The company launches OnePlus 5, after the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.
Yes, OnePlus skipped a number in between the two phones, because of tetraphobia in its origin country. But the name isn’t a concern for the smartphone.
So, let’s take a look at the biggest changes and is the OnePlus 5 worth the price tag? Let’s see.
Display – Minute Changes
Like the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T , the OnePlus 5 supports a 5.5-inch LCD display with 1080p native resolution:
- OnePlus 5 – OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – 5.5-inch, Optic AMOLED panel, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi pixel density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – 5.5-inch, Optic AMOLED panel, 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 4
By looking closely you can spot a difference between both the phones. OnePlus 5 has Gorilla Glass 5 and there are minor updates to screen brightness. But the phone is in no comparison to the OLED screens on the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
Camera – Dual Camera Addition
With a little change in the display of OnePlus 5, the camera is the part which is improved the most from OnePlus 3 and 3T:
- OnePlus 5 – Rear: 16 MP, f/1.7 aperture, 1.12 µm, EIS (gyro) and 20 MP, f/2.6, 1.0 µm 2x optical zoom, no OIS and dual-LED flash. Front: 16 MP, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p
- OnePlus 3T – Rear: 16 MP, f/2.0, OIS, LED flash. Front: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p
- OnePlus 3 – Rear: 16 MP, f/2.0, OIS, LED flash. Front: 8 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p
That’s a lot of specifications to understand. The additional features added basically are the 2x optical zoom and deliver portrait mode by combining both its rear cameras similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus.
OnePlus claims the OnePlus 5’s increased aperture means it can capture 34% more light than the OnePlus 3T and OnePlus 3 for better low light shots. It can also focus up to 40% faster.
On the other hand the front camera specifications are similar to that of the OnePlus 3T.
Design & Size – Familiar
There’s not much difference in weight and size of OnePlus 5 in comparison to the predecessors:
- OnePlus 5 – 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches) and 153 g (5.40 oz)
- OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T – 152.7 x 74.7 x 7.4 mm (6.01 x 2.94 x 0.29 inches) and 158 g (5.57 oz)
The OnePlus 5 does still supports a metal body providing decent grip, but the edges are made round to make it easy to hold. To design the smartphone slim the battery has been reduced.
OnePlus 5 colour options are limited at present with just Midnight Black and Slate Gray compared to the OnePlus 3T which also came in Gunmetal and Soft Gold.
Performance – Sweeping The Competition!
The real attraction for many people towards the OnePlus 5 is it’s incredible performance:
- OnePlus 5 – Qualcomm Snapdragon 835: Octa-core Kyro CPU, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB or 8GB RAM
- OnePlus 3 – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset: Quad-core Kryo CPU, Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB RAM
- OnePlus 3T – Qualcomm Snapdragon 821: Quad-core Kyro CPU, Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB RAM
Samsung S8 and S8 Plus also packs the same chipset. But what really attract’s is the 8GB RAM (128 GB version only) packed up with Oxygen OS which is seamless and put’s the stock android experience.
OnePlus 5 feels faster than Samsung new Galaxies, LG G6 and Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL. The price difference place a major role.
Battery Life & Charging
We expected a larger battery than the predecessors, but it gives us a smaller battery because of the sleek design the battery has been reduced:
- OnePlus 5 – 3300 mAh
- OnePlus 3T – 3400 mAh
- OnePlus 3 – 3000 mAh
But it’s not a negative point for the phone because OnePlus claims that with more efficiencies in hardware and the software OnePlus 5 lasts 20% longer than the OnePlus 3T but will depend on how are you using the device.
Wireless charging is still not added to the OnePlus 5, but the dash charger is still the fastest charging method for a smartphone in the market.
Storage & Price – A notable difference
OnePlus gained popularity with it’s pricing strategy in the past, but OnePlus 5 has a significant increase from the last OnePlus 3T:
- OnePlus 5 – 64GB / 6GB (Rs. 32,999) and 128GB / 8GB (Rs. 37,999)
- OnePlus 3T – 64GB / 6GB (Rs. 29,999) and 128GB / 6GB (Rs. 34,999)
- OnePlus 3 – 64GB / 6GB (Rs. 27,999)
But it still remains the lowest cost flagship available in the market with high end features and specifications.
At the end OnePlus 5 has done it again maintained it’s quality and specifications at a low price being the FLAGSHIP KILLER.