OnePlus 5T Leaks Ahead of Launch, and It Looks Great

Posted on November 11, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 20 Comments

OnePlus 5T Leaks Ahead of Launch, and It Looks Great

Source: ZDNet Germany

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.

Based on a crazy number of photographs provided by ZDNet Germany (since removed but mirrored at Android Police) and OnePlus 5T News, we now know the following.

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.


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20 responses to “OnePlus 5T Leaks Ahead of Launch, and It Looks Great”

  1. Lars lalaa

    Ya it looks great because it’s a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 on the picture :) 

  2. shanahben

    The phone in the photo is the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2.

  3. nbplopes

    Interesting that the picture opening the post does not coincide with actual pictures of the device in Android Police.

    I am confused.

  4. wocowboy

    The 5T avoided the "notch" because it doesn't have facial recognition and the required FaceID sensors that the iPhone X does, and design dictates that those sensors have to go somewhere. If they were placed in a large bezel at the top of the iPhone X that goes all the way across the screen, all the pundits, including Paul, would be going wild about how horribly large that bezel was, so Apple made the right decision imho. From my experience after using the iPhone X for a couple weeks now, that notch fades away and you forget it's there, as a lot of reviewers who have actually used the reviewed the device have noted. Bad-mouthing something when you haven't actually touched or used a device is bad form. A side note, Paul's absolute refusal to even acknowledge that the iPhone X even exists or even mention it except in passing is getting more laughable with each passing day.

  5. olavgm

    I'm sorry, but the home button on the back is not "where it belongs". It belongs at the front of the device, where it can be easily pressed without needing to hold the device in an awkward position.

  6. RoHo

    5T looks good especially at the leaked price I saw at $479 for the base 5T. Shows how much Apple, Samsung and Pixel are gouging their customers.

  7. jgoraya

    Will this work on Verizon? I've been wanting this phone but if it doesn't work on Verizon I'm going down the Essential PH-1 path.

  8. Usman

    That's the mi mix 2, not the One Plus 5T

  9. Stooks

    iPhone X and avoid Android all together.

  10. ponsaelius

    I understand that OnePlus is part of the Chinese based Oppo. They have released two flagship phones in a year. They have intelligent marketing, a somewhat "insurgent" style of presenting themselves, sell from the web with few carrier partners and seem to be able to exist on a fanbase.

    Microsoft couldn't even produce one flagship phone a year with double digit market share in Europe and beyond. When you look at Oneplus it highlights how utterly useless Microsoft were at creating, marketing and selling first party mobile devices.

    • DaddyBrownJr

      In reply to ponsaelius:

      Microsoft was pioneering a new mobile platform and ecosystem. OnePlus is a me-too knockoff Android company. I don't see how they can be compared at any level.

    • Rcandelori

      In reply to ponsaelius:

      The question is, does OnePlus make any money? There's no evidence to suggest it is a profitable enterprise for BBK Electronics (OPPO).

      But, you do make some good points. Microsoft wasn't particularly agile once they assumed control of Nokia's smartphone division. They had a particular focus on churning out low end devices, whilst leaving the high end of the market to wither and they lost a tonne of money in the process. And that's ignoring issues like lack of apps and features present on Apple and Android phones.

      Ultimately, Microsoft is a business. I mean, it's nice to be propped up by the Chinese communist party, but in the rest of the world, businesses are expected to be profitable.

      • melinau

        In reply to Rcandelori:

        Apple Google, MS et al are ALL "propped up" by the Communist Party of China. That's why phones retailing for £1,000 in UK are largely manufactured for less than $300.

  11. Daninbusiness

    Any idea if this phone has water resistance? That would be nice. Though given the price point I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s a feature OnePlus chose to omit.

  12. Davor Radman

    Yeah, I wish it looked like this. I like these rounded corners a lot.