It has been only five months since the OnePlus 5 saw its debut. But within just a short time, we are seeing the launch of its successor, called the OnePlus 5T. The device has everything to make everyone to fall in love with it. From capturing stunning photos to delivering super-fast performance, it shines in almost every area. But more importantly, it offers more than enough features at $559, just $40 more than its predecessor. But has it everything to take out the most popular flagship phones on the market, including Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, which cost over $900? Can it be the expensive phone killer and help you to save a lot of money? In this OnePlus 5T review, you will the answer to these questions in a detailed way. Let’s take a look at this awesome smartphone.
OnePlus 5T Review: Design
The OnePlus 5T looks quite similar to its predecessor. In that sense, you are very familiar with the overall look. But it does have a freshness. The industrial aluminum unibody design has made the OnePlus 5T incredibly attractive. The curves look really nice. The thickness of 7.3 mm make it a very slim device. It is very comfortable to grab.
There are some design changes. The most significant one is the placement of the fingerprint scanner below the sensor of the primary camera, rather than on the front. And there is a major reason behind it. Similar to the other smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus decides to use a minimal amount of bezel in the front. The chunky bezels around the display has gone, along with home button, capacitive keys and the fingerprint scanner. All these things have turned the aspect ratio of the OnePlus 5T to 18:9, which is really unique. As a result, you are seeing a 6-inch device that is just a bit taller than the 5.5-inch predecessor. And it is the biggest selling point.
Most of the big names in the smartphone industry are removing headphone jack from their flagship phones. But fortunately, OnePlus has done just the opposite. It keeps the specific component in the 5T. So, you do not have any problem with connecting the traditional headphones to it.
Generally speaking, the design is really good. However, we have found some issues. The OnePlus 5T doesn’t offer the amount of grip that we desire. So, you will need to spend extra bucks to get case that can help you to grab it strongly. Another issue we have found is the lack of IP rating. The device is not officially waterproof. We understand that some of the features need to be excluded to make OnePlus 5T a relatively cheaper phone. But we are really disappointed with the device not being waterproof.
OnePlus 5T Review: Display
The most noticeable difference between OnePlus 5T and its counterpart is the enhancement of display size. The screen has now become 6-inch, rather than 5.5-inch. As stated earlier, despite having a larger display, the physical size of the device is almost the same. Thanks to the bezel-less design.
The 6-inch display comes with a high resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels, which is classed as FHD+. The pixel density is 401 ppi, which is much lower than the other flagship phone screens at the same price point. However, the display of the OnePlus 5T still manages to deliver the same sharpness as the Galaxy Note 8 screen. In fact, you will not be able to distinguish the relatively low pixel density practically.
The 6-inch display is incredibly bright. It is able to offer a maximum brightness of 440 nits, which is higher than the Galaxy Note 8 screen (412 nits). The contrast level is outstanding. The blacks look really deep. But more importantly, it makes everything look beautiful. Watching colorful images and videos in it is a real pleasure. And the viewing angles are outstanding. You will never notice any unpleasant color shifts while looking at the display from an unusual angle.
The performance under the direct sunlight is outstanding. You can see everything on the display very clearly. In fact, it is the second best performing screen in the bright outdoors. Only the iPhone X display can outperform it. However, the screens of the Galaxy smartphones doesn’t stand a chance against it.
OnePlus 5T Review: Camera
Similar to the OnePlus 5, the 5T comes with two cameras on the rear. However, the setup is quite different from what we saw earlier this year, but in a positive way. Both the 16-MP and 20-MP sensors, which are built by Sony, come with an increased aperture. That means, more lights can reach to them, which results in a much better performance in the tricky conditions.
The 16-MP sensor is the same as the OnePlus 5. However, the 20-MP sensor is a bit different. It is no longer being used as a Telephoto option. The manufacturer has decided to use it in the same way as the other main sensor. And the result is overwhelmingly positive. When lighting is reduced to 10 lux, the device automatically switches to the 20-MP sensor, which features the Intelligent Pixel Technology. The new option converts four pixels to one to decrease noise and blurriness to a minimum extent. As a result, the capability in taking stunning photos in the low light condition has reached a whole new level.
While the telephoto option is being ditched, two other key features, the quick 2x zoom jump and portrait mode, are still there. So, you do not have to worry about taking beautiful shots from distance. And you can take stunning portraits. But sometimes, they look to be over-processed and unnatural.
The new camera setup performs a way better than the shooters of the OnePlus 5. While working on this OnePlus 5T review, we found that the shots taken under the bright light were absolutely stunning. Colors are incredibly vibrant and bright. The amount of details present in each shot is amazing. However, it cannot outperform the shooters of more expensive smartphones, like iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8. Nonetheless, the performance is absolutely fantastic in terms of the price-point.
On the front, the OnePlus 5T has a 16-MP secondary camera. It can capture great selfies under the dim light. Thanks to the screen flash, which can illuminate things very nicely in the dark condition.
