At the end of last autumn, the smartphone OnePlus 5T was presented, which differs from the previously tested OnePlus 5 only with a screen with an aspect ratio of 18: 9 and reduced frames. And nevertheless, we decided to make a detailed review of this extraordinary mobile device, which by the New Year holidays has greatly reduced in price. As a result, OnePlus 5T looked very attractive for those who appreciate the optimal price-quality ratio in the product, and according to this parameter, OnePlus products are rightfully considered to be one of the best.
Key Features of OnePlus 5T
- SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8 cores Kryo 280 @ 1.9 / 2.4 GHz
- GPU Adreno 540
- Operating system Android 7.1.1, OxygenOS
- Touchscreen AMOLED 6 “, 2160 × 1080, 401 ppi
- RAM (RAM) 6/8 GB, internal memory 64/128 GB
- Support for Nano-SIM (2 pcs.)
- Support for microSD is missing!
- GSM networks (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
- WCDMA / HSPA + networks (1/2/4/5/8)
- TD-SCDMA networks: Band 34/39, CDMA: BC0
- Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 and 5 GHz), 2 × 2 MIMO
- Bluetooth 5.0, aptX & aptX HD
- USB Type-C (USB 2.0), USB OTG, with USB Audio support
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- The main camera is 16 + 20 Mp, f / 1.7, autofocus, 4K-video
- Front camera 16 Mp, f / 2.0, fixed focus
- Proximity and illumination sensors, magnetometer, accelerometer, gyroscope, step detector
- The fingerprint scanner
- Dirac HD Sound
- Battery 3300 mAh, Dash Charge
- Dimensions 156 × 75 × 7.3 mm
- Weight 162g
Design by OnePlus 5T
The updated OnePlus 5T looks much better than the past OnePlus 5. Instead of a screen with a standard ratio, we see a display with sides of 18: 9 and a minimalistic frame. Modern design allows the 5T not to yield to other frameless smartphones on Android OS – Samsung Galaxy S8, Huawei Mate 10 Pro and LG V30.
The OnePlus 5 had a 5.5-inch screen, the OnePlus 5T had a 6.01-inch screen. At the same time, the dimensions have not changed much, and a small difference in weight is not felt in practice either. The body is made of anodized aluminum, curved at the sides and smooth to the touch. A comfortable and ergonomic rear panel improves grip, although the smartphone is a little uncomfortable to hold in hands because of sharp edges on the sides. In addition, OnePlus 5T is quite slippery and can slip out – that’s why it has to be strongly compressed. Both problems will solve a good silicone case.
Due to the reduction of the frame from below, for capacitive keys and the Home button with the built-in fingerprint scanner, there is no space left. The sensor has been moved to the rear panel, and only the on-screen control is available for navigation. The fingerprint scanner on the back is almost standard for Android smartphones, which LG, Samsung, Google and other manufacturers have already adopted. The sensor on the 5T is also conveniently located and quite quickly recognizes the owner.
After changing the design, the new OnePlus became less like an iPhone. A minimalistic approach is visible in everything, even in a simple company logo, from behind. Although the camera module protrudes too far from the case, and the fingerprint scanner, on the contrary, merges with the surface. However, these are minor problems.
Appearance and usability
Design OnePlus 5T received a neat and attractive, but at the same time completely devoid of that touch of personality that was present in the first models of OnePlus – those most legendary “killers of flagships.” Now it is the most common Chinese tablet with the most typical design, which at the same time resembles the Xiaomi, Huawei, and iPhone, and in the hand lies like Oppo F5.
The entire front panel is covered with a 2,5D-glass Gorilla Glass 5 with strongly curved edges, and the sidewalls are so heavily narrowed that they are practically sharpened. Due to this, the device has a very small surface area of contact with the palm, it does not hold well in the hand, always tries to turn around in the fingers and fall out of the hands. It would be better to leave the sides wider and flat.
There are no complaints about the assembly and quality of materials, but because of the smooth matte surfaces, the device is rather slippery, and even on the metal, all fingerprints are visible. The smartphone is not too light, while large, wide and very thin at the edges. To save the situation can a complete cover, and if you buy a branded one, with a rough surface resembling the texture of the case of the first smartphones OnePlus, then everything will turn out very well.
