OnePlus, the Chinese company founded in 2013 known for their flagship killers are pushing out a new one for 2017, the OnePlus 5 skipping number 4 due to the similarity in pronunciation between number four and the word death in Chinese which considered a bad luck. Rumours thankfully were wrong about headphone jack and colors (red and purple versions). The latest flagship offers a premium design, as well as best-in-class specs that surely compete with the top-notch flagships. These enhanced features don’t come without sacrificing the affordable price, as the OnePlus 5 is the most expensive phone released by the company so far. The question is does it worth its price tag?
The OnePlus 5 has the most refined design the company has ever made with a sleek, dark metallic body with rounded corners and edges looks great and comfortable to hold.
The back looks a lot like an iPhone 7 Plus, with the dual cameras and flash in exact same position.
OnePlus has a limited selection of color options compared to other modern handsets out there. If you choose the base model with 64 GB, available only in slate gray. There’s also an expensive model with 128 GB of storage comes in Midnight Black.
OnePlus5 has the exact same 5.5-inch AMOLED touchscreen that was used in the OnePlus 3T apparently with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixel (Full HD) and pixel density of 401-ppi. The color brilliance is increased by sRGB and DCI-P3 profiles supporting wide-gamut color space. OnePlus improves the display settings software with new features such as the Reading Mode and the Auto Night Mode.
Despite only being Full HD instead of QHD display adopted by today’s top flagships, the screen offers vivid colors that are full of contrast and deep blacks and is probably the best 1080p panel and one of the most accurate panels on the market.
Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 technology is also pre-installed to ensure your screen get fully protected and to fend off scratches.
The OnePlus 5 is powered by the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 835 processor and Adreno 540 GPU, and comes in two different versions: one with 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage, while the other one with a higher variant has a whopping 128 GB storage and 8 GB. The huge memory makes sure that loaded apps can stay permanently in the RAM without requiring to be reloaded when they are called up again.
We keep in our minds that many of you would like to see the performance quantified. So, OnePlus 5 got itself an impressive score of 1932 on single-core of GeekBench 4.1 virtually same level as the Xiaomi Mi 6 and HTC U11 and a massive 6604 score on multi-core. The Exynos 8895 processor of Galaxy S8+ outperforms all Android phones on both single and multi-core.
The OnePlus 5 keeps its headphone jack, which is something that rumors had speculated to be dropped. The OP 5 offers good sound thanks to the equalizer and Dirac HD. The handset has two SIM card slots and comes with the latest Bluetooth 5, which is currently only supported by a handful other phones so far.
The 3,300 mAh battery lasts comfortably throughout a whole day even with extensive use. That includes watching videos, playing games for several hours, listening to music, using the camera and all other usual stuff like checking emails and browsing social media. On a much lighter day, it is totally possible to get a day and a half out of this phone.
OnePlus Dash Charge is definitely amazing. It needs only an hour and 20 minutes to go from empty to full battery. The quick charging tech is insanely quick and power efficient, making the charging process so much easier and convenient.
OnePlus has made a change to its camera position on the back of the phone. The flagship has two lenses because it’s the trend nowadays. The cameras have been moved to the top left corner to look like an iPhone 7 Plus.
The main sensor is 16 MP standard lens with an aperture of f/1.7 and electronic image stabilization (EIS). The secondary lens is a 20 MP telephoto with a smaller aperture of f/2.6, though this telephoto lens doesn’t offer OIS or EIS, it will give you an optical zoom of 2x without any quality loss and a digital zoom of up to 8x. The main sensor will provide much better results in terms of detail and color accuracy.
Turning to video, the camera is capable of recording 4K video, you can record Slow Motion videos in 720p with 120 fps, as well as Time lapse videos in 720p (HD) or 1080p (Full-HD). Though EIS only works at up to 1080p with 30 fps.
The rear snaper also has a two-color LED flash without laser focus but it uses a manual focus and/or phase detection instead.
For selfie enthusiasts, the front facing sensor is a Sony IMX 371 with 16MP and aperture of f/2.0. The front camera also has the Qualcomm’s EIS and can record videos at 1080p and 30 fps.
The op5 design isn’t anything special and it isn’t waterproof. It is pricier than any previous OP model, but no other phone offers the same specs for the same price.
The base model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage will cost $479, while the more powerful model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage will be set for $539. So back to our question is it worth the asking price? Definitely yes. OnePlus has packed into this phone more components than ever before and that makes it totally worth the price.
LG G6 Full Specifications
|Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66|
|Speed||HSPA, LTE-A (3CA) Cat12 600/150 Mbps|
|Chipset||Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Processor||Octa-core 4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo|
|Graphics processor||Adreno 540|
|Android 7.1.1 Nougat|
|Dimensions||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm|
|Colors||Midnight Black, Slate Gray|
|Body Material||Main body: Anodized Aluminum|
|Main Camera||Wide Angle: 16 MP, f/1.7, EIS + Telephoto: 20 MP, f/2.6 and Dual LED Flash|
|Features||1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.12 µm at 16MP & 1/2.8″ sensor size, 1.0 µm at 20MP, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, Panorama, HDR, RAW Image, Time-Lapse|
|Video||2160p->30fps, 1080p->60fps, 720p->120fps|
|Front Camera||16 MP, f/2.0, EIS, 1.0 µm pixel size, HDR, autofocus|
|Display Resolution||1920×1080 pixels|
|Pixel Density (ppi)||401ppi|
|Features||HDR, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, RGB Ambient Light sensor, Proximity sensor|
|Type||Li – Ion, non removable|
|Stand-by time||83 h|
|Talk time||29 h|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|Wi-Fi||802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|USB||USB Type-C, Mass storage device, USB charging|
|Positioning||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou|
|Other||NFC, Dash Charge|
|Sensors||Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Proximity,
RGB Ambient Light Sensor, Electronic Compass, Sensor Hub
|Ports||USB 2.0, Type-C, Support USB Audio
Dual nano-SIM slot
3.5mm audio jack