The successor to the OnePlus 5 is here, and it is called the OnePlus 5T. Despite the larger display, the overall footprint is only very slightly taller than the 5 because of the thinner bezels. It retains the matte-black finish but isn’t water- resistant.
The 5.5-inch display has been replaced by a 6-inch AMOLED display with minimal bezels . This really improves the overall experience of using the phone. It is bright, has good contrast levels and the colours look pleasant. There is a Sunlight Display mode, which boosts brightness when you are using the 5T outdoors.
The mix of the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 8 GB RAM and Oxygen OS 4.7 (based on Android 7.1) makes for smooth performance. There are no slowdowns while multi-tasking either. There is the rather useful Parallel Apps feature, which lets you run two instances of apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Skype—handy if you wish to keep personal and official accounts separate. The 3,300mAh battery lasts a day with absolute ease.
While the 5T retains the 16-megapixel primary sensor, the second sensor is now 20 megapixel. For low-light photos, the 5T switches on the second lens, which is equipped with algorithms that merge the data from multiple pixels to improve colour accuracy and detailing. Low-light photos are significantly better than before, as a result. Rest of the photos are marginally more detailed too, because of the updated image-processing algorithms in place.
Since Apple introduced Face ID in the iPhone X, face-recognition feature to unlock a phone is in vogue. OnePlus has added the Face Unlock feature in the 5T. It works smoothly when ambient lighting is good, but if there is a shadow on your face, detection stumbles quite often. This is still work in progress
The OnePlus 5T, unlike last year’s evolution of the OnePlus 3 to the 3T, is not a minor upgrade from the 5. This has a larger display, bezel-less design and more powerful camera optics, which make it an even stronger Android phone.
OnePlus 5T specifications:
Processor/RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835; 6GB/8GB RAM
Display: 6-inch, AMOLED display (2,160x1,080 resolution)
Camera: 16 MP + 20 MP (dual cameras)
Battery: 3,300 mAh
Price: Rs32,999 (64 GB); Rs37,999 (128 GB)