OnePlus 5

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OnePlus 5 Price in India as of January 23, 2019, 5:02 pm
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The OnePlus 5 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display. The other variant of this mobile is Oneplus 5T. It has dual rear cameras (16MP + 20MP) with an LED flash and a 16MP front-facing camera. The device is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor and 6GB RAM. It has 64GB internal storage. Connectivity options include dual-SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The device is powered by a 3,300 mAh Li-Ion battery. The successor to this mobile are OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 6T.
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OnePlus 5 Price in India

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Gray
Size
64 GB
128 GB
Rs. 19,499
Refurbished

Key Specifications

Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 processor
6GB RAM
64GB internal storage
3300 mAh battery
Dual (16 M.Pixels + 20 M.Pixels) rear & 16 M.Pixels selfie cameras
inch screen
Dual SIM (Nano SIM) SIM
Android OS, v7.1.1 (Nougat) OS

Detailed Specifications

Display
Resolution1080x1920 pixels
Display TypeOptic AMOLED
Pixel Density401 pixels per inch (ppi)
Touchscreen typeCapacitive
Color Reproduction16M Colors
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
Screen to body percentage73.0 %
Storage
RAM6GB
Internal64GB
ExpandableNo
General
Water ResistantNo
Dimensions6.0x2.9x0.2 inches
Weight153 grams
Software
Operating SystemAndroid OS, v7.1.1 (Nougat)
Camera
RearDual (16 M.Pixels + 20 M.Pixels)
Selfie16 M.Pixels
Rear Camera FeaturesRear Flash, Dual LED
Selfie Camera FeaturesNo
Video 2160p@30fps
Battery
TypeLi-Polymer
Capacity3300 mAh
Fast ChargingYes
Connectivity
GPSYes
Bluetoothv5.0 with A2DP
Wi-FiYes with Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
USBv2.0, Type-C
Voice Over LTE (VoLTE)Yes
SIM ConfigurationDual SIM (Nano SIM)
NFC ChipsetYes
InfraredNo
Processor
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU2.4 GHz (Quad Core) + 1.9 GHz (Quad Core)
GraphicsAdreno 540
No of Cores8 (Octa Core)
Sensors
AccelerometerYes
GyroscopeYes
Fingerprint sensorYes
Other SensorsAmbient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor
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Pros & Cons

8.2
Expert Score
Good things
  • Fast and flawless performance
  • Dual camera for in-depth photos
  • Dash charging 
Bad things
  • Not waterproof
  • Audio quality is average

OnePlus 5 Review: Not The Flagship Killer You Were Hoping For

It’s been a hit-and-miss affair for OnePlus so far. Its first smartphone, aptly named OnePlus One, was a great device for its price, but the company couldn’t make enough phones to match the unexpected demand. Its second phone was riddled with various hardware and software issues, while the OnePlus X defeated the company’s motto. Last year, the company made two exceptional devices – OnePlus 3 (review) and OnePlus 3T (review) – and were more or less flagship killers. The company is now back with a new phone, the OnePlus 5. The company claims that apart from offering great specifications and quality at comparatively lower prices, it offers something extra: a great camera that can match the likes of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Galaxy S8. So, does the OnePlus 5 deliver? Let’s find out in our review.

OnePlus 5 Review: What’s In The Box

The OnePlus 5 comes bundled with Dash Charge-compatible wall charging unit and a good-quality USB Type-A to USB Type-C cable, both painted in the company’s white-and-red colour combination. The review unit also came bundled with four cases, but they won’t be included with retail units. You’ll have to buy those separately from the company’s website. If you were hoping for bundled earphones with the OnePlus 5, you’re out of luck.

