It has been rumored for a few weeks now, and OnePlus has finally made its OnePlus 5T all official. While essentially just a minor upgrade over the current flagship OnePlus 5, the new “T” iteration brings with it an 18:9 aspect ratio and new camera features.
Both the stretched display and camera are features that new smartphone buyers are looking for, although that has been the case for all of 2017 and with the OnePlus 5T having just been announced, it’s a shame it has taken so long for OnePlus to get the memo.
Without doubt the most obvious change with the OnePlus 5T is that new 6.01-inch 1080p display, featuring that 18:9 aspect ratio. In order to get that ratio OnePlus has moved the OnePlus 5T’s fingerprint sensor to the rear of the device, as has become the norm with Android flagship smartphone releases this year, including the Samsung Galaxy S8, which really kicked the minimal bezel and 18:9 design focus into gear. Unlike Samsung, though, OnePlus has thankfully placed the fingerprint sensor in the middle of the rear panel. OnePlus has also added some sort of facial unlocking feature called “Face Unlock” in the phone as a secondary option although it’s not any better than Android’s stock implementation, and no way near as secure as Apple’s Face ID.
Internally, the 5T sports a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 or 8GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of storage and a 3,300mAh battery. There’s no wireless charging as part of the 5T’s specification sheet, but there is at least a headphone jack for those who still use them.
The updated OnePlus 5T features a new camera system, though it has the same 16MP front-facing camera and the same 16MP and 20MP sensors at the back. Where things differ is that OnePlus removed the telephoto lens over the 20MP sensor and gave it a standard lens with an f1.7 aperture. The aim here is to focus on better low-light performance, with OnePlus saying that when the phone detects less than 10 lux of light, it will automatically switch to the secondary camera and make use of the f1.7 aperture. There’s a more refined camera application, too.
The OnePlus 5T will be available for sale on November 21, with those in North America, Europe, and India able to order. The 6GB/64GB variant will cost $499 while the 8GB/128GB model will see the asking price increase to $559.