The Chinese smartphone manufacturer OnePlus has come a long way since 2013 when their company was founded. The new OnePlus 5 is the successor to the OnePlus 3T. With every phone that OnePlus releases their brand has been getting more recognition in the smartphone industry.
The OnePlus 5 comes with an extremely fast chipset and a dual camera setup with Portrait mode. In this review, I will discuss some of the features and functionalities that this phone has retained from its predecessor as well as the new features.
OnePlus has earned a reputation for making great phones and selling them at an affordable price. OnePlus continues to raise the bar in the smartphone industry. In this review, I will discuss some of the things I like as well as some of the things I dislike about the OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5 Design:
The OnePlus 5 has a 5.5-inch display screen with the typical 16:9 Aspect ratio. This is a narrow phone which is rather comfortable to hold, the back panel of the phone is curved and it feels a bit slippery when holding it.
Located at the front of the phone is the home button which is also the fingerprint scanner. The home button is a bit larger on this phone than it is on its predecessors. However, the fingerprint scanner is extremely fast and it works really well when unlocking the phone.
Located on either side of the home button there is a capacitive button. The button on the left is the back button and the one on the right will display a list of your recent apps.
You can customize the functionality of these buttons in the settings menu. You can switch them around or you can choose an on-screen navigation bar instead.
You also have the ability to assign shortcuts to each button including the home button when they are long-pressed or double-tapped.
The volume rocker is located on the left side of the phone in the typical position. Above the volume rocker, there’s a mute button which OnePlus refers to as an ‘Alert Slider’. This button is great because it gives you the ability to silence notifications without having to unlock the screen.
The Alert Slider has a nice textured surface to it so it’s relatively easy to locate this button without having to look at the phone.
On the Alert Slider there is a three-step toggle between ring, do not disturb, and completely silent.
This is a great feature on the OnePlus 5 that sets it apart from other Android phones on the market.
There’s a 3.5mm audio jack located at the bottom of the phone along with the USB-C port, however, it’s limited to USB 2.0 speeds.
The OnePlus 5 does not have wireless charging capabilities, it’s not waterproof, and there’s no expandable storage.
These are three things that would have made this phone better. Maybe OnePlus will implement these features on their next phone.
OnePlus 5 Display Screen:
The OnePlus 5 has a 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.
So this phone does not have a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) display screen such as the LG G6 and the Samsung Galaxy S8. On paper, it means that the picture quality is not as robust as it is with the phones I mentioned above.
However, in reality, it’s very difficult to notice a difference because this display screen has a wide array of vibrant colors which are full of contrast and deep blacks.
The display screen on the OnePlus 5 is great even when viewing it at different angles in direct sunlight it manages to keep its integrity.
The default color looks great and it will probably work well for most users. But aside from the default mode, there are two pro color modes as well.
You also have the option to switch to sRGB colors, this is the color standard in which the majority of cameras are optimized for.
On the OnePlus 5, the sRGB colors do not look as rich and vibrant as the default colors. There’s also a new DCI-P3 color option, this is a new color standard for phones.
The iPhone 7 is another phone which supports the DCI-P3 color standard. This standard supports a wide color Gamut which is used in 4K UHD TVs and Digital Cinema.
The display screen on the OnePlus 5 is made of Corning Gorilla Glass which is scratch resistant.
OnePlus 5 Performance And Hardware:
The OnePlus 5 is offered in two variants. There’s the variant with 64GB of storage which has 6GB RAM, and there’s the more expensive variant which has 128GB of storage and 8GB RAM.
Both variants have the same processor it’s the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 along with Adreno 540 GPU.
The OnePlus 5 is a mid-range phone which performs as well as some of the flagship phones that are currently on the market.
This is an extremely powerful device which is fast and responsive. The responsiveness of the OnePlus 5 has been improved from that of its predecessors.
The 8GB of RAM gives this phone the ability to keep lots of apps in the memory while maintaining its speed and responsiveness.
The OnePlus 5 is made of ceramic and iodized aluminum which makes the phone great at resisting scratches.
The OnePlus 5 comes with Bluetooth 5.0 which is the latest version of Bluetooth. It also comes equipped with two SIM card slots this is uncommon among phones which are available in the U.S.
The sound quality of the built-in speakers are okay, however, it becomes a bit distorted at the maximum volume.