The OnePlus 5 officially launched in India.
So, the highly hyped OnePlus 5(OP5) is finally out. Globally launched on June 20, the OP5 is the latest and greatest that OnePlus has to offer.
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OP5 launched in India on June 22, in a launch event in Mumbai. All the focus this year was on the Dual Camera Setup that the OP5 has to offer.
Let’s talk about the phone in detail.
Here is a small spec table: –
|Screen||1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED|
|RAM||6/8 GB LPDDR4X|
|Storage||64/128 GB UFS 2.1 2-Lane|
|Camera(Rear)||16 MP, f/1.7|
20 MP, f/2.6
|Camera(Front)||16 MP, f/2.0|
|Software||Oxygen OS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat.|
Just like the OnePlus 3 and 3T before it, OnePlus’ latest flagship offers a metallic body, though it’s much thinner this time around.
Not only is the handset just 7.25 mm thin, it also features an aggressive taper around the sides that makes the phone feel even thinner thanks to the 2.5 D glass.
The controversy is on the back of the phone. While most of the people are saying that OP5 has copied the iPhone 7+, I beg to differ.
Yes, the design does look somewhat similar, especially with the addition of a dual camera system that’s similarly shaped and sits in the same location.
For those familiar with the OnePlus 3T, you’ll find the button placement here hasn’t really changed; the 5’s volume and alert slider are found on the left, the power button the right, the headphone jack on the bottom right, the USB Type-C port in the bottom center, and the speaker on the bottom left.
Turning towards the front, the OnePlus 5 has a home button that functions as a fingerprint scanner, flanked by capacitive back and Recent Apps keys.
The phone is made out of AA (Anodized Aluminum) and weighs 153g. It’s dimensions are- 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)
In a world where most of the flagships have QHD display, and some even 4K, the OP5 still offers only a FHD display.
It has a 1080p 5.5-inch AMOLED panel with a 16:9 resolution with 401ppi and support for sRGB, DCI-P3 color gamut. Despite only being 1080p, the screen looks absolutely gorgeous and is probably the best Full HD panel ever to grace a smartphone.
The blacks on this phone look stunning thanks to the AMOLED panel. It also has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.
Internals (Software + Hardware)
As we all know, OnePlus is known for giving the most high-end things in the market for a fairly reasonable price. All the previous OnePlus devices have given top of the line specs and so does the OP5.
There are two models available here. The base model comes with Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, and 64 GB UFS 2.1 2-Lane internal storage.
The upper model comes with all the same things but with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage capacity. Both models have the Adreno 540 GPU and 3,300 mAh battery with support for the blazing fast Dash Charge offered by OnePlus.
Another good feature is that the OP5 comes with Bluetooth 5.0, similar to the Samsung Galaxy S8 series.
On the software front, the OP5 has near stock Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OnePlus’s own Oxygen OS on top.
One of the biggest complains that the customers had with the OP3t was the cameras were not up to the mark. And that has been the primary focus of OnePlus this year. With a dual camera setup on the OP5, OnePlus is trying to up their camera game.
- There are Dual Camera on the back with 16 MP, f/1.7, 24mm
- EIS (gyro) + 20 MP, f/2.6, 36mm
- phase detection auto-focus
- 1.6x optical zoom
- dual-LED flash, etc. features.
Also, there is a iPhone-like dedicated portrait mode to take advantage of this setup and also a pro mode to take full manual control over the camera.
The front camera is the same as the OP3t. It has 16 MP, f/2.0, 20mm, EIS (gyro), 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p, Auto HDR, etc. features.
Other small details include-
- USB-C 2.0 Port.
- 3.5mm Headphone Jack.
- Alert Slider
- Auto-Learning Software with App Priority.
- Dual Sim, No MicroSD card support.
Where to buy and for how much?
The base model (6/64) costs Rs. 32,999 and comes in Slate Gray color.
The higher model (6/128) costs Rs. 37,999 and comes in Midnight Black color.
Should you upgrade from a OP3t?
Not really. There is not that much of a difference between the two devices. If you already own a OP3t then there is no need to upgrade.
But if you were planning on buying a OP3t, then I suggest you add the extra money and get the OP5. Also, if you have never used a OnePlus device before, or aren’t familiar with them, this is a wonderful phone to begin with.