OnePlus 5 : Phone Review

OnePlus is finally back and most of the rumors we listed previously are now confirmed. After OnePlus 3, we witnessed the 4th generation of their flagship series in the form of OnePlus 3T and as ‘4’ is not considered lucky in China. Now the next generation blockbuster has come to the markets and it is called OnePlus 5.
At first glance it resembles the iPhone 7, so much so that you can figure out it is not the Apple iPhone 7 only when you get hold of it. In short, the makers of this phone have cherry-picked the best specs of all the Best phones out there, listed right here. The phone is near perfect and is striking all the right tones. And all this from a company that is barely 4 years old. And the product offering is if not less, at par with companies that have voluptuous R&D expenses.

The bare specs of this phone are going to blow any phone enthusiast off their feet: A 5.5 inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, 16 MP dual rear camera, 8GB RAM (as if 6GB was not enough), 33000 mAh battery. Sounds enticing doesn’t it? The high-end phone will be available in two versions: Base model with 64GB of internal storage & 6GB of RAM; and upgraded version with 128GB of internal storage & 8GB RAM.

Lets dive down to nitty-gritties:

BODY: The dimensions of 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm form a slim phone impression and ergonomic design only complements that. These dimensions are as close to Google Pixel XL as it can get and slightly smaller than the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. The phone weighs only 153 grams, being lighter than the Pixel XL and iPhone 7 Plus. Despite of big housing, the display is limited to 5.5 inch because the finger-print sensor is still at the bottom of the display.

 

DISPLAY: The Oneplus 5 carries the Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen from OnePlus 3T and it is still a visual delight for this budget category. Images have decent depth and clarity with 1080 x 1920 pixels. Not the best in the market, yet it fits the bill. This one is a Full HD display and not a QHD display. Screen is secured by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 tech which protects the screen from scratches and provides fall resistance.

UNDER THE HOOD: The One Plus 5 runs on Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) which quicker that the iPhone 7 and is a slight upgrade over Pixel. The processor is fitted on a Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 835 chipset with Adreno 540 GPU. Glad to claim that the phone does not get warm easily and holds its cold calm even with games or 4K videos. this phone is a treat for gamers with its big display and colder than usual phone handling.

MEMORY: The phone, thanks to its large RAM of 6GB and even larger 8GB RAM handles multi-tasking like a dream. During my short heavy usage of the OnePlus 5, it has never hung or complained running low on resources. The 128 GB internal memory model will make me give away my habit of carrying a USB OTG to carry extra data.

CAMERA: The fanfare after the 16 MP dual rear camera is a reality. The camera does deliver depth in images but it isn’t comparable to the Pixel or the iPhone. The rear dual camera features a combination of of a 16MP primary camera lens and a 20MP telephoto lens. This is a unique combo in the world of dual camera phones. The primary camera has f1.7 aperture which captures light and brings brightness to images. And the camera app is hardly distinguishable from the Apple iPhone 7 camera App. Somehow the camera software does not blow crispness in images as the Galaxy S8 camera app. The camera delivers a good capture for 4K videos.

BATTERY: The OnePlus 5 scores well with Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery. The phone battery lasts more than a day even with frequent peak usages during the day. Office and personal Mails, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Duo calls, 1 hr talktime, 1.5 hrs HD video playback, Bluetooth headset on LTE network lasts me a day. The battery has Dash charge feature allowing it to be charged to the full with fraction of time it takes to charge other phones. Dash charging seems to be faster than Google Pixel fast charging feature, it goes from 0% to 80% within 30 minutes.

SOUND: OnePlus 5 features a full blown loud volume speaker and has Dirac HD sound.It delivers extremely well for hands-free calls in relatively loud ambiance. It is a pure case of neighbor’s envy and owner’s pride with this extremely loud speaker. You don’t need an additional Bluetooth external speaker to listen to music with this phone.

The phone runs Oxygen OS which is quite similar to stock Android 7 with tweaks here and there.First there was OnePlus One, followed by OnePlus 2. Major game changers were OnePlus 3 and OnePus 3T which actually gave biggest of their competitors a run for their money on their home grounds and markets wherever they had lead. OnePlus’ philosophy of delivering high-end specs with a average price label has benefited them a lot and has created a dedicated fan following  for them.

The OnePlus 5 is arguably the best BUDGET Android phone you can buy without compromising on high-end features and performance and ergonomics.

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