With the OnePlus 3T, OnePlus had done a great job with the premium range smartphones. There's no OnePlus four this year, but instead, the OnePlus 5 takes things up to a whole another level with a seriously packed spec sheet and at a little higher cost.
The headline comment here is an interesting dual-camera setup on the back, but in typical OnePlus fashion, there's a severe amount of power and the option of a frankly ridiculous 8GB of RAM.
The company officially declared its 2017 model. The OnePlus hype machine has been doing an excellent job of keeping the buzz alive, and there is massive pressure on the company to deliver yet another standout product. The OnePlus five has already garnered enormous response back on its home turf.
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The OnePlus 5 is a beautiful smartphone, but it's not the most original. The back recalls us of a lightly curved matte-black iPhone 7 Plus right down to the camera placement, the merged antenna wires, and even the flash. The front is pretty much the similar as those of the outgoing OnePlus 3 and 3T, which is no bad thing, but it feels a bit old-fashioned.
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Old-fashioned is acceptable because OnePlus has accomplished to make this phone so comfortable to hold and a desire to handle. The curved back outfits perfectly in the palm, while the 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front also curves lightly. This multitude of curves made it super-slim, but also easy to fish up from a table. It feels light in the hand as it weighs 153g to be precise, but not so easy that you feel like it may blow away in a mighty blow of breeze.
OnePlus is taking up the arrangement of the antenna strips here. The color has been specially outlined to try and protect the antenna circuits for a clean full-metal appearance, and when you do detect them, they don't divert from the design of the phone.
The OnePlus 5 with its 5.5-inch display is a larger phone than the 5.8-inch Samsung Galaxy S8, but it's smaller in all dimensions than the same screen size.
Previous OnePlus devices have felt excellent for their price, which tended to be below 30,000 rupees, but even though the OnePlus5 it remains at 29,999 rupees for 64 GB version and 34,999 rupees for 128 GB, and it still feels better built than anything else in that price range.
Everything is precisely cut, it feels sturdy, and there are elegant touches like the alert slider that sits above the volume rocker. There are the headphone jack and Dash Charge-capable USB-C port on the bottom, along with a microphone and mono speaker, plus a dual-Nano SIM tray on the side. Users preferred a microSD slot or a hybrid slot, but at least there's a decent amount of base storage here.
It's still a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel, which is still 1080p as exposed to the more common quad-HD resolution.
Gorilla Glass 5 covers the panel, and that should help prevent scratches, but small hairline scratches appear on display after a week of use. The screen tends to wash out pretty quickly below direct sunlight. It's unfortunate if you handle the ‘Dark' stuff, but also with the default display settings, things aren't exactly famous. The OnePlus 5 comes in two colors, though to be frank they look almost the same. The 64GB model has 6GB RAM and comes in ‘Slate Grey' while the 128GB/8GB RAM version takes the ‘Midnight Black' hue that was briefly available on the OnePlus 3T. Both colors are deep, dark and matte.
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All the hype from OnePlus in the run-up to this launch has surrounded the camera. The tagline is ‘Dual Camera. Clearer Photos' is plastered across the box, plus all of the marketing materials, but does it improve on an already excellent camera in the OnePlus 3T?
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The most significant change here is that there are now two lenses instead of one. They are placed out on the backbone just like those on the iPhone 7 Plus, lightly uplifted from the body, and they even operate similarly to the cameras on Apple's leadership.
One is your standard sensor, which here is a Sony IMX 398 trace detector with 16 megapixels and a f/1.7 lens. Next to it lies the telephoto lens, for 2x zoom, which is 20-megapixel with a much narrower f/2.6 opening. It's certainly an odd setup and much favored dual-camera arrangement like this over Huawei's monochrome and RGB pairing.
The high megapixel count captures precise shots that are full of color and vibrant, while the wide aperture on the primary lens allows for more light to hit the sensor when it's dark.
Both low-light and daytime pictures look good, though it can struggle with glare when it's sunny. The auto-HDR mode does help here, leveling out the exposure and contrast without making it too visible.
The Portrait mode looks OK with people shots, but the processed blurring does seem a bit too heavy. The narrow aperture does diminish its returns in low light, though.
The absence of optical image stabilization also becomes apparent when shifting the telephoto lens, as it can become tough to hold regular and withdraw a blurry and noisy click. The EIS (electronic image stabilization) does good work most of the moment, but it sometimes lacks compatibility.
OnePlus says autofocus has made 40% faster than on the OnePlus 3T and it is very fast most of the time. There's also a new Portrait method that smudges the background and leaves the subject in spiked detail, which operates well but takes a few efforts to avoid it seeing super-fake.4K video is supported, and the 16-megapixel front-facing camera is perfect, capturing plenty of detail.
There's a front-facing flash that comes from the screen, and the auto-HDR mode extends to the front too. Both work hand in hand to create fantastic-quality clicks and some of the best devices at this price point.
