If the OnePlus 5T is not a “flagship killer,” it is at the very least a “flagship bruiser.” It’s outstanding how a lot cellphone OnePlus has managed to ship for $500, simply $20 greater than the OnePlus 5. The digicam may be a step beneath these of its premium friends, and the 1080p show isn’t as sharp as Samsung’s Quad HD ones, however the 5T is nothing lower than an incredible improve and worth.

The place final yr’s 3T was a mere spec refresh, the 5T upgrades the show, which hadn’t actually modified a lot for the reason that OnePlus One (apart from switching from LCD to OLED). By no means has a half-inch made such an enormous distinction. With a 6-inch, 18:9 display as an alternative of a 5.5-inch, 16:9 one, the OnePlus 5T appears to be like and appears like a contemporary cellphone that ought to price $800 or $900. Contemplating the 5T releases lower than six months after the 5 (making it the third cellphone OnePlus has launched prior to now 12 months), it proves the corporate could make a big-screen AMOLED cellphone on a budget, and do it rapidly. 

A well-recognized, but recent design

The OnePlus 5T brings over the glass-and-aluminum physique of the 5, nevertheless it’s hardly a retread. Most notably, that is the primary OnePlus handset for the reason that 2 with no front-facing residence button, a transfer that immediately upgrades its look. Like most different Android telephones, you’ll now discover the fingerprint sensor on the again of the case above the OnePlus brand.

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With its new 6-inch display, the OnePlus 5T is sort of just like the Pixel 2 XL.

Elsewhere, the design takes loads of cues from the 5. Skinny entrance bezels imply your complete physique is analogous in dimension to its predecessor (156.1mm x 75mm x 7.3mm vs 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm), and it feels simply as snug to carry. Its aluminum again means no wi-fi charging, and the skinnier bezels have made the digicam bump barely extra pronounced. The headphone jack stays—although frustratingly there nonetheless aren’t a pair of earbuds within the field—and there’s nonetheless no enlargement slot within the SIM tray. And if you happen to have been hoping to take your OnePlus cellphone for a swim, you’ll have to attend at the very least one other revision: The 5T isn’t IP-rated for water resistance. 

The primary cause for the 5T’s existence is the show, and it doesn’t disappoint. OnePlus has changed the 5.5-inch display with a 6-inch one, switching the ratio from 16:9 to 18:9 within the course of. It’s nonetheless a 1080p Full HD panel somewhat than a 1440p Quad HD one, and out-of-the-box calibration was barely muted for my tastes, however OnePlus consists of bountiful customization choices for tweaking the colour. I appreciated the marginally rounded corners of the show, that are a lot much less dramatic than the Pixel 2 XL or LG V30.

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You received’t must open the SIM slot on the OnePLus 5T a lot as a result of it nonetheless doesn’t help expandable storage.

The 5T is the uncommon cellphone that ought to make everybody completely happy: If you happen to appreciated the look of the OnePlus 5, there’s sufficient remaining within the 5T to maintain you content, however if you happen to have been rising uninterested in the identical stale display and entrance panel (as I used to be), the 5T is a refreshing change.

Stellar efficiency throughout

Whereas final yr’s 3T bumped the chip and the battery capability, you’ll discover equivalent specs contained in the OnePlus 5 and 5T. Which is to say they’re pretty much as good as you’re going to get:

  • Chip: Snapdragon 835
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Battery: three,300mAh
  • Storage: 64GB/128GB

Efficiency may be very a lot in step with the 5’s and different Snapdragon 835 telephones. The beneficiant allotment of RAM ensures apps launch and swap with ease. Whereas I didn’t embody benchmark scores for my OnePlus 5 overview because of some shady practices relating to inflated numbers, I ran them for the 5T, and the outcomes have been as anticipated: PC Mark’s Work 2.0 test frequently returned scores round 7,000, barely decrease than the Pixel 2 XL’s however nonetheless very spectacular. Extra importantly, nevertheless, the OnePlus 5T felt each bit as quick as the opposite premium Android telephones, little question helped alongside by the lean OxygenOS skin and its ambient show that stays off till you choose it up.

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