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The OnePlus 5T, on first look, seems like a great phone. Not so much if you recently purchased a OnePlus 5 though. For obvious reasons. Launched in June, the OnePlus 5, was well until last night OnePlus' best phone yet. The equation changed last night, when OnePlus launched a souped up version of it , aka the OnePlus 5T. Not a lot has changed, and yet, the OnePlus 5T now seems like a phone that the OnePlus 5 should have been in the first place. The OnePlus 5T, if I was to be brief with you, comes with an upgraded design and an upgraded dual rear camera system. Most importantly, the OnePlus 5T costs as much as the OnePlus 5 meaning OnePlus will be looking to discontinue the latter, in the days to come.
But before we talk of the differences, a few words about the similarities. There are many similarities too between the two phones, the most striking of them is the price. The OnePlus 5T has been launched at the same price at which the OnePlus 5 was launched. This means it will cost Rs 32,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage version, whereas the price for the 128GB storage and 8GB RAM variant is Rs 37,999. In other words, it also means that the OnePlus 5 has been discontinued and once its current stock has been exhausted, it won't be available in the market.
Then there are similarities in the design, in the software and in the feature set between the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5. Even the core hardware - the snapdragon 835, up to 8GB RAM and internal storage of up to 128GB - is same. So what are the differences? Why OnePlus has decided to announce its new phone.
Well, here are the big differences between the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5. To be precise, 5 big ones.

Different screen

The biggest difference between the OnePlus 5T and the OnePlus 5 is the screen. Not only the screen is bigger in the OnePlus 5T - it measures 6 inches diagonally - it is also brighter, shows punchier colours and has higher resolution, although given the increase in size it is not necessarily sharper in terms of pixel per inch. And it has a different aspect ratio. Whereas the OnePlus 5 came with a screen had the regular 16:9 aspect ratio, the OnePlus 5T is different. It comes with a screen that has an aspect ratio of 18:9, which is a slimmer screen as well as taller. Also, the OnePlus 5T has a higher screen to body ratio of around 80 per cent. In comparison, the screen to body ratio of the OnePlus 5 is around 74 per cent. the higher screen to body ratio means the OnePlus 5T looks really striking with the screen dominating the front of the phone.

Different camera

The rear camera hardware in the OnePlus 5 and the OnePlus 5T is different. The OnePlus 5 has dual-camera system with the main camera using a 16-megapixel sensor and the secondary camera using a 20 megapixel sensor. In the OnePlus 5T it is the same. But the 20-megapixel is new image sensor that is, according to OnePlus, is tuned for better low light photos. Additionally there are differences in the lenses. Just like the OnePlus 5, the OnePlus 5T too comes with an F1.7 lens that has 27mm focal length on its main camera. But the second lens is different. There is no optical zoom this time. The OnePlus 5 had a zoom lens with focal length of around 35mm. this lens had a F2.4 lens. This is gone. The OnePlus 5T has a regular 27mm lens on its 20-megapixel camera. This lens has a F1.7 lens. As a result the camera module in the OnePlus 5T is slightly bigger than the one in the OnePlus 5. OnePlus says that hardware changes mean the OnePlus 5T will click better low-light photos. We will test the claim in our OnePlus 5T review.

Face unlocking

This is a new feature. The OnePlus 5t uses the front facing camera and a few software tricks to track and identify a user's face. this allows unlocking of the phone using Face ID. It is very fast, and that is an understatement.

Fingerprint sensor

The OnePlus 5 has a fingerprint scanner. The OnePlus 5T also has a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint sensors in both phones are very fast at reading prints. But that is where similarities end. The OnePlus 5 has a fingerprint on the front, under the screen. it is also a squarish sensor. The fingerprint sensor in the OnePlus 5T is on the back. And it is round. Overall, the OnePlus 5T is better when it comes ti the placement and shape of the fingerprint sensor.

Only one colour. For now

The OnePlus 5 is - or rather was - available in two colours. But the OnePlus 5T is going to be available in just one colour that is midnight black. At least for now. Both the variants, the 6GB RAM and the 8GB RAM, are going to be available only in one colour that is black. At least for now.

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