One Plus 5 is finally here and we cannot control our excitement. This is one of those phones for which we all wait the whole year. It is a true flagship killer in its essence with the behemoth specs it has to offer. The specs are at par with Samsung Galaxy S8 and Xperia XZ Premium but it costs almost half the price. The rest of flagship killers just fall short when it comes to a few aspects, especially being reasonably priced or offering top of the line specs. Even though One Plus 5 is priced slightly higher than the previous iterations, but it is still way cheaper than its competitors.
One Plus 5 has all the ingredients to make it great. The phone has an all new amazing dual-unit camera. This comes with a neat bag of tricks along with it. One Plus 5 has really focused on the camera this time around which can be seen from their launch video as well. This was the only area in which One Plus was lacking majorly and now they have come up with a brilliant solution. One Plus 5 takes its design queues from iPhone 7 Plus. The antenna lines are same and so is the camera layout. Build quality is solid and sturdy nonetheless. One Plus 5 is really fast and we haven’t experienced a faster phone other than Sony Xperia XZ Premium, as their skin overlay is very light.
There are two major versions of One Plus 5. One comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage while the rest of the specs remain the same. If you even by fault found 6GB RAM not enough then One Plus has you covered. It is the first Android phone with a behemoth 8GB RAM. Multitasking would never be a problem for One Plus 5 owners for years to come. We must remind you that many Android flagships are still offering 3GB RAM. 8GB RAM version comes with 128GB internal storage. This reminds me to point it out that there is no expandable storage on offer on this phone. The 6GB RAM and 64GB storage version will set you back $480 and the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage version will set you back for $540.
Both versions are the same as far rest of the specs are concerned. The phone is powered by SnapDragon 835 (flagship phone processor as we call it) and the battery has a moderate 3,300mAh capacity. The bigger the chips, the more battery the device would use. We were hoping for the battery to be around 4,000mAh given the mammoth specs. In real world standard usage, the battery should be good to last you a whole day. The screen of the phone is not at par with rest of the flagships, as the resolution is full HD and not QHD. Screen however is Super AMOLED, which means it has infinite contrast ratio and great sunlight legibility. The resolution is denser than retina display so you won’t be able to tell the difference between QHD and FHD with a naked eye. One Plus 5’s screen has support for DCI-P3 color gamut which Apple’s iPhones also have started supporting. This gives great color accuracy to the screen. Fingerprint sensor is really quick and we can safely say it is one of the fastest in the market.
Rest of the layout is standard for the One Plus 5. There is your ringer key to put the phone on silent. The volume rocker is placed on the same side as rest of the One Plus phones, so users will be pretty comfortable with the layout. One Plus 5 doesn’t offer any stereo speakers for sound but the single speaker unit has certainly gotten a lot louder than before.
One Plus 5 has a great camera unit with one camera at 16MP resolution and the other one at 20MP. The concept is the same as LG’s dual camera unit. One is a wide angle lens and other one is a standard. There are however plenty of tricks that One Plus has given in the camera software with which you can take amazing photos. The autofocus speeds are faster by 40% according to the company. There is no OIS on board however which is kind of disappointing since One Plus’ main focus area (pun intended) was the camera.
The phone launches with Android Nougat 7.1 with OxygenOS 4.5 overlay which is one of the lightest ever on any Android phone. This is a phone that has defied all odds with its brilliance and cheap price. It was an instant success and now it is even a bigger success as One Plus 5 is the most pre-booked phone ever launched by the company. We are certainly huge fans given One Plus has really pushed the specs and performance this time around.
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