OnePlus 5T 64GB Review: Refined to a T
Flagship phones for less—that's what OnePlus is known for in the smartphone market. It's apparent in its latest model, the OnePlus 5T, that comes with high-end specs at a budget price. The 5T is the upgraded version of its short-lived predecessor, the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5T: Quick pros and cons
What you'll love about it
- Premium features and specs at an affordable price
- Fast performance; ideal for multi-tasking
- Headphone jack
- Elegant design and beautiful 1080p screen
- Sunlight Display and Reading Mode
- Long-lasting battery life
- 4K video recording
What you might not like about it
- Older Android 7 version
- No expandable storage
- Not waterproof
Sleek and stylish design
Right after unboxing, you'll be impressed with the look and feel of the OnePlus 5T. Its anodized aluminum body screams premium and modern, complemented by the gentle curves of the rear that feels great in the palm.
Giving the OnePlus phone a sleeker look up front are its slimmed down bezels for an 80.5% screen-to-body ratio.
The OnePlus 5T includes a translucent case and a pre-applied screen protector in the box. These accessories can keep your gadget looking stylish for longer.
Bigger and brighter display
The 5T sports the largest screen in the OnePlus smartphone lineup, with a 6-inch Full HD AMOLED panel. Its screen size is comparable to those of high-end phones like the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S8, and Google Pixel 2.
Its 2160 x 1080 resolution may not be up to par with Quad HD (QHD or 2K) displays of other smartphones, but it's good enough for one's content viewing needs. The 18:9 aspect ratio allows you to view more content on the mobile device.
Two screen features on the OnePlus 5T make the screen display easier on the eyes: Reading Mode and Sunlight Display.
If you often read your news and novels, the Reading Mode enhancing your viewing experience and reduces eye strain by tweaking the screen's brightness and sharpness. The monochromatic display looks like that of a Kindle, which mimics the look of real paper.
When you're out in bright sunlight, it's easy to view content on the OnePlus 5T screen, thanks to its Sunlight Display. This nifty feature detects harsh light and optimizes the display's brightness, contrast, and other screen parameters.
Very fast Android phone
Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, the OnePlus 5T leaves nothing to be desired in terms of performance.
The newest OnePlus smartphone runs smoothly without lags—even with multitasking and split-screen applications. Browse Facebook while streaming music or switch between multiple windows or apps. Apps open instantly, too. The 5T can handle them and possibly everything you throw at it.
The OnePlus 5T has slots for two nano SIM cards, but it's missing a microSD slot. OnePlus compensates for the lack of expandable storage with a generous 6GB internal memory and 64GB storage. If it still isn't enough for your needs, you may opt for the OnePlus 5T variant with a bigger 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
A bit outdated Android software
The OnePlus 5T runs on OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It's quite behind compared to phones like the Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 that boast an OS based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Nonetheless, the 5T's Android software version isn't so bad at all, considering the cool functionalities it brings to the table.
There's the Face Unlock that lets a user unlock the device just by looking at it. To make it work faster and flawlessly, you need to be in a well-lit spot and put the handset in front of your face.
If you don't like the Face Unlock, you may choose the fingerprint scanner instead that unlocks your phone in less than a second.
The new Parallel Apps feature is also worth noting. It clones social media apps, so you can run a new window of Messenger or Twitter and keep your different convos separate. This way, you won't have that embarrassing "Oops, wrong send. Sorry!" moment or accidentally post your private message for all your Facebook friends to see.
Reliable battery performance
The OnePlus 5T has a built-in 3,300mAh battery that lasts a day (with moderate to heavy use) on a single full charge. Before bedtime, you're left with an extra juice of about 10% to 20%.
OnePlus uses Dash Charge technology on the 5T, which gives you 60% power in only half an hour.
Above-average dual rear camera plus 4K video shooting
The OnePlus 5T comes with a 16MP front camera and a dual rear camera with 16MP and 20MP Sony sensors. What you'll get are images with vivid yet natural-looking colors, crisp details, and excellent contrast.
Its front-facing camera is pretty decent for snapping selfies. When taking selfies in harsh sunlight, the HDR helps adjust exposure accordingly so you won't look like a ghost in your pics. If you want to step up your selfie game, you can use the rear camera instead. To snap a selfie, just place your finger on the fingerprint sensor at the back of the phone.
Smartphone shutterbugs will be delighted with the 5T camera's Pro Mode that displays settings typically found in a DSLR camera: shutter speed, white balance, manual ISO, and histogram.
The OnePlus 5T can also capture stunning 4K videos with electronic image stabilization.
Suitable for music and gaming lovers
While more brands are joining the bandwagon of jack-less smartphone makers (hello, iPhone, Sony, and Google!), OnePlus has kept the 3.5mm headphone jack intact in the 5T. That's great news if you have wired headphones and hate to use a clunky adaptor.
What's weird, though, is it's speaker's position at the bottom. When you hold the OnePlus 5T horizontally, the built-in speaker gets covered and the sound gets muffled. Using an external Bluetooth speaker will fix the issue, like when you want to enhance the audio quality while watching a movie or playing games.
Hardcore mobile gamers will like the 5T's gaming DND (Do Not Disturb) mode. Enabling this mode keeps notifications from blocking your view on screen and prevents accidental tap on a navigation key that will get you out from your game.
The OnePlus 5T caters to everyone on a tight budget but doesn't want to compromise on quality. For about half the price of the comparably specced iPhone or Samsung smartphone, you'll get more or less the same thing with the OnePlus 5T.
The 64GB variant currently retails at ₱26,990 in the market, but you can get one at a discounted price of ₱26,635 from Poundit.com. You can save even more with a ₱500 discount when you use the promo code VENUSP500 upon checkout.
One of OnePlus' impressive mobile phones to date, the OnePlus 5T makes a great alternative to the premium yet expensive models from Apple, Samsung, and Google. It's a beautiful, elegant, and snappy smartphone for its price range.
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