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OnePlus 5T: Review

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OnePlus 5T: Review
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Oneplus is a startup that was established only four years ago. The first Oneplus One mobile phone was known as the "flagship killer": a phone that can compete with any iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S. The brand's reputation is built based on one simple concept - to produce the same product as the competition, yet significantly cheaper. Is that even possible? In this review, we will test the Oneplus 5T mobile phone and compare it to the current top devices.

Oneplus 5T

Oneplus 5T Review, Content

  1. Oneplus 5T Parameters and Price
  2. Oneplus 5T Packaging and Accessories
  3. Oneplus 5T Processing and Ergonomics
  4. Oneplus 5T Display
  5. Oneplus 5T Performance and Storage
  6. Oneplus 5T Battery Life
  7. Oneplus 5T Operating System and Software
  8. Oneplus 5T Camera
  9. Oneplus 5T Rating

Oneplus 5T Parameters and Price

It has not been a long time since the introduction of the Oneplus 5. Is it worth getting the 5T? Can Oneplus 5T compete with the Galaxy S8 or LG G6? It is definitely worth considering, and let us explain why.

Everyone wants an extremely powerful phone, but they are sometimes unable to get what they want due to the price. Oneplus has always been on the border, where there is minimum compromise in comparison to the market leaders, but the price is much lower. The 5T model is no exception.

The Oneplus 5T is a great smartphone to use for games, multimedia, work, and anything in between. It has a frameless design, a large display and a powerful performance, two SIM card slots, and a reliable update support.

Oneplus 5T vs. Oneplus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S8

ParametersOneplus 5T 64GB/128GBOneplus 5 128GBSamsung Galaxy S8
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
(4 × 2.45 + 4 × 1.9GHz)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
(4 × 2.45 + 4 × 1.9GHz)
Samsung Exynos 8895
(4 × 2.3 + 4 × 1.7GHz)
Operating memory and storage6(8)/64(128)GB8/128GB4/64GB + microSD
Display and resolutionAMOLED 6"
(2160 × 1080)
AMOLED 5.5" Full HD
(1920 × 1080)
AMOLED 5.8" QHD
(2960 × 1440)
Cameras16/20MP + 16MP16/20MP + 16MP12MP + 8MP
Size and weight156.1 × 75 × 7.3mm, 162g154.2 × 74.1 × 7.3mm, 153g148.9 × 68.1 × 8mm, 155g
Battery3300mAh3300mAh3000mAh
Operating systemAndroid 7.1 (Nougat)Android 8.0 (Oreo)Android 7.0 (Nougat)
PriceEUR 587.79/GBP 518.90 - EUR 666.23/GBP 587.90EUR 627.01/GBP 552.90EUR 823.08/GBP 725.90

Audio profile switch.
An audio profile switch.
Dual camera and fingerprint reader.
A dual camera and a fingerprint reader.

Oneplus 5T Packaging and Accessories

The Oneplus 5T travels from far away. Don't be surprised how durable the box is - you could easily climb on it. Inside, you will find less than you think. In addition to the phone itself, you will also receive a charger and a cable.

However, you will definitely use them. Not because you would not be able to purchase a USB-C cable anywhere else or use a different charger, but the one that is supplied supports Dash charge, which is the fastest charging technology nowadays. The manufacturer does not provide headphones, but it has a headphone jack that is compatible with most headphones.

Oneplus 5T accessories in the package
The Oneplus 5T comes with a USB-C cable and a Dash Charge charger.

Oneplus 5T Processing and Ergonomics 

Although Oneplus has never had a distinctive signature design, some elements were repeated on the phones from previous generations. You could recognise it due to its slider button to select sound profiles,the typical, navigational sensor keys underneath the screen,and the fingerprint reader.

The Oneplus 5T differs highly from its predecessor. Everything has changed. The traditional smartphone has become a progressive device. The Oneplus 5T has leaned towards a frameless design, which comes with a few essential changes.

The most important thing is the larger display. After keeping a 5.5" diagonal for a long time, the newest generation has jumped to a 6" diagonal. Now it covers 80% of the phone area, therefore the overall size has changed only a little. The navigation buttons below the screen are gone, and the fingerprint reader is now on the back.

