Not a fan of Samsung or Google phones? There’s a new Android Smartphone in town, and it’s just as good as we might have hoped – and a whole lot cheaper. The OnePlus 5T is the successor to the original OnePlus 5, which managed to bring all the usual smartphone features we all know and love at about half the price. And it doesn’t disappoint, either.
The design of the OnePlus 5t is standard smartphone fare – slim, with a 6” screen. It’s got an anodized aluminum body that is smooth and feels good in the hand. The display is 6” but unlike most screens, has an 18:9 aspect ratio. It’s also a full-optic AMOLED, which gives it excellent, vibrant colors. The resolution is 2160x1080p (thanks to the 18:9 contrast ratio), which may not be as much as other mainstream smartphones but is more than enough for the palm of the your hand.
Inside the phone is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, and your choice of either 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage, or 8Gb with 128GB storage. You’ve got the obligatory WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC too, in addition to LTE.
The rear of the phone has a dual-camera setup, with both 16 MP and 20 MP sensors, with both f/1.7 aperture and a 27.22 mm focal length. It’s tough to say that the camera quality matches that of Google or the newer Iphones, but is more than adequate for a smartphone. There’s the usual portrait mode, as well as the standard camera controls like ISO, WB and shutter speed – features you won’t find on most cell phone cameras.
Our personal favorite part of the 5t? It’s still got a headphone jack. You know, the little port necessary for listening to music just about anywhere, that Apple and Google think you don’t need.
In Apple fashion, however, the 5t has fingerprint reader on the back of the phone, as well as facial recognition for unlocking it. OnePlus has also debuted their new DashCharge fast charging system, for charging the 3300 Mah battery entirely in less than hour, which isn’t bad at all. You can also use it with any USB-C charger.
For software, the 5t runs on OxygenOS, their customized version of Android 7; a very customizable, featured version at that. It will also work with Android 8 as soon they roll out support for it.
Finally, the OnePlus 5t retails for about half of the Iphone, and you can use with your preferred carrier. It’s not quite as premium as some of the bigger names in the tech scene, but for that price, what’s not to love about this new contender in the smartphone market?