Performance and More Raw Performance
One of the main reasons behind OnePlus’ continuing success has been its ability to include the very latest flagship Qualcomm chipset while keeping a cap on the price. That continues with the OnePlus 5. Inside is an octa-core Snapdragon 835 and either 6GB or 8GB of RAM, depending on whether you choose the model with 64GB or 128GB of storage.
You’ll not be surprised to find that this produces breakneck benchmark results and the OnePlus 5 feels in use. That doesn’t comes as a surprise because we are used to such class leading performance from the Oneplus stable since the Oneplus One was launch which i am still using albeit with a custom rom on top and it still doesnt makes me wait all day to get the job done all thanks to the Best chipset available at that time Snapdragon 801 which still has enough firepower to keep me content
Sexier than ever.
Though it resembles to the iPhone 7 plus it still has its own when it comes to looking different and better than the iPhone. Its much more sleeker than the iPhone 7 Plus and handling with one hand is not an issue at all but a sleek case is indeed recommended to be used from day one as the finish of the Oneplus 5 at the back makes it prone to slipping and i bet you dont want a dent on your phone the day you get it. Some pictures of the Five for your viewing pleasure.
Software and other features
Manufacturers always seem to add an extra feature or two on the software side of things, whether or not they’re needed, and that’s very much the case this year with the OnePlus 5. As usual, the phone runs the firm’s own Oxygen launcher and that’s lies on top of Android 7 Nougat
The most interesting new feature is Reading mode, which OnePlus seemed to claim works like Apple’s TrueTone, analysing ambient lighting in order to set the screen’s white balance. You can set which apps you want this to work with in the phone’s display settings.
In reality, though, all it seems to do is turn the screen monochrome. It’s a touch disappointing and it isn’t the only gripe I have with the display software. The other is that the brightness slider has a very small range of adjustment at the low end, which makes it tricky to set the right brightness level for late-night reading.
Elsewhere, the app drawer is now semi-transparent, which is supposed to make it feel less separate from the rest of the UI, but in reality is the most minor of minor updates. More significant is the new screenshot facility: swipe down on the screen with three fingers and Oxygen grabs a screenshot, offering you a number of options along the bottom of the screen as you do so.
You can choose to share the screenshot immediately, edit it, delete it, and if you’ve grabbed a portion of a vertically scrolling app, menu or web page, tap an icon to have the phone scroll down and capture the entire thing. Just tap when you want it to finish.
Elsewhere, Oxygen retains all the features that make it special, including the ability to use onscreen navigation buttons instead of the capacitive buttons that flank the fingerprint reader, quick gestures for launching the app of your choice or pause and play music, plus flip to mute.
One final change is that OnePlus has changed the phone’s vibration component so that it delivers a stronger, yet shorter buzz. This is another subtle improvement but a welcome one nonetheless.
The dual rear camera system is the highlight of the device and it takes great pictures in daylight and acceptable quality at night particularly due to the tendency of the phone to push the ISO all the way up pretty soon at the slightest hint of any low light photography.
Now let the pictures do all the talking
Comparison shots with the 1x and 2x zoom cameras
Oneplus does what it does best always- scores the best in every benchmark thrown at it. For reference i have screenshots of Geekbench and Antutu and that pretty much tells the computing prowess in the snapdragon 835 chip embedded in the Oneplus 5.
The variant tested was equipped with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage
Wifi Connectivity and 4G performance
The Oneplus 5 latches on to a wifi network instantaneously and does a great job in holding on to the network from a distance as well.Though 4G data performance is largely dependent on the carrier but the speedtest shows respectable 4G speeds tested on Airtel.
Battery Life and Endurance
I have been using the device for quite some time now and have seen multiple OTA updates and just before i started writing this review the device got updated to Oxygen OS 4.5.10 with the July security updates and amazingly improved battery life.
Typically my usage is so heavy and intense that i keep multiple chargers with me and my devices are charged atleast twice a day but boy i was surprised by the battery life of the Oneplus 5. I am a frequent flyer and not having a powerbank with me is quite a reason for a big headache for me which is what happened to me couple of weeks back and to my surprise at the end of a full day at work and taking a flight in the evening which ended late in the night i still had enough juice left for another busy day. The screenshots below will prove what i said and 9 hours of Screen on Time SOT is an easy thing with the Oneplus 5 which sports just a 3300 mAh battery.
And in case you need a quick boost then the included 4A 5V Dash Charger will never let you down to top up the device in literally no time. Staying plugged in multiple times a day will be a thing of the past.
There are plenty of people looking to hate the OnePlus 5, due to the price . And, yes, it’s worrying that the OnePlus 5 is now more of a mid-range than a budget handset. However, if there’s a better phone for the price than I haven’t seen it yet.
The OnePlus 5 is beautifully designed; it’s fast and battery life is fantastic after the updates. The camera isn’t top class but it still takes cracking photographs most of the time. The display is spot on .instead providing perfectly sharp images with excellent colour rendition and low power consumption.
With rivals – particularly from Honor and Huawei – producing excellent smartphones for INR 30,000 and below, competition for the OnePlus 5 is steeper than ever but there’s still nothing that comes close to it at this price point.
OnePlus 5 specs
|Processor||Octa-core 2.45GHz / 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835|
|Screen resolution||1,920 x 1,080|
|Rear camera||20-megapixel, 16-megapixel|
|Memory card slot (supplied)||No|
|Dimensions||154 x 74 x 7.3mm|
|Operating system||Android 7.1|
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