Why should OnePlus 5T be on your shopping wish list this holiday?

OnePlus 5T was officially launched on Friday, November 17 in New York City and it became an instant favourite among fans and reviewers.

OnePlus 5T was officially launched on Friday, November 17 in New York City and it became an instant favorite among fans and reviewers. A fast and immediate iteration replacing the just-released OnePlus 5, the new smartphone boasts of a couple of reasons why it should be in your shopping cart this season.

"We love nothing more than offering our community the latest and greatest technology and a user experience to beat expectations," said OnePlus Founder and CEO Pete Lau at the launch event. "Once again, we've worked hard to refine every last detail."

OnePlus 5T price

Starting off with the value, OnePlus 5T is fairly and reasonably priced--US$499 for the 6GB/64GB variant and US$559 for the 8GB/128GB variant. The company has received praises from fans and critics alike for delivering a bigger display (6.01 inches) and a better camera (the entry of standard lens with f1.7 aperture) at a similar price point with its predecessor, the OnePlus 5.

Larger screen

Speaking of a bigger screen, the OnePlus 5T display has been beefed up to 6.01 inches, a big increase from OnePlus 5's 5.5 inches. Chopping off the top and bottom's bezels for OnePlus 5T gives Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus owners a run for their money.

Nothing beats Samsung's take on the definition of bezel-less smartphones other than the iPhone X, but OnePlus surely gives the South Korean tech giant a good match. Extending the screen ratio of OnePlus 5's 16:9 to 18:9 in OnePlus 5T makes it an elegantly elongated handset.

In terms of the viewing quality, its display has a stunning 1080 x 2160 resolution. The chipset and other internal hardware specifications remain the same but the flagship phone will absolutely deliver an immersive experience.

Fingerprint sensor placement

The debate on whether the fingerprint scanner should sit right at the back panel or at the home button still has a long way to go. But the OnePlus designers chose to position this mighty security button at the rear side, away from the dual-lens camera system for easier reach and less probability of causing finger smudges on the camera. Best of all, it can be used in a single-handed operation.

OnePlus 5T also has its own facial recognition ability. Unlike the iPhone X, this device does not use hundreds of data points to recognize your face. Instead, it relies on the front-facing camera to unlock the device.

Dash Charge or "A Day's Power in Half an Hour", first introduced with the OnePlus 3 continues to fast charge the OnePlus 5T even while using GPS or playing graphically intensive games, though wireless charge is missing.

Do you have plans to buy it this holiday season?