OnePlus 5 Review: Design

Continuing with the OnePlus 3 and 3T’s metal unibody build, the company has improved on the design of its latest smartphone. The phone is slightly slimmer and narrower, but it feels less slippery, comparatively. Yes, the OnePlus 5’s design looks quite similar to that of the iPhone 7 Plus in the press images, including its rear-facing camera setup and antenna lines, but it feels quite different when you actually use it. It feels better than the iPhone 7 Plus, because it is much shorter and narrower, and its sharper edges offer a better grip.
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The single loudspeaker gets muffled when you watch videos in the landscape mode, though. However the USB Type-C port, headphone jack, power button, and volume rocker are placed at ideal positions. Also, I still love the three-way sound profile switch on the OnePlus 5. You can just flip the switch to put the phone into mute mode. It’s a much easier way than unlocking the device and pressing the volume button all the way down till it goes into the vibrate only mode. I think every Android phone maker should start incorporating a dedicated mute switch into their devices.

OnePlus 5 Review: Display

The OnePlus 5’s 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display (or Optic AMOLED as OnePlus calls it) is the exact same Samsung-made OLED panel that was used in the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T last year, so it is similarly bright and colourful. Don’t expect it to be better than the OnePlus 3 or 3T in any regard. Touch accuracy and sensitivity is very good, and you can see all the content on the display quite effortlessly, unless it’s a very sunny day.

Coming to extra features of the OnePlus 5’s display, there’s Night Mode and Reading Mode. The Night Mode turns the screen’s colour tone warmer, making it easier on the eyes. You can configure it to activate and deactivate based on sunrise and sunset times, or configure it your own way. Reading Mode is a special way to turn the screen greyscale, making it look like an e-book reader’s e-ink screen. If you’re reading long-form articles, you should consider using this mode.

OnePlus 5 Review: Camera

The OnePlus 5’s whole marketing has revolved around its new camera. Unlike the OnePlus 3 and 3T’s single 16MP camera sensor, the OnePlus 5 uses a combination of a 16MP sensor with a wide-angle lens and a 20MP sensor with a telephoto lens. Such a combination offers an option to zoom in when needed and a DSLR-like background defocus effect when clicking portraits. The company’s officials said that OnePlus could never match flagship phones from the likes of Apple and Samsung in the past, and it wanted to offer a camera that’s in the same league. So, how does that fare?

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Well, for starters, there’s no OIS, something that was present in the OnePlus 2, OnePlus 3, and the OnePlus 3T. There sensor size remains the same as last year (IMX 298 and IMX 398 have the same size at 1/2.8-inch), but the aperture is wider and there’s a new autofocus mechanism. The dual-pixel autofocus mechanism offers lightning quick focus times and much improved autofocus reliability. Overall, the images clicked using the OnePlus 5 in good lighting conditions appear more colourful than the ones clicked with the OnePlus 3 or 3T.

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When it comes to low-light images, it’s a whole different story. Images come out relatively softer, with details getting smeared due to unwanted shakes as the phone’s electronic image stabilisation algorithm can’t cope up with them. Moreover, the secondary camera sensor fares even worse in low-light. The 2x zoom is more like 1.6x zoom, with the rest of the zoom attained by cropping the image because there’s more room, thanks to the higher resolution 20MP camera. The camera can click some decent portrait images, given that there’s enough light and enough separation between the subject and the background.

The selfie camera, in spite of using a 16MP sensor, doesn’t offer very good selfies. When the phone was first launched, it did not offer EIS in 1080p or 4K videos, and considering that there’s no OIS in OnePlus 5’s camera, videos had a lot of shakes. A few months later, the company added EIS in both 1080p @ 30fps and 4K @ 30fps video recording modes. Videos are smoother when there’s not very high movement. You can notice abrupt jerks when panning the camera. It still can’t handle EIS in 1080p @ 60fps video mode. It is not capable of recording very good quality videos, but can’t match the quality of the Galaxy S8 or the iPhone 7.

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Overall, the OnePlus 5 has a good camera, but it can’t compete with the iPhone 7 Plus or the Galaxy S8 in photos or videos. However, it is better than what the Nokia 8 or the Mi Mix 2 have to offer, both in images and videos even though it lacks OIS, something that’s present in both, the Nokia 8 and the Mi Mix 2. I would say, the OnePlus 5 handles its own when compared to the affordable flagship phones, and maybe that’s what people want when they have the OnePlus 5 in mind.

