OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: 5 differences and new features to expect

The OnePlus 5 (pictured) is expected to be succeeded by an upgraded model in the coming weeks

The OnePlus 5 (pictured) is expected to be succeeded by an upgraded model in the coming weeks


Last year's OnePlus 3 was an all-around great phone at a great price, but only five months after its release, its maker launched an even better model. OnePlus 3T – that's what it was called, as "T" comes after "S", apparently. It brought meaningful improvements in the form of camera, processor, and battery upgrades, but also carried a higher price.

This year's OnePlus 5 is also getting the "T" treatment, if rumors are to be believed. Not a single detail about the OnePlus 5T (or OnePlus 6, perhaps?) is official at this point, but we think we have an idea of what to expect. 

#1 A larger screen within the same footprint


That 5.5-inch display on the OnePlus 5 is bound to be replaced by a larger component, it seems. The OnePlus 5T is expected to carry a 6-inch display of a "taller" aspect ratio, probably around 18:9 – identical to the one LG picked for the LG V30 and what Google chose for the Pixel 2 XL. These new screen proportions, along with trimmed-down bezels, will allow the OnePlus 5T to remain about as large as the OnePlus 5 despite the increase in screen diagonal size. And let's hope there will be none of that jelly scrolling going on this time around.

By the way, it is not unlikely for the OnePlus 5T to look very similar to the Vivo X20 – a phone that's already out in China. The Vivo and OnePlus brands practically belong to the same BBK Electronics Corporation, and it is believed that the X20 will serve as a reference around which the OnePlus 5T might end up being built. 

The OnePlus 5 (left) and the Vivo X20 (right). Vivo X20 image courtesy of Anzhuo China
The OnePlus 5 (left) and the Vivo X20 (right). Vivo X20 image courtesy of Anzhuo China

The OnePlus 5 (left) and the Vivo X20 (right). Vivo X20 image courtesy of Anzhuo China

#2 No physical buttons


Below the screen of the OnePlus 5 are two capacitive buttons for "back" and your recent apps, as well as a fingerprint scanner/home button combo in the middle. Like it or not, these will most likely be removed for the OnePlus 5T in order to make room for the larger, taller screen. Virtual, on-screen buttons will take on their duties. Here's a leaked image supposedly showing the bottom of the OnePlus 5T, further solidifying all stated so far.

Supposedly legitimate image teasing the OnePlus 5T. Image courtesy of Android Authority

Supposedly legitimate image teasing the OnePlus 5T. Image courtesy of Android Authority


 As for that fingerprint reader...

#3 Fingerprint scanner at the back


Speculation has it that the OnePlus 5 will have its fingerprint reader placed at the back, in a spot where the user's index finger would naturally rest. While a placement below the screen remains most convenient, having the fingerprint reader at the back isn't a dealbreaker. In fact, it would be really nice if OnePlus throws in gestures, allowing us to pull the notifications shade with a swipe down on the scanner, for instance. 

#4 Face unlock


As an alternative to scanning a fingerprint, the OnePlus 5T is expected to get facial recognition abilities. Yay? Not really. We've yet to see a phone with a face recognition feature that is as reliable as a good old fingerprint scan, and somehow we can't imagine the OnePlus 5T being better at it than, let's say, a Galaxy S8

The OnePlus 5T is expected to get a facial recognition feature

The OnePlus 5T is expected to get a facial recognition feature

#5 Higher price


When the OnePlus 3T launched last year, it was slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 3's initial asking price. Chances are we'll see another price hike this time, and the OnePlus 5T will most likely cost more than the OnePlus 5. But we highly doubt that the difference will be great. Whatever the figure, we're confident that the OnePlus 5T will deliver plenty of value for its price, just like previous OnePlus phones have. 

Read more about the OnePlus 5T:


FEATURED VIDEO

7 Comments

1. RebelwithoutaClue

Posts: 5485; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Don't care for face unlock, no matter if the tech behind it is very good or not. I prefer fingerprint. I do hope this device comes with waterproofing and dual-sim (the latter is to be expected since they already have this).

2. yann

Posts: 604; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Agree. Unlock your phone in the dark or after few glasses of wine :-) Fingerprint front or side is most convenient way to unlock your phone. Reliable, fast, easy. But OnePlus is just copycat company. They proved it with last model, will not be surprised if they did it again - with 3D face etc. I lost my hopes for that company. Cheers.

3. 36dbldz

Posts: 15; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

Waterproofing would be a nice addition too

4. Alter

Posts: 218; Member since: Mar 25, 2016

Please have an improved camera.

5. jove39

Posts: 2137; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

If OnePlus device prices kept on rising, they’d price themselves out of market eventually!

6. dampv

Posts: 33; Member since: Oct 06, 2012

no matter how end the specs are.. OxygenOS has endless bugs and their updates bring more bugs than fixes.

7. sunnyfpy

Posts: 272; Member since: May 12, 2013

Leave the gimmicks out,real inovation needed.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.