After countless rumors, leaks and official teasers, the Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has finally launched the ‘Flagship Killer’ – OnePlus 5. Is there anything extraordinary in the latest model? Answer may be ‘No’ as the design is blatantly copied form iPhone 7 Plus and the internal hardware of the smartphone is at par with other flagships launched earlier this year.

We don’t see much difference in pricing as well and the base model goes for $480. Even though we can say that the OnePlus 5 is still cheaper than most flagships in this age. However, the differentiation is based more on the experience, and primarily on the camera at that.

Features

OnePlus 5 is the slimmest phone from its maker to date, having a waistline of only 7.25mm and constructed with a single aluminium block in Slate Grey or Midnight Black colours.

The design, as a we said earlier, has an iPhone 7 Plus vibe; thanks to the dual camera setup on the back of the phone. The display on the front is a 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED panel with 1080p resolution. It comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Under the hood, you get Snapdragon’s greatest in the octa-core 835 chipset. While OnePlus 3 helped trigger RAM-based competition, the Oneplus5 furthers it even more to an 8 GB option. Then, you also get either 64 or 128 GB of internal UFS 2.1 dual-lane storage, which is 26-percent faster than before.

The OS running is Android Nougat with Oxygen OS, which brings special modes such as Gaming Do Not Disturb (prevents intrusions during gameplay), Reading Mode (filters blue light, optimizes for grey-scale mapping), and Secure Box (helps fingerprint/password protect particular files). It also learns which apps you use more often and launches them faster.

There’s a dual Nano-SIM slot, too, as well as support for 34 different bands for near-global coverage. For connectivity, you have USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE-Advanced, NFC and 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi ac. There’s also a 0.2s fingerprint scanner, as well as an RGB Notification LED.

In line with the ongoing trend, OnePlus has upgraded the camera here to a two-lens Sony-made setup. The first is a 16 MP sensor with EIS (gyro), f/1.7, and 1.12 µm pixel size and the second one a 20 MP lens with f/2.6 and PDAF. The front camera is also a 16 MP Sony IMX 371 sensor with 1 µm pixels, f/2.0 and EIS (gyro).

As one would expect, there are particular features such as Portrait Mode, which softens the background to put more emphasis on the subject, Pro Mode for even more control over snapshots, and Smart Capture which automatically aligns picture settings for novice users.

OnePlus 5’s design hasn’t affected its battery one bit. In fact, it is said to have improved by 20% over the 3T. The 3300 mAh battery also supports Dash Charge, which provides a day’s worth charge in half an hour, while also being cooler than most other fast-charging solutions.

Price and Availability

OnePlus 5 has been made available to the United States and European customers however rest of the globe will have to wait till next month. Price has always been a major point in OnePlus’s favour, but the company has gone the Nexus 6 way with the new phone. Starting at $479 for the entry-level model, and $539 for the 8 GB RAM version.

Specifications

OS Android 7.1.1 Nougat customized with OxygenOS
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Display 5.5-inch AMOLED with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution
CPU 4x 2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x 1.9 GHz Kryo
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
GPU Adreno 540
RAM 6/8 GB LPDDRX
Internal Storage 64/128 GB UFS 2.1
Card slot No
Connectivity USB-C, Bluetooth 5.0, LTE-A, 2×2 MIMO Wi-Fi ac, GPS, NFC, headphone jack
Misc.
  • RGB Notification LED
  • Dirac HD sound
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • DCI-P3 and sRGB support
Primary Camera Dual 16 MP, f/1.7, EIS (gyro) + 20 MP, f/2.6, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED flash
Camera 16 MP, f/2.0, EIS (gyro)
Battery 3300 mAh, Dash Charge supported
Price
  • 64 GB, 6 GB – $479 (~PKR 50,220)
  • 128 GB, 8 GB – $539 (~PKR 56,500)