OnePlus have recently unveiled their flagship device, the OnePlus 5. The phone features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It has a Full HD Optic AMOLED display and a dual camera setup on the back. The phone is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.
The OnePlus 5 is priced starting at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB/64GB variant and is available for purchase on Amazon.in right now. The device will be available offline at pop-up events across the country over the next few days.
Here in this post, we have outlined the major reasons that could influence your buying decision.
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OnePlus 5 Pros – Reasons To Buy The OnePlus 5
Design and Build Quality
The OnePlus 5 is a Metal Unibody phone with minimal antenna lines and premium build quality. The phone looks completely synchronized and stands out with dark colors and a well-placed Dual camera setup at the back and a fingerprint sensor at the front.
OnePlus 5 features a 5.5 inch Full HD 1080p Optic AMOLED display. It is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The advantage of this display is the flawless performance it gives even under bright sunlight. The 2.5D curved glass also gives you a seamless experience, effortlessly blending into the metallic unibody.
The OnePlus 5 boasts an Octa Core Snapdragon 835 processor, clocked at 2.45GHz. Being the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, it comes with some important improvements in terms of performance and power efficiency. The overall performance is optimized with up to 8GB LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB UFS2.1 dual channel internal memory.
Near-stock Android 7.0 Nougat
The OnePlus 5 comes with Android 7.1.1 Nougat out of the box with OxygenOS on top. With OxygenOS, OnePlus has added some features that fill in the gaps in stock Android. With no bloatware and minor changes in the UI, this is as close to stock Android as you can get these days on a non-Google device.
Theoretically, you should expect blazing fast performance and faster Android updates from OnePlus. How this works out, only time will tell.
Affordability and After-sales
The OnePlus 5 is priced at Rs. 32,999 for the 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM variant. This price is justified seeing the number of premium features on this phone. It has a metal unibody, dual camera setup, Full HD display, Snapdragon 835 SoC and a good 6GB RAM. The combination of all this makes a powerful phone and makes a great package at this price.
OnePlus is also continuously expanding their exclusive service centers in India. This will ensure a better after-sale service for the smartphone. Even during the launch of OnePlus 5, the company highlighted their ever-expanding consumer base and after-sales service efficiency.
OnePlus 5 Cons – Reasons To Not Buy The OnePlus 5
Although OnePlus have marketed the OnePlus 5 around an improvised camera, the first reviews say otherwise. So far, the reviews about the camera are not so good. It seems like the Dual camera module needs to improve in terms of image originality. Also, the camera lacks Optical Image Stabilisation which is one major feature in other flagship devices at this range.
Connectivity and Memory
The OnePlus 5 offers a USB-C port, but still banks on USB 2.0 speed. This is a big disadvantage when it comes to data transfer. USB-C 3.1 is the latest major update and its absence on the OnePlus 5 means you will not be able to enjoy the benefits of this new spec. Additionally, it also does not support USB Power Delivery, which is something that current generation comes with.
The OnePlus 5 also does not have expandable memory. It is okay as it has up to 128GB internal storage, but those buying the 64GB variant please note that the internal memory is all you get.
The phone looks good but lacks waterproofing. Even mid-range phones offer splash-proofing or IP67 waterproofing but with the OnePlus 5, you will have to be careful.
All in all, OnePlus has nailed the performance segment with the OnePlus 5 offering a great deal at a great price. Things can mostly be optimized through further updates. The camera quality and absence of waterproofing is a setback but apart from that, OnePlus 5 will offer good performance and smooth experience, be it daily usage or heavy usage.