OnePlus is on a roll these days. Only recently, IDC quarterly mobile tracker report said that the brand commands 62.2 per cent market share in the premium smartphone segment in India.
This has left the likes of Apple and Samsung baffled.
Now, they have come up with their latest flagship smartphone – the OnePlus 5T. It is a slight improvement over the existing OnePlus 5 but has already created quite a buzz in the market.
For starters, the OnePlus 5T features a 6 inch Optic AMOLED display with around 80 per cent screen to body ratio. This essentially means minimum bezel on the front. Thus, they had to shift the finger print scanner to the back. This, according to me, is a better placement of the scanner as it helps unlock the phone with a single hand.
Another new feature which was not present in the OnePlus 5 is the presence of the face unlock in the 5T. Do remember, there are no special sensors on the front of this smartphone like the ones found on the iPhone X. So, the phone memorizes the face pattern over time. The company itself claims that it is not a foolproof method and they have not added the face unlock feature to sensitive apps like payments and transactions.
Further, the phone boasts of other high end specifications like Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 6 GB/ 8 GB RAM. The back camera has dual 16 MP + 20 MP lens with the first sensor being a Sony IMX. The aperture size of f/1.7 means more light and better quality images with lesser amount of noise. 4K recording is also possible. The front facing camera is a 16 MP one which is capable of recording full HD videos.
Moving ahead towards another strong point of this phone – the Dash charger. At a rating of 5V-4A, the phone essentially gets charged upto 63 per cent or more in a matter of minutes. This is a big boon for people like me who are constantly on the move and hate to leave their phone plugged in for an hour or more.
Playing it safe, OnePlus has kept the price of its latest offering similar to the previous generation phone. At a price point of Rs 33,000, the 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage variant is a strong contender in the premium segment. If you want more storage space, you can always go for the 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage space variant by paying Rs 38,000.
The company is neither the first one to provide end to end display nor does it offer anything unique in particular. saying that, the loyalty that it generated from its first generation OnePlus device remains strong. The fact that they have always positioned themselves in the premium segment has clicked for the company. All this coming from the likes of young founders – Carl Pei and Pete Lau and an even younger company (4 years old), speaks tons about how the millennials are shaping our world.