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Yes! New OxygenOS betas for OnePlus 5/5T bring front-facing portrait mode

You'll be able to up your bokeh effect selfie game.

Published onAugust 29, 2018

  • The latest beta builds of OxygenOS for the OnePlus 5 and 5T are here.
  • There are many new features and design tweaks in the updates, most notably a portrait mode effect for the front-facing camera.
  • OxygenOS beta features will likely make their way to official builds eventually.

If you own a OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T, you already have portrait mode capabilities using the dual-lens rear camera setup. However, when you switch to the single front-facing camera, you can’t use portrait mode features.

If the lack of portrait mode for the front-facing camera irks you, we have good news: the latest open beta builds of OxygenOS (OB17 for the OP5 and OB15 for the OP5T) bring bokeh effects to the selfie-shooter.

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OnePlus 5T held in hand showing back of phone.

Since there is only one camera lens on the front of the OnePlus 5 and 5T, we can only imagine that the bokeh effect from that one lens will be less effective than from the dual rear cameras. However, having the option to create bokeh-style portraits using the selfie camera is a very welcome feature, even if it doesn’t look as nice.

There are many other updates to the OP5 and OP5T with the latest beta builds, check the changelog below:


  • Added Toast message source for Toast messages sent by background apps
  • Added description about sleep standby optimization when the function is turned on for the first time
  • Optimized background power consumption control
  • Fixed call recording issue in India
  • Updated Android security patch to 2018.8


  • Added portrait mode for the front camera

Gaming mode 3.0

  • Added call suspension notification
  • Added text notification mode
  • UI and interaction optimization

OnePlus Weather App

  • Hourly weather forecast
  • 8 units of meteorological data including precipitation probability and Perceived temperature
  • Improved weather data accuracy

OnePlus Note App

  • New OxygenOS UI
  • Optimized process for sharing notes as an image

OnePlus Switch App

  • UI optimization

As with most beta software, OxygenOS features that appear in beta builds usually make their way to stable builds of the software eventually. Considering that OnePlus promised updates to Android 9.0 Pie for the OnePlus 5, 5T, 3T, and 3, it’s likely that we’ll see the features listed above (plus the ones from previous betas) integrated into stable Oreo builds before the end of the year.

If you own a OnePlus 5 or 5T, click the button below to read more about the latest betas as well as find links and instructions to install beta software.

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