Comment: OnePlus 5T is not a flagship phone, but a flagship killer – and it’s okay to miss out on waterproofing, wireless charging and QHD display

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OnePlus 5T started selling this week and looking at the reactions from those who have already gotten their hands on the phone as well as the long queues being reported in various markets across the globe, there’s no doubt that the 5T is indeed a great phone.

There isn’t much that the OnePlus 5T gets wrong. Whether it’s the design language, the specs and features or even the price, the phone is without a doubt the best value for your money. The 5T has some similarities with the original OnePlus 5 – the performance specs, features, battery capacity, and software. However, you get a changed design language that dives into the bezel-less craze with a 6-inch 18:9 display and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Under the hood, the OnePlus 5T has the most powerful specs of any Android phone, including all those $1000 smartphones you know of. I’m talking the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2 XL, LG V30, HTC U11+ and so on. You get a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage on the base model and 8GB RAM and 128GB storage on the high-end model. Where the former costs $499, the latter will set you back an extra $60, making it the most powerful phone in this price range.

Now, some of our readers have been up in arms, lamenting the lack of certain premium features on the OnePlus 5T. The phone, despite all of its greatness in terms of premium design and performance specs, it doesn’t come with a QHD display screen, wireless charging or waterproofing, features that are easy to come by when talking about those $1000 smartphones.

One thing that needs to be clear is that OnePlus 5T isn’t a flagship phone, rather, it’s a flagship killer. What it does is pick out the most essential specs and features of a flagship phone that the mainstream consumer value most, compromises on a few things and gives fans a package that is very powerful yet affordable. The fact that the 5T comes without these so called premium features – some of which are not even available on the $1000 Google Pixel 2 XL, yet no one is causing havoc about it – doesn’t mean OnePlus can’t include them on the phone. If the phone came with these features, we wouldn’t be talking about the $499 price tag of the 5T.

It’s true that waterproofing, wireless charging and a QHD display screen must be on a flagship phone you own and there are plenty of them out there, except for the 5T, which is a flagship killer. However, be ready to shell out their worth. If otherwise, you may want to start embracing what the $499 OnePlus 5T gives you – which I believe is even more than enough.

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