OnePlus 5T announced as latest update to the OnePlus flagship

Saying the company loves “nothing more than offering our community the latest and greatest technology and a user experience to beat expectations,” OnePlus CEO Pete Lau took the wraps off the OnePlus 5T at a launch event today. Coming only a few months after the launch of the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T pushes OnePlus into the realm of large screen devices and they join the “bezel-less” design space with their latest flagship smartphone.

The new OnePlus 5T gets a full 6-inch AMOLED display running at an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 2160 x 1080 resolution. As so many manufacturers are doing with their flagship level devices, OnePlus has moved the design of the phone to incorporate minimal bezels not only along the side, but along the top and bottom edges as well. This did force OnePlus to move their fingerprint sensor from the front of the device to the back side.

Along with the relocation of the fingerprint sensor, OnePlus is also introducing their own version of a facial recognition tool for security purposes. Called Face Unlock, it is meant to do exactly what it sounds like – recognize your face to unlock the device. OnePlus also says they have upped the performance of the camera through things like better noise reduction for low-light photos, smoother zoom and a portrait mode that enhances the bokeh effect.

The power behind the OnePlus 5T is basically unchanged from the OnePlus 5. The device is equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor, comes in two different memory configurations – 64GB and 128GB – and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The battery is a 3,300 mAh unit that employs OnePlus’s “Dash Charge” technology for fast charging. The OnePlus 5T will come loaded with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and the latest version of OxygenOS. An update to Android 8.0 Oreo is expected soon.

The OnePlus 5T will go on sale in the U.S. and Europe starting next week on November 21st. Pricing will start at $499 for the 64GB model and $559 for the 128GB model. The only announced color at this time is Midnight Black.

What do you think of the OnePlus 5T?

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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • Ware52

    Looks fantastic…! It’s a flagship on a budget… Or, as I like to call it – a sensibly priced flagship in line with what we should expect, before things got ridiculous this year.