OnePlus 5 review The OnePlus 5 is simply stellar
It delivers a grade-A experience and nearly all the specs you demand in a flagship phone for hundreds of dollars less than the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7.
This is the fourth major phone from Chinese phone maker OnePlus, which has earned a reputation for creating cheap, quality Android phones that undercut the competition. While OnePlus doesn’t have the volume or pure brand clout as Samsung, Apple and even Huawei, it has garnered a loyal following through flash sales and word-of-mouth recommendations.
The OnePlus 5 excels at serving high-performing hardware, like the latest Snapdragon chipset and an enduring, fast-charging battery. It’s also on trend with a dual-lens rear camera that takes artsy portraits and can hold its own against the iPhone 7 Plus.
But it doesn’t have super-slim bezels or the water-resistant body that so many top-tier phones do. And its price, while still hundreds less than its top-tier competitors, inches closer to them than years
Where to buy:
The OnePlus 5 will come in two storage capacity variants (both have no expandable storage) and you’ll need to buy direct and unlocked since it’s not available through major carriers. It will also only work on GSM networks, like AT&T and T-Mobile in the US (and not Verizon and Sprint). There will be an online “early drop sale” the day of its announcement on June 20. The day after, on June 21, OnePlus will host one-day pop-up shops for the phone in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki and Copenhagen. Amazon India has confirmed that sales of the smartphone will begin from 4:30pm IST on Thursday, June 22 itself. Finally, on June 27, the device will be available globally on its site for open online purchase.
OnePlus 5 pricing:
USD GBP AUD(converted) EUR Rs
Gray (64GB/6GB RAM) $479 £449 AU$750 €499 ₹. 32,999
Black (128GB/8GB RAM) $539 £499 AU$830 €559 ₹. 37,999
One of the best cameras around:
One thing the Galaxy S8 and the majority of other Android phones don’t have is a dual-camera system like the iPhone’s. The OnePlus 5 re-creates Apple’s entire setup using higher-resolution Sony sensors: a 16-megapixel IMX398 (the same one that Sony developed especially for OnePlus’ sort-of sibling company Oppo) with a wide-angle f/1.7 lens, and, closer to the middle of the phone, a 20-megapixel IMX350 with an f/2.6 telephoto lens. And yes, the 5 also has a portrait mode that simulates bokeh around the subject of the picture, re-creating the shallow depth-of-field effect of large-sensor DSLR cameras.
OnePlus 5 specifications:
Now let us take a closer look at the rest of the OnePlus 5 specifications. The OnePlus 5 runs OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. It is a dual-SIM dual-standby smartphone with support for Nano-SIM cards. It sports a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Optic AMOLED display supporting sRGB and DCI-P3 colour standards, and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla Glass 5. We’ve already detailed the SoC, memory, storage, and camera above.
OnePlus 5 connectivity options include 4G LTE (with VoLTE), dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.0, NFC, GPS/ A-GPS, and USB Type-C (v2.0). Sensors on board the OnePlus 5 include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, digital compass, gyroscope, and a proximity sensor. It weighs 153 grams, and measures 154.2×74.1×7.25mm.
Overall, this still feels like an OnePlus phone, even if the inspiration for its design improvements are pretty obvious.