OnePlus 5 Review — The Best Smartphone for 2017?

OnePlus 5

In the last 4 years, OnePlus has made a big with their amazing smartphone start with OnePlus One to Oneplus 3T. OnePlus has fashioned itself as the flagship phone killer jumping out of the midrange bushes.

20.06.2017 OnePlus launch their OnePlus 5 one of the best smartphone in 2017!

The OnePlus 5 excels at serving high-performing hardware, like the latest Snapdragon chipset and an enduring, fast-charging battery. It’s also on trend with a dual-lens rear camera that takes artsy portraits and can hold its own against the iPhone 7 Plus.

Starting at $479 with 64GB of storage and 6GB-8GB of Ram, this new flagship can no longer be mistaken for a super-specced midrange handset. In addition, even though it doesn’t cost quite as much as a mainstream mainstay like the Galaxy S8, that’s exactly the sort of phone, it will be compared against.

This is the priciest OnePlus device yet, and it’s falling in line with its more traditional competition: you pay more to get more.

OnePlus 5 price and release date

  • OnePlus 5 is more expensive than OnePlus 3T
  • Two versions of the phone, starts at $479 (£449, around AU$630)
  • Coming to US and UK, won’t be released in Australia

OnePus 5 Design

The OnePlus 5 is a good-looking phone, but it’s not the most original. The back reminds me of a slightly curvier matte-black iPhone 7 plus, right down to the camera arrangement, the blended antenna lines and even the flash. The front is pretty much the same as those of the outgoing OnePlus 3 and 3T, which is no bad thing, but in a world of the Essential Phone and LG G6, it feels a bit old-fashioned.

Old-fashioned is acceptable in this case, though, because OnePlus has managed to make this phone so comfortable to hold and a pleasure to use. The curved back fits perfectly in your palm, while the 3D Gorilla Glass 5 on the front also curves slightly. This multitude of curves make it super-slim, but also easy to fish up from a table.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5/ Source: Stuff.tv

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 iPhone 7 Plus. It doesn’t feel big, although I have become used to this size of phone now, and I can reach all the elements of the screen with one hand.

The aluminium unibody has been refined and reformed from last year’s OnePlus 3T, slimming down to just 7.25mm at its thickest point. Rounded edges and corners feel smooth and sit comfortably in your hand — it’s like holding a high-tech pebble.

The differences might be minor, but it is amazing how much more premium the OnePlus 5 feels compared to last year’s 3T. It’s a shame OnePlus couldn’t make it waterproof, though — that’s pretty much the one missing feature we were hoping would make the cut.

OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5/ Source: Stuff.tv

OnePlus 5 Key specs and features

There is no questioning the specs of this phone: it’s powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor; comes with a combo of either 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage or a laptop-rivaling 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage; and it has a total of 52 megapixels of image-taking prowess between its three cameras.

OnePlus 5

Both versions of the phone are identical otherwise, from the Snapdragon 835 chipsets they share to their sealed, 3,300mAh batteries. (Yes, that’s just a hair smaller than the battery we got in the 3T.) For better or worse, though, OnePlus still prefers giving its phones two Nano SIM slots instead of a spot for a SIM and a microSD card.

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While this flexibility (and support for loads of GSM and LTE bands) make OnePlus 5 an excellent travel device, you’re better off getting the more expensive mode if you can afford it.

OnePlus has opted to produce two versions of the OnePlus 5. The base model, with 64GB of internal storage and 6GB of RAM, will cost you $479 (£449, around AU$630).

The higher-end version, with 128GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, is priced at $539 (£499, around AU$710) and that’s the device we’re reviewing here.

OnePlus 5 Specs

Whichever version you buy, it’s a big price jump compared to the OnePlus 3T, which cost $439 (£399, around AU$580) for the 64GB model and $479 (£439, around AU$630) for the 128GB version.

