The much anticipated OnePlus 5 was finally unveiled globally earlier this week. Just like in the past, even the company’s latest flagship offers the latest smartphone technology, at almost half the price compared to flagships from Samsung and Apple. Most of its key specs were already known even before the handset’s official unveiling. That said, we were a tad disappointed that it didn’t get a bezel-free display, a feature earlier predicted by the rumor mill.
Apart from that, it features the latest smartphone technology with the new Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB/8GB of class-leading RAM, along with Adreno 540 GPU. Another highlight of the new OnePlus 5 is its dual-lens camera setup. But the million dollar question happens to be, is it a worthy upgrade over its predecessor – the OnePlus 3T? Let’s find out.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Design and Display
The OnePlus 5 looks unlike any OnePlus phones of the past. The phone’s design aesthetics appear to be a mish-mash of the iPhone 7 and the Oppo R11. OnePlus 3T measures 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.35mm and weigh 158 grams, making it a slightly taller and a bit heavy than the OnePlus 5. OnePlus 3T has a refreshing design, whereas the OnePlus 5 resembles a lot the iPhone 7 Plus.
That said, the display is same as its predecessor. It features the same 5.5 inch AMOLED screen with a Full HD resolution and a pixel density of 401ppi. However, it gets the latest Corning Glass 5 for protection against accidental drops and scratches.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Hardware and Features
OnePlus smartphones of the past were equipped with the latest top-end processors. The same happens to be the case with the OnePlus 5. It gets powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, as opposed to the OnePlus 3T which features Snapdragon 821.
Elsewhere, the OnePlus 5 is offered in a choice of two models – one featuring 6GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage, while the other features 8GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage. Even its graphical prowess gets overhauled with Adreno 540 compared to Adreno 530 found on its predecessor.
That said, the OnePus 5 gets fueled by a 3300mAh battery, as opposed to the OnePlus 3T which features a 3400mAh battery. Both devices feature the company’s proprietary Dash Charging technology.
Elsewhere, the OnPlus 5 gets upgraded with Bluetooth 5 which consumes less power thereby improving battery life.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Android and OS
OnePlus 5 runs on OxygenOS, a slightly tweaked version of Android based on Nougat 7.1.1.Though for the most part, what you get is near stock Android experience. On the other hand, even the OnePlus 3T runs on Oxygen OS, implying that the software experience on both devices is almost similar. That said, OnePlus 5 does offer a slew of new features such as the reading mode, expanded screenshots, translucent app drawer, along with an auto night mode.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Camera
According to OnePlus, the highlight of the OnePlus 5 is its camera. The smartphone packs a dual-lens primary camera, one featuring a 16MP Sony sensor with f/1.7 aperture while the other is a 20MP telephoto lens. Elsewhere, the OnePlus 5’s camera comes with the ability to take bokeh shots in Portrait mode, offers up to 8X zoom, along with 4K video support.
In comparison, the OnePlus 3T features a 16MP single-lens primary camera with f/2.0 aperture, OIS, autofocus, along with 4K video support.However, both smartphones feature a 16MP front facing shooter for taking selfies and video calling.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Price
The base model of the OnePlus 5 featuring 6GB RAM/64GB storage is slightly more expensive than the OnePlus 3T. The 64GB model gets a price tag of $479, while the 128GB model will cost $549. Meanwhile, at launch, the 64GB variant of the OnePlus 3T was priced at $439.
OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T Verdict
The OnePlus 5 has what it takes to make it a solid Android flagship. It packs a lot of processing power thanks to Snapdragon 835 processor bundled class-leading LPDDR4 RAM and Adreno 540 GPU. But does it call for an upgrade? Well, we’d say it doesn’t give OnePlus 3T users a compelling reason to upgrade to the OnePlus 5. But even if you decide to upgrade, you won’t be disappointed.