It is very rarely that a brand comes comes along with the ability to change the conversation. OnePlus has done that very successfully over the past few years. It might not be the most successful smartphone brand, but it sure has made much larger brands make course corrections with their product offerings. After many editions of smartphones that pushed the envelope on what specifications can be offered at a specific (budget) price point, OnePlus has now launched the new OnePlus 5. Here is our review:
OnePlus 5 specifications: 5.5-inch full HD SAMOLED | Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor | 6GB RAM/8GB RAM + 64/128GB storage | 16+ 20 MP rear camera + 16MP front camera with flash | Android Nougat 7.1.1 with OxygenOS | 3300 mAh battery |
OnePlus 5 price in India Rs 32,999
OnePlus 5 design, display review
OnePlus 5 is a thin sleek smartphone, but one that will give you a great sense of confidence every time you grip it. This OnePlus phone too sports the unique notifications button. On the rear is the one big noticeable difference from other phones, the dual camera. The dual camera does not result in a significant bump and it a phone that is just 7.25 mm thick, that is quite an achievement. The fingerprint scanner is up front. Though the phone has a USB-C port, OnePlus has retained that 3.5mm jack for earphones. However, this means, the phone has a single set of grilles for its speaker.
OnePlus 5 does not has a 2k or 4k display as was initially speculated. Many think this is a natural progression for flagships, but the fact is that such a high-resolution display is not yet a technological necessity. This means at least for a year more, companies are going to steer clear of this and pass on the cost benefit to the consumer instead. The OnePlus has a Full HD display that is sharp and bright enough to take care of all consumer needs at least for a couple of years more.
OnePlus 5 is one of the loudest phones around. And I mean loud. Actually, I was a bit taken aback when I accidentally ended up covering the speaker with the hand and could feel the vibrations against my hand. Not sure everyone will enjoy that.
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OnePlus 5 performance review
OnePlus 5 will be the first phone in India to be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. So this phone could well be the most powerful phone in India at the moment. The benchmarks sure seems to suggest so, with reanking above the iPhone 7 Plus which has been on top since it launch. However, benchmark scores don’t always give a full picture and all that matters in the end is the experience. That is where the OnePlus clearly scores.
For instance, this phone has a really cool temperament and does not heat up whatever you do with it, even shoot 4K video. This is great for a flagship. Also, the phone does all tasks really well without stutter. From gaming to multi-tab browsing, the phone has everything well under control. Gamers will also love this phone as the graphics render smoothly adding to the overall experience. There are two RAM variants and I tried the 6GB/64GB version since being the more affordable one this is where the volumes will be.
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OnePlus 5 camera review
Even OnePlus seems to think that the best bit about this phone is its camera. And it is no ordinary camera. The OnePlus offers a dual camera setting on the rear, a mix of a 16MP primary and a 20MP telephoto lens. This combination is unique even though dual cameras themselves are becoming more common these days. The main camera also comes with a f1.7 aperture, which takes in much more light and makes your images look brighter than the surroundings in which you shot them. So, this is a good camera for low light, though like any other smartphone it has not been able to negate noise altogether.