OnePlus 5 Review: The Beast is Back? | MT

The growth of OnePlus over the last few years is nothing short of extraordinary. The company has made some great handsets, characterised by understated design, excellent performance, and great features all for a competitive price. The OnePlus 5 is the next in a numerically named series. The OnePlus 3T, which became available in November, last year, was its direct predecessor. OnePlus has chosen not to release a ‘4’ model, due to that number’s unlucky connotations for the Chinese firm.

The delicate theme of the price; OnePlus is maturing in the market while the chant of “flagship killer” is blurring: If you want very modern and powerful components, you have to pay them. Fortunately, the relationship between specifications and price remains among the most competitive. The OnePlus 5 just as affordable and high performance as the previous flagship OnePlus phones?

First Impressions and Design!

This review is based on the OnePlus 5 Midnight Black with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. The OnePlus 5 feels at first touch very robust, but also light. The device weighs 153 grams and immediately a lot lighter than the Nexus 6P (178 grams) and LG G6 (163 g). The OnePlus 5 with 7.25mm also the thinnest device of this manufacturer.

The device is very slim and looks very sleek and minimalistic out. Yes, it has an appearance much like the iPhone 7 Plus, but if you look at the device closer, the edges are more rounded in the corners, and there’s just a headphone jack present. On the sides, we see the volume control, on/off button, the alert slider or slider to reports, the C-USB and 3.5mm jack. The speaker is on the bottom, and the unit can support two SIM cards. The protection of the OnePlus 5 is opposed to the current high-end devices, not waterproof and dustproof and an opening for memory expansion via MicroSD card is also missing.

Screen and Display!

On the front, we see a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with a full HD resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. Here we are right in one, for some, minus arrives. OnePlus has not chosen a QHD display, which stands for a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, as does competition. Perhaps this has to do with cost. Besides, the differences in resolution for many users with the naked eye a full HD screen consumes less battery again and not even notice.

The colours are black, dark and sparkling black. In addition to standard display options such as automatic brightness, OnePlus has added some extra features such as night mode, read mode, and themes. Night mode adjusts depending on the ambient light, the calibration and colour temperature of the screen automatically, and this we have experienced as very pleasant. This night mode can, incidentally, also be switched on manually. The reading mode goes one step further. This mode is a bit like reading an e-reader. The colour screen with user-selected apps gradually turns into shades of grey.


The OnePlus 5 is provided with one of the fastest chipsets of this time, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. This combination with 8GB LPDDR4X RAM provided with high-speed UFS 2.1 chip for controlling the storage, makes sure that applications fast start-up. We tested this with the same apps on the LG G6 as the OnePlus 5, without being turned into the background. It is obvious difference can be seen in speed. Here we must note that the G6 has to perform with less memory and an older chipset. Throughout the review period, we cannot observe any hitch, not when switching between apps and even while playing massive games or video playback. There have recently been reports surfaced about the manipulation of benchmark tests that scores of OnePlus 5 would be higher.

Battery Life!

The OnePlus 5 has a battery with a capacity of 3,300 mAh. The included charger features Dash Charge, which the device almost entirely charged in 30 minutes. The phone at night to hang the charger is not necessary. We have him in the morning put on the charger and then the morning ritual of showering, dressing and brushing teeth followed. Then the device is ready for use.

The battery lasts more than 36 hours and at a screen-on time, the time is on the screen of the device, around 6 pm, makes the OnePlus 5 a real slayer. The vast majority of users will be much longer in use ‘reasonable’ can do on a battery charge.

Fingerprint Scanner!

The fingerprint scanner on the OnePlus 5 is on the home button at the bottom of the screen and is getting used to if you’re used a fingerprint scanner on the back of the unit. Typically, release over this scanner very quickly, and we have also encountered almost no problems. Only authorise a transfer in a mobile banking app made there a few times before we ended up on the home screen instead of accepting the payment.

The camera is Good, but not Outstanding!

On the back of the device, we see a dual camera for the first time on a OnePlus. This is the spearhead of the instrument, and they used the slogan Dual Camera. Clearer Photos. One camera has a colour sensor (Sony IMX398) with a 16-megapixel resolution and an aperture of f / 1.7. Next is the other 20-megapixel monochrome-telephoto lens. This has an aperture of f / 2.6, and can be used to zoom into 2x without loss of quality, said OnePlus.

The camera can also shoot in 4K resolution, but unfortunately, there is no optical image stabilisation available to prevent jerky pictures and videos. You have to do it with (sorry) electronic stabilisation. The redesigned camera app on the OnePlus 5 lets you switch between the two lenses, and the software will automatically select the best lens that can be used for your photo. The ability to zoom in is fun taken with a smartphone camera, but do not expect 2x optical zoom like the iPhone 7 Plus. Zooming is with the camera on the OnePlus 5 between optical zoom and digital zoom in.


The OnePlus is a 5-speed gear made of high-quality materials which are well in hand. The unit is equipped with light, and highly usable software contains fortunate few pre-installed apps. The full HD screen and the fingerprint scanner perform further fine, and I’m pleased with the front camera.

The spearhead of the device, the dual camera on the back, is disappointing, but perhaps OnePlus scooped high expectations. In any case, the camera cannot compete with those of competitors like the Samsung Galaxy, Huawei 8 Pro, and HTC S8 U11. Furthermore, the device lacks the thin screen edges and new aspect we look at the competition.

There are a large number of interested people still mention quite a few negatives that the OnePlus 5 of them have not made flagship no expandable memory, no optical image stabilisation, not dustproof, waterproof, not a full HD display and a conventional appearance. Nevertheless, this will not be a “deal breaker” for many, the OnePlus 5’s speed and performance in other areas (more than) enough.



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