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OnePlus 5 Review

At MobileGeeks we’re not afraid to try something new, for the OnePlus 5 we’re going to cut the fluff. Detailed points about each feature while identifying the pros and cons.

We’re not sure how much of our 3000-word reviews you’re actually reading, if we’re being honest about how we read reviews it’s often skimming for the important points.

Let us know what you think of our no BS review of the OnePlus 5, should we go back to the word heavy version?

Design

 

Though we like the overall design ascetic of the OP5 it is identical to the OPPO R11 which we went to launch event in Shenzhen two weeks ago. Design wise the R11 is missing the alert slider and has much nicer antenna lines. The lines are in the identical position to the iPhone, but on the R11 they’ve used OPPO’s six string antenna design which is more elegant than the plastic used by OnePlus. We’ve got a detailed comparison of the OnePlus 5 and OPPO R11 if you’re keen to really get into it.

If you’re wondering how this happened, OnePlus & OPPO are owned by the same company, BKK. Both OnePlus and OPPO manufacture their smartphones using the same production facilities so the same capabilities are available to both manufacturers.

What is interesting about the over strategy from BKK is that it looks like OnePlus is addressing most of the markets that OPPO is not, in Taiwan the R11 will be on sale but the OnePlus 5 will not.

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Hardware

OnePlus 5: Specifications

display 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), protected by Gorilla Glass 5
processor  Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core-SoC (2.45 GHz), manufactured in 10nm process and 64 bit compatible
random access memory 6 or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM
Internal memory 64 or 128 GB, UFS 2.1
Rear camera Dual Cam, 16 MP main camera with f / 1.7 aperture, plus 20 MP telecam for 2X zoom with 2.6 aperture
Camera front 16 MP Sony IMX 371, pixel size is 1.0 micrometer, EIS & f / 2.0 aperture
OS OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 nougat
battery pack 3.300 mAh, non-replaceable, Dash Charge (5V 4A)
connectivity Wi-Fi 2 × 2 MIMO, WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0, Type-C, NFC
network LTE Cat.12 / 13
Dimensions 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
mass 153 grams

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Display


The OnePlus 5 has a 5.5 inch 1080p (1920 x 1080p) AMOLED display with a 401ppi.

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Performance

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Apparently, the benchmark scores are being faked. This looks pretty bad for OnePlus. Having said that the performance is killer and that’s what really matters to me at the end of the day.

Sound

With a single firing single speaker at the bottom of the handset, the OnePlus 5 has a decent audio for sharing. The sound was good and loud though the bass was lacking and the lower mids were too high. Vocals were crystal clear and the trebles weren’t muffled. Overall it was very balanced produced sound and a very enjoyable experience.

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Camera

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Let’s take a closer look at the photos, the 2X zoom provides adequate detail and color representation, though as you’ll notice the greens on the zoom lens are a little punchier than the standard lens.

Standard lens

2X Zoom

Photos taken with good lighting conditions are great, there is a decent look.

Take a look at some photos with backlighting using the photo editing software which was included, you can really create vibrant and punchy photos.

Unedited photo – No HDR on

Edited photo

Looking at images of low light photos of the OnePlus 5 takes better low light shots with the main lens as it’s got an aperture of 1.7 vs 2.6 on the 2x zoom lens. Having said that, it is a good thing.

Standard lens

2X Zoom

Portrait mode is another added feature that makes the OnePlus 5 camera compelling, but it’s a little early to judge it. Right now there are issues. However, like most companies, the depth effect gets a few updates and is a whole new story. We’re planning on checking out the camera in a few weeks after. OnePlus has spent more time improving it. Having said that, it’s not terrible.

Here are several examples of Portrait mode in different lighting conditions.

Now we’re in for everyone’s favorite series of photos, food photos!

We’re very impressed with the self-portrait, it’s one of our favorites, the beauty is very natural even on high.

While in Shenzhen, I had lunch with Ayano Tominaga, she’s an expert on selfie phones. Below you can see her trying out the beauty mode, level zero on the left and maximum level 5 on the right. The skin detail is very good on level 5 removing flaws but leaving texture.

 

 

Isa from GadgetMatch.com

However, in low light, you loose some detail

Software

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Battery Life

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Price

The OnePlus 5 goes is available for Pre-order today and will be available in North America and Europe in on June 27th and will cost €499 for the 64GB edition and €559 for the 128GB edition. The OnePlus 5 is competitively priced as it comes with high-end storage, processors, and RAM. For those looking for uncompromising performance that is as future-proof as you can get at the moment this a great deal. If you’re just looking for a well-built phone that’s reasonably priced and don’t care too much about having the fastest phone out there you could consider something a little more budget-friendly like the Honor 8 or the Moto Z Play.