After months of leaks, rumors and speculations, the OnePlus 5T smartphone has been officially launched by the company at an event in New York. The smartphone, which aims to take on the premium offerings from the likes of Apple and Samsung, comes with a stretched-out display, facial recognition, new camera system, improved software, among others.
One of the highlight of the smartphone is its display. The OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio which is quickly becoming a standard form factor. It has 80.5 percent screen-to-body ratio and comes with DCI-P3 color coverage.
There is a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top, protecting the display from minor scratches. The company still insists on the Full HD display and has thus passed over Quad HD display which most of the premium devices are offering.
Due to the larger display on the front, there is no space for a home button. As a result, the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back, just above the OnePlus branding. The company claims that fingerprint sensor can unlock the phone in under 0.2 seconds.
Interestingly, the phone also comes a new “Face Unlock” feature that has over 100 identifiers for distinguishing various faces. However, it cannot be used for authenticating purchases as it is not secure enough.
In terms of specifications, most of the internals remains same as its predecessor. It is powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, which is currently the top-end smartphone chipset from Qualcomm. The smartphone will be available in two variants — 6GB RAM with 64GB of internal storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB of internal storage.
Apart from display, the company has also focused on improving the camera performance. It still comes with the same 16-megapixel primary sensor at the back, with wide-angle lens and large f/1.7 aperture. However, the secondary tele-photo lens has now been replaced by 20-megapixel sensor with f/1.7 aperture for better low-light photography and improved depth-of-field.
The company has implemented something called “Intelligent Pixel Technology” on the OnePlus 5T which groups pixels together when taking low-light shots to capture enough light and dark data. As per the company, the result should be cleaner low-light shots.
At the launch, the company took a lot of time talking about the OnePlus 5T’s software. So we expected the smartphone to come with Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box, but instead, it still runs Android 7.0 Nougat based OxygenOS, which comes with some new features and improvements. OnePlus says that the beta version of Android Oreo will be available by the end of this year, but for the stable build, users will have to wait till “early 2018”.
The smartphone is powered by a 3,300mAh battery which also supports Dash Charging. Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB 2.0 Type-C and NFC.
The OnePlus 5T will cost $499 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage variant while the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage model is priced at $559 — same as its predecessor. The smartphone will be available in Midnight Black colour and will go on sale from November 21 in India, North American and Europe.