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OnePlus 5 Review

OnePlus 5

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Introduction


The new OnePlus 5 is an evolution of a successful formula: it adds a dual camera with Portrait mode and the fastest Android chip around…

The OnePlus 5 is the newest phone by OnePlus, a company that in just three years has fought its way to become one of the recognizable names among flagship makers. It did so by word of mouth and a large group of dedicated fans, standing by its ‘never settle’ motto. Oh yes, and by making flagship-grade phones with top specs at affordable prices.

The OnePlus 5, however, is its most expensive phone, and it’s got an iPhone inspired look and even a similar dual camera on the back.

It is the company’s best and the company’s most controversial phone. Also, it’s the only one it makes, OnePlus’ all-or-nothing bet.

How has it worked out? We have been living with the OnePlus 5 for a while and we’re eager to share our experience. Read on.

In the box:

  • Wall charger (5V - 4A)
  • USB-C to USB cable
  • User manual
  • Sim ejector

Design

Beautiful and stylish? Check! Not so much an iPhone once you get to actually use it. Also, alarmingly slippery and lacks water protection.

OnePlus 5 Review

You have probably seen the pictures: the back of the OnePlus 5 next to the back of the iPhone 7 Plus, all looking pretty much exactly the same. Yes, the resemblance is there and it’s hard to deny where OnePlus draws inspiration from, but once you hold the new OnePlus 5 in your hand you notice that there is far less similarity than those pictures might have convinced you of. The curved back, the accent line around the edges and a few other details make the OnePlus 5 actually feel noticeably different than the iPhone 7 Plus.

Curious fact: Yet still, the OnePlus 5 does not feel fully an original design. It feels like a mash-up. It’s no secret that OnePlus is owned by Chinese giant BBK Electronics, which also owns Oppo and Vivo, two very popular brands in China. And the OnePlus 5 is basically a mixture of those two companies’ flagships. If you live in the US and Europe, you probably have not heard about the Vivo X9 and the Oppo R9s, but if you want to see the OnePlus 5’s ‘mother and father’, just take a look at those two phones. The Vivo X9 is nearly a carbon copy of the OnePlus 5’s design, while the Oppo R9s uses basically the same dual camera setup and fast charging. After you look up those two phones, you will start seeing the OnePlus 5 as a bit of a Frankenstein phone. We know we do.

OnePlus 5 Review
OnePlus 5 Review

Now that we have addressed this, let’s say that the OnePlus 5 is a 5.5-inch phone with a 9:16 display, and for its form factor it is a narrow phone that is comfortable to hold, but still definitely far from being single-hand friendly like the new breed of narrow phones with a tall display like the Galaxy S8. The back is curved and an already thin phone becomes even thinner at the edges, which contributes a lot to its ergonomics. Yet, it’s also devilishly slippery, tending to slip out of your pocket easily and while I haven’t dropped it yet, I feel like this is more of an inevitability with the OnePlus 5 than with other phones.

OnePlus 5 Review
Up front, you have a slightly larger than on earlier OnePlus phones physical home key. That’s also where the fingerprint scanner is. It definitely feels like one of the fastest finger scanners around, it’s nearly instantaneous, impressively zippy.

OnePlus has also gotten the little things right with the ‘5’: the side buttons are made of metal, clicky and easy to press, with nice travel to them. The 3-way mute key on the left has a textured surface, so you can easily find it by touch, without even looking at the phone. The USB-C is properly centered (but still limited to only USB 2.0 speeds), and there’s a 3.5mm audio jack.

There are two big features missing: the OnePlus 5 does not have any special water protection and it does not support wireless charging. OnePlus CEO says water proofing just makes phones thicker and heavier, and adds he’s not convinced it’s ‘a big consumer requirement’. Big or not, we find it a nice convenience and feel the OnePlus 5 would have been an even better phone if it had water protection.

OnePlus 5
6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm
5.40 oz (153 g)

OnePlus 5

Apple iPhone 7 Plus
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches
158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm
6.63 oz (188 g)

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8+
6.28 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches
159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
6.10 oz (173 g)

Samsung Galaxy S8+

LG G6
5.86 x 2.83 x 0.31 inches
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
5.75 oz (163 g)

LG G6


To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display

5.5” AMOLED display with a 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution. It looks great.

OnePlus 5 Review

The OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels.

The specs-obsessed will be quick to point out that it’s not a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixel) display, meaning that it’s less sharp than other 5.5” phones like the Google Pixel XL and the HTC U11. In reality, though, it’s almost impossible to notice the difference in sharpness. For most everyone, the resolution of the OnePlus 5 is more than sufficient and the phone looks sharp enough.

Color defaults to a punchy mode that most users really dig. Everything looks very vivid in this mode, very contrasty, but also somewhat bluish.

OnePlus also includes two ‘pro’ color modes. First, you have the option switch to sRGB colors, where sRGB is the color standard that most cameras these days default to and most content is optimized for. Colors in sRGB look less saturated on the OnePlus 5 and a bit dull compared to the defaults. The bigger issue here is that whites appear a bit too green, so we cannot fully recommend using this option. The OnePlus 5 display also has a new DCI-P3 color option. This is a newly implemented color standard on phones, one that the iPhone 7 supports as well. Colors here are slightly more saturated, wider than sRGB, but we again notice that whites tend to appear greenish. So at the end of the day, we stick to the default color mode on the OnePlus 5, which might not be the most accurate, but we find the most pleasing. You can find more details in the charts right below.

