OnePlus just took the wraps off their new flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 5T. The phone has an impressive spec list, including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6.01" FHD display at 2160 x 1080, 6 or 8 GB of RAM, 64 or 128 GB of storage, 3,300 mAh battery, and the awesome Dash Charging technology. This rapid turnover to a new device has many OnePlus 5 early-adopters angry and feeling duped.
Aside from the new display size and aspect ratio, the specs on the 5T are identical to the OnePlus 5 unveiled less than five months ago. Both phones feature AMOLED display technology, both support the DCI-P3 color gamut, and both will likely feature similar Samsung panels.
In 2018, phones with an extra-tall aspect ratio have become commonplace. The main aesthetic benefit of lengthening the display is that it reduces the top and bottom bezels, making the phone's screen feel more immersive. Considering that the new display is the only significant hardware change, why not include this bezel-less design in the OnePlus 5 to start?
In addition to hardware changes, the 5T features a new facial unlock mechanism that is reportedly lightning fast. Many OnePlus 5 users are wondering if they will ever enjoy the benefit of this new feature through a software update. While I think it is possible the feature may arrive in a future update, these are all concerns that come from releasing two similar phones within a few months of one another.
Panels featuring the 18:9 aspect ratio have been widely available since early-2017 from both Samsung and LG, making these questions from OnePlus fans are well-founded. We scanned Twitter for some response's to OnePlus CEO Carl Pei's tweet, gauging interest in the new 5T flagship, check out the overall reaction below.
@getpeid Cheated again with 5t within months..Bye Bye. Only Pixel..
@getpeid feeling cheated after buying oneplus5. Should hv waited for 5T
@getpeid @oneplus hope you dont ditch us ,one plus 5 owners, regarding pushing out future android updates.
@getpeid Sad , because I got the OnePlus 5 just a month ago.
It's pretty clear that anyone buying the OnePlus 5 feels a bit cheated. The same exact thing happened just over a year ago when OnePlus 3 owners were burned in similar fashion after the 3T was announced a few short months later.
At this point it's also safe to say that I will not recommend the OnePlus 6 to anyone next summer. It doesn't make much sense to recommend a phone in June when a slightly improved version is almost certainly coming a few months later.
Moral of the story? Skip the 6 and wait for the 6T, otherwise you'll be running an outdated phone after only a few months.
While the 5T is an impressive piece of hardware, I'm sorry to say that OnePlus has fooled me for the last time. Let us know in the comments how you feel about a new flagship replacing the "old" one after less than five months. Did you buy a OnePlus 5 and feel cheated by the 5T announcement?