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OnePlus 5 Review: Software

One of the best things about OnePlus is that it offers a clean and relatively bloat-free software on its phones. Moreover, its OxygenOS offers meaningful features and a good amount of customisability. The OnePlus 5 runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and the company had rolled out three software updates over the course of the first two weeks of its launch and half a dozen more by the time we completed out long-term review, solving a lot of software bugs and improved the stability of the phone’s performance. It solved the GPS issue I faced as well. More on that in the performance section.

The automatic screen orientation on the phone is too eager. The OnePlus 5’s UI constantly switches to landscape mode even when it is lying on a perfectly flat table. This was quite an irritating experience for me, and I had to force the phone most of the times to be in the portrait orientation while reading articles or any other text content. The other thing that I didn’t like about the phone’s software is that there’s no easy way to use split-screen multitasking. You’ll have to enter the multitasking menu and then drag and drop an app’s window at the top and the other app’s window at the bottom to use them side by side. Other phones offer an easier to notice button for the same feature.

You can change app icon packs, switch to bright or dark UI modes, and use various accent colours. Two features that I used quite frequently were Gaming Do Not Disturb and Scrolling Screenshot. The former feature lets users enjoy games without accidental button presses or notifications (except alarms and calls). Mobile gaming enthusiasts will sure like this feature. Such a feature is also available in Samsung’s smartphones since two years. The Scrolling Screenshot allows users to capture longer screenshot, and it’s quite easy to use.

OnePlus 5 Review: Performance

Thanks to the class-leading Snapdragon 835 processor that’s couple with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage, the OnePlus 5 is one of the fastest phones I’ve used this year. There are no stutters, frame drops, or lags. Installing apps was so fast, I couldn’t believe myself. However, I don’t think 8GB of RAM had much contribution to this smooth performance. I think that 4GB or 6GB is good enough for a phone.

Thanks to relatively lower 1080p resolution (but more than enough to offer sharper visuals), frame rates on the OnePlus 5 are better than the phones that have QHD displays. Using the phone for gaming is a joy to use. I just wish it had stereo speakers, which could make multimedia and gaming experience even more immersive. The phone doesn’t heat up to uncomfortable levels during gaming or while charging.

Cellular connectivity was reliable, but GPS was pathetic at first, at least in the review unit. It failed to track my location accurately, and this happened multiple times while using Google Maps for navigation. This bug was later improved with a software update. Loudspeaker is loud enough, but it lacks the depth and bass that I am accustomed to on my iPhone 7 Plus or on the HTC U11. The fingerprint sensor is definitely one of the fastest and most accurate I’ve ever used, much better than the one on the Nokia 8 or the Galaxy S8.

The phone features dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 5.0 (with aptX, aptX HD, and LE). I couldn’t test its Bluetooth 5.0 capabilities, because there’s no headphone in the market right now that are based on the newest version of Bluetooth. Gigabit Wi-Fi worked flawlessly when connected to my Netgear R7000 Nighthawk. Wi-Fi signal dropped only when I intentionally covered the phone tightly from all the sides using my palms, but that’s not how most people use their phones.

OnePlus 5 Review: Battery Life

The OnePlus 5 uses a 3,300mAh, non-removable battery. This is a marginal 100mAh decrease from the battery that’s used in the OnePlus 3T. However, a relatively power-efficient Snapdragon 835 should negate that decrease. Apart from the company’s famous Dash Charge rapid charging technology (which is based on Oppo’s VOOC technology), the OnePlus 5 is also compatible with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0.

True to the company’s claim, the phone’s battery gets topped up to its 60% charge in just 30 minutes. You can expect it to fully charge from nil within 70 minutes, provided you use the Dash Charger and the USB cable that comes bundled with the phone. Dash Charge technology really changes the way you charge your phone. Never do you keep a phone on charging when you go to sleep. After getting used to the OnePlus 5, you tend to charge it only when the battery level drops below 10%.

