One+5T Android’s Best Mobile

THE HARDWARE

The OnePlus 5T is an iterative model, building off the company’s OnePlus 5 that released earlier this year. Though some of the specs are similar, there are enough noticeable changes to the hardware that the company felt it was worth upgrading the line earlier than some competitors do.

The screen resolution maxes out at 1080p (or a funky 1080 x 2160 to be exact) and 401 pixels per inch, while other flagship phones have been pushing for higher. This is one of the compromises users will have to face when choosing the OnePlus 5T, but to be honest the drop in resolution likely won’t be all that noticeable to the average consumer. The screen still looks excellent, plus it has a wider array of colour management than some.

The OnePlus 5T (left) beside the iPhone X. Josh McConnell / Financial Post

“Anything higher than 1080p or 400 PPI is not really beneficial to consumers,” Pei argued in his interview with the Post, adding that early tests with community members didn’t notice a difference and were still impressed with the quality.

 

“It’s not ubiquitous. The benefits of wireless charging will begin once it’s out in the real world,” Pei said. “In the future hopefully office tables, coffee shops, restaurants and public places will have (charging pads).”

The OnePlus 5T OnePlus

While it may sound like the OnePlus 5T is missing a number of add-ons, it’s important to remember that it’s still early days for a number of these features and wide-spread adoption often has yet to occur. Everything else you’d expect in a premium device is here, generally speaking, including the same processor used in Samsung and Google’s flagship devices.

The OnePlus 5T even has facial recognition for phone unlocking, which is incredibly quick and seemingly accurate. It’s not as secure as a device such as Apple’s iPhone X however, so you still must use the fingerprint sensor for Android Pay. But for unlocking the phone quickly, it definitely is handy and fast.

CAMERA SAYS FAREWELL TO TELEPHOTO

The OnePlus 5T has a rear dual-camera setup, which is becoming popular among the top tier smartphones. The difference here is that instead of using one of the lenses as a telephoto for zooming — which the earlier OnePlus 5 had — OnePlus opted to change the second lens to one with a larger aperture for better low-light photos and adding more depth to portraits. Both lenses have the same focal length.

 

The back of the new OnePlus 5T, which features two camera lenses Josh McConnell / Financial Post

After testing the photos, it’s clear that the OnePlus 5T is capable of taking great photos, provided you have the right lighting conditions. It can also shoot video at 60 frames per second in 1080p and 30 frames per second in 4K. But the problem is the lack of optical image stabilization, meaning you have to make sure you keep the camera still when snapping. This is particularly more difficult in low light situations.

 

OXYGENOS AND SOFTWARE

If the hardware uses the same processor and other internal pieces as competing flagship phones, software will be a big factor to consider for the OnePlus 5T.

Using a modified version of Android, the company’s OxygenOS is supposed to “refine” core functionalities while keeping it relatively clean and free of bloatware. The company listens closely to user feedback to design its no-frills operating system, with beta testers vetting any changes.

 

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