This year, the editors of Dailytechhub choose their favourite smartphone of the past twelve months. Rick has chosen the OnePlus 5T and explains what makes this device so special.
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Ricks favourite smartphone: OnePlus 5T
In the smartphone area, 2017 was all about the borderless screen and the dual camera. It was therefore obvious that OnePlus would also respond to these trends, despite the fact that the company released the OnePlus 5 in the spring. That device was still equipped with an ‘ordinary’ screen but already had a dual camera.
Half a year later OnePlus came with a phone that put the dots on the i: the OnePlus 5T. That device was equipped with the borderless screen that we saw earlier in the year on the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. The double camera also returned here, together with OxygenOS, the Android version of OnePlus that is virtually stocked.
Why is the OnePlus 5T my favourite smartphone of 2017? Because OnePlus still releases high-end smartphones, which are then for sale at a lower price than the competitor. OnePlus smartphones are usually placed in the higher segment as far as their specifications are concerned, even though they are less expensive than smartphones from Samsung or LG.
High-end features, moderate price
With the OnePlus 5T, the company shows that features such as a borderless screen or a dual camera (which shoots good quality photos) are also possible for a lower price. In the meantime, there have been several smartphones in the lower segment that have rimless screens, such as the Huawei Mate 10 Lite. However, these are generally not of the same quality as those of the OnePlus 5T.
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OnePlus has also added Face Unlock to the OnePlus 5T, a feature that can be found on Samsung smartphones and Apple’s iPhone X, among other things. Instead of using all sorts of (expensive) sensors, OnePlus uses the camera to recognize your face and unlock your device. For this, the camera analyzes all kinds of details in your face to see if you are.
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However, a side-note must be added to the recommended retail prices that OnePlus applies. Over the years, the prices of the company have risen considerably. Where the first smartphone from OnePlus, the One, cost 329 euros, that quickly went up to 429 euros with the OnePlus 3. The OnePlus 5T is available at the time of writing for 499 euros, which represents a sharp increase compared to the start of OnePlus as a company.
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Whether OnePlus can still live up to its reputation in the future is still the question. So far, the price of each smartphone has been higher than the year before. That price increase is not a problem in itself, provided that OnePlus simultaneously increases the quality of its devices. We will have to wait and see whether OnePlus can compete with the successors of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6.
Biggest setback of 2017: HTC
Although HTC is a veteran of Android, the company was one of the biggest disappointments this year. Where companies such as Samsung and LG with rimless displays came on their flagships, HTC introduced the U Ultra. That device not only ran on a very outdated Android version but was also offered at too high a price.
In mid-2017 HTC came with the U11, with which a catch-up was made. Last month the company introduced the U11 Plus, an improved version of that first device, with borderless screen and the high-end hardware that you would like to see in a flagship. The U11 Plus is the device that should have started the battle with the Galaxy S8 and should have been released earlier.
I personally have the hope that HTC will do better in 2018 than in the past year. My first Android smartphone was the HTC Hero, a device that sparked my enthusiasm for mobile technology. Without HTC, Android may or may not have got off the ground, which makes it a special company.
What is your favourite smartphone from 2017? And from which manufacturer did you expect more? Let us know in the comments below!