OnePlus 5 Performance
| Quad-Core, 2.45 GHz, Snapdragon 835.|
6 GB RAM
OnePlus 5 Display
|5.5 inches (13.97), Full HD, 401 PPI Optic AMOLED|
OnePlus 5 Camera
| Auto-focus, Dual LED Flash|
16 MP Front Camera, Dual LED Flash.
OnePlus 5 Battery
| 3300 mAh, Fast Charging.|
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This phone was launched in India on 22nd of July and was immediately available to buy online, exclusively on Amazon after the launch event in Mumbai. Its been almost a week now and I’ve been using it as my daily driver. And in between these days, many accusations and allegations were made about the OnePlus 5. Let’s see what were they and find out more about this phone in our review.
We’ll talk about the phone in a moment but lets first talk about the history of OnePlus, It is Chinese company founded in 2013 aimed to produce premium flagship Android smartphones for budget size pocket. OnePlus is a subsidiary company of BBK electronics, which is the world’s 2nd largest phone manufacturer, the same company which owns Oppo and Vivo as well. Even though OnePlus claims that it is a small company but because of its parent company it is capable to woo a large supply chain and manufacturing process. So that was about OnePlus being a small company.
Similarly like the Apple and Samsung’s, OnePlus also offers just one flagship device to play with, in a year. OnePlus’ phones are majorly known for their flagship killer specs and the price they offer for it. I’ll quickly lay out the specs. OnePlus is packed with the Qualcomm’s latest & fastest processor, Snapdragon 835. The same processor which is used in Samsung S8 and S8 plus.
It ships with 6GB of Low-power-DDR4 RAM coupled with 64GB of internal storage and the slightly better version in terms of number, ships with 8GB RAM with 128GB inbuilt storage. OnePlus is the second phone that comes with Bluetooth 5.0 followed by Samsung S8.
The 6GB variant comes in Slate-grey color, the one which we have and it will cost you about 33,000 rupees and the 8GB variant comes in midnight black color for around 38,000 rupees.
At first, if you look at the back of the phone it will look a lot similar to iPhone 7 plus, the touch and feel are totally different though. Of course, it doesn’t stand a chance in front of Apple’s premium built quality. The phone also doesn’t look much different from the front than its predecessor, the OnePlus 3T. Only the chamfered edges are sharper. The frame and back are made up of aluminum and the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The phone still has their signature three-mode profile switcher key and unlike Apple, it still retains the headphone jack.
The OnePlus’ motto says “Never Settle” but looks like they settled this time in terms of design. OnePlus didn’t do anything awe-inspiring like the bezel-less screen, 18 by 9 form factor screen ratio. The display is only 1080p resolution. The phone looks just fine and is also slimmer than the OnePlus 3T.
The phone runs on Oxygen OS, based on latest version of android nougat with some customizations. Overall the UI experience is pretty stock. No bloatwares, no first-party app, nothing. The phone comes with a reading mode that automatically filters out blue light and adjusts the screen properties to make the AMOLED display look and feel more like a Kindle screen. You also get a system-wide night mode and a handful of hidden gestures and features.
OnePlus is powered by the latest CPU in mobile market, so any lag while gaming is unquestionable. The phone handles multitasking very smoothly and the performance is very snappy. The fingerprint reader below the screen, on the home button and works so fast that I almost wonder if it actually reads my print. To put things in perspective it takes about 0.2 seconds to unlock and jump to the home screen of the phone.
Of course, to handle all these processes, and serve at a snappy speed it will draw more juice from the battery, OnePlus has provided a 3300mAh battery, 100mAh lesser than the OnePlus 3T, which I think because of the less power consumption by Snapdragon’s new 835 CPU. The phone can definitely last for a day and even though if it cannot, the dash charger provided with Oneplus 5 will charge the battery in 30mins for half day usage.
Coming to the camera. It features the exact same line up of the dual camera, mic and the flashlight as the iPhone 7 plus. The dual camera rig encases a 16-megapixel sensor which captures the wide shots and a 20-megapixel sensor captures your zoomed-in photos. When you hit the shutter, both lenses capture light and the post-processing does the rest. The app offers an impressive array of manual control, including ISO, shutter speed, and more. The Bokeh effect doesn’t look natural and the colors are oversaturated. Similarly, like the iPhone 7 Plus and Google Pixel when they came, the camera was not good enough, later over time, they fixed it in future updates. So I’m hoping the same for the OnePlus 5 as well.
Here are some Camera Samples:
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Despite the great hardware, the photos don’t impress. Even in good lighting, photos featured softer edges and less detail than I expected. Autofocus was pretty fast but was not always accurate. In low light, photos were often noisy.
Overall I don’t think OnePlus 5’s camera is ready to compete with flagship phones. But the performance is in fact par with Samsung S8 and the design is pretty neat too. The phone is priced quite higher than the predecessors this time and if OnePlus is going to play the game of its competitor then I don’t think OnePlus deserves to be flagship killer anymore.
So this was our experience with the new OnePlus smartphone.
|Launch Date||Jun 20, 2017 (official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM|
|SIM Size|| SIM 1 : Nano|
SIM 2 : Nano
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Screen Size||5.5 inches (13.97 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||Full HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)|
|Pixel Density||401 ppi|
|Display Type||Optic AMOLED|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported|
|Screen to Body Ratio||72.81 %|
|Screen Protection||Gorilla Glass 5|
|Processor||Quad-Core, 2.45 GHz, Snapdragon 835|
|Build Material|| Front : Aluminium|
Back : Aluminium
|Colors||Slate Grey, Midnight Black|
|Internal Memory||64 GB|
|USB OTG Support|
|Resolution||16 + 20 MP Primary Camera|
|Sensor||Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor image sensor|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|Image Resolution||4616 x 3464 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Burst mode, Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Digital image stabilization, Face detection|
|Video Recoding||3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 60 fps, 1280x720 @ 120 fps|
|Resolution||16 MP Front Camera|
|Flash||Dual LED Flash|
|Camera Features||Fixed Focus|
|Video Recoding||1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 30 fps|
|SIM Size||SIM 1 : Nano, SIM 2 : Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands)|
|Same as SIM 1|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Location||Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass|
|Cable Type||USB Type-C|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Light sensor|