OnePlus entered the mobile market with a bang. It brought along with it disruptive pricing which shook the mobile-market to its core. It prompted some serious changes in the pricing policies of the other smartphone giants which, in turn, benefited the customers. They release just one model per year and lavish all their care and attention on it. The OnePlus 5 is their latest flagship. It features a full metal build, a dual camera and a fingerprint scanner. It runs the latest, almost-vanilla Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS with some useful customizations.
It sports a big 5.5” full HD AMOLED display. It packs in a pair of high-resolution 16.0-megapixel cameras and carries a big 3300mAh Li-Po battery which keeps the phone running comfortably for a day’s worth of usage.There are two versions of the OnePlus 5. They are available exclusively on Amazon for a price of Rs. 32,999/- for the 6GB + 64GB version and Rs. 37,999/- for the 8GB + 128GB version in India. Let us take a detailed look at this smartphone through this review.
The OnePlus 5 features a full metal unibody made of Anodized Aluminium and has an amazing build quality. It is available in two colours; Midnight Black and Slate Grey. The back of the phone features the OnePlus logo which is etched and has a glossy finish. The pill-shaped camera cut-out sports a dual camera setup. It is flanked by the secondary noise cancelling microphone and the dual-LED flash.
The camera module protrudes a bit from the body. The integrated antenna lines blend into the body and are designed to be almost invisible. The power button sits on the right edge of the phones. The left edge carries the volume rocker and a very unique ‘Alert Slider’. It is a sliding switch with three positions which can quickly toggle the notifications status between ‘Silent’, ‘Priority’, and ‘All’.
It is a very convenient and useful addition. The 5.5” AMOLED display takes up the front of the phone. The earpiece sits above the display and is flanked by the 16.0-megapixel selfie camera and the proximity and ambient light sensors. The fingerprint sensor sits below the display. The 3.5mm headphone jack and the reversible USB Type C connector are located on the bottom edge of the phone along with the loudspeaker grill and the primary microphone. The tapered sides and the rounded edges help in getting a secure grip on the phone. The build quality is impressive and the metal unibody gives it a very premium look and feel. The OnePlus 5 stands up to the scrutiny of the design review really well.
The OnePlus 5 sports a beautiful 5.5 inch AMOLED full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and a pixel density of 401 PPI. The colours are saturated and it supports wide viewing angles. The pixels are arranged in a Diamond Matrix which has two green pixels for every red and blue pixel. The screen has an excellent brightness range from really low 2 nits to a maximum of 440 nits.
Since the blacks don’t light up in AMOLED displays, the screen features infinite contrast. Viewing angles are really great and sunlight legibility is not an issue. The OnePlus 5 scores 3.914 in the Sunlight Contrast Ratio benchmark. It has three colour presets which helps in delivering maximum accuracy for different types of content, in addition to a custom colour-temperature slider.
The default mode is not very colour-accurate, and has a distinctive purplish-blue tinge to it. The average Delta E in this mode is 6. The sRGB mode delivers much more precise colours and an improved DeltaE of 1.4. The Night mode tunes the display’s colour temperature to match the ambient light and reduce eye strain. It can be enabled manually or scheduled to switch on and off automatically between specific hours.
The strength of the effect can be tweaked to suit individual preferences. Reading mode turns the screen into a grayscale display giving it an e-ink-like look for strain-free long reading sessions. Again, it can be engaged manually or set to trigger when specific apps are launched. All-in-all, the display on the OnePlus 5 is a good one with many tricks to make it more personal and user-friendly.
The OnePlus 5 features a 16.0-megapixel primary camera with a normal field of view and a 20.0-megapixel camera with telephoto zoom. The sensor in the primary camera is the Sony IMX398, which is a Type-1/2.8" sensor with 1.12µm pixel size and dual pixel autofocus. The telephoto camera sports the Sony IMX350, which is also a Type-1/2.8" sensor, but with 1.0µm pixels. The apertures are f/1.7 for the primary camera and f/2.6 for the telephoto one. The telephoto camera allows for a 2X zoom while the primary camera has a wider field of view.
