OnePlus 5 is the new entry on the market by OnePlus. They have improved a lot in last 3 years and the transition from OnePlus 1 to Oneplus 5 is pretty noticeable. OnePlus made its name in the smartphone industry by making good performance phone and offering them at significantly lower price. For some reason, they are backing off from this business model. Maybe because of the monopoly of other smartphone giants like Samsung and Apple but then Xiaomi is doing great in the same business model. The new OnePlus 5 costs around $479 which is only 25% less than Apple’s flagship iPhone 7. So is it worth it to buy this phone? let’s find out.
The OnePlus 5 uses the best smartphone processor available right now. It is running a Snapdragon 835 processor. We have seen this processor in almost every flagship of 2017. The Snapdragon 835 is an octa-core processor with clock speeds up to 2.45 GHz. The graphics unit is Adreno 540. This phone has 2 variants one with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage and other with 8 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The processing power of this phone is top notch and it can run high-end games pretty smoothly.
The OnePlus 5 has a 1080p AMOLED display and this might feel bothering on papers but I don’t think that’s a big deal. 1440p or higher resolutions display might have been better but a 1080p display really helps to extend the battery life. The pixel density is good and overall color production is quite good.
OnePlus 5 made a radical change in the camera category and they finally opted for a dual camera system. To be honest from the camera placement to camera interface feels like an iPhone clone. The OnePlus 5 has one 16 MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and one 20 MP sensor with a f/2.6 telephoto lens. The camera quality is pretty solid and I really liked the 2x optical zoom. The front camera is a 16 MP shooter and can take some good selfies.I have to say that the video quality is not so great because of the lack of image stabilization while shooting in 4k. Other than that I think the overall camera quality is better than other midrange phones.
The OnePlus 5 has a 3300mAh battery and it is 100mAh less than the OnePlus 3t but that doesn’t matter much. The Snapdragon 835 has significantly low power consumption and it also has battery optimization. You can expect at least 1 day of battery life which is good enough for most of the people.
The OnePlus 5 is running on the latest Android version with a light oxygen skin. The oxygen skin gives you close to a stock Android experience, they just tweaked little things here and there by the oxygen skin. The dash charging is still available on the OnePlus 5 and it can charge up your phone pretty quickly. They also focused on gesture control and allowed us to add multiple gestures. The new 3 finger swipe screenshot method is useful. With just one tap you can take a screenshot of a full page. The design is same as the older versions, metal and glass unibody in the back and fingerprint scanner in the front.
My overall experience of this phone is pretty solid but with a much higher price tag than older OnePlus phones, I don’t think this phone will be a big success. I will still recommend this phone. Though it has a higher price tag there is no other phone available under $450 which can compete with it.