OnePlus 5T news, specs, features, price and release date

Following the same tactic as last year, OnePlus 5T is said to be a minor upgrade over the OnePlus 5 that was released sometime back. Unfortunately, with Qualcomm being unable to release better hardware for slightly better performance in a smartphone, the OnePlus 5T will stick to the same chipset but will offer you a better phone when you take a look at various other categories. Let us check out all the specifications, features, pricing and release date of the forthcoming OnePlus 5T.

OnePlus 5T news, specs, features, price and release date

OnePlus 5T: Same Snapdragon 835 but 18:9 aspect ratio

As mentioned before, there are not going to be any hardware improvements as far as the chipset goes, so the OnePlus 5T is going to stick with the Snapdragon 835. This chipset is no slouch when it comes to performance and to be fair, OnePlus does not have any other choice other than this powerful chip. If the company cannot provide improved performance on the OnePlus 5T, then it has something to make the phone a cash cow.

Looking at the trend of bezel-less smartphones, it would be a very good idea if the OnePlus 5T gets a larger screen but reduced corners from the top and bottom. According to previous leaks, the phone will have a 6-inch 18:9 aspect ratio display, which reveals the resolution will jump from 1920 x 1080 on the OnePlus 5 to 2160 x 1080 on the upcoming flagship.

This one will also sport an AMOLED panel, but overall the phone will have a conservative look when compared against the Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 and will look awfully familiar to the OPPO R11s. Keep in mind that OnePlus cannot observe something similar as an ‘Infinity Display’ because then the smartphone will move away from an affordable pricing structure and enter the realm of ‘over the top’ expensive phones for 2017.

While the design is not going to be as appealing as what Samsung’s team has done with the Galaxy S8, it will still look better than the OnePlus 5 that’s for sure. One change that will surely be inevitable is the new placement of the fingerprint reader.

With the OnePlus 5, you presented your fingers at the front to unlock the phone but since technology has not matured enough to see an in-display reader at the front, the OnePlus 5T will have a rear-mounted sensor, similar to the LG V30.

Hardware

It is believed that the OnePlus 5T will boast the same hardware as the OnePlus 5 when referring to the components such as RAM, storage, connectivity, and others. The base model will feature 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM which is going to be more than enough for an immense load of multitasking options in the palm of your hands. The advantage of having more RAM on an Android smartphone is that the operating system will be able to retain this memory for applications that have been minimized.

The result will be that apps will open up a lot faster and will not forcefully close on their own, as we are sure you’ve witnessed on devices that do not sport a whole lot of RAM. The highest specified model will feature 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and this is going to be targeted to smartphone enthusiasts. While you can boast around that your phone has as much memory as a high-end laptop, having more RAM also ends up chewing more battery life.

As for the storage, there is not going to be expandable storage present but what you will be getting is 64 and 128GB of onboard memory. Keep in mind that the 6GB of RAM model will most likely have 64GB of internal memory while the 8GB RAM version will sport twice that much storage.

If you need more storage to carry around your bundle of content such as games, movies and TV shows in a smartphone, we highly recommend that you get your hands on the 128GB model when it is available to purchase. As for the speed standard, the memory will be rated as UFS 2.1, which is the fastest type of storage that can be used in mobile phones.

This will make the phone extremely snappy and responsive, opening apps in record time and also keeping up with when you’re recording 4K footage.

Camera

OnePlus 5 became the first phone from the company to tout a dual-camera and the OnePlus 5T is going to get the same treatment, seeing as how it is just another revamped version of the smartphone that was released earlier this year. To summarize, the OnePlus 5T will come with a dual-16MP shooter with a camera aperture of f/1.7, with the second lens being a 20MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.6.

The second lens will act as a telephoto lens, where you can zoom in on the subject using optical zoom technology and take the picture without causing any image quality loss whatsoever. Unfortunately, the dual-camera does not feature 2x optical zoom but 1.6x instead. Regardless of what you’re getting, it still better than shooting images with a digital zoom as that destroys the quality completely.

Portrait Mode is also going to be retained and looking at how the OnePlus 5 was able to shoot impressively, we share the same high hopes from the OnePlus 5T. There will be 4K video recording support, plus a front-facing 16MP camera with an aperture of f/2.0. While we hope for OIS or optical image stabilization to be added at the front, it looks like OnePlus could stick with the inferior electronic image stabilization in order to save costs.

Wireless connectivity

Wireless connectivity from the OnePlus 5T is expected to remain the same as the package present in the OnePlus 5. This will include an 802.11ac Wi-Fi chip, Bluetooth 5.0, GPU, NFC and a fast and efficient Category 12 LTE modem. Unfortunately, we do not believe that wireless charging is going to be present in the OnePlus 5T in order to save additional costs and neither will any water-resistance ratings be approved for this phone.

Battery capacity

Even with its 6-inch FHD+ display, the OnePlus 5T might be the same size as the OnePlus 5 but through some space conservation, we are optimistic that the battery capacity can be increased. To remind you, remember the OnePlus 3T, the smartphone shortly released after OnePlus 3 and featured a slightly larger 3,400mAh battery and a Snapdragon 821 chipset?

Here is what the OnePlus 5T looks like when compared against the OnePlus 5

Yes, a teardown video given below shows that the phone’s insides were virtually unchanged and still the company managed to stuff in a decent-sized 3,400mAh battery. That is where our optimism gets its energy from. If OnePlus can provide an incremental spec bump with the OnePlus 3T then it can surely go down the same road with the OnePlus 5T.

Question is, how big of a difference is there going to be for future buyers to even consider making an upgrade? Looks like we will be finding out during the official announcement.

Available colors

Slate Gray and Soft Gold are going to be the most probable color models getting announced, taking the same approach of its predecessor.

Price and release date

While the price has not officially been detailed, OnePlus CEO Pete Lau teased that the OnePlus 5T was going to be sold for around $600. This will most probably be for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage model, with the 8GB RAM/128GB storage model costing around $649. The phone is going to be announced November 16, with sales starting from November 21. Support for Dash Charge technology is going to be provided and to encourage smartphone buyers, OnePlus might throw in some free stuff such as high-quality earphones for good measure.

Are you going to upgrade to the OnePlus 5T in the future?

M. Omer

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