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OnePlus 5: Review

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Overall Ratings: 8.8 / 10


  • Attractive design
  • Fabulous Camera
  • Excellent Battery
  • Dash Charging
  • Snappy Performance


  • Only full HD display
  • More Pricier
  • Expandable storage not available
  • Not IP68 rated for water resistance


OnePlus 5 has made it a long way in manufacturing of its Smartphones, the improvements compared to its previous versions are by a milestone. The chines company always aims to provide its consumers with low on cost and high on specs Smartphones. OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T are in our view the companies top flagship Smartphones, which definitely show a clear distinction between its older mobile phones. Its latest release is OnePlus 5 which is pricier than its previous phones but is no doubt a “flagship killer”. What makes it a flagship killer? read this review to find out..

Design and Display:

The design of OnePlus 5 resembles that of OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T; featuring a metallic uni-body with enhanced curves along its edges and rounded corners. 5 is thinner than OnePlus’s other Smartphones measuring only 7.25 mm and weighing 153 grams. Its antenna line however runs along its edges instead of cutting to the back, another improvement is its small bezels with a wider strip on the bottom which houses the home button doubled as a fingerprint scanner. Other buttons have there usual placements, a volume rocker and the alert slider on the left side, power button on the right edge. A USB type-C port along with a 3.5 mm headphone jack and the speaker grille are all engraved on the bottom edge. Up front you get the usual capacitive navigation keys which can be oriented as you prefer. The company did not provide water or dust protection, and today almost every other Smartphone manufacturer provides a water resistant body.

Somehow I wasn’t surprised with how OnePlus 5 has an iPhone 7 look to it, since trying to mirror the iPhone is one of there capabilities. In OnePlus 5 primarily due to the DCI-P3 color profile supported by its display and the placement of the dual camera setup.

Coming to the display, OnePlus 5 features a full HD 5.5 inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of resolution and covered with the new Gorilla Glass 5. Hopes were up for a QHD panel since the latest flagships have jumped to that, but full HD resolution shouldn’t be too much of a disappointment in performance; considering some Smartphones are still flanked on full HD. The color reproduction is as natural as it gets, however we face the same wash away display prone to sunlight (this can be resolved by shooting up the brightness).

Performance and storage:

While using this handset I jotted it down as one of the fastest phones that I have used, its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 runs the show making its performance snappy and smooth. OnePlus 5 packs the Adreno 540 GPU along with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage, there is also the more expensive version lending 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. Apps and Games are loaded smoothly without any lag and moving through interface is as fluid as it gets. Not to forget the fingerprint sensor which accurately analysis fingerprints within seconds.


If you remember OnePlus 3T had taken a step forward as compared to its predecessors and boosted the battery capacity from 3000 mAh to 3400 mAh; this time OnePlus 5 took a small step backward packing a battery of 3300 mAh. For this thinner handset and according to its battery requirements, 3300 mAh works just as well as the battery on OnePlus 3T. The battery has been tested to last for a whole day even with heavy usage. There is also the fast charging tech available via its dash charger which helps to pump up the battery in no time (within 30 minutes you can dash charge your phone up to 60%).


One of the biggest improvements on OnePlus 5 is its new dual camera setup. The main camera features a 16 megapixels sensor with an aperture of f/1.7 with electronic stabilization. Accompanied is the 20 megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.6 which is the telephoto lens for 2x Zoom. The photos are bright with excellent color reproduction, the higher megapixels cam captures extra details without the images looking over sharp or too saturated. Camera fans can dive deep inside the camera settings and play around with the ISO, white balance, focus and much more. At the front you get a 16 megapixels front camera, which has almost all of the features you get in the rear camera. You will also feel that it is one of the sharpest selfie shooter in the market.

(Don’t forget if your only looking for a good camera experience then no doubt Huawei P10 lends much more in the camera department).


No doubt OnePlus 5 is much more pricier than the previous handsets but it comes with its improvements. And by the way it is cheaper than other flagships in the market and yet provides just as well the experience. A premium design, amazing camera and snappy performance, to me it covers all the essentials. However it is missing some key features such as OIS, IR blaster and FM radio, hence whether you should buy it or not depends entirely on how you will be utilizing the device.


Display size: 5.5 inch

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels


Internal Storage: 64 GB

Expandable Storage: Not available

Operating System: Android 7.1.1

Processor: 1.9 GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

Battery: 3300 mAh

Front Camera: 16 Megapixels

Rear Camera: 20 Megapixels

Connectivity: Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, USB-OTG


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