OnePlus 5T: An Amazing Phone at an Incredibly Reasonable Price
High-end smartphones have become increasingly expensive as of late. Just take the new flagship phones from Apple and Samsung as an example. The Galaxy Note 8 is retailing at $950, while the iPhone X is anything from $1,000. It seems almost impossible to get a good phone at a reasonable price.
OnePlus are introducing just the phone to fit the profile of high quality yet affordable. An upgrade on the OnePlus 5, the new 5T is set to give you all the functionality you need without breaking the bank. With the price starting at $500, the OnePlus 5T is a similar size to the 5 model and features 15% more screen real estate with its 6-inch 18:9 screen that’s extra wide. The AMOLED display is also set to knock your socks off with brighter colors.
While the features of the OnePlus 5T aren’t quite the same as those you can expect from a smartphone from the iPhone X, they are great for the price point.
The 5T offers facial recognition and a 16MP camera on the front. The facial recognition works fast to unlock the phone. If this is not something you are looking for, then you may be more inclined to use the fingerprint scanner that is now situated on the back of the device. A second camera is a low-light option that produces a picture less grainy and a little warmer. OnePlus have changed the setup of the dual rear cameras, in addition to being optimized for low light. They now offer 2.0x zoom to keep up with the competition.
When it comes to the processor, the 5T features the same Snapdragon 835 as that of most Android flagships, including the Pixel 2 and Galaxy S8. When it comes to RAM, the 5T either comes with 6GB or 8GB configuration. This allows for more apps to run in the background without the memory management function kicking in shutting apps down.
The battery life has proven to be strong with the 5T lasting up to 11 hours, 22 minutes on a battery rundown test. When compared to the Galaxy S8 and Pixel 2 XL.
The Small Touches
This new device also comes equipped with the variety of feature that guarantees smooth functioning. These features include the signature OnePlus volume slider (a better version of the mute switch on an iPhone). They have also opted to keep the earphone jack- a smart move on their part. The combination of a dual sim tray and a parallel apps feature allows you to run multiple versions of an app at the same time. Neat, huh?
What is it missing?
While the phone does come out near the top in the major categories, it does lack on a few smaller details.
While the OnePlus 5T does offer fast charging, it does lack the wireless charging function. There is also no microSD slot. Additionally, don’t get your hopes up if you were intent on having Android’s Oreo operation system because the device cannot support it. However, do not panic just yet, since OnePlus are working on an update for early 2018 to ensure you can run Oreo.
Lastly, the phone does not yet have a water-resistance rating. This is due to the company’s reasoning that the testing and certification processes are too expensive and lengthy. However, they assure customers that the device should be fine following a quick drop in the sink. Regardless of whether the device will survive after a swim or not, don’t try it because there is no warranty to protect you again water damage.
To sum up, the OnePlus 5T does not go overboard on the fancy features, nor does it particularly value beautiful aesthetics, it does give the customer great value for money. While the industry has gone crazy over high-end features, OnePlus have focused on the features that matter. All of this for $500, well, that’s a good deal.