With today’s launch of the OnePlus 5T, the OnePlus 5 is dead

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Wax / Here’s the 5T (left) compared to the OnePlus 5 (right). It’s a big improvement, setting more screen into the same size body.
Ron Amadeo

Today is OnePlus 5T hurl day. The $500 phone with high-end specs and a slim bezel construct is up for sale on the OnePlus website, where the current ship time is seven days.

The saving also makes it the end of the line for the OnePlus 5T’s predecessor, the OnePlus 5. Upright like with the OnePlus 3 to 3T transition, the release of a new OnePlus phone means the annihilation of the old one. The OnePlus 5 and 5T are pretty similar, as the name would suggest, but the OnePlus 5T has a new frank with a taller screen and on-screen buttons, a new rear fingerprint reader, and a new camera setup. It enjoys 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 unbroken choice. It’s not just OnePlus’ usual high-end specs for a low price; this year, it also has a todays, 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, fly the coops it one of the rare flagships that isn’t totally made of glass. You do make some tradeoffs: there’s no waterproofing, OnePlus’ sustenance isn’t great, and there’s no wireless charging.

OnePlus’ shaky support is undoubtedly the phone’s biggest downside. Today, the company more or less affirmed its shaky support policies will continue in an AMA on its forums. When encouraged if the OnePlus 5T’s upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo upgrade would turn out with Treble support, the company gave a firm «no.»

In Android 8.0, Google’s «Draft Treble» is an attempt to make Android upgrades easier by modularizing the OS away from the cheap hardware. Treble standardizes the interface between the OS and the hardware, allowing the OS to be updated without pathetic the proprietary bits from hardware vendors. With a Treble tool, you should be able to download Android from Google’s source repository, assemble it, and have it run on a Treble device. This is expected to seriously help out the usage ROM community since the standardization would remove a lot of work ROM developers normally compel ought to to do.

Treble support is mandatory for devices that ship with Oreo, which is presumably why you still don’t see devices ship with Oreo. But for upgrading devices approve of the OnePlus 5T, that support is optional. While some upgrading OEMs are electing to enable Treble support, OnePlus isn’t. Even though the company is despatching a near-flagship product for way below flagship prices, the support is still something that isn’t at flagship straight-shootings. For a $300 discount, though, dismissing a few flaws is easy.

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