OnePlus 5T Review
- Great display for 1080p
- Great battery life
- Minimalist, elegant design
- Very good performance
- Face unlock and fingerprint reader
- No official IP certification
- The main camera is still not as good as flagship competition
- Android 8.0 update will take months
- No expandable storage
OnePlus 5T Review – Packed with incredible power and speed.
OnePlus 5T is optimized for low-light and portrait photography. Our highly rated 16 + 20 MP cameras help you capture crystal-clear shots. Capture faces with clarity using Portrait Mode on the OnePlus 5T. Our dual camera system uses two sensors to put the focus on the face you’re capturing while blurring the background for a gentle, yet powerful effect. By automatically compensating for shakes and janky movements while recording, EIS helps you shoot smooth videos even when you’re panning or movement gets rocky. Inspired by user feedback, our advanced EIS has been optimized for 4K recording, to ensure even high-resolution videos are consistently stable.
Leap into a truly immersive flagship experience. Our Full Optic AMOLED 18:9 display complements the masterfully crafted all-aluminum body for a sleek, yet resilient design. The OnePlus 5T marks the introduction of the Full Optic AMOLED Display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, allowing for a more immersive viewing experience. It’s a clean and crisp front display that feels nearly boundless, while keeping the same comfortable form of the OnePlus 5. Get a crisp viewing experience even when it’s sunny out. The new Sunlight display adapts automatically to harsh light when you access your gallery, take a photo, record a video, and gaming. A new adaptive algorithm automatically adjusts parameters such as screen contrast to ensure a clear viewing experience.
Your experience with Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 optimized, thanks to a seamless combination of hardware and software. We’ve fine-tuned our software to pair beautifully with the industry-leading Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 835 processor. The OnePlus 5T powers through demanding apps and games, all while remaining incredibly power efficient. Open more apps and switch between them instantly. With up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, day to day tasks are snappier than ever, and battery life is better.
main competitors: Galaxy S8 | Apple iPhone 8 Plus | Huawei Mate 10 Pro | Pixel 2 XL
|Dimensions||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||162 g (5.71 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum frame, back|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|6.01 inches, 93.7 cm2 (~80.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|- Oxygen OS 4.7|
|OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal Memory||128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1.12 µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1 µm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash, check quality|
|Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/120fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm), gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p|
|- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
|- Dirac HD sound|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|Disclaimer||If you see any error or incomplete data, please Contact Us.|
Overall, the 5T is a healthy addition to the OnePlus family. It takes what we already loved about the OnePlus 5 and refines the design and software a bit, while maintaining a similar sub-$500 price point.
The 6-inch 18:9 display really does make for a richer experience, and for those looking to get a premium Android device on a budget, the 5T may just be the phone to beat, even if its new camera promise doesn’t quite pan out.
The OnePlus 5T is a slightly great phone. In today’s world of superb mobile cameras, no phone can be truly great without having a great camera on board, and I don’t think the 5T has one of those. But pretty much everything else about this phone lives up to the aspiration of premium, flagship-tier quality. The 5T is a $499 phone doing admirable battle with devices sometimes twice its price. For anyone whose budget extends no further than this phone, I give it an enthusiastic thumbs up
Last year, OnePlus replaced the 3 with the 3T because there was a new processor available. This year, it’s a new kind of display. In both cases, the changes wouldn’t be major enough for large brands to break their yearly cycles, and that just shows the differences between the old and new guards. OnePlus, like most of its Chinese counterparts, does what it takes to try and stay at the top.
The OnePlus 5T is marginally better than the OnePlus 5, that is if you don’t desperately need the older model’s optical zoom capabilities. You get a more modern, more appealing phone at exactly the same price, so of course the 5T is the better pick. For the most part, we agree that the low-light sensor is more useful than a telephoto lens, but we did miss the ability to frame some shots better. In any case, there’s no question of choosing between the two models since OnePlus has replaced the 5 outright and most variants are already out of stock.