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When it comes to actual battery life numbers, the phone lasts close to 48 hours on a single charge with light usage, with the screen-on time leading to four hours. When it comes to heavy usage, the OnePlus 5 lasted well over 24 hours, with the screen-on time around five and a half hours. If you use the white theme, you should expect half an hour less screen-on time due to the AMOLED’s nature of consuming more power when displaying whites.

Overall, the battery life of the OnePlus 5 is one of the best in the high-end smartphone category, and better than last year’s OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T.

OnePlus 5 Review: Conclusion

Ideally, we expect newer smartphones models to one up in quality in most aspects, if not all. We expected a lot of improvement in the camera department compared to the OnePlus 3 or the OnePlus 3T. Granted, there’s an additional camera sensor and the Portrait Mode is quite helpful, but the OnePlus 5’s camera is no match for the iPhone 7 Plus or the Galaxy S8, contrary to what the company claims. In spite of being much costlier than the OnePlus 3 and the OnePlus 3T, there’s not much of upgrade.

The OnePlus 5 has the exact same display as the OnePlus 3/3T, very slightly improved ergonomics, a similar camera in most regards (in spite of there being two sensors now), a similar software and hardware performance, and slightly improved battery life. This is just a comparison to the OnePlus 5’s predecessor. When you start comparing it with phones from other brands that fall in the same price range, you start to question the phone’s value-for-money factor even more.

The LG G6, which now costs lower than the OnePlus 5, has better primary camera, a bezel-less screen, sturdier design, dust and water resistance, and more software features. Let alone offering things like stereo speakers or an HDR-capable display. Is the OnePlus 5 a flagship killer? I don’t think so. I would say that it’s a very good phone, but it can’t offer a better value proposition than the OnePlus 3T, let alone compete with flagship phones from Apple, LG, HTC, or Samsung. There. I said it. It’s not a flagship killer this year. We hope a better show from the OnePlus 5T, which will be released soon.

OnePlus 5 Review: Pros

  • 1. Good-looking design and aesthetics
  • 2. Very good screen
  • 3. Decent camera and Portrait Mode is useful
  • 4. Bloat-free, fast, and clean software
  • 5. Super-fast performance
  • 6. Very good battery life
  • 7. Dash Charge
  • OnePlus 5 Review: Cons

  • 1. Camera is not much of an improvement over the OnePlus 3/3T
  • 2. No improvement in front-facing camera
  • 3. No dust or water resistance
  • Latest News

