OnePlus 5T review: Just a facelift, this is not

Posted:  February 14, 2018   By:    8 comments   

But they didn’t “fix” everything, did they?

No. Unfortunately, they did not. OnePlus did not add IP68/IP67 dust and water resistance to the 5T. Nor did they add stereo speakers. But those are fairly situational and are definitely things you can learn to live with fairly painlessly. Especially the single speaker because it’s easily one of the best sounding single speakers I’ve heard on a smartphone. It gets really loud but doesn’t distort at max volume — at least, not to my ears.

However, the most upsetting thing they left out of the list of upgrades is the battery capacity. OnePlus stubbornly stuck with a 3,300 mAh cell despite having the opportunity to give it a 300-400 mAh boost in capacity like they did with the OnePlus 3T.

Through my daily usage, the 5T pulls relatively similar numbers to the 5 despite the larger screen. I think on average I was losing at most 20 minutes of screen-on-time on my really heavy days, while lighter days were pretty similar. This meant I was getting on average close to 4 hours and 30 minutes of screen-on-time with over 12 hours of time on battery.

Still above average, but imagine how much better it could have been with a 4,000 mAh cell. Talk about missed opportunities, because I really wouldn’t have minded a slightly thicker phone if space was their issue.

I was also a little disappointed that the the unit I reviewed only came running Android Nougat out of the box. Sure, OnePlus’ skin on top of Android is one of my favourites but I would have liked to see Android Oreo on the 5T out of the box especially with the subtle notifications shade adjustments and the other under the hood goodies that come with Android 8.0.

So, is it worth my money?

Even into early 2018, I still think that the base OnePlus 5 is a device worth considering when you’re buying a brand new handset. On paper, it’s still a very capable device. Under the hood the handset has the same kind of capable specs its predecessor did, with a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.

Couple that with the improvements (screen, camera) and the fact that they retained a lot of what made the old device good (performance, headphone jack, build, stock-like OS), and you’ve got a really solid flagship smartphone experience. But the best part is that you can get all of that for a pretty killer price. The unit I reviewed will officially set you back RM2,449 for 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, but you can easily find more affordable variants online at sites like Lazada or DirectD.

And with such good performance per ringgit, it’s kind of hard to say this is a bad buy even now. Sure, the new crop of flagship handsets are just around the corner but those phones will almost certainly be way more expensive and may only hit our shores in a couple of months.

If you’re someone who needs a new phone right now, you won’t be disappointed with the OnePlus 5T. It’s a marked improvement over the original 5 — so much so that I feel a little bad for OnePlus 5 owners — which was already an excellent smartphone and a killer value proposition. However, if you’re already on the 5 and are considering this as an upgrade option, I wouldn’t recommend it. Wait for the 6 instead.

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8 Comments for OnePlus 5T review: Just a facelift, this is not


Better to buy this or Honor View10? Bcoz the price range is quite the same. Please help me decide thx.


    If you want better camera, Honor View10 is better. But they say you can improve Oneplus 5T camera by using ported Google Camera APK. Other than that, I think Oneplus 5T is better in most aspects.


    5T if u dont really care about the user details scandal


Sorry, no to Oneplus with the personal data stealing scandal and credit card security breach.

Oneplus no longer a flagship killer starting with the Oneplus 5. Honor 8 Pro and now Honor View 10 has dethroned this absurd overpriced phone.

Honor has just barely starting to reign as a new flagship killer.


    Overpriced? Got mine for rm1.9k. SD835, 6", 6gb ram and fast updates.


      Honor V10 malaysian set is now RM1.7k-RM1.8k for a new unit. Still cheaper than 5T when both are compared in online price and RRP price.

      And V10 comes with Project Treble support. The kernel source code is also released few days ago for people to mod so updates and customisation are in check.

      Both phones are great, but V10 somehow better this time.

        katak pretend swan

        you are right, honor view 10 similar to oneplus 5t. honor win by AI embeded. oneplus win by nearly stock android. both are great phone in these kind of price range.

katak pretend swan

good review but can go further detail.

unlock the phone – face unlock + fingerprint + double tap to wake screen make perfect unlocking the phone no matter what position the phone are.

ambient display – similar to AOD. better than AOD because does not drain out battery

IP67/68 – i used to be a fan for this feature, but once you got it, you will realise actually this feature doen’t matter. imagine you go swimming or waterpark, it is very annoy to bring a phone. you cant even enjoy just to think where should keep the phone safely to avoid been stolen. ppl doesn’t take under water photo too. for me, i never come across ppl compare underwater picture quality when they do review. do you really drop a phone to show your fren its IP68? even with IP68, ppl still take good care of their phone. splash proof shld be enough for the phone.

in developer setting, turn off all 3 animation setting. you will see the different in performance.

with rm2200 (11strts), its a good deal to have SD835+128GB+8GB.