Hardware, Storage & Performance –
OnePlus 5T Review
There are two versions of the OnePlus 5T: one with 64GB of storage and 6GB of RAM, and one with 128GB storage and 8GB of RAM. The price difference between the two is around Rs 5,000, which seems more than worth it to us, especially if you’re planning to use this phone for a year or more. There’s no microSD slot, so you won’t be able to add space later, but, what kind of monster are you if 128GB storage falls short of space for you!
Inside, you get the mighty Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with its 8 cores delivering up to 2.45GHz in the space of 10 nanometers. This is paired with top of the line Adreno 540 GPU and Dirac HD sound from the solo bottom-facing speaker.
During our OnePlus 5T Review, performance on the 8GB version was as smooth as ever, handling most tasks and games we threw at it without blinking.
We ran the Geekbench 4 CPU test on the 5T and got very high results: a single-core score of 1962 and a multi-core of 6751, which according to the current rankings would place the 5T squarely at the top of the table. However, benchmarks do not always tell the real time performance of a device so we would advise you to take them with a pinch of salt.
Nonetheless, we can attest to excellent performance on the OnePlus 5T, including in intensive processing and gaming scenarios. The best out there? Sure, right there on top with the biggies.
Software – OnePlus 5T Review
At the time of writing, the OnePlus 5T’s Oxygen OS is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. The update flashed on the screen as soon as we took out the device from the box. OnePlus has always been true to their word when it comes to timely updates. Infact, we like OxygenOS more than stock android owning to some of its great features and how light and zippy it feels. It adds a whole buffet of tweakables, from the LED notification colour to the system font and you can even choose which Bluetooth audio codec you’d like to use, from a menu of three.
There are traditional gestures like flip to mute and double tap to wake, plus new ones like swiping on the fingerprint sensor to pull down the notification shade, or long-pressing on it from the viewfinder to take a photo.
You can still swipe right from the home screen to access the ‘shelf’, otherwise known as OnePlus’s hub for often-used apps and contacts, plus a memo pad and some at-a-glance phone info. All three of the software navigation buttons (back, home and recents) can have a custom double-tap and long-press function added in settings (under ‘Buttons’) and you can swap Back and Recents if you choose, or hide the bar altogether. The double-tap power button camera shortcut is there too and launches satisfyingly fast.
The fingerprint sensor is blistering fast, unlocking the phone almost before you’ve felt its haptic feedback.
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