After the astounding success of OnePlue 3 and OnePlus 3T, the company has launched the next iteration of their flagship killer phone. The latest one, named the OnePlus 5, is bringing some high-end tech for a much reasonable price. There is no official announcement on skipping number 4 in naming the device. But there are reports suggesting that the number denotes “no luck” in Chinese.
OnePlus 5 review: Better than the competition?
The phone is definitely a flagship killer although the brand doesn’t advertise so. With the specs on par with Samsung Galaxy S8 and the camera bumped to compete with the iPhone, the phone is a definite buy for those who doesn’t want to shell out extra money for the brand name. It offers the best in-class performance at an awesome price with near-stock android experience.
The device is powered by latest chipset from Qualcomm, Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.45GHz, the same chip that powers the Galaxy S8 from Samsung. OnePlus 5 comes in two variants in terms of memory: 6GB or 8GB of RAM. It is definitely a lot snappier than the HTC U11 and Galaxy S8. The pervious generation, OnePlus 3T itself was speedy in opening apps and has the fastest and smoothest animations. You can expect the same from this one too.
Thanks to the no-bloatware operating system, the usage is pretty smooth that respects the hardware it runs on. The fingerprint sensor placed in the home button is also a lot snappier. The graphics performance of the device is also too good to handle any game available through Google Play.
This part is a bit weird for the device. Because of the dual camera setup, it is awfully similar to the iPhone. Certain design aspects also resembles Huawei P10. But it isn’t a deal breaker as the design actually feels great on hands. The device is the slimmest OnePlus phone yet, with just 7.25mm thickness.
On the outside, it has the usual volume rocker on the left along with the Do Not Disturb switch, the power button on the right and the USB C port (with Dash charging support), speaker grill, mic and headphone jack on the bottom of the phone.
Camera is where the company has focused for this iteration of the device. The company’s founder said in an interview that they had a confusion either to go with a single camera setup as in the Google Pixel or with a dual camera setup like in iPhone.
The phone comes with a dual read camera setup, one being a 16MP f/1.7 shooter and another a 20MP f2.6 telephoto camera. With these two cameras on the rear of the phone, it offers Portrait mode option camera app. The portrait mode uses both these cameras to analyse the depth of objects in the frame, thereby bringing the subject in focus(Bokeh effect).
The portraits aren’t just great yet, but there is a lot of room for improvement through software updates. Apple has the same issue when they launched the portrait mode in iPhone 7 Plus.
The 20MP camera is also used for the 2X zoom mode as in the iPhone. The device’s front camera is also a 16MP shooter with f/2.0 aperture.
Display and Battery Life
There is no QHD display coming to the device. OnePlus 5 keeps the 5.5-inch 1080p display with 401ppi from its predecessor but brings slight improvements to the color profile.
On the battery front, it comes with a 3300mAh battery with support for OnePlus’s proprietary fast charging technology called the Dash Charge. Although the battery is smaller than its predecessor, the company has done some major optimization in order the extend battery life. The phone lasts for at least 20 hours for a regular usage with full brightness. The charging is also way faster than other fast charging tech in the market.
The Oxygen OS that ships with the phone is based on the Android 7.1.1 from Google with some tweaks. The OS doesn’t include much of bloatware which makes it snappier to load. The new addition is the Reading mode with enhances the reading experience for apps of your choice. Other apps like Camera are updated to fully utilise what the hardware offers.
The phone is for those buyers who need the best in class performance at an affordable price. The OnePlus 5 is priced 20,000 less than the Samsung Galaxy S8 which offers the same performance with less RAM (minus the infinity display).
If you are an Android fanboy who needs the best performance looking for a phone to buy, the OnePlus 5 is the right choice. If it is the display that attracts you, no phone currently in the market can beat the Galaxy S8. HTC U11 and LG G6 are also great choices if you are looking for brands.