Best Smartphone OnePlus 5T Review

2017 can be argued as the year of the trends: from stretched-out 18:9 displays to dual-camera implementations to facial recognition security, all adopted by many of the flagships released this year. And you know what else they adopted? This crazy idea of ultra-premium pricing around the neighborhood of $1,000.

However, there’s a new phone that adopts all of these newfound qualities, and then some, but without the $1,000 price tag. Enter the OnePlus 5T: the latest high-end smartphone from the Chinese company. At first glance, it could be perceived as a minuscule update, coming only a few short months after the company’s previous flagship – the OnePlus 5. But don’t be fooled because if you look at the larger picture, it might astound you to know how the OnePlus 5T stacks up against the giants in the flagship space.

Design

Being released so soon after the OnePlus 5 before it, it’s no surprise that the OnePlus 5T doesn’t deviate a whole lot from the design language that we’re familiar with already. In fact, you could say that it’s an exact facsimile, since it sports the same smooth metal construction and sloping edges. However, in order for it to fit a larger screen within only a marginally bigger footprint, its fingerprint sensor has been repositioned to the back – just a smidgen beneath the camera.

The construction of the phone feels solid, suggesting that it doesn’t have the fragileness of all these glass-meets-metal phones. In an era where many flagships implement the latter construction, the all-metal design approach of the OnePlus 5T feels refreshing. And it is just as much of a good-looker as most of the other phones it’s competing against. Generally speaking, it’s a recycled design with a few minor changes to the recipe, but in a sea of metal-and-glass phones, this all-metal one still commands attention.

Display

Competing on the same playing field as many of its high-end rivals, the OnePlus 5T jumps on the 18:9 screen aspect ratio trend. In this case, OnePlus has thrown in a 6.01-inch 1080 x 2160 Full Optic AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Interface and functionality

The beauty of OnePlus is its budding community, where users provide feedback based on their experience. This helps shape the handset’s software, named Oxygen OS, both visually and functionally. Oxygen OS refines the core Android experience without throwing in unnecessary extras. There’s zero bloatware too. The results in a clean interface – one that doesn’t stray too far from stock Android.

Face Unlock

Another trendy feature adopted by the OnePlus 5T is this advanced facial unlocking implementation. While the fingerprint sensor is undeniably swift with its response rate, this new face recognition feature adds another layer to the mix. From the looks of it, there doesn’t seem to be any additional hardware in play here, so it’s left to software and algorithms that are used to identify a face through the front-facing camera.

Processor and performance

Just like its sibling from a few months back, the OnePlus 5T leverages the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The base model is supported by a generous 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, while the other option boasts an even more monstrous 8GB of RAM. Is it overboard? Maybe, but it surely will turn spec-conscious individuals because of the unprecedented amounts. It’s worth noting that the tallies are identical to the OnePlus 5, so while they’re higher than most other phones, it’s been done already.

Camera

OnePlus is no stranger when it comes to dual-camera implementations, having already established that with the OnePlus 5 from not too long ago. This time, however, they’ve changed one thing – the secondary camera, which is now a 20MP Sony IMX 376K sensor with an f/1.7 aperture. It’s not a telephoto one like what’s found with the OnePlus 5, but rather, it activates for low light shots and utilizes this Intelligent Pixel Technology that “combines” the sensor’s individual pixels into groups of 4 and merges their data.

Battery Life

You’d think that OnePlus would include a battery of larger capacity this time around, especially being dealt with more real estate and a larger screen, but the 5T is still boasting a 3300 mAh battery cell – identical to the one in OnePlus 5 before it. Luckily, it doesn’t seem like battery life is affected in a negative way, seeing that its performance is above average. Even though it doesn’t break any records, we found the phone continuing to work well into a second day of normal usage.

9 Total Score
Best Smartphone OnePlus 5T Review

2017 can be argued as the year of the trends: from stretched-out 18:9 displays to dual-camera implementations to facial recognition security, all adopted by many of the flagships released this year. And you know what else they adopted? This crazy idea of ultra-premium pricing around the neighborhood of $1,000.

Design
9.5
Display
9.5
Interface and functionality
9.5
Processor and performance
9.5
Camera
9
Battery Life
9
PROS
  • $499 starting price
  • Solid battery life
  • Responsive face unlock feature
  • Premium all-metal design
  • Robust sounding speaker
CONS
  • Camera performance is underwhelming
  • Display has a dull tone
  • Jarring performance from its EIS in videos
  • Does not work on Sprint or Verizon
User Rating: 4 (1 votes)
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