OnePlus 5 comes with a dual rear camera setup and a much slimmer body than its predecessors Image: OnePlus
Following its global launch, OnePlus is gearing up to launch its 5th generation smartphone in India on June 22 at Mumbai. The company will reportedly live stream the launch event on its official website and social media handles. OnePlus 5 has been unveiled in the US, with prices starting at $479 or Rs 31,000 roughly. However, the device is available at a much higher price in Europe, hence its difficult to gauge what its India price will be.
According to rumours, the 6GB/64GB edition of OnePlus 5 is expected to be available at Rs 32,999, while the 8GB RAM edition will go on sale at Rs 37,999.
Whatever the price will be, OnePlus 5 is expected to be an awesome device. And here are some features that make it so awesome.
Design and display
Measuring 7.25mm, OnePlus 5 is the slimmest smartphone from the company. The new phone houses the dual camera unit on the upper-left corner, just like Apple did in iPhone 7 Plus. But unlike many other flagship smartphones, OnePlus has used aluminium instead of glass on the back of the device.
The display is a lookalike of OnePlus 3/ 3T with visible bezels and a rounded fingerprint sensor below it. OnePlus 5 also retains the same 5.5-inch, 1080P display, but has introduced a reading mode to impress avid readers. According to The Verge, the mode will let you desaturate the display and adjust brightness, according to the lighting environment, to emulate a Kindle-like display.
OnePlus 5 is available in two RAM/ storage variants. The 6GB RAM edition comes with 64GB inbuilt storage and the 8GB RAM edition has 128GB onboard storage. None of the devices comes with micro SD slot, so you can’t expand the storage capacity. But the UFS 2.1 storage in the device is expected to boost overall system performance.
Both the variants have Qualcomm’s latest SoC SnapDragon 835, which is seen in latest flagship smartphones like HTC U11 and Samsung Galaxy S8.
OnePlus 5 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat-powered OxygenOS, which is capable of offering stock Android-like experience with a few useful add-ons. The UI will keep a tab on user behaviour and prioritise your app sequence accordingly in the home page. It also features a DND (Do Not Disturb) mode to curb all incoming notifications to ensure you can enjoy an uninterrupted gaming session. It also features a secure box to keep your documents, images and videos in a folder protected with a fingerprint or pin pattern.
OnePlus 5 packs a 3,300 mAh battery, which is bigger than OnePlus 3’s 3,000 mAh battery but little less than OnePlus 3T’s 3,400 mAh battery. Like its predecessor, OnePlus 5 also supports Dash Charging to charge your battery much quicker. Unfortunately, OnePlus hasn’t improved the Dash Charge, which means it will take as much time as OnePlus 3 or 3T to charge the device battery.
OnePlus 5 comes with a much-improved camera setup than its earlier devices. The smartphone packs a 16MP Sony IMX398 wide-angle f/1.7 sensor and a 20MP IMX350 f/2.6 telephoto lens. Both the sensors are made by Sony and feature a portrait mode to offer a DSLR-like background. The smartphone also offers a portrait mode and 2X optical zoom, but none of the sensors supports optical image stabilisation.
The smartphone also features a pro camera mode with histogram so that you can finetune the device camera according to the environment. For selfie shooters, OnePlus 5 houses a 16MP front camera with f/2.0 aperture.