OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade?

OnePlus 5: Should you upgrade?
The OnePlus 5 is now official, and it does look like a very solid device. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835, at least 6 GB of RAM, and plenty of storage, it definitely boasts flagship hardware specs. Pair this with the very lightweight OxygenOS, and you get a device that has the potential to outperform a lot of the top players in the market right now.

Admittedly, the design sparked some controversy, with a lot of people finding a too close of a resemblance between the OnePlus 5 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Whether OnePlus borrowed from Apple's design language or not, is not for us to decide. Either way, the OnePlus 5 does look pretty good.

But despite all that, is it worth upgrading from an older OnePlus flagship? Especially if you purchased your OnePlus 3T about six months ago?

OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3T


SpecsOnePlus 5OnePlus 3T
ProcessorSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 821
RAM6GB / 8GB6GB
Storage64, 128GB128GB
Rear camera16MP f/1.7 + 20MP
f/2.6
EIS
2.0x optical zoom
4K video recording
16MP f/2.0
4K video recording

If you bought the OnePlus 3T this past winter, you're probably not too eager on buying a new phone just yet, and for a good reason. The 3T comes with a Snapdragon 821 SoC, which is just one step behind the Snapdragon 835 in the OnePlus 5.

When it comes to memory, the OnePlus 5 provides either 8 GB of RAM with 128 GB of storage, or 6 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage. If you have a 3T with the larger storage capacity of 128 GB, buying a whole new device for the extra 2 GB of RAM isn't the best financial decision at all.

That being said, the OnePlus 5 does have one major advantage over its predecessor – the dual-camera setup. From what we've seen so far, it does provide stellar performance, and it allows for some pretty good portrait shots. So, if you want a camera upgrade, you might consider the new OnePlus.

However, upgrading merely seven months after purchasing a flagship doesn't sound like the best option to us. So, we suggest you keep your 3T a little longer (and maybe hope for a 5T next winter).



OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 3


SpecsOnePlus 5OnePlus 3
ProcessorSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 820
RAM6GB / 8GB6GB
Storage64, 128GB64GB
Rear camera16MP f/1.7 + 20MP
f/2.6
EIS
2.0x optical zoom
4K video recording
16MP f/2.0
4K video recording

If you're still rocking a OnePlus 3, it's probably for a good reason – a minor upgrade mere months after you bought your phone was just not worth it financially when the 3T was released. However, the OnePlus 5 is a whole new beast.

The Snapdragon 820 inside your OnePlus 3 is two generations behind the current Snapdragon 835. Not to mention that this time you can opt for the 8 GB version and upgrade both RAM and storage capacity.

Add the dual-camera setup on the back to all the upgraded hardware, and you get more than enough reasons to leave the OnePlus 3 behind. That being said, if you are perfectly fine with the memory you currently have on your phone, we suggest you go for the cheaper Slate Gray version and save yourself the $50.



OnePlus 5 vs OnePlus 2


SpecsOnePlus 5OnePlus 2
ProcessorSnapdragon 835Snapdragon 810
SoftwareAndroid 7.1.1 NougatAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
RAM6GB / 8GB3GB / 4GB
Storage64, 128GB16, 64GB
Rear camera16MP f/1.7 + 20MP
f/2.6
EIS
2.0x optical zoom
4K video recording
13MP f/2.0
Optical image stabilization
4K video recording

This one is a no-brainer, really. The OnePlus 2 is old by smartphone standards already. It comes with a chipset that was last relevant two years ago, and the borderline passable for a flagship 4 GB of RAM. Whichever OnePlus 5 version you'd like to buy is a hardware upgrade in just about any way.

Not to mention that OnePlus has cut software updates for the device less than two years after its release. The Android 7.0 Nougat update was in limbo before, but now it's just impossible. And, considering how much value the latest version of Google's OS adds, we just can't neglect it.

Upgrading from the OnePlus 2 shouldn't even be questioned. Just go ahead and do it.

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  • Display 5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 16 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3300 mAh

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5 Comments

1. NickHill

Posts: 388; Member since: May 07, 2016

What if someone has OnePlus One?

3. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

The Verge just burnt the Oneplus 5.

5. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

Theverge burnt everything without the "Fruit" Logo

2. brasstax

Posts: 540; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"It comes with a chipset that was last relevant two years ago, and the borderline passable for a flagship 4 GB of RAM." I'll remember the 4 GB borderline condition in September when the i-phone is launched, hope phonearena applies it.

4. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The OnePlus 3 and 3T are so stylish in design, though they're rip-offs off thd the HTC M9.

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