OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition review: The force is strong with this one
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The excitement around the OnePlus 5T, the very competent successor to the impressive OnePlus 5 smartphone, has barely died down. But we already have the next saga. The next chapter. The force, if we may say so. OnePlus has released a OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition smartphone, which Star Wars fans might find relevant, and in time for the release of the much-awaited Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie. That does beg the question—is it significantly different from the regular OnePlus 5T? The answer is mostly no, but isn’t as black and white as one would expect. You can buy the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition smartphone in the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant, which is priced at Rs38,999. This is not significantly higher than the similar spec variant of the standard edition OnePlus 5T, which is priced at Rs37,999.
“Someday I will be the most powerful Jedi ever”
For starters, the specifications remain the same. Under the hood, purring along effortlessly, is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB RAM, Adreno 540 graphics, a very fast 128GB UFS 2.1 storage and Oxygen OS 4.7 (based on Android 7.1). Put together, there is enough power in this phone to kick-start a dying star, so to say—if smartphones could do such a thing in the galaxy, that is.
“Your focus determines your reality”
But that is that. What is different in the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition is the fact that it will advertise to the world that you are indeed a die-hard fan of the Star Wars franchise. While the standard 5T is available in the very neat matte black colour finish, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition takes a rather different approach. If you look at the phone from the front, the very thin black bezel around the screen is similar to the standard 5T, but you will notice a thin frame of white, which will make you wonder why that is. Slowly, as you turn the phone over, the newness will reveal itself. the spines are white in colour, though that is not all. The power key and the volume keys on the right-side spine are black in colour, while the Alert Slider on the left side spine stands out with its red colour. On the back is a completely white coloured sandstone finish, with the Star Wars branding on it. It looks gorgeous, but the only problem is that dust tends to stick to it rather easily. That is where the bundled Kylo Ren-themed case comes in handy, which adds a bit of bulk to the phone, but looks rather cool which the white colour peeping out of the otherwise black case.
“Judge me by my size, do you?”
Now for the small matter of switching on the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition. For Star Wars fans, there is a lot more in store. The software-based goodness revolves around the special Star Wars theme that OnePlus has added to the Oxygen OS. This means, there are official Star Wars wallpapers preloaded, the entire interface (including the app drawer) is a rather likeable mix of red accents along with either black or white.
“I find your lack of faith disturbing”
The combination of the 16-megapixel primary sensor and 20-megapixel second sensor are designed to improve low light photography. The second sensor gets activated if the ambient lighting is below a certain threshold, for help with detailing. The camera also has a feature known as Intelligent Pixel Technology, which combines the data from 4 pixels into one, when the second sensor is in use, to reduce distortions in shadow areas, for instance. During our OnePlus 5T review, we had noted that while low light photos are significantly better than before, most other photos are only marginally better. However, the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition now takes advantage of the camera update that is now being rolled out, and photography performance is significantly better across all lighting conditions. The camera app interface has also been tweaked a bit, and is now more intuitive than before—it is easier to switch between different camera modes now. This is one of the better cameras you will find in the Android smartphone ecosystem.
“There’s always a bigger fish”
The 6-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels is very immersive to use. This ticks off the checklist with good brightness and contrast levels and the colours look pleasantly vibrant without being unnaturally loud. There is a Sunlight Display mode, which boosts brightness when you are using the 5T outdoors, to negate the reflections.
“Fear is the path to the dark side”
Since Apple introduced Face ID in the iPhone X, the face-recognition feature to unlock a phone is in vogue. OnePlus has added the Face Unlock feature in the 5T. In the 5T review, we had noted that it works smoothly when ambient lighting is good, but if there is a shadow on your face or the lighting isn’t perfect, the detection stumbles quite often, and that it was still work in progress. A couple of updates later, Face Unlock is where we expected it to be, with much more accurate face detection, faster detection speeds and doesn’t get thrown off by ambient lighting like it used to.
“Power! Unlimited power!”
The OnePlus 5T surely looks a lot spunkier in the OnePlus 5T Star Wars Limited Edition avatar, and does enough to keep Star Wars happy. No, it is not a different phone than the 5T as far as the innards are concerned, but then again, it didn’t need to be. The fact that this will be made in limited numbers just adds to its charm.