For a company who is a relative newbie in the smartphone industry, OnePlus has made a positive and lasting impression in its short history. The OnePlus 5 seeks to continue the momentum and is a smartphone that is packed with features and has an impressive specs sheet, delivering an A-grade experience that makes it worth the price you are paying for.
The OnePlus 5 is a handsome phone, offering an aluminium unibody that gives it a premium look and feel. It also has a svelte design, measuring only 7.25mm thin with an aggressive taper around the sides that makes the device feel even thinner than it already is. The rounded corners and edges make the phone comfortable to hold even for long periods at a time. You might think that the phone is a little fragile due to its svelte design, but it surprisingly drops quite well.
Display wise, the OnePlus 5 is fitted with a 5.5-inch AMOLED panel that brings out deep blacks and rich colour saturation. Furthermore, the display also supports the DCI-P3 colour profile which is it a wider colour gamut compared to sRGB. This means that the colour tone is more natural without being oversaturated. The display’s brightness levels are sufficient for it to be used in direct sunlight without any issues.
What is most impressive is that the OnePlus 5 performs at the same level as more expensive flagships. The device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with an Adreno 540 GPU. The phone comes in two variants – 6GB RAM with 64GB storage and 8GB with 128GB storage. This combination of core internal components not only gives the phone a smooth performance, it makes the phone to have more effective battery consumption. Apps and games open and load quickly, switching between apps is fluid, and multitasking is smooth.
OnePlus has equipped the OnePlus 5 with a dual-camera system for its rear shooters. The 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture and electronic image stabilization while the secondary sensor is a 20MP telephoto lens with a f/2.6 aperture. The cameras offer detailed and sharp photos even under low-light conditions.
Although the OnePlus 5 is only equipped with a 3,300mAh battery, its battery life is exceptionally good. It can last through an entire day on a single charge even with heavy use. The smartphone also comes with Dash Charge technology which only takes 30 minutes to charge the phone up to 60% charge.