The ‘flagship killer’ finally has a flagship worthy display.
At an overly long unveiling event in New York City, OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 5T, its newest smartphone. An update on the OnePlus 5, which the company released earlier this year, the marquee feature of the 5T is a 6.01-inch bezel-less display with 18:9 aspect ratio and 1080 x 2160 pixel resolution. The phone features an 80.5 percent screen-to-body ratio, compared to the OnePlus 5’s 73 percent screen-to-body ratio.
Due to the new screen, OnePlus had to move the 5T’s fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone. To make up for that fact, OnePlus has added a facial recognition feature to the OnePlus 5T. The company says its facial recognition solution, with a 99 percent success rate and o.4 unlock speed, is one of the fastest on any smartphone.
In addition, in an attempt to address some of the criticism levied at the OnePlus 5, OnePlus has updated the OnePlus 5T’s camera package. The OnePlus 5T’s second camera now features a new Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture lens (the OnePlus 5 had a f/2.6 lens on its second camera).
The secondary lens features a new technology OnePlus is calling Intelligent Pixel Technology. In situations where there is less than 10 lux of ambient lighting, the second camera’s sensor will use four to one pixel binning to improve low light performance.
In addition, due to the fact the OnePlus 5T now features two lenses with the same aperture, the phone no longer needs to crop a photo when shooting in portrait mode.
Elsewhere, the 5T is much the same phone OnePlus shipped earlier this year. Like the OP5, the 5T features Qualcomm’s latest high-end chipset, the Snapdragon 835 system on a chip.
Depending on the model consumers buy, it includes either 6 or 8 GB of RAM, and either 64 or 128 GB of internal storage. It also features the same 3,300mAh battery as the OnePlus 5. Dash Charge, the company’s fast charging solution, is also back.
Moreover, the OP5’s headphone jack is back for at least one more iteration. However, OnePlus did not add inductive charging nor waterproofing to OnePlus 5t, both of which were not present on the OnePlus 5.
The OnePlus 5T will ship with Android 7.1.1 initially. However, OnePlus plans to release a beta version of Android Oreo to the 5T in December, with an official release planned for the early part of 2018. OxygenOS, the company’s fork of Android, will ship with several new features.
Canadian consumers can order the OnePlus 5T via the company’s website starting on Tuesday, November 21st. The base model OnePlus 5T, equipped with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable storage, is priced at $659 CAD. For $559 USD, consumers can also get the top-tier 5T model, which comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable storage.
We’ll update this article as soon as we confirm Canadian pricing and availability.