The primary camera manages to capture images that are rich in details. Noise is evident even in photos with a low ISO. The colours are nicely balanced to deliver as close as true-to-life pictures. The photos are well-lit, thanks to the bright aperture. The telephoto camera doesn’t manage to capture the finer details expected from a 20.0-megapixel shooter. Maybe it is due to the smaller pixel size on this sensor.
Also, the images are noisier than those from the primary camera. The HDR mode on OnePlus 5’s camera is very subtle and does not produce dramatic changes in the captured images. The HDR effect is the most noticeable in the shadow regions. In low light situations, the images turn out even noisier and a bit soft, if viewed at 100% magnification. But the camera maintains colour accuracy. The selfie camera has a wide field of view and can capture detailed images with accurate life-like skin tones. This one is bound to make selfie-lovers very happy. All-in-all, both the cameras on the OnePlus 5 are quite good and are capable of delivering good, clear photos.
The OnePlus 5 is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU which is clocked at 4 x 2.45GHz and 4 x 1.9GHz, and is paired with the Adreno 540 GPU. This is one of the most powerful combinations available in the market right now. There are two versions of the OnePlus 5 based on RAM and storage configurations.
The first version has 64GB of built-in storage with 6GB RAM and the other version has 128GB built-in storage with 8GB RAM. OnePlus has included LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1 storage in the OnePlus 5 which deliver the fastest and most efficient performance. This phone runs the latest Android 7.1.1 with their own Oxygen overlay on top.
The OS is close to the original version with some very useful additions done to it. The OnePlus 5 manages a score of 1932 in the GeekBench 4.1 single-core test and 6604 in the multi-core test. These scores are among the top 3 phones in this benchmark. In the overall performance, it scores 3601 in the Basemark OS II 2.0 and a chart-topping 180331 in the AnTuTu benchmark.
In the GFX 3.0 Manhattan 1080p offscreen test it scores a 60 and in the same test onscreen it scores a 56. Both these scores are exactly same as the iPhone 7 Plus. In the Basemark ES 3.1 / Metal, which is the OpenGL 3.1-based benchmark, the OnePlus 5 scores a lowly 796. In actual day-to-day usage, the phone works extremely well. It flies through the daily tasks with nary a lag or stutter.
The powerful CPU and GPU combination enables it to play any game available in the Play Store with ease. It never falters during gameplay. The big 3300mAh Li-Po battery powers it to 20 hours of talk-time. The Dash charger manages to charge the battery up to 50% in 30 minutes. This is quite an impressive feat. The performance review of the OnePlus 5 makes it out to be an able performer which can give the costlier flagships a run for their money.
Inside the box:
· OnePlus 5 Smartphone
· Screen Protector (pre-applied)
· Dash Type USB C Charging Cable
· Dash Power Adapter
· SIM Tray Ejector Pin
· Quick Start Guide
· Safety Information
ü 5.5” Super-AMOLED multi-touch display.
ü Big 3300 mAh Li-Po non-removable battery.
ü Dash Charging.
ü 64GB or 128GB built-in storage.
ü 6GB or 8GB RAM.
ü Dual Primary Cameras.
û Memory card slot is missing.
û No stereo speakers.
The OnePlus 5 is in a unique position in the market. It delivers flagship specifications at mid-range prices. It performs exceptionally well in day-to-day usage and delivers a smooth user experience. Yes, there are some shortcomings, like the lack of stereo speakers or the missing memory card slot. But at the price at which it is available, these can be overlooked.
The high-resolution selfie camera is a boon for selfie lovers and the dual-camera setup will make the photo enthusiasts happy with its overall quality. All-in-all, the OnePlus 5 delivers a smooth performance and flagship-level specifications within a very affordable price range.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.