The OnePlus 5T might sound like an incremental update to the OnePlus 5, but the company worked hard on adding more new features in the new ‘T’. While some of you will only care about the hardware changes, but some people are inclined towards the software changes.
OnePlus introduced a host of new features in the OxygenOS with the 5T, same as how it did with the 3T. The OnePlus 5T (first impressions) arrived with OxygenOS 4.7, and it brought in some exclusive features. So, if you’re bored with reading the hardware changes between the OnePlus 5T and OnePlus 5 on the internet, here are the software changes and top OxygenOS features introduced by the company with the 5T.
The OnePlus 5T has a Face Unlock mode, and that’s entirely a software feature. While setting up your 5T for the first time, it asks you to register your face. Trust me; it’s the fastest face unlocking feature I have seen on any smartphone. It works most of the time; sometimes you will be even scared why your smartphone is not locked. It’s accurate too. One downside is that you can register only one Face at a time to unlock the smartphone.
OnePlus also confirmed the Face Unlock feature would make it to the
OnePlus 5 very soon.
Fingerprint Sensor Gestures
For the first time since its inception, OnePlus has used a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Thanks to the 18:9 display on the front, OnePlus was left with no choice, but the rear-mounted scanner. Now, this functionality has allowed the company to add some gestures such as ‘Swipe fingerprint for notifications’ and ‘Long press to take a photo’.
Finally, OxygenOS gets the Parallel Apps feature which is one of the long overdue features. With the Parallel Apps, you can create two instances of an application and use them simultaneously. For example, you can create two WhatsApp accounts in the 5T now, and use them parallelly. This feature, for now, is exclusive to the 5T, and other OnePlus devices will get it very soon.
On the 5T, the stock OxygenOS Gallery App has received a revamp, and apart from the minor tweaks, the company has added a major feature called ‘Gallery Map.’ This feature essentially shows you the location of the pictures you captured on the 5T, like the Google Photos application.
Navigation Bar Tweaks
The OnePlus 5T completely relies on the on-screen navigation keys. And the company has tweaked the navigation bar to allow users to fully make use of the tall 6-inch screen. OnePlus has added an option of hiding the navigation bar, which when activated enables a small button beside the navigation keys at the bottom. And when you activate it, the navigation buttons will disappear when you open an application like the dialer or messaging.
These are the top features introduced by OnePlus in the OxygenOS 4.7. Most of these features will make into the older generation OnePlus smartphones as well, but there are some exclusive features to the 5T itself.
Besides these, there are other features such as colour profiles with which you can adjust the colour profile of the display as per your requirement. Another feature worth mentioning is the ‘Aspect Ratio Compatibility Mode,’ which allows you to force an application to run in the 18:9 display mode.