The OnePlus 5: yeah or meh?


Well, folks, the OnePlus 5 is announced and wow — it is brim-packed with hardware. Snapdragon 835, 6 GB / 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB / 128 GB of storage, 16 MP + 20 MP dual camera on the back, 16 MP camera on the front, $479 starting price, OnePlus, hold your horses!

Yes, the handset has some spectacular specs on paper, though, the way it looks may be a bit divisive among fans, due to its... similarities to the iPhone 7 Plus. In any case, it's time we ask you what you think about the new flagship killer!

OK, so, we won't ask you if you'll be buying it just yet, but what are your thoughts on it based on first impressions?

What do you think about the OnePlus 5?

Looks mighty promising!
39.93%
Meh...
60.07%

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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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31 Comments

1. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Sorry, I will nkt buy a $500 iPhone 7 copycat.

2. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

What does the Oneplus 5 offer over the Oneplus 3T other than dual camera and SD 835?

6. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

An iPhone running Android 7.1.1. I'm holding on to my OP3 for a year longer...or maybe more if it keeps running like a champ.

31. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

of course it will. Mine runs like new. lol

13. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

The little extra money they charge this time is not for new offerings. It will go to Emily Ratajkowski.

17. PTearGriffin unregistered

you get to pretend you have iPhone 7? also pleasure of knowin you paid $439 for a iPhone copycat instead of $769?

3. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If it was still $400 than Yay!

5. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

It's still a good bang for buck... though. But yeah, 400 bucks would have made the OnePlus 5 an even bigger bang.

11. Takeharu

Posts: 285; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Thing is, I'm my country the LG G6 can be bought new for €540. Sure it has a lesser processor (and in my opinion inferior software) but it makes up for it in other areas like the display.

21. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Compared to other $500 devices, I struggle to see what it's offering that all the other Android devices don't. Dual camera with a 2x zoom? How new and cool.

26. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Is there another $500 device with the Snapdragon 835?

28. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Wait for 1 month , you'll find at least 4 or 5 manufacturers like Leeco , Lenovo , Axon , etc etc offering even Quad hd , waterproofing , stereo speakers for below 500.

29. Greenmule

Posts: 129; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

In the USA trade in *any* working iOS or Android; buy the Galaxy s8 for $425.00; s* plus for $525.00. Both phones are unlocked. Seems like a better deal

4. BuffaloSouce unregistered

I was excited for this phone but it's a pass for me. I guess I'll be waiting to see what the Pixel 2 offers

7. surethom

Posts: 1662; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

No 4k video stabilisation is a massive fail for such a camera centric mobile.

8. smguk

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

Meh this is crap for £500 will not kill any flagship might as well spend a bit more and get a G6 or S8 far more for your money like bigger screen and waterproofing and expandable storage etc

9. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

If only it included stuff such as Stereo speakers, IP certification, IR blaster, etc. And had a cheaper price, closer to the Mi 6. Then only would it have been promising for me. Of course, it's exaggerated but that's how I feel.

10. shnibz

Posts: 509; Member since: Sep 18, 2011

Considering I have the OP3T is a resounding meh. Especially considering the price hike yet again.

12. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

I don't know, with the OnePlus 3 at £309 it was an easy purchase. At £450 it just doesn't feel like a bargain anymore and other then the camera there has been bugger all improvement to the rest of the phone which actually matters or makes it unique. Good phone but too expensive for what it is, an improved single camera with OIS would have been fine, dual cameras is a costly gimmick most of us didn't want.

14. talon95

Posts: 994; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

It's pretty nice on paper. Too bad it looks like an iPhone. A vertical camera in the center would have been nice, and at least been ahead of Apple instead of looking last gen. I'd also pay slightly more for AMOLED, but at least they came in at a nice price point.

15. NoAllegiance unregistered

Does anybody know if the glass on the display is oleo-phobic coated?

16. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Everybody speaks from the prospective of upgrading from OP3. I see things differently.. To me that seems like the perfect phone to replace the gap left by the lack of Nexus phone. I have a Nexus 6P and if I am to upgrade, One Plus 5 would be what I'd buy - near-stock Android, great processor, camera; decent battery with Dash charge and all that for a price under $500.

18. PTearGriffin unregistered

Glad they finally made Midnight black available as main color!!!

19. Chaise unregistered

Already many copycat Chinese phones for cheaper!

20. killer7D

Posts: 550; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

A Big Meh for an iPhone 7 copycat !

22. joeboxer

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

honestly the camera isnt too great either. i think they should have kept a single lens, improve the quality of the conventional camera, reduce the cost and make the design more original. just my thought

23. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

I like it, but I just bought my 3t two months ago. I don't regret buying my 3t, but I'll wait for the 5t or 6.

24. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

LeEco Le Pro 3. Now backed and maintained by one of the world's best Lineage OS maintainer codeworkx. Snapdragon 821, 6GB RAM + 64GB storage, 4000mAh batt at about full $110 LESS than 1+5's starting RRP. Yeah a gen older SoC but on that cheap I wouldn't complain.

25. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

It's one of those phones I'd buy without hesitation if I accidentally dropped and broke my phone beyond repair. Unfortunately though, as with the Xperia XZ Premium, it's not good enough a phone to justify upgrading from my iPhone 7 Plus. Yeah or meh? I'm still undecided yet but it's overall a solid effort by OnePlus.

27. airoid

Posts: 126; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

Meh! No ois, no wireless charging, no ip6x, no micro sdcard, no big battery, slow usb2.0. It is a midrange killer 2017.

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