The OnePlus 5T is official! Like his big brother the OnePlus 5, he makes a remarkable entrance. With a new borderless screen that sticks to current high-end standards and an improved camera, the OnePlus 5T will delight fans. But not only. The general public should also see a kind of anti-iPhone X. Less than 500 €, the 5T has all the advantages of a high-end model. We were able to use the OnePlus 5T for several days. Here is our complete test.
Did you think to be quiet until next year with announcements of new smartphones? Think again. While Honor will announce its Honor 7X in early December 2017, OnePlus is the star of the month of November. The brand unveiled on November 16 its brand new smartphone, the OnePlus 5T, evolution of OnePlus 5.
On the program, a brand new borderless screen sticking to the high-end standards of late 2017 and an improved camera. Screen 18: 9 requires, the fingerprint sensor is found on the back. OnePlus chose to offer the OnePlus 5T at the same price as the OnePlus 5 (respectively 499 and 599 euros for the 64GB / 6GB and 128GB / 8GB versions). We were able to use the most powerful model a few days before the official announcement. Will the OnePlus 5T be the star of Christmas?
|OnePlus 5||OnePlus 5T|
|Screen||5.5 inch Full HD AMOLED 2.5D – Corning Gorilla Glass 5 – 401 dpi||6.01 inches FHD + (1080 x 2160 pixels) AMOLED 2.5D at 18: 9 ratio – 401 dpi – Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.45 GHz||Snapdragon 835 (10nm) clocked at 2.45 GHz|
|GPU||Adreno 540||Adreno 540|
|RAM||6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X||6 or 8 GB LPDDR4X|
|Front sensor||Sony IMX 371 16 MP – F / 2.0 aperture – EIS stabilization – 1080p video at 30 fps||Sony IMX 371 16 MP – F / 2.0 aperture – EIS stabilization – 1080p video at 30 fps|
|Rear sensors||Sony IMX 398 16 MP – Opening f / 1.7 –
Sony IMX 350 EIS Stabilization 20 Megapixels – Aperture f / 2.6
|Sony MPX 398 16 MP – Opening f / 1.7 – EIS stabilization
Sony IMX 398 16 MP f / 1.7 + IMX 376K 20MP f / 1.7 – 4K video at 30fps
|Storage||64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1||64 or 128 GB UFS 2.1 2-LANE|
|Drums||3300 mAh – Dash Charge (5V – 4A)||3300 mAh – Dash Charge (5V – 4A)|
|security||Front ceramic fingerprint scanner||Dorsal Ceramic Fingerprint Scanner + Face Recognition|
|connectivity||USB type C standard USB 2.0
NFC, audio jack, 2 × 2 MIMO WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz, bluetooth 5.0, Dirac HD Sound
|USB type C standard USB 2.0
NFC, audio jack, 2 × 2 MIMO WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac 2.4 / 5 GHz, bluetooth 5.0, Dirac HD Sound
|BONE||Android 7.1.1 Nougat + Overlay OxygenOS||Android 7.1.1 Nougat + Overlay OxygenOS|
|color||Slate Gray (dark gray) Midnight Black (matte black)||Midnight Black (matte black)|
|Dimensions||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm||156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm|
|Weight||153 grams||162 grams|
The design of the OnePlus 5T is very close to that of its predecessor . We find the same materials and the same lines. In a 5.5-inch format, OnePlus incorporated a 6.01-inch screen . The manufacturer followed the high-end trends of late 2017 and opted for an 18: 9 screen improperly called “borderless”.
The integration of this screen is excellent. The side edges are extremely thin while the lower and upper bands are similar to those of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. This choice has forced the brand to rethink other design points.
Remained to know what to do with the fingerprint sensor located under the screen? If Apple chose to completely remove it to make way for Face ID on its iPhone X, OnePlus chose (like LG and Huawei) to place it on the back of the device. To complete it all, it also incorporates a feature of facial recognition very effective (we’ll come back).
Good news, at OnePlus “borderless”, does not mean the disappearance of the jack. It has been explained to us that he did not see for the moment the interest of suppressing it. OnePlus will certainly come one day but when the rest of the market is ready. For the moment this is not the case according to the brand, hence its choice to keep the port jack.
