Two tech blogs have leaked detailed information about the OnePlus 5T, which is set to launch in New York in a few days. And based on the voluminous leaked materials, we pretty much know everything we need to know about this upcoming affordable flagship.
Put simply, it looks great.
Design. As has been long rumored, the OnePlus 5T adopts the tall (18:9) aspect ratio/near bezel-less design of other modern smartphone flagships. But it’s more like a Google Pixel 2 XL than a Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+/Note8 in that the screen doesn’t curve around the left and right edges. OnePlus at least avoided the awkwardness of the iPhone X’s notch, which was the right decision.
Home button. Thanks to this new design, OnePlus has removed the Home button from the front of the device. And they’ve wisely placed it on the back, where it belongs. In doing so, they’ve avoided another iPhone X awkwardness: Its reliance on facial scanning. They also avoided a Samsung mistake by correctly placing that Home button in the center top back, away from the cameras, and where one’s finger will naturally fall.
Specs. Most of this has leaked already, but the OnePlus 5T will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6 or 8 GB o RAM (depending on model), and 64 or 128 GB of storage. That’s all good, but it looks like this device will only have a single speaker, which is unfortunate.
Display. In keeping with OnePlus’s tradition of using lower-resolution displays to improve battery life, the 6-inch OnePlus 5T AMOLED display will offer a resolution of 2160 x 1080. (By comparison, the 6-inch Pixel 2 XL’s resolution is 2880 x 1440.) It adapts automatically to work well in sunlight.
Cameras. The dual rear camera system includes a 16 MP Sony wide angle lens and a 20 MP Sony lens that is optimized for low-light photos. Looking at the specs of the current OnePlus 5, it appears that the wide angle lens is the same as on the OnePlus 5, but the second camera is quite different; it was a telephoto lens previously. (The front-facing camera is unchanged from the original OnePlus 5.) It supports a Portrait Mode, as one would expect these days.
Unique OnePlus hardware features. Like the OnePlus 5, the 5T will include an Alert Slider and Dash Charge fast-charging.
Dual-SIM. The phone in the leaked reviewer’s kits includes a dual-nano SIM tray so you can use two SIMs at once.
Cases. As with previous OnePlus smartphones, the OnePlus 5T will be served by a healthy collection of protective cases, including some that look like wood or carbon fiber.
Availability. OnePlus 5T availability will be worldwide—the marketing materials list numerous countries in North America, Europe, and Asia—starting November 21.
There are many more details to be had, of course, but I wanted to be respectful of OnePlus. That said, this handset looks fantastic. I’m looking forward to reviewing it.