OnePlus 5 Review - Excellent Phone for the Price You Pay
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DetailScore

Mobisium
Score

8

OnePlus 5 Performance

9
Quad-Core, 2.45 GHz, Snapdragon 835.
6 GB RAM

OnePlus 5 Display

8
5.5 inches (13.97), Full HD, 401 PPI Optic AMOLED

OnePlus 5 Camera

8
Auto-focus, Dual LED Flash
16 MP Front Camera, Dual LED Flash.

OnePlus 5 Battery

7
3300 mAh, Fast Charging.
Non-Removable
  • Supports Indian bands
  • Dual SIM Nano + Nano
  • 64 GB
  • VoLTE
  • Fingerprint scanner

Buy Device

Rs. 32,999.00 onwards
Review from an Expert

OnePlus 5 still a flagship killer?

Reviewed by Mobisium - Published on 29-06-2017

Score

4.5/5

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.

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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.

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OnePlus - 5 Specification

General

General specifications for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Launch DateJun 20, 2017 (official)
BrandOnePlus
Model5
Operating SystemAndroid v7.1.1 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s) Dual SIM
SIM Size SIM 1 : Nano
SIM 2 : Nano
Network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands)

Display

Display specifications for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Screen Size 5.5 inches (13.97 cm)
Screen ResolutionFull HD (1080 x 1920 pixels)
Pixel Density401 ppi
Display TypeOptic AMOLED
Touch Screen Capacitive Touchscreen - Multitouch Supported
Screen to Body Ratio72.81 %
Screen ProtectionGorilla Glass 5

Performance

Performance of OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
ChipsetQualcomm
Processor Quad-Core, 2.45 GHz, Snapdragon 835
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsAdreno 540
RAM6 GB

Device Design

Device Design OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Height154.2 mm
Width74.1 mm
Thickness7.2 mm
Weight153 g
Build Material Front : Aluminium
Back : Aluminium
ColorsSlate Grey, Midnight Black

Storage

Storage specifications for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Internal Memory64 GB
USB OTG Support

Camera

MAIN CAMERA specs for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Resolution16 + 20 MP Primary Camera
SensorExmor-RS CMOS Sensor image sensor
Autofocus
Aperture1.7 F
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash Dual LED Flash
Image Resolution4616 x 3464 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesBurst mode, Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Digital image stabilization, Face detection
Video Recoding3840x2160 @ 30 fps, 1920x1080 @ 60 fps, 1280x720 @ 120 fps
FRONT CAMERA specs for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Resolution16 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Aperture2.0 F
Flash Dual LED Flash
Camera FeaturesFixed Focus
Video Recoding1920x1080 @ 30 fps, 1280x720 @ 30 fps

Battery

Battery specifications for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationDetail
Capacity3300 mAh
TypeLi-Polymer
User Replaceable
Wireless Charging
Quick Charging

Network & Connectivity

Network & Connectivity specifications for OnePlus - 5
SIM Size SIM 1 : Nano, SIM 2 : Nano
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands)
VoLTE Supported
SIM 1
4G Bands: TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) / FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)
SIM 2
Same as SIM 1
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetooth v5.0
Location Yes, with A-GPS, with Glonass
NFC
Cable Type USB Type-C

Multimedia

Multimedia specifications for OnePlus - 5
SpecificationsDetail
FM Radio
Loudspeaker
Audio Jack3.5 mm

Special Features

Special Features
SpecificationDetail
Fingerprint Sensor
Other Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Light sensor
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