Smartphone maker OnePlus has a new offering, the OnePlus 5T. If you like the idea of the iPhone X but its price tag is a bit too high, then perhaps this is the smartphone for you.
For those who are unfamiliar with the brand, OnePlus is a Shenzhen-based start-up and producer of smartphones which was founded in late 2013. The company’s claim to fame is its bid to offer flagship-level specs in its smartphones, at more affordable prices. The 5T is the latest offering from OnePlus.
The OnePlus 5T has a huge 6inch AMOLED display which takes up most of the phone’s face and gives it a similar look to the latest handsets from Apple and Samsung. Like those devices, it also features facial recognition to unlock the phone. The 5T has a 16-megapixel main camera, which has been optimised to take better low light photos. The 5T also has a fingerprint reader. A really nice feature is that if you have two different accounts for apps like Facebook or Twitter (perhaps one for work and another for personal) you can run them both by making parallel apps on the phone. Other nice features include the gallery app which can lay out the photos you’ve taken on a map (once you allow geotagging). The 5T runs Android 7.1.1, Nougat and is soon scheduled to get Android 8.0 Oreo.
In terms of processing power, the 5T features a powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset. Battery life is a strong point of OnePlus handsets and the 5T is no exception with realistic “all-day” battery life. It features the brand’s innovative ‘dash charge’ technology, which means the 5T can reach a full day’s charge in just half an hour. However, unlike some other high-end devices, it isn’t water resistant, doesn’t have wireless charging and doesn’t have expandable storage.
The OnePlus 5T starts at £449 for the standard model with 64GB of storage. There is also a 128GB model available for £499. This compares to £999 for a 64GB iPhone X or £669 for a Samsung Galaxy S8 with 64GB storage (these are, of course, SIM Free prices).