The well-known Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is back with another flagship killer smartphone. The company finally released a smartphone which fulfills the requirements of 2017, Yes you guessed it right the company joined the bezel-less race with the new OnePlus 5T. The new device is bringing few minor upgrades in hardware but the major upgrade is indeed its front-facing design which looks quite ravishing and striking like most of the smartphones announced this year with the bezel-less design.
As expected the company didn't adopt a new number for the latest smartphone because it's not a completely revamped smartphone but instead it is an iterative variant with cosmetic changes in hardware and the major change in looks. The new OnePlus 5T is bringing a new set of cameras, full front-facing display and much more over the predecessor. For sure after the announcement of OnePlus 5T, everyone is keen to know what kind of changes new OnePlus 5T is bringing over the first flagship of the year OnePlus 5.
Like always to help out our readers we compared both the devices head-to-head to know all the key important differences between these devices. We are hopeful after reading this comparison you will have a good idea about what kind of changes and similarities new OnePlus 5T is bringing in terms of design, display, chipset, software, battery and most important pricing. Without any further delay, let's start with the key differences and similarities between both devices.
75 x 156.1 x 7.3 mm
6.01 inches - 2160x1080 px
74.1 x 154 x 7.25 mm
5.5 inches - 1920x1080 px
Once again OnePlus opted a full unibody metal design with matt finish. However, despite the fact both the device's rear and chassis is same, there are few minor differences in the dimensions and weight of both the devices. The OnePlus 5 dimensions are 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3mm and weigh 153g whereas the OnePlus 5T measurements are 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm, it is slightly heavier at 162g. So the new OnePlus 5T is slightly heavier, longer and wider than OnePlus 5 but the thickness remains same. The OnePlus 5 was announced in Grey and Black color variants whereas the OnePlus 5T is available in black color only.
The first prominent change in the design is the inclusion of fingerprint scanner in the rear middle which was on the front-facing side below the display in OnePlus 5. Now the fingerprint scanner is shifted to the rear side because of the full front-facing display which comes with on-screen navigation buttons.
OnePlus 5T is featuring an additional facial recognition sensor which unlocks the device on the go instantly. It is much faster than Apple's Face ID but there are few concerns about the accuracy of this system as it unlocks in a blink of the second. The traditional 3.5mm headphone jack is still here, the company already confirmed this feature in teasers.
One of the key selling features of OnePlus 5T is indeed its full front-facing display. The new OnePlus 5T is featuring a 6.01-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 2:1 and pixels density is 401 pixels per inch. The OnePlus 5 was announced with a 5.5-inches display panel with Full HD screen resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. The display aspect ratio is 16:9 and the pixels density is 401 pixels-per-inch.
The primary rear camera setup remains dual on both the devices but the company changed the setup for the OnePlus 5T. The dual rear snappers on OnePlus 5 are the 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 20MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. In case of OnePlus 5T, both the sensors are the color lens of 16MP+20MP with the same aperture of f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus claims the new setup is meant to improve the device capturing capabilities in low-light conditions.
The camera app brings few improvements, now you can capture using gestures and also the rear fingerprint scanner can be used to capture images. The App brings a number of gestures to facilitate one-hand operations. Other features Bokeh effects and Pro Mode remains similar to both the devices. The front-facing 16MP snappers remain similar on both the devices.
The new OnePlus 5T is slightly expensive than OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5 base variant was announced for $479, £449 for the UK customers and AU$599 for Australians whereas the 128GB variant costs $539, for the UK buyers the price was £499 and in Australia, the device costs AU$699. The OnePlus 5 is out of stock in most of the regions whereas the OnePlus 5T base variant costs $499 which isn't a significant increase, the top tier variant can be grabbed for $559.
As most of you are already aware that OnePlus 5 was unveiled with the possible best hardware straight out of the box, same is the case with the OnePlus 5T. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC is still the top chipset available in the market that's why both the devices come with this Octa-core SoC. The base variant of both the devices has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. You have to choose memory variant wisely because later on it can't be expanded because both lacks memory expansion via MicroSD card.
As OS both the devices are running on the Android Nougat 7.1.1 straight out of the box and the company already confirmed Android Oreo will be rolled out in early 2018 for both OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T. The battery cell on both the devices remains 3,300mAh, so you won't find any difference in overall battery life. Both supports company's own Dash charge tech.
The OnePlus 5T major improvements are in display and camera section which makes it better-looking device pretty much capable to challenge the existing bezel-less flagships in the market. However, these changes are not worth upgrading for most OnePlus fans. Feel free to share your views in the comments section below.