The current generation has just expanded with the introduction of OnePlus’ successor to the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5. With this device, OnePlus is continuing their strategy of attempting to bring consumers a premium smartphone with a price-tag below that of its competitors. But how does it stack up against those pricier devices?
The design of the device itself is very similar to that of OnePlus’ previous models. It is made of refined metal with rounded (more rounded than the last model) corners. Its screen is a rather impressive full HD screen with profile options for sRGB and DCI-P3. However, it must be noted that it does not stack up to the Quad-HD resolution of phones like the Samsung S8. OnePlus also offers two models of the phone, one with 6GB of RAM with 64GB of storage and another with 8GB of RAM with 128GB of storage. Both models ship with Bluetooth 5, OnePlus’ proprietary fast-charging system, Dash Charge, a fast fingerprint sensor and a battery that should last from 28-48 hours depending on your usage.
The phone’s camera is very similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus, as it has two camera lenses with a LED flash. The shooter sports 16 megapixels with a f/1.7 aperture and a secondary 20-megapixel camera that provides a pretty effective 2x zoom. While the camera is the best that OnePlus has put into a phone thus far, the colors within the photographs sometimes look more washed-out than those from a Google Pixel, iPhone 7 Plus or HTC U-11.
Like OnePlus’ other devices, the OnePlus 5 ships with Oxygen OS, but the OnePlus 5 ships with the Android 7.1.1 version. OxygenOS is full of tweaks and special features (like a reading mode) that make using the OnePlus 5 a slightly more unique experience than other Android smartphones. One other benefit of OxygenOS is that it does not come with the bloatware that many manufacturer’s versions of Android come loaded with.
Should You Buy It?
If you are looking for a premium phone that costs less than the competition, you should probably check out the OnePlus 5. However, you should keep in mind that the phone does not have some of the more practical features that the iPhone 7 Plus or the Samsung Galaxy S8 tout like water resistance. But in the phone’s defense, it does have a sleek design, a great camera and pretty outstanding battery life. So, the decision whether or not to buy the OnePlus 5 comes down to priorities. If you care more about price than features, you should look into it, but if you are going to miss the previously mentioned features, you may want to consider a different device.
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