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Ever since OnePlus 5 was released on June 20, getting hold of the phone hasn’t been an easy thing, however, the Chinese OEM has now confirmed that the phone is now available for everyone to buy.

There have been some rave reviews about the phone, but as usual, there will always be those who see the bad things in every good thing. Some have criticized the new OnePlus 5 for a design that looks very close to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus while others are full of praise for this same design. So, design matters aside, let’s take a look at the real reasons as to why the OnePlus 5 is a pretty good phone to buy right now.

OnePlus 5

Powerful hardware

Let’s face it! No one wants to buy a phone that comes with mediocre performance specs and if this is you, well, this OnePlus 5 phone won’t disappoint you in any case. The phone has the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC that is mated with a huge 8GB RAM and up to 128GB of storage. If this is too much for you, there’s a base model with 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage.

Recent reports have confirmed that the OnePlus 5 is the first Android phone to beat Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus in a speed test, which should give you an idea of how powerful this phone is. Although you get the same screen as the OnePlus 3T, there are a few options that are new on board, for instance, new color configuration options and sRGB mode for better calibration.

Software modifications

If you are moving from a Google Nexus or Pixel phone, you may not be a fun of skinned versions of Android. OnePlus 5 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box, but it’s not stock. Rather, you’ll come across an OxygenOS skin on top, which is also not bad at all. There are a bunch of new features on top of the usual, but you can still ignore them if you wish to.

If you can’t deal with this OxygenOS skin, OnePlus 5 has an easily unlocked bootloader that will let you take matters into your own hands. This way, you can install any ROM you wish and stay up to date. The developer support team is also fantastic and the ROM selection is also huge. So, if the default skin isn’t your thing, you can easily unlock, root and flash your preferred ROM to make the phone your type.

Dual camera

The dual-camera craze is all over and OnePlus 5 hasn’t been left behind in any way. This camera is very similar to what iPhone 7 Plus users get, especially when it comes to usage and functionality. The quality is not up there, but the phone has the highest resolution you can find in any dual-lens camera thanks to a 16MP f/1.7 sensor mated with a 20MP 2x zoom f/2.6 telephoto sensor. The front has a decent 16MP lens for selfies, same as the one you find on the OnePlus 3T.

There’s some debate regarding the 2x lossless zoom of this 20MP lens, but still, you won’t be disappointed with what the phone gives you, especially at its price tag.

It’s under $500

For what this OnePlus 5 phone brings to the table, you’d be surprised that you only need $479 to get it off the shelves for the base model. The high-end variant will set you back a not-so-bad $539, but for what you are getting, it’ll be hard to bump into something of the same kind at these price tags.

OnePlus 5 Available for Purchase

Battery life

While many will be quick to credit the incredible performance of the 2017 flagship phones to the new Snapdragon 835 SoC, this same chipset is also better when it comes to power efficiency, especially when compared to the Snapdragon 820/821.

In short, with this Snapdragon 835 powering the OnePlus 5, you’ll not only have one of the snappiest phones in your hands, but you’ll also be able to last long before thinking of charging the phone. Also, the Dash Charge fast charging technology will ensure that the 3300mAh unit on board is ready for another day in just a matter of minutes.