With today’s launch of the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 5 is dead
Today is OnePlus 5T launch day. The $500 phone with high-end specs and a slim bezel design is up for sale on the OnePlus website, where the current ship time is seven days.
The release also makes it the end of the line for the OnePlus 5T's predecessor, the OnePlus 5. Just like with the OnePlus 3 to 3T transition, the release of a new OnePlus phone means the death of the old one. The OnePlus 5 and 5T are pretty similar, as the name would suggest, but the OnePlus 5T has a new front with a taller screen and on-screen buttons, a new rear fingerprint reader, and a new camera setup. It gets a $20 price bump.
If you're in the market for an Android phone and don't want to pay top dollar for a Pixel 2 XL, the OnePlus 5T is a solid choice. It's not just OnePlus' usual high-end specs for a low price; this year, it also has a modern, high-end design that can hold its own with the $800 flagships out there. The 5T is also made of metal, which, along with the Pixel 2, makes it one of the rare flagships that isn't totally made of glass. You do make some tradeoffs: there's no waterproofing, OnePlus' support isn't great, and there's no wireless charging.