OnePlus 5 is now official: powerhouse with dual camera, Portrait mode and... copycat design

The new iPhone 7 Plus OnePlus 5 is now finally official.

And the most striking thing about it is certainly the eery similarity to the iPhone 7 Plus: it's basically a clone of Apple's design, featuring what looks like the same dual camera system with the same portrait mode secondary lens in tow, the same black color, the same aluminum build and even the same crescent antenna lines. While companies originating in China have been copying Apple's designs for years on end, in recent years we have seen most of them introduce their original designs. This is why it's particularly shocking to see a high-profile handset like the OnePlus 5 reverse back to those old ways. 

For all else, the OnePlus 5 is a top-end Android phone for a price much lower than that of other flagships. It's got the Snapdragon 835 system chip, the most powerful on Android currently, an 8GB RAM option, the most we've seen in a phone ever, improved camera with portrait mode, and plentiful storage. 

In the context of OnePlus phones, though, it's also the most expensive one so far, with a starting price $40 higher than that of the OnePlus 3T. And then, the OnePlus 3T starting price was $40 higher than that of the OnePlus 3.

First things first, though, so let's first start with a look at the OnePlus 5 specs highlights:

PlatformAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
with OxygenOS
Display5.5" AMOLED 16:9 display
1080 x 1920 pixel Full HD
+ supports sRGB, DCI-P3 colors
74.1 x 154.2 x 7.25mm
153 grams (5.4 oz)
Snapdragon 835 (10nm) up to 2.45GHz
CamerasMain: 16MP Sony IMX 398 with f/1.7 lens
+ EIS, 1.12μm pixels
Telephoto: 20MP Sony IMX 350 with f/2.6 lens
Front: 16MP Sony IMX 371 with f/2.0 lens
Storage64GB / 128GB UFS 2.1
- no microSD card slot
Battery3,300 mAh
with USB-C 2.0 and Dash Charge
Special featuresGorilla Glass 5
Dual Nano SIM slot
2 x 2 MIMO antennas, 34 network bands, Improved mic range

New Dual Camera system

The OnePlus 5's most notable new feature is the dual camera. It's the phone's tagline, its bread and butter, and the one component that's evolved the most. OnePlus engineers themselves admit the OnePlus 3 and 3T cameras were good, but not quite great, while the OnePlus 5 is the one to get the truly 'great' camera.

The setup is just like the one on the iPhone 7 Plus: a main, wide-angle lens and a secondary 'telephoto' lens used to blur the background to have that 'bokeh' effect. The main cam uses a 16-megapixel main Sony sensor with an f/1.7 aperture lens, and the telephoto one features a 20-megapixel Sony sensor with an f/2.6 lens. OnePlus says that this is "the highest resolution dual-camera system on a smartphone today." It's not just about the resolution, though: the new Portrait mode is possible thanks to a new software algorithm that ensures the subject is properly defined and well-lit.

Even if you use the wide-anlge camera, its f/1.7 aperture allows the camera to capture 34% more light than the OnePlus 3T for a big improvement in low-light scenarios. OnePlus has also improved auto focusing speeds, and the new OP5 focuses up to 40% faster than its predecessor.

You also have a manual 'Pro Mode', where you get to shoot in RAW and control ISO, white balance, shutter speed, focus and exposure. A neat histogram is displayed live on the screen and you can even save two profiles to quickly recall when shooting in this mode.

Smaller battery size, better battery life

The other big thing about the OnePlus 5 is that it's a performance monster. It's got the Snapdragon 835 that we've seen on the Samsung Galaxy S8, and it comes in two options: a 64 gig one with 6GB of RAM, or a 128GB storage model with 8GB of RAM.

All of this is complemented by a 3,300 mAh battery, a slightly smaller size than the 3,400 mAh cell used on the 3T, but thanks to the more efficient processor and other optimizations, the OnePlus 5 comes away with a 20% better battery life than the OnePlus 3T. This is great news as the OnePlus 3T was a solid battery performer, easily getting us through a full day with screen on time of slightly more than 6 hours.

Additionally, the OnePlus 5 uses UFS 2.1 type of storage with faster 2-lane bandwidth, which brings improvements all around the experience. The phone also learns which apps you use most frequently and has them ready as soon as you unlock your phone, while less often used apps get lower priorities.

Oxygen OS on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat

OnePlus's custom software, Oxygen OS, has gotten a few welcome improvements in the OP5. First of all, it runs on top of Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and then it supports new features like a reading mode that filters out blue light, expanded screenshots, a translucent, slide-up app drawer, auto night mode, off-screen gestures that allow you to draw letters to quickly launch apps, as well as a gaming do not disturb mode and secure box.

Another small thing that's gotten better is a 20% quieter vibration motor that you can customize with three intensity options, and 5 incoming call patterns.

