OnePlus 5T | How Does It Differ From the OnePlus 5?

OnePlus 5T poster

OnePlus has finally announced the OnePlus 5T – successor to the flagship killer OnePlus 5, at an event held in New York last night. Even though it was pretty sure that the 5T would be a minor upgrade from its predecessor, the whole internet just blew up with OnePlus 5T leaks, rumors, and speculations. It was one of the most hyped Android devices in 2017 and we even saw unboxing videos prior to the launch. Now that the OnePlus 5T is out, let’s take a look at how it differs from the OnePlus 5. Click on the link below to know more about the launch and availability.

OnePlus 5T has been launched FINALLY at $499/-

As you have seen from the leaks, the most noticeable difference is the display itself. The 6.01-inch display on OnePlus 5T is not only bigger but also has the hot new 18:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus hasn’t yet made the switch to Quad HD resolution and that’s a positive move considering the fact that Full HD displays are still a nice balance between battery life and viewing experience.

The Optic AMOLED panel used here is quite sharp with 2160×1080 resolution and support for sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamuts. The pixel density at 401 PPI remains same as the OnePlus 5, so there’s literally no improvement quality-wise. OnePlus has included software-based optimization called “Sunlight Display”, to improve the outdoor visibility under harsh lighting conditions. The display is also covered by 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.

OnePlus 5T screen to body ratio

Despite having a bigger display, OnePlus 5T manages to maintain the same footprint as that of the OnePlus 5 with a quite stunning 80.5% screen to body ratio. The 5T is just a millimeter taller and wider compared to its predecessor which is not at all noticeable and it also weighs the same at 162 grams. OnePlus managed to do this by reducing the size of the top and bottom bezels considerably.

While the extra screen real estate is nice to have, especially for browsing the web, social media apps, watching videos, using split-screen and much more, OnePlus 5T looks like every other smartphone with an 18:9 display. With more manufacturers jumping onto the 18:9 bandwagon in days to come, more smartphones would lose aesthetical uniqueness, making them hard to distinguish, at least from the front.

OnePlus, in all its devices, gave users the freedom to choose between capacitive navigation keys and on-screen navigation keys. Well, this time they’ve waved farewell to the capacitive keys and also the front mounted ceramic fingerprint scanner – Both in favor of small bezels and the taller display. While the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back, still in a convenient position, hardware keys have been completely replaced with on-screen buttons.

From the back, it looks exactly like the OnePlus 5 barring the fingerprint scanner positioned at the center. The back panel made up of anodized aluminum and has a great in-hand feel.

OnePlus 5T camera

Now, here is another big change – The rear camera. While OnePlus decided to keep the 16MP f/1.7 IMX398 primary sensor, they had chosen to ditch the IMX350 f/2.6 sensor for a new IMX376k sensor with a f/1.7 aperture which by the way is not a telephoto lens.

It has the same focal length as the primary one and OnePlus says it is used for better low light shots. That means when the camera detects extreme low light conditions (when the luminous intensity is below 10lux), it will automatically switch to the secondary sensor which has what they call “Intelligent Pixel Technology” to obtain clear images with low noise and more details.

I’m really skeptical at this point, but let us wait until the device rolls out to do further testing. OnePlus hasn’t removed the portrait mode though, but portrait shots on OnePlus 5T is a tad wider than that on the OnePlus 5, mainly due to the lack of telephoto lens. Also, there is a more prominent camera bump this time on the back of the device. The front camera also remains the same at 16MP f/2.0.

OnePlus 5T specs
Speaking about software improvements, there is not a lot. Swiping down the fingerprint scanner brings the notification panel and tapping on the fingerprint scanner while using the camera, captures a photo – nice additions especially considering the taller display.

Other than the fingerprint gestures, OnePlus brought in a new way to unlock the 5T – Face unlocks. But it is not as complex or secure as the one found on iPhone X. Its just a fast way of unlocking the device – Yes, I said fast, at least from the demo during the lunch event. OnePlus might be using some software algorithms to accelerate the process. You can turn it completely off or set it up to unlock just the basic apps and you would be prompted to input either your fingerprint or password before getting into confidential stuff.

Since it’s using the data from the front camera, it might not work well in low light conditions. At the moment, we really don’t know whether OnePlus would reserve face recognition just for the new 5T or it would make way for older devices like the OnePlus 5.

Check the complete specifications of OnePlus 5T here.

Let’s take a quick look at the things that haven’t really changed. Under the hood, the OnePlus 5T is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB/8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB/128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage. The handset is backed by a 3300mAh battery support for Dash Charging.

I am really looking forward to seeing how the battery life holds up since the display has got larger. OnePlus 5T keeps the headphone jack, the alert slider, all connectivity options and sensors as you expect. All the above-mentioned features are same as the OnePlus 5. Weirdly it still runs Android Nougat, but OnePlus promised an update to Oreo in early 2018.

The pricing in India also remains unchanged. OnePlus 5T would be available at Rs.32,999 and Rs.37,999 for the 6GB RAM and 8GB RAM variants respectively. However, US pricing has received a $20 increase in price.

OnePlus 5T
As expected OnePlus 5T is more of a minor upgrade and if you are a current OnePlus 5 user, there is no need to upgrade. Those who recently bought the OnePlus 5 would be feeling a bit down especially after hearing the pricing of OnePlus 5T (I would be feeling same if I were in that situation), I would suggest you suppress your hard feelings.

A new device coming out just doesn’t make the old one bad by any means. OnePlus 5 is still a great device, it’s just that OnePlus 5T is looking more like a 2017 flagship.

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