OnePlus 5 is finally here with us and as you may know, the phone is here to take the place of last year’s OnePlus 3T, which was released in November.
There’s no doubt that the new OnePlus 5 handset is great, especially when looking at the specs and features it brings to the fold versus the price tag. In fact, OnePlus has made its name as a company that is determined to kill the major names in the smartphone flagship business [read flagship killer] and with this new phone, it’s bound to achieve this status – at least for some.
Being the successor to the throne held by the OnePlus 3T, the OnePlus 5 has an uphill task ahead. The former took many by storm with its impressive design, a speedy processor, a decent camera and battery as well as a great price. The 5 doesn’t fail on any of these aspects either, but it somehow disappoints, especially if there’s anyone out there who was still using the OnePlus 3 or maybe the OnePlus 2 and was looking forward to make the switch to the new model.
The original OnePlus 3, for instance, had a 5.5-inch AMOLED display screen with a battery-conscious resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. This is what OnePlus has used to drive the price of its flagships lower than what others such as Samsung and LG charge on their flagships since they use QHD resolutions. The 3T did not change a thing regarding this display screen, but it came in with a better processor, an improved selfie camera and most of all, a bigger 3400mAh battery unit.
Coming in with a 3400mAh battery unit, which was 400mAh more than what the OnePlus 3 came with, was a leading factor in many people’s decision to buying the OnePlus 3T. The 16MP selfie camera, up from 8MP, was also another deciding factor. While the OnePlus 5 has made some obvious upgrades in the processor and camera departments, some might be disappointed that there’s nothing new in terms of the display screen. This gets even worse when it comes to the battery capacity.
We know that the Snapdragon 835 SoC used on the phone is better when it comes to power usage, but giving the OnePlus 5 a smaller 3300mAh battery is not just acceptable for a phone that is seen as an upgrade over the 3T. The change is small, but it would have made more sense if the company kept the same 3400mAh used on the 3T, if going up was a problem.
One reasoning behind the reduced battery capacity is that the OnePlus 5 is slightly thinner than the 3T, measuring 7.3mm thick compared to the 2016 model’s 7.4mm. As for the screen size, there’s nothing to justify the re-used 5.5-inch AMOLED panel, but still, it’s not a bad choice for a phone that goes for $479 for the base model and $539 for the high-end model.
In general, the OnePlus 5 can be considered as a not-so-significant upgrade over the OnePlus 3T as the company would want us to believe. But still, it’s worth the buy, especially for someone making a switch from the older OnePlus One or OnePlus 2. The dual-lens cameras on the back are a nice addition, but the front has the same 16MP shooter found on the 3T as well.
Software-wise, the OnePlus 5 ships with the new Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box and since the company has already promised OnePlus 3 and 3T users an update to Android O, this model will also receive this update as well.
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