OnePlus5, the fifth handset by OnePlus has finally been officially released. The fifth handset carrying the Never Settle moniker is the company’s most expensive handset till date but also promises to be a huge step up overall. So let us get into it.
Design and Hardware
The OnePlus5 is unabashedly picking up design cues from the OPPO R11 and that phone picked its design philosophy from Apple and no matter how OnePlus tries to spin it, the OnePlus5 for all intents and purposes is an iPhone clone. Even so, it is a beautiful looking handset with a premium finish and it shows in the 5.5-inch HD (1080 x1920) Optic AMOLED display up front clad under a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 below which is the ceramic fingerprint scanner. The smartphone features a premium all-metal build with the signature moulded signal antennas wrapped around the top and bottom edge on the OnePlus5’s back. The handset measures 74.1 x154.2 x7.25mm and weighs 153g.
Keeping up with the Never Settle moniker means that the OnePlus5 has to provide one of the best hardware specification sheets around and it does not disappoint; featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with 6 GB/8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64 GB/128 GB of internal storage. The internal storage also features a dual-lane UFS 2.1 setup for lag-free performance. The 5.5-inch display is also compatible with DCI-P3 standards for accurate colour rendition. All this hardware is powered by a 3300mAh Li-Ion battery unit which supports the company’s proprietary Dash Charge technology for rapid top up via the USB Type-C connector at the bottom. The OnePlus5 will likely come with the latest iteration of OxygenOS based on Android v.7.1.1, Nougat.
For connectivity, the OnePlus 5 features a CAT12/3CA integration, WiFi up to standard ac (Dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz), GPS with support for A-GPS and GLONASS, Bluetooth v.5.0 and NFC. In a pleasant surprise, the company retains a 3.5mm audio jack flanking the USB Type-C connector at the bottom of the phone.
Never Settle for Inferior cameras
The OnePlus5 is the first time OnePlus has focussed on the camera so much as it has, working in collaboration with DxOMark the Never Settle brand has shot to impress with its image capture game. The OnePlus5 features a dual camera at the back with a custom SONY IMX398 based 16-megapixel sensor with a f/1.7 aperture coupled with a SONY IMX350 20-megapixel sensor with a f/2.6 aperture and telephoto lens featuring a two-time optical zoom. This setup allows the company to give the end user a lot of control over their photo shooting experience especially now since the company has bundled a ‘Pro’ mode which allows full control over all parameters including capturing images in the .RAW format. The rear camera also features electronic image stabilisation for better shots and video capture while the camera is moving. The selfie shooter up front is a 16-megapixel SONY IMX371 sensor with a f/2.0 sensor.
Pricing and Availability
The event closed with the official announcement of the OnePlus5 which will be priced at $479 in the US and €499 in the European market. The product will be available from June 27th after a multitude of follow up pop-up events are held across the globe with five of them scheduled in India.
The OnePlus5 officially launches in India on the 22nd of June in an event scheduled to be held in Bombay.