The OnePlus 5, arguably one of the much-awaited flagships of the year has been launched in India now.Let’s take at the device’s specs Overview and comparison with the 3T.
OnePlus has changed the design quite a lot.The corner looks more rounded with subtle curves on top and bottom and the device is, even more, thinner with 7.25mm thickness. The rear positioning pretty much resembles the iPhone 7+ with the dual camera setup and led flash located at the exact same place as the iPhone 7+. However, the antenna bands are now moved to top and bottom to make way for the rear cameras.
Shunning the qHD speculations, for the fourth consecutive generation, OnePlus has gone with a 1080p FHD display. The optic AMOLED panel from the 3T has been retained though, this display is said to perform better. Unless you’re a VR guy, no one is going to differentiate the FHD and the qHD in day to day usage. In fact, the pros of having an FHD display like snappier performance, better gaming and limited heating outnumber the cons.
As said in our OnePlus 3 review, the camera has always been a weak link for OnePlus devices. Now, the biggest improvement for the device lies in primary camera. This is now a dual camera with the primary sensor being a 16megapixel Sony IMX398 with a wider f/1.7 aperture and the secondary camera being a 20megapixel telephoto lens.This setup is strikingly similar to the iPhone 7+ but what’s even more similar is the inbuilt camera UI.OnePlus touted this as their best smartphone camera setup and the initial impressions are mostly promising. The front camera is a 16megapixel shooter with a f/2.0 aperture. There’s one more significant feature which comes with both the cameras is the induction of Electronic Image stabilization (EIS) which intends to get a stable video recording.
OnePlus has traditionally been successful in building their flagships with best possible specs on paper. This continues as the OnePlus 5 featuring a Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor built on a 10nm fabrication. The SD 835 is probably the best ever SOC built up by Qualcomm. This combined with a fluid and light weighted oxygen OS makes way for an extremely fast processing prowess as well as power efficient. Reports suggest that the OnePlus 5 is performing like a champion and even beats the iPhone 7+ in some scenarios. So full credits to OnePlus team on the software front.
OnePlus 5 comes with a 3300 mAh Lithium-polymer battery. This is marginally lesser than the 3400 mAh found on the 3T. Battery life of the OnePlus 5 is a question mark so far as the power efficiency of the 835 under oxygen OS is still unknown. But considering the battery life of the s8 which is powered by a 3000mAh battery, this must be enough to get you through a full day.
The OnePlus 1 was priced at Rs 19k and now after 3 years, the higher end variant of the OnePlus 5 is priced two times higher at Rs 38k. This clearly shows that OnePlus is trying to build their brand value by increasing the cost of adjacent generation smartphones considerably. The base variant of the OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs 33k which certainly makes more sense than the higher variant at Rs 38k. Unless you’re a highly extreme user no one really gonna make use of the massive 8gigs of RAM. But if you’re already using a OnePlus 3/3T barring camera you don’t have a solid reason to upgrade.
Certainly, reasons to buy a OnePlus device are becoming less obvious as the next generation of OnePlus will surely be priced higher than 40K.
Note: The OnePlus 5 is sold via Amazon.in for Rs 33K and Rs 38k respectively.