OnePlus is well known for providing flagship specs and performance at half the flagship’s price. Skipping over the number 4 as it is considered unlucky, oneplus stepped into the market with its latest Flagship Killer OnePlus 5 which is the most expensive device the company ever produced. Being a successor of OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 comes with a new sleek design, upgraded hardware, improved software and its most compelling feature the Dual Camera setup.
Camera on the 3T was not upto the flagship mark and with their latest device OnePlus have tried to fill this gap.
After a number of leaks, renders and humongous hype, the OnePlus 5 was officially unveiled on 20 June 2k17. With the increased price besides upgraded hardware and software, is OnePlus 5 still worth your money? For the answer stick till the end of this article.
Let’s be honest here, the OnePlus 5 looks a lot like the Apple iPhone 7 plus which is actually not a bad thing as the design itself is amazing however most of the fans including us wanted something original. From the antenna band to the dual camera setup, it looks similar to the iPhone 7 plus however from the front OnePlus 5 look a lot like the OnePlus 3 with slightly more rounded edges.
Overall it feels solid in hand, thanks to its aluminum unibody. Also it is slimmer from its predecessor with just 7.25mm of thickness and with its 153 grams weight which adds up making the device slippery while holding without the cover. One handed usage is easy, thanks to its sleek design and curves at all the right place the device fits comfortably in hand. A horizon line wraps around the device adding a horizon like division to the phone’s edge.
On the front you will find the Notification LED, Proximity sensor, 16 Megapixel sensor, and a Fingerprint scanner which doubles as a home button at the bottom. The capacitive keys are dots which is backlit and their functionality can be swapped with new functions that can be assigned (like what happens when you long press or double-tap, under the software segment).
On the right side is the power button and dual SIM tray. On the left side is the volume rocker and above is the OnePlus exclusive Alert Slider. On the bottom is a single speaker along with a headphone jack (kudos for not following the iPhone trend), mic and USB type-C port. On the back is the most hyped feature of the device, the dual camera setup with dual flash along with the antenna bands on the top and bottom, another mic and the OnePlus brand logo. The placement of the NFC sensor is between the rear camera lens.
OnePlus 5 sports a 5.5inch FHD Optic AMOLED display which is similar to its predecessor. It is protected by Gorilla glass 5 and comes with a screen protector applied right out of the box. Being FHD and not QHD, OP5 is criticized by the fans however FHD is still not a bad thing as it puts low pressure on the GPU and consumes much less battery juice. Most of the people won’t be able to differentiate between the FHD and QHD panel while holding the device at an arm’s length. Just like the OnePlus 3T, display produces high contrast images with deep blacks. Touch latency problem is now fixed and the display now supports DCi-p3 color profile which provides wider color gamut compared to sRGB. Display still struggles under direct sunlight on maximum brightness.
One of the new features is the Reading Mode which turns the display into grayscale eliminating blue light providing a similar experience like kindle. It is quite useful for the bookworms reducing the risk of sleep deprivation.
HARDWARE AND PERFORMANCE
OnePlus is well known for providing top of the line specs every year and following this trend OnePlus 5 is powered by the latest and most powerful Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Octa-core chipset (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) coupled with Aderno 540 GPU and LPDDR4X 6GB/8GB RAM depending on the version you choose. Two storage options are available 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB.
Performance is like a waterfall as the water flows down without any lag, OnePlus 5 flow through anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat, its simply top-notch. We tried Asphalt 8, Nova 3 and other heavy games and this device never showed a single drop in its performance. Jumping between apps, closing and opening apps is blazingly fast. RAM management is great too. Apps are not forced out of the memory a big applaud to the extra amount of RAM the company provides under the hood. OnePlus 5 never really got warm during our heavy usage. Temperature was always under the limits. Even after 1 week of heavy usage I personally can’t point out a single flaw in the performance. Kudos to OnePlus for providing such performance at an affordable price tag.
OnePlus 5 comes with Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box covered under the fluent and elegant skin OXYGEN OS v4.5.2. It is OnePlus’s own customized skin which is heavily optimized.
