The OnePlus 5T has been officially unveiled during a special event in New York, and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new flagship phone right here.
The OnePlus 5T is the Chinese firm’s sixth flagship smartphone, and as the name suggests it’s more of an incremental upgrade over the OnePlus 5, rather than an entirely new device.
That said, there are a few big changes, the key one being a larger display which has reduced the size of the bezels on the front of the phone and shifted the fingerprint scanner to the back.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? A new flagship phone from OnePlus
- When is it out? November 21
- What will it cost? Starts at $499 (£449, around AU$630)
OnePlus 5T release date and price
The OnePlus 5T price starts at $499 (£449, around AU$630) for the 6GB/64GB model. For those looking for 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, you’re looking at $559 (£499, around AU$730).
The OnePlus 5T release date is November 21 in North America, Europe and India.
OnePlus 5T display
The OnePlus 5T comes with a 6.01-inch display with a Full HD (1080 x 2160) resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio and 80.5% screen to body ratio.
It’s the biggest screen OnePlus has put on a phone, giving you more space for your games, movies and social media. The AMOLED panel means colors should be punchy, and it’s protected by Gorilla Glass 5.
OnePlus 5T design
With a bigger screen, the OnePlus 5T also has a bigger body, but it’s not that much larger than the OnePlus 5 it’s replacing as the bezels above and below the display have been reduced in size.
It means you lose the physical home and navigation keys from the front of the handset – with controls moving on screen. Meanwhile the fingerprint scanner, which used to reside in the home button on the front of previous OnePlus phones, has been moved to the back on the 5T.
OnePlus’ alert slider features on the left side of the 5T, allowing you to switch between ring, do not disturb and silent modes. And it also has a 3.5mm headphone jack on the base of the phone.
OnePlus 5T face unlock
The OnePlus 5T doubles down on its biometric tech by offering face unlock alongside its rear-facing fingerprint scanner.
OnePlus claims it’ll work if you’re wearing a scarf or pulling a funny face, and unlocks the phone in 0.4 seconds.
OnePlus 5T camera
The OnePlus 5T features dual cameras on the rear and an improved portrait and low-light photography modes.
Both cameras have the same focal length and aperture, allowing the phone to capture more detail when shooting in portrait mode and removing the cropping required when using two sensors with different focal lengths.
The OnePlus 5T also has improved EIS (electronic image stabilization), providing smoother, cleaner video with less camera shake.
OnePlus 5T battery
The OnePlus 5T packs in a 3,300mAh battery, which is the same size as the one found in the OnePlus 5. It also features Dash Charge, which OnePlus claims will give you a day’s power in half an hour.
OnePlus 5T power and interface
The OnePlus 5T launches with Android 7.1.1 Nougat, which isn’t the latest version of Google’s software. It’s a shame, as Android Oreo has been available for a couple of months now.
OnePlus has confirmed that the Android Oreo update will arrive in early 2018 for the OnePlus 5T, with an open beta available from late 2017.
The firm’s Oxygen OS is laid over the top, giving a stock Android look with additional customization options in the Settings menu.