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OnePlus 5T: everything you need to know

After weeks of teasers and a series of major leaks, the new OnePlus 5T has been officially unveiled.

The follow-up to the highly rated OnePlus 5, which was released earlier this year, promises a number of impressive upgrades at a price tag that won’t leave your bank balance in meltdown.

Here's everything you need to know the latest phone from OnePlus.

Improved, larger screen compared to the OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5T display

OnePlus has stretched the 5.5–inch screen found on the OnePlus 5 into the 6–inch, 18:9 effort on the OnePlus 5T.

This widescreen display matches the shape on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, but because the fingerprint scanner has been moved to the rear of the phone, the 5T is only 2mm larger than the OnePlus 5.

The all–screen design is in keeping with an industry-wide move among smartphone-makers to stop cluttering the front of their devices with buttons and bezels.

Better camera too

OnePlus 5T camera close up

Round the back, OnePlus has retained the same dual camera set-up as the OnePlus 5. However, the cameras themselves are different on the 5T.

Both the 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel lenses are equipped with a wide f/1.7 aperture and 2x optical zoom.

According to OnePlus, this will make for much improved performance in ultra low light.

What was our take on the OnePlus 5's camera? Read the uSwitch review.

Facial recognition

Not to be outdone by Apple, OnePlus has installed its own facial security technology on the 5T.

Dubbed Face Unlock, it allows users to open their phone with just a glance.

However, the company freely admits that it’s not as complex as the 3D scanning Face ID, instead using 2D tech to detect faces.

It remains to be seen how secure this is in day to day situations.

Dash Charge on board

As with all OnePlus phones, Dash Charge remains a key feature on the OnePlus 5T.

CEO Pete Lau spoke recently about his company’s decision not to make the move to wireless charging, on the grounds that the technology is still too sluggish.

It’s hard to disagree, especially when you can get a day’s power from just 30 minutes of charging time with OnePlus’s new handset.

Low SIM–free price and perks on contract

OnePlus 5T O2

Perhaps the OnePlus 5T’s biggest draw is its price. The handset costs just £449 SIM–free for a 64GB model, rising to £499 for a 128GB model.

When you consider that the iPhone X starts at £999, that’s a great deal.

Or you can pick it up on a contract from O2, which is offering those who buy the device 50GB of data for the price of 10GB and 12 months of free Xbox Live Gold access.

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