Oxygen OS is one of my favorite thing about this device. It’s a near stock ROM with added customizations like the ability to toggle the On-Screen/Off-Screen buttons or swapping them. Three themes are available Default, Dark and Light. Dark theme looks really great as it complements the AMOLED panel. Other features includes:
- Off screen gestures like drawing v to turn on the flash light with each gesture being customizable.
- App Lock.
- Icon packs that can be applied directly with the default launcher.
- Ambient Display.
- Status Bar customization and much more.
One of the most hyped features of the OnePlus 5 is its Dual Camera System. Camera on the OnePlus 3 and 3T was good but it wasn’t a true flagship’s camera. Dual Camera setup is nothing new as many other manufacturers have already implemented it. What makes the OnePlus 5’s camera different is that, its the highest megapixel dual camera system in the market. Camera on the 5 is quite an impressive improvement over the 3 and 3T.
On the rear we have a main sensor of 16 megapixels with an f/1.7 aperture with electronic image stabilization and the secondary sensor is a 20 megapixel telephoto lens with a smaller f/2.6 aperture, without any stabilization. The telephoto lens provides 2x Optical zoom (1.6x from the telephoto lens and 0.4x through SmartCapture multiframe technology), however in low light situations 2x zoom is achieved digitally by the primary sensor automatically. Portrait mode is present which provides DSLR like bokeh shots, which means that the subject will be in sharp focus while the background will be blurred. HDR is also improved now.
The manual mode on the OnePlus 3 and 3T is now known as the pro mode on the 5, adding new enhancements like horizon leveler, Histogram while having all the manual controls like shutter speed, white-balance, ISO and focus. RAW capture toggle is still present in the camera settings.
Talking about the quality, images clicked on OnePlus 5 are impressive with solid details. Saturation is on the normal side as opposed to over-saturated images clicked on S8. Low light shots are not the best but its average when compared to its price segment. It’s right behind S8 in case of low light photography. Overall the camera on this device is astonishing. Check out the samples attached below.
Videos can be recorded at maximum resolution of 4k @30fps and uses Electronic Image Stabilization which is not very effective for now but can be fixed with future updates. While recording videos one can switch to the telephoto lens for getting close to the subject but it results in jitters due to lack of OIS or EIS on the second lens.
Front sensor is a 16 megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture with EIS which clicks sharp images and is capable of recording videos in 1080p resolution. It’s no doubt that its the one of the best front camera in the market right now.
The UI of the camera application is somewhat similar to that of the iPhone’s built-in camera app but it packs a bunch of tweaks under the Pro mode, yeah using the manual features available one can shoot really stand out pictures taking the most out from the hardware available. Portrait toggle is present for easy switching to the telephoto lens for clicking bokeh of your subject.
BATTERY LIFE AND CHARGING
OnePlus 5 comes with a 3,300mAh non-removable Li-Po battery which is slightly lower than its predecessor 3T however being lower in capacity, battery on the OnePlus 5 last long enough for your whole day usage. When I switched to this device as my daily driver, battery lasted all day with moderate to heavy usage. Dash Charge made a comeback again, being one of the fastest charging solution available in the market right now. As OnePlus claims, OnePlus 5 hits the 60% mark in just half an hour and took 1hour 10min to charge completely.
OnePlus 5 is a Dual-SIM device with dual-standby which has all the connectivity options like NFC, Bluetooth v5, Wi-Fi and GPS. It supports faster storage with new Dual-Lane technology. App Priority intelligently learns your usage patterns to launch important apps more quickly. It also keeps intrusive apps from harming performance or draining battery. Sensors include Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, and compass.
OnePlus 5 is no doubt a powerful beast packed in a compact lightweight body which easily outperforms flagships like Samsung Galaxy S8 & Google Pixel in terms of raw power. The Built-In speakers is also louder and cleared compared to all the other devices currently available in the market (even better than Google Pixel). However there are some sacrifices like no QHD display, stereo speakers or water resistance. Also the price is increased compared to its predecessor but we guess its because the price of the component has also gone up so OnePlus is not the only one to blame. Overall OnePlus 5 with blazing fast performance, amazing camera, good battery and stock like OxygenOS is a complete bang for your buck.