Key specs and features

ü Snapdragon 835 Processor

ü 6/8 GB RAM 64/128 GB Storage

ü LPDD4X RAM, UFS 2.1 storage

ü 16 MP main, 20 MP telephoto cameras

ü Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX HD

ü NFC

ü 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display

ü sRGB, DCI-P3 coverage

ü Gorilla Glass 5

ü 3,300 mAh battery

ü USB Type-C (2.0), headphone jack

ü Slate Grey (it’s kinda blue-ish) and Midnight Black colors

ü Android 7.1.1

ü 7.25mm thick

OnePlus 5 Camera Review

The OnePlus 5 hopped aboard the dual-camera trend and has two rear shooters. Unlike other phones that have two cameras for wide-angle or monochrome purposes, the phone has a standard 16-megapixel shooter and a secondary 20-megapixel telephoto lens. This enables it to take “bokeh” images that have a shallow depth of field and blurred backgrounds (as if you took the photo with a DSLR camera).

  OnePlus 5 Camera

Low light photos were slightly less consistent, as the camera sometimes had trouble finding the right exposure, but when it did, it seemed on par with what I’ve seen from the Galaxy S8 or LG G6, despite not having optical image stabilization (the Google pixel doesn’t either, for that matter).

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Keep in mind though that the telephoto camera has a worse sensor and smaller aperture, and low light images suffer for it — stick to the main camera when you can. On the whole though, I’d say OnePlus’ setup is right up there with the Google Pixel or Galaxy S8, while giving you the extra versatility of a telephoto lens. OnePlus said it concentrated the bulk of its efforts on software this time around, and it shows.

OnePlus 5 Camera

OnePlus 5 Camera/ Source: thenextweb.com

The OnePlus 5 takes excellent low-light pictures, better even than the pricier Pixel at times. That’s due to a combination of better processing technology from OnePlus and a slightly wider aperture (f1.7 versus f2.0 on the Pixel), which lets in more light. And in photography, light is everything. Many of the OnePlus’ photos were clearer and sharper (with less digital artifacting) than the Pixel. White balance was also more accurate, since the Pixel gave off a slight greenish hue with some of my dark, indoor shooting.

In short, the OnePlus 5 has a great camera (and its 16-megapixel front-facing shooter takes sharp selfies as well), if not one of the best camera phones around. When it comes to regular day-to-day shooting, though, personal preference comes into play — especially when all premium phones carry first-rate cameras.

OnePlus 5 Battery

The phone’s non-removable battery has a slightly lower capacity than before (down from 3,400 to 3,300mAh). But the battery actually lasted about an hour longer in our lab tests for battery usage than the 3T, clocking in an excellent 17 hours, 50 minutes on average.

Oneplus 5

It also uses OnePlus’ proprietary Dash Charging technology for quick recharging. After 30 minutes, I got up to 58 percent battery and at the 1-hour mark, it was at 92 percent. A full reup took a little under 1.5 hours, which is the usual ballpark for fast-charging phones.

The last piece of the equation is battery life, and once again, it impresses. The OnePlus 3T already delivered really impressive battery life; the 5 has a very slightly lower capacity battery, but delivers battery better than what I saw with the already-solid 3T.

OnePlus vs Oppo vs iPhone

Design is the same in Oppo/iPhone/OnePlus

OnePlus itself claims the OnePlus 5 lasts “20 percent longer” than the 3T thanks to the more efficient processor and RAM, as well as some tweaks. In my own everyday testing, that seemed believable.

For my typical heavy usage with medium-high brightness, that’s about 6–8 hours of screen-on time, which is some of the best battery life I’ve seen from a flagship Android phone in the last couple of years.

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If you’re only snapping a few photos, scrolling through social media and listening to music, two days between charges isn’t impossible. I’d say it’s got more staying power than the Galaxy S8, which is mighty impressive.

Dash Charge gets you back up to full incredibly quickly, too — half an hour is enough to get you through to bedtime again. Better yet, it works while you’re actually using the phone, unlike a lot of other quick charge systems.

OnePlus 5 In Short

On one end of the price spectrum are the flagship contenders, like the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and LG’s G6. The base level Galaxy S8 costs about $100 more than this particular OnePlus 5, and it’s an absolutely gorgeous device. While you get a drool-worthy screen, you’d have to put up with loads of Samsung-mandated apps that you may not want. The LG G6 is similarly laden with LG software you probably don’t want, but its own dual camera setup offers more flexibility and media creation features.