For the rest, the OnePlus 5T looks like two drops of water at OnePlus 5. We would not complain so much he was successful. The grip is still good, the smartphone is still light and robust. The position of the fingerprint sensor is more practical in everyday life for such a large format. The only regret, the OnePlus 5T is not water resistant, like its predecessor.
As we saw earlier, OnePlus has integrated a much larger screen. It measures 6.01 inches (0.51 inches more than the 5). It is built around a slab Full Optic AMOLED, technology already mastered on the previous model. It adds the Sunlight Display function, which adapts the image produced according to the ambient light, like Apple’s TrueTone.
The Full HD + definition (2160 x 1080 pixels) will certainly disappoint the most demanding users waiting for QHD. But the difference in use on a screen of this size is not remarkable enough to increase costs. And so the prices. The manufacturer, therefore, preferred to contain the price by preferring this solution.
A wise choice since it is true that the use of the OnePlus 5T screen is just as successful as that of his big brother. OnePlus does not fall into the trap of the AMOLED with colors too loud and black too deep. A good color balance was found.
The big highlight of the screen is its brightness. This is even more obvious on this new model as it takes up space on the front. Sunlight Display technology is very effective. We were not disturbed by high ambient light and the viewing angles are extended. Using it is a real pleasure for any type of use.
The OnePlus 5T’s screen offers great comfort when it comes to watching videos or playing games. A small note though: by default the colors seemed a little cold. We were able to adjust them thanks to the settings of the interface.
Performance side, nothing changes: the OnePlus 5 is still one of the most powerful smartphones on the market, even the most powerful. The manufacturer has incorporated everything it was best and did not hesitate to inflate the RAM (Snapdragon 835 processor and 6 or 8 GB of RAM depending on the version).
The software overlay is extremely light (and further improved), the performance offered by the OnePlus 5T are always bluffing. Navigation is fluid in all uses, even the most intensive. We were able to perform some benchmarks and the results are logically comparable to those of OnePlus 5.It will be remembered that OnePlus had been confronted with a controversy concerning the optimization of the performances when a software was detected. The brand promised us (“sworn, spit”) that it was not the case anymore. Let’s not lose sight of the fact that benchmarks are just one indicator. The essential is in the feeling and this little game the OnePlus 5T is simply excellent. Let’s welcome the work of integrating all this power without the slightest overheating.
Unlike the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Xperia XZ1 launched a few weeks before it, the OnePlus 5T does not ship Android 8.0 Oreo. OnePlus retains its overlay home OxygenOS if we can call it an overlay. Because one of the strengths of OnePlus smartphones is its software part, very faithful to a pure version of Android. The OnePlus 5T runs under Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the security patch of October, the latest at the time we write these lines. Rest assured, the OnePlus 5T will go Android Oreo early 2018.
OxygenOS will appeal to purists, to those for whom the “real Android” is the version launched by Google every year. While the OnePlus 5T maintains a virtually pure interface, it still has many features to enhance the user experience. These novelties are either purely software or hardware related.
This is the case for example of its facial recognition system. If from a technological point of view it is not as successful as Face ID, it remains very effective. No Android smartphone does better. The configuration is done in 2 or 3 seconds, presenting his face without moving.
Just place your face in front to unlock it instantly. The system is all the more effective if it recognizes faces even if they are partially covered (glasses, hat, scarf etc.) or in dim light (but not in total darkness). He is not caught in the trap of unlocking via a photo of the owner.
The software part is more or less the same as that of OnePlus 5. OxygenOS offers a lot of settings to optimize the user experience. Almost everything can be configured, making OxygenOS one of the best Android interfaces. One of the novelties is the presence of a virtual navigation bar customizable for the first time on a smartphone Oneplus. Until now the manufacturer placed these buttons on the screen.
OnePlus heard the users of the OnePlus 5. The audio part was not developed enough, so the OnePlus 5T will make everyone agree. Without being a smartphone dedicated to audio as can be the LG V30, the OnePlus 5T is surprising on this ground.
The sound delivered by the unique speaker of the OnePlus 5T is very balanced. Treble, midrange, and bass never saturate, even 100%. No distortion, the sound is clear, limpid. Obviously, the smoothness of the smartphone limits the resonance of the bass but the end result is better than the OnePlus 5 and other competitors like the Galaxy S8 or Note 8.