Oneplus 5T has a headphone jack.
The display has grown, but the size of the device has not.

Not many elements fit on the front, just the receiver, status diode, front camera and the proximity sensor. Despite the dimensions of 151.1 × 75 × 7.3mm, the Oneplus 5T is a relatively subtle device, while the older generations were much bulkier.

The top is neat, and the sides of the smartphone seem neat at first sight as well. However, it's just a game of light and shadow that masks the Dual SIM slot and the power button. You will find that on the right side, while the volume control and audio profiles are located on the left. Due to the thin profile of the phone, however, the keys are quite narrow, which does not help the ergonomics, and pressing the power button is particularly unclear. This is not a crucial issue, but a more sensible button would be better. On the bottom, you will find the speaker, the USB-C connector, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. 

Oneplus 5T has a headphone jack.
The headphone jack has not been forgotten!

Oneplus 5T Display

For 2017 top-of-the-line smartphones, a high QHD resolution was typical. However, there are power-saving modes that reduce the resolution. It would be wrong to assume that a higher resolution is automatically better.

Oneplus does not go for extremes and uses an OLED display with al resolution of 2160 × 1080pix. Basically, this is a classic Full HD. A navigation bar has been added to the screen, which give the screen an aspect ratio of 18:9. Its edges are not curved like the edges of the Galaxy S8, therefore you will not feel like the phone is unnaturally elongated - the effect actually comes closer to a classic 16:9 ratio.

How does the Oneplus 5T do with colour rendering? The OLED panel creates a perfect black colour, which is expected from this technology. The colour tones may vary. The colours are very lively in default, warmer in the sRGB profile, and more vivid in DCI-P3. You can choose the colour temperature manually or use the adaptive mode just like we did. It worked smoothly, we never felt like the colours were unnatural.

Another nice feature is the ambient display, which is a display of basic data on the black background of a turned off screen in order to save energy. Nothing prevents you from turning off the notifications and adjusting the colours of the notification diode, but having the extra option is always welcome. The Oneplus is generous: you can set the vibration intensity for different events, activate the reading mode that dims the colours into gray tones, turn on the blue light filter and even change the colours of the user environment between a light and a dark theme. We recommend doing this as soon as possible, as the OLED display covered in black has a much lower power consumption than when it's white.

Calibrate display colors.
The colours on the display can be calibrated.
Comparison of IPS and OLED displays from the side
 A 6" display can hold a lot of information.
Comparison of IPS and OLED display with black color.
You can create the themes and highlight colours.

Oneplus 5T Performance

What is the most powerful mobile phone nowadays? It is difficult to say, but the Oneplus 5T is the hottest candidate up for first place. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 hardware can handle anything you can find on Google Play. This MSM8998 chip uses 8 cores with a Kryo 280 architecture at a maximum of 2.45GHz with Adreno 540 graphics support and DSP Hexagon 682 graphics. The only competitor of this beast is Exynos 8895, which wins in some benchmarks, but the differences are small compared to  Snapdragon.

The Oneplu 5T has 8GB of RAM. Even though it may seem like you won't be able to use that much memory storage, remember that it won't take long, and the 4GB of memory storage that most competitors use will be a minimum for Android. A year and a half ago, 2GB of RAM were above standard. Today, it is a necessary minimum.

Results of the Antuta Benchmark

  • Total score: 178,101
  • 3D: 70,949
  • UX: 58,039
  • CPU: 38,973
  • RAM: 10,140

You will only find 8GB of operating memory on the phone with 128GB of internal memory. A cheaper version with 64GB of storage has "only" 6GB available, which is more than enough.

i Even though Oneplus started selling the phone via their website, it is still easier to buy from us.

Oneplus 5T Battery and Battery Life

A giant battery will not fit in a slim phone. On the other hand, the large screen diagonal means that it does not have to save as much power. The result is a decent compromise of 3300 mAh, which keeps your mobile running throughout the day. You can chat, browse the Internet and Facebook, play music and movies, but by the time you get home, you will probably have around 30%. It is not enough for the next day, but it is nice to know that even if you miss your bus, you can stay connected.

