Riding high on the massive 3/3T success, OnePlus brought in the 5 a tad earlier than expected this year. The OnePlus 5 was a great phone, one that we have recommended to plenty of consumers over the last few months, but there were a few aspects of the phone that felt hushed.
To keep up with the changing times, the mid-year OnePlus 5T basically adds a new, improved, and fancy 18:9 AMOLED panel to the OnePlus 5 experience, but this in itself is quite a significant change. Clearly, OnePlus had to work around quite a few things to accommodate the full-view trend.
Has the larger full view screen hampered the extremely comfortable ergonomics of the OnePlus 5? How much has the camera improved in OnePlus 5T? Well, we will try and answer all such questions in our OnePlus 5T FAQ that follows.
OnePlus 5T Specifications And Price
|Display||6-Inch,18:9 AMOLED Display, Full HD, supports DCI-P3 Color gamut, Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||2.45GHz octa-core Snapdragon 835, Adreno 540 GPU|
|Internal Storage||64GB/128GB (UFS 2.1)|
|Software||Android Nougat-based Oxygen OS|
|Primary Camera||16MP (f/1.7) + 20MP (f/1.7), EIS|
|Secondary Camera||16MP with f/2.0 aperture|
|Battery||3300mAh with fast charging|
|Others||4G VoLTE, dual-band WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Fingerprint sensor (home button, ceramic glass), NFC, USB Type-C, Dash charging|
|Price||Rs. 32,999/Rs. 37,999|
OnePlus 5T Look and Feel
Question: How is the OnePlus 5T design?
Answer: The fundamental design language obviously remains same as the OnePlus 5. The 5T feels slightly broader and a few notch taller than the 5 even when it shouldn’t considering the minute difference in dimensions between the two.
If we talk about what has changed in terms of design – the fingerprint sensor is now present on the rear, the display covers most of the fascia, and the camera bulges out a bit more. If we had to strictly decide between the two – OnePlus 5 is a tad more comfortable to operate (maybe because it’s noticeably lighter), but the 5T looks a lot more enchanting.
Independently viewed, the OnePlus 5T is extremely premium and very comfortable to wield.
Question: How is the OnePlus 5T build quality?
Answer: There are no flexes or creaks in the 5T metal unibody. Jerry testing the 5T to its limits further assures us that it’s a pretty solid phone, one that can handle daily wear and tear rather well.
Question: Is OnePlus 5T Water resistant?
Answer: No, it’s not.
Question: Does the OnePlus 5T comes with back cover and tempered glass?
Answer: A TPU case comes bundled in the box. OnePlus has its own custom cases too but you’ll have to buy them separately. A good quality plastic screen protector is also affixed to the screen out of the box.
Also Read: Best OnePlus 5T Cases and screen protectors
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have capacitive navigation buttons or on-screen buttons?
Answer: The handset has on-screen navigation buttons. You can switch the back and the recent-apps button positions as well.
Question: How is the OnePlus 5T display?
Answer: The 6-inch 18:9 AMOLED screen that OP 5T has is manufactured by Samsung. The display quality has improved, there is no jelly-scrolling issue this time around.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have the option to switch between color modes?
Answer – The best part about the OnePlus 5T display has to be the different color profile options available. We particularly prefer DCI-P3 mode and you could also use the accurate (and lighter-on-eyes) sRGB mode. There is an option to set custom color profile too.
Question: Does the OnePlus 5T have a Bluelight filter?
Answer: The phone also has one of the best night mode (that can adjust itself based on ambient light), and a handy monochrome reading mode that people who read a lot can benefit from.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T has the option for automatic brightness?
Answer: Yes, the automatic brightness works well. Outdoor visibility is great too.
Question: Does the OnePlus 5T display has Gorilla glass protection?
Answer: Yes, the display is protected by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5.
OnePlus 5T Performance and Storage
Question: How much internal storage space is free on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: Out of 128GB, around 111GB storage is available at the user end.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have a separate microSD card slot?
Answer: No, the phone doesn’t have an SD card slot.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T has USB OTG support?
Answer: Yes, USB OTG has to be turned on from the settings.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have a fingerprint sensor? How many fingerprints can you scan and store?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is now present on the rear (which can be good or bad news based on your personal preferences). The good thing is that it’s still remarkably fast. You can store up to 5 fingerprints.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support fingerprint sensor gestures?
Answer: Yes. You can scroll on the fingerprint sensor to pull down notification shade. You can also long-press on it to unlock.
Question: Is the fingerprint sensor on OnePlus 5T fast and accurate? Is it always-on type?
Answer: The fingerprint sensor is incredibly fast and is the always-on type.
