OnePlus 5T flagship starts at $499, launches November 21

OnePlus 5T

If we look at the whole picture, I don't think anyone can deny that we're seeing OnePlus turn into what it once challenged.

The OnePlus 5T can be ordered from the OnePlus website with prices starting at £449 and $499. Design You know what?

The OnePlus 5T has been revealed today during a major event held in NY today by the Chinese smartphone start-up. Both phones are still constructed from a mixture of metal and glass, though.

There are on-screen navigational support, power button, volume rocker and Alert Slider in the OnePlus 5T.

The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the rear panel to reduce bezels on the front side.

Other than these changes, it's essentially the same phone as the OnePlus 5. There is no IP67/IP68 water resistance, for example, and there's also no stereo (or even earpiece stereo) speaker setup. It may have a headphone jack, but we aren't talking about a high-end DAC within it. The display has a tall 18:9 aspect ratio.

From our quick inspection, there's still a lot to like about the new display. It boasts vibrant colors and great viewing angles, though we do wish it had a higher resolution.

There are a handful of quality of life improvements with the OnePlus 5T, which runs the company's own skin of Android, known as Oxygen OS. The latest version of OxygenOS has a feature called Parallel Apps that allows users to install multiple copies of the same application with different login credentials. Brian Yoon, the head of user experience at the company, spoke about how the company chose to keep OxygenOS similar to stock Android for ease of use, battery life, lack of bloatware, and memory optimisation, among other aspects. The effect covers nearly the entirety of the front face of the phone, as the display stretches nearly entirely to the left and right edges while leaving only half a centimetre of bezel at the top and bottom. This new device is the company revised take on the flagship segment.

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OnePlus 5T features a 6.01-inch, 18:9 ratio, 2,160×1,080 pixels, Full Optic AMOLED display that looks lovely with the all-aluminum, sleek body. Beyond that, many of OxygenOS' returning favorite features include reading mode, expanded screenshot, gaming do not disturb, auto night mode, and much more.

Then there's the disappointing bit: The OnePlus 5T ships with Nougat. The OnePlus 5T is also powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and has up to 8GB RAM. It's responsive needless to say, exhibiting a tight enough response that's on par to the other handful of phones released throughout the year with the same chipset. It comes in 6 GB and 8 GB RAM variants. Likewise, base systems get 64GB of internal storage, while upgraded models double that with 128GB. The storage options are sufficient to say the least, but it doesn't look like there's expansion via microSD.

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

It comes with two rear cameras with portrait mode, video stabilisation and low light photography ability. We snapped a few samples at the event, but it's tough to say how it compares to the competition.

The front facing 16 megapixel camera has been retained but it has picked up some new tricks. The OnePlus 5T comes with a arced design which makes the phone more ergonomic and flexible.

It has 3300 mAh battery and comes with the Dash Charger. With this tech, when ambient light drops to 10 lux, the phone switches to its secondary camera and that combines 4 of its 1.0 micron pixels into one so that it can capture more light.

Due to the metal construction, there's no wireless charging with this one.

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