The Best just got even better! If you have been a regular Exhibit reader, you would remember that we had mentioned in our OnePlus 5 review that the phone would have been ‘perfect’ with a bezel less display. Now OnePlus has just hit the final nail in the coffin by adding a banging new AMOLED 18:9 bezel-less display in the 5T. Here’s our first impression of the same-
Okay let’s start with the box- Just like all OnePlus devices, the 5T comes with a white color box with a red color base(similar to the OnePlus 5)- which aligns with the brand’s official color scheme. You’ll find a dash charger(something that OnePlus loyalists cannot live without now- and that includes me too) ,one translucent plastic back cover, sim card ejector and of course the user manual.
One great thing about OnePlus is that it knows it’s strength and sticks to its guns no matter whatever the competition is upto. The have still gone with a normal aluminum back in the 5T and there is no fragiley-fancy glass back. Yes, the mobile market still hasn’t gone through the wireless charging revolution yet this brand understands that. Same goes for the 3.5mm audio jack which still makes a lot of sense in my opinion.
Let’s get to the main bit and upgrade on the 5T- the display. It’s no news that phones are getting taller and 18:9 aspect screen is the way forward. In my opinion 18:9 phones are slightly comfier to hold in comparison to the conventional 16:9 aspect phones.
I guess I am being a bit too technical now and let me break down things in a more simpler way- so basically what the 5T now gets is a bigger display without an actual increase in the overall size of the phone. The empty-idle sitting space on the front of the phone is mostly all display now- exactly what ‘bezel less display’ means! Xiaomi started this with the Mi Mix, Samsung made it better with the S8 and Apple and OnePlus are the most recent ones to adapt to this migration.This one also sports an AMOLED display which is more efficient than conventional HD displays and offers better clarity at the same time.
The 5T is the most premium looking device to have come out of Chinese smartphone manufacturer, mainly because of the new bezel less screen. The earlier OnePlus devices had a similar front design more or less starting all the way from the OnePlus One and its oval home button all the way till this year’s OnePlus 5. The USB-C port, speaker grilles and yes, the 3.5mm headphone socket all make a reappearance, as does the volume slider for muting or flipping into Do Not Disturb without digging through menus first.
Inside the OnePlus 5T is the same snappy 835 snapdragon processor as the OnePlus 5. Performance remains top notch and you can run as many apps as possible simultaneously-thanks to 8 gigs of RAM. Another new and intriguing feature in the 5T is Face unlock. It works using more than 100 identifiers to distinguish you from another person. (The company says it is different from the facial unlock features that have been in Android since version 4.0.) It works like a charm and is very quick to unlock and we will be doing a head on test with the Samsung’s Iris unlock and Apple’s Face Recognition very soon, however, I feel that OP’s Face Unlock might just come out on top!
The OnePlus 5 has always been a great performer and the 5T takes all the good bits of the 5 and adds to it a brilliant bezel less AMOLED display. After testing the 5T for over a week, we can safely say that it still remains to be the “King of Androids”.
Rating – 9/10
Screen Size: 6.01” Full Optic AMOLED Display with 18:9 Aspect Ratio
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU: Adreno 540
Card slot: No
Internal: 64GB, 6GB RAM or 128GB, 8GB RAM
BATTERY: 3300 mAH with Dash Charge Support
Price – Rs. 32,999 – 6GB RAM /64 GB ROM
Rs. 37,999 – 8GB RAM/128GB ROM
Reviewed by – Konark Tyagi