Should existing OnePlus 5 owners rush out to buy the new model? Absolutely not, but some loyal fans of the brand will do just that. If you have a phone that’s at least two years old, the OnePlus 5T certainly has a strong appeal. We can’t say we’re thrilled with the upward trend in this company’s prices, especially since you don’t get all the perks of a top-end phone, such as weather-proofing, wireless charging, and a super-slick design. If you’re looking for the phone with the biggest wow factor, the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 comes in within the same price range. If you aren’t caught up in the 18:9 hype, the Honor 8 Pro still sells for a good bit less, and on the other hand if you can afford to spend more, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will keep you happy.
The Good The OnePlus 5T has a bigger screen and its camera takes better low-light photos than the 5. Its few software tweaks are useful in small ways.
The Bad The phone’s face unlock doesn’t authorize payments and its dual camera’s digital rather than telephoto zoom is a step back. There’s no expandable storage, and it’s not rated for water resistance.
The Bottom Line The OnePlus 5T is a superb, affordable phone for new buyers, despite only minor changes from the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus considers its T series handsets to be an extension and evolution of its summer releases, taking what it’s already achieved and making it more relevant with a selection of significant updates.
The OnePlus 5T fulfills the brief, offering a pleasing array of upgrades that will keep fans of the brand happy without reinventing the wheel or upping the price. It’s the best phone the brand has ever made, and one that can mix it with the best handsets around without looking out of place.
The increased screen size is welcome and the camera is stronger (although still not at the same level as the Galaxy S8 or Pixel 2 XL), while any potential worries regarding battery life can be put to bed.
The inclusion of Face Unlock is nice, and it works surprisingly well, but it’s also good to see OnePlus retain the fingerprint scanner and headphone jack, which will no doubt please the geekier elements of OnePlus’ following.
In a year where at least one smartphone has topped $1,000, the $500 OnePlus 5T is astonishingly good value given the hardware specification and style. OnePlus has ignored the temptation to add in many extra features, keeping the phone simple, accessible, and laser-focused. Buy one, and you’ll smugly chuckle at others who feel the need to spend more on a smartphone this year.
If you’ve recently picked up a OnePlus 5, there isn’t much to entice you to upgrade. The screen is nicer, but everything else is the same or very similar. I really think this update could have waited until next year when there was more to update, but here we are.
Quick release cycle aside, the OnePlus 5T is a fantastic phone for the price. It’s display is gorgeous, software slick and camera reliable. It’s also supremely fast and the performance can easily be compared to phones that cost hundreds of pounds more.
If you’re looking for a great Android phone but can’t quite stomach the prices being asked for the Google Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 or Huawei Mate 10 Pro, then you really won’t be disappointed with the OnePlus 5T.
Many people interested in the OnePlus 5T, reading this review, and pouring over the spec sheet will ask “where’s the catch?” To be fair, OnePlus’ latest doesn’t reach perfect feature parity with every high-end handset. It lacks true water resistance, stereo speakers, wireless charging, and a microSD slot. There’s no fancy stylus or AR-optimized depth-sensing cameras. Its screen is gorgeous, but others are get a little brighter, or are packed with a few more pixels.
That’s all true on paper. In the real world, though, there is no catch. The OnePlus 5T, just like the OnePlus 5 before it, is a perfectly focused device that achieves everything it sets out to do. It’s a pleasure to use, and feels like the kind of expertly-crafted marriage of hardware and software you’d expect from Apple or Google. And best of all, it has a headphone jack.
If this were a device from any other company, at this point I’d likely call it a great alternative to the latest iPhone or Galaxy and stop there. But that would be a massive understatement, considering the 5T costs anywhere from $200 to $500 less than those phones, depending on which model you’re talking about. That’s not an alternative — that’s a full-fledged replacement.
The major roadblock, just as it is for most unlocked phones, will be a lack of Verizon and Sprint support, and the fact that you’ll have to pony up the cash in one fell swoop. But if that doesn’t concern you? Skip the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X, buy the OnePlus 5T and walk away having saved half a grand.
A superb display in a trendy aspect ratio, excellent battery life, and fluid Android experience – is that enough to make up for an unimpressive camera performance and the lack of a few key flagship features? That would have been an easy answer if big-name phones hadn’t gotten so expensive this year. If one of the pillars of a great smartphone collapses, the whole thing goes to pieces, right? Wrong – the OP5T has the price to prop it up. Value for money is the game, and OnePlus knows how to play it, and it’s going strong with the 5T.