OnePlus 5T: They forgot to upgrade one massive feature

OnePlus may be launching a Star Wars Edition of its 5T smartphone
     
     
       By Ida Torres

The OnePlus 5T is already shaping up to be everything an upgrade should be.

In the UK, OnePlus is exclusively available through O2, who is accepting pre-orders on the new model from 17:15 on 16 November.

But what exactly has changed? Apparently, the back panel of the phone undergoes two lots of sandblasting before receiving an anti-fingerprint layer.

Obviously, there's not a huge change with the design of the OnePlus 5T, which continues to employ the same design language that the series is known for. Pei said the new "T" line launched roughly six months after the year's flagship is aimed at providing customers the best product possible at the time. The only obvious difference is the presence of a rounded fingerprint scanner just above the OnePlus logo, which was evicted from the front of the phone when OnePlus ditched the physical home button. Flaunting a unibody aluminum body, its construction is undoubtedly solid and feels significantly more durable than its glass meets metal contemporaries. OnePlus 5 was one of the best performing smartphones we tested, and there's no doubt the OnePlus 5T is going to be any different on that front.

The new display is also larger, but it has small bezels all-around, which means that the whole device feels manageable in the hand.

The new OnePlus 5T is excellent - a huge, crisp screen and screaming performance - but it's coming from a company that is dangerously close to annoying its fans and appearing like it has run out of ideas, even though it hasn't.

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It's now powered by the Snapdragon 835 CPU, rather than the 821, and the RAM has been upped from 6 to 8GB in some models.

The device will be available in an early access sale on Amazon, oneplusstore.in and OnePlus experience store in Bengaluru on November 21. After weeks of speculations, and leaks that revealed the phone much in advance, the OnePlus 5T has been launched in India. The 3T, for example, famously added 400 mAh of much-needed battery capacity and improved one of the 3's biggest weaknesses. There are now two sensors, one wide and one zoomed in, to give you more variety with your shots.

This will help with low light photography.

Of course, the goal of the dual-cameras is to offer that cool portrait mode - wherein subjects remain sharp, while the background is blown out with that creamy bokeh effect.

A 16 MP front camera is there in the 5T that can record full HD videos too.

And as with all previous OnePlus phones, the 5T comes with Dash Charge, offering a day's power after being plugged in for just 30 minutes. With the inclusion of USB-C for charging the phone, the temptation is to follow the likes of Apple and ditch the headphone port for an all-in-one slot, yet it's nice to see that giving customers more options is still something OnePlus believes in, at least for this generation. It's a flagship phone with almost everything one would want, but for half the price of the competition. Local storage checks in at either 64GB or 128GB depending on which configuration you get. Well, it's slightly more expensive but considering the obvious updates it's still a great deal.

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