Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus isn’t known to cut costs when marketing the launch of its upcoming flagship smartphones. With a global launch event for the OnePlus 5T scheduled on November 16 in Brooklyn, New York, Indian enthusiasts have also been ‘afforded’ the opportunity to buy tickets for the live stream at select PVR venues across India.
Over the course of the week leading up to the launch, partial details of the OnePlus 5T have emerged, some from the CEO, Pete Lau himself in a blog post, and others through unofficial leaks that pique interest.
However, in what appears to be a case of a ‘reviewer gone rogue’, complete specifications and images of the OnePlus 5T (review unit possibly) have surfaced online.
Supposed improvements in the rear camera department will see the OnePlus 5T replace the Telephoto lens found on the OnePlus 5 with a secondary camera having a large f/1.7 aperture for low-light photography. To capture noise-free images in low-light OnePlus is bringing its Pixel Technology to the 5T. The company claims that with Pixel Tech, the secondary camera on the 5T merges four pixels into one, reducing noise in low light, and as a result improving the image quality.
While the OnePlus 5 takes ‘impressive’ portrait mode photos, the company claims the upgraded version continues with the trend of capturing ‘professional’ depth-of-field or bokeh effect by keeping the subject in focus and blurring the background. Since the new lens on the 5T uses the same focal length 27.22 mm as the main camera, no cropping is required.
On the imaging front, new ‘multiframe’ algorithms compare different frames of the same scene to filter the image in portrait mode for best results.
For the lack of a telephoto lens, software algorithms compensate for a ‘Clear Zoom’ on the OnePlus 5T.
With 18:9 becoming the standard aspect ratio for flagships released in 2017, OnePlus, too, is not too far behind the mark with its Full Optic AMOLED Display having 18:9 aspect ratio. The 6.0-inch form factor along with a Full HD+ resolution ( 1080x 3160 pixels) display translates to a 401 PPI.
OnePlus claims the new display will provide a more ‘immersive viewing experience’ on the 5T without sacrificing on the form factor as seen in its predecessor.
Adhering to the ‘immersive viewing’ experience design language, the company has shifted its fingerprint scanner from the front to the rear of the device, just below the dual-cameras.
The auto brightness feature on the 5T seems to have improved with OnePlus claiming a new software algorithm to adapt the Full Optic AMOLED Display to harsh lighting conditions. In addition, the algorithm works to adjust screen contrast automatically in four ‘common use scenarios’- viewing gallery, taking a photo, recording a video or when playing a game. While playing games, the adaptive algorithm reportedly adjusts screen contrast for optimal gaming experience.
The Chinese OEM has gone with a 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 to shield the AMOLED panel.
OnePlus, while having initially denied to being a subsidiary of Oppo, regulatory filings proved otherwise. Design language used in the Oppo R 11-s bears a striking resemblance to the leaks of the OnePlus 5T.
A tall-body design to incorporate the 18:9 aspect ratio and achieving a near bezel-less display is evident in the leaked images. A small chin/lip points to the fingerprint scanner being shifted to the rear of the device. The OnePlus 5T uses the same Anodized Aluminium material as the ‘5’. Imagine a vertically stretched out ‘5’, and you have the 5T.
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The OnePlus 5T will feature similar internals as its predecessor. Powered by last year’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 GPU, the 5T will most likely ship with two RAM/ storage variants- 6/64GB and 8/128 GB.
There is no excuse, however, for OnePlus’s latest flagship to run Android Nougat 7.1.1 operating system when others such as the Sony Xperia XZ1 and the HTC U11+ ship with Android Oreo 8.0 out of the box. We can expect the 5T to receive the latest Android operating within a month of release.
OnePlus has confirmed that it will be retaining the 3.5 mm headphone jack on the refresh model. No wireless charging on the device, as CEO Lau, in a blog post, explained the reason behind sticking with Dash Charge technology to top up the non-removable 3,300 mAh battery.
The rear camera has two sensors: The main Sony IMX 398 sensor is 16MP with a pixel size of 1.12-micron metre, f/1.7 aperture, and a focal length of 27.22 mm. The secondary IMX 376K sensor which replaces the telephoto lens is 20 MP with a pixel size of 1.0-micron metre, f/1.7 aperture and same focal length as the main sensor.
The dual rear camera setup now supports Electronic Image Stabilisation even at 4K video capture.