After countless leaks and speculations about the upcoming OnePlus 5, today OnePlus has finally put all the rumors to an end and announced its latest flagship. Unlike its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 does not only offer the coolest software but also equally stunning hardware and like always – the killing price. Need to highlight that except for that the phone comes with one of the most advanced camera and design that clearly derives inspiration from the Apple’s iPhone 7 line. Let’s take a closer look at this beauty.
OnePlus has finally released its flagship for 2017. Already open for pre-order, the OnePlus 5 offers impressive look, great specs and top-notch optics.
Just as the expected, in terms of the external design the OnePlus 5 strongly resembles the Apple iPhone 7 Plus, especially the “Midnight Black” model. Although the phone features some differences such as flat side edges or more curved back panel they are of minor character. This means that the OnePlus 5 isn’t as unique as the previous generations of the line. But truth to be told it’s indeed a good looker.
Speaking of the specs, the OnePlus 5 houses a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display and is powered by the Qualcomm’s so far fastest Snapdragon 835 processor coupled with 8GB or 6GB RAM, optionally. As for storage, the phone doesn’t support microSD card slot, but it comes with 128GB or 64GB of UFS 2.1 built-in storage. The 2-lane UFS storage is said to double bandwidth which should allow for fluid gaming and app installation. What’s more thanks to a software feature called “app priority”, the phone will automatically learn what apps are your favorite ones and keep those loaded as soon as you turn the device on. Smart, isn’t it?
The OnePlus 5 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with OxygenOS on the top. The OnePlus’s own formula doesn’t interfere with the Google’s OS much, it just adds some software tweaks that improve the functionality. The OxygenOS provides users with a scrolling screenshots, new screen-off gestures, notification vibration you can customize, gaming-do-not-disturb mode, a new Pixel-like app drawer and based on Samsung’s “Secure Folder” – “Secure Box”. Except for that OxygenOS packs a new reading mode that adjust the display’s colors and brightness.
Advanced Dual-Camera System
Moving on to the OnePlus 5’s biggest selling point that is optics, the phone arrives with a dual-camera system consisting of a 16MP main, full-color camera and a 20MP secondary monochrome sensor. Meanwhile, on the front there’s a 16MP snapper with a “screen flash” option for low light scenarios and HDR that will take care of high-quality selfies.
The primary f/1.7 sensor captures 34 percent more light than the released in November OnePlus 3T. It also features a more advanced OIS system. Furthermore, the new OnePlus also provides its users with an iPhone 7 Plus-like “Portrait Mode” and improved optical zoom allowing for magnification up to 2x optically and up to 8x digitally. As for videos, the device is capable to record 4K videos with electronic image stabilization and noise-cancellation.
All these great features will be nothing without a 3,300 mAh battery that keeps the device alive. The battery is said to last 20 percent longer than the OnePlus 3T. In addition, thanks to Dash Charge mode the handset reaches a day’s worth of power after just 30 minutes of charging.
Availability and Pricing
The OnePlus 5 will hit online sales on June 27. Since today, June 20, the device is available in stores in New York, London, Paris and Berlin. Tomorrow, that is on June 21, the phone will go on sale in Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Helsinki.
The phone is accessible in two options “Slate Gray” 6GB RAM/64GB ROM variant and the more advanced “Midnight Black” with 8GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The former may be yours for $479 ($649 CAD), while the latter for $539 ($719 CAD).
Above that, if you want to be an early bird adopter of the OnePlus 5, you can visit OnePlus official page (link below) and pre-order the phone. When clicking on Early drop button you will be redirected to a page where you will be asked to enter a special code. The code is “Clearer Photos”. Pre-ordered devices are scheduled to start shipping on June 21, that is 6 days before they’ll hit the online sale.