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OnePlus 5T announced: Everything you need to know

by Brandon Russell | November 16, 2017November 16, 2017 9:00 am PST

When the OnePlus 5 was announced, there was a lot to like. It featured robust specs, an elegant design, and clean software, all at an affordable price point. But one criticism people had was that it didn’t feature an edge-to-edge display, something many companies have adopted this year.

That changes today.

OnePlus on Thursday officially introduced the OnePlus 5T, a device that hues closely to its predecessor while matching the expansive displays seen in competing handsets. Upgrading from the OnePlus 5’s 5.5-inch Full HD display, the OnePlus 5T features a 6-inch screen with an 18:9 aspect ratio, and it fits very well with OnePlus’ design language.

According to OnePlus, the larger display will support a new Sunlight Display feature that adapts to harsh light. The feature doesn’t sound unlike Apple’s TrueTone feature, which will adjust an iPhone’s screen based on available ambient light. Additionally—and perhaps a dig at Google—the OnePlus 5T will feature four different modes to calibrate the device’s display.

The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the device, placed comfortably about a third of the way up just above the OnePlus logo. OnePlus says the fingerprint sensor will still unlock in 0.2 seconds, so users shouldn’t notice a drop in accuracy or speed.

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The OnePlus 5T still maintains the dual camera arrangement, but the secondary shooter now features a larger f/1.7 aperture. OnePlus has also included a feature called Intelligent Pixel Technology, which merges 4 pixels into one for improved low light performance.

Finally, there’s a Face Unlock biometric option that sounds similar in execution to Apple’s Face ID (whether it’s as advanced is another matter). By using over 100 identifiers, OnePlus 5T owners will be able to unlock the device by just looking at it. This is something we’re curious to test once we get our hands on the device.

OnePlus is also introducing a feature called Parallel Apps, which allows users to clone apps, such as Facebook, so they can use the same app with two different accounts.

All of the new features arrive to complement the features introduced with the OnePlus 5, including Reading Mode, Expanded Screenshot, and Gaming Do Not Disturb. It’s a thoughtful—albeit, expected—upgrade to the OnePlus 5.

If you want to read through the OnePlus 5T’s spec sheet, that’s below. Customers will be able to get the OnePlus 5T with either 64GB of storage or 128GB of storage, with prices starting at $499. The device goes on sale beginning November 21.

OnePlus - OnePlus 5T
Display Size 6.01-inch, 1080 x 2160 pixel display (402 ppi)
Resolution X 1080
Resolution Y 2160
Display Type AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.1.1 at launch
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • 64GB
  • 128GB
External Storage No
Main Camera (Back) 16MP/20MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 16MP
  • CDMA: BC0
  • FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/ 19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
  • GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
  • TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
  • TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
  • UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
Bluetooth Bluetooth 5.0
Battery 3300mAh
  • USB Type-C
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Fingerprint
  • Hall
  • G-sensor
  • Gyroscope
  • Proximity
  • RGB
  • BeiDou
  • Digital compass
  • Galileo
  • GPS
Height 156.1 mm (6.15 inches)
Width 75 mm (2.95 inches)
Depth 7.3 mm (0.29 inches)
Weight 162 g (5.71 oz)
Colors N/A
Supported Audio Formats MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY
Supported Video Formats MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.