OnePlus 5 Review
- Excellent performance
- Very solid battery life
- Dual cameras work well
- Fantastic software
- High-end, metal build
- Quick fingerprint sensor
- Design is starting to feel generic
- No expandable memory
- Only Full HD display
- Lacks water resistance
OnePlus 5 review – Dual Camera. Clearer Photos.
The OnePlus 5 features the highest resolution dual camera on the planet. Photos are incredibly clear, so don’t be afraid to zoom in. Dual camera system and intelligent software work together to measure depth and find the perfect focus, instantly. Focusing is 40% faster than the OnePlus 3T. Capture clear photos at any time, thanks to the OnePlus 5’s large f/1.7 aperture. Shutter speed is faster, too.
At just 7.25mm, the OnePlus 5 is our thinnest flagship smartphone ever, yet battery life has been improved 20% over the OnePlus 3T.
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|Dimensions||154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)|
|Weight||153 g (5.40 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Display||Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|5.5 inches (~73.0% screen-to-body ratio)|
|1080 x 1920 pixels (~401 ppi pixel density)|
|Corning Gorilla Glass 5|
|Chipset||Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835|
|CPU||Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)|
|Internal Memory||64 GB, 6 GB RAM or 128 GB, 8 GB RAM|
|Primary Camera||Dual 16 MP, f/1.7, 24mm, EIS (gyro) + 20 MP, f/2.6, 36mm, phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom, dual-LED flash, check quality|
|1/2.8" sensor size, 1.12 µm @ 16MP & 1/2.8" sensor size, 1.0 µm @ 20MP, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama|
|Video||[email protected], [email protected]/60fps, [email protected]/120fps, check quality|
|Secondary Camera||16 MP, f/2.0, 20mm, EIS (gyro), 1.0 µm pixel size, 1080p, Auto HDR|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Battery||Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery|
I’ve been using a Galaxy S8 as my daily driver since I started reviewing it, and I thought it was going to stay in my rotation indefinitely. Well, sorry Samsung — I don’t think I’m going to put the OnePlus 5 down any time soon. The company built a phone that’s very, very hard to dislike. It’s blazingly fast, has a surprisingly good camera and excellent battery life. Its version of Android is surprisingly clean, and the price tag means true flagship power won’t destroy your wallet.
Is it perfect? No. But building a phone like this is always an exercise in compromise, and the balance that OnePlus struck between form, functionality and price is incredible. Whether this means OnePlus the company becomes a household name remains to be seen. For now though, it’s clear that anyone looking for a high-powered smartphone should have the OnePlus 5 on their shortlist.
Even though at £449/$479 the OnePlus 5 is the most expensive entry in the series yet, it still is undeniably one of the biggest bargains in tech. Considering varieties of the iPhone 7 and Samsung Galaxy S8 can cost up to £400 more, it really does feel like OnePlus is onto another winner.
It’s not quite the revolutionary step forward that the OnePlus 3 was, but there are solid improvements across the board. I can’t see anyone picking up this phone and feeling short-changed or disappointed.
I do think the higher price does make some of its shortcoming more noteworthy, though, and I feel some areas have been improved that were sufficient anyway – such as the RAM – while more vital but less glamorous bits like Wi-Fi and audio were left unimproved. I’d also have liked to see some form of water-resistance here, as that’s becoming almost a prerequisite in 2017.
Still, no phone is perfect and the benefits here are easy to see. Dash Charging is great, the improved P3 colour gamut is welcome and OxygenOS is fantastic. Plus the camera is fast and reliable.
At a similar price point you’ve got the Honor 8 Pro – a great phone, but one that lacks some of the more high-end features here – and then the upcoming Moto Z2 Play which again lacks flagship components but will likely have a better battery life.
OnePlus has achieved great things with the OnePlus 5, improving on a phone line that previously focused on low prices to produce a fantastically optimized powerhouse of a handset that offers one of the best Android experiences on the market.
The company may have increased the price here, and fans of the brand will be disappointed by that, but it’s now offering a fully rounded device that blows much of the competition out of the water – and while the price may not be as low as previous OnePlus devices it is still much lower than the rest of the competition.
We’ve already talked a little about pricing, but to reiterate, the base model of the OnePlus 5 will set buyers back $479/€499, with the more powerful Midnight Black model selling for $539/€559. So is it worth the asking price? Absolutely.
Sure, the OnePlus 5 has gone up in price from its predecessors, but there’s more packed into this phone than ever before and that makes it completely worth the price hike. Even better, it’s still cheaper than most other flagships offered on the market today. Yes, it’s missing a few key extras like expandable storage and water resistance, and the design sure isn’t going to please everyone. But at under $550, you’re going to have a hard time finding a flagship that offers a better experience.