In terms of brightness, this is not the brightest one out there. This is an issue when you use the phone outdoors, especially now in summertime when the sun is bright -- it’s hard to see what’s on the screen.

We should also note that the screen is now protected by Gorilla Glass 5 on the OnePlus 5, which is more durable than on earlier OnePlus phones. Kudos to OnePlus for that.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
OnePlus 5 435
(Good)
2
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
8014
(Poor)
2.13
6.63
(Average)
6.29
(Average)
Apple iPhone 7 Plus 672
(Excellent)
2
(Excellent)
1:1431
(Excellent)
6981
(Excellent)
2.2
3.11
(Good)
2.63
(Good)
Samsung Galaxy S8+ 565
(Excellent)
1
(Excellent)
unmeasurable
(Excellent)
6936
(Excellent)
2.14
5.06
(Average)
4.91
(Average)
LG G6 506
(Excellent)
4
(Excellent)
1:2164
(Excellent)
8639
(Poor)
2.12
5.68
(Average)
7.55
(Average)
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posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:09

3. omnitech (Posts: 982; Member since: 28 Sep 2016)


8.2. So same level as the HTC U11.

Oneplus vs HTC fanboys fight!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:18 1

7. NoAllegiance (unregistered)


At least it scored higher than One Plus 2....

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:21 16

8. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 1621; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


So let me get this straight. U11 gets 8.2 because of an EXTRA software gimmick is not easy to learn, and yes that was one of the cons. OPO5 a phone with great specs, the smoothest fastest android phone, with great camera, 200-300$ cheaper than most flagships also gets 8.2.

But an iPhone SE gets 8.8 even though when it came out it had LITERALLY the same design, same screen, same battery as a 4 year old iPhone 5 with just new cpu, gpu and better camera.

Can you IMAGINE the s**t OPO or HTC would get if they did that? Just imagine OPO made a new phone with OPO1 design, same screen and just added new cpu, camera etc and priced it 500$. DAMN!

PA

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:53 3

22. jjface (Posts: 66; Member since: 07 Jun 2017)


Camera is mediocre.

It is also no more than $100ish cheaper than most flagships these days. You can get the U11 right now for $599. LG G6 unlocked version on BH photo is $549.

Then there are plenty of deals that give you other flagships for less eg the S8 with a trade in of a $5 phone for $425. Brand new G6s on ebay go for $400 for lots of different versions. Lots of people selling them off from carrier bogo deals or $10 a month deals etc.

The SE is significantly better than the iphone 5. I wish oneplus had done that with the 3T-5. Upgrade the camera, upgrade the processor and battery. A guaranteed win.

posted on 24 Aug 2017, 21:00

67. Ricardonez (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2017)


If oneplus 5 camera is mediocre, iphone 7 has a poor camera.

Search for this video on youtube: OnePlus 5 4K EIS Video Update Test (vs iPhone 7 Plus & Galaxy S8)

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:02 2

24. TechieXP1969 (banned) (Posts: 14967; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


What? The camera on the 1+5 is worse than the iPhone 7. Nother beats the S7 or S8's camera at all.

Smooth? At doing what? Nothing?! Liek the iPhone?

The camera has software OIS and it sucks. side by side videos show the camera is worse than the iPhone 7's.

Is it possible to get high off ignorance? Because so many guys here are so high off their own stupidity.

posted on 28 Jun 2017, 00:44 2

51. cnour (Posts: 1647; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


As usual fake news...liar Techie.

posted on 02 Jul 2017, 09:07

60. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Camera is pretty good, I'd take it over the iPhone 7 camera.

But clearly the android flagships are in different league, OnePlus 5 is a good phone but overpriced.

posted on 24 Aug 2017, 20:59

66. Ricardonez (Posts: 2; Member since: 24 Aug 2017)


Worse than iphone 7 ?? Are you sure??

Search for this video on youtube: OnePlus 5 4K EIS Video Update Test (vs iPhone 7 Plus & Galaxy S8)

Iphone 7 has a mediocre camera for the price.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 20:54

48. rOHAN287 (Posts: 3; Member since: 06 May 2016)


Very well said.
Phonearena should rethink about their review system. Rating iPhone SE 8.8 which has same 5s design small battery, OK camera and smallest battery. You people are definitely paid or give biased reviews.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 10:43 1

11. cripton805 (Posts: 1485; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


I dont think the OP5 looks or feels like an iPhone aside from the camera. I think that was a stupid decision in OP part. They should draw a line a distance themselves. They need to make a name for their own products outside of China. A slightly different camera bezel and position of the flash would help.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:07 2

16. adecvat (Posts: 355; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Good review.
Cheating in camera, cheating in benchmarks, no waterproof, no OIS.
2016 year phone. Better buy cheaper S7.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:17 4

19. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


So... where did they cheat in the camera department?

