It’s out. Officially announced. It was ground-breaking. The features in the OnePlus 5 can rival the likes of the Galaxy S8 but on a lower price.
Dual Lens Camera
This is now a dual-lens setup that allows you to capture some attractive-looking ‘bokeh’ shots with artfully blurred backgrounds, as well as boasting a ‘lossless’ zoom feature, which essentially means that zooming in on subjects will only result in a negligible reduction in image quality.
This feature works in a similar way to the shooter on the iPhone 7 Plus, but here you’re getting it on a more affordable phone. The aperture on the main sensor here is also impressively wide, and it means you’ll be able to take some of the best smartphone photos possible right now.
When you boot up the OnePlus 5 you’ll appreciate the lack of bloatware, with only the OnePlus Community app included on this phone. You can swipe up from the bottom of the home screen to open the app drawer, which is now slightly opaque, so you don’t feel like you’re leaving the home screen.
All of the apps are clear and simple to identify, with all of them using their own logos, rather than the reskinned versions that overlays such as Samsung’s TouchWiz or Huawei’s Emotion UI use.
Crisp Audio Quality
Audio quality is crisp on this phone, but it isn’t anything particularly remarkable. The speakers on the OnePlus 5 are a little lacking compared to some of the other options on the market, and it’s quite easy to block them with your fingers while holding the phone.
Great Video Quality
Video on the OnePlus 5 looks good, although it won’t be as beautifully crisp as on the Samsung Galaxy S8, LG G6 or HTC U11, as the resolution isn’t as high as on those phones.
Full HD still suits the OnePlus though, and a super-bright AMOLED panel makes watching video enjoyable on the OnePlus 5. It’s also worth pointing out that this display has the traditional 4:3 aspect ratio most of us are familiar with, while some other flagship devices are opting for a more widescreen feel.
This is processing power at the top of its game. Whether you’ll notice the difference between last-generation processing power and what’s in the OnePlus 5 on a daily basis remains to be seen, but make no mistake: this is a very powerful phone.
Any game you want to run on this device will work smoothly, and most importantly fast. We ran some demanding apps, including, as mentioned, Real Racing 3, and the OnePlus 5 handled them with ease.
OnePlus 5 Full Specs
Know what powers the new OnePlus 5 as it hits the market on June 14.