OnePlus 5

OnePlus launched it’s latest flagship, the OnePlus 5 yesterday. It was a much awaited device with extremely high expectations. The OnePlus 5 was the successor to the extremely popular to the OnePlus 3/3T. While we consider the phone to be a flagship, one must also keep in mind that the phone starts under $500.

The OnePlus 5 is built of aluminium and is slimmer than its predecessor. The black back sports a OnePlus logo in the centre. Yeah, the design resembles the iPhone 7 Plus but that is not necessarily a bad thing at all. The build quality is top notch and OnePlus has got everything right in this department.

The device comes with a 5.5 inch Optic AMOLED display with 1080p resolution. We don’t have any bezel-less display here and the front remains the same from the 3T, retaining the 73% screen-to-body ratio. We get only 1080p resolution and hence it may be a bummer if you are someone who is looking to consume VR content. Otherwise in day-to-day situations, there is not a noticeable difference between 4K and 1080p resolutions. A front facing fingerprint scanner can also be found on the front. It is extremely fast and accurate.

Talking about camera’s, this is a department which is vastly improved. Now we have dual lenses at the back and the working is very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus. Even the camera app resembles the iOS camera app, and again, that’s not a bad thing. We have dual 16MP wide angled lens with f/1.7 aperture and a 20MP telephoto lens with a f/2.6 aperture. OnePlus claims that the higher megapixel count for the telephoto lens is to capture more detail when zoomed in.

The image quality is good, not great. The camera experience is a hit and a miss with lesser detail and soft edges found even in a few outdoor shots. Optical image stabilisation is absent and the focus is not very accurate. The dual camera’s also create a blurred out background when the subject is near the camera. This feature is not perfect but all of this can be fixed by a software update. It’s worthy to note that the Portrait mode on the iPhone 7 Plus was pretty bad at launch and improved drastically as updates rolled out.

The OnePlus 5 is a serious power house. It is powered by the top-of-the line Snapdragon 835 SoC coupled with the Adreno 540 GPU. It comes with 6GB RAM/ 64GB ROM and 8GB RAM/ 128GB ROM variants. While most laptops come with 8GB of RAM standard, OnePlus has opted to go with 8GB of RAM on a smartphone. It is certainly an overkill but one may argue that it makes your phone “future proof”. Specs are nice to have after all!

The flagship smartphone features a smaller 3300mAh battery compared to its predecessor. However, the battery life remains approximately the same, thanks to the more efficient SoC inside. Dash charge makes a return and keep in mind that it is one of if not the fastest charging solution available.

The alert slider and the headphone jack are present, for those who are wondering. However, we do not find any water resistance ratings and a stereo speaker setup is missing. The 6GB RAM variant is priced at $479 and the 8GB RAM variant is priced at $539.

In a nut shell OnePlus has built a phone that checks all the boxes especially considering the price. OnePlus hasn’t really innovated with the OnePlus 5 and has improvised on the OnePlus 3T, a solid phone even by today’s standards. When you take the price into account, all the cons melt away and the latest offering from OnePlus is really solid.

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