The OnePlus 5T has finally been officially unveiled, with many of the previous rumours unsurprisingly confirmed. Giving the Samsung Galaxy S8 and iPhone X a run for their money, it seems to tout a lot of high-end features below the £450 mark.
Of course, the OnePlus 5T improves many features from its predecessor, from its expected bezel-less design, to its larger 6-inch 1080×2160 AMOLED display at 18:9 aspect ratio. It utilises a broad set of colour calibration options, including sRGB to keep colours popping, while attempting to avoid the controversies of other OLED displays.
Another rumour proven true is the fingerprint scanner changing location to the rear, however if this isn’t to your tastes, OnePlus has you covered with its very own Face Unlock.
Face Unlock is similar to Apple’s iPhone X and its signature Face ID, in which the OnePlus 5T employs the use of 100+ identifiers to scan its user. While it would be nice if this doesn’t fall to the same controversy Apple’s Face ID has, potential users should make sure to set this up under well-lit conditions.
Also similar to Apple is OnePlus’ ‘Sunlight Display’ mode, which acts much in the same was as TrueTone in that it “adapts to harsh light to facilitate a great viewing experience.”
Housed within the new device is a Snapdragon 835 processor, backed by an Adreno 540 GPU, 8GB RAM and allows customers to choose between 54GB or 128GB of internal storage. While OnePlus has proudly kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, it hasn’t made room for a microSD memory card, leaving cloud storage as customer’s only means of expansion.
Being a mid-cycle release, the OnePlus 5T uses the same dual camera setup as its predecessor, featuring 20MP and 16MP respectively. The upgrade comes in the form OnePlus increasing the aperture of its secondary camera to f/1.7, which should allow for better low-lit photography. This paired with the Intelligent Pixel Technology that the company boasts will allow for layered images to merge into one, bringing clarity by reducing coloured noise found in low lighting.
OxygenOS has also been tweaked on the OnePlus 5T to provide better experience to its user. As well as a little more user friendliness, this is particularly angled at faster and more consistent updates, presumably due to the amount of controversy that the company has had to face in recent months.
Prices for the OnePlus 5T start at £449, with O2 taking pre-orders exclusively in the UK ahead of its November 21st release. The company is also offering 12 months of free Xbox Live Gold for those that dive in early, eligible for all purchases before December 6th.
KitGuru Says: That’s a lot of features packed into such a competitively priced device. I’d still advise customers to wait it out a little to see if this turns out like the turbulent launch of the OnePlus 5 and its many, many, subsequent problems, not to mention the OLED and Face ID/Unlock technology being riddled with problems lately. Are you interested in the OnePlus 5T?