Not too long ago, we saw a Chinese dragon warrior (OnePlus) entering the mobile arena, and charmed the world with a promising specs sheet and unbelievable pricing. The company, with its own share of hits and misses, has been adding on well-specced smartphones to its not-so-long dossier. So here is the latest addition – OnePlus 5 (and of course we know why we have a five straight after a 3T) which has grasped the raging concept of dual cameras and upped OnePlus’s ante by sporting best in-class specs and not-so mammoth sized price tag. However, is the amalgamation of powerful hardware specs and the camera duo in the OnePlus 5 flagship, enough to take on the high-end competition from other vendors? Let us put it under fire!
Cameras- EK Se Bhale Do?
To begin with the foremost highlight of the OnePlus 5, we have the dual rear cameras. In term of numbers, the smartphone is a home to 16-megapixel with f/1.7 aperture and 20-megapixel with f/2.6 aperture dual cameras at the back, featuring dual-tone LED flash, fast focus, EIS and Sony IMX398 sensor.
As for the performance, the rear cameras, when used in broad daylight have performed extremely well, with the details highlighted well and production of the natural colours. The cameras have gone through almost every shooting condition, and more often than not the resultant pictures have been good. However, when in low-light area, the camera has produced grainy and not-so-clear pictures. The HDR mode too, cleared out the pictures, but seemed a bit processed at times.
With the involvement of dual cameras, there comes the famous ‘Bokeh’ effect which in the case of OnePlus 5 is created by the Portrait Mode. The only word comes to my mind about the Portrait Mode is – Moody. Yes, the Bokeh is created, we have almost DSLR-like pictures, but, when the smartphone wishes to give us one. There have been occasions when I could get perfectly Bokeh-ed pictures, while on the remaining ones I had to beg our dear OnePlus 5 to give me some.
Another concern which surfaced was the intense heating of the smartphone while using the camera app, specifically the Portrait Mode.
Coming to the front, there lays a 16-megapixel camera sensor, the same camera configuration as the OnePlus 3T. And, the OnePlus 5’s front camera has been just like the OnePlus 3T front camera, except for the presence of front flash. While the pictures have turned out to be clear both in normal and low-light conditions, the camera slightly oversaturated the output. The shutter speed has been impressive too.
Design- Classy, but appears too inspired!
The very first thought hitting our head at the encounter with the OnePlus 5, is the impression one gets that it’s too similar to iPhone 7 Plus. The very first official teaser proved that, and the dual camera module placed at the top right corner, instead of the middle portion of the back made it all official. However, we have a difference here; the OnePlus 5 is seen sporting semi-flat edges in contrast with the round edges seen on the iPhone 7 Plus. However, all the Xeroxing left alone, we have a sleek and comfortable smartphone which aces the looks department. The metal-clad smartphone feels good and premium to hold and is lighter than the OnePlus 3T. However, is slightly prone to slipping while using.
The smartphone, on its face has the front camera at the top, and the oval-shaped physical home button surrounded by capacitive keys on either side at the bottom. At the back we have a dual camera setup the top left corner, with LED flash beside it. In the middle lies the company’s logo. On the left hand side the volume rocker and the vibrate on/off button are present, while on the right hand side we have the power on and off button and the dedicated dual SIM card tray. While the head of the OnePlus 5 is left blank, the chin features (starting from the left) speaker grille, USB Type-C port and the 3.5mm audio jack.
Even though the OnePlus 5 shares some percentage of design ethos with its predecessor- the OnePlus 3T, the dual cameras and the 7.25mm thickness sets the former apart.
Display- Vibrant with Reading Mode
The OnePlus 5 scales to the same 5.5-inch screen size as the OnePlus 3T, with the use of Optic AMOLED display panel and 1,980 x 1,080 pixels in resolution. The display is vibrant enough with the icons on the screen appearing crisp and clear. Readability in sunlight is fine and very much similar to that of OnePlus 3T’s. Additionally, the smartphone has the ambient display feature, which pops up notifications by waking up the screen. The newest addition is the Reading Mode which adapts to the surrounding conditions and adjusts the display coloursaccordingly for ease of reading. Furthermore, there is the old Night Mode, and ability to choose the display colours in accordance with your choice.
Specs Sheet and Performance- Smooth and Sound
OnePlus 5 gets its power from the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, clocked at 2.45GHz, and multi-tasks with the use of two RAM options- 6GB of RAM and a whopping 8GB of RAM, coupled with 64GB ROM and 128GB internal storage, respectively. I got the 6GB RAM/64GB ROM variant during my testing period, and the smartphone is a piece of cake, wearing 6 inches of heels. It has performed amazingly throughout my review period. The smartphone has been quite a multi-tasker, and from playing games such as Asphalt 8 to scrolling through the news feed of the popular apps with great ease, the smartphone has been stammer-free throughout. The fingerprint scanner too, has been as quick as lightning.
The 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge has managed to carry out tasks, and worked its way out through a day. We have a smartphone at zero, and WHOOP! In 15 minutes reaches to 40 per cent. This is how quickly the smartphone ate all its food. However, there is heat produced while charging.
The smartphone runs the very latest Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the company’s latest version of OxygenOS. With Android Nougat’s features and OnePlus’s operating system’s added features, we have a perfectly smooth smartphone, free of bloatware with a neat UI. The OS has introduced the App Priority feature, which when swiped left, lists the most used apps and loads them on priority basis.
The OnePlus 5, which starts at Rs 32,999, has totally fulfilled the role of a daily driver. Compared directly to Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus, the smartphone has hopped onto the vehicle of success. However, it does lack the accurate amount of diesel to run it. With its piece of cons, it nonetheless has a long list of pros as well, which makes it a smartphone worth buying.