OnePlus Launches the OnePlus 5 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and 8GB RAM
After weeks of leaks, teasers, and official ad campaigns, OnePlus has officially unveiled the OnePlus 5 at an event held in New York City today. The OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship smartphone from OnePlus and bears a strong focus on photography this time around.
Specifications at a glance:
|Device Name:||OnePlus 5||Price||U$D 479|
|Android Version||7.1.1 (Oxygen OS ROM)||Display||5.5 inch 1080p AMOLED (401 ppi)|
|Chipset||Snapdragon 835: 10nm, Octa Core|
4x 2.45GHz Kryo, 4x 1.9GHz Kryo, Adreno 540 GPU
|Sensors||Fingerprint, Hail, Accelerometer, Gyroscope,|
Proximity, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Sensor Hub
|RAM||6GB/8GB LPDDR4X||Battery||3,300mAh; Dash Charge (5V 4A)|
|Storage||64GB/128GB UFS 2.1||Connectivity||USB 2.0 Type C, Dual nano-SIM slot, 3.5mm audio jack|
|Rear Camera||Dual Rear Camera:|
16MP Sony IMX398, f/1.7, EIS
20MP Sony IMX350, f/2.6, Telephoto;
RAW support, 4K 30FPS / 720p 120FPS video
|Front Camera||16MP Sony IMX371, f/2.0, EIS, 1080p 30FPS video|
|154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25|
|Bands||FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/|
TDD-LTE: Bands 38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8
CDMA: BC0GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
The design of the OnePlus 5 will likely be a topic of heated discussions for the next few weeks, as some accuse OnePlus of emulating the design of the Apple iPhone 7 Plus right down to the antenna lines and the rear camera placement. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing – the aluminum unibody construction gives the phone a solid feel, and the rounded corners and edges aid in comfortable handling of the phone. Much like the OnePlus 3, the OnePlus 5 retains the 5.5″ 1080p AMOLED display with 2.5D curved Gorilla Glass 5.
The hardware packed in the OnePlus 5 is most impressive. It features the latest octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with the Adreno 540 GPU providing all the horsepower you’ll need to power through your apps and games. The device comes in two RAM and Storage configurations that are differentiated through color as well: the Midnight Black color variant sports 8GBs of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GBs of UFS 2.1 storage, while the Slate Gray color variant comes with 6GBs of RAM and 64GBs of storage. There is no microSD expandability on the device, so your purchase decision will have to weigh in your storage needs. The OnePlus 5 comes with a 3,300 mAh battery as well as OnePlus’s proprietary Dash Charge technology that was seen on the OnePlus 3 and 3T as well. And yes, the 3.5mm headphone jack is still there at the bottom, but no mentions have been made for IP ratings for water resistance.
The device launches with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with OxygenOS UX on top of it. OnePlus is touting several features from OxygenOS as selling points, and if you have a OnePlus 3/3T, you can experience some of them already through the Open Beta builds for the previous year flagships.
The major focus this year is on the rear camera as the OnePlus 5 is the first device from OnePlus to come with a dual rear camera setup. The main sensor is a 16MP Sony IMX398 with an f/1.7 aperture that Sony developed exclusively for Oppo. The secondary rear-facing camera is a 20MP Sony IMX350 sensor with f/2.6 aperture and a telephoto lens, and is used to provide 2x optical zoom and up-to 8x digital zoom. The dual camera setup is utilized best with Portrait Mode shots which create depth-of-field effects with blurred backdrops. The rear camera can shoot video in 4K resolution and also comes with EIS (note that no mentions have been made for the existence of OIS). The front-facing camera on the OnePlus 5 is a 16MP Sony IMX371 with f/2.0 aperture and 1080p video recording support.
The OnePlus 5 will cost you $539/€559/£499/CAD 719 for the Midnight Black (8GB+128GB) variant and $479/€499/£449/CAD 649 for the Slate Gray (6GB+64GB) variant. The device will be available in an early drop sale on oneplus.net right after the keynote launch today, followed by direct purchase options at the scheduled pop-up stores. Open sales of the device begin from June 27 on oneplus.net.
With the OnePlus 5, OnePlus is looking to attract more mainstream consumers, while still providing a flagship choice for dedicated Android enthusiasts. The rising prices may be a cause of concern to buyers who were looking forward to an affordable flagship, but the device still tries to remain a value purchase despite the additions and improvements to the hardware.
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