OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 5T: An upgrade with no real cost

OnePlus 5T is out in flesh. One of the most highly anticipated smartphones of 2017 has some serious potential to be the best one of this year. For two times in a row, OnePlus has killed its first flagship of the year with the ‘T’ variant coming later that year. The ‘3T’ last year fixed most of the problems of the OnePlus 3 and the 5T does exactly the same. As bitter as may sound to some, these fixes come with no extra money, at least if you live in India. I feel you OnePlus 5 users. Nevertheless, let’s have a look as to what exactly the 5T brings over the 5.


Display (18:9)

Perhaps the biggest complaint on the OnePlus 5 was the display. Not following the bandwagon, OnePlus decided to go with a 16:9 aspect ratio display even when most of the flagships came with taller 18:9 aspect ratio displays. With the 5T, the Chinese handset manufacturer shrank down the upper and lower bezels to give room to that 18:9 edge-to-edge display. It’s not Quad HD or something. Rather it’s the same Full HD panel (1080 x 2160 pixel resolution), but I can’t imagine it to be that big of a deal since it still offers 401 pixel density, which in my opinion, is great. Also, lower resolution coupled with the fact that it is an AMOLED panel means better battery life which is always a plus point.


Camera (Low-Light Photography)

Another major difference between the OnePlus 5 and 5T is at the back, with the dual camera setup. Unlike the OnePlus 5, which has a secondary telephoto lens at f/2.6 aperture, OnePlus 5T comes with a regular 27mm focal length lens but with f/1.7 aperture. The company claims that this will drastically improve the low light photography because the 5T will automatically switch to the 20MP lens in low-light capturing more details and light. This is an intelligent move given the execution is as good as the claims made by the company. I personally don’t prefer a telephoto lens since it is not that handy when compared to a wide-angle or a monochrome sensor.

Fingerprint Scanner

OnePlus devices have always had the fingerprint scanner at the front. However, with bezels at the top and bottom going thin with the 5T, the fingerprint scanner now sits at the back placed perfectly unlike some other competitors who either decided to remove it entirely or place it awkwardly just next to the camera. The fingerprint scanner on the 5T is fast, responsive and accurate. If you are wondering how would you unlock the device when seated at a table faced upwards? You either go for the traditional pattern/pin unlock or you can trust OnePlus’s Face Unlock.

Face Unlock

Yes, the OnePlus 5T comes with a facial recognition which OnePlus claims is extremely accurate. Now don’t take this and place it next to Apple’s Face ID which is one hell of an authentication involving all kinds of hardware. This is more similar to Samsung’s facial recognition. So it will struggle in low-light as the front camera is the only hardware which is involved here. It might be fooled with a photograph of you an obviously if you have an identical twin. Not much sure about the accuracy as of now, but Face Unlock on OnePlus 5T is insanely fast. It is so fast that you will not even notice it was there.

Software (OxygenOS)

First launched with the OnePlus 2 back in 2015, OxygenOS is now much mature and stable in terms of functionality. I have always been a fan of OxygenOS myself and I like how OnePlus added a pinch of really cool additions to the OxygenOS without taking away that look and feel of Stock Android. The latest iteration brings some new features too. First things first, the on-screen navigation buttons are now the only option as we bid adieu to the touch-type capacitive buttons. Next up, we now have some essential fingerprint gestures now that it has moved to the rear panel. You can simply swipe down on the fingerprint scanner to bring down the notification panel and long press to take a photo when inside the camera app. Parallel Apps have been included in the official build as well which has been there in the Open Beta for a couple of months now. There is also OnePlus switch which allows you to transfer files and settings from an older OnePlus device but I guess this will not be exclusive to OnePlus 5T.

SpecificationsOnePlus 5OnePlus 5T
PriceRs 32,999 - 37,999Rs 32,999 - 37,999
Dimensions154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm
Display5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Optic AMOLED (16:9)6.01-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) Optic AMOLED (18:9)
ProcessorOcta-Core 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | Adreno 540 GPU
Octa-Core 2.45 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | Adreno 540 GPU
Battery3300 mAh (Non-Removable)3300 mAh (Non-Removable)
OS7.1.1 Nougat7.1.1 Nougat
CameraDual 16MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/2.6 | 1.6x Optical Zoom | dual-LEDDual 16MP f/1.7 + 20 MP f/1.7 | dual-LED
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C 2.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C 2.0
3.5 mm Headphone JackYesYes
ColoursMidnight Black, Slate Gray, Soft GoldMidnight Black
Dual SIMYesYes

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