OnePlus 5T goes on sale; Idea offering 1000 GB data for 18 months and all other offers

BT Online   New Delhi     Last Updated: November 28, 2017  | 11:53 IST
OnePlus 5T launched with bigger 6.0-inch AMOLED screen, 8GB RAM, and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor; price starts at Rs 32,999 in India

OnePlus revealed the OnePlus 5T at an event in New York last week. Now, the device that has been touted by many as the true flagship killer is hitting Indian markets today.

The One Plus 5T has officially gone on sale on Amazon India and is still in stock. The device will come with various offers from partnering telecom operators and banks. OnePlus is also offering the updated flagship on its official website.

The e-tailer is offering an instant discount of Rs 1,500 on payment with HDFC debit and credit cards. Amazon is also offering Rs 500 worth of promotion credits to buy Kindle e-books. Idea customers will get 1000GB data for 18 months. Servify will also offer damage insurance of 12 months free of charge.

The new OnePlus 5T will bring OnePlus back as a top contender in the premium smartphone segment. The year 2017 has undeniably been the year of bezel-less screens. OnePlus despite being in the premium segment was missing out on the biggest trend. The OnePlus 5T is here to take care of that. OnePlus 5T launched with 6-inch optic AMOLED screen with extremely narrow bezels.

The company claimed that they entered the race late but that doesn't necessarily mean that it's a bad thing. Referencing to the recent issues faced by Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X, OnePlus assured its customers that the OnePlus 5T was given ample amount to time to be free of issues.

During the launch event, OnePlus was quick to take a dig on Apple's and Google's recent failure with OLED and AMOLED displays. Another big change, the camera comes with substantial upgrades to the portrait mode and low-light imagery. With aggressive prices comparable to last year, OnePlus aims to tackle industry giants like Google, Apple and Samsung by offering a similar package in almost half the price.  

Display

The 6-inch optic AMOLED display leaves out narrow bezels on all four sides on the device. The increased screen size amounts to a 80.5 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The company has placed all the sensors and the 16Megapixel camera above the display. For protection, OnePlus has used Gorilla Glass 5.

The OnePlus 5T will be first device from the company to feature an immersive display with a resolution of 18:9. The screen has been equipped with SUnlight Display which adjusts to the ambient light and activity to create optimum viewing experience.

Processor and performance

OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 internals are identical as far as processing power is concerned. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset clocked at 2.45GHz coupled with Adreno 540 GPU. This comes paired with 6GB RAM for the 64GB internal storage variant, and the higher 128GB variant gets 8GB of RAM.

The OnePlus 5T will be running OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. App launching speeds have been improved too, OnePlus claims, with the refined Oxygen OS with App Priority feature, newly incorporated in the OxygenOS.

Camera

The OnePlus 5T camera has been touted as a low-light expert and that might be true considering that the primary camera comes with aperture of F/1.7. Within the dual-camera setup, the device houses one 20Megapixel sensor and another 16Megapixel module.

Another aspect that the compnay has improved with the dual camera on OnePlus 5T is portrait photography. The OnePlus 5T also comes with refined Electronic Image Stability (EIS) for better video and image stabilisation.

Snap of a video shot with OnePlus 5T using EIS

Features

With the 5T, OnePlus is bringing Face Unlock feature, which the company claims can unlock the device in 0.4 seconds flat. The feature detects eyes and nose contours of the user and delivers 99 per cent success rate even with scarves or while making funny faces. The Face Unlock, however, canot be used with apps dealing with with sensitive information payment details, for the sake of data security.

For connectivity, it will have a USB 2.0 Type-C jack and a 3.5mm audio jack. The OnePlus 5T will come with a dual-nano SIM slot too. It also comes with an easily accesible Alert Slider which can be used even when the phone inside a pocket to toggle between three notification settings - Ring, Do Not Disturb and Silent.

Design

OnePlus has designed the OnePlus 5T with a single metal chasis with optimised ergonomics to save the device from looking like "an uninspired brick". The OnePlus 5T comes with a arced design which makes the phone more ergonomic and flexible.

Also, as the home screen has been dumped to make space for a larger screen on the OnePlus 5T, the fingerprint sensor has been shifted to the back.

Battery

The OnePlus 5T will be powered by a 3,300mAh battery equipped with Dash Charging, which is capable of can deliver up to 19 per cent battery in as little as 6 minutes.

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