Connectivity improvements

There are a bunch of less flashy, but nonetheless important improvements in the OnePlus 5: faster 4G LTE, faster Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, Dual SIM support and a carrier unlock by default.

The expanded 4G LTE bands are hugely important for OnePlus 5's global ambitions: the phone now supports 4G LTE bands for all major international and U.S. carriers, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint included, but this does not mean you can actually use the OnePlus 5 on Verizon or Spint because of the CDMA tech they use.

There is still no microSD card slot, though, and this is something that power users should keep in mind.

Price, release date and availability

The OnePlus 5 release date is set for next Tuesday, June 27th in North America and Europe. The phone will also be available in Asian markets like China, India and Hong Kong at a different time.

The interesting thing is that with every new phone, OnePlus keeps on increasing the price. The OnePlus 3 started at $400, the 3T -- at $440, and the OnePlus 5 goes $40 higher to a base price of $480 for the 64GB storage / 6GB RAM model, and $540 for the 128GB storage / 8GB RAM version. Prices in Europe are even higher at €500 for the base model and €560 for the souped up version.

The OnePlus 5 is still great value for the money: it's cheaper than the $725 Samsung's Galaxy S8 or the $650 Apple iPhone 7 or Google Pixel, but it's nowhere nearly as affordable as the phone OnePlus launched a year ago.

Things have changed in that time. From an underdog, OnePlus has become a recognizable brand and one many phone geeks prefer. The OnePlus 5 is clearly its best phone, one that keeps evolving a successful formula. 

OnePlus promised to 'never settle' and for the most part it still does not. If only it wasn't for that design...



1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

First. Inspired by YouTube comments

8. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

3300mah battery no 3.5mm jack iPhone 7 lookalike This phone is wack

12. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

There is a 3.5 mm jack!

14. Creep

Posts: 193; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Really? Thanks for the correction. My mistake!

36. ngtitao

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

Hahaha ... if you've watched the live launch, you would know.

2. baldilocks

Posts: 1489; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

They really love the 1080p standard. I guess it bodes well for battery life and a less expensive price tag.

3. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Well Samsung after N update my S7E comes with 1080p standard and you have to go through settings to go to 2K which samsung says it will eat more battery. So ye it makes difference.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

And 1080 is more than enough for viewing the screen at a normal distance.

39. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

1080 is enough but that's very good experience with VR on my s7E. Love it! glad after I use VR i switched to 1080!

5. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Does it come with Dash Charge 2.0, or the same, old one?

6. peace247 unregistered

Who cares...its still the fastest.

7. torr310

Posts: 1633; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

1080 is decent for screens below 5.7", but OnePlus isn't known for good battery optimization. Hopefully it changes this time.

37. ngtitao

Posts: 10; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

During the launch, they claimed it is now optimized. Charge half an hour (not even charge full) for a full day use. We shall see in due time hether this is marketing gimmick.

9. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

Camera camera camera camera. OP5 is all about camera. After iphone 8/7s release, we can guess what op6 will offer.

10. mikehunta727 unregistered

Dci-p3 display is nice.

11. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Oh,come on grow up, we're gonna see 12k displays on our phones in the near future.

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Far future*

27. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

even if its 2020, its not that far.

30. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You think we will have 12k displays by 2020? Really??? At the moment, we still don't have phones with 5K displays, let alone 12k. And only the Xperia XZ Premium has a 4K display even; among known flagships. Please predict smart if you have to.

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Quad HD debuted in 2014... and now after three years, QHD is still the norm in most flagship phones. So, 12K screen resolution isn't happening by 2020, especially when there is 8K before 12K.

13. Nutcase4u2

Posts: 43; Member since: Oct 15, 2015

I'm just hoping it works on Verizon network, but all previous models were GSM only.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7035; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Did you not read the article

16. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

Biggest question is if it'll work on Verizon. It has support for LTE-A UL CAT13, FDD LTE bands 2 & 4, and CDMA EVDO: BC0.

17. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

The "early drop" code is Clearer Photos.

22. Lois13

Posts: 61; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

Ordered midnight black 128gb already!

18. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Alas no waterproof, was hoping it would have it. No buy for me

24. Flash

Posts: 1972; Member since: May 19, 2017

Are you that clumsy that you can't keep your phone from falling in water clueless one?

25. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

So why even have a headphone jack? Are you that forgetful to not remember to carry a usb to 3.5mm adapter with you? Don't be so dumb.

28. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Ah the town idiot is back. And no my dear shortsighted demented ameba, I won't drop it in the water. But having no to worry when using it in the rain or being able to have it in the swimming pool or just around my friends who play pranks on me during the summer is a nice idea. Already owning a 3T, the rest of the upgrades don't justify the buy for me. Waterproofing would have made it something to reconsider. But its okay that you can't seem to think past your own very limited thought process

31. AmashAziz

Posts: 2894; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Right! That Mxy guy doesn't have a clue what IP cert. is for.

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