Question: How is the face unlock on the OnePlus 5T
Answer: The face unlock on 5T is extremely fast and quite reliable too. OnePlus admits that the approach here is convenient unlocking and not secure unlocking. The phone is supposed to have an option to restrict the use of sensitive apps with face unlock but it’s not on the phone yet.
Question: How is the day-to-day or general performance? How is gaming performance of OnePlus 5T?
Answer: The OnePlus 5T can match high-end flagships and even surpass most when it comes to performance and brute force. The high-end Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, fast UFS 2.1 storage, ample LPDDR4x RAM, and light software ensure that performance won’t be an issue on the 5T.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have heating issues?
Answer: No, it runs cool most of the time. The metal body gets hot with heavy usage, but the temperature remains under control. You need not worry about heating issues on OnePlus 5T.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support Google cardboard and other VR Apps? Does OnePlus 5T have gyroscope sensor?
Answer: Gyroscope sensor is present on the phone. VR apps work fine.
OnePlus 5T Benchmark Scores
|Geekbench single core, multi-core||1960, 6535|
|3D Mark slingshot||2920|
OnePlus 5T Camera
Question: How is the OnePlus 5T camera quality?
Answer: The camera quality on the 5T has improved. It’s now close to what we anticipated of the OnePlus 5 camera in the first place. The camera still can’t quite match high-end flagships but we are satisfied with what we are getting for the price.
Images shot outdoors in good light have rich details and accurate colors. In low light, the camera still manages a decent amount of details but colors aren’t very accurate.
There is no optical zoom this time as both sensors use the same focal length and same aperture lens. The 2X button in the app does optical zoom. The 2X zoom images look a tad better on the OnePlus 5T, but that’s partly because the software is artificially boosting colors. The OnePlus 5 2X zoom is more natural in comparison.
The portrait mode sees improvement too, but it still needs to be more consistent. The camera app remains same, except now there is no option to shoot 16:9 images. You can shoot 18:9 images instead.
Question: How is the selfie camera on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: The 16MP selfie camera performance is good both indoors and outdoors.
Question: Can the OnePlus 5T shoot 4K videos?
Answer: Yes. You can shoot 4K videos using both the front and the rear camera.
Question: Can you record slow-motion videos on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: Yes, you can record 720p slow-motion videos.
OnePlus 5T Software
Question: How is the software on the OnePlus 5T?
Answer: Oxygen OS is one of our personal favorites interfaces. It’s light, doesn’t divert much from stock Android in terms of look and feel and still integrates numerous enhancements to further improve the experience.
OnePlus should have shipped Android Oreo out of the box, but I guess waiting a few more weeks for the upgrade won’t be much botheration.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have one hand mode or gesture support?
Answer: Yes. The phone doesn’t have one hand mode, but extensive gesture support is present.
Question: Can you run dual apps or two apps with the same account on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: The feature will arrive in the next Oxygen OS version update. For now, you can make separate user accounts to use the same app with separate accounts.
Question: Will OnePlus 5T get Android 8.0 Oreo update?
Answer: Yes, OnePlus has guaranteed Android Oreo update. The phone is also expected to get Android P update next year.
Question: What kind of SIM cards does OnePlus 5T support?
Answer: The phone accepts two nano SIM cards.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support FM radio?
Answer: No, FM radio is not present.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have IR blaster?
Answer: No, it does not.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T have LED Notification light
Answer: Yes, it does.
Question: How is the call quality on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: Call quality is excellent.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support Reliance Jio SIM cards/ 4G VoLTE? Do both SIM slots support 4G VoLTE?
Answer: Yes, 4G VoLTE is supported on both SIM cards.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support native Jio Video calling or ViLTE?
Answer: Yes. Jio ViLTE or Video over LTE is also supported on the phone. Jio video calling works fine.
Question: How is the Battery backup on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: The battery backup is very good. The 3300mAh battery inside can easily last one day, even with heavy usage. We are still not sure how the battery backup compares against the OnePlus 5.
Question: Does OnePlus 5T support fast charging? Is fast charger bundled in the box?
Answer: Yes, the extremely fast dash charging is an unmatched convenience too.
Question: What are the sensors present on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: All major sensors, including magnetometer or compass and gyroscope, are present on the OnePlus 5T. No peeve points here.
Question: How loud is the loudspeaker on OnePlus 5T?
Answer: The loudspeaker is very loud. The audio quality is very good too.
OnePlus 5T Quick Review – Should you buy it?
OnePlus 5T makes several improvements over the OnePlus 5 and is still the most recommendable phone on our list ( in and around Rs. 30,000). The premium design, excellent performance, good quality AMOLED display and intuitive software are things to cherish here. At the same time, OnePlus 5 owners need not feel cheated as the 5 has its own share of merits like the slightly more ergonomic design and a front fingerprint sensor. We will keep exploring the 5T further and will be back with a final verdict in our full review.