OnePlus 5 Review
OnePlus is a subordinate company of BBK Electronics, i.e., the second largest smartphone manufacturer which also possesses VIVO and OPPO. As OnePlus has to offer just one high end smartphone, it becomes easy for them to strike a vast supply chain and manufacturing processes. OnePlus is approximately a four year old company and has created a great impact on the smartphone market with it’s flagship devices at cheap price range. This has helped the company to stand up against the big smartphone companies such as Apple and Samsung.
Now, talking about the smartphone itself which has been announced in 2017 by OnePlus, i.e., the OnePlus 5 simply steals the show as the one of the best devices of 2017. It is the successor of the spectacle, OnePlus 3T. OnePlus 5 is costlier than OnePlus 3T. It will have two variants, the base model, with 64 GB of internal storage and 6 GB of RAM(grey color) which will cost you $479 USD and the high end second variant, with 128 GB of internal storage and 8 GB of RAM(black color) will cost you $539 USD. It will be released in UK and US but not in Australia as announced by the company. One Plus has also decided to exercise premium quality materials for this particular handset.
Moving on to the further specifications of the device which are as follows:
It has 16MP shooter and a secondary 20MP telephoto lens at the rear and a 16MP shooter in the front which takes sharp selfies. The telephoto lens has a constant optical 2x zoom which enables the user to switch between the standard lens or zoom in the far away objects clearly and steadily. But the effect does not always perform well every single time on the iPhone and the OnePlus. You can also digitally zoom upto 8x. The rear dual camera takes brilliant low-light images, better than the Google Pixel, at times for sure.
The camera has slow-mo, panorama and time-lapse. Also, the PRO Mode provides the manual control for the photography and some new tools such as histogram for the alterating the ISO levels and the white balance. Surprisingly, the camera does not possess the optical image stabilization, but it does possess the electronic image stabilization for the video recorder only. The new dual lens setup allows you to capture ‘bokeh’ shots with artfully blurred backgrounds and ‘lossless’ zoom feature, which definitely means zooming in on the subjects will result in a negligible reduction in image quality.
Design & Build
The OnePlus 5 is simply the best looking smartphone with a premium design from the company yet. The weight of the device is 153g and the dimensions are 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25mm. In the front it boasts a 5.5 inch full HD 1080p resolution AMOLED display, and at 401 pixels per inch it looks great when you’re watching video.
Talking about the build quality, it resembles a lot to the iPhone 7 Plus, which I suppose is a compliment for sure. It is slimmer and sharply bezeled than its previous handsets and has round sides. Overall the build quality is fine.
CPU & Operating System
The device has the latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat out-of-the-box and runs on the Oxygen OS. The processor is clocked at 2.45 GHz Octa Core Processor powered by Snapdragon 835 Soc paired with Adreno 540 GPU. Interestingly, the smartphone was able to get a score of 176,000 on Antutu benchmark which seems to be giving a tough competition to other flagship devices.
There is hardly anything new in this department on the OnePlus 5, except the new bluetooth v5.0 that supports faster data rates. Other than this Wi-Fi ac/b/g/n with 2×2 MIMO, 3.5mm audio jack, GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and a USB Type-C v3.1 port are the same as its predecessor.
It has a 3300 mAH battery which is a downgrade as compared to it’s predecessor, OnePlus 3T, which had 3400 mAH battery. Though, OnePlus 5 supports fast-charging which is called Dash Charging, by the OnePlus which provides 60% charge in 30 minutes of charging.
One Plus isn’t providing the best battery performance in the market here, but it is similar level to the most of the flagship competition. Only if you are not a power user, you will probably get through a whole day of it’s battery life.
OnePlus 5 is definitely a must buy. The looks of the phone are amazing. It performs well in muti-tasking and gaming. The camera is superb, you’ll love it. The battery performance is neither too good nor too bad. The price seems to be fair according to it’s high-end specifications. Let’s see if it becomes a success or not once it get released. Release date in India is 22nd June 2017 and the pop events as scheduled will be hosted in New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru over the next two days. Amazon India is also hosting an app-only ‘Secret Doors’ Contest that provides fans a chance to win the OnePlus 5.