After months of rumours, leaks and teasers, OnePlus has finally launched its sixth smartphone, the OnePlus 5. We felt that last year’s OnePlus 3T was a pre-mature release, something that OnePlus may have rushed into the market, but the OnePlus 5 has been under development for some time now. Well, The phone has finally been unveiled and it seems like pretty much everything that we’ve been treated to via leaks and rumours was true.
OnePlus 5 Specifications
The OnePlus 5 will sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 at its heart. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is the first of its kind, built on a 10nm FinFET process that promises to be far more battery efficient than anything that came before it. OnePlus is offering the OnePlus 5 with both 6GB and 8GB RAM (LPDDR4) variants with 64GB and 128GB storage options respectively. OnePlus has opted to use dual-lane UFS 2.1 storage standard for their new flagship, ensuring top speed, in compliance with the rest of the spec sheet. If you were hoping for a new display, you’d be disappointed as the company continues to use a 5.5 inch 16:9 Full-HD display, pegging its pixel density at 401pi, same as the OnePlus 3T. What is new with the OnePlus 5’s display is the ability to choose between multiple colour profiles and the inclusion of the wide-gamut DCI-P3 colour profile. The battery loses 100mAh and is now pegged at a 3300mAh capacity, as against the 3400mAh we saw in the OnePlus 3T. The phone continues to use the proprietary Dash Charge through the USB-C port at the bottom. The phone will come in two colours at launch; Midnight Black and Slate Grey.
OnePlus 5 Camera
onePlus seems to have really focused on the camera that adorns the front and the back fo the OnePlus 5. For the first time, the company has implemented a dual camera setup on the back and they seem to be betting rather strongly on it. Under the hood, the wide angle lens is 16 megapixel Sony made sensor that is lit by a lens with an aperture of f/.7. The telephoto lens projects its image onto a 20-megapixel sensor, but the lens has a reduced aperture of f/2.6. Its similarity to the Apple iPhone 7 Plus isn’t limited to just appearances, but also extends into the software. The company has built in a depth mode which will allow users to take photos with a pronounced “bokeh” effect, something that has so far been only achievable through DSLRs. While smartphones, including the iPhone 7 Plus still struggle to get this software drive feature right, it is nice to see OnePlus bring this kind of a camera setup into the mid-range price bracket. The front camera is also been re-worked, although the resolution is still the same as its predecessor, 16 megapixels.
OnePlus 5 Software
OnePlus 5 will run OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat right out of the box. This means that the new flagship will ship with the Google Assistant. The company has introduced a number of new features into OxygenOS that ships with the OnePlus 5 such as reading mode, secure mode, expanded screenshots and translucent drawer.
From the demo shown on the live stream, it seems like the main highlight of the OS that works in conjunction with the display will be the reading mode. Reading mode will ensure that the smartphone adjusts the blue light on the display to provide a reading experience that doesn’t strain the eyes, kind of like how an e-ink reader works.
OnePlus re-iterated that they have focused quite hard on ensuring that the experience of using the phone is one without any stutters, that the user’s experience with the phone is smooth. The company has also expanded on functionality to keep users happy, offering various tweaks such as the Gaming Do Not Disturb mode which suppresses notifications while a user is busy playing games. There’s the night mode along with an ambient light sensor which will adjust the screen’s temperature according to the surrounding illumination.
OnePlus 5 Price
The OnePlus 5 will start retailing at $479 (Rs. 31,000 approx) and will be available 27 June 2017 onwards. As tonight’s launch was a global launch, the price and availability is specific to the U.S. We know that OnePlus will launch the OnePlus 5 in India on June 22, and we can only hope that the company follows not only the same pricing policy, but also the same release timeline. What you should also note is that the price revealed tonight is most likely the base price, meaning that the OnePlus 5 with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage will cost you $479 and the higher storage/RAM variants are likely to cost you more.
While the phone looks promising based on what we saw on the live stream, water and dust resistance seemed to not get any mention. At this point, it is safe to assume that the OnePlus 5 does not have any form of IPX rating, but we will find out more on June 22 once the phone officially launches in India.