8.8/10
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The OnePlus 5T currently has an Informr score of 8.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 57 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Fast and smooth performance
  • Beautiful AMOLED display
  • Incredibly fast battery charging
  • Great price
  • Bezel-less

What's bad

  • Camera image quality lackluster
  • Sharp edges make it uncomfortable to hold
  • Slippery

OnePlus has made a name for themselves as one of the best affordable flagship phones on the market. But the OnePlus 5T comes just 5 months after the release of the OnePlus 5. Does it have enough updates to warrant a purchase?

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Compared the previous models, the most notable difference of the 5T is its slimmed down bezels. It swaps out the thicker bezels of the 5 for no bezels on the right and left sides and very thin ones on the top and bottom. It’s a little thicker and taller than the OnePlus 5 and only 9 grams heavier despite the larger screen.

While experts were quite happy with the look, they also note this design change removes the capacitive buttons and the home button. There is still a fingerprint sensor, but it has been moved to the back of the phone. This leave menu navigation, multitasking and other features to the on-screen buttons.

For everyone who dislikes the migration to Bluetooth headphones or USB-C connections, you’re in luck. The 5T still offers the 3.5mm jack.

Like the 5, the 5T’s body is made of anodized aluminum. Despite the slight curve to the sides, reviewers were found the sharp edges made the phone uncomfortable to hold. They also mention that it’s quite slippery, which further exacerbated the sharp edges.

The real show-stealer, however, is the 6-inch 2160 x 1080 pixel AMOLED screen. As expected, experts praise the overall clarity of the display. But it’s not just sharp. They also were blown away by its deep blacks, excellent color reproduction and range, and sunlight legibility. Digital Trends go so far as to call it “wonderful.”

Internal specs haven’t changed at all from the OnePlus 5. It has the same Snapdragon octa-core processor and offers two models: 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage or 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage.

In testing, critics didn’t notice any significant difference between the 6GB or 8GB model when put through the standard benchmark tests. This reflected in their real life tests as well. There was no lag, stutters or crashes in either model, making for a very smooth experience even when pushing the phone with graphics-intensive games or multitasking.

The 3,300mAh battery exceeded reviewer’s expectations as it lasted them a day and a half with moderate usage. It also comes with a proprietary quick charge system called Dash Charge. This allowed them to fully charge their phone in less than 90 minutes or 60% in only 30 minutes.

The camera bump on the back might have gotten larger, according to experts, but that doesn’t equate to more zoom. In fact, OnePlus has dropped the telephoto lens and instead replaced it with a standard 20-megapixel lens for better low light pictures.

While perfectly usable, critics weren’t overly impressed with the image quality, especially in low light situations. For the most part, images were decent but didn’t stand up to images taken on the Pixel 2.

With that said, they were quite happy with the overall color accuracy, sharpness, and saturation of pictures when taken in regular light. They did notice zoom-in photos look blurry and splotchy when compared to the 5. But this is expected as the 5T only uses digital zoom.

Overall, reviewers highly recommend the OnePlus 5T to people who don’t already have the OnePlus 5. Tom’s Guide states, “...it is a perfectly focused device that achieves everything it sets out to do.” Wired adds, “If you want the best, but don’t want to spend the most, the OnePlus 5T is right up there with the fanciest Android phones money can buy, all for hundreds less.”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.45 GHz
Screen Size
6.01"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Deccan Chronicle

It’s certainly a fluid and reliable performer any given day. At Rs 32,999, the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage makes for a smartphone with reasonable value. If a no-nonsense smartphone is your primary requirement at this time of the year, then the OnePlus 5T is definitely recommenda...

- Deccan Chronicle
G Style Magazine

For its fair price point you getting close to the latest tech inside, swift updates really only comparable to Google and a decent camera. Even though it has been recently pulled off the shelves if you can get your hands on one I recommend it if you don’t want to bring the bank on the high end...

- Jason Million, G Style Magazine
BGR

OnePlus may not have it absolutely spot on in many departments, including camera and a handful of other premium features that the company tends not to offer on its devices. However, there’s very little that compares to a OnePlus smartphone when it comes to performance.

- Ali Pardiwala, BGR
Android Central

There's a reason the OnePlus 5T is the phone to beat in this category — it not only excels at the hardware side of things, but also when it comes to the software. Sure, the camera isn't quite as good as that of the Galaxy S9 or the Pixel 2, but it's still one of the better options available in...

- Harish Jonnalagadda, Android Central
KitGuru

For someone who wants a really fast, clean Android phone, the OnePlus 5T is still a very impressive device considering its asking price. I’d happily use one as my daily driver if camera quality wasn’t such a big factor for me. If it’s not a big factor for you, though, I don’t think it gets much bett...

- Dominic Moass, KitGuru


Prices (Where to Buy)




Common Questions


OnePlus released the 5T on November 21, 2017.


The 5T price will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. You can compare OnePlus 5T prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the OnePlus 5T user manual here.


OnePlus backs up the 5T with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your 5T has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact OnePlus support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find OnePlus's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.



