OnePlus 5 vs. OnePlus 3T – Should you wait for the OnePlus 5T?

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T

It’s been seven months since OnePlus 3T was released, but the high-flying flagship killer has just been replaced by a new OnePlus 5, which will start global sales as from June 27.

The OnePlus 3T came in a mere five months following the release of the original OnePlus 3 and if this is anything to go by, the current OnePlus 5 will in another five months’ time be replaced by a new OnePlus 5T.

Many of those who had purchased the original OnePlus 3 were disappointed when the 3T came to life a few months later boasting a newer and slightly more powerful processor, improved cameras and a bigger battery. If you are keen to avoid a repeat of this “mistake”, you’d be better off sticking around for a few more months with your current OnePlus 3/3T – or whatever OnePlus model you are using – and wait for the eventual release of the OnePlus 5T.

So far, there are rumors that the OnePlus 5T will come with just about the same specs used on the current OnePlus 5. However, like the 3T’s upgrades over its immediate predecessor, the 5T will reportedly ship with a bigger battery capacity of about 4000mAh, a newer Snapdragon 836 SoC and a bunch of other yet-to-be-confirmed upgrades. But before this happens, here’s a quick look at what the new phone brings compared to the outgoing 3T.

Beginning with the design, you’ll be quick to notice that the new OnePlus 5 and 3T are just about the same size. In fact, the two have the same 5.5-inch display screen, but the former is slightly thinner than the latter. You also get a new slate gray color variant on the OnePlus 5. The difference is at the back, but this is just because of the camera setup and positioning. As for the front, the two are almost identical.

The dual-lens camera on the back of the OnePlus 5 is less prominent compared to the 3T and the overall design shows that the edges of the former are more rounded compared to the sharper edges of the 3T.

Under the hood, you’ll find the biggest changes on the 5. Here, the phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC that takes advantage of the 10nm process as opposed to the 14nm process used to manufacture the 3T’s Snapdragon 821. One model of the new OnePlus 5 keeps the same 6GB RAM, but there’s a high-end variant with a massive 8GB module. As for the storage options, you get the same 64GB and 128GB packages with no room to expand via a microSD card.

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T

Software-wise, the pair has the same OxygenOS and Android 7.1.1 Nougat running the show, although the OnePlus 3T got this OS via an OTA update while its successor comes with the OS preinstalled. As noted earlier, the new OnePlus 5 has a dual-lens camera, which carries a 16MP and 20MP combination, with the former is a wide-angle lens boasting an f/1.7 aperture and the latter has a narrow angle view and an f/2.6 aperture. This camera can manage up to 2x optical zoom and supports portrait mode.

Due to the slimmer profile of the new OnePlus 5, you get a smaller 3300mAh battery as opposed to the 3400mAh unit you find on the 3T. As noted at the beginning, this is possibly a deliberate choice so that a bigger battery capacity could be part of the improvements the OnePlus 5T gets. The pair supports the proprietary Dash Charge technology, but the new OnePlus 5 has an enhanced version on board.

With the few upgrades the OnePlus 5 comes in with over the 3T, you also get to pay more for this phone. The base model has the same price tag as the high-end model of the 3T – $479 – while the high-end variant, which packs 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, has a price tag of $539.

So, are you waiting for the OnePlus 5T or this OnePlus 5 is good for you? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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