OnePlus 5T goes official: 6" bezel-less design, better low-light camera, great price


The OnePlus 5T is now official and it's just what all the rumors said it would be: a phone with a nearly bezel-less, 6" display and a new dual camera system on the back that will help it take better pictures in low light.

For all else, it looks and feels almost exactly like the OnePlus 5: it has that exquisite seamless aluminum build with a sand-blasted back featuring a lush, black finish and it sports a very ergonomic curved back that makes the phone feel thinner than it is and lay in the hand very comfortably. OnePlus calls this version Midnight Black and this time around, it's the only available color.

In terms of size the 5T is practically the same size as the OnePlus 5 (it's a hair taller and wider, but it's really hard to tell). What's gone is the home button in the front. The button has moved to the back and is now a circle, but it's still ceramic so it's harder to scratch it and it still unlocks the phone in under 0.2 seconds. What this also means, though, is that now you have on-screen navigation buttons up front that take up some of that 6" display.

The new display is the big star of the show with the OnePlus 5T. It's a 6.01" OLED screen that takes up 80.5% of the phone's front. Bezels are stripped to a bare minimum on the top and bottom, and are almost invisible on the sides. It is a taller screen as well, with a new 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution.


OnePlus provides a few different color modes to choose from: you have the sRGB standard for more balanced colors, as well as DCI-P3 for more vibrant colors, and you have an adaptive, "Sunlight" mode where the screen will adjust its brightness and contrast outdoors to be easier to see.


Camera


The other big change in the OnePlus 5T comes in the camera. The OnePlus 5 was the first from the company to have a dual camera system on its back, with a wide-angle main lens and a "telephoto" secondary lens. This setup changes in the OnePlus 5T, which has the same wide-angle main camera, but the secondary camera is actually one with the same 27mm field of view, but a higher 20MP resolution and the capability to combine 4 pixels into one in order to reduce noise in low-light pictures. Both these new cameras have a wide, f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus says that the phone will detect low-light situations and will switch to the secondary camera when it gets dark.

And Portrait Mode - the one where the background of a picture is blurred, while the subject remains in sharp focus - will still be available on the OnePlus 5T, using clever algorithms and software to do its trick. It will also benefit from the secondary camera as Portrait pictures will come with better noise reduction.


The OnePlus 5T will also be the first OnePlus phone to support Face Unlock. This method uses the front camera that scans your face and looks for some 100 identifiers. It's nowhere near as secure as the 3D mapping tech in the iPhone X, but it is one more option that you may want to use. You need to first turn on the display and only then you can use Face Unlock on the 5T.


Other minor changes include improvements to the OxygenOS interface:

  • Parallel Apps - allows you to clone apps, so you can use two social accounts (works with apps like Facebook, Instagram and more)
  • New Gallery - with more refined visual style and a map that shows you the location of your photos
  • Customization Options - you can use custom icons with the built-in launcher, swap the place of the recents and the back navigation keys, and more

Features like the dark mode, the reading mode (turns your screen to look like an e-reader), the night mode (a blue light filter), gaming do not disturb and others from previous OnePlus phones are also available here.

Price and Release date



In the United States, the OnePlus 5T release date is set for Tuesday, November 21st, and the phone will also lauch in most of Europe, Canada, as well as in China, Hong Kong and India.

The OnePlus 5T price has gone ever so slightly in the United States: the base 64GB model costs $500 (the OnePlus 5 price was set at $480).

In Europe and the rest of the world, the price remains at €500 for the same 64 gig version of the phone.

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5T
  • Display 6.0" 1080 x 2160 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2450 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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29 Comments

1. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

$500? This is a clear winner.

24. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

Would Oneplus offers 3 years software upgrade as well like on pixels? Knowing Oneplus uses near stock android?

25. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Umm... From what I've seen this year this seems like my favorite, honestly the only other phone I've considered buying to replace my Axon 7 is a Galaxy S8. Ugh. Decisions decisions decisions!

2. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

OnePlus 5T looking nice! Hope the camera performs well. At $500 it is a good deal hopefully works on cdma networks.

3. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

OnePlus 5 users feeling cheated right now.

4. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Did your phone stop working after 5T was announced? Did the S8 stop working or stop being a great phone just cause 6 months after Note 8 was released? This kind of comments show how little some people think.

15. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Note 8 isn't an incremental update over S8, it's a totally different device and moreover it doesn't cost same as S8. You think a lot mate. Overthinking kills.

22. Peacetoall unregistered

Note 8 is a unique breed unlike chinese oem who all seems and feels same

9. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Not really, I'll buy a phone with rear FP until i see one with realistic bezel less display not this.

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 421; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Galaxy s8 + Android Oreo = 550 $ Class leading camera Class leading display Class leading design

6. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

And? Until Samsung uses near stock Android builds, it will never be "class leading".

19. Peacetoall unregistered

samsung user experience is the best has way more features than stock android. stock android is lame .

27. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Seriously ignorant comment. I have Samsung devices. They're fine products. But they're also full of useless features and duplicative apps. Read some reviews on how Samsung phones seem to slow down and are laggy out of the box. OnePlus offers phones with zero bloat.

7. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

S8 can have android 15 it still wont change the fact that its a slower phone, worse ram managment, full of bloatware, and overall mediocre software experience.

16. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

Didn't you comment above that S8 is a great phone? *slow claps*

20. Peacetoall unregistered

muh performance enjoy your phone opening apps 0.2 second faster as if it would make a big difference. stock android fans are really autistic.

13. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Here's the thing. The S8 is probably the best all around consumer device of 2017. It really is. I would still go with the 5T to avoid the FPS placement and the curved screen of the S8.

18. jacky899

Posts: 430; Member since: May 16, 2017

And most important of all. LAG on the S8!

21. Peacetoall unregistered

my mid range samsung c7 pro performs better than any useless feature less stock android running garbage.

23. 0kax0el0

Posts: 238; Member since: Nov 15, 2012

I don't really care about the FPS, but I don't like those curved screens, sure they look awesome, but I don't find them all that comfortable to use

28. gtrxman

Posts: 137; Member since: Sep 10, 2011

Not sure where you can get the S8 for $550. That seems like a one-off sale price. Most retailers are selling for $625-$650 and carriers for arount $700 on a plan.

8. baldilocks

Posts: 1494; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Will be my next phone.

10. Rocket

Posts: 641; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

Huge bezels!

12. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You are someone who will find something to complain about even if there were nothing to complain about. If there were no bezels, you'll go on saying the phone is all screen no bezel...and it will be so easy to shatter...yap yap yap...

11. dnomadic

Posts: 401; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

And Verizon support???? What a killing companies could make if they were available on America's largest 4g LTE network (brought to you by Verizon). Spread the love OnePlus I'm sure there are many that would love to have this beauty on America's number 1 wireless carrier for call and data reliability (Verizon® is a registereed trademark of Verizon Communications)

17. SyCo87

Posts: 298; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Sweet

26. kaziqta

Posts: 3; Member since: May 23, 2015

disgusting camera bump, but that is a great phone

29. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 204; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

I look at the specs and it maybe a good phone for gaming. Missing is the high refresh rate of the Razer. Same body apart the ratio and the rounded edges.

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