The LED event indicator is in its place, on the top of the thin frame around the screen. The display itself, by the way, has rounded edges in the latest fashion,
Because of the reduced frame, the space under the screen for the hardware buttons is not there, the control buttons here are moved to the screen. It is worth noting that the button bar disappears, it appears, it is transparent, then black, then gray, and sometimes white. In general, somehow this element of the interface tires the look, it was possible to make everything neater.
The fingerprint reader is located on the back of the case, it is positioned so that it is convenient to place the index finger with the standard grip. At the very top of the back panel is a double camera with a flash. The camera protrudes beyond the surface, because of this the device rattles unpleasantly and swings on the table with every touch to the screen.
The power and volume buttons are spaced on opposite sides. This is also bad, because when you press your fingers and fall on the opposite button, and the need to firmly hold the case often leads to accidental clicks. Manufacturers have long switched to the option of placing both keys on the same sidewall, but recently we saw several smartphones at the same time, the creators of which are trying for some reason to return not the best past.
On one of the sides, there is a convenient mechanical switch of sound modes familiar to us from previous models of OnePlus. As a result, you can, like the iPhone, instantly turn off the sound without having to wake up the screen and get into the settings.
The card slot is not a hybrid, it can only install two Nano SIM SIM cards, and it is not designed for a microSD card. Hot-swappable cards are supported. Gaskets around the lid of the pallet for cards there, the smartphone has not received protection from water and dust, and this our “killer” is markedly different from all the modern flagships, which are called to kill, because they almost all have such protection.
The upper end is empty, and the USB Type-C connector, the main loudspeaker, and the 3.5 mm audio output to the headphones are output to the bottom. There is also a small hole for a spoken microphone.
OnePlus 5T is produced in the already familiar only two color versions of the case: black and white.
Following many leading manufacturers, OnePlus switched to a screen aspect ratio of 18: 9. The OnePlus 5T display is as great as the Full Optic AMOLED panel, as on the previous model. However, the resolution was increased to Full HD + (2160 × 1080).
All colors look clear and beautiful, black – here is especially deep. Due to the high level of brightness, the image remains legible even under direct sunlight. The advantage of the “extended” display over the standard 16: 9 – it puts more information on it. This is especially pleasing in social networks and on web pages with a significant amount of text when reading in portrait format. In landscape view, you can deploy YouTube videos to full screen, but not all videos support the aspect ratio of 18: 9. Part of the content on some video services is already available for viewing in this format, they even promise to add more in the future.
Due to limited support for the 18: 9 format, it’s hard to read a screen with this aspect ratio better or worse than the standard one. The difference between the AMOLED panel on OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T is almost imperceptible. And the navigation keys Android on the new phone can be hidden to enjoy a large display with wide viewing angles. In Reading Mode, the color temperature and other settings change according to the ambient light to improve reading conditions. Sunlight Display automatically reduces sun glare.
Performance and Tests
The OnePlus 5T has the same hardware as its predecessor. In addition to the Snapdragon 835 processor, you can choose between 64 or 128 GB of internal memory and 6 or 8 GB of RAM.
The difference between 6 and 8 GB of RAM is practically invisible. But 128 GB for storage will not be superfluous, given that the microSD card slot is not here. The smartphone scored 1934 points in the single-core test benchmark GeekBench 4 and 6678 points in the multi-core. Received 180 588 points in AnTuTu 3D, when OnePlus 5 in the same test scored 181 599, and Samsung Galaxy S8 – 155 253 points. Finally, ST scored 3 199 points in the 3DMark Sling Shot Extreme test, ahead of the Galaxy S8 with 2,052 points.
OnePlus 5T Camera
Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T boasts a dual camera with 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors. But, instead of a telephoto lens, a standard lens with an aperture of f / 1.7 is installed here. Without a telephoto lens, optical zoom becomes unavailable, although there is a 2x digital zoom instead.
For shooting at night, the 5T fits much less than the Huawei Mate 10 Pro – even the aperture f / 1.7 does not help to achieve high quality. The camera has relatively few modes – Time-lapse and Slow Motion, as well as Pro Mode, Portrait Mode, and Panorama Mode.
The camera application works very simply by swiping your finger left or right across the viewfinder screen to access the video mode or Portrait Mode. An interesting feature of OnePlus 5T – to take a picture on the back or front camera, you can press and hold the fingerprint scanner.
