In 2016, the tech world went crazy over dual-camera equipped smartphones; allowing us to get more creative the snaps we take with our mobile devices. This year was definitely about getting more screen real estate as brands pushed their display from having the usual 16:9 aspect ratio to 18:9; making devices nearly bezel-less. Not to be outdone, OnePlus released a refresh of 2017’s so-called “Flagship Killer” last month to include a Full HD+ edge-to-edge display and it’s finally at Unbox HQ.
Before we take it out of the box, let’s have a look at its spec sheet.
- 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
- Adreno 540 GPU
- 8GB RAM LPDDR4X
- 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage
- 6.01-inch OLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 2160 x 1080 resolution
- 16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX398 primary rear camera, 20-megapixel f/1.7 low-light camera, LED flash
- 16-megapixel front-facing camera
- Dual SIM
- 3G, LTE
- Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C
- Fingerprint sensor
- 3300mAh battery, Dash Charge
- Android 7.1 Nougat with OxygenOS 4.7
What’s In the Box?
Unboxing the OnePlus 5T was a similar experience to the Chinese brand’s phones of the past. It came in a white cardboard box that’s thick enough to handle a few tumbles during shipping with the company’s simple logo in red up top. Open it up and you’ll be greeted by the unit itself, which comes with a pre-installed screen protector. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find the following:
- Quick Start Guide
- SIM Ejector Tool
- Jelly Case
- USB Type-C Cable
- Dash Charger
We’re happy to see that OnePlus has already included a case in the box to help keep your unit pristine.
Pretty Much Same on the Inside, One Major Change on the Outside
There’s no way that we can’t talk about the major difference of the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T first. The OnePlus 5T now comes equipped with a 6-inch Full HD+ OLED Display that has Gorilla Glass 5 protection; fitting in nicely with the current trend that has the mobile industry in its grasp and we certainly appreciate the added real estate.
Being an OLED display, it’s nice and vibrant with excellent colors that you can tweak further in the settings menu if you feel like the default settings just aren’t cutting it for you. Expect really good viewing angles and great sunlight legibility plus you can toggle on a reading mode if you find yourself browsing through your phone before you to bed.
Now that we’ve talked about the elephant in the room, let’s talk about the rest of the interior. The OnePlus 5T still retains the same aluminum frame as its predecessor. It’s nicely rounded on the back to make it sit comfortably in the hand but has a bit of chamfering towards its display to give you something better to hold on. No dust and water resistance here but that isn’t uncommon for OnePlus devices.
The fingerprint scanner has been moved to the back of the device to make room for that edge-to-edge display and it’s as fast as ever. They’ve also baked in a few gestures that you can toggle in the settings so you can swipe down on it to get to your notification tray or press for a long period to take a photo, which sounds great for taking selfies with the devices 16-megapixel front camera.
If you don’t want to use the fingerprint scanner, the OnePlus 5T also has Face Unlock and it’s incredibly fast but we do have to test it out further to see if it’s reliable.
As for the rest of the button and port layout, you’ve got the power button on the right side with the SIM tray above it. Sadly, there’s no expansion slot but there should be enough room for plenty of apps and photos with the onboard storage.
On the left are the power button and the alert slider on the left side, which is always convenient to have.
And on the bottom, you’ve got the USB Type-C port, headphone jack, and the speaker grille.
Aside from the fingerprint scanner and a bit of branding, you’ll find the dual rear camera setup of the OnePlus 5T. It has a minimal bump that has been slightly smoothed out to prevent it from scratching on surfaces but we still suggest using the accompanying case, of course. The 5T has a 16-megapixel main camera at an f-stop of f/1.7 paired with a 20-megapixel low-light camera with the same aperture. Yup, that’s right. No more telephoto lens here. We’ll try our best to get you a couple of shots before our review comes out.
As mentioned above, you’re pretty much getting the same internals. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that’s paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which should be plenty enough power for the heaviest of users and we expect this device to perform just as well as its predecessor. For software, the OnePlus 5T is running on Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box with Oxygen OS 4.7 on top of it and is juiced up by a 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge support.
That’s pretty much it for our quick look at the OnePlus 5T. As of now, Digital Walker has yet to release an official price tag for the device nor have they said when it will be available. We’ll update you guys as soon as we get more information. You can also check back in a couple of days for the OnePlus 5T’s full review.
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