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:10 1

40. Lumberjack (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 May 2017)


Optical.zoom is not 2x, just 1.6x

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:17

43. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 3692; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


True but they never claimed it was 2x optical zoom.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:23

44. Veteater (Posts: 59; Member since: 04 Aug 2015)


OnePlus never claimed 2x optical zoom, that's the bull that all the reviewers are claiming the OP5 is capable of due to their own excitement about the camera similarities to the iPhone 7 Plus. The OnePlus 5 has 1.6x pure optical zoom, but is capable of producing 2x of maximum optical zoom by way of Smart capture MultiFrame Technology; look it up. So technically the OnePlus 5 has 2x lossless zoom, not optical.

The benchmark thing is something that while I wouldn't call it cheating, I'd call it wrong and without purpose. Google has warned against this being done by OEMs and OnePlus still chose to do it anyway.

There is no waterproofing on this device because of the savings in manufacturing costs. The OnePlus 5 is already more expensive than an iPhone to manufacture and is the same or similar in manufacturing costs to other devices on the market that sell in the $600 range. So, OnePlus is already operating on thinner profit margins than others; waterproofing the device would make OnePlus have to up the actual release price by enough to where there isn't a distinct difference between its price and other devices' price.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:14 5

18. Lumberjack (Posts: 258; Member since: 04 May 2017)


No QHD for 5.5
Pentile matrix instead of rgb
No micro sd slot
No IP against dust nor water
Photos do not look better than 2015 flagships
No 4K stabilization ( wil be added later)
Ugly design
No stereo speakers

Still got same score of U11?

LMAO !!!!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:25 3

29. jellmoo (Posts: 2117; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


In Canada, the U11 is $250 more than the OnePlus 5. It's almost like that extra money buys you some things that the other handset doesn't have.

Do you want to spend the money for the extras, or do you want to save the money and do without?

Options are good.

posted on 29 Jun 2017, 13:52

56. p51d007 (Posts: 393; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)


SOFTWARE OIS for the camera, instead of HARDWARE OIS for the camera.
They "settled" again. Software OIS is cheaper than the hardware variety.
Not surprised. Remember the "stereo" speakers of the OnePlus one that was a twin MONO? The "we are just a startup", owned by Oppo and on and on.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:44

20. jeroome86 (Posts: 2202; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Thought I was reading about the One Plus 5. Good grief. What the bleep.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 11:50 2

21. itsikkan (Posts: 6; Member since: 12 Jun 2017)


Unbelievable. It got the same score as the HTC U11 a phone a lot better...

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:12 2

27. wesley. (Posts: 96; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Hmmm... a quite expensive and already I can get a Samsung Galaxy S8 for a very slight amount more and an LG G6 for significantly less.

Unlikely to get any discount on Oneplus's website either.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 12:35 3

30. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 2443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Called it. This and the U11 scored 8.2 despite the U11 got a high end camera and one of the best available, superior audio quality, better hardware in general, superb software and fast updates from HTC, and an innovative squeeze feature. I call bulls**t. Please save yourself the trouble and never give scores in your future reviews.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 13:34

33. davthom123 (Posts: 92; Member since: 02 Mar 2015)


if performance is a reason why at least the iPhone 7 gets a nine+ despite note being the highest specced flagship then one plus deserves the same on android

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 16:11 2

41. DBoss (Posts: 67; Member since: 18 Feb 2017)


Iphones charging time in graph is a biggg middle finger...

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 17:02 1

45. sasch (banned) (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)


Unreal this page is starting to extremely piss me off with them stupid ratings . One plus 5 deserves at least 8.8. if not a 9 alone for what one plus has achieved in the price range and still packing 8 GB ram and 128 GB storage camera isn't perfect but good in my eyes design is great software is the best one out there full stop . Same for the HTC bloody great phone does everything better that the iPhone does so why only an 8.2 seriously pathetic. Apart from the bezel the phone is one of the most complete devices this year . I hope pA chockes on the apple Dik

posted on 02 Jul 2017, 09:03

59. ebilcake (Posts: 974; Member since: 16 Jul 2016)


Nope, taking value into account I'd give it no more than a 8.0.

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 17:38 1

46. Ferrari458 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Jun 2017)


This year Oneplus 5 (with about 500$ price) IS NOT THE FLAGSHIP-KILLER!
Maybe Xiaomi Mi6 ( same soc, ram, battery and better stabilized camera at 350-400$) could be!

posted on 27 Jun 2017, 18:35

47. ithehappy (Posts: 48; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


OK, so this phone gets 8.2 and U11 gets 8.7? Anything else? Sun moves around Planet Earth too.

posted on 01 Jul 2017, 21:45

57. perfectnine (Posts: 195; Member since: 11 Mar 2016)


You should be the one revolving around planet earth. The u11 got 8.2 too.

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OnePlus 5

OnePlus 5

OS: Android 7.1
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PhoneArena rating:
8.5Excellent
Display5.5 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi) AMOLED
Camera16 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2457 MHz, Kryo processor
8 GB RAM
Size6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 inches
(154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm)
5.40 oz  (153 g)

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