OnePlus Announces OnePlus 5T

OnePlus Announces OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5 is without a doubt a fan favorite and with the news that Oreo will be out this month, many will indeed be delighted to see the phone get the new OS. OxygenOS is still a tasteful take on stock-ish, Android, it's still blazing fast, and there's still the excellent alert slider. The 5T is fractionally taller and wider than the 5, but it features the same rounded edges and same button placements as its younger sibling. The phone will officially go on sale on 28 November in India. If the Malaysian availability is as fast as the OnePlus 5 from its date of launch, the OnePlus 5T should make it to our shores by the end of 2017. There's a full evaluation coming, but it may be that the 5T won't be the high-end phone to pick if you want the ultimate smartphone camera, despite its relentless "Shot on OnePlus" social media campaigning.

The phone comes with a 6.01 inch full Optic Amoled display that has 2160x1080 pixels display, thus offering 401 ppi pixel density and has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. From its design to minor camera tweaks, the OnePlus 5T seemed to impress many. This is an upgrade from the OnePlus 5, whose secondary camera was an f/2.6 telephoto lens. After weeks of speculations, and leaks that revealed the phone much in advance, the OnePlus 5T has been launched in India. However, unlike the iPhone X that has a depth sensing module, OnePlus relies on front camera that identifies over 100 points in a user's face for this feature.

The device comes in two variants - 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant priced at Rs 32,999 while the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant priced at Rs 37,999 in India. It's crafted from anodized aluminum, there is a fingerprint reader on the back of the device that can unlock the phone in 0.2 seconds, and it's running Android 7.1.1 Nougat underneath OnePlus's proprietary OxygenOS user interface.

It also uses the same 3,300mAh battery with "Dash Charge" support as the OnePlus 5, which the company claims will last all day on a single charge. Assuming battery life and performance hold up to further scrutiny, OnePlus will likely be right up there with 2017's best bezel-less flagships - at almost half the price.

OnePlus 5 and One Plus 5T display design difference
OnePlus 5T vs One Plus 5 – the two phones are virtually identical from the back side

Of course, the objective of the dual-cameras is to offer that cool portrait mode - wherein subjects remain sharp, while the background is blown out with that creamy bokeh effect.

There is no waterproofing of any kind, nor any form of wireless charging. It also offers improved Portrait mode and low-light camera performance.

The front facing camera remains the same at 16 megapixels, but is used for a new feature of the phone - Face Unlock. The new flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 128GB storage. It's becoming another player in a really crowded field of flagship phones, many of which do have flaws.

OnePlus has a mixed record of updating phones to the latest version of Android, and it's slightly disappointing seeing the 5T launch with the older Android 7.1.1 - the same version that comes on the 3T. Now, you can swipe up and down to access all of the different camera modes.

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