The OnePlus 5T has been launched in India, going on sale at 4:30pm IST via Amazon India only for Prime members. It will become available on November 28 in a sale open to the general public, meaning buyers won't have to be Amazon Prime members to purchase it. Buyers can also head to OnePlusStore.in and OnePlus Experience Store to get their hands on the OnePlus 5T. The new flagship takes on the likes of Xiaomi Mi MIX 2, Nokia 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and Samsung Galaxy Note 8 with a competitive price tag and features. The highlight of the OnePlus 5T, of course, is the new bezel-less design, larger display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and improved cameras.
In our OnePlus 5T review, we found the device to be a marginal upgrade over the OnePlus 5, with new features but none that buyers of modern phones desperately need. Nonetheless, the rear camera setup does a better job at lowlight photos. And if your phone is more than two years old, the OnePlus 5T is definitely worth considering as an upgrade. You can watch the video below for the detailed review of the handset.
The OnePlus 5T price in India starts at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM/ 64GB inbuilt storage variant, and goes up to Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/ 128GB inbuilt storage variant. It will only be available in a Midnight Black colour variant.
OnePlus has detailed OnePlus 5T launch offers that it says will be available through all sales channels, and not just for Amazon Prime members. These include Rs. 1,500 cashback for HDFC Bank credit and debit card users; 1,008GB 4G mobile data offer from Idea (gives users access to a Rs. 357 per month pack with 2GB data per day, for 18 months); 1-year free membership to Zomato Gold; a complimentary 12-month Servify accidental damage insurance plan (requires installing Kotak 811 app and activating with a Rs. 1,000 deposit during introductory period); Rs. 500 credit on the Kindle store, and finally, Rs. 300 Amazon Pay balance cashback on new Amazon Prime customers, apart from Rs. 250 Amazon Pay balance when video is streamed via the Prime Video app.
The Chinese firm has also introduced a Referral Leaderboard, valid between November 21 and November 30, which provides Rs. 1,000 off on OnePlus accessories to referred OnePlus 5T buyers on the OnePlus online store, and 200 redeemable points to the referrer per referral.
OnePlus 5T specifications and features
Refreshing the specifications, the OnePlus 5T supports dual-SIM cards and runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It sports Face Unlock feature which the company says is based on advanced facial recognition algorithms. There's a fingerprint scanner at the back panel as well. Notably, the OnePlus 5T foregoes the hardware capacitive buttons that have been a staple on the offerings from the Chinese company.
The OnePlus 5T features a 6.01-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) Full Optic AMOLED with an 18:9 aspect ratio, 401ppi pixel density, and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The display also supports sRGB and DCI-P3 colour gamuts. Just like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC, clocked at up to 2.45GHz, paired with either 6GB or 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.
The OnePlus 5T sports a primary sensor that is almost identical to the OnePlus 5, of 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 with 1.12-micron pixels, and an aperture of f/1.7. The secondary sensor is a 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K which replaces the 20-megapixel Sony IMX350 sensor which came paired with a telephoto lens. Both have the same focal length, of 27.22mm. Unlike OnePlus 5, the company is now targeting low-light conditions more than the portrait mode. OnePlus also claimed that the new 5T features 'Intelligent Pixel Technology' for capturing more light in low-light situations. At the front there's again a 16-megapixel Sony IMX371 sensor, also seen on the OnePlus 5. The OnePlus 5T is backed by a 3300mAh non-removable battery and supports the company's Dash Charge fast charging.