Over the last few days since the OnePlus 5T became official, I’ve read many posts about how it is their fastest selling phone yet, how the not so old OnePlus 5 is getting discontinued, and how it is the best phone in the market at any price period.
I got my OnePlus 5 a week before the 5T was announced. I knew there was a 5T coming when getting it, and I had seen leaked images but that didn’t bother me. I didn’t expect much of a difference between the 5 and the 5T, but it is now obvious, all companies should switch to the tall screen aspect ratio.
The 5T has broken the company’s sale records, gotten the best of reviews, and made us who own the 5 hate our lives. All that love even-though it is basically (I’d like to argue) the same as the OnePlus 5.
I love the 5. I love it better than any phone I’ve used. I had the Galaxy Note 8 as my daily phone, but I shelved it for the 5 because of many things among them better battery life and the intuitive customisations. It is just a perfect phone. Yet many who hated it, now seem to want the 5T.
Something as small as screen aspect ratio has managed to change perceptions, and increase sales. The market wants all-screen devices from the Galaxy S8, Note 8, iPhone X, LG G6, V30, Huawei Mate 10 etc.
I think there’s no turning back in terms of screen, that weird ratio is here to stay.
Which begs the question, how many content creators are ready to switch to creating content consumable in that weird aspect ratio? For how long will people have to zoom in on video to make it use the full screen and look all weird?
Companies with large footprint in Africa like TECNO and Infinix should also follow suit with their upcoming devices.