OnePlus 5T has face unlock, a 6-inch screen, two cameras – CNET

Four months after introducing the OnePlus 5, the phone manufacturer is at it again with its latest marquee phone, the OnePlus 5T.


The dual camera is designed for clearer portraits and low-light shots.

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OnePlus confirmed ahead of the launch event that the 5T will keep its headset jack, a port that’s now an endangered species on high-end phones. The company has also now confirmed at the unveiling on Thursday in New York that the 5T has dual rear cameras and the thin bezels that give the 6-inch screen a larger screen-to-body ratio that are so in right now.

The OnePlus 5T goes on sale Nov. 21 and starts at $500 for the 64GB version — see the pricing breakdown below.

OnePlus has made a name for itself creating high-value handsets that undercut premium phones such as Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus. But phone prices have crept up as OnePlus has added pricier components, including a second camera on the back, to keep pace with ballooning prices on the high end. Compared to a $950 or $1,000 Galaxy Note 8 or iPhone X, OnePlus hopes buyers find its $500 and $560 handsets comparatively reasonable.

The OnePlus 5T goes after Apple’s iPhone X with face unlock, which the company says will work with 99 percent accuracy so long as it can see your eyes and nose. It’s not secure, though, and won’t work for mobile payments. For that, you’ll need to use the fingerprint reader on the back.

OnePlus 5T prices

OnePlus 5T prices around the world

64GB version $499 £449 Converts to $658 499
128GB version $559 £499 Converts to $737 559
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OnePlus 5T hardware specs

  • 6-inch AMOLED screen, 18:9 ratio display
  • Dual 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel rear cameras that focus on low-light and portrait photography
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Up to 8GB RAM
  • Face unlock (not secure enough for mobile payments)
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Slider button on side controls notifications
  • 3.5 millimeter headphone jack
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat (Android 8.0 Oreo beta will come in late December)

Like other OnePlus phones, the 5T runs a relatively clean version of Android — called OxygenOS — that doesn’t throw a lot of extra apps and skins on top of the software. OnePlus claims this gives phone owners up to 20 percent greater power efficiency. 

This is a developing story that we’ll flesh out with photos and hands on impressions just as soon as we have them. Come back soon!

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