Only downside, the position of the speaker on the lower edge is not ideal for multimedia use. As soon as we play or watch a video, we unintentionally obstruct the speaker. OnePlus does not provide headphones in the 5T sound box, so you have to use your own hardware, or buy some.
Good news, OnePlus has kept the jack, so you can connect your headphones without worry. And if you’re more a fan of wireless, the OnePlus 5T is compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 and aptX HD. It can, therefore, deliver sound whose quality is similar to that of a CD in wireless use.
Network and GPS
No change on the network part. The OnePlus 5T is compatible with 4G category 12 (up to 600 Mbps downhill) compatible with all frequency bands. We conducted the test with the same Orange SIM card in Paris, Amiens and in the Picardy countryside. The network hang is fast, the sound during conversations is very clear. The most surprising is the use of data especially in transport (we did the test by train). The grip and stability of the connection are impressive.
The OnePlus 5T also integrates WiFi 802.11ac 2 × 2 MiMO as its big brother. What to have excellent grip even at distant distances. GPS is less efficient. If the synchronization is fast, it lacks precision. To find a map in pedestrian mode, it’s complicated. A problem that we had already mentioned in our test of OnePlus 5.
To conclude, the DAS values according to CE standards are very high and close to those of the iPhone: 1.680 W / kg at the head and 1.710 W / kg at the body.
The camera is the other improvement of the OnePlus 5T. The builder claims to have heard the consumer’s comments and to have corrected some points that were not sufficiently worked. On the program, a dual 16 megapixel Sony IMX 398 photosensor with f / 1.7 lens and a second 20-megapixel sensor. The latter has changed a bit, it is now the Sony IMX 376K sensor also equipped with a lens also opening to f / 1.7.
The OnePlus 5T features Intelligent Pixel technology that combines 4 photosites to create 1 pixel for more sharpness and reduced noise in low light environments. Do the brand’s efforts feel the use?
The improvement of the second sensor does not bring any change in the quality of the shots in daylight. The results are identical to those of the OnePlus 5 with a good color rendition, a good level of detail and a good sharpness, although for this last point others do much better. The camera responds well when the brightness is high or when it is in backlight. Autofocus is always fast.
The big question was whether the OnePlus 5T behaved better than its predecessor in low light conditions. The answer is yes! We get brighter shots with the OnePlus 5T, with more details and more visible colors. Add to that that there is much less grain. This is not to say that the OnePlus 5T is faultless, but it is better than its predecessor who had already done a good deal ahead in the field of photography. Major manufacturers like Samsung and LG do better with their flagships, but they also cost twice as much.
The new sensor also aims to improve the quality of portrait mode. Here again, the goal is reached. The effect of blur is very light which allows not to have these big white streaks around the subjects as can be seen in some competitors. The end result is all the more attractive. Finally, the front sensor has not changed, the results at the level of selfies are always the same: quite average. The front sensor picks up too much light and you often get overexposed shots. But with a little patience, and a good job on the angle of view, you can get something successful. A little tedious for a selfie.
A final point about the interface that has not moved either and is still dull and minimalist. Shooting options are lacking, the creative and playful side is not present. We are far from what Honor offers for example on its high-end smartphones. A little creativity would have been good. As for the video, we invite you to check our OnePlus 5 test, our impressions being exactly the same.
For intensive use, the OnePlus 5T is largely the day or a day and a half. For a standard user and turning off the smartphone at night, the smartphone can reach without much problem two days of autonomy.
The Dash Charge fast charging technology is always there. OnePlus would be stupid to do without it since it is one of the fastest systems on the market. The Dash Charge promises to offer a day of autonomy (in normal use) in half an hour recharge. A few minutes of recharge can save hours of use.
Price and availability
The OnePlus 5T is available since November 21, 2017. It is available in two versions. The first with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage costs 499 euros. The most powerful version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory is offered at 559 euros. It is undoubtedly the smartphone displaying the best value for money.
Beyond this, it is a symbol of a market where prices are flying. Brands like Samsung or Apple are charging more than 1,000 euros for the technological evolutions of their high-end models. But even if it does not reach the level of detail of an iPhone X or Galaxy Note 8, the OnePlus 5T demonstrates that it is possible to afford the best of modern technology without spending a SMIC.