If you’re one of the many who’ve never heard of OnePlus, there’s no better time to get to know the company than with their new flagship OnePlus 5 smartphone.

It feels like a trick that the OnePlus 5 is this spectacular. It feels like even more of a trick when you realize it only costs $479 (Slate Gray; 64GB with 6GB of RAM) or $539 (Midnight Black; 128GB with 8GB of RAM).

OnePlus is known for it’s phone like OnePlus One, OnePlus 2, OnePlus X and OnePlus 3 and 3T, with the launch of OnePlus One the developer were very happy because it was an open-source phone like Google’s Nexus.

Looks like iPhone, but it’s incredible

The haters will look at the OnePlus 5 and say it’s an iPhone 7 Plus clone, and they wouldn’t be wrong. Skin resemblance aside, the OnePlus 5 does feel different from an iPhone or Galaxy S8 in the hand, and that makes a big difference. OnePlus says the OnePlus 5’s curves are a natural evolution of the OnePlus 3T’s. The aluminum unibody is remarkably thin at 7.25mm (0.29 inch — a hair thinner than the iPhone 7 Plus). The longer sides of the display stretch edge-to-edge allowing for a smaller physical footprint compared to the iPhone 7 Plus.

OnePlus 5 specs

  •  5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display (1,920 x 1,080)
  •  Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 10nm technology
  •  6GB RAM/8GB RAM
  •  64GB/128GB storage
  •  3,300 mAh battery (100 mAh lower than OnePlus 3T)
  •  Dual SIM
  •  Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac
  •  Rear Camera 16-megapixel f/1.7 camera + 20-megapixel f/2.6 2x “tele” lens for 2x zooming (Dual Camera)
  •  16-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
  •  UFS 2.0 file system for better speed

Good Stuff

  • Screaming fast
  • Cutting-edge spec sheet
  • Dash Charge makes up for lack of wireless charging
  • Reading Mode

Bad Stuff

  • Dual-camera system is a failure
  • Unoriginal design
  • Not waterproof
  • Large screen bezels are so 2016

Verdict 

The way I feel about the OnePlus 5 is not dissimilar to the way I felt about its predecessors. If you’re not too fussed about the camera, it’s one of the better choices I can recommend out there. It’s ridiculously fast, handles every task and app I throw at it, and it’s got the ergonomics and aesthetics of a true premium device. I imagine most people are going to shrug off its resemblance to the iPhone and just enjoy the speed and responsiveness. But the one thing OnePlus has consistently failed to achieve top-tier status on was the camera — and that, more than anything, was the big opportunity for the OnePlus 5 to prove its worth.

OnePlus contends that this is the best camera it’s ever shipped on a phone. I’m willing to believe that, however I’m not willing to accept the OnePlus 5 as a competitive entry in a contest that has advanced considerably with the introduction of the Google Pixel and the upgrade of the Galaxy S8 camera. Photography is now the biggest differentiator among Android phones, especially given how many companies have figured out how to do good design, big batteries, and (mostly) bezel-less screens. For OnePlus to stand out without its disruptive pricing, it needed to deliver something truly unique with its new camera system. On the evidence of my experience with the OnePlus 5, it has failed.

The OnePlus 5 is good when it needed to be great. But it’s the fastest android phone available in the market  you can get till now.

When to buy ?

OnePlus 5, will be released in a limited “early drop” sale today and made available more widely on June 27th. Everyone watching today’s keynote should have heard a special code that can be entered at the company’s website for the early run batch of phones. Let me help you out: “Clearer Photos” is the passcode. The slate gray OnePlus 5 (with 64GB of storage and 6GB RAM) costs $479, with the midnight black version (128GB storage / 8GB RAM) priced slightly higher at $539. Yeah, OnePlus phones are inching upward in price with the introduction of the 5.

If the early drop completely sells out before you can snag a device, you’ve also got another option: pop-up stores. The one-day-only locations will be open in New York today and in London, Berlin, Paris, Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Copenhagen tomorrow. You can check this page for the specific location of each.

In India it will be available from 22 June 4:30 PM exclusively via Amazon.in

 

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