OnePlus 5T review
A better view
Our OnePlus 5T review finds a flagship phone update that brings it inline with other premium phones through the inclusion of a new fuller display, that fills 80% of the front face. There are other improvements as well, in a phone designed to undercut the price of its rivals.
The OnePlus 5T is an exclusive to O2 on monthly contract, although you can buy the OnePlus 5T outright, from £449.
Full Optic display
Just like on the Samsung Galaxy S8, the display on the OnePlus 5T fills more of the front face, with almost no bezels at the side. In the case of the OnePlus 5T, there is a 6.01” Full Optic AMOLED display.
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The display has the new elongated 18:9 aspect ratio and the Full HD (2160 x 1080 pixels / 401 pixels per inch) resolution has a few more rows of pixels. This means that you can see more of a webpage without scrolling.
The display boasts a feature called Sunlight Display. This feature automatically adjusts the brightness and contrast, when the phone is under harsh light. The OnePlus 5T also pays attention to what you are doing, such as gaming, reading or watching a movie, and it makes further adjustments based on this.
To round it off, there is a dedicated Reading Mode and Night Mode.
The OnePlus 5T has an all anodised aluminium chassis and this is coloured in Midnight Black, which is the only colour available. The front is made from durable and scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
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The phone stays slim at 7.3mm thick and it isn’t heavy at 162g. One things that is immediately noticeable is the extra key on the side of the phone. This is an Alert Slider and it can be used to quickly mute notifications.
The OnePlus 5T has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz octa-core processor. The processor comes with either 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory or with enhanced performance and 8GB RAM / 128GB internal memory.
In all honesty, even the lower amount of RAM will blow you away in terms of performance and power efficiency. Is it more likely that the internal memory will make the purchasing decision because there is no microSD card slot.
Intelligent software works in the background to learn your usage patterns. With this information, the processor is automatically fine tuned, so that the apps you use most launch quicker.
Phone Set Up
Fingerprint sensor vs Face Unlock
The OnePlus 5T has both a fingerprint sensor and Face Unlock facial recognition. Face Unlock uses 100 facial identifiers to authenticate you and it can still recognise you even if you are wearing glasses or a hat.
Face Unlock requires a double tap on the screen to activate it and it unlocks the phone in 0.5 seconds, compared to 0.2 seconds for a fingerprint. Unlike facial recognition on the Apple iPhone X, Face Unlock does not work in the dark or by the light emitted from the display.
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This means that you will probably need to set up the fingerprint sensor as a back up. It is quite useful to do this anyway because you can use it to drag down the notification area or use it to take photos.
The OnePlus 5T runs the Oxygen OS and this is a streamlined and enhanced version of Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Through a software update, the OnePlus 5T will get updated to Android Oreo in 2018.
With Oxygen OS you can enter a do not disturb gaming mode, which ensures notifications do not interrupt the action. Further features include the option to run Parallel Apps, which is pretty useful if you have a work and personal Twitter or Facebook account.
The OnePlus 5T will let you hide the navigation keys for a better full screen experience. The bottom facing speaker is paired up with Dirac HD Sound enhancements, so that the media or gaming experience really is at its best.
Camera & Video
Portrait Mode and Intelligent Pixel Technology
The OnePlus 5T has a dual16MP + 20MP camera. The two lenses work together to give features like Portrait Mode, where the background can be blurred, for that bokeh effect.
If the light dips below 10 lux (10 candles worth of light) then the Intelligent Pixel Technology is triggered. With this the camera merges four pixels into one, to enhance clarity and lower low-light noise.
If desired, you can press the power button twice to open the camera quickly and Fast AF (autofocus) will allow you to capture the scene as quickly as possible. 4K video recording is now aided by EIS (electronic image stabilisation) and the camera can shoot both Slow Motion and Time-Lapse footage.
Facing the user is a 16MP selfie and video recording camera.
The OnePlus 5T has an ample 3,300mAh battery and with Dash Charge (charger in the box) a full day’s power can be gained in just half an hour of charge. When charging, the OnePlus 5T stays cool and charges at a consistent rate.
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Written by: Michael Brown