OnePlus 5T Review: Hardware and Performance
OnePlus 5T has been powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor, which is the second fastest smartphone chip in the world, right behind Apple’s A11 Bionic chip. In addition, it has the advanced Adreno 540 GPU and the massive 6/8 GB RAM. With all these high-end components, OnePlus 5T is capable of delivering an outstanding performance. You will never experience any slowdown while running multiple apps simultaneously. All the software are launched at an incredible pace. It’s quite impossible to find a better performing smartphone at $559.
The powerful components have enabled OnePlus 5T to set a staggering score in all the benchmark tests. In Geekbench 4.1 (multicore) test, it scores 6701 points, which is higher than the mighty Galaxy Note 8 (6590 points). However, iPhone X still remains at the top of the chart with a stunning score of 10215 points. Same thing happens in the AnTuTu compound test. By scoring 179790 point, OnePlus 5T once again beats Galaxy Note 8, which manages to post 172425 points. Apple’s 10th Anniversary outperforms both of the devices by setting an outstanding score of 185147 points.
OnePlus 5T also does really well in the graphics benchmark tests. In GFX 3.0 Manhattan (onscreen) test, it delivers an incredibly smooth 52 fps. Galaxy Note 8 is lagging far behind with 42 fps.
The new smartphone is available in only one internal storage option, which is 128 GB. It is enough for keeping all of your favorite games, apps and videos comfortably. However, there is no microSD card slot. So, you will have to make the best use of the storage capacity.
OnePlus 5T Review: Battery and Charging
We were really concerned when we first heard that the 6-inch OnePlus 5T would feature a 3300 mAh battery. We never thought it would be able to deliver enough juice to keep the device operating all day long comfortably. But after analyzing the battery extensively while writing this OnePlus 5T review, we have become really happy with the overall performance. It can easily make a day while being used moderately. After watching Netflix streaming videos for an hour, we noticed that only 9% charge had been dropped, which is very impressive.
In GSMArena’s endurance rating test, the 3300 mAh battery survived 82 hours, which is really great. It outperforms the battery of the new iPhone X, which managed to last only 74 hours. However, it fails to beat the 3300 mAh battery of the Galaxy Note 8, which posted a staggering endurance rating of 89 hours. However, considering the fact that the OnePlus 5T costs almost $400 less than Samsung’s flagship phablet, we are incredibly pleased with the overall battery performance.
When the device is run out of power, you can top up the battery to 60% in just half an hour. Thanks to the Dash Charge, the trademark charging solution of the Chinese company. It has achieved an overwhelmingly positive feedback from the user, as it doesn’t raise the temperature of the phone significantly. And the charging pace will not be slowed down even if you decide to play games at the same time.
Wireless charging technology has been adopted by all the popular smartphone manufacturers. However, OnePlus is forced to exclude it in the 5T due to the application of metal unibody design. It is really disappointing.
OnePlus 5T Review: Software
OnePlus 5T is run through the Oxygen OS, which is a customized version of Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). It looks lot like the stock version. But the inclusion of new features make it genuinely useful for the users.
One of the key features is new Face Unlock, which is quite similar to Apple’s Face ID on the iPhone X. You can use it to unlock the device using your face. And the setup is incredibly simple. Despite not being supported by dedicated sensors, the technology works flawlessly, which is very surprising.
Another cool feature is the Parallel Apps. You can use it to create clone instances of different apps, including Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn and sign in all of them simultaneously with multiple accounts. It will be very helpful for those people who run public and personal account on different social media channels.
The other options are quite identical to the OnePlus 5. The 5T features the same Night Mode, which is incredibly effective for using the device in the darkness comfortably. It also features Reading Mode, which offers an outstanding reading experience while running popular apps like Kindle and Pocket.
We are really happy with the overall performance of the operating system. It works flawlessly. There is no bloatware. However, we would love to get the OnePlus 5T with the Android 8.0 Oreo, rather than seeing it struck with Android 7. But here is a good news. The latest version of Google’s mobile operating system has been made available for the OnePlus 5. And there is a high chance of seeing it in the 5T very soon.
OnePlus 5T Review: The Verdict
OnePlus 5T is a great value for your money. You cannot ask more from a device that costs significantly less than the other expensive phones, but offers most of their features. Yes, it cannot beat the major rivals, including Galaxy Note 8, in terms of camera performance. However, in terms of hardware performance, it is able to beat Samsung’s latest flagship phablet fair and square. The benchmark test results says it all. The battery performance is also really great. The 3,300 mAh battery can last significantly longer than the iPhone X battery. However, the most crucial factor in which the OnePlus 5T excels is delivering the best features and experience while costing you a reasonable amount of money. Priced at $559, the device is significantly cheaper than both Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, which costs you $949.99 and $1,158 respectively. So, if you really want to make the best use of your hard earned money, it’s quite impossible to choose other smartphones over the OnePlus 5T.