The Oneplus 5T has a hidden ace up its sleeve. It's not wireless charging, but the Dash Charge function. This is the fastest technology for a quick energy boost. It is not as widespread as Quickcharge, but it works very cleverly - the supplied charger "pre-digests" the current from the outlet so it can enter the battery in a more "digestible" manner. In more technical terms, while Quickcharge charges at high voltage and low current, Dash Charge does the opposite. In the first case, most of the heat is generated in the battery of the phone, but in the second case, a large part of the charger has already absorbed it.

Let's skip the physics talk. Dash Charge charges the Oneplus 5T in half an hour from zero to 59%, after 60 minutes it will be up to 93%. As a result, you will have the impression that the percentage is climbing right in front of your eyes, and 10 minutes on the charger will make a great difference. This fast-charging function has taught me not to charge my phone overnight.

The only downside of the Dash Charge technology is compatibility. You are limited to Oneplus or Oppo accessories, as you will not reach such impressive figures with other accessories.

Oneplus 5T Operating System and Software

The time of massive graphics over Android has come to an end. The trend is evident with many brands and Oneplus has just become another piece of proof. Android 7 Nougat itself has absorbed many features, therefore there is a lesser need for major modifications.

The OxygenOS used on this phone only adds a few features that will not compromise its compatibility and are still useful. I have already mentioned the support of graphic themes, other adjustments are less visible but more pleasant. The navigation bar configurator allows you to assign actions for short press, a long press, a double tap, and even the exchange of the Back and Last Apps button. Waking up by taping on the display and muting your ringtone by turning the phone are not new features, but how many mobile phones can use a display that is turned off to control the phone? It's incredibly addictive to skip a song by drawing an arrow or to turn on the camera by drawing a circle.

There's is no power buttonon the device, but you can transfer music via Bluetooth 5 in a higher quality.

i If you knew about the first Oneplus One, you might remember the disputes between the CyanogenMod community and Oneplus itself. The entire CyanogenMod project was resurrected under the name of LineageOS, but it has nothing to do with the OxygenOS on the Oneplus. It is pure Android enriched with a few practical improvements. In the Chinese distribution, the operating system is modified more significantly because OxygenOS is replaced with the HydrogenOS system.

An often talked about feature is face recognition. The iPhone X inspirtation is clear, but it should be noted that it is something like this, but worse quality, and it has been done by Android for several years. Android has had enough time to work out the bugs, so we have decided that we will not be forgiving with Oneplus 5T. Unfortunately, there is not much room for criticism: the camera can register you when it is vertical and horizontal. It will not be confused even if you are wearing a hat or glasses. It even works while you are at a bus stop at night.

A weak spot is the implementation into the operating system. The phone unlocks as soon as it recognises you, which means that you do not get to see a notification screen. Sometimes you want that, and sometimes you don't. The second shortcoming is the usable tracking distance, which is around 30-50cm from your face. Since you cannot see the display from a different distance, you will be rarely asked to use an alternative verification option.

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OxygenOS modifies Android just a little in the right places.

Oneplus 5T Camera

The camera is very often a component that separates the good from the bad. The dual lens on the back brings many expectations, especially after the results of the previous generation of Oneplus 5. While the fifth generation uses the second lens for optical zooming, the 5T only has it for sharpness depth and a low-light photography. Both lenses have an f/1.7 luminosity and differ only in resolution (16 and 20MP).

You'll notice the most when you take a picture of the same scene in the camera application, but you only have use the zoom once. At that point, it is clear that the zoom is only digital, and it is only a cut-out from the original.

However, that does not change our claim that that the Oneplus 5T can take good pictures. The details are clear, and the contrast and colour rendering is natural. Unlike more expensive competitors, it is not enough to just focus and take the picture. It is necessary to stay still, because the exposure time is often a fraction of a second longer than necessary, resulting in a slightly blurred image. In the original picture, you can notice the slight diffusion of colours, which is very easy to see when taking pictures of nature and panoramas. The absence of optical stabilisation is a great disadvantage in this case; on the contrary, the macro can be impressive.

