OnePlus’s highly anticipated flagship couldn’t escape from the prying eyes of leakers and curious OnePlus fans over the past few months. While many of the rumours and leaks turned out to be true, the new OnePlus 5 was finally unwrapped for the public with a seemingly fair price tag on Tuesday.
Like its previous iteration, the latest flagship has been offered with a combination of ‘affordability’ and high-end specifications. Although many might have claimed the OnePlus 5 to be a clone of Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, a closer glance would reveal a number of subtle difference on the new Android smartphone from the Chinese OEM. Let’s take a look at the top three reasons that might lead to buying this ‘could be flagship killer’ smartphone.
OnePlus 5 Camera
Emphasising on the imaging department of the OnePlus 5 smartphone, OnePlus has integrated dual camera for the first time on its new flagship model. The OnePlus 5 smartphone comes with a standard 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor and a secondary 20-megapixel telephoto lens. In photography, light is the key element to bringing life to an image. While many smartphones offer aperture at maximum f/2.0, OnePlus has implemented a slightly wider aperture of f/1.7 on the OnePlus 5 primary lens which means users will get great pictures in low light situation. Besides, the dual cameras with portrait mode will enable to take bokeh images with shallow depth of field and blurred background, quite similar to what we get while capturing shots with a DSLR. The camera app also features a few enhancements, for instance, pro mode where you can manually set ISO, shutter speed, exposure and focus. It also comes with improved HDR and ‘Denoise’ to reduce noise in low-light pictures and fast autofocus.
At the front, the OnePlus 5 features a 16-mgeapixel shooter that is built to deliver sharp selfies similar to the popular smartphone from the company, the OnePlus 3T.
OnePlus 5 design
At first glance, many must have felt that the OnePlus 5 is no different from its siblings – the OnePlus 3 or 3T. However, OnePlus has made some subtle design upgrade on the new smartphone. While the previous iteration had squared-off design, the latest flagship has been crafted with smooth round edges subdued with elegant Midnight Black and Slate Grey finish. Moreover, the phone is sleek (7.25mm to be precise) and the antenna lines are redesigned and now run around the curvature making them barely noticeable. The OnePlus 5 built with anodised aluminium has hard line called ‘horizontal lines’ running around the edges that divides the body “casting one-half in line and other half in shadow”. The button placement has not really changed but thankfully, OnePlus has retained the standard 3.5mm audio jack on their new model. The charging port, speaker grill along with the headphone jack are placed at the bottom.
OnePlus 5 gets massive RAM
With progression in Android platform, millions of apps are available in Google’s app store for users to browse and download. While many of us get ensnared with these apps, limited storage in our devices sometimes makes it impossible to download apps with large payloads such as games with the best visual fidelity. OnePlus has put a whopping 8 gigabytes of RAM into the OnePlus 5, which means (a lot) more flexibility to run numerous apps and smoothly switch between apps. The company also claims to have switched to LPDDR4 RAM that will offer 20 percent more efficiency. In addition, the phone comes with UFS 2.1 dual lane technology for smooth transfer of files.
While we have taken these three aspects to be the major factor for better purchase decision, there are some other features as well which might capture your attention. For instance, the processor on the OnePlus 5 is another feature to consider this flagship. Fabricated with 10nm FinFET technology, the Snapdragon 835 SoC (system-on-chip) promises enhanced battery performance, faster processing, better multimedia capabilities and spectacular graphics. With a high-end processor, the smartphone will deliver better experience while playing graphic-intensive games, or streaming ‘high-resolution’ videos. The new flagship bears the same resolution display similar to the one in OnePlus 3T but thanks to sRGB and DCI-P3 colour calibration that ships with the new OnePlus 5, the device will be able to retain more colour accuracy and better colour reproduction.
OnePlus 5 has been priced in the US at $479 (roughly Rs. 31,000) for 6GB RAM+64GB storage (Slate Gray variant) and $539 (roughly Rs. 35,000) for 8GB RAM+128GB storage (Midnight Black variant). As for the OnePlus 5 India price, it will be unveiled tomorrow, June 22, and given OnePlus makes slight change in global and Indian pricing on their models, this could be another reason to opt for this premium smartphone.
[Update: OnePlus 5 is launched in India at a price of Rs. 32,999 for 6GB RAM/64GB storage model and Rs. 37,999 for the 8GB RAM/128GB storage variant]