OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 3T: Is it worth the upgrade?

Friday, 17 Nov, 2017

It will be available on sale from November 21 at 4:30 PM EST and will be available for open sale from Nov 28.

Not to be left behind by Apple's new Face ID tech, the OnePlus 5T comes with its own face snapping smarts. They will allow some select consumers to buy the phone at a discount. The 5T is fractionally taller and wider than the 5, but it features the same rounded edges and same button placements as its younger sibling. This offer will be available until December 2. OnePlus says it's on par with the OnePlus 5's front-facing sensor, and we've been happy so far with how easy and comfortable it is to reach. It gave the company a chance to address some of the shortcomings of their first flagship earlier in the year and who doesn't like it when companies fix their mistakes? The OnePlus 3T has a much older look, with a 5.5-inch display that is surrounded by a chunky bezel. It has the same design, that uses a metal body with expertly curved corners.

At the first look, the smartphone has a sleek aluminum unibody with a stunning 6-inch Full Optic AMOLED Display with 18:9 aspect ratio. Instead, it was busy readying to jump on the thin-bezel bandwagon. That capacity is in line to some of its main competitors, but as we've seen in other phones like the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which houses a larger 4,000 mAh battery, the sub 3,500 mAh level seems to do nicely in lasting most of a day, but definitely not as long-lasting to get it into a second day.

Another major change in the OnePlus 5T is that the smartphone maker has moved it fingerprint sensor the back. It claims to load games and apps faster.

Face Unlock users 100 different identifiers to help unlock the device with just a glance.

The company has been building a reputation as a "flagship killer", however the delay of Android 8.0 until next year has already been met with some disappointment in the case of the new 5T.

When it comes to overall performance, the OnePlus 5T has specs identical to the OnePlus 5.

It's still a combination of a 16 megapixel primary camera with a 20 megapixel secondary camera but the latter sensor has a new f/1.7 aperture to match the primary sensor.

The other significant change is in the camera. This is an upgrade from the OnePlus 5, whose secondary camera was an f/2.6 telephoto lens. This camera comes with improved portrait mode, low-light photography, and video stabilisation compared to its predecessor, the company says. However, the most significant changes are the bezel-less design and the newer camera setup. It's not too big, and not too small.

"The feedback on OnePlus 5 has been very positive, but there were some areas where we saw room for improvement to create an even better user experience", said Pete Lau, OnePlus Founder and CEO. Similar to the OnePlus 5, the company has packed an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at up to 2.45 GHz along with Adreno 540 GPU to handle graphic intensive tasks. Both phones are still constructed from a mixture of metal and glass, though. OnePlus' custom OxygenOS has received a facelift, though.