OnePlus 5T hands-on review

Orlin Milinov, 15 November 2017.

Camera

The OnePlus 5T has a dual camera on its back, and it's a solution we haven't seen before: both cameras have the same focal length equivalent and see the world in color. So it's not a zoom-capable setup like on the Galaxy Note8 or the iPhones, and it's not a color/monochrome pair like Huawei does (and Xiaomi, on occasion). The idea is that in low light the phone combines photos from the two cameras in an attempt to improve image quality.

Oneplus 5T hands-on review

The primary camera is a 16MP unit, while the secondary one is 20MP, both sensors courtesy of Sony, and both paired with f/1.7 aperture lenses. You're still getting a 2x toggle in the viewfinder, but it's digital zooming as both lenses have the same focal length and field of view.

We took a few quick shots around the office to get some first impressions, and things are looking good (we're not talking about the weather, obviously). Here's a sampler.

Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 125, 1/280s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 125, 1/324s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 500, 1/100s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 320, 1/50s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 2000, 1/25s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Camera samples - f/1.7, ISO 1600, 1/33s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Camera samples

We also went out for some night shots around the usual locations. We won't be passing any verdicts just yet, but the results look promising.

Low light samples - f/1.7, ISO 3200, 1/17s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Low light samples - f/1.7, ISO 5000, 1/17s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Low light samples - f/1.7, ISO 1600, 1/20s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Low light samples

The lack of a telephoto cam doesn't mean there's no portrait mode, on the contrary. It gives you an approximate live preview, but the end result is only visible later in the gallery.

Portrait samples - f/1.7, ISO 500, 1/50s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Portrait samples - f/1.7, ISO 250, 1/50s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Portrait samples

Of course, you can use it to isolate subjects that aren't people.

Portrait mode used for non-portraits - f/1.7, ISO 640, 1/50s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Portrait mode used for non-portraits - f/1.7, ISO 320, 1/50s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Portrait mode used for non-portraits

Some people would only take a selfie with the rear camera in a mirror, but the rest would be curious to learn that the selfie camera on the OnePlus 5t is unchanged from the previous model - it's another Sony contribution, a 16MP sensor behind a f/2.0 lens. Down below, you can find a couple of samples.

Selfie samples - f/2.0, ISO 125, 1/25s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review Selfie samples - f/2.0, ISO 160, 1/25s - Oneplus 5T hands-on review
Selfie samples

Benchmarks

We like synthetic benchmarks as much as the next guy - who doesn't enjoy putting a number to signify performance and ponder over differences in the single-digit percentages. So here is how the OnePlus 5t performs in a few of our favorite benchmark apps. Granted, it's using the best silicone Qualcomm has to offer this year, so performance is quite expectedly top notch.

GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    10037
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    6784
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
    6783
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    6754
  • OnePlus 5T
    6701
  • Huawei Mate 10
    6625
  • OnePlus 5
    6604
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    6590
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    6541
  • HTC U11
    6393
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    6301
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    5460

GeekBench 4.1 (single-core)

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    4232
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    1987
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    1986
  • OnePlus 5T
    1960
  • OnePlus 5
    1932
  • HTC U11
    1919
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
    1902
  • Huawei Mate 10
    1882
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    1862
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    1840
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    1836
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    1832

AnTuTu 6

Higher is better

  • Apple iPhone 8 Plus
    188766
  • OnePlus 5
    180331
  • OnePlus 5T
    179790
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
    178510
  • HTC U11
    177343
  • Huawei Mate 10
    175426
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    175153
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    174070
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    172425
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    168133
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    144462
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    144223

Basemark X

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S8+
    43862
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
    40890
  • Huawei Mate 10
    40809
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
    40232
  • OnePlus 5
    38844
  • OnePlus 5T
    38656
  • Sony Xperia XZ1
    38583
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
    38507
  • HTC U11
    38399
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8 (SD 835)
    37211
  • Samsung Galaxy S8+ (SD 835)
    34951

That seems to be all for now. We're busy writing the review applying the usual level of scrutiny and getting all the numbers, the truly important ones too, so stay tuned.