The OnePlus 5 could entirely be the active phone anyone ha111s ever used, and it certainly has the most drool-worthy spec sheet of any phone out there.
The Snapdragon 835 runs the show, and it's an excellent SoC. Forward with being rapid, it's systematic, and each phone that's powered by it does get superior battery cycle. There's the Adreno 540 GPU, which can efficiently manage any 3D game on Google Play, and there's super-fast UFS 2.1 cache that helps load times. You can decide between a 64GB and 128GB model but select as there's no expandable storage.
Specs are one thing, but original performance is far more critical. And thankfully the OnePlus 5 uses its components effectively. There's no lag; apps open instantly
The fingerprint sensor sits below the display and is fast and accurate, unlocking instantly every time.
The downward-facing speaker too is weak; it's loud but gets blocked so easily. A gentle touch is Bluetooth 5.0, which enhances connection power over ranges, but unlike on the Galaxy S8, there doesn't appear to be a way to divide connection over two wireless devices.
The OnePlus 5 is an official winner for speed. It takes all the moments that make those so slick swipe-up navigation drawer, long-pressing icons for extra shortcuts, fantastic notifications – but adds in extra bits that make it better. It can quickly be turned off and is indeed less annoying that the Bixby screen.
A new ‘Reading' mode strains out blue light and manages grey-scale mapping to make reading comfortable for your sights, and this takes the typical blue-light filter method and turns it up a groove. It's odd at the beginning, but it does make reading book peaceful in the dark.
A new Gaming mode turns off pestering notifications when you're in battle, and there's a Secure Folder for hiding away those essential documents (or candid snaps).
Battery and Charging
2017 flagships have been shifting the boundaries in lots of ranges, but battery life isn't one of them. Ever after the Note 7 started burning, it seems that improvements in battery technology and position have taken a back step.
The non-removable 3300mAh battery is more significant than that of the OnePlus 3, but 100mAh shorter than the one in the OnePlus 3T. Thanks to the enhanced efficiency of the Snapdragon 835 processor, though, battery life is about on par with its antecedent.
It can comfortably get through the day with mixed-to-heavy use, and it usually has about 10% spare come bedtime. An hour of SD Netflix streaming eats up 7-8%, and it's nearly half that for music streaming with the screen off.
The battery cycle is one of the few ranges where a flagship phone can stand out from its competitors in 2017, and the OnePlus 5 needs to be able to remain at least a full day on a restricted charge.
On comparing to the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 looks like a decent, with the former sporting a 3,400mAh battery while the latter features a 3,300mAh battery.
The processing technology used inside this phone is newer though, and much more efficient regarding power consumption.
The OnePlus 5 will keep speed with a lot of the devices you'll find on the market today. Users typically found it lasting the full day, maybe discharging at around 10 pm with hard use.
During our battery test, where we turn the screen up to full brightness and play a 90-minute Full HD video clip, the OnePlus 5 only lost 12% of its charge.
There's fast-charging tech here OnePlus's version is called Dash Charge. OnePlus resumes to claim that it's fast instead to get you a full charge at the moment, but that's not strictly true.
For those times when you are gasping for battery life, the OnePlus 5 also comes with a battery-saving mode.OnePlus isn't allowing the best battery cycle on the market here, but it's a comparable level to most of the flagship opposition, and unless you're a power user you'll reasonably get through a whole day of working the OnePlus 5 and still have a little leftover formerly you plug in overnight.
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OnePlus has a solid flagship killer smartphone with it asOnePlus 5. It is the best smartphone the firm has ever produced. As with all smartphones, the success of the OnePlus 5 rests on its asking price. With the cost rising from £399 to £449, the OnePlus 5 is in danger of losing its best mid-range smartphone card; especially now the far more capable Samsung Galaxy S8 has fallen in price.
The OnePlus 5 remains the best value smartphone on the market, then, but it's not quite the outright bargain its predecessors were.
OnePlus accomplished great things with the OnePlus 5, improving on a phone line that previously focused on low prices to produce a fantastically optimized powerhouse of a handset that offers one of the best Android experiences on the market.
The OnePlus 5 is still a phone that's designed for fans of the brand, and perhaps more so than ever, sporting a truly excellent design and all of the features everyone has come to demand from the high-end yet affordable handset.
But this is also a device for anyone who's seeing to spend a little less externally suffering out on some of the best features out there.
It's not quite the revolutionary step forward that the OnePlus 3 was, but there are substantial improvements across the board and anyone picking up this phone and feeling short-changed or disappointed.
The user does think the higher price does make some of its shortcoming more noteworthy, though, and feel some areas have been improved that were sufficient anyway such as the RAM while more important but less glamorous bits like Wi-Fi and audio were left unimproved. Users also have liked to observe some form of water-resistance here, as that's converting almost a necessity in 2017.
Still, no phone is flawless, and the advantages here are easy to observe. Dash Charging is high, the improved P3 color gamut is welcome, and OxygenOS is fantastic. Plus the camera is fast and reliable which again lacks flagship components but will likely have better battery life.