OnePlus 5T unboxing and hands-on

OnePlus 5T unboxing and hands-on

OnePlus was pretty quick to react to the growing trend and interest of near bezel-less display and the OnePlus 5T is a testament to that. The OnePlus 5 was announced in June 2017 with the official release in the Philippine happening a month later in July.

The OnePlus 5T was announced this month, merely 5 months from the OnePlus 5T. That’s a quick turn-around time. Either OnePlus already had the design ahead of time, even before the OnePlus 5, or they’re just very quick to get back to the drawing table and react to the market trend.

With a starting price of Php26,990, the OnePlus 5T isn’t that more expensive than the original OnePlus 5. This is mostly due to the fact that the internal hardware is basically the same.

The biggest difference here is found in the exterior design. By removing the fingerprint sensor at the front and placing it at the back, the device had more real estate to fit a bigger display. As such, the OnePlus 5T has 6 inches of screen from the 5.5 inches of the OnePlus 5 — all in the same old chassis dimensions.

The 6-inch AMOLED display looks gorgeous, very bright and crisp and images pop out. The resolution was also adjusted a bit to full HD+ or 2160×1080 pixels giving it the same 401ppi pixel density. The 18:9 aspect ratio increases the footprint of the display to about 80% screen-to-body ratio.

We actually liked the fact that the fingerprint sensor was moved to the back panel, making it easier to access with the index finger to unlock the device.

The size, shape and overall design remained the same. The anodized aluminum body feels good on the hands, the smooth finish helps prevent smudges and fingerprints.


The fingerprint sensor at the back is placed in the upper middle section with the OnePlus logo just below it. This placement is optimized for using the index finger for scanner fingerprints.

All the ports and buttons stayed the in their original placements, including the antenna bands around the edges.

There’s a very slight and insignificant difference in the dimensions (7.25mm to 7.3mm) as well as the weight (153 grams vs 162 grams) but it’s something you will not really notice unless you look at the specs on paper.

We expect the performance to be more or less the same as the OnePlus 5 (AnTuTu Benchmark — 181,503), although the additional pixels might affect graphics performance (we’ll see in our final review), and the battery life (PCMark Battery Test: 11 hours and 45 minutes) might be reduced due to the larger display.

Our final review should be out really quick since there’s not much difference from the old model.

OnePlus 5T specs:
6.01-inch 18:9 2160 x 1080 Optic AMOLED display, 401ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 2.45GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 540 GPU
64/128GB UFS 2.1 2-Lane storage
16MP Sony IMX 398 1.12 microns, f/1.7 rear camera w/ dual LED flash
20MP Sony IMX 376K 1.0 microns, f/1.7 rear secondary camera
16MP Sony IMX 371 1.0 microns, f/2.0 front camera
4G LTE Cat 12
MIMO 2×2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5 GHz
Bluetooth 5.0, supports aptX & aptX HD
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
Fingerprint sensor
3 microphones w/ noise cancellation
Dirac HD Sound
OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
3,300mAh battery w/ Dash Charge
156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm (dimensions)
162 grams (weight)
Anodized Aluminum

The OnePlus 5T is priced at Php26,990 for the 64GB variant and Php30,990 for the 128GB. Digital Walker will also be giving 18 months extended warranty for their customers who will purchase the device. As for its availability, Digital Walker mentioned that it’s coming out very soon this December.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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