There’s no doubt that OnePlus 5 have blown everyone out of the water. With its high-end specs, amazing camera and affordable price, it really has won the hearts of many. OnePlus 5, if you don’t know already, is the 4th smartphone launched by a Chinese company that started just 4 years ago. Yes, you read it right, 4 years ago. It’s surprising to see a company that young deliver a product that can compete with the top flagships of Samsung and Apple. But, that’s enough about the company, let’s get down to what the OnePlus 5 has to offer.
OnePlus 5 Specs
Let’s have a look at what specs OnePlus 5 comes loaded with.
- CPU: Snapdragon 835 Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
- GPU: Adreno 540
- RAM: 6GB/8GB of RAM
- OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
- Screen size: 5.5-inch
- Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi pixel density)
- Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP dual lens
- Front camera: 16MP
- Storage: 64/128GB
- Battery: 3,300mAh
- Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)
- Weight: 153g (5.40 oz)
Weight and Dimensions: As you can already see, OnePlus 5 is packed with a ton of high-end features that only a handful of smartphones can compete with. It is pretty lightweight, to be honest, which is a plus since not many people prefer carrying a brick in their pockets. It is also the thinnest product launched by the OnePlus. It is almost 7.25mm thin which is pretty close to the iPhone 7 (7.1mm). So, if you are a fan of thin and light weight phones then you are in for a big treat.
Screen Size and Resolution: It comes equipped with the Android 7.1.1 Nougat and runs on OnePlus’s own Oxygen OS. Its 1080 x 1920 resolution and 401 ppi (Pixels per inch) density is a bit low when compared to the Samsung Galaxy 8’s 1440 x 2960 resolution 570 ppi (Pixels per inch) density but a bit high when compared to iPhone 7’s resolution. So, it falls in between the two smartphone industry giants.
It also has a 5.5 inch display with 73% screen to body ratio which is pretty decent. It’s not too big and not too small. You might be a little disappointed to know that OnePlus 5 haven’t gone to QHD resolution screen yet. But, the Full HD AMOLED screen looks great, there is no doubt in that. Gorilla Glass 5 will also make sure that your screen is protected and safe from those evil scratches.
Camera: The best thing about OnePlus 5 are its cameras. The dual lens 16 MP + 20 MP rear camera with a 16 MP front camera puts OnePlus 5 on the top when it comes to smartphones with the best cameras. We will talk about the cameras later in this article. Trust us, it’s worth waiting for.
CPU: OnePlus 5 uses the Snapdragon 835 chip which is the newest and the top chipset in the market right now. This means that it is on the top of its game when it comes to processing power. So, there’s no doubt that OnePlus 5 is capable of competing with other major flagships in terms of CPU as well.
RAM and Storage: Now, the OnePlus 5 has two variations of RAM and storage space. It comes with a 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage versions. It also comes with 2 variations of RAM i.e. 6 GB and 8 GB. The 6 GB RAM comes with the 64 GB version while the 8 GB RAM comes with the 128 GB version. Keep in mind that the OnePlus 5 is the only phone in the market with 8 GB of RAM. This 8 GB of RAM might seem an overkill but that is not the case. The OnePlus 5 have been tested to keep 20 apps open at a time and switch between them without any problem. This clearly shows that the 8 GB RAM certainly wasn’t an overkill.
Battery and Dash Charge: OnePlus 5 also comes with a 3,300mAh Battery and Dash Charge. The Dash charge definitely is an upgrade over the old ones with 5V 2A charging speeds. To give you an idea, half an hour of charging will be more than enough for a day’s use. This will be really useful for everyone, especially for people who travel a lot and don’t have access to power outlets very often. So, Dash Charge are a definite plus.
OnePlus 5 Design
Now that we are done with the specs of the OnePlus 5, let’s talk about the overall design of this beast. The overall look of the OnePlus 5 kind of resembles the iPhone 7. Don’t get us wrong, the OnePlus 5 is an amazing looking phone but, truth be told, OnePlus didn’t bring anything new when it comes to design.
The front of the OnePlus 5 is pretty much the same as its previous models OnePlus 3 and 3T. The back of the OnePlus 5, however, will remind you of the iPhone 7 Plus’s curvier back. The design is definitely more towards the curvier end with both the front and the back being a bit curvy. The slightly curvy back definitely makes it easy to grip the phone though. If you are wondering about the material, the body is made of anodized aluminum which is the same as the previous OnePlus 3T model. It also is the thinnest phone that OnePlus has released to this date (7.25mm). But, despite the old design, OnePlus 5 is a great looking phone and definitely a step up when compared to their previous models.
OnePlus 5 Camera
Now, let’s talk about the OnePlus 5’s camera. The camera that OnePlus 5 comes loaded with is a pretty impressive one and it certainly was the focus of OnePlus.
The dual lens sensor on the rear is surely a perfect way to satisfy the customers who weren’t happy with the camera performance of previous models. Its main camera is 16 MP coupled with a telephoto lens (20 MP). The primary camera and the telephoto lens have the apertures f/1.7 and f/2.6 respectively. The cameras of OnePlus 5 are designed to deliver high quality zoom performance with very little or no loss in the quality. You will also notice a significant improvement in the focus with almost 40% increase in the focus feature.
The OnePlus 5’s cameras are designed to deliver the perfect bokeh effects through their portrait mode. The bokeh effect is simply another word to blur out the background and keeping the image on the foreground really focused. You can also change the settings of focus, ISO and what not in the Pro Mode.
Lastly, we will talk about the price tag of this amazing phone. The base model of the OnePlus 5 comes with a 64 GB storage and 6 GB RAM at $479/£449/AU$630. The other version comes with 128 GB storage and 8GB RAM at $539/£499/AU$710. Compare that to Samsung Galaxy S8’s price of $730/£690/AU$1,200.
Although OnePlus 5 isn’t a direct competitor of Samsung Galaxy S8 but OnePlus 5 certainly can hold its ground against the S8 especially with its low price tag.
Pros and cons
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- High quality camera
- Upgraded Dash Charge
- 3.5mm Audio jack
- Amazing software
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- No water resistant features
- No micro SD card support