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OnePlus 5T: Stellar flagship killer worth every rupee (Mobile Phone Review)
When it comes to the premium smartphone segment in India, Samsung and Apple
rule the roost, with Google round the corner.
Now, almost doubling its market share in the premium category -- capturing 28
per cent market share in the third quarter this year -- Chinese smartphone maker
OnePlus has introduced its 5T flagship device.
Continuing with its precedent of introducing a "T" variant -- OnePlus 5 that
came five months ago became the bestseller -- 5T with a few hardware changes and
no change in pricing makes OnePlus 5 almost obsolete.
With 5T, the Chinese smartphone maker joins the bandwagon of bezel-less
smartphones with an 18:9 aspect ratio for immersive viewing and a
Unlike OnePlus 3T that featured a faster processor than OnePlus 3, OnePlus 5T
uses the same Snapdragon 835 chipset as its predecessor.
The device also comes with the same set of configurations and price -- 6GB RAM
with 64GB onboard storage and 8GB RAM with 128GB internal storage for Rs 32,999
and Rs 37,999, respectively.
Here is how the latest offering from OnePlus fared in real life
The six-inch, full HD+ Samsung-made AMOLED display with slim bezels takes up
most of the smartphone's face. The slimmer bezels and soft navigation keys, in a
footprint similar to OnePlus 5, are worth mentioning.
At 401 pixels per inch (ppi), the device may not have the highest pixel density
but that does not make the screen score any less than other flagships out there
thanks to the AMOLED screen. The colours were rich, punchy and sunlight
legibility was great.
Unlike what some initial users of OnePlus 5 had reported, we did not find any
traces of "jelly scroll effect" on this device.
OnePlus 5T sports a dual-camera set-up with a 16MP sensor (f/1.7 aperture) and a
20MP secondary sensor (f/1.7 aperture) dedicated to low-light photography.
This is a significant upgrade over the telephoto lens that we saw on OnePlus 5
as we liked the device for its better low-light capabilities.
The phone switches into the secondary sensor to capture more light and for
better performance in the dark. The camera app with dual-LED flash offers
Beauty, HDR and HQ shooting modes apart from Portrait, Slow Motion, Pro Mode,
Time-Lapse and Panorama.
The Portrait shots with blurry backgrounds are noticeable.
The 16MP front shooter with f/2.0 aperture and screen flash clicks detailed and
sharp selfies. There are HDR and a Beauty Mode on the selfie camera as well.
OnePlus joins the bandwagon of facial unlocking with this device. The front
shooter analyses over 100 data points to unlock the smartphone. We found this
feature to be pretty snappy, but for a few misses in low-light conditions.
The rear-mounted ceramic fingerprint scanner is quick and unlocks the phone in a
The new 5T is almost identical to OnePlus 5, but it is slightly thicker, taller
and wider than the latter.
The device runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat Operating System (OS) with OxygenOS 4.7
which can be customised without being too bulky or full of bloat.
We have particularly been a fan of OnePlus' alert slider on the left side that
effortlessly lets you choose between three notification profiles -- ring, silent
and do not disturb. It is helpful if somebody is switching from an iPhone.
While there is no change on the battery front when compared with OnePlus 5, the
device lasted an entire day on a single charge on moderate use.
OnePlus' "Dash Charging" feature works quickly and we managed to get almost 65
per cent juice on a single charge.
What does not work?
The 3,300mAh battery is still 100mAh lower than what we saw on OnePlus 3T.
It is a bit disappointing to see the device run Android 7 Nougat, considering
Android Oreo has been around since August.
Given the price point and the fact that the device competes with the likes of
Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, we would have loved
The OnePlus 5T can withstand a few drips and splashes of water but isn't IP
Conclusion: The big, bright and beautiful display with seamless
performance, courtesy 8GB RAM, makes the device the best flagship killer OnePlus
has ever made. The device offers a great package for the price with improvements
in low-light photography and, of course, the facial recognition feature.