While many considered previous OnePlus models as “lower-cost flagships”, the OnePlus 5 brings an experience that is on par, and in some ways above the competition… without charging the premium that brands like HTC, Samsung, and Apple expect you to pay. In fact, in many ways the downsides to the OnePlus 5 are the same as found with the Pixel family – an Apple-inspired design, no wireless charging, no expandable storage, and no waterproofing — but you get a faster processing package and a lower starting price.
At the end of the day, we feel that the OnePlus 5 is a no-brainer and we wholeheartedly recommend it. What do you think of OnePlus latest flagship? Does the Never Settle promise live on? Let us know your thoughts down in the comments.
The way I feel about the OnePlus 5 is not dissimilar to the way I felt about its predecessors. If you’re not too fussed about the camera, it’s one of the better choices I can recommend out there. It’s ridiculously fast, handles every task and app I throw at it, and it’s got the ergonomics and aesthetics of a true premium device. I imagine most people are going to shrug off its resemblance to the iPhone and just enjoy the speed and responsiveness. But the one thing OnePlus has consistently failed to achieve top-tier status on was the camera — and that, more than anything, was the big opportunity for the OnePlus 5 to prove its worth.
OnePlus contends that this is the best camera it’s ever shipped on a phone. I’m willing to believe that, however I’m not willing to accept the OnePlus 5 as a competitive entry in a contest that has advanced considerably with the introduction of the Google Pixel and the upgrade of the Galaxy S8 camera. Photography is now the biggest differentiator among Android phones, especially given how many companies have figured out how to do good design, big batteries, and (mostly) bezel-less screens. For OnePlus to stand out without its disruptive pricing, it needed to deliver something truly unique with its new camera system. On the evidence of my experience with the OnePlus 5, it has failed.
The OnePlus 5 is good when it needed to be great.
The OP5 is doing again what OnePlus does best – deliver cutting-edge hardware at an unbeatable price. It may be the most expensive phone by the company to date, but still good value for money regardless. The OP5 is powerful and capable in plenty of meaningful ways, while clearly more affordable still than the likes of iPhones and Galaxies.
Screen resolution and water-proofing can and certainly will be used against it but its competitive edge is still there and quite intact. An acute case of tetraphobia with a moderate form of malophilia could well be on the list of disorders as well. How bad is that? We guess nothing some shopping therapy can’t fix. And it looks like OnePlus will be getting plenty of it. Again.
Already own the 3/3T: Considering that the 3T just came out seven months ago in November, I’d hold off. The OnePlus 5 is a notable upgrade, especially when compared to the even slightly older 3, but it doesn’t exactly render the 3/3T completely obsolete. They’re still good phones, Brent.
Didn’t have the 3/3T, but want a phone in this price range: Yes. Compared to $400-$540 phones, the OnePlus 5 offers more powerful specs. Our other favorite in this price range is the Motorola Moto Z2 Play. But unless you’re into its swappable Moto Mods, we like the OnePlus better.
Didn’t have the 3/3T, but can spend more: It depends. If money were no object, then the Galaxy S8, iPhone 7/7 Plus and Google Pixel all offer something the 5 doesn’t: water resistance, timely OS updates, compatibility with CDMA networks, a sleeker design or expandable/unlimited cloud storage, for instance. (And keep in mind: The Galaxy Note 8and new iPhones are expected to be announced in the next few months.) But if all these features don’t strike you as compelling, you’ll be satisfied not only with the 5, but with the extra dough in your pocket.
Loyal OnePlus fans and enthusiasts alike have been hoping that the OnePlus 5 would be yet another breakthrough product, especially since the company skipped the number 4. As it turns out, the new model is more of an iterative update to the OnePlus 3T, and after reviewing this phone, it feels a bit like it was rushed out in order to meet a deadline. On one hand, we have some notable changes like the more comfortable design and a better primary camera, and the improved specifications result in a significant boost in performance, but there’s nothing about this phone that renders its predecessor obsolete.
We would have liked a better display, in terms of a higher resolution and better sunlight legibility. There’s no wireless charging or waterproofing either, which is now common across today’s flagships. The dual camera implementation doesn’t seem to be very well thought out, as not all the features work as they should right now. The lack of stabilisation at 4K is a big letdown, and EIS is step down from what was offered with the 3T. OnePlus could refine some rough edges with future software updates, but there might also be a mid-year OnePlus 5T with a bumped up SoC (hey, you never know).