    Dec 27, 2018 -- Android 9 Pie Official Rollout For OnePlus 5
    After more than a month of beta testing, OnePlus has started rolling out the official stable update of OxygenOS based on Android 9 Pie for the OnePlus 5 (and 5T). The new update brings a revamped UI to the device, but no gesture navigation, since the device has off-screen navigation buttons. New additions include a Gaming Mode 3.0 with text notifications, an adjustable Do Not Disturb Mode, and Android's December security patch.
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    Dec 21, 2018 -- New Pie Beta Update For OnePlus 5
    OnePlus has released a new OxygenOS update based on Android 9 Pie for the OnePlus 5. The firmware for the device is called OxygenOS Open Beta 23, and it carries December security patch. The beta update also optimizes Face Unlock and fixes issues with some other features that were reported by testers of the previous build, OxygenOS Open Beta 22.
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    Dec 14, 2018 -- OnePlus Releases Pie-based Beta Update For OnePlus 5
    The OnePlus 5 has started receiving OxygenOS Open Beta 22, which gets Android 9 Pie to the device and adds several features. The gesture navigation feature, as reported earlier, will not be included in the OS for OnePlus 5, because it uses offscreen navigation buttons. Other features such as a new Do Not Disturb Mode, revamped UI, and November security patch are common with the software update for OnePlus 5T. With this update, you can also assign any one SIM for specific contacts as default SIM.
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    What are the specification and new features of this phone?
    Answer by arunkramachandran92, 15 months ago
    Dual camera, dash charging, fingerprint lock & outstanding overall performance are something that you can definitely expect from OnePlus 5. 6 GB RAM is pretty much good enough to stand out from the crowd & which will never let you down at any crucial scenarios. Dash charging is another plus point. It will not take more than 1-1.3 hours to fully charge your phone. 64 GB ROM is only a bit disappointing thing about OnePlus 5. There is no option to extend the external storage as OnePlus 5 does not support it, but again which is good enough to keep running a smartphone for 1-2 years without any further problem. We can almost customise each and every point of this great device.
    Answer by kapiklfjskafj, 21 months ago
    Definitely, it'll be the best smartphone of 2017 with 8GB RAM and also with SD 835 processor. It will shut all other smartphone companies. Great quality display as well as best processor and best in class camera. Perfect device for tight budget customers. The battery backup will be awesome. So, just wait for 3 more months and buy a fully loaded device with amazing features and great quality.
    Answer by dora.abhinash67, 15 months ago
    The best thing I like about this phone is its camera and battery backup. It is giving me battery backup of 20 hours and the Dash Charger add more value to it, it will make the phone charge from 1 to 100 within 45 minutes.
    Answer by dharmendar7733, 15 months ago
    I liked the new Android version. The processor speed is awesome. But the battery backup is only for one day as it has a lot of features. I liked the phone.
    Answer by rajeshkumarsahoo006, 14 months ago
    It has best unique features like dash charge, lightweight and slim phone, front screen flash to click selfies, a loudspeaker with bass, etc.
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    Which one is better between OnePlus 5 and Nokia 5?
    Answer by mipldalmia, 14 months ago
    I will prefer OnePlus 5; its performance is pretty good. I Would like to say that its camera is unexpectedly clear over my expectations. A good phone in economy price, over value for the money that you are paying. You'll not regret after you have it and you will then recommend to your friends.
    Answer by nikhiljha012, 14 months ago
    Go for OnePlus 5, I use Nokia but there are a lot of issues. I'll not suggest Nokia.
    Answer by rajeshkumarsahoo006, 14 months ago
    Obviously, OnePlus 5.
    Answer by kailas84, 14 months ago
    OnePlus 5T.
    Answer by jayshani89, 14 months ago
    OnePlus 5.
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    Does it have quick charge option?
    Answer by dnyanesh, 19 months ago
    Although it doesn't support Qualcomm's Quick charge technology, it does come with Dash Charge. Dash charge is proprietary charging technology of OnePlus which takes about 30 minutes to charge from 0 to 60%.
    Answer by priyesh221292, 20 months ago
    Yes, it will have quickcharge 3.0.
    Answer by gopi88842, 20 months ago
    Yes
    Answer by gurupkar_singh, 20 months ago
    Yes
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    Which one is the best mobile Honor 8 Pro or Oneplus 5?
    Answer by moorthisukumar, 17 months ago
    If you need more memory, you are a game addict and like photography then Honor 8 Pro is enough. But if you are a frequent user, then go for OnePlus which has Dash Charge technology.
    Answer by VIKASDDOSHI, 15 months ago
    OnePlus 5.
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    What is the warranty period of this phone?
    Answer by Sarika, 18 months ago
    It comes with 1 year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase
    Answer by VIKASDDOSHI, 15 months ago
    1 year.
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    OnePlus 5 Price in India starts from Rs. 19,499

    The best price of OnePlus 5 is Rs. 19,499 in 2gud. is not available in other online stores.This phone is available in 64 GB, 128 GB storage variants. OnePlus 5 is available in Gray colours across various online stores in India.

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    Mother of all smartphones.
    5.0
    By shyamdada • 19 months ago

    Definitely worth buying, should be the best Android smartphone ever. I just hope it is decently priced.

    Total value for money.
    5.0
    By lokesh savla • 14 months ago

    Total value for money. But If they had added the waterproof feature, then it would have been a complete package.

    Killer phone, go for it. Best Android flagship smartphone.
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    By nicholasmahut • 19 months ago

    8GB RAM version has killer specs, would definitely give competition to Google Pixel, the best Android mobile..

    Best price.
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    By Vijay Choudhary • 15 months ago

    Good.

    OnePlus 5.
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    By Milind D • 14 months ago

    It's super.

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