OnePlus 5T first impressions: A worthy successor for the OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5T first impressions: A worthy successor for the OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5T has made its official debut and with it comes the age old question of whether or not you should upgrade.

However, it does retail at an attractive price of USD499 (around RM2,079) for the 64GB variant and USD559 (around RM2,330) for the 128GB variant. Over the years, it has found competition from other brands which thought they could also play this game.

The internals are more or less the same as the OnePlus 5.

Catching up with the thin-bezel trend, the Chinese company has opted for a 18:9 display ratio.

Previous OnePlus devices had a boot menu that provided one-tap access to a restart button, a power button, and other options.

But the question is should you buy OnePlus 5T? It has pushed it to the rear, close to where your finger would rest while holding the phone. Cupertino's facial recognition uses carefully calibrated structured light sensors to capture accurate 3D details about a user's face.

Our first impression of the facial recognition was very good, especially considering that there is no hardware play here. It's less secure than the fingerprint sensor or a simple PIN, but it is the fastest face unlock we've ever seen on a phone.

In the UK, OnePlus is exclusively available through O2, who is accepting pre-orders on the new model from 17:15 on 16 November.

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It will be the screen that you will notice the most while using this device for the first time.

However, with the fingerprint scanner relocated to the rear of the handset, OnePlus has been able to ensure that the form factor of the OnePlus 5T is broadly the same as its predecessor. OnePlus also developed their own Sunlight Display technology that can intelligently adjust the contrast to make it more visible under harsh light.

OnePlus has also added software improvements to Portrait Mode to improve noise reduction. The front camera is 16MP.

As the company already confirmed, OnePlus 5T features 3.5 mm headphone jack. For instance, swiping down on the camera UI brings up the basic settings such as flash, aspect ratio, timer and HDR. While there's an undeniable premium look and feel with the phone, the all-metal construction means that there's no water-resistance design, nor wireless charging on board, which are two key features that a few of its contemporaries offer.

Obviously, there's not a huge change with the design of the OnePlus 5T, which continues to employ the same design language that the series is known for. The device will come with some new features including Gaming DND, OnePlus Reach to make data transfer faster and duplicate apps for social media accounts. This will be useful for those with parallel identities.

The OxygenOS Gallery app now has a mapping feature that lets you search for images based on the location where they were taken.

Today's the day that OnePlus officially reveals the 5T at an event in Brooklyn, New York.

If the display was the most noticeable radical change OnePlus made to the 5T, the brand new dual-camera system at the back is probably the least noticeable one because the module looks almost identical.

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