OnePlus 5 was finally, officially, launched yesterday after a series of leaks that disclosed everything about the smartphone. The flagship smartphone is OnePlus’ latest bet at staying relevant in the aggressive market, where long-established brands are also witnessing slow growth. Soon after the launch, some of the media giants have come out with their verdict on the ‘flagship killer’ smartphone, and here’s a roundup of what they have to say. Also Read - OnePlus Nord CE starts at Rs 22,999 but you can grab it at cheaper price of Rs 21,999: Here’s howAlso Read - OnePlus Nord CE 5G Review: Focusing on its Core
To begin with, the design of the OnePlus 5 has received most criticism ever since it started showing up in multiple leaks. Even as the OnePlus product manager strongly defended the design, The Verge‘s Vlad Savov calls the design ‘unoriginal’. “This is basically a slightly smaller iPhone 7 Plus that runs Android. Every physical feature of this phone will be instantly familiar to iPhone users: the curved antenna lines are the same; the dual-camera module, microphone, and LED flash on the back are in the exact same positions; and the power button and volume rocker are also placed as they are on the iPhone. Around the front, the selfie camera is in the same position as the iPhone, the bezels are almost identical, and the home button serves as the fingerprint scanner. The cheaper version of the OnePlus 5 also comes in Space Slate Gray. The only way the OnePlus 5 could be more inspired by the iPhone is if it lacked a headphone jack, which, mercifully, it does not.” Also Read - OnePlus Nord N200 to be company's most affordable 5G phone: Design, full specs leak
While there are visible design similarities, Forbes‘ Ewan Spence argues that while there are echoes of Apple s design cues, “Show me a modern high-end smartphone that doesn t use this as a starting point for a design. This is the form factor consumers expect, even though OnePlus is flying rather closer to the sun than some.” Meanwhile, WIRED’s David Pierce writes in defense of the design. “It looks a lot like an iPhone 7 Plus, which I say as a compliment. Earlier models looked like they were created by ransacking a parts bin and throwing it all together with someone s discarded tooling.” Some have also pointed to the lack of water resistant capabilities and wireless charging.
The second feature of the OnePlus 5, widely marketed by the company, is the camera. However, that’s exactly where the smartphone appears to fail for some reviewers. The OnePlus 5 features a dual rear camera with a combination of a 16-megapixel lens and a 20-megapixel lens. While the camera hardware is impressive, the results are not. ALSO READ: The OnePlus 5 is here, and this is it
“For every awesome shot of my jittery dog, the 5 botches a still shot of a basketball hoop. Even in great light, photos featured softer edges and less detail than I d expect. I found the autofocus lightning fast, but not always accurate. In low light, photos are often noisy to the point of mushiness,” writes Pierce.
The reviewer at The Verge has something similar to say — “On paper and in OnePlus marketing materials, this dual camera is the OnePlus 5 s big differentiator. In reality, it s a major letdown. Firstly, the main camera lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and produces soft images as a result. The amount of graininess and color noise I get from the telephoto shooter in low light reminds me of mobile cameras from half a decade ago. Images appear flat, losing all the subtle detail and color gradations that go into making a photo feel realistic,” writes Savov.
Coming to the performance; the OnePlus 5 houses the newest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, which brings it at par with the Samsung Galaxy S8. It is here that the OnePlus 5 has impressed many. The smartphone scores top marks for performance.
“Other phones with the same Snapdragon 835 processor, like the Galaxy S8 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium, don t scream speed and swiftness in the same way, and it s not like OnePlus software is perfect, anyway,” writes Savov. CNET has given the OnePlus 5 a rating of 9 on 10 when it comes to performance. “It delivers a grade-A experience and nearly all the specs you demand in a flagship phone for hundreds of dollars less than the Samsung Galaxy S8, Google Pixel and Apple iPhone 7,” reads the review. ALSO READ: OnePlus 5 launch globally and social media seems impressed
With the given specifications, OnePlus 5 “feels like an affordable flagship smartphone,” writes Spence while Pierce reiterates by saying, “The OnePlus 5 is a budget phone that doesn t feel or act like a budget phone.” Overall, the general agreement is that the OnePlus 5 is indeed an upgrade over the predecessors OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. However, one of the most marketed features — its dual camera module — is not up to the mark. In all, the reviews call it an affordable flagship smartphone that slightly fails to live up to the expectations but is nonetheless a worthy upgrade.
OnePlus 5 features, specifications
OnePlus 5 features a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED screen with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 2.45GHz SoC paired with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.
For photography, it is equipped with a dual camera module at the rear with a 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel lens. Upfront, there is a 16-megapixel camera. On the software front, it runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based Oxygen OS 4.5.0. ALSO READ: OnePlus accused of rigging benchmark scores for OnePlus 5; here s everything you need to know about the controversy
It is fuelled by a 3,300mAh battery with support for the Dash Charge fast-charging technology. Other connectivity options available on the smartphone include 4G LTE with VoLTE support, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The phone is available in two color options of slate gray and midnight black.
OnePlus 5 will be launched in India on June 22.