OnePlus 5 Launched – Is it a Flagship Killer?

Carl Pei took the stage and told about the philosophy of the company “Never Settle”, they have always wanted to build a smartphone which they can use – “A Perfect Android Mobile”. They launched the OnePlus One in 2014, and it was very successful, not only in China but also globally.

They sold 1.5 million OnePlus One smartphones, and they expect a much better result from the new OnePlus 5.

After all the hype and leaks finally, we have the OnePlus 5, the smartphone which I think fits in the shoes of Google Nexus. Google with its Pixel phones is becoming more like Apple. While Android users need a great smartphone at an affordable price.

Let’s explore What is New in the OnePlus 5 compared to the OnePlus 3T and other top of the line smartphones.

OnePlus 5 offers – Dual Rear Camera, SD 835 and 8 GB RAM

Design – Though OnePlus design looks very similar to the iPhone 7 Plus, it has subtle changes but nothing too noticeable to make it look different. Having said that, it is still a gorgeous looking smartphone which will be available in two colours – matte black and mild grey.

OnePlus 5 Launched - Is it a Flagship Killer?

The Oneplus 5 is also very thin, in fact it is thinner compared to any older Oneplus smartphone, measures just 7.25 mm in thickness. While there were doubts that OnePlus will loose the 3.5 mm headphone jack to accommodate a more thinner profile, it still retains the 3.5 mm jack.

There is no glass finish like a Samsung S8 or iPhone 7, but it comes with a metallic frame and metallic back cover.  The Front side carries a home button which comes with a fast fingerprint scanner ( can unlock the device in 0.2 seconds).

The OnePlus 5 weighs 153 grams which is slightly lower compared to 158 grams weight for OnePlus 3T.

Camera – This is one area which differentiates a more expensive iPhone or Samsung S8 to all other budget devices by a leap. OnePlus 5 claims that they have been able to make a better camera. Though the company does not claim that it is better compared to iPhone 7 Plus, HTC U11 or Google Pixel but says it comes with Highest resolution rear camera sensors and with a low aperture lens.

OnePlus 5 Launched - Is it a Flagship Killer?

For specs, the Rear camera has Sony IMX398 sensor which has 16 MP resolution, and there is a 20 MP telephoto lens for clicking Zoom shots.  The rear camera lens comes with f 1.7 aperture and f/2.6 aperture (20 MP) sensor.

The lower aperture means better low light images and OnePlus has also said that the Autofocus system on the camera is also improved to capture better images. The camera also comes with portrait mode, Pro mode and a smart capture mode.

There is no mention of Optical Image Stabilization which is really crucial to take better images, and for videos, it is an absolute must in any camera. There is EIS (electronic image stabilisation) which is not an exact replacement for OIS.

The OnePlus 5 comes with a 16 Megapixel front camera which also has a Sony IMX 371 sensor with f/2.0 aperture.

Performance – OnePlus 5 comes with top of the line specs which you can expect from a flagship. It even offers 8 GB of Ram in the higher model with 128 GB storage, while the 6 GB RAM model comes with 64 GB storage.

OnePlus 5 Launched - Is it a Flagship Killer?

The smartphone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor clocked at 2.45 GHz and has Adreno 540 GPU to take care of graphics intensive tasks and gaming.

OnePlus during their presentation shared that the storage used is UFS 2.1 which offers faster storage speeds compared to the traditional UFS 2.0 found in most other smartphones.

Overall we can say with fastest processor and presence of 8 GB RAM makes it the quickest Android phone in the market.

OS and Features – There is Android Nougat 7.1 and Oxygen OS. OnePlus has also added some new features like an extended screenshot capability and a night mode to the smartphone to ensure better user experience.

Display – OnePlus has not done much for the display in the OnePlus 5 as it still ships with a 1080P display panel which is Super AMOLED.  The display comes with 2.5D curve glass, and there is also Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating to ensure it stays protected.

The 5.5 Inch display panel offers 401 Ppi and comes with conventional 16:9, nothing fancy like an LG G6 or Samsung S8. OnePlus has gone with a more conventional approach with the display and not moved to more bezel-less panels like LG or Samsung.

 Battery Life – The OnePlus 5 comes with a slightly smaller battery (3300 mAH) compared to the OnePlus 3T (3400 mAH). Though it is not too much of a difference and as we pointed out earlier there is a slight reduction in thickness as well from 7.4 mm to 7.25 mm for the OnePlus 5.

OnePlus 5 Launched - Is it a Flagship Killer?

Though to make things better the OnePlus 5 comes with improved and faster dash charging support which OnePlus claims is miles ahead of Samsung S8.

Connectivity – OnePlus 5 comes with the USB Type-C port and the 3.5 mm headphone jack is also still there. The smartphone comes with Dual Sim Support and has support for 4G LTE as well as VOLTE.

There is no IP rating (water proof or dust proof) or wireless charging support for the OnePlus 5.

Pricing and availability – Last but not the least, the smartphone is priced at $479 or Rs. 32,000 in the US market. The exact price in India will be shared on 22 June when the smartphone will get launched in India. It will be available for purchase from Amazon India and OnePlus official website in the Indian market.

OnePlus 5 Launched – Is it a Flagship Killer?

OnePlus 5 definitely is great as far as the specs and performance go, but there are some of the things which are missing like wireless charging, OIS or the support for water and dust proofing. The design is also not very original, and camera performance is yet to be reviewed.

Also, we must consider the price for the phone compared to the competition. The Price in India is also not announced, there are more pieces to a flagship killer puzzle than we think and more will be told in coming posts.  Overall as usual if pricing is right for India it is going to be a top seller in this Asian market.

Overall as usual if pricing is right for India it is going to be a top seller in this Asian market. We are expecting a price of Rs. 34,000 for the lower model and Rs. 38,000 for the higher model (8 GB RAM). At that price, it is going to be a good value for money product for many buyers.

At that price it is going to be a good value for money product for many buyers.

Information Source – OnePlus

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OnePlus 5 is exclusive to Amazon India, and the first sale is on 22 June 4:30 pm.

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