After a good few months of speculation, the OnePlus 5 has officially been unveiled. While this is no review, for those who want a quick breakdown, here is everything that is important.
Design and build
From the 3T, the OnePlus 5 isn’t the major overhaul we were expecting. The phone remains identical from the front and doesn’t get rid of the bezels nor the responsive 0.2 second fingerprint scanner. But the device is a lot more rounded and thinner at 7.25mm. Gone is the sharp appearance for a smoother and curved finish, mimicking the horizon of the sky.
There is no compromise in construction though. The OnePlus 5 retains the premium anodized aluminium build from its predecessor but the design of the back is not very inspired nor does the phone come with any sort of dust or water resistance. This time, OnePlus has opted for the dual-camera approach which is discussed later. And in traditional fashion, the phone is available in more than one color including “Slate Grey” and “Midnight Black”.
- 5.5-inch Full HD Gorilla Glass 5 protected display with calibration support; 401ppi
- Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor; Adreno 540 GPU
- 6GB/64GB of storage or 8GB/128GB of storage (UFS 2.1 support for storage)
- 3300mAh battery with Dash Charging support (0-60% in 30 minutes)
With the OnePlus 5, the Chinese company’s main focus is on the camera, no pun intended. Opting for a dual-camera setup, it is positioned on the top left of the device. The combination of both the 16MP and 20MP cameras allow for a 40% faster auto-focus time and clearer pictures in darker environments. At the expense of optical image stabilization.
The custom made Sony sensors on board allow for an improved high dynamic range in pictures and a much better optimized automatic experience. For the professional photographers, the camera’s “Pro Mode” allows for control of ISO, white balance and shutter speed among others and can even shoot in RAW mode for editing later.
However, one of the newest features about the phone is the telephoto lens. For one, this allows portraits to be taken with DSLR-like quality with a great background separation but additionally, it also enables zooming up to 2x with no loss in quality. This is akin to experience found on the iPhone 7 Plus.
There is no doubt Oxygen OS is one of the cleanest operating systems on an Android smartphone. Combining with the features on Android 7.1 Nougat, OnePlus looks to improve the experience further.
Among the various optimization options, two stand out. A “Read Mode” that continually adapts the display to the surrounding light with the help of the ambient sensor built in which leads to an overall reduction in eye strain. And two, the ability to take expanded screenshots.
Optimizing the software to the hardware, OnePlus claims to provide a “Smooth Experience” on its flagship. With UFS 2.1 storage support, data transfer is made twice as fast. But accompanying this is the claimed lower input lag on screen and an app priority mode that learns about the user’s most visited applications and keeps them ready to go in the background at all times.
Pricing and availability
Starting from June 27, the OnePlus 5 will be available in the USA at a starting price of $479 (Dh1760) and in Europe for €499 (Dh2040). The phone is expected to be available in other regions as well with no confirmation on pricing.
For the UAE, pricing nor availability has been confirmed but keep an eye out here for an update.