Plus one OnePlus 5 quirk: left and right audio channels get inverted in stereo recordings

In addition to lots of hardware muscle, the OnePlus 5 seems to have no shortage of weird usability problems, too. We have been reporting about shaky scrolling, loss of Wi-Fi signal reception (when holding the handset a particular way), and poor video stabilization. Now here's another black mark – and it's as strange as it can be!

During filming, when recording sound using the OnePlus 5's built-in mic, holding the smartphone in landscape orientation with the Home button pointed left results in a stereo recording where the left and right audio channels are inverted. The effect is clearly audible on a pair of headphones, and inexplicably occurs only when holding the smartphone this way.

Reportedly, the same issue appears in the older OnePlus 3T model, too. There's no running away from those faulty genes! The (d)effect can be observed in the user video below, but you must don a pair of headphones to really hear it.

OnePlus has been made aware of the problem and promised a fix in an upcoming update, with no time frame being given. With this and other post-launch problems rearing their heads, the company's software team certainly has their work cut out for the next update. Baffling as these problems are, at least they can be fixed after a bit of maintenance work. Then the OnePlus 5 will become a solid handset for the money.

The smartphone has a sharp 1080p display and is powered by Qualcomm's latest processor, the Snapdragon 835, paired with up to a whopping 8GB of RAM in the premium model. Prices start from $479 for the 6GB RAM base model.


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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



1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Could anyone elaborate the issue to me please?

9. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

"stereo recording where the left and right audio channels are inverted."

13. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Wow, so helpful. Better not reply if you don't understand the meaning of 'elaborate'. I don't appreciate troll answers.

14. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

When recording video or audio, the phone changes the way stereo sound is recorded when phone is placed in a landscape position when the home button is towards the left hand side. For example, when recording sound for person A (Standing on your left hand side) and person B (standing on your right hand side), listening to the video using headphones you will realize that person's A voice is coming from the left speaker and person B from the right speaker, exactly the way it should be. But when the phone is placed in a landscape position where the home button is next to the left hand side, you will realize that on watching the video, Person A's sound will come from the the right hand speaker (yet the person was talking from your left hand's side) and person B's sound will come from the left hand speaker (yet the person was talking from your right hand's side).

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Thank you so much. Now I understand the issue more clearly :)

2. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Another OnePlus 5 hardware issue... Damn. I hope the second batch of OnePlus 5 units have this mess sorted out.

4. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

As your name suggests, you have no idea how software + hardware work. You can switch the setting from mixer_path.xml under /system/etc/ on android. So please stop trolling, this should be fixed easily with an update. The file is 10kb in size ffs. Also, The jello effect, can also be fixed easily from the kernel drivers if you know how to. Displays are never made for a single side only, they can be used on both the sides. PLEASE KNOW THE FACTS BEFORE YOU TRY TO TROLL ANYONE.

5. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Or you can just buy a working phone from another brand.

7. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Post #4 What the hell are you talking about? I actually like OnePlus! So I'm not getting your point that I was trolling the OnePlus 5. I simply said OnePlus should have all the issues (antenna, audio and video stabilization issues) fixed in the next batch of OnePlus 5 units. Your reading comprehension is laughable... Get lost.

8. Jishnusur

Posts: 173; Member since: Oct 07, 2013

These are not hardware issues -_-

17. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Are you one of those One plus engineers who design this phone?if so..go kick ur ass.q

12. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

I doubt theyll fix this buggy phone. design issues that hardware. you cant fix weather sealing, you cant fix inverted monitors. you cant fix bad video stabilization. and with the nonstop released bug firmwares, thats enough to say how this phone is half assed. its a failed phone from the get go.

3. miketer

Posts: 513; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Truly, the dog who brought the phone to the presenter on launch day was the star of the show.

10. sunnyfpy

Posts: 277; Member since: May 12, 2013

Poor flagship standards!

11. samgsam

Posts: 147; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

You are holding it wrong.

16. fonephreak

Posts: 24; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

i think people should buy something more refined since the price difference now is quite minimal e.g. in my country s8 is about$620

18. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

people do not realize the reasons why this phone is cheaper than other order for them to sell at a lower price tag, they have to cut corners, which is the case with this phone, perhaps they cut corners when it comes to QA

19. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Oh dear, it just won't stop with these oneplus problem, would it?

20. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

PA why doesn't the edit button works when viewing on a phone?

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