OnePlus 5 is official – Still good Value?

After much anticipation, the OnePlus 5 has been officially unveiled. The new model has a completely new design over its predecessor, upgraded internals, new cameras and a lot more… Including a new price.

So let’s start with what’s powering this beast. Inside you’ll find the Snapdragon 835 which is the latest and greatest chip from Qualcomm. It’s the same chip that you’ll find in pricier smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy S8 and HTC U 11. This processor is coupled with either 6 or 8 GB of RAM depending on the storage configuration you go for (64/128GB respectively).

Top of the line internals

So far it’s looking good for the OnePlus 5. So let’s talk about the screen. It’s a 1080p panel with a 16 by 9 aspect ratio. So it’s not a super tall or super high-resolution panel. That is one of the biggest factors setting it back from the more expensive flagship devices out there. It’s a good screen don’t get me wrong, but it’s very far from the best. One pro is that it will at least help with the battery life. Speaking of, it houses a 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge for ultra quick charge times.

Let’s talk cameras. 16 and 20 mp on the back. And a 16 mp for selfies. The OnePlus 5 has a camera setup very similar to that on the iPhone 7 Plus. It has a 16mp main camera and a 20 mp telephoto lens. This lets you do a couple of things that you wouldn’t normally be able to do with a single lens. Firstly, you can zoom into your subject further without losing image quality – which I really like! Secondly, you have portrait mode. Basically, it blurs out the background behind the subject, typically something DLR cameras are known for doing well. The camera setup looks good, nothing revolutionary, but still a solid offering.

Now, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. The design. There’s no denying that the OnePlus 5 looks good. It does! Metal construction with Gorilla Glass 5 on the front. But here lies the problem, in a vacuum the phone looks premium and is definitely sexy. However, it’s undeniably similar in looks to the iPhone 7 Plus. Camera in the same place, same with the antenna lines, same screen size, roughly the same bezel size and so on… To the untrained eye, you’d think its and iPhone. I won’t hold this against the device because it is still very thin (7.25mm thick) and has excellent build quality.

The software is one of my favourite parts of the OnePlus line. Little to no bloatware, close to Stock Android with a couple of tweaks here and there. It’s fast, it’s clean… how Android should be. Oh, and it’s Android 7 (Nougat) if you were wondering.
Other features that the OnePlus 5 has going for it include a fingerprint sensor, USB C for charging, a headphone jack is still included, Bluetooth 5, a notification light which is useful and a mute switch on the side which is also another useful inclusion which I wish we saw more often with Android devices.

So, superb specs, decent build quality, okay screen and 3 high-resolution cameras. What’s it cost?

£449.99 / $479.99

That’s more than it’s predecessor, (OnePlus 3T) however, it’s still significantly cheaper than much of its competition. Samsung’s, HTC’s and LG’s equivalent offerings all cost much more. Although for that extra cash, you’re getting better build quality, better display and superior cameras. The OnePlus 5 may not be as good value as OnePlus’s previous offerings, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a steal.

For more product images, go to OnePlus’s website

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