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Screen Size
6.01"

The OnePlus 5T's screen size is 6.01 inches with 1080 x 2160 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.45 GHz

There is a Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo) operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 16+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
64/128 GB

Internal memory is 64/128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
3300mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 3300 mAh battery. OnePlus's performance ratings are 1348 minutes, 609 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

OnePlus 5T Specs

Overview
Release date November 21, 2017
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
850 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600/2300/2500 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 7.1 Nougat (Update Available: 8.1 Oreo)

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Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa core 2.45 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 64/128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.38 W/kg
Body: 0.76 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Data Cable
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 3300 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Up to: 1009 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 609 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 682 minutes
Talk Time Up to: 1348 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 20 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Midnight Black, Lava Red, Sandstone White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.61 x 7.5 x 0.73 cm (6.2 x 3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 162 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof No
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Pixel density 401 pixels
Size 6.01 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Yes
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX HD
WiFi No
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 2.0
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Brightness control, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-timer, White balance, Dual camera feature (20 MP 2nd camera, f/1.7), HDR, Timelapse, Slow motion recording (HD 120fps)
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
F2.0 aperture
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, MIDI, MP3, M4A, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3G2 / 3GPP2, AVI, FLV, MKV, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
More
Additional comments

128 GB variant has 8 GB of RAM

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Critic Reviews


Deccan Chronicle

A no-nonsense smartphone

Deccan Chronicle

It’s certainly a fluid and reliable performer any given day. At Rs 32,999, the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage makes for a smartphone with reasonable value. If a no-nonsense smartphone is your primary requirement at this time of the year, then the OnePlus 5T is definitely recommendable.

Read full review

It’s certainly a fluid and reliable performer any given day. At Rs 32,999, the base variant with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage makes for a smartphone with reasonable value. If a no-nonsense smartphone is your primary requirement at this time of the year, then the OnePlus 5T is definitely recommendable.

Read full review

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G Style Magazine

Best Android smartphone at $500

from G Style Magazine

For its fair price point you getting close to the latest tech inside, swift updates really only comparable to Google and a decent camera. Even though it has been recently pulled off the shelves if you can get your hands on one I recommend it if you don’t want to bring the bank on the high end flagships.

Read full review

For its fair price point you getting close to the latest tech inside, swift updates really only comparable to Google and a decent camera. Even though it has been recently pulled off the shelves if you can get your hands on one I recommend it if you don’t want to bring the bank on the high end flagships.

Read full review

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BGR

The reliable one

from BGR

OnePlus may not have it absolutely spot on in many departments, including camera and a handful of other premium features that the company tends not to offer on its devices. However, there’s very little that compares to a OnePlus smartphone when it comes to performance.

Read full review

OnePlus may not have it absolutely spot on in many departments, including camera and a handful of other premium features that the company tends not to offer on its devices. However, there’s very little that compares to a OnePlus smartphone when it comes to performance.

Read full review

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Android Central

Still the phone to beat

from Android Central

There's a reason the OnePlus 5T is the phone to beat in this category — it not only excels at the hardware side of things, but also when it comes to the software. Sure, the camera isn't quite as good as that of the Galaxy S9 or the Pixel 2, but it's still one of the better options available in this segment.

Read full review

There's a reason the OnePlus 5T is the phone to beat in this category — it not only excels at the hardware side of things, but also when it comes to the software. Sure, the camera isn't quite as good as that of the Galaxy S9 or the Pixel 2, but it's still one of the better options available in this segment.

Read full review

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KitGuru

Price to performance king

from KitGuru

For someone who wants a really fast, clean Android phone, the OnePlus 5T is still a very impressive device considering its asking price. I’d happily use one as my daily driver if camera quality wasn’t such a big factor for me. If it’s not a big factor for you, though, I don’t think it gets much better than the 5T.

Read full review

For someone who wants a really fast, clean Android phone, the OnePlus 5T is still a very impressive device considering its asking price. I’d happily use one as my daily driver if camera quality wasn’t such a big factor for me. If it’s not a big factor for you, though, I don’t think it gets much better than the 5T.

Read full review

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TechNave

The phone for big screen lovers

from TechNave

Still a pretty good phone but it may not be a justified upgrade from the OnePlus 5. Granted, it has powerful specifications, the big 6.01-inch display is great for entertainment and reading, but the camera part is a bit of a let down

Read full review

Still a pretty good phone but it may not be a justified upgrade from the OnePlus 5. Granted, it has powerful specifications, the big 6.01-inch display is great for entertainment and reading, but the camera part is a bit of a let down

Read full review

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Android Guys

Still a premium experience on the affordable side

from Android Guys

You’re guaranteed to have a real blast, because it’s a remarkable phone, it truly is. It’s lightning fast, takes advantage of a surprisingly good Face Unlock feature, has a great display and includes all the goodness OxygenOS has to offer, all at a price that can still be considered competitive.

Read full review

You’re guaranteed to have a real blast, because it’s a remarkable phone, it truly is. It’s lightning fast, takes advantage of a surprisingly good Face Unlock feature, has a great display and includes all the goodness OxygenOS has to offer, all at a price that can still be considered competitive.

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Gadgets Now

The worthy heir apparent

from Gadgets Now

The smartphone comes with a starting price tag of Rs 32,999 and offers all the essential and high-end specifications that one is looking for.

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The smartphone comes with a starting price tag of Rs 32,999 and offers all the essential and high-end specifications that one is looking for.

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Notebookcheck

The flagship killer is back

from Notebookcheck

The OnePlus 5T is a great smartphone for smart spenders: A good price, low power consumption and a great price-performance ratio. The OnePlus 5T is currently one of the fastest smartphones available that also offers a very durable battery, good speakers and great cameras.

Read full review

The OnePlus 5T is a great smartphone for smart spenders: A good price, low power consumption and a great price-performance ratio. The OnePlus 5T is currently one of the fastest smartphones available that also offers a very durable battery, good speakers and great cameras.

Read full review

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WPCentral

The (new) best Android for Windows phone converts

from WPCentral

If you're still using a Windows phone and looking to switch, I highly recommend the OnePlus 5T. It's affordable, the software isn't a confusing mess, and the phone feels great in the hand.

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If you're still using a Windows phone and looking to switch, I highly recommend the OnePlus 5T. It's affordable, the software isn't a confusing mess, and the phone feels great in the hand.

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