If you currently own a OnePlus 3T, upgrading to the OnePlus 5 won’t change your life in any significant way. If you’ve been on the fence about upgrading from an older phone, we recommend getting the 6GB version of the OnePlus 5 as it offers very good value. The 128GB option feels a bit too expensive at its current price of Rs. 37,999. Once stocks of the OnePlus 3T diminish, we hope that the 6GB OnePlus 5 will take the 3T’s current spot at Rs. 29,999, bringing the 8GB version down to a more attractive price as well.
OnePlus’ focus for the OnePlus 5 seems to be refining a winning formula rather than slaying flagships. It’s still a great smartphone for the price, but if you were hoping for refinements and features that Samsung and Apple offer today in their flagships, then you might be disappointed.
The OnePlus 5 is a very, very good phone for a very, very good price.
Interestingly enough, it is also a victim of its own high aspirations to compete with the very best out there. It lacks just a bit to fully match them: it does not have the wow-inducing design of the S8, nor the fluidity of an iPhone or a Pixel.
Its best two features are a great price and fast performance, plus an impressively quick and accurate fingerprint scanner. The OxygenOS interface offers proper customization options where they are needed. The battery life is solid and Dash Charging is just as impressive as in previous OnePlus phones.
The dual camera, however, falls short of expectations and is not quite great. Actually using the phone reveals some unexpected issues, like the one we had with the Facebook app, , where we encountered a number of bugs. And the phone itself is hella slippery (put a case on it!). But those are minor faults in an otherwise excellent package.
Overall, the OnePlus 5 does not feel as ground-breaking as the OnePlus 3. It’s an evolution rather than a revolution, but if you are looking for a solid all-around performer for a great price, the OnePlus 5 is still in a category of its own: one of the best — if not the best — option out there.
There are several solid improvements in the OnePlus 5 worth mentioning, but the most standout aspect of the phone is its value. Just like the models preceding it, the OnePlus 5 gives you a near-flagship experience for $150-250 less than the competition. It does so by walking the line between putting money into the aspects that matter, while keeping costs low in other areas without making the phone feel cheap or substantially lacking.
You’re getting a jam-packed and future-proof spec sheet, an above-average display, solid speaker, good battery life, fast charging and a well-built aluminum body. The software is slick, fast and consistent in ways that few phones can match, and doesn’t include piles of features that get in your way. That combination is only going to set you back $479 — that’s precisely what OnePlus is known for.
So what, then, are you missing out on by not going with the pricier competition? You’re not getting groundbreaking hardware design, nor a top-notch display or waterproofing. The camera experience is good, but a step below the top-end cameras today. Those are just a few trade-offs, and ones that most people would happily take to save $200 on their phone purchase. And that’s before you factor in the ways in which the OnePlus 5 actually beats the flagships from Samsung, LG, HTC, Motorola and others.
Once again, OnePlus has delivered a phone that manages to offer a high-end experience, while also feeling like a great value for the money. The OnePlus 5 may have only brought predictable upgrades from its predecessor, but that’s more than enough to make this a great phone and a great buy for so many people.
The OnePlus 5 has the potential to become a legend. It looks great, it’s lightning fast, takes good pictures, and can offer relatively good battery life. The manufacturer strives to improve the user experiences and optimize the flagship killer’s features using numerous patches. If they keep going at the pace that I have seen over the past two weeks, then I will have no problem giving the OnePlus 5 the title of “2017 Smartphone of the Year”.
Its predecessors were enthusiast devices, but the OnePlus 5 has the potential to be the device for the common man. Because its camera is finally competitive, the young manufacturer has mastered the last great hurdle to mainstream success. The compromises that had to be made with predecessors to date are now gone.
Unless you rely on provider features with as WiFi calling or find the remediable lack of security to be a dealbreaker, the OnePlus 5 is my current suggestion for your next smartphone purchase.
I’m very happy with this initial experience. The mission of a company like OnePlus is to balance competitive pricing, while compromising as little as possible. Reviewing the more expensive model, we’re treated to performance which exceeds our expectations, and with a retail price some $200 less than a Galaxy S8. You really do feel like most of your money is going towards what’s inside the phone.
The tradeoffs are acceptable for most daily use scenarios. You don’t get the most pixel dense screen. You don’t get expandable storage or water resistance. You don’t get the most fashion forward gadget.
Any of those could rightfully be deal breakers depending on the consumer, but the lower price helps take some of the angsty edge off. That balance of features for the dollar is critically important. The OnePlus 5 faces incredible competition from other mid-rangers, and price cuts on flagship phones like the LG G6.
The OnePlus 5 no longer dominates this space, lacking the “wow” factor of the original OnePlus 1, but it still makes a compelling argument for your cash.