The OnePlus 5 launch has just ended and while it wasn’t quite the jaw-dropper that I wanted it to be, the company delivered in their typical fashion. They pumped out great specs, much beefier ones that even the best flagships around today, and defied people’s expectations by announcing the phone at a price that won’t even come near to breaking your bank.
The OnePlus 5 launch wasn’t something which was expected to be filled with amazing reveals. Even Carl Pei, the co-founder of OnePlus admitted that everything had already been leaked online. However, the Internet got a few aspects very wrong. First, the battery. People were expecting a 3600 mAh to 4000 mAh monster, but instead, they got the slight bump to 3300 mAh. The second is the price. People were expecting OnePlus to finally succumb to peer pressure and bump the price to the standard $500-$600 bracket for most flagships. Instead, we got a small $40 jump from $439 to $479 from the OnePlus 3T.
Storage was kept at the 64/128 GB point but they improved the speed by using UFS 2.1 Dual lane technology, which basically means there are now two channels for reading and writing files, making the process more efficient. They also bumped up the RAM to 8 GB (the 6 GB variant is still available) and used something called LPDDR4X RAM for better performance and power saving.
Speaking of which, the phone is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip that gives 25% better performance and power saving and runs up to 2.45 GHz.
Other features include a still 1080p HD, 5.5-inch display with a faster fingerprint sensor and of course, Dash Charge. Oh, and they didn’t remove the headphone jack either, they just shifted it to the left side of the phone’s bottom.
The biggest focus of the phone, however, was the camera. OnePlus consistently said that the one thing they wanted improve upon significantly, was the camera. So they installed a 20-megapixel, dual camera, borrowing from the flagships that came before them. They put in a f/1.7 aperture, very large for a smartphone, and put in a lot of software improvements including an advanced HDR mode, a great portrait mode that blurs the background and of course, optical zoom. So they basically did everything Apple did with the iPhone 7 Plus…can’t say I blame them though. There is, of course, a 16-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies and video chat.
Also, Emily Ratajkowski showed up to take some instagram photos, can’t complain about that either.
The OnePlus 5 will launch on June 27, 2017, and will be available worldwide, starting at $479 for the 6GB/64GB Slate Grey variant and $539 for the 8GB/128GB Midnight Black variant.
If you want though, you can be one of the early adopters and get the phone early by using the code ‘Clearer Photos’, on www.Oneplus.net.