The 16-megapixel front camera does not have a portrait mode, but in general, the pictures look good. His only portrait mode is Beauty Mode.
Camera Comparision Between Huawei Mate 10 Pro & OnePlus 5T
I have not changed at all. 16-megapixel matrix Sony IMX371 with the lens ƒ / 2.0, which finally (in comparison with 3T) has learned to shoot more or less sharp self-portraits.
Knowing that some users may be annoyed by the fingerprint scanner on the back panel, OnePlus has added one more way to unlock the updated smartphone.
The function Face Unlock on the front camera accurately identifies the user’s face – just look at the screen to turn it on. Unlocking is faster than on the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8.
Recognition system on OnePlus 5T does not support making purchases on Android Pay and other similar services, the speed here is increased due to a decrease in reliability. If you are worried about your security – Face Unlock can be turned off and only the fingerprint scanner can be used for identification.
The appearance of the operating system is almost the same as what I saw with OnePlus 5. The same OxygenOS user interface is installed on top of the Android 7.1.1 OS. Afflicted by the fact that until now there was no transition to the latest version of Android 8.0 Oreo. Although the manufacturer promises to update in the first quarter of 2018, some smartphones already have the most modern OS.
This means that owners of OnePlus 5T will not be able to see notifications on application icons with Notification Dots function or use Picture-in-Picture mode. In addition, Android 8.0 Oreo increased security and performance.
OxygenOS cannot be called too slow or inconvenient shell – OnePlus managed to create one of the best interfaces, which differs little from pure Android. Retractable application tray, a simple notification panel, and gesture support are really useful add-ons.
A lot of parameters are regulated here – this allows each user to customize the system to their liking. For example, if you turn on Ambient Display, notifications appear briefly on the lock screen.
Music and Sound OnePlus 5T
Despite the thin frame, on the case OnePlus 5T there was a place for a 3.5-mm jack, which is designed for any wired headphones.
Via Bluetooth 5 with the aptX HD codec, you can connect your favorite wireless headset and enjoy your favorite tunes. To adjust the sound settings, you need to go deeper into the settings – OnePlus does not have its own music application.
The Oneplus 5T has the feature of unlocking the smartphone in the face. In the dark, it works worse than the iPhone X, and the angles under which it can do it are not so great. But the speed of unlocking the screen – just lightning fast in normal mode. It should be understood that the Oneplus 5T unlocking on the face is superficial: it is not safe, so you can not use this method for shopping on the Internet or for autocomplete login and password in other applications, as, for example, does the iPhone X. But in any case, the first step is made in this direction and quite successfully.
On my Oneplus 5T is configured and a fingerprint scanner, and unlocking on the face, and I do not use the scanner at all. The iPhone has this feature, Galaxy has, from Oneplus 5T, and now Xiaomi, have made this function in the beta version of its firmware. Hello, the new standard.
Battery and autonomy
The OnePlus 5T battery with a capacity of 3300 mAh supports the proprietary Dash Charge technology, which allows you to charge your smartphone 60% for 30 minutes and 100% for 90 minutes. This is a very useful feature – 60 percent of the charge is enough for a whole day of work.
After spending only 1.5 hours, you can not think about charging for 1.5 days. If you disable the gadget at night, it will last at least two days.
About the power
I bought myself a Oneplus 5T for 64 GB and 6 GB of RAM. Why One plus do not give the user the opportunity to use a memory card – a mystery. One pleases – the surcharge for the model for 128 GB is only 50 bucks, it’s not so much.
About Snapdragon 835 I have nothing to say, but here’s the work Oxygen OS on this processor is somehow abnormally fast. It is faster than Pixel 2. The animation is lightning fast. Applications that hang in the background open without delay, as if you did not turn it off. Every year you think: that, well, the speed limit is reached, but then you realize that the manufacturer is now struggling not with the speed of the smartphone, but with the speed of your reaction.
But the speed of the graphics accelerator and processor in games directly depends on the optimization of games on Android in general. I played in Guns of Boom, in Asphalt 8 and in the new Lineage 2. If you do not compare with the iPhone X, it seems that all type-top and fast. But if, after that, you take the iPhone X and run the same games, then you realize that in the struggle for the speed of your reaction, Apple won. But so only in heavy games and applications, the speed of the system from the Oneplus 5T is phenomenal, and Apple c iOS is far from such indicators.
