The OnePlus 5 is Here

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Android with 11 Comments

The OnePlus 5 is Here

The OnePlus 5 is now available for purchase. As with previous OnePlus handsets, this new phone offers premium features at reasonable prices. And it appears to offer a compelling alternative to flagship handsets like the iPhone and Galaxy S8.

“We started OnePlus three years ago for a simple reason, to build an Android phone that we ourselves would want to use,” OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei said during a virtual launch event for the OnePlus 5. “Our mission wasn’t just to build a better smartphone, but to change the industry works.”

That quirky presentation is available now on YouTube if you’d like to see it. But here’s what you really need to know about this intriguing new phone.

Thin, light design. While the OnePlus 5 design has been derided as being derivative of the iPhone in particular, I think it’s a handsome design. It’s only 7.25 mm thin, but it does lack the edge-to-edge screen that is becoming common on other flagships.

Colors. The OnePlus 5 is available in two colors, Slate Gray and Midnight Black.

OxygenOS. OnePlus’s clean take on Android is called OxygenOS. It features a refined user interface and some unique features. For example, a new reading mode automatically calibrates the display to match the color temperature of the room, similar to an iPad Pro feature. And screenshots have been improved to optionally include an entire page of information, including the parts that are off-screen.

CPU. As you’d expect of a flagship, this phone comes with a 2.45 GHz Snapdragon 835 processor. Coupled with fast but efficient RAM and storage (below) and various software efficiencies, this should be an impressive device.

RAM. The OnePlus 5 ships with 6 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, depending on model.

Storage. The OnePlus 5 provides 64 GB or 128 GB of UFS 2.1 2-lane storage (non-expandable), depending on model.

Cameras. Like the iPhone 7 Plus, the OnePlus 5 features a dual camera system with 16 MP (f/1.7) main sensor and a 20 MP (f/2.6 aperture) telephoto sensor. Like iPhone 7 Plus, it supports a hardware-based portrait mode and 2X optical zoom, plus fast auto-focus, noise reduction, and improved HDR.

Display. OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch 1080p optic AMOLED/DCI-P3 display. Yes, it’s a bit surprising not to see QHD or even 4K in 2017, but as with the OnePlus 3T, I bet this is about battery life.

Ceramic fingerprint sensor. OnePlus says it works in 0.2 seconds.

DashCharge fast charging. Like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5 supports DashCharge fast charging technology over USB-C. The firm claims you can charge 50 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes, and do so without overheating the phone.

Connectivity. The OnePlus 5 ships in a single global version with universal compatibility across 34 wireless bands. It also provides Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC capabilities.

Pricing. There are two versions of the OnePlus 5: A Slate Gray model with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage for $479, and a Midnight Black model with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage for $550.

Availability: In its usual quirky manner, OnePlus is slowly rolling out this new device. If you want one now, you will need to use the code “Clearer Photos” to get past the Early Bird offer blocker. General availability starts June 27.

This handset looks impressive, and based on my overwhelmingly positive experience with its predecessor, you won’t be surprised to discover that I’m considering getting one. This time, however, I’m going to wait a bit, read the reviews, and make sure that it will meet my needs, particularly with the camera. And of course, I have to think about how I’ll deal without access to Project Fi. T-Mobile, perhaps. International connectivity is key there.

Anyway, I’ll go slow on this one. But the OnePlus 5 looks great.

 

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “The OnePlus 5 is Here”

  1. Alexander Rothacker

    Anybody looking at this should also look at the LG G6. It's price has dropped already, I got mine two weeks ago at t-mobile for $500 and it's a great phone with a really great camera. I bought it on a whim and am loving it.

    • overseer

      In reply to Alexander Rothacker:

      I've been considering doing that as well, as my Nexus 6p is cracked and slowly dying and I don't want to shell out $800 for a Pixel, which is my only option for staying on Project Fi.


      Have you played with T-Mobile's Digits at all? I was curious what the experience was like with that as the main thing I would miss from Project Fi is using my PC to make calls and SMS via Hangouts.

  2. Allen

    Project Fi certainly has me locked into 'Google' phones, and we've found the Pixel XL and Nexus 5X we've been using are very satisfying. So personally, though I used to change phones often, I'm sticking with what I have now primarily because leaving the 'Google' phone behind means having to leave Project Fi (and that despite getting substantial discount from AT&T).

  3. peterh_oz

    The 8Gb 128Gbone is $539, not $550. And is now sold out. Having said that, I'm keeping my 950XL. I haven't seen a better phone yet.

  4. Nic

    Ordered my 128GB yesterday, eagerly await delivery on Friday.

  5. ilovemissy85

    I think I will stick with my Galaxy S8+ ,,,,,,,,,, Super fast phone with really great low light camera,and battery life is excellent.

  6. MattHewitt

    Have you ever tried popping a Project Fi SIM into a non-google phone? Supposedly it works with an iPhone, you would think it would work just as well with one of these.

    https://ios.gadgethacks.com/how-to/set-up-googles-project-fi-your-iphone-0174991/

  7. Luka Pribanić

    ProjectFi?


    It's a dual SIM phone. When in Europe on vacation get an EU SIM, with new EU roaming system you can cover whole EU and European economic circle with single SIM. And I didn't notice you Paul in many non-US and non-EU countries, but you solve the issue same way, throaway prepayed SIMs and dual-SIM phone.


    Imho, phone looks and sounds nice. Too much $$ for my likes, but a beast for the money.

  8. ben55124

    Camera reviews aren't great on this - so likely not compelling for Paul. They should have skipped the complicated dual camera gimic. Blackberry sourced the Pixel sensor for the KeyONE and that worked well for them. Keep it simple stupid. Otherwise still a good value for specs.

  9. jrickel96

    Meh. OnePlus has a history of cheating on benchmarks and not supporting their phones for the length promised.


    https://www.xda-developers.com/oneplus-5-benchmark-cheating-reviews/

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