OnePlus phones became popular internationally within a short period after their launch. According to industry experts, the phone has an excellent build quality and features, which has lead to many comparing it to the likes of the iPhone.
Released in June 2017, the OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship phone, eagerly awaited by smartphone fans.
Below we take a detailed look at the features and technology in the OnePlus 5
Design and Build quality of the phone
The dimensions of the OnePlus 5 are 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm. With a thickness of 7.3mm, the One Plus 5 is one of the slimmest phones available, second only to the iPhone 7 that has thickness of 7.1mm.
Despite the thin frame, the company has managed to squeeze in a 3.5mm jack for a wired headset which is nothing but a design miracle. The Power button sits on the right side while you have the volume button and silent mode toggle on the left edge. The speaker driver sits at the bottom of the phone, beside the USB-C and 3.5mm jack.
The phone has Horizon Line design concept to give it a more rounded design look and feel. OnePlus 5 has an nice metallic look with antenna lines cleverly concealed. The phone’s body is made of aluminum alloy that is sturdy enough but not heavy, and it weighs around 153 gms.
OnePlus 5 Display and Resolution
The OnePlus 5 features an Optic AMOLED display measuring 5.5 inches with 24-bit color depth. The resolution of the screen is 1080 x 1920 pixels while the pixel density stands at 4.1 pixels-per-inch. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 which raises the protection bar. The display can survive a drop of 1.6 meters even on hard surfaces 80% of the time.
OnePlus 5 Processor, Memory, and Performance
The One Plus 5 is fitted with the latest Qualcomm SoC- the Snapdragon 835 that houses an octa-core processor (4X2.45GHz Kryo and 4X1.9GHz Kryo) and Adreno 540 graphic chip.
The phone has two configurations. The lower end model is equipped with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage while the higher end model is equipped with 8GB RAM and 128Gb of internal storage.
The phone has enough processing power to run demanding games like Real Racing 3, Pokémon Go and the likes. However, it does not support flash memory cards.
The phone features Dual lane technology that increases read and write speeds when accessing data stored on the device. The dual lane technology allows the storage controller to access two memory locations at a time, which is a distinct advantage over traditional storage controller, which waits for the first read/write operation to finish before initiating the second one.
OnePlus 5 Camera
The OnePlus 5 phone features dual cameras at the back of the device; a 16 MP camera with 1.7 aperture and electronic image stabilization and a 20 MP camera with 2.6 aperture and phase detection technology. The front camera is also a 16MP resolution with 2.0 aperture and 1.0 µm pixel size.
The OnePlus 5 has several photography features like phase detection auto-focus, geo-tagging, dual LED flash, face detection, touch focus, HDR, Panorama and 1.6x digital zoom.
The rear cameras can record videos in different resolutions such as 720p@30/120fps, 1080p@30/60fps, and 2160p@30fps. The front camera can record 1080p videos.
The dual camera technology leads to clearer photos and you can also blur the background for better photos. The intelligent camera software can automatically detect light conditions and optimize the camera system for clarity and accuracy. The new Pro mode gives you more control over photography elements in the phone. You can fine-tune settings like shutter speed and ISO.
OnePlus 5 battery life
The OnePlus 5 features a non-removable Lithium-Polymer battery rated at 3300 mAh. The phone supports dash charging which charges the day’s power in just 30 minutes. The fast charging technology employed by the company protects the phone from heating and also protects the battery with consistent charging speeds.
OnePlus 5 Software
The OnePlus 5 runs Oxygen OS which is based on Android 7.1.1 (Nougat). It features exclusive technology knows as App Priority. This intelligent technology learns your app usage patterns and helps in the quick launching of these apps while keeping other intrusive apps away that might degrade the performance by draining the battery or interfere with your user experience by hogging resources.
The OnePlus 5 also doubles up as an e-reader. It has a special e-reader mode where the display is automatically fine-tuned for reading: the blue light is filtered out and gray scale mapping makes reading onscreen easier.
For gamers, the OnePlus 5 offers a Gaming DND mode where the notifications are muted and soft keys are temporarily disabled to prevent accidental taps.
There is no doubt that the OnePlus 5 packs in all the premium features that you would want in your smartphone. It is likely to give the iPhone a run for its money!