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OnePlus 5 gets the 5T’s Face Unlock feature — you can try it today

For many OnePlus 5 owners, the rapid arrival of the OnePlus 5T was a bit of a kick in the teeth.

Just a few months after the 2017 flagship arrived, it was replaced with a newer handset with a better, edge-to-edge screen and several new features.

As promised the company has moved to bridge the gap by bringing the 5T’s Face Unlock tech to the OnePlus 5.

The tool, which allows users to unlock their handsets with a quick glance, arrived on New Year’s Eve in beta form as part of the OnePlus 5 OxygenOS Open Beta 3 release.

Related: OnePlus 5T vs OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade?

The release comes just a few days after OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei promised the feature would be coming “due to popular demand.”

Anyone can download the beta from the OnePlus website (via Android Police), but you might want to hold off until the final release if you’re not prepared to deal with a few glitches.

Also, it should be pointed out that the feature isn’t as secure as other examples of the tech, such as Apple’s Face ID.

It doesn’t use any depth sensing or iris scanning tech, so it’s really more about the convenience than the security.

The Snapdragon 835-toting handset arrived last June with a 5.5-inch display and up to 8GB of RAM. It was also the first phone in the series to pack a dual camera.

OnePlus quickly discontinued the handset in order to make way for the 5T. It’s no longer available.

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