OnePlus 5T launch and first impressions

OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is no secret to anyone thanks to the tons of leaks we’ve seen over the past few weeks. The phone has officially been unveiled, complete with the taller 18:9 display and a new dual camera setup. We’re at the launch; so you may want to scroll to the bottom for our first impressions.

Surprisingly, the phone’s price has been kept unchanged. So the 64GB (6GB RAM) variant will be sold in India at Rs 32999, whereas the 128GB (8GB RAM) variant will go for Rs 37999. The OnePlus 5T will be available in the country only through Amazon. Internationally, it will be seen retailing at $499 or $559.

As we had seen in a recent leak, the 5T ships with a 6.01-inch Samsung-made OLED panel which has an 18:9 aspect ratio and is not curved at its edges like the displays we’ve seen on the Pixel 2 XL, the Galaxy Note 8 or even the iPhone X. The screen has been infused with a feature called Sunlight Display which adapts to the lighting conditions by altering the contrast ratio.

OnePlus 5T Rear

The dual camera setup now includes a 16MP primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP f/1.7 secondary shooter for enhanced low-light photography. To the relief of many, the headphone jack is intact on this OnePlus handset. The phone also retains its superfast Dash Charge attribute, but it still does not offer any kind of dust and water resistance.

Specs of the OnePlus 5T at a glance:

– Display: 6.01-inch Optic AMOLED, 1080 x 2160 pixels
– OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based OxygenOS
– Storage: 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 two-lane
– RAM: 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X
– Camera: 16MP + 20MP rear, 16MP front
– CPU: 2.45GHz octa core Snapdragon 835
– GPU: Adreno 540
– Battery: 3300mAh
– Size: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm
– Weight: 162g
– Connectivity: dual-SIM, 4G VoLTE, USB Type-C, Wi-Fiac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, GLONASS

The OnePlus 5T is a powerhouse in terms of specs, what with the Snapdragon 835 CPU onboard, apart from 6 or 8GB of RAM. Also, selfie enthusiasts will be glad to know that a 16MP front camera has also made it to the device.

The OnePlus 5T is slated to go on sale in Europe, India and the US from November 21 onwards.

First impressions:

Right off the bat, we’ll tell you that the design of the OnePlus 5T is something to marvel at. It’s a sleek phone with a 6-inch display that screams at you (pity it isn’t QHD). The bezels framing the screen will hardly get your attention when you’re using this phone. It’s almost like it comes without any borders.

The anodized aluminum display gives it a premium quality feeling when you’re holding it, something that is helped by the minimal design theme in general. Don’t worry about using the smartphone with one hand though; OnePlus has put in plenty of tricks to help you get around the size of the device.

There are no hardware buttons on the front and the fingerprint sensor is on the back now, though still very easily reachable for pulling down notifications or simply unlocking the handset. The camera setup is quite different from that of the OnePlus 5 – in low light, a secondary 20MP lens kicks in.

Another interesting addition is Face Unlock which may not be as advanced as the one on the new iPhone, but makes for a nice talking point. The little time we spent with the phone shows it to be a worthy contender with its quick performance, highly customizable UI, beautiful design and great camera.

If OnePlus hadn’t included a 128GB storage option, the missing expandable memory feature would have really struck a sore note. Some may find its lack of water resistance to be an issue too. But overall, the 5T makes a great impression in the upper end of the mid-range Android device category.