OIS is available for video recording, and the electronic stabilisation fulfills its purpose. Movies and video clips can be recorded at a 1280 × 720px resolution, Full HD at 30 and 60 fps, and in 4K at 30fps. At the highest quality, we measured a 40Mb/s bitrate, which is almost as good as a third-generation GoPro camera. It's just a shame that the camera uses an H.264 codec, because the videos would be smaller with HEVC.

Oneplus has a rather specific approach to selfie photography. In the basic photo mode, you can switch to the front 16MP camera, and it even allows you to automatically smooth out your skin. By swiping to the side, you can activate a special portrait mode that has the same function, but does it not allow for a manual changes.

Test image gallery

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 Oneplus 5T Evaluation and Comparison

If you're looking for a top-of-the-line smartphone, but you're reluctant to pay a large amount of money, the Oneplus 5T is a device that can and should captivate you. Its amazing hardware has enough power, so you will not have to upgrade it for the next three years. Fast charging is something you might not care about at first, but after the first try, you will absolutely adore it. OygenOS is Android in a simple form, which allows for quick updates. Yes, the Oreo 8.0 version is already available! The fans of the classic headphone jack will be pleased, and the frameless display will capture everyone.

Does the Oneplus 5T have any disadvantages? Maybe a few. The biggest one is its durability. There is no IP68 or 67 certification, so this phone is definitely afraid of water. The second disadvantage is the absence of a memory card slot. The difference between 64 and 128GB is not as striking as on an iPhone, but more would simply fit on a micro SD. The third disadvantage is the camera that I would evaluate as "very good". When compared to all smartphones, it is a champion. In comparison to premium devices, it still falls behind.

You will also be interested in the comparison of the Oneplus 5T with its competitors. We would nominate LG G6 as its biggest rival. It is cheaper, a little weaker, but it also features a frameless display. The Oneplus 5T is great for someone who wants brutal performance but doesn't mind a weaker camera and durability. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is more expensive, but it surpasses its Chinese rival with its durabilty, display resolution and itst memory card support. It loses points due to its operating system and update speed. These three phones are great, and your selection will therefore only depend on how much you want to pay and which parameters are the most important to you.

Oneplus 5T

Oneplus 5T

Mobile Phones

Oneplus 5T is a top-of-the-line amazing smartphone that masterfully balances the latest trends and benefits of conservative access. It benefits from the combination of a 6" AMOLED display with a frameless body, an uncompromising performance, an optimised operating system, and a fast charging.

This phone will be mostly appreciated by those who want a high-performance mobile phone, are okay with frequent updates, enjoy smart technology, and have been disappointed by Google's Nexus/Pixel series due to its price or design.

Pros

  • Great performance
  • OxygenOS function and frequent updates
  • Slim profile
  • Small frames
  • Extremely fast charging

Cons

  • No increased resistance
  • Unused camera potential

Oneplus 5T (PREVIEW)

The popular OnePlus 5 smartphone has been upgraded. On November 16, the world met its more sophisticated brother, OnePlus 5T. It has been sold since November 21, 2017 abroad. How is OnePlus 5T better than the OnePlus 5 and what is its price?

OnePlus 5T Smartphone Design and Display

As for the looks of the new device, it looks similar to its predecessor, the OnePlus 5. The rounded edges remained, and the frames are slightly thinner. They surround the display with a half-inch larger diagonal. The OnePlus 5T has a 6" diagonal, and the display technology has not changed. It is still an AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a 2160 × 1080px resolution.

OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is a sleek, thin mobile phone with minimal frames and a large, 6" display. It will try to enchant you with its premium phone features at the lowest price.

The OnePlus 5T received an enhanced camera

A more significant change has taken place in the field of photography. This smartphone boasts a dual camera, and while the OnePlus 5 features a 20 + 16MP resolution, the OnePlus 5T boasts 20MP. The luminosity of one of them has improved significantly, and now they have the same f/1.7 value. The front camera has a 16MP resolution, and a f/2.0 luminosity.

