.
Forcing the camera to shoot with the secondary lens required severe darkness, but the 5T (left) still didn’t pick up as much detail as the Note 8 (center) or Pixel 2 XL (right).
Even more than previous OnePluses; the 5T feels like a premium phone with a mid-range camera. OnePlus is positioning the 5T as an alternative to the Pixels and Galaxies of the world, and the camera isn’t quite there yet.
Our Point Of View:
If you’ve lately taken up a OnePlus 5, there isn’t much to tempt you to upgrade. The screen is more attractive, but everything else is the same or very comparable. I think this update could have waited until next year; when there was more to update, but here we are.
Agile release cycle aside; the OnePlus 5T is a fabulous phone for the price. Its display is impressive; software smooth and camera sound. It’s also supremely swift, and the performance can easily be rivaled to phones that cost hundreds of pounds more.
If you’re looking for a great Android phone but can’t quite stomach the prices being asked for the Google Pixel 2; Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Huawei Mate 10 Pro; then you really won’t be disenchanted with it as per our OnePlus 5T review.