Today OnePlus has announced its latest flagship phone, the OnePlus 5. If you have never heard of OnePlus, it is a small Chinese manufacturer that focuses on making quality devices at a cheaper price. Other than that, their business model is greatly influenced by Apple and its CEO was inspired by Steve Jobs. Today we at CTECH NEWS Guyana give our impressions on the latest flagship to join the fray.
Announced: June, 20th 2017
Screen: 5.5” Optic AMOLED display (1920x1080p)
Camera: Dual camera (16 MP main, 20 MP secondary), EIS on main only. Dual Flash.
Chipset: Snapdragon 835
Variants: 64 GB with 6 GB RAM, 128 GB with 8 GB RAM
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Oxygen OS overlay
Battery: 3300 mAh
Memory Card Slot: No
Colours: Midnight Black, Slate Grey
Before the official announcement, there were leaks of the OnePlus 5 and many have compared its likeness to the iPhone 7 or the Oppo R11. While these criticism may be justified somewhat, the fact remains that it has changed its appearance from the OnePlus 3T. It still retains the Alerts Slider at the left hand side of the device and the charging port remains at the bottom along with the headphone jack, which it didn’t phase out like iPhone 7 from Apple. The back of the phone houses the dual flash and dual cameras while at the top front houses the selfie camera and speakers while the home button still houses the fingerprint reader.
The camera of the OnePlus 5 is a mixed bag of sorts. It has the dual technology that other companies have implemented, but still lacks OIS, the better stabilization feature. It does, however, have EIS on the main shooter lens which is 16 MP while the 20 MP lens is used for better zooming quality. In low light conditions, this camera starts to fluctuate but it is by no means substandard and it doesn’t take any breathe away either. Either way, this phone actually gives most DSLR cameras a run for their money.
The OnePlus 5 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and is overlay with OnePlus’s Oxygen OS, which is basically a stock Android UI with numerous useful tweaks. You can enable a black theme, for example which will save you about 5-8% more battery due to the screen being AMOLED. Other cool tweaks include enabling soft key and screen off gestures to open the camera or flashlight.
The 3300 mAh battery on this device may seem like a disappointment but it isn’t. Coupled with a more efficient t Snapdragon 835 chipset, the OnePlus 5 gives, on average, 12 hours Screen on Time with moderate use. The times may vary according to the user but the fact remains that this phone can take a beating and still live on. Additionally, OnePlus’s Dash Charge technology gives around 70-80% battery on an hours charge, making this one of the fastest charging phone today.
OnePlus has simply out done themselves this year and the OnePlus 5 should be a hit in the coming months. Sure there is a slight price change, but for what you are getting, this phone will convince the unknowing that this phone is priced like the S8 and S8 Plus.