OnePlus 5T Revisited: Should you upgrade to 6?

OnePlus 6 has been booming ever since the day it has hit the Indian grounds. It is almost a week and the hype just does not want to settle down! It is now a thing that people are totally in love with notch displays. They not only wish to have more of these notch display devices in the future but quite a few of them had waited for the perfect smartphone with a notch to buy one. To the majority, the purchase turned out to be the OnePlus 6. The reason why the whole ‘notch’ concept became a highlight is due to its early appearance in the iPhone X.

As we know, the OnePlus 6 base model is priced at roughly Rs. 30,000 which is highly competitive for the kind of hardware OnePlus is providing. It is a dream for other brands to bring in Snapdragon 845 at such a price. Prior to this, something that had created enough hype (not as much) was the OnePlus 5- which was then followed by the OnePlus 5T. The device was the best in the market for a while but the Galaxy Note 8 and the Galaxy S8 launch had disrupted the entire market for OnePlus, making it notably hard for OnePlus to make it a victory as good as it did with the OnePlus 6.

I myself own a OnePlus 5T (8GB RAM + 128GB Internal) and love it to the extreme core. Honestly, I find ZERO urge or the desire to get any other device than continue ahead with the OnePlus 5T. This might surely be because I had paid roughly Rs. 40,000 for this phone but is it so, practically? Can I REALLY skip the upgrade? Is the OnePlus 6 no good than the OnePlus 5T? If no, what is different? Here is all you need to know if you’re planning to or ever plan to migrate from your OnePlus 5/5T to the OnePlus 6.


The Screen

The display on the OnePlus 6 is tat-bit bigger than the OnePlus 5. Overall, the body proportion of the two devices is same but the notch display in OnePlus 6 made its upper bezel a little slimmer. The OnePlus 5T has a screen resolution of 1080×2160 pixels whereas the OnePlus 6, because of the high extended display, is 1080×2280 pixels. Not a whole lot has changed here. Both the screens are Optical AMOLED displays. So if you’re considering to jump for that display, it makes no sense.

The Camera Setup

The front camera on the OnePlus 6 is exactly the same as found on its predecessor OnePlus 5T. Both have a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture for great low-light selfies. The cameras are equipped with EIS and 1080p recording.

The rear camera setup on the devices is exactly the same as well. Something that has changed about the cameras between the two devices is the placement. The OnePlus 5T has the camera on the top-left corner of the device- like that on an iPhone 7 Plus. And on the OnePlus 6, the cameras are aligned right in the center in an oval format like that of the Honor 6X. It is, of course, a dual camera setup with the primary lens being 16MP and the secondary lens being 20MP. OnePlus still continues to use the pixel-combine low light technology to enhance dark environment shots. It does this by combining the pixels of both the cameras to produce a well lit, bright image. As far as the image stabilization is concerned, the new OnePlus 6 has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) at work whereas the OnePlus 5T is better off with EIS.


Storage Variants

The OnePlus 5T is available in 2 storage-RAM variants.
1. 6GB + 64GB
2. 8GB + 128GB

The OnePlus 6 is available in 3 variants.

  1. 6GB + 64GB
    2. 8GB + 128GB
    3. 8GB + 256GB

Clearly, OnePlus has raised the bar by introducing an Avengers Edition OnePlus 6 which is configured to store 256GB of internal data.



If you’re considering to upgrade to the OnePlus 6, this section is what you should consider looking at.

The OnePlus 6 is powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor while the OnePlus 5T is equipped with a Snapdragon 835 chipset. Even in the graphics sector, the OnePlus 6 overrules the OnePlus 5T by housing an Adreno 630 while the 5T has Adreno 540 to fulfill its graphics needs.

The OnePlus 5T is upgradable to Android 8.1 Oreo and the OnePlus 6 comes pre-equipped with Oreo out of the box. Also, speculations say that the OnePlus 6 would be receiving the Android P update before the OnePlus 5/5T.


Other Differences

Both the devices house the fingerprint sensor on the backside of the device. The only difference is that the fingerprint reader on the OnePlus 5T is a round shaped one and the one behind the OnePlus 6 is an oval-egg shaped, similar to that of the OnePlus 5/3/3T.

The battery capacity of the two devices is exactly the same. It is a 3,300 mAh capacity Li-Po non-removable battery.


There are also a few bumps in the multi-core test but honestly, that does not qualify the device to be upgrade-feasible from the OnePlus 5T. If you are a OnePlus fanboy, it is a different matter altogether but according to me, OnePlus 5T users do not get the value for money if they invest another lot in the OnePlus 6.

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