OnePlus officially launches the 5T with an 18:9 screen and a new approach to the dual camera design
Earlier today (November 16) OnePlus officially announced the new OnePlus 5T as an upgrade for the five-month-old OnePlus 5. Unfortunately for OnePlus, much of the steam was taken from their announcement after ZDNet broke the NDA and published a hands-on video early and benchmarks appeared on GFXBench.
The most noticeable change is the larger 6-inch AMOLED 18:9 2160 x 1080 (401 PPI) screen which has lead to significantly reduced bezels. The top and bottom bezels are visually similar in size to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but the 5T lacks the curves that hide the side bezels and this leads to a lower screen-to-body ratio at 80 percent compared to 83.6 percent for the S8. This more traditional design will be a positive for many people since some find curved phones more difficult to hold securely. A side effect of the more extensive display was the necessity of moving the fingerprint sensor to the rear, but it has been placed in a sensible location in the upper-middle where it is easy to reach and there is no risk of smudging the dual lenses.
Speaking of lenses, OnePlus removed the telephoto lens with a second ‘standard’ lens of the same aperture as the primary lens. This new secondary camera is used when 'low light' mode is selected. The secondary camera has a 20 MP sensor compared to the 16 MP sensor on the main shooter, but OnePlus is using software tricks to combine the light captured by four on-sensor pixels into one image pixel in a way which they claim improves low light performance. Whether this actually provides better low light performance than a lower megapixel sensor with larger pixels remains to be seen.
Internal specifications remain the same as the OnePlus 5 with a Snapdragon 835, 6/8 GB RAM, and 64/128 GB UFS2.1 storage. The OnePlus 5T is available from 21 November with the 6 GB RAM + 64 GB storage option retailing at US$499 (EU€499), and the 8 GB RAM + 128 GB storage option retailing at US$559 (EU€559).
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