At $599, the unlocked G6 is still more expensive than the high-end OnePlus 5 and runs with a pokier chipset to boot. The price comparisons hurt when you look at iPhones, too. An iPhone 7 Plus with its dual camera and 128GB of storage costs $869 unlocked. If you’re on a budget and looking for a great device in the same ballpark, there’s always the Moto Z2 Play.

In our initial testing, it proved to be an excellent modular midrange option with a lovely sense of style. That said, it costs $499 unlocked and offers a fraction of the power the OnePlus 5 does.

OnePlus 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Google Pixel XL vs iPhone 7 Plus vs LG G6 Specs Comparison

OnePlus 5 Samsung Galaxy S8 Google Pixel XL Apple iPhone 7 Plus LG G6 Display size, resolution 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.8-inch; 2,960x1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 2,560x1,440 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.7-inch, 2,880x1,440 pixels Pixel density 401ppi 570ppi 534ppi 401ppi 565ppi Dimensions (Inches) 6.1 x 2.9 x 0.29 in 5.9 x 2.9 x 0.31 in 6.1 x 3 x 0.34 in 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.29 in 5.9 x 2.8 x 0.31 in Dimensions (Millimeters) 154 x 74 x 7.3 mm 149 x 68 x 8 mm 155 x 76 x 8.6 mm 158 x 78 x 7.3 mm 149x 72 x 7.9 mm Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.4 oz; 153g 5.5 oz; 155g 5.92 oz; 168g 6.63 oz; 188g 5.7 oz, 162g Mobile software Android 7.1.1 Nougat Android 7.0 Nougat Android 7.1 Nougat Apple iOS 10 Android 7.0 Nougat Camera (megapixels) 16MP standard; 20MP telephoto 12MP 12.3MP 12MP standard; 12MP telephoto 13MP standard; 13MP wide-angle Front-facing camera (megapixels) 16MP 8MP 8MP 7MP 5MP Video capture resolution 4K 4K 4K 4K 4K Processor 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (2.35GHz + 1.9GHz) or Samsung Exynos 8895 (2.35GHz + 1.7GHz) 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 Apple A10 chip (64-bit) 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 Storage 64GB, 128GB 64GB 32GB, 128GB 32GB, 128GB, 256GB 32GB RAM 6GB, 8GB 4GB 4GB N/A 4GB Expandable storage None Up to 2TB None None Up to 2TB Battery (all nonremovable) 3,300mAh 3,000mAh 3,450mAh 21 hours talk time on 3G, 16 days standby, 13 hours internet use LTE 3,300mAh Fingerprint sensor Home button Back cover Back cover Home button Back cover Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C Lightning USB-C Special features Portrait mode; notifications toggle; dual-SIM; Dash Charging Water-resistant; wireless charging; Gigabit LTE-ready Unlimited cloud storage; Daydream VR-ready Water-resistant; portrait mode Water-resistant; 18:9 aspect ratio; wireless charging (US-only) Price off-contract (USD) $479 (64GB); $539 (128GB) AT&T: $750; Verizon: $720; T-Mobile: $750; Sprint: $750; US Cellular: $675 $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB) $769 (32GB); $869 (128GB); $969 (256GB) AT&T: $720; Verizon: $672; T-Mobile: $650; Sprint: $708; US Cellular: $597.60 Price (GBP) £449 (64GB); £499 (128GB) £689 £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB) £719 (32GB); £819 (128GB); £919 (256GB) £649 Price (AUD) AU$750 (64GB); AU$830 (128GB) converted AU$1,199 AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB) AU$1,269 (32GB); AU$1,419 (128GB); AU$1,569 (256GB) AU$1,008

So the bad in OnePlus 5 it isn’t waterproof 👎 but it still very good smartphone with a good price. With an amazing screen it’s a wonderful device to install it with your remote controller for your Aerial Photography. You can order you OnePlus 5 Now from the official website of OnePlus.


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 June 21, 2017 at 12:32AM

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