The newest flagship from OnePlus – The OnePlus 5 is finally here.

The smartphones rumors market was absolutely flooded by the leaks, renders, and what not about the OnePlus 5. Thankfully, now it’s time to review the real deal.

As expected, most of the rumors and leaks came out to be true and we have finally got a smartphone without much flaws.

The OnePlus 5 could easily fit into the category of smartphones everyone would love to have.

While the OnePlus 3T was just a slight update, rather an iteration of the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 5 comes with a complete overhaul both in terms of design and specifications.

With a stunning design and specifications that can easily compete with some of the most high-end smartphones available in the current time, the OnePlus 5 is, without any doubts, a steal at the price point at which it is coming to the market.

OnePlus 5

The Good

  • Stunning design
  • Impressive primary camera
  • Beautiful display
  • Dash Charge Support
  • Lighting fast fingerprint scanner
  • Battery, though not a big upgrade (100 mAh lesser than the OnePlus 3T as a matter of fact), is improved a lot, owing to the software optimization
  • Smooth, stutter-free performance
  • A huge amount of RAM, multitasking would be a total breeze

The Bad

  • No expandable storage
  • No water resistance
  • The design somehow resembles a lot of other smartphones, if you know what we mean by that

OnePlus 5: Everything in detail

The Design

OnePlus 5 full review

The design of the OnePlus 5 might be a bit of a debatable topic here. There are people who are already comparing it to the likes of iPhone 7 Plus. Honestly, I won’t be having any issues whatsoever carrying a smartphone of this raw power. But again, there might be some who probably won’t feel that comfortable carrying a phone which might be mistaken with an Apple device.

It’s all metal once again, just thinner

That being said, the OnePlus 5 is nothing short of a beauty in hand. It is just 7.25 mm thin, and the trademark OnePlus taper along the edges makes it look even thinner in hand.

The taper also allows for a better and more comfortable grip. The antenna lines have now being realigned, which were pretty prominent in the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T as well.

The slide-to-mute button is still present and, thankfully, so is the headphone jack. As a matter of fact, the entire bottom of the OnePlus 5 resembles the OnePlus 3T. The USB Type-C charger and the speaker grills sit at the bottom.

OnePlus 5 full review

The Display

Taking a step back from what all the other companies are doing, OnePlus decided to stick with a 1080p display for the OnePlus 5. This might not be something the buyers would like too much, but the display on the OnePlus 5 is probably the best 1080p display ever made. Owing to the AMOLED panel, the colors look vibrant and blacks are deep. Images look clear and crisp and you won’t even feel that it is not a QHD Display.

OnePlus 5 full review
image source: Cnet

The upside of this feat is, the performance of the OnePlus 5 will be all the way even better and so will be the battery life as well.


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The Camera

The camera on the OnePlus 5 is something which has constantly been promoted. It can even be seen on the box the phone comes in. The OnePlus 5 sports a dual camera at the back, one is a 20MP shooter with a smaller f/2.6 aperture and the other being a 16MP unit with f/1.7 aperture and electronic image stabilization.

The camera, however, does not offer Optical Image Stabilization or OIS. The “Telephoto” lens would let you optically zoom in by 2x without degrading the quality of the image being taken at all.

Below is an example of how the camera interface looks like

OnePlus 5 full review
image taken from androidcentral

Hardware and Software

The device has some pretty decent set of specifications

  • 6 GB/8 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB/128 GB of internal storage
  • A Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • Latest OxygenOS running on top of Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Near to stock Android interface
  • Customizable accent colors
  • A variety of new Gestures added
  • Dash Charge support
  • Available in Midnight Black, Slate Gray color variants

Final thoughts

While there might be one flaw or two in the OnePlus 5, you won’t see such beast of a smartphone at a compelling price like this one. Additionally, the flaws are, more or less, ignorable and not that big a deal either.

Sure it looks somewhat like the iPhone 7 Plus, the camera interface is almost the same too, but these are the good things OnePlus 5 has taken up right?

It is definitely a head-turner and you can always go for it.

Do let us know what your thoughts are about the OnePlus 5 in the comments section below.

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