About the time of work
Nothing has changed compared to the Oneplus 5, even though the screen has become larger. Oneplus 5T is a living creature, the 3300 mAh battery squeezes out all the juices, and the smartphone I pulled almost 6 hours of screen work. But the question is not even in the time of work, but in the charging speed – Oneplus 5T charges from Discharge indecently fast.
15 minutes of charging is:
Oneplus 5T – 32%
iPhone X – 21%
Galaxy Note 8 – by 19%
30 minutes of charging:
Oneplus 5T – 63%
iPhone X – 36% (not original USB Type-C to Lightning cable)
Galaxy Note 8 – 38%
45 minutes of charging:
Oneplus 5T – 85%
iPhone X – 51% (not original USB Type-C to Lightning cable)
Note 8 – 56%
60 minutes of charging:
Oneplus 5T – 96%
iPhone X – 66% (not original USB Type-C to Lightning cable)
Note 8 – 74%
Before the full charge, the Oneplus 5T is charged in 1 hour 10 minutes, the iPhone X is charged up to 100% in 1 hour 55 minutes, Note 8 has completed charging before the iPhone, for 1 hour 40 minutes.
Specifications Of OnePlus 5T
|NETWORK||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|CDMA 800 & TD-SCDMA|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 18(800), 19(800), 20(800), 25(1900), 26(850), 28(700), 29(700), 30(2300), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500), 66(1700/2100)|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps|
|Status||Available. Released 2017, November|
|BODY||Dimensions||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||162 g (5.71 oz)|
|Build||Front glass, aluminum frame, back|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|DISPLAY||Type||Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.01 inches, 93.7 cm2 (~80.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)|
|Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
– Oxygen OS 5.1
|PLATFORM||OS||Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.1 (Oreo)|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal||128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM|
|CAMERA||Primary||Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8″, 1.12µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8″, 1µm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@30/120fps|
|Secondary||16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0µm), gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones|
|– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic|
– Dirac HD sound
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|FEATURES||Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email|
|– Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)|
– DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
– MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
– Document viewer
– Photo/video editor
|BATTERY||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
|MISC||Colors||Midnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White (128/8GB only)|
|Price||About 500 EUR|
|TESTS||Performance||Basemark OS II: 4235 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 3632|
Basemark X: 38656
|Display||Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 4.789 (sunlight)|
|Camera||Photo / Video|
|Loudspeaker||Voice 68dB / Noise 73dB / Ring 69dB|
|Audio quality||Noise -94.0dB / Crosstalk -93.7dB|
Endurance rating 82h
The OnePlus 5T has almost everything you need for a modern smartphone. The model with 64 GB of internal memory is available for 35,500 rubles, with 128 GB for 39,500 rubles. The most important thing in what the updated smartphone from OnePlus is inferior to expensive flagships – water resistance. Despite the fact that the phone can fail if it gets into the water, it will not crash when dropped like the iPhone 8 or Galaxy S8.
A typical problem with devices based on Android OS – updates come out with a delay. The transition of 5T to Android 8.0 Oreo is still only expected, with the update of the security databases there are the same problems. The only way to ensure the relevance of the software on Android is to buy Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.
While some flagships cost more than 60 thousand rubles, OnePlus 5T offers the same characteristics and stylish design at a lower price. I recommend this smartphone to everyone for whom simplicity and accessibility are more important than additional features.
The new OnePlus 5T competes on an equal footing with the much more expensive Galaxy S8, LG V30 and the iPhone 8. Yielding to some parameters, it remains the best phone with a price-performance ratio.
For example, Google Pixel 2 XL offers excellent cameras, regular software updates, water resistance, a clean Android interface and a corporate design – but you’ll have to pay 44,000 rubles for this.
Advantages of OnePlus 5T
- A great 6-inch AMOLED display
- High performance
- Clear software
- Affordable price
- Unmistakable Face Detection
- Camera with Portrait Mode
- 3.5 mm audio connector
Disadvantages of 5T
- Lack of water resistance
- Not the latest version of Android
Video Review Of OnePlus 5T
Syed Arslan is a senior review and News writer at 1review2day, focusing on upcoming smart devices. He previously worked for Fortune Magazine, and he has 4 years of experience. He loves testing out new gadgets and complaining about them. He is the ghost of all failed Kickstarters. Email at firstname.lastname@example.org