OnePlus 5T Full Review, Specs and Price.

The Ups: Great design; Large storage; Awesome camera; Huge RAM; Android 8 support. The Downs: Poor battery; No sdCard slot; USB could have been better than 2.0; the 3,300mAh battery is a letdown.

Bottom Line:
The OnePlus 5T is an awesome Phablet which at 7.3mm is Slimmer and also an undetectable 1 gram lighter than the Samsung Galaxy S9. But a stronger battery would have been greatly appreciated.

Released late last year in November, the OnePlus 5T is a top midrange device which is high on storage and camera like most other smart phones in this category. Although it is a phablet, this Android smartphone from OnePlus is sleek, light and slim, it would have been perfect for one-handed operations but the body is a bit slippery.


OnePlus 5T Quick Specs

Network 2G | 3G | 4G
Display 6.01 Optic AMOLED LCD with capacitive touchscreen
1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
Software Android 7.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Processor Chip set — Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU — Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU — Adreno 540
Memory 6/8GB RAM | 64/128GB ROM | no sdCard support
Camera Front — 16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm)
Rear — Dual: 16MP (f/1.7) + 20MP (f/1.7)
Battery Non removable Li-Po, 3300mAh

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Holding the OnePlus 5T on your palm, the device has this premium feel, probably because of its metal unibody which is also present in the OnePlus 5. Although its slightly curved rear makes it sit on the palm, it’s a bit slippery.

Facing upwards, this phablet has really thin bezels, giving room for an 80% display space. The fingerprint scanner is situated at the rear, the power key at the right while the volume controls are fitted at the left. The most common color variant is the Midnight Black, but there’s a limited edition with a Sandstone White cover.

Display, Storage and Platform

The OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01″ Optic AMOLED display at 1,080 x 2,160 resolution and 401ppi. Although the display is good, being Full HD (1,080 x 2,160), its worthier counterparts all sport Quad HD (1,440 x 2,560) display. This very feature is the only thing that makes it lesser to the other smartphones (like the Galaxy S9 twin) in the high-end display calibre

Even at the lack of a QHD display, there’s no fault in the OnePlus 5T’s display as this same resolution could be found in displays as large as 18″ or more on smart TVs and they’re still considered to be better. When held alongside the rivals however, the difference appears.

The OnePlus 5T comes with Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835, Octa-Core CPU, 64GB or 128GB ROM and 6GB or 8GB RAM; that’s more than enough for multitasking and the Adreno 540 GPU no doubt the best we still have around.

One thing OnePlus didn’t forget to incorporate into this device is the capability to do everything all other flagships are capable of doing in terms of performance. Coming with the same chipset, CPU and all that. Although it may not be so important, but I really do think the 5T should have sdCard support.

Camera and Media

There’s not so much to drop our jaws here, we’ve seen dual cameras before, difference is just increased Megapixels. It comes with the 16MP + 20MP rear camera combo, both lenses having f/1.7 aperture and the autofocus is amazing.

The selfie camera is a 16MP lens with f/2.0 aperture. Camera features include Electronic Image Stabilisation which reduces blurring, especially when the device is shaken and autoHDR which helps in bringing out all the details of your photoshoot whether at a well-lit environment or a bad-lit one.

At 720p (HD or -zoom portrait mode) Videos are recorded at 120 frames-per-second, at 1080p (Full HD or its normal portrait mode), it captures at 60 frames-per-second while 2160p (landscape mode, still full HD) captures at 30 frames-per-second. The higher the frames captured per second, the sharper the video captured. Moving objects are better captured at 720p.

Talk of the media, it’s just the same old sets found in even a budget smartphone. The hardware choice however are on different levels. There’s the loudspeaker, 3.5mm headphones jack, Audio and Video player, Audio and Video recorder, they also made use of Dirac HD sound for better audio quality. That’s great.

Battery and Comms

As much as I would love to get a copy of the OnePlus 5T, I find myself complaining about the power house which is pegged at 3,300mAh. Although it’s multicelled, there’s still a limit to how long it will last and if one is a heavy user, it doesn’t even stand the chance of lasting a whole day.

Consider the Umidigi s2 pro which comes with a whopping 5,100mAh battery and the Infinix Zero 5 which is 4,350mAh, a bigger battery isn’t too bad. But even as bad as it seems, it’s better than some of other flagships around. Typical examples are the Galaxy s9 twins from Samsung.

OnePlus 5T Price

This is a flagship device – at least that’s what we can say concerning the features we’ve seen above. Based on that, this device is expected to be high on dollars but to our surprise, it’s even much cheaper than most of its rivals out there. Funniest part?? The 128GB model is just at the same price level with the 64GB model. The OnePlus 5T costs £499

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