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OnePlus 5 Review

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What comes to your mind when you hear the word “flagship smartphone?”

Surely, you will think about a phone with all the highest and greatest specifications available in the market and of course these devices requires more bucks from your pocket.

But the OnePlus 5 will change the way you think for a flagship phone. With the OnePlus 5, you can get one of the latest smartphone processor in the market, high capacity RAM, and a superb dual-camera setup for a lower asking price compared to other flagship phones from other brands.

So to know more about the OnePlus 5, scroll down and read our full review.

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OnePlus 5 Specs:

  • 5.5 inch FHD Display, 1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)
  • Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core Processor
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo)
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • Dual 16 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, EIS (gyro) + 20 MP, f/2.6, 36mm back camera
  • 16 MP, f/2.0, 20mm, EIS (gyro), 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p, Auto HDR front camera
  • 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM | 8GB RAM and 128GB ROM
  • Android v7.1 Nougat, Oxygen OS
  • 3300 mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Fast battery charging (Dash Charge)
  • Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
  • GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • NFC capable
  • USB 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
  • Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Colors: Midnight Black | Slate Gray
  • Lazada -P26,490 (64GB/6GB) | P30,990 (128GB/8GB)
  • Widget City – P24,990 (64GB/6GB) | P28,990 (128GB/8GB)

Related Article – OnePlus 5 Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

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The OnePlus 5 has a very slick and thin form factor with a 7.3mm width compared to the 7.4mm of the OnePlus 3T. It also has more rounded corners and curved edges making the device comfortable to hold and easier to pickup compared to other bar-type form smartphones. The antenna lines are running on top and bottom of its back plus the NFC antenna just on top of its dual-camera setup. Other than the typical power button and volume rockers, the OnePlus 5 has an Alert Slider. Overall, and at first look, the OnePlus 5 is just like any other black color dual-camera setup smartphones, the iPhone 7 Plus specifically.

DISPLAY

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The device is packed with 5.5 inch Full HD display with 1080p screen resolution, 401ppi pixel density, and an optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The colors are vivid and vibrant but the color red is more standing out and is more noticeable on screen. Out of the box, the unit is pre-installed with a screen protector which is something unnecessary because if the Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

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The OnePlus 5 is running on Android Nougat paired with OnePlus’s OxygenOS. It is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core Processor and Adreno 540 GPU. Also, the device is packed with 6GB/8GB of RAM which is one of the highest and top of the line RAM capacity in the market.

You can feel its speed when installing large apk because it handles them really fast.

With these great specs, the device can handle all the hardcore games like Asphalt 8, Need For Speed (Most Wanted), Injustice (Gods Among Us), Dead Space, NOVA Legacy, and Mobile Legends. And what’s good with it is that the unit is not suffering from too much heating. The fingerprint scanner is so fast than it will automatically unlock the unit as soon as you placed your finger on the sensor.

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY LIFE

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 The Dual-SIM tray accepts two Nano-SIMs and it can work with dual-4G standby with VoLTE. This means a faster connectivity and internet speed. It is also equiped with NFC which lets you transfer files to other NFC-supported devices by just tapping on each other.

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Though the OnePlus 5 (3,300mAh) has a lesser battery capacity than the 3T (3,400mAh), the device still managed to deliver longer battery life and it can last all day with above average usage. Plus the dash charging capability of the device is a very nice factor which lets you fully charge the device for less than an hour.

CAMERA

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The device has a dual-camera setup on its back with a twin 16 MP (f/1.7, 24mm, EIS, and gyro) + 20 MP (f/2.6, 36mm) cameras. On its front is a 16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, EIS) camera.

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Indoor (well-lighted)

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Indoor (low light)

Indoor (Good lighting Vs Low light)

The front-facing camera is delivering good to average selfies and groupies. The 16MP sensor can manage to shot sharper selfies under good and well-lighted environments but its small f/2.0 aperture makes it struggle to produce brighter photos on a dim environment.

Panorama

No Flash vs With Flash

Its dual-camera setup on its back are doing great and can be subjected into mobile photography if you are the type of person who is more preferred in shooting on mobiles rather than SLRs or DSLRs. It has a Portrait Mode similar to the iPhone 7 Plus and it deliver superb outputs. The blurring of the background is so smooth plus the bokeh effect makes your shots look like taken by a DSLR. It also has Pro Mode which lets you control the values of the ISO, White Balance, Shutter Speed, Focus, and Exposure Value. The good thing with it is that, when setting the shutter speed into higher value, it does make photo over exposed to light. Other smartphone with these feature still need an ND filter to control the amount of light going into the sensor.

When it comes to video, the OnePlus 5 support 4k video resolution but the trade off is loosing the EIS which results to shakiness of the video when you are not using a tripod. The slow motion feature is smooth but you cannot change the slowness value.

VERDICT

The OnePlus 5 is a real bang for the buck. You can get a near flagship smartphone for a lower price. Its has great specifications like top of the line Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB/8GB of RAM, 64GB/128GB of storage, dash charge, and a superb dual-camera setup. Its uni-body design is very slick and thin though not certified with any waterproofing, other users claims it to be water resistant. But of course, a lower asking price has some trade-offs. Its front camera doesn’t have lower aperture value for better photos in low light, the back camera lacks of EIS in 4k video, no extendable storage, and it has no earphones included in the package.

It is true that there is no perfect smartphone for everyone. Each of us has our own criteria for us to pick what’s best for us. The OnePlus 5 is an example of great smartphone for the price but with some trade-offs.

So what do you think of the OnePlus 5? Let us hear your thoughts on the comment section below.