The OnePlus 5T perfomance is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 and a large memory

Both the OnePlus 5T smartphone and the older model use a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor with Adreno 540 graphics. Models with a very good 8GB of memory and a cheaper version of 6GB RAM are available. It's hard to find something negative about the performance of the phone, especially in conjunction with the Oxygen OS extension that only adds cosmetic enhancements to pure Android.

OnePlus 5T, prostředí

The possible form visualisation of the OnePlus 5T smartphone was not far from the truth, the design is based on the previous model but has more modern features that are more suitable for a premium display.

The OnePlus 5T storage space is 128GB or 64GB. The battery remained at a capacity of 3300mAh. There is a fast Dash Charge charging function. The phone will run on the latest Android version, making it another mobile phone to join the Android 8.0 Oreo mobile phones. The full version of the system will be available in early 2018, and in December 2017 it will be updated on its beta version. In the meantime, Android 7.1.1 will be the system used.

OnePlus 5T charges the fastest of all

The above-mentioned Dash Charge technology delivers high-speed charging, and it is the fastest-charging phone on the market, not only according to OnePlus videos. The Tom's guide server has run tests and the results confirm it.

The OnePlus 5T mobile phone recharges from zero to 59% in 30 minutes on the fast charger. The LG V3 finished with 53% shortly behind it, and the third place was occupied by Apple's new iPhone X from Apple with a 50% charged battery. However, it is necessary to say that Apple does not provide fast chargers with its phones and it was necessary to buy one.

We know the results of the OnePlus 5T benchmarks

After the launch of the OnePlus 5T sales abroad, the benchmark results began to appear on the Internet. According to an article on fonearena.com, which published several benchmarks, the performance of the reviewed 5T model is not bad at all. In spite of the relatively low placement in the Antutu Benchmark 6 compared to other tests performed in Geekbench, 3DMark and Basemark, OnePlus 5T came really close to the other competing phones, and in most cases it was in a leading position.

In terms of performance, the OnePlus 5T is the largest competitor of the Samsung Galaxy Note8, HTC U11 and Xiaomi Mi 6. Only Xiaomi won almost all of the benchmarks over OnePlus 5T. The other competitors were really close, and in some tests the HTC U11 wins as welll.

OnePlus 5T traditional equipment

The accessories and features include a fingerprint reader on the back of your phone or face recognition. After the uncertainty about the fate of the headphone connector, the fans can relax. The 3.5mm jack on the phone has remained. Another connector is the USB-C. The OnePlus 5T should handle two Nano SIM cards. A memory card slot, as with OnePlus 5, is missing. We miss the wireless charging funcion that is currently starting to appear among the top mobile phones.

OnePlus 5T, rychlé nabíjení

OnePlus 5T boasts the fastest charging among today's smartphones. Dash charge is a feature typical of OnePlus phones and can charge the first 20% of capacity in just a few minutes.

A comparison of OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T

ParametersOnePlus 5OnePlus 5T
Display5.5"
AMOLED
6"
AMOLED
Resolution1920 × 1080px2160 × 1080 x
ProcessorSnapdragon 835
8 × 2.45GHz
Snapdragon 835
8 × 2.45GHz
Operating memoryup to 8GBup to 8GB
Internal memoryup to 128GBup to 128GB
Dual camera
Camera parameters20 + 16MP
f/2.6 + f/1.7
20 + 20MP
f/2.6 + f/1.6
Battery3300mAh3300mAh
Dual SIM
Operating systemAndroid 7.0 NougatAndroid 8.0 Oreo
PriceEUR 627.01/GBP 552.90about EUR 666.23/GBP 587.90
* Price as of December 16, 2017. This is an estimate for the OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus 5T - price and competition

The price of the OnePlus 5T smartphone is not known yet, but the estimated price is approximately EUR 666.23/GBP 587.90 . That means the phone will be at the bottom of the price range of top models. We still have to wait for the final price.

The manufacturer presents the OnePlus 5T as a flagship killer. Its aim is to stand against the strong players, such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 with various accessories, the successful LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL with an exceptional camera.

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